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

  • 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
  • The Good Life Center Welcomes the 2018 Resident Stewards

    The Good Life Center Welcomes the 2018 Resident Stewards

    The Good Life Center is pleased to welcome the 2018 Resident Stewards, Carole Crawford and Chris Morrison, from Portland, Maine. They will begin their residency in June at Forest Farm, the final homestead of Helen and Scott Nearing in Harborside, ME. Carole and Chris met when they were cross-country ski and mountain bike instructors in LL Bean’s Outdoor Discovery Program. ...» Read More
  • The Good Life Center opens June 21!

    The Good Life Center opens June 21!

    The Good Life Center Opens for the Season Thursday, June 21 Forest Farm, the final homestead of Helen and Scott Nearing, the prominent back to the land proponents and authors of “The Good Life” will open for the season Thursday, June 21. You can tour the Nearing’s stone house with their extensive library, stone walled gardens, greenhouse, and grounds. Visitors ...» 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!