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

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Meetup group

One of our goals in creating the Walden Effect Annex is to build our community, either by bringing in likeminded folks from outside the area or by tempting intriguing locals to come out of the woodwork.  While the Annex remains a work in progress, Mark and I made a start on the second goal this weekend by creating a Meetup group --- the Extreme SW Virginia Permaculture Guild.

The Extreme SW Virginia Permaculture Guild brings together farmers, gardeners, homesteaders, and dreamers in the extreme southwest tip of Virginia (and surrounding areas). Join us as we swap seeds, visit farms, taste tomatoes, build community permaculture projects, and share ideas about living sustainably.

Do you want to learn more about forest gardening, homegrown edible mushrooms, top bar hives, or vegetable varieties that do well without chemicals? Do you want to talk to someone who's heard of Paul Stamets, Joel Salatin, or Bill Mollison (and maybe bring one of these experts to speak in our region)? Perhaps you'd like to meet up with folks interested in creating a cowshare or intentional community? If so, this group is for you, no matter how little or much experience you've had with permaculture in the past.

We're currently planning a seed swap full of heirloom tomatoes, locally adapted garlic, old-timey beans, and much more, with date and location to be announced on the meetup group soon.  Everyone who lives within driving distance of Dungannon, Virginia, is welcome to join --- just follow the link and click the "Join us!" button in the upper right hand corner of your screen.  I'm looking forward to meeting you soon.

Our POOP-free chicken waterer is sponsoring the first year of Meetup fees, so membership is free.

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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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And here comes the opportunity to visit (both you and my cousins in Meadows of Dan), just one week after I make the cross country move to the greater Seattle area. I'm so sorry to miss it and not to have been able to meet you prior to the big move. But on a positive note, this move out of the greater DC area means we will be more often able to enjoy and invest in our Oregon homestead/dreamland. I will continue to follow along virtually, though, and wish you all the best in this community building venture!
Comment by Charity Mon Sep 10 10:51:07 2012
Charity --- Sorry to hear that! But congratulations on your move --- it's been a long time in coming.
Comment by anna Mon Sep 10 18:13:23 2012

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