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Gemma Laser knew she was raised differently than most kids her age in Dexter, Maine. Gemma’s parents moved to Maine in the 1970′s as part of the back-the-land-movement, when thousands of individuals and families left urban and suburban lives for a rural, environmentally centered lifestyle.
For Gemma, this meant she grew up without the “trappings” of modern life. For instance, she and her family lived in a passive solar, earth berm house with horses and an organic garden. She says “For me, it seemed like the world because it was this wonderful community and I didn’t know anything else and now, looking back on it, it is very different.”
Gemma recounts some of her experiences on this edition of Story Bank Maine. She was interviewed in the Story Bank Maine mobile recording booth at the 2008 American Folk Festival in Bangor.