In middle Tennessee if you mention "The Farm" most folks think of the Hippie Farm near Summertown. Steven Gaskin and a bus caravan of his followers left San Francisco and moved to Tennessee to pursue a life style of communal living. Gretchen Bates spent a day there learning about Kids To The Country.
Gretchen Bates joined Tennessee Crossroads in 2007 but had her first appearance on the show in 1991 when her community, The Farm, was featured on the show. Though born and raised in Lewis County, Gretchen left Tennessee to move to New York City and pursue a career in theatre. Highlights from her time in New York City include two summers at the Chautauqua Theatre, working with the Circe du Soleil, and seeing every show on Broadway. After six years on the stage in New York City, Gretchen returned home to Tennessee.