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West of CenterArt and the Counterculture Experiment in America, 1965-1977$
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Elissa Auther and Adam Lerner

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816677252

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816677252.001.0001

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The Farm by the Freeway

The Farm by the Freeway

(p.42) Chapter 3 The Farm by the Freeway
West of Center

Jana Blankenship

University of Minnesota Press

The present-day Cesar Chavez Street Freeway Interchange that passes over the Mission neighborhood in San Francisco was once a place of productivity where life grew and roots deepened under the name Crossroads Community (The Farm). Founded in 1974, The Farm was one of the city’s earliest community cultural spaces organized around the ecological principles of living in harmony with nature. Distinctively, it brought together people, animals, plants, and educational resources, heralding a new form of ecological thinking in line with countercultural ideals of the period. This chapter discusses the three countercultural projects that The Farm drew on: the guerrilla theater of the San Francisco Diggers, the Los Angeles-based project Synapse Reality by Aviva Rahmani, and the Berkeley-based demonstration site, the Integral Urban House. It then details the events leading to the demise of The Farm in 1987.

Keywords:   Cesar Chavez Street Freeway Interchange, San Francisco, Crossroads Community, The Farm, counterculture, guerrilla theater, San Francisco Diggers, Synapse Reality, Aviva Rahmani, Integral Urban House

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