Rockport — Janet and Robert Williams knew the risks when they left it all behind in Connecticut and decided to live off the grid. So when things got tough, they were prepared.
“Cows are extremely needy animals and require constant attention,” Janet explained. “We knew that going in, but what we didn’t know was how unappealing farming actually was once we started doing it.”
The Williams lived off-the-grid in a 120-square foot tiny house Robert bought from LL Bean.
“We brought it to our land, put our tiny house into place, and started Stone Throw Farm with just a few heritage chickens,” Robert said.
But it didn’t take long for the daily grind to take its toll.
“It was fun at first, splitting wood by hand, but then it got extremely cold and I hadn’t split enough of it,” Janet told us.
“Tending the cows and chickens became a full time job. I didn’t have any time to blog about farming. It was a really scary time for us.”
Fortunately both Janet and Robert had amassed tremendous fortunes before moving to Maine; Janet as a corporate lawyer and Robert as a banker.
“We realized Stone Throw Farm could be saved by just buying the farmhouse next door, paying a lot of money to have it upgraded, and then hiring some people to do all the farming for us,” Robert said.
“It was an incredible relief. Janet has plenty of time to write and I’ve taken up building ship models in the barn we converted to a wood working shop.”
While they were unable to make things work living off the land, both Janet and Robert agree the experience was invaluable.
“I’ll remember that week for the rest of my life,” Robert said.
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