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

Goat rehab

Grazing goats

The antibiotics are starting to kick in, which means more energy for the things I enjoy the taking out the goats.

Tire treads

Now that Artemesia's hooves are back to normal, she no longer minds walking across damp soil. So we've been following the Kubota tracks down the floodplain in search of prime forage.


Aurora eats, but fills up fast. After all, she's still drinking milk twelve hours per day and isn't in need of much extra sustenance. I keep pondering weaning...then decide to table the issue for another day.


Cooler weather means I might let the girls stay out for nearly two hours on a Saturday afternoon. After all, who wants to go home when the sky is blue and the day is beautiful?

Anna Hess's books
Want more in-depth information? Browse through our books.

Or explore more posts by date or by subject.

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.

Want to be notified when new comments are posted on this page? Click on the RSS button after you add a comment to subscribe to the comment feed, or simply check the box beside "email replies to me" while writing your comment.

profile counter myspace

Powered by Branchable Wiki Hosting.

Required disclosures:

As an Amazon Associate, I earn a few pennies every time you buy something using one of my affiliate links. Don't worry, though --- I only recommend products I thoroughly stand behind!

Also, this site has Google ads on it. Third party vendors, including Google, use cookies to serve ads based on a user's prior visits to a website. Google's use of advertising cookies enables it and its partners to serve ads to users based on their visit to various sites. You can opt out of personalized advertising by visiting this site.