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

Mark's best invention


Mark's got a talent for tinkering.  He's invented a POOP-free chicken waterer that thousands of flocks around the world enjoy.  His deer deterrents keep my garden happy.  And he's always coming up with new device to make farm life easier.  But his best invention, by far, is weekends.

Readers, don't worry --- Mark won't be patenting weekends anytime soon, so you too can enjoy his invention.  Just pretend work doesn't exist and ignore the weeds in the garden and the apples that need to be preserved.  Then light a cheery fire, read a book, hang out with people you care about, and enjoy yourself.  You'll be glad you did.

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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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So glad you're able to enjoy some down time on the weekends! I wish Cliff could enjoy his weekends more but working all week 8-5 leaves us only the weekends to work on farm stuff. One day hopefully that will change.
Comment by Krisann / Want Less Mon Nov 14 07:43:39 2011

That is the catch 22 of working off the farm and still trying to homestead --- you drive yourself crazy trying to find free time.

I hear you all might be our new neighbors?

Comment by anna Mon Nov 14 08:24:57 2011

I know what you mean about having to use weekends for farm work since you work off-farm all week. For now I just try to think of farm work as "fun" - since it is - which does help a lot. But people really do need some downtime so I've arranged with the boss that I go to part-time work every Spring and continue that until early Fall. I work full time the rest of the year. When the house and land are paid off I'll stick with part-time all the time, unless I can manage to muster up a thriving micro-business.

Mark and Anna are masters at this. Anyone lucky enough to live near them will not only have some great friends, but I'd say fantastic mentors as well.

Comment by Everett Mon Nov 14 08:55:17 2011
I read your post about turning farm work into fun and could just see myself writing it a few years ago. I'm so glad you're only working full time through the winter and fall --- that should make up for a lot. Good luck on paying off the debt ASAP!
Comment by anna Mon Nov 14 09:05:39 2011

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