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Musings on the Simple Life

Our long-winded thoughts on the ethics and underlying theories of farming and homesteading.

The Power of Now
Posted Mon Oct 15 06:00:44 2018 by Anna
Pick your own asparagus
Posted Sun Apr 8 06:00:29 2018 by mark
Is dumpster diving cardboard legal?
Posted Sat Mar 24 06:00:09 2018 by Anna
Happy New Year 2018!
Posted Mon Jan 1 07:00:14 2018 by Anna
Rural trash pickup
Posted Wed Oct 18 07:00:33 2017 by Anna
I can eat!
Posted Sun Aug 27 07:07:39 2017 by Anna
Streamlining possessions
Posted Sun Aug 6 07:21:16 2017 by Anna
Perspective
Posted Sun Jul 16 06:34:36 2017 by Anna
Goat commitment
Posted Sun Apr 2 07:46:54 2017 by Anna
Barefoot therapy
Posted Wed Feb 22 07:34:44 2017 by Anna
Hummingbird recovery
Posted Sun Oct 2 07:37:23 2016 by Anna
Embracing fall
Posted Fri Sep 30 07:05:57 2016 by Anna
The best of 2015
Posted Sat Jan 2 07:46:30 2016 by Anna
New Year's goal 2016
Posted Wed Dec 23 06:33:53 2015 by Anna
Simplify your brain
Posted Sat Nov 28 07:00:55 2015 by Anna
Beautiful straggler
Posted Wed Nov 18 15:36:13 2015 by mark
Embracing the current homestead
Posted Sat Oct 31 07:55:18 2015 by Anna
Distancing yourself from your dinner
Posted Tue Oct 13 07:46:42 2015 by Anna
Hedonistic adaptation
Posted Mon Aug 31 07:13:08 2015 by Anna
Happify
Posted Tue Aug 4 07:07:29 2015 by Anna
The end of Lamb Chop
Posted Tue Jun 23 06:35:14 2015 by Anna
Moody weather
Posted Fri May 22 07:49:59 2015 by Anna
What's simple about the simple life?
Posted Mon May 11 07:09:36 2015 by Anna
Cable pulley hauling line
Posted Sun Apr 5 07:24:23 2015 by Anna
Imaginary driveway
Posted Mon Mar 23 07:30:28 2015 by Anna
Overthinking homesteading projects
Posted Fri Feb 6 06:42:05 2015 by Anna
A dangerous dog
Posted Fri Oct 24 08:00:56 2014 by Anna
In memory of Onie Clark, a colorful woman
Posted Fri Jul 18 07:21:56 2014 by Anna
The sound of one rooster fighting
Posted Wed Jul 2 07:36:43 2014 by Anna
Brazilian chocolate and the Landless Movement
Posted Sun May 18 07:14:22 2014 by Anna
Decreasing entropy
Posted Wed May 7 06:56:04 2014 by Anna
Mind games
Posted Wed Apr 30 07:02:07 2014 by Anna
Care of a newly grafted apple tree
Posted Fri Apr 18 07:17:12 2014 by Anna
The power of two
Posted Fri Mar 28 07:58:20 2014 by Anna
Unpowered gate opener
Posted Thu Feb 20 15:54:33 2014 by mark
Snow memories
Posted Tue Feb 11 15:39:24 2014 by mark
Black tree in the gray woods
Posted Wed Jan 15 15:12:05 2014 by mark
Can you spare a minute of your time?
Posted Wed Jan 8 08:14:01 2014 by Anna
Arctic outbreak
Posted Mon Jan 6 07:44:51 2014 by Anna
Controversial plant intelligence
Posted Thu Dec 26 08:04:54 2013 by Anna
Unlearn, Rewild
Posted Mon Dec 23 12:02:21 2013 by Anna
Homesteading gift guide
Posted Thu Dec 12 07:42:14 2013 by Anna
Watermelon Summer extras
Posted Sun Dec 8 07:41:19 2013 by Anna
Giving thanks in 2013
Posted Thu Nov 28 07:29:56 2013 by Anna
A good day to write
Posted Sat Nov 23 07:48:15 2013 by Anna
Be in the moment
Posted Fri Oct 18 12:01:40 2013 by Anna
Do homesteaders need vacations?
