Welcome to the Historic Homestead
of Scott & Helen Nearing

The mission of the Good Life Center is to perpetuate the legacy of Helen and Scott Nearing. The Good Life Center, through its programming and preservation of the historic Forest Farm homestead, advocates for simple and sustainable living skills, social and economic justice, organic gardening and the non-exploitation of animals.
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Recent News

  • Thank you Chris and Carol our  2018 Resident Stewards

    Thank you Chris and Carol our 2018 Resident Stewards

    The Good Life Center was so fortunate with our 2018 Resident Stewards, Carole Crawford and Chris Morrison, from Portland, Maine. They brought new energy to the Farm as the 2018 Resident Stewards. We thank them for all the work and positive interactions with visitors from June through October, our 2018 season. Carole and Chris met when they were cross-country ski ...» Read More
  • Fall Stewards Gathering, November 4th, 2018

    The Board and the Stewards are gathering as we do every year to talk about the past season and prepare for the ongoing future of the Good Life Center. This past Season was another great one with many visitors and our Resident Stewards jumped into the Good Life with gusto.  The board has been working with a nonprofit consultant Gary ...» Read More
  • A Homesteader’s Journey

    A Homesteader’s Journey

    It’s the little moments that guided me to my homesteading journey, and it’s the same type of little connective moments that keep me here. My first memory of homesteading is with my little dolls. The tiny moss-covered caves, inside the rock wall marking the property’s edge, is where they wanted to live—barefoot and with leaves for their handmade clothing, with ...» Read More

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Upcoming Events

Monday Night Speaker Series

“Living Sanely in a Troubled World”, the byline to Helen and Scott’s most influential book, Living the Good Life, is the central concept for the Good Life Center’s Summer Speaker Series. Presentations by activists, authors, farmers, homesteaders, and academics will address many of today’s most important issues by providing information, strategies, and ways to positively cope and thrive in our troubled economic, political, and spiritual landscape.

All talks begin at 7:00 PM. The house opens at 6:30 PM. Click the link below for the schedule of speakers for 2018!