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Groundhog's Day launch

Trailersteading with cat

The print edition of Trailersteading is now live! You can read our cats' half-hearted endorsements here or check out what human readers have to say here.

Trailersteading collageFeline back-stabbing aside, I've been amazed at how well received this book has been. After all, I originally envisioned it as a bit of a joke. Why would anyone want to learn about our choice to homestead in a dirt-cheap mobile home when they could dream about strawbale houses or cob domiciles?

What I didn't expect was the 150+ five-star reviews from homesteaders just like me who were itching for a less expensive and time-consuming alternative to the traditional path of home ownership. Readers called the book "new and exciting," "a groundbreaking literary effort," and "very informative," while several mentioned that Trailersteading had inspired them to retire early by embracing life within an old mobile home.

Want to see what all the fuss is about? Trailersteading should now be available at your local bookstore or library --- if not, just ask them to order a copy. And the book is also up for purchase on your favorite online retailers, whether that's Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or someplace else.

I hope you enjoy the read and a huge thank-you to everyone who has already given it a shot! Your early purchases and reviews help my books get out of the gate and ensure that Mark and I can continue to spend our time regaling you with our hopes, failures, and successes from the tranquility of our permaculture trailerstead. Thank you for helping to make our dreams a reality.

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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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Yay! Congrats--it always makes me smile when you have a new (or updated) book come out.

When I read through the original ebook version, I remember thinking it sounded like a great way to get on the land quickly, but wondering if it was a stepping stone or if you planned to trailerstead forever.

Now that you've been there for nigh on a decade and made lots of improvements to the trailer, are you planning on staying in it for the long haul, or will you eventually work toward another kind of debt-free, DIY type of housing?

Comment by Jake Tue Feb 2 23:54:01 2016

Jake --- Thank you for your shared excitement!

You'd probably get two different answers if you asked Mark and asked me. I'm 100% happy in the trailer (with the caveat that I still plan to finish our insulated skirting and may want to add yet more insulation later). Mark dreams of an underground building, perhaps more like a studio for creative pursuits than a main house. Although, actually, on the studio front, I keep tossing around the idea of making a little loft in the barn for summer writing away from the hustle and bustle of the trailer. So we might end up building more some day, but it's definitely not an imperative --- can't hold a candle to the immediate urges of seed starting and goat wrangling. :-)

Comment by anna Wed Feb 3 08:41:29 2016

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