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

May farm tour

Broccoli and cabbage heading up


The farm is brimming with life this week.  The strawberry crop has reached the point that we made strawberry shortcake, and we finally ate our first snow pea.  Coming attractions include broccoli and cabbage heading up (above) while black and red raspberry fruits begin to swell (below.)

Immature raspberries


Of course, I haven't forgotten the peaches!  How could I when our biggest tree is directly outside the kitchen window?  Daddy was right that the tree would self-thin --- it wasn't quite happy with the job I did and dropped another couple dozen fruits the next week.  But the remaining fruits are bigger every day and are still so numerous I can hardly wrap my mind around the bounty.

Immature peaches


Speaking of bigger every day, our growing flock is...growing.

White Cochin and Dark Cornish


And our forest garden continues to attract wildlife and fill our lives with beauty.

Mockingbird, Egyptian onion, chamomile


Treat your chickens to a POOP-free chicken waterer.


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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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