A reflection on the simple living lessons offered by legendary homesteaders Helen and Scott Nearing, authors of Living the Good Life.
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.
Scott Nearing tends the productive organic garden he and Helen made at their final Forest Farm homestead on Cape Rozier, Maine.
Helen Knothe and Scott Nearing in 1931.
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The Nearings simple-living philosophy us reflected in the wooden bowls and plain foods they prepared.
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
The beginning structure of the Nearings final homestead.
Helen Nearing, pictured outside of her Harborside, Maine, home.