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We are looking for people who have the skills and the resources and want to make the move from their existing lives inside mainstream society, leave their jobs and their mortgages and their high-spending consumer habits, and move to a low-stress, low-consumption life off the grid.

Of course there will still be a need for at least some to work and make money, still a need to generate power, wash, cook, have shelter. But we want to show the world all these things are possible in total comfort, with no stress, off the grid, if you arrange yourself cleverly.

There are many reasons why I have been trying to make a film or a web series about people who are making the move to live off-grid. The first is that the masses of material on TV at the moment never seems to reflect real people and their real lives.

The second is there is a huge pent-up demand for knowledge about this life, and successful examples of how to do it. Right now I get about 10 emails a day from people who are saying they have had enough of their lives inside mainstream society but do not know how to get out.

I want folks to watch my film and think “I can do that. |I am going to do that.”

Please help us. Please join us.

In the first instance please write to nick@off-grid.net, or even better SKYPE me at OFFGRIDNICK, so we can chat through WHEN you could move, WHERE you live, WHY you want to move off-grid and WHAT kind of skills you are offering.

I hope to hear from you soon.

you can see an old film I made last year when I first started raising the money to make this film: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/off-grid/off-the-grid-and-on-the-cloud

Buy our book - OFF THE GRID - a tour of American off-grid places and people written by Nick Rosen, editor of the off-grid.net web site

56 Responses to “Let us film you and we will help find you an off-grid home”

  1. Lennie

    I have often thought about how great it would be to be part of a community that is self sustained and not reliant/tied to the ‘mainstream’.
    To be able to live without big supermarkets, big governments, mainstream schooling etc etc.
    To live in a community that looks after itself and welcomes diversity and growth would be such a blessing.
    I honestly do not know what my particular skills are, and I have no finnance to offer such a community, but a desire to be a part of a happy self sustaining community has to be as worthy as having a specific skill. I will do and share all I can, to the best of my ability for a more peaceful cooperative life for my daughter and myself within a self sustaining community!

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  2. Lisa

    I have been dreaming about this for years now! How does one make the leap with the desire but without any particular skill set other than a strong work ethic and not afraid to to the hard work?

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  3. joe

    I too am tired of today’s society living.I have two daughters that have no idea yet this us what I want to do. Wife is OK w it. I’ve been watching all these survival outdoors shows n feel I can do this. There are no jobs available anymore. N I’m at age nobody wants me. I have extreme talents n wood. N can redo fix just about anything n everything. Would love to relocate w another family for dual moral support

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  4. Jessica Dagel

    I’m the mom in a family with 7 children ages 12 and under. My husband and I have been desiring a life where we live to live rather than living for an income. He does construction and I homeschool our children. Together we raise animals and have a growing garden for food, but this 100 year old house we live in is not working out for our desire to live off-grid. We have lots to learn and are ready to sell all and dive in as soon as we can, if our large family with young children can do this than we can prove that anybody could!

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  5. Stacey

    We are almost there…. we own 35 acres of wooded and open land, overlooking Long Point Bay on Lake Erie, Ontario Canada. the entire area is part of the World Biosphere and eco-tourism is huge. Paul and I are semi retired, have been producing our own food and are ready to get away from the high cost of local electricity. I have my own well, complete with purification system… sewage system etc… We live in a carriage type home, built in 2010, very efficient. it is simply the electrical that keeps us connected. We both downsized from huge homes, hectic jobs and hope we can do this. there is a shortage of help out there… we have even tried to utilize the various government agencies… only to be frustrated. Not sure how photogenic two pasty Celtic-origin Canadians would be… but we are willing to try! :)

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  6. sarah

    It’s amazing that there is so many of us and all we ready need is to make sure we find land that they can’t kick us off of I also have capital and I am so so ready to do this but like many others I am not sure where to go and how to start. I have to make sure that I don’t invest and then have the government tell us we have to leave. I have 2 small boys and can’t take that chance. I am in long island NY and it is not safe here at all. I am willing to relocate and invest if someone can show me that the law won’t get in our way and I lose all I have saved. I took down the email of the family thinking about Rochester NY and will be in touch and also the people looking to make a community in Canada. Again we have to make sure they can’t Kick us off. I don’t get why it would be a problem if we are helping the planet. I hear it’s be they have a new plan for us and want us dependent so that we do whatever they say. What is happening to our world? I truly fear for all of our futures. Please let’s join together and keep peace and love upfront E mail me and let’s get a real solid plan babym71199@hushmail.com

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  7. nova

    hello, i have been compleatly fed up with living like i do. working every day to make someone rich when i know i can only find true happyness living off the land. i would love to teach my son the right way of truly living. i also can show others how to make power WOTHOUT wind…. sun…. gas…. or water. energy without depending on elements. we already incubate chickens . grow food. own a dinkey. know a little about alot. this is my dream. i am only very limited on funds. i need to find places that already have comunitys and land that my son and husband and i can go to truly live off grid. please help me.

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  8. Nate

    I’d love to join a community of stress free, greed free and off the grid green living. I imagine a more permanent “barter fair” where we all bring something to our community through our efforts. If this sounds at all good to any of the other hard workers out there that just want a simple and natural life community then contact me ASAP!

