Simply the Greatest Life

Finding Myself in the Country

by David Schafer

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 02/10/2012

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 226
ISBN : 9781452558431
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 226
ISBN : 9781452558455

About the Book

In this long-awaited sequel, “America’s James Herriot” over-delivers on his continuing Greatest Life rural saga with some (simple) twists:

• A community-built home of sticks, straw and stone

• In-house utilities-solar electricity, bicycle-pumped rainwater, compost toilets, wood cookstove

• Amish friends, neighbors, business associates, and partners-in-crime

Comical green homesteading, lunatic natural farming, Amish neighbor anecdotes, and the amazing chicken plucker “business from heaven” backdrop Schafer’s insightful, hilarious, and charming stories and lead, ultimately, to his own liberating self-discovery.

Join sustainable farming pioneers as they walk the talk to adopt a sustainable lifestyle, not by living without but by living full out—with simplicity built in! Heartwarming, instructive, and entertaining, Simply the Greatest Life is a country-fresh collection of stories that will inspire you to the best version of your life.

About the Author

David Schafer proved ignorance is bliss when he moved to his grandparent's family farm in north Missouri. But turning his citified handicap to his best advantage, David explored alternative agricultural avenues that didn't export the scant topsoil he inherited. Three trips to New Zealand and an intense study of pasture management later, he founded the Green Hills Farm Project producer group of north Missouri and helped create the noted Linneus, Missouri Grazing School.

Finding success in marketing home-raised meats and manufacturing poultry processing equipment (chicken pluckers!), he set about homesteading an ideal life in the country, built an off-the-grid, stone-walled, straw bale house with the help of Amish neighbors. He 'hid out' in his paradise while pioneering more innovations to aid the modern rural agri-preneur.

The contrast of being 'head-down and bum-up' at the old family farm helped create the 'work smarter not harder' mantra at the new "Wonderland" farm, and the results are evident in David's charmed life. A staunch believer in the magnetic power of his thoughts and actions, David shows how he lives his life to create a business from heaven, a uniquely green home and productive farmstead, a dynamic community, and loving relationships.