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.

An echinacea fan, Kate leaves the heads on the coneflowers bordering her expansive southern deck so that they attract birds all winter long. The birds also help strew seeds that pop up come spring. During the summer she leaves flavored vinegars—here, opal basil gives the jars a deep red glow—on the big southern-facing deck to steep in the sun for a few weeks.
Photography By Carolyn Bates