The Walden Effect: Farming, simple living, permaculture, and invention.

Black Birch Leap Day

tapping black birch tree for first time of 2016

We first started tapping a Black Birch tree last year three weeks into March.

Today it only took a few minutes for the dripping to begin once the spile was in.

Maybe we'll start in the middle of February next 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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