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


Hello to all. My name is James. At a young age I was raised and started working on a farm. Life happens and had to leave that behind to go to live in a small town, but every chance I got went back to my grandparents home to visit and work during summer etc. I always had this idea in the back of my mind that I wanted to be a farmer. My grandfather changed my mind the day he asked the farmer we were helping to tell me how far in debt he was and that he never thought he would ever get out. I had fallen in love with the country life though and so I went off to the service after high school to get some money to go to school and become a diesel technician. I went to a trade school after graduating started working in a city. I always wanted some land and a home away from all of that though. My wife and I are a like in one way, we both wanted as many acres as we could get and live right in the middle of it. It didn't happen like that though, we acquired the land but not enough, next thing we know we have neighbours every where we turn. I like the idea of self sufficient and not being dependent on any one or thing especially the government. I came across the Walden Effect a few years back and following ever since.

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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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James --- I'm so glad to see you figured out how to jump through the hoops and create an account! Your farming history sounds a lot like mine --- there's nothing like moving off the farm at a young age to make you romanticize the good parts and ignore the bad. :-)
Comment by anna Wed Oct 3 15:45:21 2012

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