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2015 Calendar
Swan Conservation Trust Hike March 14
Discover Big Swan Headwaters Preserve
Farm Experience Weekend March 20-22
Farm Apprentice Orientation Week March -April
Farm Experience Weekend April 17-19
The Land -
with Swan Conservation Trust
Discover Big Swan Headwaters Preserve Day
Hike, followed by dinner and music
Discover Big Swan Headwaters Day April 18hike, followed by dinner and music
Midwife Assistant Workshop April 26-May 2
Woofer & Work Exchange Permablitzes
April-May
Farm Apprentice Orientation Week May
Birthworkers Retreat May 15-18
Midwife Herb Workshop May 21-23
The Communities Conference May 22-24
Advanced Midwife Workshop May 24-29
Common Sense and Tradition
Swan Conservation Trust Hike May 30
Big Swan Headwaters Preserve
Woofer & Work Exchange Permablitzes
June 1-7
Organic Gardening Intensive June 3-7
A 5 day hands-on gardening plus garden tours on and off-The Farm to visit Shiitake operations, a bamboo nursery...more
Swan Trust Hike June 13
Little Grinders Creek State Natural Area
Farm Apprentice Orientation Week
June 8-14
Advanced Midwife Workshop June 14-19
Farm Apprentice Orientation Week July
Farm Experience Summer Retreat
July 15-19
Fun for the entire family
. All of the Farm Experience workshops plus activities for kids. Swimming, hiking...more
Buffalo River Canoe Trip July 19
Swan Trust
Midwife Assistant Workshop August 2-8
Swan Trust Hike August 8
Devils Backbone State Natural Area
Midwife Assistant Workshop August 23-29
Farm Apprentice Orientation Week
Aug -Sept
Swan Trust Hike Sept 12
Auntney Hollow State Natural Area
Farm Experience Weekend Sept 18-20
Farm Apprentice Orientation Week Sept -Oct
Swan Trust Oct 10
Invasive species removal
Big Swan Headwaters Preserve
Farm Experience Weekend Oct 16-18
Our last Farm Experience till next year!
Woofer & Work Exchange Permablitzes
Oct-Nov
Swan Trust Hike Nov 14
Cheeks Bend on the Duck River
Midwifery Kinesiology Workshop Nov 6-7
Midwife Assistant Workshop Nov 8-14
Midwifery Workshop - Neonatal Resuscitation November 16-17
Farm School Holiday Bazaar Dec. 6
Holiday Bazaar Facebook Page
Visit The Farm School web site

This year The Farm Ecovillage Training Center will also be offering a permaculture design certificate for apprentices who attend for two consecutive months.
Inquiries: apprenticeship@thefarm.org

 
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The Farm Community History - The Changeover

people in meadow

Throughout the 70’s and early 80’s, The Farm was a Mecca for a generation in search of the 60’s dream.

From the original group of around 300, the population grew quickly to 500, 750, eventually reaching over 1200. In addition, the community took in up to 10,000 visitors a year.

With much of its energy and resources going into outreach, the undeveloped infrastructure inside the community was unable to meet the demands of a growing population.

meeting

A recession in the early 80's also placed increased economic burdens and there was concern that the land could be lost to creditors.

Many began to question the leadership and direction of the community and grew disillusioned with the failings of the communal system. Many people left.

After numerous meetings and discussions, a task force was created to develop a new economic and governmental structure which would place greater responsibility on all Farm members.

farming on the farm

With the Changeover of 1983, each adult Farm member was required to contribute financially toward the annual budget and operating expenses for the community.

By 1985 the population had stabilized at 250. It was a period of introspection and a new beginning as The Farm worked to redefine itself.

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