homeTribe 80 Acres Eddie Mine E Z Access Ranch
Photos and Stories of a loose-knit Oregon Communal Farm in the1970s
     When I was living on the sofa circuit in the early seventies I hitch-hiked to and from Sixes River on the Southern Oregon Coast often, always packing a camera and plenty of black & white film. About nine miles upriver, in the most remote part of the Oregon coast, there was a communal farm on an 80 acre patch surrounded by forested public lands. Fueled by firewood, kerosene, and food stamps, the 80 Acres at Elephant Rock was a place where friends were invited to live and work on the land, to share, to make cabins and exist in peace for a time.
       The 80 Acres at Elephant Rock continues to produces food, and is an Oregon Tilth Certified Organic farm. The Eddie Mine was an old mining claim right on the river in the midst of old growth trees about five miles upstream from the 80 Acres. The Easy Access Ranch  was near the freeway exit for Littlerock, Washington and became northern offshoot of the communal experience that lasted until 1976.
      It's been fun scanning my black & white negatives and the color snapshots from many personal collections. This website is to take these images and memories out of the box and share them. I'll be adding new portraits, interviews and/or captions as the site evolves. Please e-mail me if you can help add captions, photos and stories.       gtrendler@gmail.com