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Originally published in The Weekly Packet, June 5, 2014
Good Life Center welcomes 2014 resident stewards

The first week of June, Ivy and Joel Rici will begin their residency at the Good Life Center, Helen and Scott Nearing’s homestead in Harborside. Their primary responsibilities will be to greet visitors, plant and maintain the historic gardens and greenhouse, host the speaker series and workshops, and do basic maintenance on the aging stone buildings, according to a press release.

Ivy grew up gardening and working on her grandmother’s farm in Pennsylvania and has worked on several organic farms in the United States and France. She has a degree from the New School, is an accomplished potter and certified yoga teacher, and has been a literacy teacher and youth development activist. Joel is a professional musician. He has lived on and off the grid homesteading in Idaho, graduated from seed saving school, and has volunteered at several CSAs, organic farms, and with a gleaning project.

The Good Life Center will be open Thursday through Monday, 1 to 5 p.m., opening Saturday, June 14 through Labor Day. From Labor Day through Columbus Day, the GLC will be open Saturdays and Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m. You can make an appointment for groups or to visit at other times by calling 374-5386.

Guided by the principles of kindness, respect and compassion in relationships with natural and human communities, The Good Life Center promotes active participation in the advancement of social justice, creative integration of the life of the mind, body and spirit, and deliberate choice in living responsibly and harmoniously.

For a complete listing of the summer speaker series and workshops for the 2014 season, go to