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A new adventure

Inaugural visit

16.8 acres of mostly bare land + a new state = the first step in a grand adventure!


There's a water tap and an old camper on the property...and not much else. I suspect the amenities will be easier to establish than they were on our first farm, though, since the area that will become our core homestead butts right up against the road.

Edibles in trunk

Okay, and I'll admit it --- the land isn't quite bare any more. I couldn't resist filling the trunk with mushroom logs and potted plants before heading up to our closing. If the deer don't find them before we drive north again, we'll have the tiniest bit of a homestead waiting for us upon our return.

(This last picture is at our AirBnB. The actual property has no houses in sight.)

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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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Best of luck on your new adventures!
Comment by Jesse Andrews Sat Sep 16 11:32:24 2017
Sounds like things are finally coming together! Looking forward to hearing more about your plans and how you'll prepare for winter on such a short deadline. Fortunately, you and Mark are experts at improvising! Best of luck to you in your new adventure.
Comment by Rhonda from Baddeck Sat Sep 16 19:23:54 2017

That's a nice sized block. Not quite 20 acres, but above 10. So you get space from neighbours, but a more compact, land parcel, to manage. Why does the house need to be butted up against the road though - building restrictions, or cheaper to run electricity to the home? Or will you be off grid?

Enjoy your new adventure. :)

Comment by Chris Sun Sep 17 06:55:33 2017
So excited for you and your new place! I'm sure it will indeed be easier to start a new homestead without a mile of swampy land/river to cross for every errand--one of life's little pleasures! Enjoy your new space.
Comment by Jennifer Sun Sep 17 09:54:28 2017
Could you repurpose the camper as a chicken coop? That's what I did with mine, and it's served me well.
Comment by Jennifer Quinn Sun Sep 17 16:05:45 2017

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