Wait. Which part of that?
Yeah, I get that appeal completely (I love the sustainable lifestyle), and I agree with your supposition about college not being necessary, except it totally is.
I say this because of one simple thing:
"Oh, Mr. Applicant, you don't have that paper that says you stuck your nose into a book / computer screen for __ # of years? Aww, well there's the door, and good luck!"
I played that game right there for two-and-a-half years with employers here in the U.S., and this is a person that was a military-trained civil engineering technician, meteorologist's tech, aerial navigation specialist, and combat veteran, and none of that mattered 'cause I didn't have a degree to back it up!
There ARE exceptions to that rule, obviously, but in technology fields? No, not really.
That fella up there (The_Hairy_Yak) got an "In" by getting an internship, and basically bypassed the BS, and that's one of the exceptions I was referring to...
I love my job, I love all the land I own, and my condo in CO (selling that), and all of what I can provide for my family, so I suppose as long as all of that is in order, it really doesn't matter who's got what!
Thanks - T