On a little, one-lane back road in coastal Maine, not far from Eliot Coleman’s Four Season farm, aliens dropped a craft in the woods. In their language, the aliens call it a ‘Yurt.’
The yurt sits on the property called the Good Life Center, a hand-built house, garden and property constructed by Helen and Scott Nearing, well known back-to-landers. Helen and Scott are no longer with us, but volunteers and docents still work and maintain the property, and somehow visitors find their way to the center.
We thought it would be a good place to visit, as the Good Life Center is based on the ideals of self-sufficiency. In addition to a tended garden, the outlying areas have a well established permaculture in place. We stopped in to pick up some tips and ideas, as we’re heading in that direction with our own property now that Hurricane Irene saw fit to alter our landscape here in North Carolina.
We had a nice visit, and even left with a few Maine apples and a batch of heirloom Scarlet Runner beans that were cultivated by Helen Nearing. All in all, not a bad day.