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Following the Vietnam War, Watergate, and the 1973 energy crisis, some young Americans rejected the urban life, and sought out a simpler existence, closer to nature, and the fruits of their own toil. From the early '70s to the early '80s became known as the "Back to the Land" movement. Many young couples tried their hand at homesteading, some made it, and most eventually returned. Some 30 years later, their once radical ideals have a renewed relevance. Although less youth are moving "off the grid" as the previous generation, more and more are adopting the ethics and aesthetics, planting organic gardens in back yards, and some even keeping a few chickens. This new generation commutes by bike and aggressively recycles. Here's a tribute to those earlier Back-to-Landers and here's to those who find inspiration in their success, lessons in their failings, and optimism in the effort.
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