Living and building off grid on the cheap
by WRETHAOFFGRID on AUGUST 16, 2014 - 2 Comments in OFF-GRID 101, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA
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Dimensional lumber, nearly stacked and ready for their second life….

Going off grid on the cheap, it’s possible to do, but you should be creative and flexible, the property was the biggest expense, buying a property with “issues” made that expense much less than it could have been.

Our property’s issue was the access, it has a seasonal creek that runs across the front/bottom of the property, so driving up on the property is tricky if not impossible. We didn’t mind, the rest of the property was great.

One of the things we do to build cheap (sometimes free) is to constantly be on the lookout for free materials to recycle or re-purpose. It’s not the same as going to the lumber store and buying what we need, we often are gifted with material that would normally go to the dump at odd times, this material has its issues, the lumber is rough, has nails, screws and other hardware, sometimes ends of lumber are rotten, damaged or cut off, as I said, you need to be creative. (more…)

How to start a farm with *no money – video
by WRETHAOFFGRID on AUGUST 13, 2014 - 1 Comment in FOOD, PEOPLE, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, SPIRIT, WRETHA

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This video is titled, “How to start a farm with no money”, well I’m here to tell you that you need SOME money, but if you are creative, you will not need near the bundle you would need otherwise.

I watched this video with a jaundiced eye, I have seen many claims that often fall under the “too good to be true…” well I am more impressed with John Suscovich than I have been with many other people making these sorts of claims. (more…)

Legal tiny home
by WRETHAOFFGRID on AUGUST 10, 2014 - 1 Comment in COMMUNITY, WRETHA

I love these tiny homes, this one is particularly interesting because it’s completely legal, not saying all the other tiny homes are illegal, in some places people have to build them on the down low. Check it out!

This one shows quite a bit of detail, and he even tells us what he would do differently if he had to do it again, I love the cabinets! (more…)

Ebola scare
by WRETHAOFFGRID on AUGUST 8, 2014 - 1 Comment in COMMUNITY, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

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If what I just read is true, then Ebola might not be as scary as first thought, I think many of us have read the books back in the 90s, the one that comes to my mind is The Hot Zone, that was an eye opening but scary scary scary book, even Stephen King called the first chapter, “one of the most horrifying things I’ve read in my whole life.” Until recently, Ebola was something that happened “over there”, in some other country, in Africa, in 3rd world countries, well now all of that has changed, we don’t have to worry about Ebola accidentally coming to the USA, it has been purposely brought over. Of course when all you have heard is how it is a death sentence if you are infected and it’s a horrible way to die, it tends to scare one to no end, well now I’m learning that it may not be such a death sentence after all.

I realize that some might read this here (on off-grid.net) and ask why such a story is posted here, what does it have to do with living off grid? Well I’m here to tell you that keeping healthy is a mainstay about living off grid, that includes being able to prevent and/or fight off major viruses like this. I know that for me, staying away from as many people as possible (ie not going to the city any more often as I have to) is very important and one of the ways I stay healthy, but no one is an island to themselves, and even if I never go the city, my friends and neighbors do, so it’s up to me to be as prepared as I can possibly be.

I found this online, and it goes without saying (but I’ll say it anyhow), you can’t believe everything you read just because someone posted it online, but this does give me hope and helps me to understand this virus and how it works a bit better. The link to the following story is at the bottom. (more…)

Nick Rosen appearances this month
by SPY_VONDEGA on AUGUST 5, 2014 - 0 Comments in EVENTS

Utah public radio, USA on 20th August at 9AM MST for one hour

OFF-GRID FESTIVAL on 14th August at 3pm

Contact nick@off-grid.net with any questions or to meet at festival.

FOR A FESTIVAL DISCOUNT – follow this link:

https://offgrid.eventbrite.co.uk/?discount=OFFGRID10

Here’s another few bits and pieces from the website to whet your appetites:

http://offgrid-festival.co.uk/off-grid-2014-one-planet-community-festival/

http://offgrid-festival.co.uk/line-up-a-z/

http://offgrid-festival.co.uk/build-the-change-off-grid-2014/

https://www.facebook.com/offgrid.festival.page

Luxury digital detox vacations
by SIYAH on AUGUST 4, 2014 - 1 Comment in SELF-SUFFICIENCY

Lives and places where the web does not reach and nobody wants you email address

Away from phones and net

Dow Jones Newswires – Last August, when photographer Hilary Stock took her family deep into the Himalayas in Kashmir, the nearest Internet connection was about 100 kilometers away. So the family of four had to connect in a different way.

“The tension was gone . . . external peer pressure and competition were absent and we regrouped as a family,” says Mrs. Stock, who went with husband, John, and their two teenage children. “There aren’t many extreme circumstances left nowadays where this would happen. I think it also put us more in touch with those around us, in whose lives, generally, technology isn’t playing a major part.” (more…)

Platinum fuel cell trials in S Africa
by TECHSTAR on AUGUST 4, 2014 - 0 Comments in ENERGY

Renewable Energy mag reports Canadian fuel cell manufacturer Ballard Power Systems and Anglo American Platinum, the world’s largest primary producer of platinum, have launched a field trial of a methanol-fueled fuel cell home generator system in an off-grid residential application in South Africa.

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Ballard and AA Platinum have partnered with South African power utility Eskom and the SA Department of Energy to conduct the 12-month field trial. (more…)

Summer in far west Texas
by WRETHAOFFGRID on AUGUST 3, 2014 - 0 Comments in SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

DSC00020A few days ago I received my new camera, my old one finally bit the dust, I am very happy with this one, it’s not the most expensive one by far, but wow, have they come a LONG way since the last one I had!

The picture above is the sky castle, the rock work at the bottom is the beginnings of a rock room, I hope it becomes a chicken coop, though it could become anything. (more…)

Permaculture in Moretown, Vermont
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JULY 30, 2014 - 0 Comments in COMMUNITY, FOOD, PEOPLE, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, SPIRIT, WRETHA

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Ben Falk is a permaculture designer based in Moretown, Vermont. In this video, he speaks about different aspects of homesteading and cold weather, notably his wood cook-stove which also heats water, and his compost-powered greenhouse heating system. He also talks about the importance of being engaged with the land around us, and how gardening is just basically awesome! (more…)


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