Raw Food Meals, Cold Feet, and Back to the City: The Wisdom of the Nearings

In this installment of their regular column, Helen and Scott Nearing provided advice on raw food meals, preventing cold feet in the winter, and moving back to the city if country life isn't working out.

| July/August 1980

  • Scott Nearing
    As dedicated life-long homesteaders, preparing raw food meals was one of many subjects on which Scott and Helen Nearing could advise readers.

  • Scott Nearing

The following are questions readers submitted to Helen and Scott Nearing in their regular column on homesteading.  

Q: Since moving to Costa Rica recently, I've modified my eating habits and now consume only raw foods. However, there seems to be a shortage of material on raw food meals (and it's difficult here to find more than a few types of nuts and a very few cereals with which to vary such a diet). In a recent column, you mentioned a "no-cooking cookbook" that you're preparing on the subject. I'd appreciate it if you'd let your readers know when the volume will be ready, how much it will cost, and where we can purchase it. 

A: I (Helen) have been working on my "simple foods for simple-living people" recipe book for about ten years, off and on. The publication has now gone to press and should be available by the fall of this year. If you'll write to us at the Social Science Institute, we'll let you know when the book is ready and how much it will cost. 

Q: I'd like to begin this letter by expressing my thanks for the knowledge and the wisdom you've been sharing with others over the years. I admire both of you, and hope to be able to establish myself in a rural homestead soon.   

I'm curious, however, as to how you cope with the insect problem in Maine. I've heard that some folks actually pull up stakes and leave the state as a result of the savage mosquitoes that swarm every summer. Is there any truth to such stories? And if so, what do you do to alleviate the situation?  

A: We have never suffered excessively from mosquitoes, black flies, or ticks. Of course, we live on a saltwater bay, and the fresh sea breezes may help keep some biting insects away. (Our home is also surrounded by open meadows ... folks who live deep in the woods are probably more apt to be bothered by bugs.)

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