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

Introducing B.J.


Astute readers will probably notice that B.J. has been around a lot.  Mark and I decided to make him Walden Effect's very first intern, so you'll be seeing more of him in the days to come.

During his first week here, it became clear that B.J. has quite a knack for growing things and for photography, in addition to his deep understanding of the Appalachian tradition of wildcrafting.  I'll admit that part of the reason we keep him around is because listening to him talk is like reading a Foxfire book --- I keep learning things all day long.

Raking back mulch

Plus, B.J. isn't allergic to facebook the way I am.  In the week he's been on the job, B.J. has already spiced up our facebook page into a flourishing community...replacing the stale auto-posting board it used to be.  (Part of this may be because we promised him a bonus of a nice camera when we hit 1,000 fans --- help him along and friend us today.)

The main reason Mark and I decided to go ahead and take the internship plunge, even though we were vacillating last year, is that B.J. is a local guy.  That means we're not responsible for making sure he has a place to stay, food to eat, or friends to hang out with.  So we can be antisocial most of the time and just enjoy his rivetting company three hours a day.

Topdressing peach

Meanwhile, B.J. is our guinea pig in another way.  I hypothesize that Appalachia wouldn't have to be so poverty-stricken if everyone with a passion --- regardless of their level of education --- developed some kind of online empire to bring in money from the outside world.  B.J. clearly has enough knowledge to write a stellar ebook about old timey Appalachian skills, so hopefully you'll see me announce that here before the summer's out.

Our chicken waterer keeps coops dry and hens happy.

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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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It is good to see you have adopted a new member of your family! Is he single? :)
Comment by Maggie Sat Feb 16 09:03:41 2013
Maggie --- I think he has a girlfriend....
Comment by anna Sat Feb 16 10:00:15 2013
Comment by Maggie Sat Feb 16 13:13:12 2013
Goo Bob
Comment by uncle roy Sat Feb 16 17:49:23 2013

Awesome about your intern! Wish we could do that. Also, I had no idea about your fb page and just "liked" it. We have one, too:

I also wish I had an intern who enjoyed updating it... I haven't even figured out how to make the link for it less unruly.

Comment by Eliza @ Appalachian Feet Tue Mar 12 19:45:40 2013

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