Helen and Scott Nearing: Starting a Farm, Removing Tree Stumps and Using Milk Products

Helen and Scott Nearing provide homesteading advice on starting a farm, removing tree stumps and using milk products.

| July/August 1978

Helen and Scott Nearing share their homesteading advice with MOTHER's readers, including advice on starting a farm, using milk products and removing tree stumps.

The Wisdom of Helen and Scott Nearing

As we've noticed several time 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. 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 explode, into ski resorts in the early 50's, forcing Helen and Scott to move on to a rocky inlet on the coast of Maine and start all over again.

And that's where you'll find the Nearings today: still clearing brush, still building stone houses (Helen and Scott are famous for their stone houses, and still raising most of them, eating a vegetarian diet themselves from unbelievably productive wholistic gardens . . . just as they're been doing for nearly 50 years.

Naturally (in more ways than one, the Nearings 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 MOTHER'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, THE 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 all can read what the Nearings have to say.

My people came from Maine, and since childhood I have been trying to fight my way back. It may take me a few years, but I'm studying silversmithing and hope to be able to make a living, in the Pine Tree State once again someday. I'm single (divorced), 43 years old, and I'm pretty strong. My mother is 69. I don't think we could make it on a farm . . . but I'm not sure about this. Do you think two women, such as my mother and me, might make it on the land starting a farm? Do you know of any city women who have done so? And do you know whether or not cheap land is still available in Maine?

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