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A Way of Life Less Common

A Way of Life Less CommonMark and I were recently included in A Way of Life Less Common, by Christine Dixon.  The book consists of interviews of six couples and one mother who are homesteading, living off the grid, and/or running a home-based business.  I particularly enjoyed hearing from several homesteaders in Canada, where the terminology is a bit different, but the ideas are very similar to those Mark and I base our lives on.

A Way of Life Less Common is a bit like the profiles in Trailersteading --- an interesting overview of why people chose similar lifestyles for different reasons.  One homesteader was drawn to alternative building practices, another to wilderness ("bush") skills, and yet another to providing a better environment for her young son.  You'll see tidbits of their daily lives (I thought we had invented the concept of going-to-town clothes vs. work clothes!), and will read about their biggest trials and successes.

Mostly, though, I enjoyed rereading my own chapter because I'd forgotten how Mark interspersed his observations with mine.  Like a love letter I had forgotten existed!  If you want to learn about our early years on the farm (and about other homesteading bloggers), you can get $2 off the cover price by going to Createspace and entering this code: D9CP2GX3.  Enjoy!

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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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Hey Anna,

I love these kinds of stories. I grew up on a conventional farm among many other farm kids. The first thing we always did when getting home from school was to put on our 'work clothes.' We always had different outfits for town and school versus our farm life, though they definitely weren't our limited 'Sunday best' attire. I guess we had three clothing categories.

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