Wednesday, March 3, 2010
The Maine Farm house
For the past 6 months I've been living and working on Four Season Farm which is right down the road from The Good Life Center, and this beautiful piece of property and farm house, belonged to Lynn Karlin and Stanley Joseph. Together they wrote Maine Farm: A Year of Country Life, which is a beautiful book about homesteading on the coast of maine. The land has been unoccupied since Stanley passed away but the house is rented out during the summer to vacationers. The house is a beautiful old farm house with a barn, a pond, beautiful fields, a shed and a stone walled garden. The pond, which has an island was dug out by hand by Scott Nearing. Scott was a political radical and the pioneer behind the back to the land movement in the 60's. He and his wife Helen wrote many books on homesteading as well as politics. When the Nearings moved from Vermont to Maine they bought this property and cultivated and lived on it for over 10 years, then built the good life center and sold this piece of land to Stanley. This place is s beautiful but so sad at the same time.
The grounds and gardens have not been kept up and it's sad to see them in such dissaray. The Nearings built a stone wall around their gardens which in it's hay day was beautiful. Stanley and Lynn also had beautiful gardens and kept the property thriving. In their book there are many wonderful pictures of their gardens and the many wonderful creative projects they made. What I would give to be able to live here and bring it back to it glory days.