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In Focus: Ina May Gaskin at The Farm

by Sara Lamm and Mary Wigmore

A dwelling from the '70s on The Farm in Summertown, Tennessee.

The Farm sits on 1,750 acres of Tennessee heartland. Formed in 1971, the community hosts enviromental workshops, agrotourism experiences, and spiritual retreats all year long, but its official population registers under 200. 

Its most famous resident is Ina May Gaskin, the mother of modern midwifery. The new feature-length documentary Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and The Farm Midwives traces her journey from idealistic hippie youth to champion of women all around the world. And what better setting for watching nature at work than the wild Tennessee landscape? LA-based filmmakers Sara Lamm and Mary Wigmore give us a glimpse of what life is like on The Farm today.


Birth Story premieres June 16th at the Los Angeles Film Festival. For showtimes and tickets, go to


You're Inn at The Farm
184 Schoolhouse Road
Summertown, TN

Sara is a writer, director (Dr. Bronner's Magic Soapbox), and performer whose work has appeared on NPR, at MASS MoCA, and the American Visionary Art Museum. She travels for the fresh perspective, and to get out of her own head. Mary directed the documentary Ashtanga, NY, the short film Dealbreaker, as well as films for Google, MSN, Goop, Ogilvy and Mather, and Amnesty International. She travels for the new smells, tastes, and tag sales.


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