Posted Mon Oct 14 07:22:40 2013 by Anna
Walden Effect enters its 8th year
Posted Tue Oct 1 07:29:25 2013 by Anna
Killing chickens: Mystical, not murderous
Posted Thu Aug 22 12:00:41 2013 by Anna
End of Summer observations
Posted Sat Aug 10 14:57:33 2013 by mark
A real weekend homesteader
Posted Mon Aug 5 06:37:06 2013 by Anna
Envisioning a sunroom add-on
Posted Mon Jun 24 07:44:58 2013 by Anna
Creating a Life Together
Posted Sun Jun 16 06:32:48 2013 by Anna
Battling perfectionism
Posted Mon Jun 3 07:23:25 2013 by Anna
Quakers on simple living
Posted Sun May 19 07:55:58 2013 by Anna
Failed community-building experiment
Posted Sun May 5 07:26:35 2013 by Anna
Sweeper, sweepers, man your brush
Posted Wed Apr 24 15:22:04 2013 by mark
Meetup growing pains
Posted Sun Mar 31 08:34:21 2013 by Anna
Old news
Posted Thu Mar 21 07:59:23 2013 by Anna
2013 deer update
Posted Sat Mar 16 14:31:32 2013 by mark
Secrets of a Buccaneer-Scholar
Posted Mon Mar 11 08:24:35 2013 by Anna
Last snow of 2013?
Posted Thu Mar 7 07:47:53 2013 by Anna
In (partial) memory of Silas Clark
Posted Sat Mar 2 07:59:55 2013 by Anna
Mendota firetower
Posted Mon Feb 25 16:27:21 2013 by mark
Ice scraper shoe attachment?
Posted Fri Jan 25 14:48:18 2013 by mark
Establishing a commune in the heart of the people
Posted Sun Jan 13 07:48:07 2013 by Anna
Solstice snow day
Posted Fri Dec 21 14:35:20 2012 by mark
Organized homesteading
Posted Wed Dec 19 16:02:33 2012 by mark
Preaching to the choir
Posted Wed Dec 5 12:01:25 2012 by Anna
Community spaces
Posted Fri Nov 23 07:55:14 2012 by Anna
Brussels sprout close up
Posted Sun Nov 18 13:17:07 2012 by mark
Permaculture election advice
Posted Tue Nov 6 07:31:53 2012 by Anna
Should a homesteader strive to fit in?
Posted Mon Oct 29 07:59:15 2012 by Anna
Front porch changes to a sidewalk cafe
Posted Sat Oct 20 08:35:18 2012 by Anna
Homesteading in a trailer
Posted Thu Oct 11 07:13:30 2012 by Anna
Slowing down
Posted Sun Oct 7 14:17:52 2012 by mark
Putting the annex on hold
Posted Thu Sep 27 08:08:39 2012 by Anna
Horse manure rich
Posted Wed Sep 5 15:43:59 2012 by mark
Happy birthday, farm!
Posted Mon Sep 3 07:18:55 2012 by Anna
Sign of the times
Posted Sat Sep 1 14:49:20 2012 by mark
Lost mineral rights
Posted Sat Sep 1 08:44:14 2012 by Anna
Chicken coop cure
Posted Tue Aug 21 16:31:40 2012 by mark
What is walking distance?
Posted Sun Aug 5 09:30:58 2012 by Anna
Thermoelectric power generation
Posted Fri Jul 20 14:19:06 2012 by mark
More porch-building tips
Posted Mon Jul 9 07:29:42 2012 by Anna
An epidemic of deer
Posted Sun Jul 1 07:23:43 2012 by Anna
Developing an appreciation for nature
Posted Fri Jun 29 12:00:51 2012 by Anna
Deadlines
Posted Sun Jun 17 07:46:21 2012 by Anna
Do hunters appreciate nature more deeply?
Posted Wed Jun 13 12:04:32 2012 by Anna
How much land do we use to grow our own food?
