The Farm is an intentional community of families and friends living on 1,750 acres in south- central Tennessee. Since its inception in 1971, the purpose of the Farm community has been to provide a secure, ecologically healthy, commonly held land base for its members and succeeding generations. It is a place where we can relate to each other and the natural environment in a sustainable way, draw upon the collective strength of the community, and contribute to the positive transformation of the world.
Over its now 40+ year history, The Farm community has created numerous non-profit organizations to use as tools in the fulfillment of its mission. Plenty International is an international aid and development nongovernmental organization (NGO) that works with indigenous and impoverished people both in the U.S and around the world. Its Kids To the Country project brings at-risk kids to the Farm to enjoy nature and study peace education. The Ecovillage Training Center offers conferences and seminars on organic gardening, permaculture, straw-bale construction, and sustainable technologies. Swan Conservation Trust seeks to protect fragile ecosystems in Tennessee's Western Hightland Rim and is working to establish the 1400 acre Big Swan Headwaters Preserve adjacent to the community. PeaceRoots Alliance represents the community in the global peace movement. More Than Warmth involves U.S. public and private school students in the creation of peace quilts that are sent as a message of friendship around the world, including Africa, Afghanistan and Iraq.
The Farm is probably best known for its midwifery program. We hold the sacrament of birth as an inherent right of all women, newborns, and families.Basic and advanced midwifery workshops take place throughout the year.
Approximately 175 residents and over 20 Farm businesses (including Farm Soy, the Farm Store, Village Media, and the Book Publishing Company) contribute to the maintenance of the community. The Farm Education/Conference Center hosts conferences for outside groups and is the umbrella organization for the Farm school which offers alternative education to both resident and neighboring school-age students. GreenLife Retreats is the host of The Farm Experience Weekend and a variety of other retreats and events that give visitors a more in depth way to learn about the community. There are camping facilities, dorm rooms and a variety of nice accommodations for overnight guests.
We welcome scheduled visits and tours. Please write or call. The community is actively seeking new members and residents. Check us out!
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The Farm Experience Weekend
Former/Other Names: (Second Foundation).
This page last updated:9/12/2012
Visitor Process: We welcome scheduled visits and tours. Please write or call. The community is actively seeking new members and residents. Check us out! The best way to visit is to participate in one of our Farm Experience Weekends and other events by GreenLife Retreats, which include a history slide show, tour, community work project, workshops, and entertainment. www.greenliferetreats.com