Hard Chance seeks to explain both the how and the why of becoming an independent tree farmer in northern Maine. The how addresses the dangerous challenges of a solo logging operation as well as how to make a living working in harmony with the forest. The why includes a history of the local back to the land movement during the turbulent 1970s and the subsequent satisfactions of living in a backwoods community.
PETER PFEIFFER grew up in Waterville, Maine, and after traveling the world, moved north to Somerset County in the early 1970s. He has been an independent logger ever since, twice winning Tree Farmer of the Year for Somerset County, and successfully completing the Certified Logging Professional course. He has also written numerous plays for the In Spite of Life Players Theater company.