The Invention of the Rural Hipster

“In the winter of 1971, Stephen Gaskin of San Francisco, who had risen to fame as a teacher and psychedelic shaman, led three hundred-plus bangled and bellbottomed hippies out of Haight-Ashbury, bound for the American South. Gaskin said he wanted more trees, more sane people, more healthy babies. In the woods, they aimed to retrench and rethink, to grow their own food and weed. Younger Americans flocked to communes and collectives in the 1970s. Their parents had ditched farms for postwar corporate jobs and ranch homes on half-acre lots. Rural life looked more promising to this new generation. The rural South of the 1950s and 1960s had been a place to escape. A decade later, Gaskin and his followers regarded the South as a region to claim, a place to find solace amid the strife. Gaskin called the place they settled on the Cumberland Ridge in south-central Tennessee, The Farm. Working that agricultural commune, he and his followers drove shifts in American attitudes about whole earth ecology, natural childbirth, and organic, vegetarian, and vegan diets. …”

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