The Tennessean photo slide show 1971 – 2005

AP Photo: Members of The Farm, a community living on 1,014 acres near Summertown, place sorghum stalks onto shocks late summer of 1971 for eventual processing at their molasses mill. The group, with 400 members, came to Tennessee to set up a communal life. They have been selling molasses in hope it will pay for the $70,000, 1,014-acre farm.

AP Photo: Members of The Farm, a community living on 1,014 acres near Summertown, place sorghum stalks onto shocks late summer of 1971 for eventual processing at their molasses mill. The group, with 400 members, came to Tennessee to set up a communal life. They have been selling molasses in hope it will pay for the $70,000, 1,014-acre farm.

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AP Photo: Some members of The Farm are building a frame house near Summertown summer of 1971. The group, with 400 members, came to Tennessee to set up a communal life.

Dale Ernsberger / The Tennessean Several members of the cult of Stephen Gaskin sit in a circle on the courthouse lawn in Hohenwald, Tenn., and snack on apples for lunch Nov. 10, 1971. The group came to Middle Tennessee last spring from the San Francisco area and settled on a farm in Southeast Lewis County near Summertown. They indicated that they want to grow an organic garden.

Dale Ernsberger / The Tennessean
Several members of the cult of Stephen Gaskin sit in a circle on the courthouse lawn in Hohenwald, Tenn., and snack on apples for lunch Nov. 10, 1971. The group came to Middle Tennessee last spring from the San Francisco area and settled on a farm in Southeast Lewis County near Summertown. They indicated that they want to grow an organic garden.

The Tennessean Bearded Stephen Gaskin, standing, explains his religious beliefs to gathering of his own followers and some of the congregation of Sandy Hook Church of Christ at a joint meeting March 10, 1972 in Summertown.

The Tennessean
Bearded Stephen Gaskin, standing, explains his religious beliefs to gathering of his own followers and some of the congregation of Sandy Hook Church of Christ at a joint meeting March 10, 1972 in Summertown.

 

 

 

 

Robert Kollar / The Tennessean Stephen Gaskin, center, spiritual lead of a California religious cult, leaves the courtroom in the Lewis County Courthouse Nov. 10, 1971 in Hohenwald, Tenn. He and three of his followers are on trial for growing and possessing marijuana. The cult came to Middle Tennessee last spring from the San Francisco area and settled on a farm in Southeast Lewis County near Summertown.

Robert Kollar / The Tennessean Stephen Gaskin, center, spiritual lead of a California religious cult, leaves the courtroom in the Lewis County Courthouse Nov. 10, 1971 in Hohenwald, Tenn. He and three of his followers are on trial for growing and possessing marijuana. The cult came to Middle Tennessee last spring from the San Francisco area and settled on a farm in Southeast Lewis County near Summertown.

Jimmy Ellis / The Tennessean Stephen Gaskin, center with glasses, folds a copy of legal brief as he and members of his cult leaves the State Supreme Court Dec. 6, 1972. Gaskin, spiritual leader of a 400-member commune near Summertown, Tenn., is pleading his own case for manufacturing marijuana in Nashville.

Jimmy Ellis / The Tennessean
Stephen Gaskin, center with glasses, folds a copy of legal brief as he and members of his cult leaves the State Supreme Court Dec. 6, 1972. Gaskin, spiritual leader of a 400-member commune near Summertown, Tenn., is pleading his own case for manufacturing marijuana in Nashville.

Robert Johnson / The Tennessean Stephen Gaskin, leader of a "spiritually oriented" community farm in Lewis County, Tenn., introduces The Farm Band during a concert in Neely Auditorium on Vanderbilt University campus Feb. 16, 1973.

Robert Johnson / The Tennessean
Stephen Gaskin, leader of a “spiritually oriented” community farm in Lewis County, Tenn., introduces The Farm Band during a concert in Neely Auditorium on Vanderbilt University campus Feb. 16, 1973.

Robert Johnson / The Tennessean Stephen Gaskin, leader of a "spiritually oriented" community farm in Lewis County, Tenn., and The Farm Band perform during a concert in Neely Auditorium on Vanderbilt University campus Feb. 16, 1973. A member of the group said the concert was held to improve the group's image.

