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Monday, April 16, 2012

A Utopian Dream Falls To Pieces

In the late 1960’s, Melissa Coleman’s parents were caught up in the “back to the land” farming movement pioneered by Helen and Scott Nearing.

They moved to Maine, built a home by hand, grew all of their own food and raised a family. But the work proved to be backbreaking, and as the farm drew the attention of national media, floods of young people came to the farm to be part of the burgeoning movement.

The strains of the growing community and a tragic accident eventually lead to Melissa’s family falling apart. Her memoir “This Life Is In Your Hands: One Dream, Sixty Acres, and a Family’s Heartbreak,” which has just been released in paperback.

This segment originally broadcast in May, 2011.


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