In their mid-fifties, Evelyn left a horticulturist job at the University of Oregon, and David left work as a private practice architect. They moved to a small trailer on 21 acres near Lorane, not far from Eugene, to pursue their dream of starting a nursery business.
Economic stresses and hopes of reigniting their relationship also drove them to the woods. They lived with little electricity and no running water, managing a major health crisis and a steep learning curve about Mother Nature.
Seventeen years later, they’re still there and planning to stay for the rest of their lives. Evelyn has written a book about their experiences. What have she and David learned?
Have you ever retreated to the woods? Do you deliberately spend time out of “civilization”? What do you gain? What do you lose?
- Evelyn Hess, co-founder, Lorane Hills Farm & Nursery. Author of To The Woods: Sinking Roots, Living Lightly, and Finding True Home.
- David Hess, co-founder, Lorane Hills Farm & Nursery. Retired architect.