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.
We are excited to re-open the Good Life Center for the 2021 season, from Memorial Day through Indigenous Peoples Day. Please watch this space for news & announcements about our visiting & gathering guidelines, including measures such as social distancing and face coverings, which will depend on the situation as it unfolds in 2021. Find the Good Life Center on InstagramFind the Good Life Center on Facebook

Recent News

  • The Good Life Center Fall 2020 Newsletter

    The Good Life Center’s three new board members have long-reaching connections to Forest Farm. Which one first visited Helen Nearing in 1982 (pictured above)? Find out in the Fall 2020 Good Life Center Newsletter here!» Read More
  • Former GLC Board Chair, Jocelyn Langer, joins NOFA/Mass as Executive Director

    by Greg Joly I have a vivid memory of meeting the Langer/Defranza family at a spring Good Life Center Group of Stewards retreat in 1997 or so. Helen had passed less than 2 years before and the Trust for Public Land was in charge of a 3 year interregnum that was designed to make a fledgling GLC into an independent, ...» Read More
  • U.F.Os In Our Present Situation

    In the Summer 1952 issue of World Events, Scott Nearing headlined his article “The Flying Saucer Mystery” ahead of Recent Events in Korea, Preparations for Collective Suicide and his acerbic dismissal of John Dewey upon that educator’s death: “He and Sigmund Freud did more than any other men in the present generation to perpetuate the myth of individualism and glorify ...» Read More

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