Robert Johnson / The Tennessean
Stephen Gaskin, leader of a “spiritually oriented” community farm in Lewis County, Tenn., and The Farm Band perform during a concert in Neely Auditorium on Vanderbilt University campus Feb. 16, 1973. A member of the group said the concert was held to improve the group’s image.

David Frohman / For The Tennessean Stephen Gaskin, center, leader of the spiritual commune, The Farm, and Dane Culbertson, one of his followers, leave the Lewis County sheriff's office to be transported to the state prison Feb. 22, 1974. The two along with two other Farm members were convicted of possession of marijuana after state agents raided The Farm in August 1971.

David Frohman / For The Tennessean
Stephen Gaskin, center, leader of the spiritual commune, The Farm, and Dane Culbertson, one of his followers, leave the Lewis County sheriff’s office to be transported to the state prison Feb. 22, 1974. The two along with two other Farm members were convicted of possession of marijuana after state agents raided The Farm in August 1971.

Kit Luce / The Tennessean Tomorrow host Tom Snyder, right, interviews Stephen Gaskin, spiritual leader of The Farm commune near Summertown, in a taping at the Tennessee State Penitentiary March 24, 1974. Gaskin has just finished his first month of 1 to 3-year sentence for growing marijuana. Snyder brought his NBC-TV show to Nashville from Burbank, Calif.

Kit Luce / The Tennessean
Tomorrow host Tom Snyder, right, interviews Stephen Gaskin, spiritual leader of The Farm commune near Summertown, in a taping at the Tennessee State Penitentiary March 24, 1974. Gaskin has just finished his first month of 1 to 3-year sentence for growing marijuana. Snyder brought his NBC-TV show to Nashville from Burbank, Calif.

Frank Empson / The Tennessean Tennessee State Penitentiary inmate Stephen Gaskin smiles in the January sunshine near the State Capitol in Nashville Jan. 6, 1975 as he contemplates his upcoming parol from prison. Gaskin, a participant in a work-release program, already spends considerable time outside prison bars.

Frank Empson / The Tennessean
Tennessee State Penitentiary inmate Stephen Gaskin smiles in the January sunshine near the State Capitol in Nashville Jan. 6, 1975 as he contemplates his upcoming parol from prison. Gaskin, a participant in a work-release program, already spends considerable time outside prison bars.

Rusty Honicker / For The Tennessean Ramona Hupp, like everyone else, was listening to a speaker in the greenhouse at The Farm June 14, 1979. Then she turned and saw a photographer looking in the window, So she took her cushion and hid behind it, almost. She is the daughter of Thomas and Sylvia Hupp.

Rusty Honicker / For The Tennessean
Ramona Hupp, like everyone else, was listening to a speaker in the greenhouse at The Farm June 14, 1979. Then she turned and saw a photographer looking in the window, So she took her cushion and hid behind it, almost. She is the daughter of Thomas and Sylvia Hupp.

Dianne Milam / The Tennessean Of course, it's natural for youngsters to be eating blackberries at this time of year, when they're at the peak of ripeness. But it takes the imagination of kids at The Farm near Summertown July 19, 1981 to find such a comfortable place to munch, like the sacks of dirty laundry. They are Noah Jackson, left, Frederico Perez, and Arthur, Joseph and Gabriel Lichtman.

Dianne Milam / The Tennessean
Of course, it’s natural for youngsters to be eating blackberries at this time of year, when they’re at the peak of ripeness. But it takes the imagination of kids at The Farm near Summertown July 19, 1981 to find such a comfortable place to munch, like the sacks of dirty laundry. They are Noah Jackson, left, Frederico Perez, and Arthur, Joseph and Gabriel Lichtman.

P. Casey Daley / The Tennessean Using cash is a new experience for The Farm store employee Linda Myers who changes a $5 bill used to purchase two bottles of Coca Cola and three bags of beans Dec. 27, 1983. The store previously distributed groceries to residents according to their need.

P. Casey Daley / The Tennessean
Using cash is a new experience for The Farm store employee Linda Myers who changes a $5 bill used to purchase two bottles of Coca Cola and three bags of beans Dec. 27, 1983. The store previously distributed groceries to residents according to their need.