Posted Wed Jun 13 07:44:21 2012 by Anna
Voluntary simplicity for the poor
Posted Wed Jun 6 12:01:06 2012 by Anna
Rain day
Posted Sat Jun 2 08:46:22 2012 by Anna
Dividing up your hours when you don't work
Posted Wed May 30 12:01:17 2012 by Anna
Carrying on with Thoreau
Posted Thu May 24 12:01:22 2012 by Anna
Strawberry week
Posted Thu May 24 07:28:27 2012 by Anna
Thoreau on company and being alone
Posted Mon May 21 06:39:05 2012 by Anna
Volunteer romas
Posted Fri May 18 06:41:06 2012 by Anna
Thoreau's staycation
Posted Mon May 14 07:26:25 2012 by Anna
Thoreau on buying land
Posted Mon May 7 07:01:06 2012 by Anna
Thoreau on "Economy"
Posted Mon Apr 30 07:34:06 2012 by Anna
How to keep chickens from flying over fences
Posted Sun Apr 22 08:21:27 2012 by Anna
Homestead healthcare
Posted Sat Apr 21 08:19:45 2012 by Anna
Book club read #1: Walden
Posted Wed Apr 18 12:00:40 2012 by Anna
Goat dream
Posted Sat Apr 14 08:47:50 2012 by Anna
Nonini on biodynamics
Posted Wed Apr 11 12:00:16 2012 by Anna
How to fix a broken tailgate
Posted Sun Mar 18 14:59:42 2012 by mark
Weekend Homesteader cover
Posted Tue Mar 13 07:47:12 2012 by Anna
Flooded (t)in
Posted Sun Mar 4 08:04:01 2012 by Anna
Literal match making
Posted Tue Feb 28 15:56:34 2012 by mark
Composting old dreams
Posted Sat Feb 25 08:24:01 2012 by Anna
Turning in the manuscript
Posted Fri Feb 17 08:00:48 2012 by Anna
Golf cart vs ATV
Posted Thu Feb 16 15:26:11 2012 by mark
Valentine's Day truce
Posted Tue Feb 14 15:25:50 2012 by mark
Obsessive editing
Posted Sun Feb 12 07:50:16 2012 by Anna
Moving biomass around
Posted Fri Feb 10 07:57:01 2012 by Anna
Hibernation
Posted Sat Jan 14 16:40:36 2012 by mark
Golden hip waders
Posted Thu Jan 12 16:48:52 2012 by mark
2011
Posted Sat Dec 31 16:13:46 2011 by mark
Adverse health effects of wheat?
Posted Sun Dec 18 14:30:08 2011 by mark
What is the real value of good food?
Posted Sun Dec 18 08:00:54 2011 by Anna
Harvest Table review
Posted Fri Dec 16 08:12:47 2011 by Anna
Eight years later
Posted Sat Dec 10 06:00:49 2011 by Anna
Trickling compared to a quick boost
Posted Thu Dec 8 17:00:36 2011 by mark
Windows of opportunity
Posted Wed Dec 7 17:00:41 2011 by mark
Do I want Thanksgiving tomatoes?
Posted Tue Dec 6 06:00:46 2011 by Anna
Recreating the bounty of the wild
Posted Fri Dec 2 08:06:49 2011 by Anna
Funding the internship
Posted Sun Nov 27 08:27:39 2011 by Anna
Can you buy happiness?
Posted Sat Nov 26 08:32:10 2011 by Anna
Occupy movement and simplicity
Posted Mon Nov 21 08:22:00 2011 by Anna
Homesteading internship teaser
Posted Wed Nov 9 07:26:48 2011 by Anna
Goodbye Toyota mini-van
Posted Thu Nov 3 16:28:38 2011 by mark
Trailer feng shui
Posted Mon Oct 31 16:30:20 2011 by mark
Concrete conspiracy?
Posted Sun Oct 30 15:56:48 2011 by mark
Can organic farming feed the world?
Posted Wed Oct 26 07:57:34 2011 by Anna
Curled toes splint check up
Posted Sat Oct 15 15:49:56 2011 by mark
Walden effect internship?
Posted Tue Oct 11 08:10:36 2011 by Anna
Is it sustainable to raise livestock on storebought feed?
Posted Sat Oct 8 08:38:14 2011 by Anna
How do you hire a good homesteading helper?
