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The Farm EcoHostel

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184 Schoolhouse Rd, Summertown, TN 38483-8001
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Our rustic EcoHostel is located within the center of The Farm, one of the nation's most successful intentional communities. It is in the heart of the Ecovillage Training Center, and home to Gaia University. The two dormitories, three private bedrooms, one cabin and a campground provide a rustic but comfortable lodging experience in keeping with The Farm's historic character. Our main building has a communal kitchen space where guests are welcome to cook and store their foods. We have many naturally built buildings throughout the Ecovillage Training Center that guests are welcome to explore and enjoy. We also have an Organic Garden and a strawbale greenhouse on site, and the Eco-Bookstore with an interesting variety of genres and titles. The Farm offers a beautiful swimming hole, disc golf course, and Farm Store with many organic food options. Come and live The Farm life with us!
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The only problem I had was my cell phone And Internet didn't work as this is in the country. Very peaceful and quiet with lots of quirky hippy And Eco living history. You can rent your own cabin space or you can let together in the big house and communal living
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I came to the Farm to potentially join the community, but I realized within three days that most of the people living there were distant and cold. I arrived the second week in July and was repeatedly bitten by mosquitoes, no-see-ums, chiggers, and ticks. The house also has a rodent that ate through the package of my trail mix. When I told the manager, she said, "At least it's not a rat!" The first night I was surprised to find that the handful of residents at the ecovillage regularly disappear without a word. I was left in this big spooky house by myself not knowing where anyone else was. The place isn't staffed regularly so guests often have to hunt someone down to pay their bill and day visitors usually find the place deserted with no guide maps or signs on the property to show them where to walk. The upstairs of the hostel/farmhouse has visible signs of water intrusion and I developed a cough from sleeping in my moldy room. The water pipes in the shower leaked inside the walls and wet the stairs below it whenever someone used it. I came to the ecohostel on a work exchange in which I was required to work three hours a day plus pay $5 a day for a dorm room. I was given the dirtiest jobs on the place in exchange for $5 an hour towards my room cost. When I asked for something more creative, the task was snatched away from me before completion and I was told to go back to cleaning out storage rooms. I saw no evidence of any training going on at the "Ecovillage Training Center" during my stay. The only thing I learned there was how mean people can be at the Farm. These psychos even ran off three guests one hour before sunset because "no one was going to be around the next day" (because the residents were all going to Nashville to view the eclipse). The guests had arrived three days earlier especially to view the eclipse from the Farm, but were sent packing, without warning, as soon as they'd finished eating dinner the night before the event. What?!
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Cool place. I've stayed there two times and visited one other time and I've always met interesting people here. It's a great place to relax or get involved in gardening/natural building type stuff. Laura, the girl who has taken over running the EcoHostel is doing a great job of improving the place. I've been to a lot of hostels around the world and this is one of the rare, cool rural hostels. I would say that it's most similar to Hostel In The Hostel in Brunswick, GA.
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This was great, myself and a friend signed up for the photovoltaics workshop...we spent several nights in the Hippitat...this is a small hut made of earthen materials and recycled materials...like glass bottles and cobb. EVERYONE was welcoming and informative...we will definitely go back for other workshops and family fun...I plan to bring my wife and child along next time.
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Loved stopping by the Farm for two nights on my cross country road trip and experiencing a taste of this historic intentional community. Everyone I met was very welcoming and friendly and it was fun to explore the property on a borrowed bike (thanks again, Laura!).
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Response from Laura L, Manager at The Farm EcoHostel
Responded Sep 4, 2015
Thanks for your review, Aliza! It was a pleasure having you - thanks for your help with the wholeo dome! :)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Farm EcoHostel
Which popular attractions are close to The Farm EcoHostel?
Nearby attractions include The Farm (0.9 miles) and The Tennessee Tardis (2.0 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Farm EcoHostel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and free parking.
Is parking available at The Farm EcoHostel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Farm EcoHostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Dawn's Family Deli, Sonic Drive In, and Los Altos.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Farm EcoHostel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does The Farm EcoHostel have an airport shuttle?
Yes, The Farm EcoHostel offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does The Farm EcoHostel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Are there any historical sites close to The Farm EcoHostel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Meriwether Lewis Park and Monument (7.7 miles).
Is The Farm EcoHostel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.