P. Casey Daley / The Tennessean An old-fashioned farm machine and a satellite dish here Dec. 27, 1983, illustrate the simplicity and complexity that characterize life at The Farm, an internationally known "spiritual community" near Summertown, Tenn., where vast changes are occurring as the commune struggles to survive.

P. Casey Daley / The Tennessean
An old-fashioned farm machine and a satellite dish here Dec. 27, 1983, illustrate the simplicity and complexity that characterize life at The Farm, an internationally known “spiritual community” near Summertown, Tenn., where vast changes are occurring as the commune struggles to survive.

P. Casey Daley / The Tennessean Leader Stephen Gaskin talks about bringing a band of "Pioneers" to Tennessee in 1971 to a reporter Dec. 27, 1983. Now years later, vast changes are occurring as the commune struggles to survive in Summertown.

P. Casey Daley / The Tennessean
Leader Stephen Gaskin talks about bringing a band of “Pioneers” to Tennessee in 1971 to a reporter Dec. 27, 1983. Now years later, vast changes are occurring as the commune struggles to survive in Summertown.

P. Casey Daley / The Tennessean Leader Stephen Gaskin talks about bringing a band of "Pioneers" to Tennessee in 1971 to a reporter Dec. 27, 1983. Now years later, vast changes are occurring as the commune struggles to survive in Summertown.

P. Casey Daley / The Tennessean
Leader Stephen Gaskin talks about bringing a band of “Pioneers” to Tennessee in 1971 to a reporter Dec. 27, 1983. Now years later, vast changes are occurring as the commune struggles to survive in Summertown.

Sam Upshaw Jr. / The Tennessean A child of the city is floating down a creek July 24, 1986 after learning about life in the country during a summer camp at The Farm near Summertown. About a dozen city-dwelling children takes hikes, learn crafts, dance and participate in sports.

Sam Upshaw Jr. / The Tennessean
A child of the city is floating down a creek July 24, 1986 after learning about life in the country during a summer camp at The Farm near Summertown. About a dozen city-dwelling children takes hikes, learn crafts, dance and participate in sports.

Sam Upshaw Jr. / The Tennessean The Farm resident Janine Longo, top, a camp teacher, interests Ketoya Tally of Nashville in reading July 24, 1986. About a dozen city-dwelling children takes hikes, learn crafts, dance and participate in sports.

Sam Upshaw Jr. / The Tennessean
The Farm resident Janine Longo, top, a camp teacher, interests Ketoya Tally of Nashville in reading July 24, 1986. About a dozen city-dwelling children takes hikes, learn crafts, dance and participate in sports.

Sam Upshaw Jr. / The Tennessean Sky Weinishke, a child of The Farm, takes a turn at leading a horse to demonstrate the skill for summer campers July 24, 1986. The Farm, founded in 1971 as a self-sufficient commune, has about 300 residents. At its peak in the 1970s, the community had a population of about 1,500.

Sam Upshaw Jr. / The Tennessean
Sky Weinishke, a child of The Farm, takes a turn at leading a horse to demonstrate the skill for summer campers July 24, 1986. The Farm, founded in 1971 as a self-sufficient commune, has about 300 residents. At its peak in the 1970s, the community had a population of about 1,500.

P. Casey Daley / The Tennessean Watching their teacher at The Farm School April 15, 1988 are students Jeff Ibur, 16, left, and Esther Traugot, 16. The pair are not old enough to have been original settlers on The Farm near Summertown, founded in Lewis County in 1971. But their tie-dyed shirts are reminiscent of those worn in the 60s and 70s. Ibur's family makes and sells the shirts, trendy again.

P. Casey Daley / The Tennessean
Watching their teacher at The Farm School April 15, 1988 are students Jeff Ibur, 16, left, and Esther Traugot, 16. The pair are not old enough to have been original settlers on The Farm near Summertown, founded in Lewis County in 1971. But their tie-dyed shirts are reminiscent of those worn in the 60s and 70s. Ibur’s family makes and sells the shirts, trendy again.

