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


How do you make a good living in an economically depressed region without being under a boss's thumb?  We've tried everything and settled on a few tried and true methods.  Below, you'll see posts on our blog about starting our own microbusiness.

Meanwhile, we've published an ebook detailing our success with quitting our jobs and making a living from the homestead.  The book is available over at Wetknee Press for only $3.  We've also started doing a lot of blogging over there on microbusiness topics, which is why this part of Walden Effect is a bit out of date.  Enjoy!
Microbusiness Independence

Call for chicken articles
Posted Sun Feb 4 07:00:11 2018 by Anna
Chicken waterer closeout sale, part 2
Posted Mon Jul 17 16:00:50 2017 by Anna
Chicken waterer closeout sale
Posted Mon Jul 3 06:04:40 2017 by Anna
Beech Mountain writer's retreat
Posted Thu Jun 8 07:08:15 2017 by Anna
Limited run of heated chicken waterers
Posted Sun Sep 18 06:57:12 2016 by Anna
Broadforks for everyone
Posted Thu Jan 21 13:44:12 2016 by Margot Boyer, Meadow Creature
How to make a living homesteading
Posted Sat Dec 5 06:19:36 2015 by Anna
Are you susceptible to bribery?
Posted Thu Oct 29 12:46:20 2015 by Anna
Where and how homesteaders buy books
Posted Sun Oct 11 07:32:40 2015 by Anna
Egyptian onion giveaway 2015
Posted Sun Jul 12 06:34:51 2015 by Anna
Please help my friend become a NYT bestselling author
Posted Mon Jun 29 14:47:11 2015 by Anna
My new cover model (and other book news)
Posted Sat Apr 25 07:35:26 2015 by Anna
Limited edition heated chicken waterers
Posted Wed Dec 10 07:22:16 2014 by Anna
How to Make Money Homesteading
Posted Tue Oct 28 08:02:09 2014 by Anna
Pondering old books
Posted Sun Aug 10 07:13:47 2014 by Anna
Microbusiness comes full circle
Posted Fri Feb 28 07:01:20 2014 by Anna
Save on our Modern Simplicity bundle
Posted Mon Jan 20 12:00:26 2014 by Anna
Flock of five
Posted Mon Dec 23 15:23:07 2013 by mark
Ebooks vs. paper books
Posted Sun Nov 17 07:47:10 2013 by Anna
It's a Long Road to a Tomato
Posted Sun Nov 10 07:26:46 2013 by Anna
Small is Beautiful
Posted Wed Oct 16 07:40:39 2013 by Anna
We have an affiliate program at last!
Posted Fri Sep 27 12:00:49 2013 by Anna
"I made a jig and named her Charlotte"
Posted Wed Aug 21 15:09:30 2013 by Anna
EZ Miser: An even better chicken waterer
Posted Mon Aug 19 07:14:11 2013 by Anna
The Good Life Lab
Posted Sun Jun 23 07:29:44 2013 by Anna
Daffodil farmers
Posted Sun Mar 17 07:40:18 2013 by Anna
The Cows Are Out
Posted Fri Feb 1 07:52:24 2013 by Anna
Best homemade chicken waterers
Posted Mon Nov 12 12:01:02 2012 by Anna
Hauling in the pitchers
Posted Tue Jul 31 07:21:00 2012 by Anna
Plastic pitcher delivery
Posted Mon Jul 30 16:36:33 2012 by mark
Joey's kickstarter
Posted Wed May 23 20:44:28 2012 by Anna
Win a free homesteading/garden/microbusiness consultation!
Posted Mon Apr 9 08:10:59 2012 by Anna
Cardboard lessons
Posted Mon Mar 19 08:13:36 2012 by Anna
Greg Judy on mob grazing
Posted Mon Jan 23 12:01:19 2012 by Anna
Journalists tour the farm
Posted Sat Dec 3 08:41:57 2011 by Anna
November Weekend Homesteader
Posted Fri Oct 28 08:34:13 2011 by Anna
October Weekend Homesteader
Posted Sat Sep 24 19:42:35 2011 by Anna
Fan mail
Posted Wed Sep 14 12:00:38 2011 by Anna
Stumbling homestead podcast
Posted Sun Mar 20 08:54:04 2011 by Anna
Microbusiness Independence, second edition
Posted Sat Jan 15 08:48:13 2011 by Anna
We have labels!
Posted Mon Nov 30 16:01:53 2009 by mark
Site updates
Posted Thu Nov 19 07:40:41 2009 by Anna
Fund your journey back to the land
Posted Fri Nov 13 06:01:36 2009 by Anna
Homemade chicken waterers in action
Posted Sun Sep 27 08:26:48 2009 by Anna
Starting a microbusiness
Posted Fri Sep 4 12:00:31 2009 by Anna
Chicken waterer photo contest
Posted Fri Sep 4 08:34:12 2009 by Anna
Postal notes
Posted Thu Aug 27 18:08:24 2009 by mark
Friendly strangers
Posted Tue Jul 28 08:07:51 2009 by Anna
Chicken water
Posted Fri Jul 10 12:00:23 2009 by Anna
Lavender Farm and making a living
Posted Wed Jul 1 07:32:26 2009 by Anna
Going postal
Posted Thu Jun 25 17:47:52 2009 by Mark
Micro-niche maverick review
Posted Fri Jun 12 20:25:54 2009 by Mark
More on microbusiness
Posted Fri Jun 5 20:55:01 2009 by Mark
Micro-business bloom
Posted Wed Jun 3 20:56:50 2009 by Mark

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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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