My Cabin is 3 miles south of VT border near Greenfield MA. It is my labor of love and has maple syrup processing and the native plants I've found are wild leeks, fiddleheads, Sunchokes and nettles just there waiting. It is quite fascinating actually how prolific the gifts of nature are.
Interesting how you had a vision in '82 to make the move to simplicity. I have had similar experience. I visited The Farm in Tennessee when I was in college and also Sirius in recent years. Now the kids are grown and I'm finding my own expression of a well lived life. Permaculture seems a natural for me. Woods and good food.
My teen hero was Gandhi who was deeply impacted by Thoreau's economy and civil disobedience writings. Gandhi's commitment to truth and always telling the truth is also very rare in people. His vision of self sufficient ashrams has always intrigued me. To be around a like minded people is a source of momentum. I will do things with others and in that doing find a common good and the joy of living.
Most excited about visiting the Forest Food Farm in Holyoke over memorial day weekend. Are you familiar with it? They took and Urban lot and turned the property into a forest farm here in MA. Can't wait for that.
Thank you for the reply and the thoughtful way you communicate with all the opinions on this post.