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The Farm Conference on Community & Sustainability May 23-25, 2014

Discover the power of life in community at one of the most dynamic examples on the planet, The Farm Community in Summertown, TN.

The Farm celebrates 40+ years of community activism with our third conference in partnership with the Fellowship of Intentional Communities.

FIC

Registration $175 per person Students $125
includes camping (Fri & Sat)
includes meals (Fri supper - Sun breakfast)
(Each registrant is asked to bring a specific food item to contribute.)

Click here to register online
or make the check out to (and mail to)
Village Media Services
Douglas Stevenson
PO Box 259
Summertown, TN 38483

Bring bikes, instruments, some food to share, an open mind, ideas, and enthusiasm.

Change your life...Change the world!

Sincerely,
Douglas Stevenson
Douglas@thefarmcommunity.com

school
The Solar School,a location for workshops
during the conference.

Green Homes & Ecovillage Tours

  • Straw Bale, Deltec, Earth Shelter, Cob, Cordwood
  • Passive Solar, Clay Slip, Log Cabin, Amish Cabins
  • Insulating Concrete Form, Domes, Earth Bag
  • Solar Showers, Solar Power
  • Local Harvest Lumber, Recycled Wonders

Homes and buildings of all shapes and sizes, with gorgeous examples of alternative construction

deltec
The Deltec Home

Sustainable Food Production

  • Community Garden Tours
  • Seasonal Fruit - Strawberries, Blackberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Apples, Figs
  • Bees and Insect Management
  • Beans, Corn, Squash, Sweet Potatoes, Onions, Garlic, Carrots, Melons and more!

This is not commercial farming, but food grown and consumed by the families who live here.

garden
The Community Garden

Land Trusts: Learn about the new Land Trust Document that protects the community's land base

Big Swan Headwaters Preserve

  • Over 1000 acres of The Farm’s 1750 acres are undeveloped forest.
  • Another 1400 acres surrounding the community is owned by Swan Trust, a nonprofit land trust founded by Farm members.
  • Hike scheduled for Sunday

swan
The 1400 acre Big Swan Headwaters Preserve

Workshops include:

  • Midwifery
  • Alternative Education,
  • Conflict Resolution & Nonviolent Communication
  • The Spiritual Path
  • Health & Diet
  • Starting a Small Business
  • and so much more.
midwives
The Farm Midwifery Center

Saturday evening, All Farm Barbecue

A celebration mixer that brings the community together. The meals features yummy barbecue tofu on the grill.
Not to be missed!

Music, Music, Music

Music has always been a very big part of The Farm Community, serving as a communion for bring people and generations together. Bring an instrument!

 

music
A music benefit in a nearby town organized
by a band from The Farm.
Community Center Community Dinner

Left - Our Community Center, the location for community dinners, parties, weddings and meetings.

ecovillage tc

Left - The Ecovillage Training Center, location for many examples of alternative construction and technologies.

Right - The Meeting Hall Dome, a massive recycled steel structure located adjacent to The Farm Store, will be the location for our Community Dinner/barbecue, with music to follow.

dome
yoga

Left - We like to start Saturday morning of our weekend events with a bit of yoga, a refreshing way to launch the day.

Right - A section of the new solar arrays that power two of our businesses.

solar panels

The Farm Communities Conference May 23-25, 2014

Registration $175 per person Students $125
includes camping (Fri & Sat)
includes meals (Fri supper - Sun breakfast)
(Each registrant is asked to bring a specific food item to contribute.)
Click here to register online
or make the check out to (and mail to)
Village Media Services
Douglas Stevenson
PO Box 259
Summertown, TN 38483 

Tentative Schedule

5 PM Friday - Opening Circle
6 PM Dinner
7 PM Opening Presentation: Preparing for the Future, Community as the path to Sustainability

Saturday
7 AM Yoga
8 AM Breakfast
9 AM Green Home Tour / Food Production Tour
Noon Lunch
1 PM Midwife Workshop / Starting a Community Business Workshop
2 PM Ecovillage Training Center Tour
3 PM Alternative Education Workshop / Conflict Resolution - Mediation - Nonviolent Communication Workshop
4 PM Open Space
6 PM Community Barbecue with music

Sunday
8:30 AM Breakfast
9:30 AM Spirituality - The Glue of Community
10:30 Meditation with Farm Members
11 AM Sharing Circle
Noon Closing Circle