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

Cornish Cross pen

temporary pen for broiler retirement day

This temporary pen was all it took to keep 5 Cornish Cross broilers from escaping on their last day.

It takes Anna and me about 20 minutes per bird once we have everything ready.



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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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