Posted Fri Sep 30 16:16:55 2011 by mark
Hibernation migration
Posted Sun Sep 25 14:35:58 2011 by mark
Homesteading short cuts
Posted Fri Sep 23 17:32:25 2011 by mark
Pallet porch project=low budget comfort
Posted Thu Sep 22 15:56:56 2011 by mark
Sunday prey
Posted Sun Sep 18 14:57:06 2011 by mark
Culling old hens
Posted Thu Sep 15 07:47:36 2011 by Anna
Research format poll
Posted Mon Sep 12 12:00:35 2011 by Anna
Barn roof
Posted Tue Sep 6 07:33:21 2011 by Anna
Idyllic farm life
Posted Mon Sep 5 07:24:59 2011 by Anna
New egg and long good-byes
Posted Mon Aug 29 16:12:51 2011 by mark
September Weekend Homesteader: The Harvest
Posted Fri Aug 26 12:01:13 2011 by Anna
Renovating the forest garden
Posted Fri Aug 5 07:35:54 2011 by Anna
Flipping over a mystery in the creek
Posted Sun Jul 24 19:00:43 2011 by mark
Homesteading historical puzzle
Posted Fri Jul 22 16:18:13 2011 by mark
New favorite
Posted Wed Jul 20 16:23:18 2011 by mark
Are you an art gardener?
Posted Sun Jul 17 07:54:50 2011 by Anna
2011 summer power outage
Posted Wed Jul 13 07:29:23 2011 by Anna
This Life is In Your Hands
Posted Sun Jul 10 07:07:53 2011 by Anna
An ode to horse manure
Posted Sun Jun 26 17:00:09 2011 by mark
Farm traumas
Posted Tue Jun 14 07:09:52 2011 by Anna
Putting up the straw
Posted Thu Jun 9 16:44:06 2011 by mark
Why I don't want a greenhouse
Posted Tue Jun 7 07:18:48 2011 by Anna
MyPlate: The new government "food pyramid"
Posted Sun Jun 5 07:51:15 2011 by Anna
Living in paradise
Posted Sun May 29 07:38:11 2011 by Anna
Will androids dream of electric chickens?
Posted Sat May 28 18:00:57 2011 by mark
Regaining tranquility
Posted Fri May 27 05:58:04 2011 by Anna
A thousand thanks (and a request)
Posted Wed May 25 12:00:20 2011 by Anna
Musing during hatch
Posted Tue May 17 07:51:33 2011 by Anna
Compost pile volunteers
Posted Mon May 16 07:14:10 2011 by Anna
Lawn mower rear wheel conspiracy?
Posted Fri May 13 17:08:04 2011 by mark
Miniblind Madness
Posted Sat May 7 18:05:03 2011 by mark
5 gallon bucket solar shower free loader
Posted Fri May 6 17:15:11 2011 by mark
Planting by the trees
Posted Thu Apr 28 07:21:12 2011 by Anna
Weekend Homesteader ready for prime time!
Posted Wed Apr 27 20:04:06 2011 by Anna
Using the whole buffalo
Posted Thu Apr 14 08:08:19 2011 by Anna
Oversized observation
Posted Tue Apr 5 16:19:53 2011 by mark
Why homestead?
Posted Tue Apr 5 12:00:32 2011 by Anna
Buying a whole lamb
Posted Wed Mar 16 08:43:10 2011 by Anna
Food chain position label
Posted Tue Mar 15 18:54:11 2011 by mark
Spring melt(down)
Posted Fri Mar 11 07:34:19 2011 by Anna
February
Posted Sat Feb 12 07:11:20 2011 by Anna
Slow progress
Posted Fri Jan 14 15:42:00 2011 by mark
Stump hump
Posted Tue Jan 11 16:12:45 2011 by mark
Sticky reflections
Posted Sun Jan 9 16:00:37 2011 by mark
What the flock might be thinking
Posted Sat Jan 8 17:02:18 2011 by mark
A load of horse manure
Posted Thu Jan 6 17:16:04 2011 by mark
A new farm trend-Spectator Chores
Posted Sat Jan 1 15:43:39 2011 by mark
How to experience maximum joy everyday
Posted Sun Dec 26 14:29:27 2010 by mark
Advantages of the wringer washer
Posted Wed Dec 15 06:00:21 2010 by Anna
Frozen water notes
Posted Thu Dec 9 15:54:14 2010 by mark
Self-sufficiency
Posted Thu Dec 2 06:00:35 2010 by Anna
Thanksgiving
Posted Thu Nov 25 19:23:14 2010 by mark
Is it worth it to buy an expensive laptop?
