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2014 Homesteading Calendar

Homesteading calendar


The 2014 Walden Effect Homesteading Calendar is here! 

Features include:

  • A planting guide on the back cover, steering you toward optimal planting dates for spring, summer, and fall crops.
  • Phases of the moon, solstices, equinoxes, eclipses, and meteor showers so you'll stay tuned to the natural world.
  • National holidays so you know when the bank is closed.
  • Birthdays of permaculture-related visionaries and holidays like "What You Think Upon Grows Day" to keep you inspired.  (Many of the most well-known permaculturalists, though, aren't represented because they're still alive and don't have their birthdays in the public domain.  Sorry!)
  • Monthly task lists for the backyard homestead, telling you when to hatch eggs, split hives, prune perennials, and more.
  • Some of our favorite photos from this blog!
  • Free gift-wrapping and notes --- just include a message with your order if you'd like to make your calendar a gift.

Since calendars are perishable objects, we've only printed 300 copies, so buy them while they're available!  First come, first served until they're gone!

Calendars cost $11.99 each with $2 shipping per order.  We haven't figured out international shipping yet, so please email rather than ordering directly if you live outside the U.S.

Mark's mother, Rose Nell, and her partner, Jayne (who did such a great job designing the calendar) will be shipping your calendars from their Ohio home.  So don't worry if your confirmation email comes from one of them, not from me.  If you have any questions about your order, please email

I hope you enjoy this new way to keep the Walden Effect in your minds throughout the year!

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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I was wondering since your based out of Ohio if the zone you're calendar covers is the Mid-West? Im in California and LOVE your calendar idea, but Im not sure it is on par with the West Coast growing region. If not, I am still considering buying a couple for my MI family.

Thanks, Stephanie

Comment by Stephanie Tue Oct 29 11:34:39 2013
Stephanie --- We actually live in southwest Virginia (zone 6), but Mark's mom lives in Ohio and is doing the mailing for this project. To answer your question, I'd say the calendar will be moderately on track for California, but you'll have to move some things around, especially if you live in coastal southern California. The planting guide on the back should work for everyone in the U.S. except those who live in very hot climates (like Texas), where the dormant season tends to be midsummer instead of midwinter. I hope that helps!
Comment by anna Tue Oct 29 13:08:29 2013

Just got my calendar today. Looks great!! I got a kick out of April's reminder: "Weather is warm enough to catch up on winter laundry."

Comment by Mandy Mon Nov 18 16:25:19 2013

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