I know single mom’s are not the typical to make the shift to off grid but why not? Why not create a life that I can be proud of, that I can bring up my son to be proud of?

I currently work from home and can work from anywhere with an internet connection – even via generator.  So there is that. It gives me mobile resources.  I could move anywhere in the country and still work from home.

I have  had various gardens with success in vegetables, and I crochet and could teach.  I would like to raise Alpacas someday  and use their fiber in a sustainable way.

I’m just starting to explore this idea and looking for like minded people and information.

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23 Responses to “36 – Single Mom (3yr old boy) Looking to go off grid”

  1. Linzie

    Ariel good luck to you little sister it isn’t easy i grew up dirt poor so most of what we did to survive was very self sustaining from raising our own animals and a garden to hunting fishing and trapping just to get by have even done a bit of root digging over the years most of what i know how to do from electrical to plumbing and building i learned growing up in a do it yourself family I myself am in the process of getting back to that life and am excited for it i miss it and no ma’m it sure isn’t easy by any stretch but the rewards are so much more when you earned it it is what we miss in today’s society of easy gains and i give you so much respect for taking your youngin and putting them in a life where they will learn to value what they have keep at it you will find your dream and have the life you deserve and crave if you want to chat message me at linzie.salmons@gmail.com make the subject off grid so i know it isnt spam keep fighting for it and do not give up it may take time but anything worth having is never easily gained anyway

  2. Eilish McVey


    My name is Eilish, and I am a masters student studying design strategy in Toronto Canada. I am currently working on a project surrounding home energy storage.

    I was wondering if there would ever be a time that we could chat about your interest and experience in off grid living. I am currently in the research phase of the project and I am gathering insight on how those interested in off-grid living think about energy use.


  3. Robert

    Hello iam currently saving money to go off grid in colorado if you are intrested or would like to talk please get in touch with me via email damien4kc@gmail.com

  4. Bwootten

    I don’t know if you are still looking to live off grid but my family is looking to start traveling full time and would like to rent our off grid property in the panhandle of West Virginia for $500 a month. We have solar and an internet connection that you could use for work. If you are interested let me know and I can send you some pictures.

  5. crasmussen

    Hello, I think you are amazing and also very brace. It totally depends on where, how remote and what kind of resources you have. We have found this life pretty challenging but with so many gifts at the same time. We have three children and we boat them in Mon to Fri for French Immersion schooling. We didn’t realize all the work involved with our property so my husband works very full time and I’m home most of the time taking care of the homestead where I am very isolated. Our winter has been harsh so firewood can be a big part of the day. Mostly chopping rounds into logs, making smaller logs and kindling, hauling, stocking the wood storage areas, drying some wood by the fire, keeping the fire going and searching the forest for wood. Then there is waterline maintenance and everyday chores, landscaping, cooking, erosion prevention on our beach. I just wanted to share that off grid for me is a lot more work and it has been far more expensive than we thought too. Our solar doesn’t work well except May to September and we use a lot of propane which has to be barged in costing us 1100 to 1500 per month. Small homes are easier to heat and power. We learned that the hard way. 2700 square feet is too much for us but we have to make it work now. If you have time, energy, like challenges and are good at problem solving then it may be for you. Personally I would not attempt off grid without a partner unless I had no children. I support you 100% and hope you make your dream come true. There are so many ways to live off grid in this world and I hope you find the one that works for you. 💕

  6. Jacob

    Just over two years ago my family bought and moved to a secluded piece of land in NH. There was no electric even close to the homestead and no water except from a pond. We brought our rv to live in as we build and we put in a well. We started with generator power and added solar. Soon we will be putting up a wind turbine. We added chickens, ducks and goats. We started a 1/4 acre garden and we will soon expand it. We hope to be at least 80% self sufficient in the next year. The best part is it wasn’t nearly as difficult of a transition as I thought it would be but it has been incredibly rewarding.

    We are offering a lease opportunity.
    I am looking for individuals and families to share my family’s 50 acre homestead with as it grows. Are you interested in joining an off grid homesteading community in New Hampshire? Bring your tiny house, RV or come build your own cabin. Send me a message if you are interested.
    We are looking for people with all levels of homesteading skills. A lot of what we hope to do is help people to make the transition to off grid homesteading. There is quite a learning curve and many new homesteaders struggle and sometimes quit. If people come and submerse themselves into a working homestead they can learn quicker and avoid many of the difficulties they would face on their own.

    • Jay R

      I am 44 single father with a 4 year old daughter. i worked most of my life as a marine technician so I am a master marine electrician. I can pretty much fix anything and make anything. I would love to help. Any questions E-mail me at jaysmarine@gmail.com

  7. Randy

    Have 36 acres in Northern Arizona off grid 20 to 25 miles to closes town many other off griders in the area. Am currently in MT recovering from surgery and enjoying the abundance of hunting and fishing I am also set up to do trapping. Am looking for like minded females that I would get along with that want to live this same lifestyle. My land could easily have a cob house built on it. Water for drinking is only 100 to 150 feet down. Lots wildlife in the area and close by. Have lived on this land off grid with children for over 6 months before and there are 4 seasons here. I have grown up on farms and gardening, so have many skills to offer. If any of this interests you please contact me at darastrix00@gmail.com Maybe you are interested in renting or leasing part of the land or land use? Am open to many ideas till I can get back to it.


