Photos from “THE FARM” in Summertown, Tennessee

Sun design on a side of the round strawbale house
Sun design on a side of the round strawbale house

“The Farm” is the oldest (formal) intentional community in the United States. Founded in 1971, it covers 6 square miles of beautiful rolling hills near Summertown, Tennessee. Thus it’s been 43 years in the making — forming, storming, norming and performing. As one of the men we spoke with put it, “Any issue that can arise in a community — they’ve experienced it.”

My partner and I have visited The Farm to participate in “The Farm Experience” weekend; below is a glimpse of what lies beyond “The Farm” gates…

The Farm School
The Farm School
The Farm Store
The Farm Store
Strawbale greenhouse
Strawbale greenhouse
Shiitake mushroom logs in the strawbale greenhouse
Shiitake mushroom logs in the strawbale greenhouse
Strawbale demonstration house - "The Dragon" - VERY spacious inside
Strawbale demonstration house – “The Dragon” – VERY spacious inside
Round strawbale house with sod roof
Round strawbale house with sod roof
Former granaries... now 'Om Chambers'
Former granaries… now ‘Om Chambers’
Spring flowers blooming at The Farm
Spring flowers blooming at The Farm

2 thoughts on “Photos from “THE FARM” in Summertown, Tennessee”

  1. In 1974 I visited the farm and stayed with a family for about a week. At that time I worked with the Fencing crew building fence and other related jobs. It was an experience I will never forget and enjoyed every day I was there.

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