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Living the Good Life by Helen Nearing
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Sep 18, 11

Read in September, 2011

I ran across this book while scanning the library shelves for books about Vermont for a fall trip. I had heard of Helen and Scott Nearing but didn't know much detail about their lives. They were socialist vegans living a purposely subsistance farming life in a Vermont valley from 1932-1952. They built their house and farm buildings by hand from stone, grew almost all their own food, and did it all working only four hours per day. They would have loved to set up a communal way of life with other like-minded folks, but ran into the typical problems of anyone set on such an endeavor.

Their views on food remind me much of Michael Pollan and many others compaigning for better food today.

I found most of their ideals and life style admirable but not enviable! But they continue to give us lots to think about.
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