Ditch the City and Go Country: How to Master the Art of Rural Life from a Former City Dweller

Author(s): Alissa Hessler


The No-Nonsense Guide For Country Dreamers Though moving to the country takes determination, every ex-urbanite says it was the best decision they ever made. The same rings true for Alissa Hessler, who relocated from Seattle to rural Maine years ago and has never looked back. In this book she uses her wit, charm and experience to help you chart a path to successful country living. Ditch the City and Go Country covers the ins and outs of how to find a home, how to keep your current job remotely or where to look for a new one, how to own livestock and prepare for disasters, howto make a smooth transition and become a part of your new community and how to embrace the seasons. With this must have guide, you'll be able to stop day dreaming and finally live the life you've always wanted in the country. Alissa Hessler was inspired to launch her blog Urban Exodus after relocating to Maine in 2011. She has been featured in Modern Farmer, Popular Photography, Click Magazine and Maine Home.


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How to Master the Art of Rural Life From a Former City Dweller. Readers can transform the dream of rural living into reality with frank advice on making money and friends, raising animals and other realities of relocating to the country.

"This genius guide to going rural walks wannabe ex-urbanites through every step of the transition, from growing food to gaining community acceptance. Alissa Hessler delivers solid practical advice with compassionate 'been there myself' wit." -Sarah Gray Miller, Editor-in-Chief of Modern Farmer "Perfectly balancing the clothes line of educational and entertaining, Alissa has us wanting to flee the city in our rubber boots, and eat peas in the garden. This book is a must-have guide for all those ready to leave the city." -Ben Ashby, Editor-in-Chief of FOLK Magazine "This book is an invaluable road map for anyone thinking of taking the leap to the country. Honest, informative, engaging and fun to read, it will inspire you to break your city chains and go country." -Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge, Founders of Beekman 1802 "Alissa delivers 'real talk' about what country life is like. I laughed, beamed and sometimes cringed with recognition at Alissa's open-eyed (but never starry-eyed!) town-to-country take." -Courtney Maum, Bestselling author of I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You

Alissa Morris is the creator of Urban Exodus and co-runs Hessler Creative, a boutique creative agency. She has been featured in Modern Farmer, Popular Photography, Click Magazine and Maine Home. After relocating to Maine in 2011, she was inspired to create Urban Exodus because there were no honest depictions of country life, only idyllic representations. Her goal is to showcase not only the "living the good life" aspect of farming, but also the everyday struggles. The realistic profiles featured on Urban Exodus have created a new and growing community of ex-urbanites.

General Fields

  • : 9781624143915
  • : Page Street Publishing Co.
  • : Page Street Publishing Co.
  • : July 2017
  • : 228mm X 188mm X 12mm
  • : United States
  • : August 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 208
  • : 100 colour photographs
  • : Alissa Hessler
  • : Paperback
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