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A foot in both worlds

View of the Clinch River valley"I'm on the 26th floor of a hotel in downtown Atlanta," our movie star neighbor explained when I picked up the phone.  He never tells me much about his work since I can't tell actors apart and wouldn't recognize the names of even the leads in the Footloose remake he was working on.  Still, I enjoyed imagining our farmer friend rubbing shoulders with these shining Hollywood stars.

Baby dwarf Meyer lemonsBack in his hotel for a three day weekend, the movie star had taken off his sunglasses and put on his straw hat (figuratively, at least.)  The purpose of his phone call was simple --- our neighbor wanted a weather report.  Once I mentioned our scant tenth of an inch of rain, he asked if I would mind heading over to his place to water his baby collards and lemon trees.

Watering the gardenI'm always glad to visit someone else's garden, and I was especially keen on this project since my neighbor had recently added ten baby, dwarf citrus to his collection.  In case you don't remember, he's the one who owns the gargantuan dwarf Meyer lemon that produces dozens of fruits every year.

After checking on the baby lemons, I hosed down his garden and explored his tremendous patch of butternuts.  Although I wouldn't want to live the movie star part of his life, I love the idea that a homesteader can keep a foot in both worlds, growing sweet corn and tomatoes in his down time between making movies.

Our homemade chicken waterer is a great gift for the beginning chicken-keeper.

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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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