Posted Wed Nov 24 08:15:30 2010 by Anna
Footbridge observations
Posted Sun Nov 21 18:18:33 2010 by mark
Plumb purty
Posted Thu Nov 18 06:00:44 2010 by Anna
Things I'll be learning in the near future
Posted Fri Nov 5 16:05:50 2010 by mark
Skills I'd like to perfect
Posted Thu Nov 4 07:00:33 2010 by Anna
Cross-quarter days
Posted Tue Nov 2 07:00:37 2010 by Anna
Pulling up stakes
Posted Sat Oct 30 16:41:06 2010 by mark
Compromising for marital harmony
Posted Fri Oct 29 12:00:45 2010 by Anna
List of lists
Posted Thu Oct 28 12:00:56 2010 by Anna
Catch and release goals
Posted Wed Oct 27 12:00:24 2010 by Anna
Developing long term goals
Posted Tue Oct 26 12:00:59 2010 by Anna
Coping with paradise
Posted Mon Oct 25 12:00:29 2010 by Anna
Skylight graduation
Posted Thu Oct 21 17:24:00 2010 by mark
Can you taste good nutrition?
Posted Fri Oct 1 12:00:40 2010 by Anna
Season of the Box Turtle
Posted Tue Sep 28 19:17:06 2010 by mark
How much does it cost to grow your own garlic?
Posted Sat Sep 25 08:00:07 2010 by Anna
Gardening for health and peace
Posted Fri Sep 24 12:00:50 2010 by Anna
Overpopulation
Posted Thu Sep 23 12:00:44 2010 by Anna
Getting ready for winter
Posted Sat Sep 18 16:26:27 2010 by mark
Lessons learned in year 4
Posted Tue Sep 7 06:35:55 2010 by Anna
A foot in both worlds
Posted Mon Sep 6 10:53:14 2010 by Anna
Rewards from growing your own food
Posted Sun Aug 29 16:52:36 2010 by mark
Does growing your own food matter?
Posted Sun Aug 29 09:10:44 2010 by Anna
Skylight installation
Posted Fri Aug 27 18:33:48 2010 by mark
Warm and fuzzy wheelbarrow repair
Posted Sat Aug 21 17:22:31 2010 by mark
Victory gardens
Posted Wed Aug 4 06:37:28 2010 by Anna
Organic intuition
Posted Sun Aug 1 19:36:03 2010 by mark
Ethical meat
Posted Fri Jul 2 12:00:26 2010 by Anna
The domestication contract
Posted Thu Jul 1 12:00:29 2010 by Anna
Calories per acre for various foods
Posted Wed Jun 30 12:00:29 2010 by Anna
Vegetarianism and the ecosystem
Posted Tue Jun 29 12:00:36 2010 by Anna
Our actions have consequences
Posted Mon Jun 28 12:00:43 2010 by Anna
Summer vacation
Posted Mon Jun 14 07:45:56 2010 by Anna
Beating the heat
Posted Wed May 26 07:31:55 2010 by Anna
Mother hen update
Posted Tue May 25 16:33:03 2010 by mark
On the garden locomotive
Posted Wed May 12 07:47:07 2010 by Anna
Trading freedom for security
Posted Wed Apr 28 17:05:44 2010 by mark
15 gallons of frost protection
Posted Tue Apr 27 20:03:23 2010 by mark
Volunteer swiss chard
Posted Sun Apr 25 08:33:29 2010 by Anna
Horticulturalist society
Posted Fri Apr 16 07:00:20 2010 by Anna
Wet chicks on a cold night
Posted Sat Apr 3 16:56:33 2010 by mark
Paydirt Payoff
Posted Thu Mar 25 15:41:53 2010 by mark
Appalachian gate technology
Posted Fri Mar 19 15:46:15 2010 by mark
Sounds of spring
Posted Mon Mar 15 17:21:48 2010 by mark
Chicken pasture coop notes
Posted Sun Mar 14 17:34:33 2010 by mark
Radical permaculture
Posted Thu Mar 11 15:52:08 2010 by mark
Wood chippage
Posted Sun Mar 7 18:11:52 2010 by mark
40 caliber plastic damage
Posted Fri Mar 5 16:20:20 2010 by mark
How to retire early
Posted Fri Feb 19 12:00:25 2010 by Anna
True wealth comes from learning the value of "enough"
Posted Thu Feb 18 12:00:19 2010 by Anna
Teamwork
Posted Thu Feb 18 09:04:19 2010 by mark
How much life energy did you spend on that TV?
