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


Sheila decorates the cakeSheila is one of Anna's parents-by-choice.  She is an amazing chef who makes everyone feel welcome (and well fed) in her role as caretaker of a 1,400 acre private preserve near Washington, DC.

When not serving delicious meals, Sheila works as an accountant and plays by visiting (and collecting pictures of) lighthouses.  She is also very active in her local Quaker community.

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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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I spent the first two months of my life at Point Arena lighthouse in California. My father was stationed there in the coast guard. I've been back many times to visit over the years...
Comment by Shannon Thu Feb 11 19:51:06 2010
You two are clearly birds of a feather!
Comment by anna Thu Feb 11 20:05:42 2010

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