Category — SELF-SUFFICIENCY

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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

Clearing Weeds Without Chemicals
by NICOLA on JULY 22, 2014 - 0 Comments in SELF-SUFFICIENCY

The pathways at my off-grid home are overgrown with weeds, so one of my biggest projects is clearing space.

First, I look at what the plants are, and determine whether it’s truly a weed or if it’s a food or medicine plant. If the plant is food or medicine, I think about whether the plant is truly in my way. Can I go around it? Is it going to grow to be very large? Are there more of this plant nearby? If the plant doesn’t have a negative impact on the space, I leave it alone. If there is only one, I might move it instead of kill it.

The big clumps of grass taking over the driveway and the trail to the outdoor bathroom have to go. (more…)

A bridge to Bobbage
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JULY 20, 2014 - 1 Comment in OFF-GRID 101, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

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Living here going on 7 years and we still have to hike up to the sky castle, the reason is because of a seasonal creek that runs in front of the property near the road, it can be navigated if you have 4 wheel drive and the creek isn’t running (which it isn’t most of the year). It isn’t the water that makes it difficult though, it’s the depth of the creek bed. (more…)

Gardening roundtable
by WRETHAOFFGRID on JULY 13, 2014 - 1 Comment in COMMUNITY, FOOD, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

About a week ago, I got a phone call from one of my neighbors and friends out here, it was time to do another gardening roundtable. That’s where a bunch of us gets together to discuss our gardening experiences. Living in the high desert mountains in far western Texas, we have a unique growing area, and within this area, there are even microclimates to deal with, so my garden may have different qualities (temperature, moisture, wind, soil conditions…) than someone who lives at the same altitude as I do but just around the corner from me…

So today after church and our second Sunday church potluck lunch, we just had enough time to get over to the community center just up the road. There were about a dozen of us there, most are experienced gardeners, a few were very new to gardening, a few had gardened out here for many years. (more…)


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