Category — COMMUNITY

New rural community to launch
by NICK ROSEN on MAY 29, 2014 - 6 Comments in COMMUNITY

Barton St David, Plotgate farm aims to persuade locals

Amy & Dan – planning battle

As the nation’s housing crisis (also known as the nation’s house price bubble) intensifies, part of the solution is hiding in plain sight – cheap rural housing, on agricultural land, for people who are working that land. I wrote a story in The Guardian to bring them to public attention.

Tucked away down a farm track in Somerset is a project that could act as a catalyst for an era of low-cost, off-grid rural living across Britain.

A small group is aiming to join the population of Barton St David, a village of approximately 500 residents, 5 miles south-east of Glastonbury, with a pub, and a 12th Century church. Local residents are keen to make sure their new neighbours stick to the letter of the planning laws. (more…)

Illegal to be off grid?
by WRETHAOFFGRID on MAY 25, 2014 - 6 Comments in COMMUNITY, WRETHA


Apparently it is illegal in some places, Florida makes off-grid living illegal – mandates all homes must be connected to an electricity grid.

It’s no secret that an opposition to sustainable living exists. Earlier this year, Texas state brought several SWAT teams to a sustainable community and threatened to shut it down. Each one of the community members were initially handcuffed at gunpoint. It was called “The Garden of Eden Community,” and was totally self sustainable. (more…)

Another cool tiny home

They have zero debt, plus their heating and cooling bills are much lower.

If This House Doesn’t Look Like Much To You, Wait Til You Go Inside. I Love Everything About This.

After spending years in the rat race, with their lives revolving around paying a hefty mortgage, Andrew and Gabriella Morrison decided to call it quits. They bravely decided to downsize to save money and adjust their lives so they could focus on more important things than monthly bills.


Antibiotics, the problem, not the answer….

The Coming Food Shortages: Antibiotics in Manure Proven To Alter Soil Composition, Reduce Crop Yields, and Cause Human Health Issues

The practice of dosing livestock with antibiotics combined with putting the same drugs into animal feed is having a profound effect on the soil where the manure is used as fertilizer. We have known for years that antibiotics in livestock has hastened antibiotic resistance but a new study proves just how detrimental the practice can be to our health and our food supply.

Scientists of Helmholtz Zentrum München, in a joint study with researchers of Julius Kühn Institute in Braunschweig, have found that the repeated application of manure contaminated with antibiotics lastingly changes the composition of bacteria in the soil. (more…)

Dark Market – the Internet you need to know
by TECHSTAR on APRIL 27, 2014 - 0 Comments in COMMUNITY

images (5)Uninformed media reports of the ‘DarkMarket’, tout it as a new system – a Silk Road the FBI could never seize. In fact its not new, and has been around for ages. But it is a useful tool for off-gridders.

DarkMarket works in a fundamentally different way to Silk Road or any other online marketplace. Instead of being hosted like a normal website, it runs in a decentralized peer-to-peer network: Users download a piece of software, which allows them to access the DarkMarket site. The really clever part is how the system incorporates data with the blockchain, the part of Bitcoin that everybody can see. Rather than just carrying the currency from buyer to seller, data such as usernames are added to the blockchain by including them in very small transactions, meaning it’s impossible to impersonate someone else because their pseudonymous identity is preserved in the ledger. (more…)

Forest Service use Eminent Domain to seize off-grid home
by VEG-HEAD on APRIL 27, 2014 - 10 Comments in COMMUNITY

barries1Andy and Ceil Barrie chose a retreat property far off the beaten path. They spent time and money developing the early C19th cabin in the White River national forest. Making it their own.

Then the Forest service comes along and says, “Nope, we want this land – you’re out.”

Can they just take it, evicting you like they are the landlord and you are merely a tenant, despite your name on the deed?

Yes they can. (more…)

A tale of two smallholdings
by NICK ROSEN on APRIL 24, 2014 - 2 Comments in COMMUNITY, FOOD

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East Ruston – Growing together

The contrasting fortunes of two British smallholdings are a useful guide on how to succeed, and what NOT to do, if you are planning to grow your own food. (more…)

Its not selfish to live off-grid
by NICK ROSEN on APRIL 21, 2014 - 1 Comment in COMMUNITY

The Arizona Daily Wildcat carries an article this morning questioning the whole idea of living off-grid. The author says it is selfish and ineffectual, that it would be far better to stay inside mainstream society and try to change it.

Leaving aside the question of whether the current celebrity obsessed, materialistic society is worth trying to change, its easy to understand why many prefer to BE the change, rather than merely argue for it.

Here are three reasons why its NOT selfish to live off-grid: (more…)

Simplify and be happy

For years, Katie and Doug Sanders were stuck in their version of the suburban slog. He worked long hours as a systems operator for a software company; she home-schooled their children during the day and ran two dance studios at night. They lived in a three-bedroom home they’d bought in a suburb of Colorado Springs. (more…)

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