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.

Kate bought the Amity woodstove (the company’s now out of business) in the early 1980s, when high oil prices were forcing many people to seek out heating alternatives. “I love the aesthetics of it, the pattern on the front,” she says. The chimneys from the woodstove and the kitchen cookstove are encased in a massive interior stone wall; the radiant heat from the wall warms the upstairs room as well. In winter, the sun reaches almost to the back northern wall; Kate uses only four cords of wood each year to keep the home toasty.
Photography By Carolyn Bates