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Originally published in Compass, July 26, 2012
Good Life Center hosts ‘Gardens for All’ talk

Many people cannot afford to buy good food, including locally-grown food, which is often no cheaper than supermarket fare. Food pantries frequently run out of food in spite of all the food and money donations. Thus, food pantries cannot be considered the sole answer for hungry families. Also, many of the foods they hand out have genetically-engineered and other unhealthy ingredients, according to a news release from the Nearing Good Life Center. Here are some topics that will be addressed in a discussion led by Nancy Oden at the center in Harborside Monday, July 30:

• How can we help people have good, inexpensive food for their families?

• How can we get started on helping people to help themselves?

• What sorts of gardens are we talking about?

• What are potential funding sources? And more.

Nancy Oden has been actively advocating for Earth since the first Earth Day in 1970; she began growing food organically at that time. She left her computer programmer/teaching job in Princeton 33 years ago and moved to Maine to become an organic farmer. She is now semi-retired, but still makes trouble for poison pesticide, chemical-dependent growers and others who harm our Earth. Nancy Oden Blogs at

For more information on upcoming Monday Night Meetings, visit The Good Life Center also offers tours of the Scott and Helen Nearing home, gardens and grounds from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday, or by appointment. People may contact Warren Berkowitz at 374-5386 for more information.

The Nearing home will open at 6:30 p.m. on July 30 before the Monday evening program. The homestead is a half hour drive from Blue Hill. From Blue Hill village, take Routes 176, 15, and 175 through South Brooksville, turn left onto Cape Rosier and follow the signs for The Good Life Center to 372 Harborside Road.

For those who are curious to learn more about Helen and Scott Nearings’ life before moving to Maine, Greg Joly will host a Monday Night Meeting on August 6, titled “Sugar & Stones: The Nearings’ First 20 Years of Homesteading in Vermont.” Joly will explore the philosophies and practices which transformed a run-down Depression era Vermont hill farm into a financially productive business and experimental hub for social pioneering. This talk will cover the Nearings’ Maple Sugar business, stone-house construction projects, neighborhood politics and social science concerns.

This year’s series will offer seven Mondays of entertaining, thought-provoking and uplifting discussions following in the Nearings’ Monday Night Meeting tradition, with speakers including Beth Adams, Arnold Greenberg, Nancy Oden, Greg Joly, Geoff Goodhue and Rev. Charles Stephens.