Searsport homestead has few modern amenities but lots of comforts

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Erica Buswell stands in front of her house she shares with husband Scott Giroux on Sept. 14 in Searsport. They live in a simple, old-fashioned way on their piece of land where Giroux has built all the structures on the property.

Erica Buswell and Scott Giroux live miles away from busy Route 1, in a serene 2-acre clearing in the woods that is dotted with garden plots and small wooden buildings.

It’s not fancy — the married couple share a 240-square-foot house, an outhouse with a composting toilet and an open-air outdoors shower that they use from April to October. Their water comes from a spring, and solar panels on their tiny house provide just enough electricity to run a refrigerator, lights, their coffee grinder and a laptop computer.

But it is home, and it is exactly the way they want to live.

“We joke, but it’s true, that we have a very comfortable second world lifestyle,” Buswell, who works at the Maine Farmland Trust in Belfast, said recently while giving a tour of the homestead they call Co-Efficient Farm. “We just love it here, especially as it’s evolving.”

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