Remembering the Homesteading Principles of the Nearings

Roger Doiron explores the continuing legacy and homesteading principles of the Nearings and their Forest Farm homestead. Learn about Helen and Scott Nearing's principles of simple living, The Good Life Center in Harborside, Maine, and how the Nearings have influenced generations of homesteaders, including the suburban variety.

The late Helen Nearing, tending her poppies. Scott and Helen Nearing dedicated four hours a day to “bread labor,” which included gardening and other physical activities.
The late Helen Nearing, tending her poppies. Scott and Helen Nearing dedicated four hours a day to “bread labor,” which included gardening and other physical activities.
Photo by Lynn Karlin