A Simple Life at a Farm in Maine

Inspired by legendary back-to-the-landers Scott and Helen Nearing, Kate NaDeau lives simply and seasonally in a handbuilt stone house on a twenty-six-acre Maine hillside.

The stone walls extend six feet high, and the second story was constructed from fir two-by-fours. Kate made the signs declaring the property’s name, Stone Soup Farm. “Because we didn’t have a big construction and building budget, we made a lot of choices that had to do with what we had at the time,” Kate explains. “It was a lot like that great old folk story: a little bit of this and a little bit of that, but making it all out of stone.”
Photography By Carolyn Bates