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Off the Beaten Path: The New Homesteaders of Hastings Highlands

Country Roads Magazine, Summer 2012

Claire and Scott tell me all the things you’d expect them to divulge: how many jars of cider they get from their wild apple trees; how Scott cut the logs for their house off his family’s land; how much energy they get from their windmill and solar panels. Claire speaks proudly about the ten varieties of tomatoes she is growing this year, and the orchard they are starting. Scott describes how on stormy nights when other families in the area lose their hydro, he and Claire listen to their windmill, spinning like crazy in the night sky, and fall asleep content, knowing their batteries will be full in the morning. But then they open up about personal things.

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