i visited the farm in the early 70's with a girlfriend after i had seen them perform at Winston Salem. at the time i was a fairly straight hippie being monogamous, or at least thinking i was. the culture there at the time did not seem to adher to that so we left. but i had fun, helped build a few things and drank some soy milk. we slept in tents bermed with earth; rather strange i thought at the time. i've lived in two communal societies since then both related to transcendental meditation. in fairfield iowa we have a disorganized group of older people that work in town and are about retirement age. there is also a group of aging staff members at the school who are still on the stipend system so i would class them as communal. both groups originated in the hip movement like me. some of the children stick around, of my two; one is off to washington state and the other lives about 100 miles west. neither have shown any interest in their hometown. i have transcended... heh. the sex thing and am now transgender and my wife is a flaming conservative and a german citizen recently made us citizen and we are divorced.
it would be nice to visit the farm again. our community is doing a number of sustainable things and actually was instrumental in starting the anti genetic food movement. we also have a new community called vedic village; but its nothing like a communal experience. however we do have Abundance village just outside of town that experiments in sustainability as does the university here. i don't think much of the educational experiments by the school for children; but we have a good homeschool program anyway. if any farm people read this know i do remember you with fondness. :)
By Leonard Gill
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