Nearing Enough: Simple Living Lessons

A reflection on the simple living lessons offered by legendary homesteaders Helen and Scott Nearing, authors of Living the Good Life.



At ages 68 and 89, Helen and Scott began building these stone buildings and garden walls to make their last homestead, which is open to the public today as a testament to a life of simple living.
At ages 68 and 89, Helen and Scott began building these stone buildings and garden walls to make their last homestead, which is open to the public today as a testament to a life of simple living.
PHOTO: LYNN KARLIN
Scott Nearing tends the productive organic garden he and Helen made at their final Forest Farm homestead on Cape Rozier, Maine.
Scott Nearing tends the productive organic garden he and Helen made at their final Forest Farm homestead on Cape Rozier, Maine.
RICHARD GARRETT
The Nearings simple-living philosophy us reflected in the wooden bowls and plain foods they prepared.
The Nearings simple-living philosophy us reflected in the wooden bowls and plain foods they prepared.
LYNN KARLIN
The Nearings built homes and garden walls of stone in both Vermont and Maine using slipform masonry. To learn more about this   sustainable building technique, see
The Nearings built homes and garden walls of stone in both Vermont and Maine using slipform masonry. To learn more about this sustainable building technique, see "The Art of Slipform Masonry" video on MOTHER's Bookshelf, page 120 in this issue.
RICHARD GARRETT
Helen Knothe and Scott Nearing in 1931.
Helen Knothe and Scott Nearing in 1931.
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The beginning structure of the Nearings final homestead.
The beginning structure of the Nearings final homestead.
LYNN KARLIN
Helen Nearing, pictured outside of her Harborside, Maine, home.
Helen Nearing, pictured outside of her Harborside, Maine, home.
COURTESY CHELSEA GREEN PUBLISHING











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