The way that Anastasia lives is the ideal. However, the 'truth' of the matter for us (currently) is that we don't have a band of squirrels working for us to provide us with food, a bear, a Malamute or Siberian husky who is willing to bear our heavy loads. And if we do want these types of load-bearing animals, we need to buy them ~ yes, with money... coz they're considered a 'commodity' : ( And then we need to house the animals, to love them, feed them, protect and provide for them. Anastasia has the advantage that she can bring wild animals into her service who are self-sufficient. So for us, it's a case of the animals who will help us out, such as draft horses or donkeys : ) In the absence of these 'partners' on the land, it is we ourselves who will till and turn and cultivate the soil with our barrows and spades and the sweat off our backs, just so we can produce the food we need to sustain our lives, just like the 'good old days'.