2017 Events at The Good Life Center

Special Events

JULY 23 | MAINE OPEN FARM DAY | 10AM to 3PM
Open Farm Day is an annual family adventure in which farms throughout all 16 counties open their gates to offer the public an opportunity to learn about the business of agriculture. Open Farm Day gives families the chance to visit local farms throughout the state.

Join us at historic Forest Farm, home of Scott and Helen Nearing. House and garden tours throughout the day as well as demonstrations of the Nearing’s farming and building methods. Bring a picnic to enjoy on the lawns or the beach. Relax in a yurt.

Books by and about the Nearings will be for sale. Light refreshments will be provided. Admission is FREE.

Scheduled Workshops:
11 AM | “Building a Stone Wall with the Nearing Slip Form Method” with Greg Joly
1 PM | “Building Compost the Nearing Way” with Alex and Jeanie, Resident Stewards

This event is sponsored by the State of Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry.
Learn more about Maine open farm day here: maine.gov

Monday Night Speaker Series

All Monday night lectures start at 7pm sharp. The house opens at 6:30pm.

This summer, “Living Sanely in a Troubled World”, the byline to the Nearing’s most influential book Living the Good Life, is the central concept of our Monday Night Speaker Series. Authors, filmmakers, academics and farmers will address issues of sustainability and coping in a troubled political and economic landscape.

JULY 3 | AMANDA GUSTIN
“Hippies, Freaks and the Counter Culture of the ‘60s” Amanda Gustin of the Vermont Folklife Center will speak about the Nearings’ influence on the counterculture of the ‘60s and ‘70s.

Amanda Gustin is the Public Program Manager at the Vermont Historical Society, where she works on statewide projects that examine and share Vermont’s history, including educational programs, hands-on activities and exhibits. She holds degrees in history and museum studies from Middlebury College and Tufts University, and has held leadership positions with the American Association of State and Local Historyand the New England Museum Association.

JULY 10 | IVER LOFVING
The film “Peak Oil, a Love Story” premieres as part of the series. The film focuses on 10 years in Iver Lofving’s life and his changing views on how we might respond to the issues raised. Iver will lead the group in a discussion on renewable energy.

Iver Lofving is a teacher and environmental activist who has been working on peak oil and climate change issues for almost 20 years. He could be called a “Practivist”. Ivor and his wife, Maili Bailey, live in Maine. They spend their winters in Skowhegan and their summers on Swan’s Island.

JULY 17 | CLARA COLEMAN
Four Season Farm manager Clara Coleman discusses food sustainability and year round greenhouse growing.

Clara Coleman is a second-generation organic farmer, consultant, writer, TEDx and keynote speaker on sustainable, four-season farming. She co-manages the Four Season Farm in Harborside, Maine, with her father, Eliot Coleman and step-mother Barbara Damrosch. Clara works on various projects, including family farm/land trust grants and promoting Slow Tools and Farm Hack to further collaboration between farmers, engineers and makers of innovative tools. She teaches farming workshops and offers speaking engagements nationwide that inspire and encourage the next generation of farmers.

JULY 24 | GREG JOLY
2017 is the 100th anniversary of the United State’s entry into World War I and the advent of Scott’s political radicalization. Homesteader and GLC steward Greg Joly explores Scott’s spirited opposition to the war and examines the links between both national and international events of the period.

Greg Joly, independent scholar and Good Life Center Board member, lives in Jamaica, VT, and has been researching the Nearings’ writings and lifestyle for over 2 decades.

JULY 31 | DR. MASI BROWN
A discussion on the South African philosophy of Ubuntu and how it applies to world conflict.

Masi Ngidi-Brown, PhD, is a curious scholar, researcher, and student of life with a passion to make a difference. He has a Bachelors degree in International Relations, a Masters degree in Education, and a PhD in Language, Literacy, and Culture. Masi has an educational and occupational background in diversity management, cultural politics, social inequality, multicultural organization and educational practices that spans two continents. His approach to life and work are grounded in the philosophy of Ubuntu – a native, cultural perspective from his birth place, Durban, South Africa.

AUGUST 7 | DR. ALLISON DIBBLE
A discussion about the latest research on native bees and how to improve their habitats around the farm and garden.

Alison Dibble lives in Brooklin, ME. She is a Conservation Biology and Assistant Research Professor at the University of Maine, Orono, where she studies native bee conservation and pollination ecology.

AUGUST 14 | CAITLIN SHETTERLY
Maine native reads from her latest book about her research and experience with GMOs.

Caitlin Shetterly is the author of Modified, Made for You and Me: Going West, Going Broke, Finding Home and the bestselling Fault Lines: Stories of Divorce. Her work has been featured in the New York Times Magazine, Elle, Self, Oprah.com, Medium.com, and various public radio shows, including “This American Life”. Caitlin lives with her family in Maine.

AUGUST 21 | THE MERCER FAMILY
The Mercer family use music and prose to inspire sustainable, organic, creative ways of life, and share their experience of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s courageous efforts to block the oil pipeline.

The Mercer family, from Orland, are the proprietors of the Nancy Place Homestead and Hostel. Their mission is to inspire and educate through sharing the journey toward an ecological model of sustainable living in a Northern climate.

AUGUST 28 | PANEL DISCUSSION AT THE BROOKSVILLE LIBRARY
As part of the Brooksville Bicentennial Celebration, the last Monday Night Meeting will be at the Brooksville library and will feature a community panel discussion on the Nearing legacy and its influence on the town.