The Good Life Center Welcomes 2022 Resident Stewards

The Good Life Center welcomes Nicole and Russ French of Millbridge, Maine, as the farm’s 2022 Resident Stewards. As Stewards, they will live on site, care for the property, give tours, and welcome guests to the Nearings’ Forest Farm. Nicole is a former registered nurse and wellness program manager who brings her passion for nature, yoga, and meditation to the Good Life Center residency. Russ is a Benefits Director for Goodwill Industries. He brings home maintenance and gardening skills, as well as a keen interest in sharing his knowledge with the public. In addition, Nicole and Russ bring over 30 years of homeownership, vegetable and perennial gardening, a passion for healthy living and eating, and an interest in giving back to the land and people who have cared for it before them. They shared that they are “excited to live life at Forest Farm speed for the next several months and contribute time, energy, and skills to the mission of this historic and important homestead.” They see the residency as an “incredible opportunity to experience the beauty of simple living.”

Forest Farm, on Cape Rosier in Harborside, Maine, is typically open to the public from Memorial Day through Indigenous Peoples Day. Visitors are welcome to tour the grounds and learn about Helen and Scott Nearing’s methods in organic gardening, simple living, and social and climate activism.

The Good Life Center is the historic final homestead of Helen and Scott Nearing, who were prominent proponents of simple and sustainable living, leaders of the Back to the Land movement, and powerful social activists. The legacy of Helen and Scott Nearing lives on at Forest Farm: the homestead, meeting place, and organic gardens on Cape Rosier in Harborside, Maine.

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About the Residency Program

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The Nearing Residency is a seasonal residency sponsored by The Good Life Center. Nearing Residents live at Forest Farm, manage the gardens, live off the land, and entertain the many hundreds of visitors who come to Forest Farm every year.

It is designed to perpetuate Forest Farm as a place of inspiration, to help promote the mission and goals of The Good Life Center, and offers recipients a rare opportunity for simple living, organic gardening, and inspiration.

It is hoped that a season of immersion in the Nearing lifeways, combining hand labor and intellectual pursuit, will enliven the Residents’ capacities to make future contributions to progressive social change.

To apply for the Residency, see application process below. For more information, email Warren Berkowitz/Good Life Center:

Nearing Residency – Description & Application Process

Remarkable and unique opportunity on the Maine coast for responsible couple. Live at Forest Farm, historic homestead of Living the Good Life authors Helen and Scott Nearing, on spectacular Cape Rosier peninsula overlooking Penobscot Bay and the Camden Hills. Located near Blue Hill and Deer Isle, Maine, an hour from Acadia National Park with their galleries, restaurants, beautiful public beaches, biking, kayaking, sailing, and hiking.

Responsibilities include caring for the Nearings’ organic vegetable garden, light maintenance, welcoming visitors, providing tours, and introducing educational programs. A simply furnished wood-heated resident apartment is provided, along with a modest stipend, garden vegetables, special access to the Nearing library, and the opportunity to meet like-minded people from around the world. Residents will receive support and supervision from the farm manager and the head gardener.

The season is Memorial Day through Indigenous Peoples Day and requires 25 hours of work per week per person with two days off each week. Applicants must be nonsmokers, have hands-on gardening experience, and the capability to commit to the full season. Vegetarian meals while on grounds. Knowledge of the Nearings’ writings and philosophy a plus.