Jean I. Dordek


As Interviewed by William Taylor-Burton, March 16,2016
"Social justice was very important to The Farm because they had a lot of fingers in a lot of pies. For example, some people had just participated in a Native American March on the East Coast for the rights of Native Americans. We also had the general idea that if we could figure out how to live reasonably and sanely without using more than our share of the world’s resources we could create a community that would set a really good role model."
Jean I. Dordek

Introductory Profile: About Jean I. Dordek

Jean Dordek is my grandmother on my mother’s side. She currently owns Starbright Preschool in South Austin. During the 1970s, she lived on The Farm, an intentional community focused on communal living in the least-harmful way. She left The Farm in 1983 when my mother was a teenager and moved to Austin with her husband and four children. She has lived here since. I interviewed my grandmother at her house on March 16. She has very happy and willing to share her experiences with me.

Our interview covered living on The Farm as well as Native American and women’s rights. I have heard many stories about The Farm from my family members who lived there and my grandmother was thrilled to be asked questions about something that was so important to her life. It was an easy interview and the time passed quickly. I learned a lot about things that happened a long time ago and it was interesting to hear about it from someone who actually lived it.