One of the most important aspects of living off the grid is our large garden.
Watch the following video about the fall garden and learn to live off the grid.
From the Living Off The Grid Homestead.
This past fall season has been a wonderful time for our family with the seeming extension of the growing season. One of our great challenges with being off the grid is growing food for the entire year.
Finding land for sale off the grid used to be much simpler. Living off the grid was considered by many to be an alternative lifestyle choice that didn’t warrant their approval. But, times have changed…
Now, finding your off grid home has become a goal of many families, and for good reason.
You can find cheaper land, a larger parcel than you could have before, and have space enough to do all of those things you have always dreamed of…
One of the many questions we get in connection with living off the grid is, ‘why grow a garden?’
Doesn’t it make more sense to spend my time in my specialized career and just buy vegetables and fresh produce for my family?
Granted, perhaps from an economic point of view this may be true. (strangely I was an Economics major in University) But pure economic theory would have us always working at our specialized jobs and never ever at other pursuits. To us this unbalanced life is very detrimental to both happiness and family life.
I remember the first time I discussed homesteading self sufficiency and living off the grid with my dad.
He looked at me kind of strange and said ‘ there’s no money in farming…’ That was about 1 year before we moved.
I was, in essence trying to explain a decision that was already made up for Jane and I. In retrospect I probably did not do a very good job.
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From the living off the grid homestead.
We try to grow as much of our own food as we can, we use the natural resources that are on this property, and we try to make our life as enjoyable and productive as possible, every day we learn more about how to live off the grid.
Here at the off grid living homestead we love to use materials that we have on hand and create something lasting and permanent. One of our favorite jobs, one that lets us use our creative side more than you would first imagine is learning how to build a stone wall.
The simple process of putting one stone on top of another and binding the mix with mortar or concrete is both satisfying and demanding at the same time. For those of you contemplating self sufficient living any and all building skills can be learned. Here is how you get started.
We were recently asked about living off the grid, and what we really think is important in making the move. In the email specifically we were asked how to get off the grid. It really is hard to know exactly what this fellow asking the question really had in mind. It all started with an email about off the grid in the city, and it went like this. This person was having trouble downloading our guide book and asked us to send him a link, which we gladly did. At the end of the email they explained that they wanted to read it when they were ‘off the grid’ with only their notebook computer as a companion. It really made us wonder if this person really knew what they wanted.
Whether it is a natural or man-made disaster by providing for yourself in a self sufficient manner you can definitely weather the storms.
It may seem strange but one of the things we enjoy most about living off the grid is growing chickens.
As spring turns to summer our focus changes to the garden. Our aim is to eat 3 meals a day with at least something from the garden, if not the entire meal being grown here.
We have employed a lot of time saving methods and by far the best one is the keeping of chickens. This is a picture of the portable hoop coop that we built that allows the chickens to be rotated around the garden.
Chickens are by far one of the most hardy and self sufficient animals that you can grow, they are very adept at living off the land, perhaps better than any other. We just provide them with a little supplementary food and water and they give us eggs, fertilizer and they keep the weeds and grass clipped too. They are an amazing part of our off the grid plans.