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

Summer power outage

Sun through a straw hatI hope you all didn't miss us too much.  Our power's been out for the last day or so, but an intrepid worker just came and cut the tree off our line, restoring juice.  Stay tuned for your regularly scheduled farm updates returning tomorrow.

If you need your homesteading fix (Walden Effect Junkie, this is for you), you might enjoy reading all of the details of our forest pasture experiment which I've spared you all by posting on our chicken blog instead.

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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 have to admit I adore the cross-reference hyperlinks-- they allow me to catch up on all the goings-on prior to my W.E. addiction. Subsequently, I spend an awful lot of time bouncing around the blog (see for a diagram)... right now I'm about to dive into some chicken dispatching entries from 2008 for a fix!

I am simply dying to know how the Dark Cornish cockerels tasted, and am eagerly awaiting the remaining data from the rest of the flock!

Comment by W.E. Junkie Wed Jun 23 02:19:15 2010
I'm glad we could prevent withdrawal. :-) I think I answered your first question this morning!
Comment by anna Wed Jun 23 08:05:08 2010
Let's pretend that the power never came back on. Aside from ending your blog, how would your life change?
Comment by Errol Wed Jun 23 11:22:48 2010
If you haven't you should read. One Second After. I'm pretty sure Mark would like it. Its about an EMP attack on the US and what would happen after. How would you fair?
Comment by Erich Wed Jun 23 16:42:19 2010

Daddy --- I kept trying to work an answer up into a post, but there are just too many assumptions. If just our power goes out forever, we'd probably change from freezing to canning and drying and then come up with a basic solar or hydropower setup to keep the lights on and get us online. If the whole world's power goes out, we'd have to find another way to keep a living, and everything would change.

Erich --- Sounds like a book we'll have to check out. Thanks for the recommendation!

Comment by anna Thu Jun 24 16:32:03 2010

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