P. Casey Daley / The Tennessean Sadie Ibur, 8, and her teacher, Bonnie Holsinger, tackle math at the ground level April 15, 1988. Teachers at The Farm School say they provide individual attention to each student and form partnership with parents to help children learn.

P. Casey Daley / The Tennessean
Sadie Ibur, 8, and her teacher, Bonnie Holsinger, tackle math at the ground level April 15, 1988. Teachers at The Farm School say they provide individual attention to each student and form partnership with parents to help children learn.

P. Casey Daley / The Tennessean Justin Hubbard, 12, center, chairman of a meeting of junior high school students at The Farm School, recognizes a fellow student April 15, 1988.

P. Casey Daley / The Tennessean
Justin Hubbard, 12, center, chairman of a meeting of junior high school students at The Farm School, recognizes a fellow student April 15, 1988.

 

 

 

 

 

P. Casey Daley / The Tennessean A game of dodge ball breaks out during lunch at The Farm School near Summertown April 15, 1988.

P. Casey Daley / The Tennessean
A game of dodge ball breaks out during lunch at The Farm School near Summertown April 15, 1988.

Bill Steber / The Tennessean Ellie Hurgeton and a group of 25 high school students from The Farm School in Summertown ask question to Nashville Thermal Plant representatives while on a tour of the facility Nov. 8, 1990. In the background are Roland Huddleston, left, a teacher at the school, and student Jody Stevens.

Bill Steber / The Tennessean
Ellie Hurgeton and a group of 25 high school students from The Farm School in Summertown ask question to Nashville Thermal Plant representatives while on a tour of the facility Nov. 8, 1990. In the background are Roland Huddleston, left, a teacher at the school, and student Jody Stevenson.

ike DuBose / The Tennessean John Sharlet, second from right, teaches campers the value of teamwork as they carry a canoe to the lake during the Kids to the Country summer camp at The Farm July 19, 1991.

ike DuBose / The Tennessean
John Sharlet, second from right, teaches campers the value of teamwork as they carry a canoe to the lake during the Kids to the Country summer camp at The Farm July 19, 1991.

Mike DuBose / The Tennessean John Sharlet, center, teaches campers about canoeing during the Kids to the Country summer camp at The Farm July 19, 1991 near Summertown.

Mike DuBose / The Tennessean
John Sharlet, center, teaches campers about canoeing during the Kids to the Country summer camp at The Farm July 19, 1991 near Summertown.

Mike DuBose / The Tennessean Chanphalla Bun, left, and Khex Ty enjoy the swimming hole at The Farm near Summertown July 19, 1991 during their stay at the Kids in the Country program.

Mike DuBose / The Tennessean
Chanphalla Bun, left, and Khex Ty enjoy the swimming hole at The Farm near Summertown July 19, 1991 during their stay at the Kids in the Country program.

Anne Paine / The Tennessean Adam Turtle explains bamboo growth during the Alternatives Fair at The Farm in Summertown Oct. 3, 1992.

Anne Paine / The Tennessean
Adam Turtle explains bamboo growth during the Alternatives Fair at The Farm in Summertown Oct. 3, 1992.

Anne Paine / The Tennessean Inventor Darrell Murphy, in driver seat, gives Christina Clark, right, a ride in his solar-powered SunDriver during the Alternatives Fair at The Farm in Summertown Oct. 3, 1992.

Anne Paine / The Tennessean
Inventor Darrell Murphy, in driver seat, gives Christina Clark, right, a ride in his solar-powered SunDriver during the Alternatives Fair at The Farm in Summertown Oct. 3, 1992.

Frank Empson / The Tennessean Louise Hagler talks about the non-toxic materials used to build this house Sept. 30, 1993 at The Farm near Summertown.

Frank Empson / The Tennessean
Louise Hagler talks about the non-toxic materials used to build this house Sept. 30, 1993 at The Farm near Summertown.

Frank Empson / The Tennessean Louise Hagler talks about the non-toxic materials used to build this house Sept. 30, 1993 at The Farm near Summertown.

Frank Empson / The Tennessean
Louise Hagler talks about the non-toxic materials used to build this house Sept. 30, 1993 at The Farm near Summertown.

