Ever heard of air pruning? Neither have I… I just watched this video and I’m blown away, I think of all the people who do container gardening for many reasons, some don’t have the space, some rent and aren’t allowed to till up the grass/lawn, others have poor or no soil. (more…)
It’s hot, hot hot, those of us with gardens are in full swing… now it’s time to start your fall gardens. Things like greens, spinach, lettuces, garlic… honestly in the past, I haven’t given much thought to fall gardens, I have gardened so hard all summer that I’m pretty worn out for thinking about planing more things. But this is not the mindset of a good homesteader or off gridder, especially if you are relying on that garden to supplement your food.
So let’s keep that excitement we had during the late winter and spring and get that fall garden started! (more…)
Many of you who garden are already in full swing, there are only a few of us who start gardening late for various reasons, whether you have a full garden or just a few pots of herbs, it’s always a good idea to feed your soil, year round. If you garden then chances are you at least know about compost, that’s anything organic that can break down into components that your soil and plants need. If you mow your lawn and don’t rake up the grass or when the leaves fall from the trees, that material eventually breaks down into nutrients that your soil and plants can use. That’s compost! (more…)
Last Sunday afternoon, I went to a gardening roundtable discussion in my community. I live on a mountain side in the high desert of far west Texas (yes, Texas does have mountains, the Davis Mountains to be exact). It was quite interesting talking to the various gardeners out here. Some were just starting out, some were experienced gardeners but not in this location, and some had gardened out here for many years.
I have been really itching to get out and garden this year, I haven’t gardened much for the last 2 years because of water issues, we didn’t have much of a rainy season those two years. Our rainy season usually starts in July(ish) and ends in September(ish), during those few months we get most of our yearly amount of rainfall. It’s hard to wait for the rainy season to start, typically I would start in spring and hand water. (more…)
I can hear you now, it’s deep winter, why think about gardening now??? Well my friends, this is the time when you should be thinking about preparing your soil for late winter and early spring, there are only a few months in which to do this, while your garden is sitting idle, assuming you aren’t snowed in you can be working on your soil, if you are snowed in, this is something you need to do during the fall and spring, of course you can always work on your soil during the summer month too. Let’s talk about preparing your soil. (more…)
A New York hipster-blogger tries living on his perfect piece of land in Kauai. Good premise for a film.
With his lovely wife and beautiful three month old daughter. That moves it from a gadget show to something a bit more human. Oh, and please could he have $150,000 for a container full of audio and video equipment and solar panels so a film crew can document his every move and post it on the Web. Sure, why not? (more…)
It’s the middle of winter, cold, dreary, but something I start receiving in my mailbox makes me long for the warm days of spring, the seed catalogs. Those shiny, colorful pages full of picture of ripe fruit and veggies and herbs. I have already started buying some things, a week ago, while on one of my rare trips to town (it’s a 3+ hour drive to town), I was in a Sam’s Club store, I was about to start heading for the check out lanes when I spotted something green and leafy sticking out from an odd aisle. (more…)
Homesteading, it’s a buzzword that means different things to different people, back in the day, it meant getting land for free as long as you lived on it and improved it for x number of years. It was a way to get people to move west (in the USA), back when travel was slow and painful, even dangerous. (more…)
We are considering sharing our 30 acre off grid homestead.It would start as a temporary [a year or two] type arrangement,such as a lease. We are more about passing on our knowledge of a simple, organic,sustainable lifestyle than about having been off grid for the last five years.
This is not a free ride as some type of financial lay out will be required. When and how much is open for negotiation,barter may be considered. We are hoping to achieve more sense of community with like minded people.
We would share our knowledge about the things we do here which include gardening,canning, preserving,dehydrating,root cellars,butchering,curing meat,making sausage,making fire wood,wood stove cooking,maple syrup,wild rice,bee keeping,bread baking,wool and fiber prep from shearing to weaving,herbal remedies,fence building,cows,goats,llahmas,horses,rabbits,pigs,chickens,fruit trees,grape vines,wine making,manure,composting,and how to make do or do with out while living off grid and enjoying a simple meaningful life.
You will need some outside source of income. Be aware that this is a rural area and most jobs are low paying and require a 15-50 mile commute.Look at job listings on craigslist for northern Wisconsin or Wausau Wi for a picture of what’s here for employment
So,……. If you are interested, tell us a little about yourself. I’ll warn every one up front, we were saddled with a family of moochers once and are not planning on repeating that. We will need a background check if you are picked. Right now we will consider all applicants, but a couple or family is our preference. We are not concerned about race or creed or any of the things on that list but we do feel you need to be in reasonable physical condition,and be financial healthy. We would like to know about your likes and dislikes,your interest,hobbies,experiences, spiritualality,and education.
We are recovering catholic pagans who went to the school of hard knocks. This is a real offer for real people who plan to actually DO something.
If you are whimpy or whiny, please, do not apply.
Have you decided to go off the grid and looking to make the move?
We can help you find the ideal off-grid community and want to film you as you make the transition.
If you’re interested, submit a short video (3 minutes) .here: http://www.off-grid.net/videos/ - in the video give answers to the questions below:
Can you tell us about yourself - work, home etc?
Where you live now – city and country – and where you want to live? Why you want to make this move now?
What will be hardest to leave behind?
What you most look forward to leaving behind?
Who will be making the move – just you/ friends/ family etc?
What could you offer your off the grid community i.e. special skills/ resources?
If you are already off the grid, would you like to host a family of newbies as we film them beginning their off-grid life? Can you write up your own experiences and contact us? Or can you handle a video camera?Please send us your videos and photos - or feel free to write about yourself for the web site.
Do you rely on your own healing powers when you are ill? Or is there an unqualified nurse in your local community?
We want to hear from people who do their own doctoring - using their own herbs and remedies, setting their own broken bones, dealing with their own bodies.
Why do you do it? How do you do it? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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Can you handle a video camera? Or a cellphone camera that can upload to our youtube channel?
We are looking for people who currently live off-grid anywhere in the world, and for people who want to live off-grid and are about to do so. This might be in a community or an individual situation
Please send us your videos and photos - you can upload videos on off-grid.net/videos - or feel free to write about yourself for the web site. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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