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Heading to The Farm

The Farm -  hippie wedding

In Nashville, I'm going to interview my client friend and her dad, both down home conservatives participating in the Republican primary on Feb 5. From what I hear, the dad wishes Newt would run. That evening, I'm heading 60 miles south of Nashville – but many more philosophical miles – to a legendary hippie commune called The Farm.

Get a taste of The Farm's fascinating history in this Vanity Fair article: Sex, Drugs, and Soybeans. Just soybeans for me, I think. If I'm lucky, I'll get an interview with the founder Stephen Gaskin, the founder and one-time spiritual leader of the place, and hopefully webcast it live.

I can't tell you how excited I am for this crazy journey to begin.

Footnote: Strangely enough, my first not-quite-girlfriend was born on this commune. She went to college in Santa Cruz, was known to drop acid, and loved Cat Stevens. I know, hippie alert, right? Our relationship existed almost entirely in IRC chats and email. This was pre-WWW days. Strange days indeed.

Footnote 2: My activist friend Alex and her daughter Ella stayed at The Farm en route to protesting at Camp Casey in Crawford, Texas. Some of that is documented on their blog Ella Goes.

January 29, 2008 at 04:01 AM in The Uptake | Permalink


Though I'm running around Tokyo right now, I'm super jealous of your Uptake journey!

I can't imagine a better person to be helming this project. You are the John McLaughlin of our generation.

On another note: I went to UC Santa Cruz, dropped acid, but didn't love Cat Stevens... which does not make me no stinkin' hippie!:)

Posted by: Schlomo Rabinowitz at Jan 29, 2008 4:44:09 AM

Let's trade places, ya techno-hippie!

Posted by: chuck at Jan 29, 2008 2:46:01 PM

Oh! The Farm! Ina Mae Gaskin is the woman who inspired me to become a midwife! I ended up not continuing my eddycation and stopping at being an L&D nurse, but she continues to inspire how I work in a delightful crunchy way.

Have a hippie-good time!

Posted by: missb at Jan 31, 2008 10:17:57 AM