Helen and Scott Nearing Answer Homesteading Questions

Helen and Scott Nearing answer homesteading questions, including land buying tips, power tools in the garden and moving large rocks during construction.


| May/June 1978



Helen and Scott Nearing answer reader's homesteading questions. Scott meets a visitor.

Helen and Scott Nearing answer reader's homesteading questions. Scott meets a visitor.


Photo by MOTHER EARTH NEWS staff

Helen and Scott Nearing answer homesteading questions from MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers.

Helen and Scott Nearing Answer Homesteading Questions

As we've noted several times in these pages, Helen and Scott Nearing are light years ahead of most of us when it comes to getting back to the land and living a life of voluntary simplicity. As well they should be, since they originally homesteaded a run-down farm in Vermont's Green Mountains away back in the autumn of 1932.

Life was good for the Nearings on that mini-farm . . . until the slopes around them exploded into ski resorts in the early 50's, forcing Helen and Scott to move onto a rocky- inlet on the coast of  Maine and start all over again.

And that's where you'll find the leavings today: still clearing brush, still building honest stone houses (Helen and Scott are famous for their stone houses), and still raising most of their vegetarian diet themselves in unbelievably- productive wholistic gardens . . . just as they've been doing for nearly 5O Years.

Naturally (in more ways than one/, the Hearings have learned a few things about homesteading and getting back to basics over the years. And, lucky for all of us, they've agreed to share some of that knowledge with if OTHER's readers in a regular question and answer column. If you'd like to get in on the action, send your question or questions about self-sufficient living on the land to Helen and Scott Nearing, MOTHER EARTH NEWS ® P.O. Box 70, Hendersonville, N.C. 28739. And please don't expect personal replies to your queries. The most important and most frequently, asked questions will be answered here — and here only — where we all cart read what the Nearings have to say.

My wife and I expect to buy some land soon and begin subsistence farming on our own, despite our lack of farming experience. Have you any general advice for people about to embark upon such an "adventure"?





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