Posted Wed Feb 17 12:00:19 2010 by Anna
What is your real hourly wage?
Posted Tue Feb 16 12:00:29 2010 by Anna
Pre-industrial people worked only three hours a day
Posted Mon Feb 15 12:00:09 2010 by Anna
Storage building snow stress day 2
Posted Mon Feb 1 16:35:50 2010 by mark
Cosmic Cookout
Posted Sat Jan 30 16:33:24 2010 by mark
Roofmate
Posted Wed Jan 27 16:32:11 2010 by mark
Intentionally underbuilding
Posted Thu Jan 14 08:15:44 2010 by Anna
Predictions for the 2010s
Posted Fri Jan 8 12:00:15 2010 by Anna
The decade comes together
Posted Thu Jan 7 12:00:17 2010 by Anna
Courtship
Posted Wed Jan 6 12:00:16 2010 by Anna
Fun with flats
Posted Tue Jan 5 18:05:47 2010 by mark
Vagrancy, motherhood, and buying land
Posted Tue Jan 5 12:00:17 2010 by Anna
Decade in review
Posted Mon Jan 4 12:00:13 2010 by Anna
Searching for green
Posted Sun Jan 3 09:02:05 2010 by Anna
Let there be light
Posted Thu Dec 31 15:11:02 2009 by mark
Power tease
Posted Tue Dec 29 17:37:39 2009 by mark
Help from above
Posted Sat Dec 26 18:52:36 2009 by mark
Snow hoe
Posted Fri Dec 25 17:00:06 2009 by mark
Contact
Posted Thu Dec 24 12:00:05 2009 by Anna
Seasteading
Posted Tue Dec 15 08:13:23 2009 by Anna
Monday mud
Posted Mon Dec 14 16:49:31 2009 by mark
Golf cart ice breaker
Posted Sat Dec 12 17:07:51 2009 by mark
Pasture plan
Posted Tue Dec 8 08:10:20 2009 by Anna
Hello, Winter
Posted Sun Nov 29 09:28:42 2009 by Anna
Over the river and through the woods
Posted Thu Nov 26 17:54:23 2009 by mark
Roseto, Pennsylvania
Posted Sat Nov 21 07:00:14 2009 by Anna
Wetland garden
Posted Sun Nov 8 08:52:21 2009 by Anna
Indian Summer Friday
Posted Fri Oct 30 16:41:49 2009 by mark
Leaf mulch
Posted Tue Oct 27 17:01:01 2009 by mark
Uxmal
Posted Sun Oct 18 16:22:49 2009 by mark
Bee cold
Posted Tue Oct 13 17:00:09 2009 by mark
Catweed
Posted Sun Oct 11 17:00:04 2009 by mark
Traveling south
Posted Sun Oct 11 07:00:11 2009 by Anna
Enjoy the process
Posted Thu Oct 8 20:35:39 2009 by Anna
The power of the sun
Posted Thu Oct 8 08:33:48 2009 by Anna
Deer hunting dream
Posted Tue Sep 29 07:56:13 2009 by Anna
The Walden Effect is
Posted Sun Sep 27 17:00:04 2009 by mark
Firewood balance
Posted Mon Sep 21 19:09:53 2009 by mark
Golf cart noise
Posted Sun Sep 20 20:01:25 2009 by mark
Tractor reality
Posted Tue Sep 15 17:02:52 2009 by mark
Working like a mule
Posted Sun Sep 13 11:12:28 2009 by mark
Ratchet strap rap
Posted Sat Sep 5 19:37:38 2009 by mark
Deer drill deterrent down time
Posted Thu Sep 3 18:17:13 2009 by mark
Lessons learned in year 3
Posted Mon Aug 31 12:00:14 2009 by Anna
Postal notes
Posted Thu Aug 27 18:08:24 2009 by mark
Grasshopper photo
Posted Wed Aug 26 07:22:43 2009 by Anna
Good grapes and bad grapes
Posted Tue Aug 25 07:48:14 2009 by Anna
Rolling blight
Posted Tue Aug 11 19:43:34 2009 by Mark
Mountains of trash
Posted Sat Aug 8 09:27:40 2009 by Anna
On the cusp of sustainability
Posted Fri Aug 7 12:00:19 2009 by Anna
Terra preta adds fertility to poor soils
Posted Thu Aug 6 12:00:22 2009 by Anna
Anthropogenic forests in the Amazon
Posted Wed Aug 5 12:00:23 2009 by Anna
Cahokia: A cautionary tale
Posted Tue Aug 4 12:00:05 2009 by Anna
What American Indians can teach us about permaculture
