This year The Farm Ecovillage Training Center will also be offering a permaculture design certificate for apprentices who attend for two consecutive months.
After a lengthy search, a down payment was made on a 1000 acre former cattle ranch in middle Tennessee. It was called, “The Farm.”
In the beginning there was one house, a couple of barns. Buses were driven and pulled into the woods, down the old logging roads, and people settled in to build a new life.
Tents replaced the buses, followed by rough homes built from recycled lumber and tin, salvaged from buildings the residents demolished throughout the local vicinity.
The hippies learned from their neighbors, how to farm, how to cut wood, and when to head for the swimmin’ hole to escape the intense Tennessee sun.
The Farm developed a vegetarian diet based on soy protein to serve as a model for planetary food sustainability.
Many recipes were developed and turned into cookbooks sold through the community's Book Publishing Company, one of its first businesses.