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.

Recent News

  • Real-Time Radical

    Real-Time Radical

    by Greg Joly Scott published his final book, Civilization and Beyond, in 1975 at the age of 92. It is the culmination of his thinking on economic disparages, politic power, the life cycle of empires, entrepreneurial homesteading, confederated “worldism” and spiritual enlightenment: In every social situation construction and destruction are Siamese Twins. One does not appear without the other. The ...» Read More
  • Upcoming 2020 Season News

    The Board of Directors of the Helen and Scott Nearing Good Life Center came to the difficult decision to close our 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are saddened that the Resident Stewards for the 2020 season Joe Lerro and Rachael Schmoker will not be able to join us. We were quite excited to have their special talents ...» Read More
  • Melissa Coleman writes about Helen and Scott Nearing’s seminal back to the land book, The Good Life

    In these times of self-isolation and social distancing, taking care of one’s own needs seems more appropriate than ever. Helen and Scott Nearing’s legacy of self-reliance, first documented in their book, The Good Life, can inspire us all. In a leading article in the April 2020 issue of Down East Magazine, Melissa Coleman reflects on the legacy of self-reliance and ...» Read More

Bi-Annual Newsletter Sign-up

Upcoming Events

Watch this space for upcoming virtual lectures and events in which you can participate from your home.