Logsdon is a small Ohio farmer who writes about what he knows, and he knows a lot.
His early books were written for Rodale, how-to titles that are all out-of-print.
His present publisher is Chelsea Green, which will be bringing out a new
edition of the book on getting food from water. I have most of Logsdon's
books and like them all. Of his recent work, my favorite is
THE CONTRARY FARMER.
I discovered Helen and Scott's books in the early 1970s and they inspired
and sustained me as I planned my escape from urban California. Not long
before she died, Helen reviewed my book and gave it a wonderful testimonial
which I will always cherish. No other two people have had a greater influence
on the back-to-the-land movement. Helen and Scott were born to privilege
and rejected it to live lives that showed by example their commitment to
right living. They were vegetarians, they raised most of their food, and
they were remarkable in their physical and intellectual capacities. Their
physical bodies are dead but their spirits live on in the lives of those
now living the good life because of their example. Schocken Books has compiled
the two Nearing classics, Living The Good Life, and Continuing
The Good Life, into one volume:
THE GOOD LIFE: HELEN AND SCOTT NEARING'S SIXTY YEARS OF SELF-SUFFICIENT LIVING.
After Scott died at the age of 100 by purposefully not eating, Helen wrote a
candid book that gives insight into their private lives and reveals their
LOVING AND LEAVING THE GOOD LIFE.