    I am not sure if this is even a consideration for you, but…this is our place and offer: https://www.workaway.info/914448558265-en.html
    let me know if you want to know any more, and we could talk about it.
    Juan Carlos

  9. Debbie

    Hi, what area do you live. Would you consider living on a small homestead in Northeast Georgia. If so i will tell you more.

  10. beast

    hey guys, its me, the beast. i was off-grid, then younger bro died leaving mom alone. so i’m at her place for now, prolly until spring, i hope we get her all sorted out by then cuz i sure miss my place
    since i was here last ive had a few more battles with the cncer, can no longer talk(big loss, no one listened anyway…lol) still slowly building the perfect totally solar powered off grid cabin, slow p
    process between hospital visits and funerals, was living in a 32 foot camper, loved it so much i redesigned cabin to match it …lol
    anyways, my email and such are on here someplace im sure, but if you want to come learn, let me know and we can work something out. i certainly wouldnt mind the conpany or the extra hands.
    just in case you cant find it, reach me at ogre_beast@yahoo.com. happy simplicity to all :)

    • Ariel4agoodlife

      So sorry to hear about the loss of your brother and you voice. That’s a lot in a short time. Interesting to hear you designed your cabin after the camper. It’s the little things in life right? Those associations with comfort and home that stick with us. I’m all about the handmade decorations. I’m currently crocheting some. Where are you located?

      • beast brown

        northern lower michigan

      • beast brown

        by the way, if you write me make the subject off-grid so i know its not just another scammer

      • Jastuck

        Hello my name is Jason
        I am from Central nl Canada.
        I am in process of building a log cabin to go off grid. I am 42,single. Intelligent kind giving.
        I have co strictness carpentry and engineering background so I like to build and make things g’s work. I do have a day job. As I drive 45 mins to and from work. I still have much work to do to be move in ready… However I would love to find a great woman to share this adventure with
        Please email me at jasdtuck101@outlook.com
        If you Interested in discuss this further
        All the best

  11. Alana

    I am going into my 8th winter living remotely off grid. Prior to living off grid I had spent several years living in Yosemite National Park, took various courses to help build my ‘off grid skillz’ (like alternative/natural buidling, became a Wilderness First Responder, large animal husbandry, etc etc). I then took the plunge and went off grid and have since had two sons (one 4 year old and one 4 month old)–all while living off grid. My advise to the ladies (and anyone) wanting to go off grid: get as much experience under your belt before you do anything permanent (or even semipermanent). Volunteer to work on a farm (an off grid one helps)…learn the ropes….see how much time, money, blood, sweat and tears it takes (and for you mama’s out there: do it all while reading bedtime stories, wiping muddy faces and generally being at little peoples beck and call 24/7). Roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty. Build your skills (not just the fun ones you are interested in, the ones you’re going to need when you have no one to answer to but yourself). So often we read about these ‘isn’t it grand’ stories about folks living the simple life off grid. While it may be simple, it’s anything but easy….at all.
    I’ve had my butt handed to me time and time again….financially, physically, and mentally. Put down the books/turn off the internet and get out there. Check out sites like wwoofusa.org (stands for world wide opportunities on organic farms) and any other opportunities you can that will give you hands-on experience from people already doing it; learn from them. And trust me, I say this not to discourage you but to hopefully help you make the journey ultimately successful: it’s f**king hard, no way around it.
    Feel free to ask me questions, but just realize that I may not be able to get back to you in a timely fashion (I answer to my sons first, my homestead second and the mountain third…little time for anything else).

    • Ariel4agoodlife

      Thank you for your great advice. I agree that book knowledge can’t replace hands on experience. It’s encouraging to know others are doing it and finding a way. I’ve been finding other single moms on YouTube that explain how they do it too and just heard about Wwoofing yesterday so it’s interesting you mention it too. I am going to look into that locally and see if an Alpaca Farm I know about close by would be open to learning there.

  12. Ariel4agoodlife

    Hi – how exciting. I would also like to learn to spin (all fibers but linen sounds cool).

    I work for an HR vendor for Microsoft drafting offers and other backend admin work related to recruiting. I had to go into the office at first in Renton until I earned 2 days work from home and then a 3rd and now full time and this branch serves all domestic prehire services for Microsoft. I think there are other companies that let you do that too. Most require you to be in office at first to be trained etc but some don’t – depending on the skill. I’ve seen software developers start working from home right away. That’s just one example. I’m also interesting in childcare sharing or nanny’s that would work in an off grid environment so perhaps that is another work option.

  13. Amanda

    Hi, Ariel!
    I too am wanting to go off grid, I have 3 children (13, 9, and 5) and a bf who may or may not be coming with me depending on our lives at that point but self sufficiency is something I want to work towards. I have been trying to find a work from home job but at the moment am doing Lyft. It requires a lot of time though.
    Also I am at the very beginning of starting to build my skills. I have been doing research and would like to raise goats, rabbits and grow flax and hemp. Im being pulled in the direction of spinning linen and making cheese. Also I have stared the training process to become a doula which I’m hoping I will be able to use. Do you have any advise on starting work from home? I feel like that is my first step so I can have more availavle time to build skills.

    • Elbert “Wes” Smith

      Amanda, I’m looking for land to move to in Alaska and or N.C. I’m ready to move and run with the skills I have I’m looking for a life partner who skills compliment mine, I’m not asking you to leave your BF I’m saying like minded people succeed so if you want to chat email me if you want.

    • Ray

      I live in east Texas and live on a 20 acre offgid site. Want to join my Daughter and I?