Posted Mon Aug 3 12:00:22 2009 by Anna
Morning on the farm
Posted Thu Jul 16 07:51:09 2009 by Anna
Social Capital
Posted Thu Jul 9 08:28:44 2009 by Anna
Setting the tone of a project
Posted Fri Jun 12 10:51:16 2009 by Anna
Farm facts
Posted Tue Jun 9 20:02:57 2009 by Mark
Micro-business bloom
Posted Wed Jun 3 20:56:50 2009 by Mark
Hardware store talk
Posted Mon Jun 1 17:30:30 2009 by Mark
Blade 2: Installation 2009
Posted Wed May 27 19:06:13 2009 by Mark
Invasion of the garden robots
Posted Sun May 24 16:46:20 2009 by Mark
Ditch your TV!
Posted Fri May 22 07:09:27 2009 by Anna
Do it yourself steam powered tractor
Posted Wed May 20 18:29:19 2009 by Mark
C-realm podcast review
Posted Sat May 9 22:28:09 2009 by Mark
Rock ritual
Posted Sun May 3 17:54:59 2009 by Mark
Homesteading Qualities, Part 5
Posted Fri May 1 11:45:18 2009 by Anna
Homesteading Qualities, Part 4
Posted Thu Apr 30 11:20:27 2009 by Anna
Homesteading Qualities, Part 3
Posted Wed Apr 29 11:46:57 2009 by Anna
Homesteading Qualities, Part 2
Posted Tue Apr 28 12:51:14 2009 by Anna
Homesteading Qualities, Part 1
Posted Mon Apr 27 11:40:09 2009 by Anna
Barefoot Meditation
Posted Sat Apr 18 08:12:20 2009 by Anna
Low Cost Housing, Part 5
Posted Fri Apr 17 11:34:02 2009 by Anna
Low Cost Housing, Part 4
Posted Thu Apr 16 11:49:02 2009 by Anna
Low Cost Housing, Part 3
Posted Wed Apr 15 11:20:51 2009 by Anna
Low Cost Housing, Part 2
Posted Tue Apr 14 12:38:28 2009 by Anna
Day 1 Bee Musings
Posted Tue Apr 14 09:21:56 2009 by Anna
Low Cost Housing, Part 1
Posted Mon Apr 13 11:15:38 2009 by Anna
Freelancing and Advertising
Posted Sun Mar 29 09:17:09 2009 by Anna
Time vs. money
Posted Tue Mar 10 08:34:29 2009 by Anna
A happy square root day
Posted Tue Mar 3 15:54:00 2009 by Mark
Monday railroad pictures
Posted Mon Mar 2 17:05:11 2009 by Mark
Paycheck and a parking spot part 2
Posted Sun Feb 22 17:03:50 2009 by Mark
Full time ownership
Posted Sat Feb 21 20:37:14 2009 by Mark
Birds and the bees
Posted Sun Jan 25 20:04:59 2009 by Mark
Pushing and pulling
Posted Mon Jan 19 17:10:16 2009 by Mark
Winter Meditation
Posted Thu Jan 15 08:26:42 2009 by Anna
Winter sky
Posted Mon Jan 12 18:08:24 2009 by Mark
40
Posted Sat Jan 10 17:59:04 2009 by Mark
Going with the flow
Posted Wed Jan 7 19:26:38 2009 by Mark
New Year Photos
Posted Fri Jan 2 09:13:56 2009 by Anna
Twining carrot
Posted Tue Dec 30 07:54:04 2008 by Anna
Monday mailbox view
Posted Mon Dec 29 17:58:25 2008 by Mark
Concrete culvert cabin idea
Posted Fri Dec 19 19:46:13 2008 by Mark
Wind chilled tuesday
Posted Tue Dec 16 21:14:52 2008 by Mark
Division of Labor
Posted Mon Dec 15 10:56:24 2008 by Anna
How the Growth Economy Became Holy: The Road from Greed to Creed
Posted Sun Dec 14 21:04:08 2008 by Errol
Black Confession
Posted Sat Dec 13 10:09:46 2008 by Anna
Time is on my side
Posted Wed Dec 10 17:06:46 2008 by Mark
Stream buffer zone removal
Posted Sat Dec 6 15:39:17 2008 by Mark
Growth economics
Posted Thu Dec 4 08:57:38 2008 by Errol
Lame turkey
Posted Fri Nov 28 17:56:19 2008 by Mark
Vertical farming
Posted Thu Nov 27 07:31:29 2008 by Anna
Gift-resistant, part II
Posted Mon Nov 24 09:26:14 2008 by Anna
Gift-resistance
Posted Sat Nov 22 06:23:48 2008 by Anna
Mystery artifact?
