The Good Life Center at Forest Farm will be open for the 2021 Season

Forest Farm in Brooksville, Maine, is the final homestead of Helen and Scott Nearing, the prominent back to the land proponents who wrote their now famous book “The Good Life”.

After closing for the 2020 Season, The Good Life Center at Forest Farm will re-open to visitors for the 2021 Season with COVID-19 protocols in place.

Wearing masks and practicing social distancing, you can tour Helen and Scott Nearing’s stone house with their extensive library, stone walled gardens, greenhouse, and grounds. There are also several yurts on the property built by the Nearing’s friend William Coperthwaite, founder of the Yurt Foundation. Helen and Scott’s books are available for sale and donations are gratefully accepted.

Visitors will be welcome to tour the grounds and structures while following COVID-19 protocols. Parties of 3 are more are requested to call ahead to ensure enough space can be provided for social distancing. Resident Stewards and our Farm Manager will be present to guide visitors and provide information about sustainable and simple living practices. The historic gardens, grounds, and structures are lovingly tended by staff and our Resident Stewards.

This summer season we expect to continue the Nearing tradition of Monday Night Meetings which will be held through a combination of online and on-site presentations. Please continue to watch this website and our Facebook page for updates and open hours. We hope you will join us.

We will be open Memorial Day through Indigenous Peoples Day.

Forest Farm is located at 372 Harborside Road, Harborside, ME 04642. Directions: A half hour drive from Blue Hill. From Blue Hill village, take Routes 176, 15, and 175 through South Brooksville, turn left onto Cape Rosier and follow the signs for The Good Life Center.

Thank you for your support!

Parties of 3 or more are requested to call ahead to ensure enough space for social distancing. Please contact Warren Berkowitz at 374-5386.

Educational Programs

The Nearing homesteads have always been places where people come to learn. Helen and Scott had a long history as teachers, both formally and informally. In their lifetimes thousands of visitors, many of them young people, arrived at their doorstep in order to hear about their philosophy, learn practical homesteading skills, and gain inspiration. Educational programs at The Good Life Center have been created to keep the Nearing spirit alive, inspiring each coming generation and exposing students to an alternative worldview and way of life.

Physical Address

The Good Life Center
372 Harborside Road (on Cape Rosier in Brooksville)
Harborside, Maine, 04642 USA


Contact Information

The Good Life Center
P. O. Box 37
Brooksville Maine, 04617 USA.

Farm: (207) 326-8211 (June-Sept.)
Farm Manager: (207) 374-5386 (year-round)