Good Life Center closed this summer

BROOKSVILLE — The Good Life Center will not open for the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The board of directors of Helen and Scott Nearing’s historic homestead announced the decision Friday.

Administrator Rachael Birch said the grounds will be closed to the public, but the board and a “small core” of staff and volunteers will work the gardens to produce organic vegetables to donate to local food pantries and the community.

“We are saddened that the resident stewards for the 2020 season, Joe Lerro and Rachael Schmoker, will not be able to join us,” Board Chairwoman Alison Stephens stated in a press release. “We were quite excited to have their special talents and energy. We also had a great Monday Night Meeting lineup for July and August, which will have to be postponed. The core staff will keep the center and gardens going this spring, summer and fall. Keep watching the website and our Facebook page ‘The Good Life Center’ for updated postings and videos of the homestead and gardens and any further announcements.”

“As the Good Life Center only survives on donations and does not have an endowment, we encourage you to make a donation as you are able, to help us through this tough time,” Stephens stated. “We thank you for your continued support and wish you the best during this difficult time.”

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