Posted Fri Nov 21 18:02:02 2008 by Mark
Quoting simplicity
Posted Tue Nov 18 18:40:25 2008 by Anna
Eggs, the other red meat
Posted Mon Nov 17 08:06:17 2008 by Anna
Where plastic recyclables really go
Posted Sat Nov 15 21:36:54 2008 by Anna
The death of Ebay?
Posted Tue Nov 11 11:07:10 2008 by Mark
Holistic agriculture
Posted Tue Nov 11 07:53:57 2008 by Anna
How to save money on toy shopping
Posted Sat Nov 8 17:45:18 2008 by Mark
Tenuous Web
Posted Sat Nov 8 08:02:13 2008 by Anna
Transplant in fall or spring?
Posted Fri Nov 7 15:21:55 2008 by Anna
The Ultimate Cheapskate
Posted Wed Nov 5 08:49:58 2008 by Anna
white-tailed eagle clash
Posted Mon Nov 3 19:18:56 2008 by Mark
The Daylight Saving Candy Conspiracy
Posted Sun Nov 2 14:19:13 2008 by Mark
Genetically Enhanced Ecosystem
Posted Wed Oct 29 20:25:03 2008 by Mark
Inspiring and revolting
Posted Mon Oct 27 08:25:58 2008 by Anna
Homecoming
Posted Sat Oct 25 19:05:25 2008 by Anna
Farmer in Chief
Posted Tue Oct 21 08:38:44 2008 by Anna
Hunting season and frost
Posted Sun Oct 19 16:55:56 2008 by Anna
Illegal or wrong?
Posted Fri Oct 17 16:50:49 2008 by Anna
Bailout Blues
Posted Tue Oct 14 16:32:45 2008 by Mark
There's no place like Foam
Posted Mon Oct 13 19:30:02 2008 by Mark
On Peanuts and Books
Posted Sun Oct 12 20:03:13 2008 by Anna
Netting Leaves
Posted Fri Oct 10 19:16:53 2008 by Anna
Intentional Community
Posted Mon Oct 6 18:19:07 2008 by Anna
Spirit Guides
Posted Wed Oct 1 09:50:57 2008 by Anna
Potato Dilemma
Posted Sat Sep 27 08:35:41 2008 by Anna
Two Years of Change
Posted Fri Sep 26 20:46:11 2008 by Anna


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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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It's a way of life here. I don't get the part about lifting 50 pounds over your shoulder hell here you better be able to lift 100 pounds over your shoulder or you might be considered a sissy. We chop wood by hand...not a cord or two try 10 a year. Who rents anything we do "all" of our work by hand. Where do you live? Florida? Ca? Boston? You don't know "hard work" until you have been lobstering for a couple of seasons, this includes WINTER. I am a female at age 50 that puts the younger ladies to shame. And a few men too. I think your article is all wrong. I really don't think you would do so well here in Maine. We are getting on in age and granted I cannot lift more than 100 pounds anymore but be damned if 50 pounds is anything. It's nothing.
Comment by pw Sat Oct 24 16:03:43 2009
I guess we're all sissies down here in southwest Virginia, then. :-) Oh well --- as long as we're having fun!
Comment by anna Sat Oct 24 18:21:02 2009





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