P. Casey Daley / The Tennessean Joan Thomas, right, discusses the cob construction of the Ecovillage Visitors Center on The Farm near Summertown with Kathryn Hutchens Oct. 20, 1998.

P. Casey Daley / The Tennessean
Joan Thomas, right, discusses the cob construction of the Ecovillage Visitors Center on The Farm near Summertown with Kathryn Hutchens Oct. 20, 1998.

P. Casey Daley / The Tennessean In his book, "Voices From the Farm," Jerry Hutchens writes about first falling in love with his wife Kathryn on The Farm near Summertown. Now years later, coming upon her in the midst of a workday Oct. 20, 1998, the attraction is still apparent.

P. Casey Daley / The Tennessean
In his book, “Voices From the Farm,” Jerry Hutchens writes about first falling in love with his wife Kathryn on The Farm near Summertown. Now years later, coming upon her in the midst of a workday Oct. 20, 1998, the attraction is still apparent.

P. Casey Daley / The Tennessean Cynthia Holzapfel, left, one of the authors of "Voices from the Farm," enjoys the opportunity of working along side of her daughter Laura, 14, at The Book Company on The Farm near Summertown Oct. 20, 1998.

P. Casey Daley / The Tennessean
Cynthia Holzapfel, left, one of the authors of “Voices from the Farm,” enjoys the opportunity of working along side of her daughter Laura, 14, at The Book Company on The Farm near Summertown Oct. 20, 1998.

Shelley Mays / The Tennessean Phil Schweitzer of Village Media Services sits in the company's recording studio on The Farm in Summertown Oct. 26, 2005.

Shelley Mays / The Tennessean
Phil Schweitzer of Village Media Services sits in the company’s recording studio on The Farm in Summertown Oct. 26, 2005.

Shelley Mays / The Tennessean Storage tanks and old silos, a couple shows here Oct. 26, 2005, have been decorated with murals on The Farm near Summertown.

Shelley Mays / The Tennessean
Storage tanks and old silos, a couple shows here Oct. 26, 2005, have been decorated with murals on The Farm near Summertown.

Shelley Mays / The Tennessean Joseph Thomas solders a surface board for an Inspector Plus radiation detector at S.E. International on The Farm near Summertown Oct. 26, 2005. The business is privately owned and generates more than $2 million in annual sales.

Shelley Mays / The Tennessean
Joseph Thomas solders a surface board for an Inspector Plus radiation detector at S.E. International on The Farm near Summertown Oct. 26, 2005. The business is privately owned and generates more than $2 million in annual sales.

Shelley Mays / The Tennessean The Radiation Alert Inspector device, shown here Oct. 26, 2005, is manufactured on The Farm in Summertown. The business is one of the most successful on The Farm.

Shelley Mays / The Tennessean
The Radiation Alert Inspector device, shown here Oct. 26, 2005, is manufactured on The Farm in Summertown. The business is one of the most successful on The Farm.

Shelley Mays / The Tennessean Barbara Elliott is co-owner of FarmSoy, which dates to the 1970s on The Farm, gives a tour of the plant Oct. 26, 2005. Soybean farming no longer takes place on the former commune so the beans are purchases from other farmers in the region. Tofu is still processed on The Farm at the plant.

Shelley Mays / The Tennessean
Barbara Elliott is co-owner of FarmSoy, which dates to the 1970s on The Farm, gives a tour of the plant Oct. 26, 2005. Soybean farming no longer takes place on the former commune so the beans are purchases from other farmers in the region. Tofu is still processed on The Farm at the plant.

Shelley Mays / The Tennessean Max Kachinsky is getting books ready to be shipped at The Farm's Book Publishing Co. Oct. 26, 2005. The last business still owned by The Farm cooperative, made $1.2 million in sales last year and sold titles in the U.S., Canada, England, Australia and South Africa.

Shelley Mays / The Tennessean
Max Kachinsky is getting books ready to be shipped at The Farm’s Book Publishing Co. Oct. 26, 2005. The last business still owned by The Farm cooperative, made $1.2 million in sales last year and sold titles in the U.S., Canada, England, Australia and South Africa.

 

 

 

 

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