November 30, 2012

The hippie commune where "birth control was frowned upon, and abortions were prohibited; childbearing was seen as a natural, beautiful and wholly spiritual undertaking for a woman."

The Farm... it's still around.

I was amazed to see that article in The Daily Mail (in the news because there's a new documentary movie), because just a week ago I referred to The Farm here:
Meade says there was a hippie pro-life movement. He remembers hippies urging women not to have abortions and saying give your babies to us and we'll give them back to you whenever you want. I don't remember that iteration of hippie values, I don't know how the urging would have been done in pre-internet days, and my Googling fails again as I try to research the hippie pro-life movement.
Later, Meade told me the place was called The Farm, and I read about it in Wikipedia.

28 comments:

chickelit said...

The plowed furrows were drenched with Nature's fecund blessings at The Farm...

phx said...

You can rock it you can roll it
You can stop and you can stroll it at The Farm

chuck said...

I knew some of the early members just before they moved from San Francisco to Tennessee with Stephen Gaskin. One was a high school friend. The multiple marriage thing didn't work out for most.

retail lawyer said...

My best friend from High School joined The Farm. It was his second or third commune. They arranged a remarkably inappropriate marriage for him, which produced children. He was eventually kicked out for throwing rocks at his wife. Then my brother worked with a mechanic who also left the farm.

It was true about the promotion of childbearing. They would offer a home to any pregnant woman or girl, and offer to keep the child. It made for an unfavorable ratio of workers to dependents, though.

edutcher said...

Sounds a little like Lebensborn.

Without the Sieg Heils, of course.

40 years later, still rebels without a clue.

edutcher said...

chickelit said...

The plowed furrows were drenched with Nature's fecund blessings at The Farm.

More like, the fertile furrows were plowed and drenched with Nature's fecund blessings at The Farm.

Very apt, nonetheless.

somefeller said...

Spinal Tap wrote a song about this place years ago. Sex Farm!

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Progressives...always trying to reinvent the wheel, when the original wheel has been perfectly functional for thousands of years.

madAsHell said...

Yeah...this doesn't work.

One of the guys from the neighborhood went to Cornell, and then took his women (girlfriend??) to a commune. They shared the weed, women, food, and paid no rent. Everything was fine until she started sleeping with the guy in the next yurt.

When nothing has any value, then you can't build wealth.

Losers!

Valentine Smith said...

Plowing the fields has always been my favorite leisure activity.

As my whimsy leads me.. said...

I briefly knew a woman around 1978 who went to The Farm to have her baby. I was living in Lexington, Kentucky then. That was the first I had heard of it, but I've heard thing in the news about them from time to time.

Synova said...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2240075/Now-sick-babies-death-pathway-Doctors-haunting-testimony-reveals-children-end-life-plan.html?ICO=most_read_module

Not to harsh your mellow...

the wolf said...

It made for an unfavorable ratio of workers to dependents, though.

A Democratic paradise.

EDH said...

Freedom, baby.

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chickelit said...

edutcher said...

More like, the fertile furrows were plowed and drenched with Nature's fecund blessings at The Farm

Gee ed, if you're going to improve, go all the way:

Hippies plowed fertile furrows and drenched them with Nature's fecund blessings at The Farm.

DADvocate said...

When I still lived in Tennessee, I'd come across people who had lived or visited for an extended time The Farm. They always had mixed reviews. I distinctly remember one story of a natural childbirth not going well at all, resulting in a hurried trip to the hospital.

They used to sell a delicious nutritional yeast, cheesy taste. Maybe they still do.

mccullough said...

The documentary looks interesting.

McTriumph said...

'The documentary looks interesting."

What's it called, "In the Fields Of Opportunity It's Plowin Time Again"?

Jim in St Louis said...

Oh sure- make fun of the 'Hippie-Dippie" lifestyle. Do ya think that in 100 years that lifestyle will be looked back the way we do about the Shakers? or the Mormons?

Opus Dei

The Diggers

Catholic Worker Movement

bizandlegis said...

Thanks for that stuff from daily mail. Great amazing to read still there are hippies ..... take care

rhhardin said...

Childbirth is natural just by etymology.

Chris Hall said...

I lived there for about a month in 1977. I should write a book.

tim maguire said...

While finding much to criticize, i also see much to admire in the hippies. They deseve better than the Cartman-inspired "dirty hippie" ridicule they receive from the Right. Besides, isn't the point of Federalism, which most of us support, to create an atmosphere that allows experimentation while protecting the greater society from the damage of failed experiments?

So they're not your cup of tea. Don't move in with them. And applaud their support for life. I've always thought pro-life more true to liberal principles than "pro-choice" (scare quotes intended) anyway.

St. George said...

Huge interview with The Farm's Ina May Gaskin, one of the nation's top childbirth experts...

http://www.thesunmagazine.org/issues/433/oh_baby

Janette Kok said...

It's a non-religious, non-celibate copy of monasticism.

Edwin den Boer said...

And monasticism was a religious, celibate copy of Epicureanism. Although Epicureans weren't enthusiastic about sex either.

McTriumph said...

I'm right-wing and I loved hippy girls in college. They might call me a Nazi in poli-sci class discussions, but after some beer and reefer they were the most easy women I ever debauched with. They could be talked into anything and I mean anything.