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  9. John

    Hi everyone.my name is John.I’m a 32 male who is on social security and disability for my back.bones missing in my spine.but doesn’t mean I’m dead weight.always loved being outdoors and the sense of pride of doing things on your own and the feeling of man coming together as 1.was to build a cabin this past summer but just my luck i had to have hernia surgery.now I’m ready to get back out there.just nit alone this time.why I’m writing here.I’m a positive type person with lots of ideas and some knowledge in a lot of areas.just want to help and b truly free.by myself in this world and would like to change that.I’m in Western PA and always ready to relocate

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  10. Stefan & Leigh

    Hi,
    Leigh & I are living in north-western British Columbia, we are outdoorsy people in our 50s and are planning to get off-grid for retirement.
    We both have to work to make ends meet, growing a small garden and hunting to get food.

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  11. Ruthie

    I have a family of 4 myself a Brooklyn city girl since birth, Im 34 my husband also Brooklyn born n raised we thought AZ in the 90`s was country living lol. Our daughter is 16 raised in AZ n our son 6 . Well we have been discussing this decision for along time now. Now luckily for me my mom was born n raised on a farm so I’m not brand new to this life also we had no cell phones or computers in my day. We have a lot to offer n we all are excited to do this my email is ruthietardo@hot mail.com

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  12. Rachel

    My husband and I would love to live off the grid. We are looking for help on how to get started. We are tired of the working hard for little pay and getting nowhere. The two of us love nature and are very useful workers. If anyone kcould give us some tips it would be greatly welcomed. We are willing to work hard for freeing ourselves.

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  13. Shannon

    Single mother of 3 struggling to survive in this rat race when I know we could thrive in a community of “real living”. Myself and children are not afraid of the commitment, we just need to get there.

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  14. Thomas Brown

    Please, I am desperate to find an off the grid home. I have been struggling for six years to support myself. I have been unable to obtain employment and just feel a burden to my friends and family I know I have the knowledge and skills necessary to not only live but live in comfort off the grid implementing systems such as aquaponics and biogas generators. I have been hoping for some time to become employed and buy some land to start my dream. But it seams that is not going to happen anytime soon. I beg for the chance.

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  15. ysidro

    I’m very interested in off grid community. I heard there is a non profit that has a established off grid intentional community. I have years of experience with food, solar, water, pumping, reloading, hunting, and peace keeping. I’m from Stockton California, I am ready to move on. I have capital and am willing to invest.

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  16. Don

    I just moved from Minnesota to Alabama in my RV to live off the grid please contact me..
    Where is this land in Alabama im looking to buy some

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  17. Rob

    created that site to buy my dog back from ‘officials’
    was camping on crown land in ontario growing food in buckets
    i have hundreds of thousands of food seeds, wish to farm somewhere
    great labourer, farmer, fisherman, and overall jack of trades
    digging for all legislative rule, and difference between bill of rights and charter of rights
    also checking out ‘claim of rights’ and ‘notice of understanding’
    cheers neighbours of this world :)

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  18. Annette

    I to am very interested in living off the grid. I am a 35 yr old female who has a passion for the forest, trees, farming, animals etc. Although I never farmed, I am open to this. I hate the greedy politicians and bankers. Anyways I don’t have the money to purchase land. But I would like to live in this type of alternative community. I’m currently living in West Palm Beach Fl. No cheap land out here. If anyone wants to get in touch with me I can be reached at sassysilky32@gmail.com

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  19. LYNN

    Hello, I am currently in Lancaster County, PA, my fiance and I have two children, we are desperate about living off the grid, this life of the daily “grind” is horrific and killing us so to speak, please contact me and help us figure out how to accomplish this as a family, I have no idea how to get started or where to start, thank you…

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  20. Cathi Sonnenberg

    I would love to do this, but need more education. Ha! Although, I’m a teacher, I don’t know much about this. I’ve been exploring tiny houses/cabins and have recently decided to start saving money so that I can make an outright purchase in 5 years. Thank you for any information you can give me! I want too live on a lake or river and grow/raise my own food.

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  21. Steven

    Hello,

    My name is Steven. I am 23 and halfway through school. I’ve never lived off the grid before but I am considering a self-sustaining lifestyle as a means of reducing stress in my life. This could be a great opportunity to earn the startup capital to really make it happen. Please consider contacting me to discuss this further before you make your decisions.

    Thanks,
    Steven.

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  22. evan

    hey im 16 years old, i hate school and the economy and all the stress of trying to get good grades and making money, i hate how life is today. I have no care for pretty much anything in school. and i dont want to just graduate and get a shitty job. ever since my freshman year of highschool i just wanted to leave like just walk away from everything, pack up and run away, find a big enough forrest somewhere and surive in it, its been my dream for a while now. But i have made the choice that it would be better to finish highschool since ill only be able to go through highschool once in my life i might as well make the best of it. Anyways i’ve figured that once i graduate i’m going to pack a backpack and just walk, to whatever and wherever i feel like walking. And maybe if i found a nice place build up a small camp and live their for a bit. but i am sitting in study hall right now and i googled “living of the grid” and your website came up, i read through it and thought it was pretty cool.

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  23. Cecilia Wingfield

    I want to live off the grid . Not sure how to start

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  24. rickie

    My husband,myself and six children make up our family of suburban dwellers(HATE IT).We have decided to start to make the move toward simplicity.Learning new skills,alternative ways and cooking from scratch.Living in the burbs does make somethings difficult to do such as livestock.Looking for our new homestead.Cant wait to see what we find.

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  25. Shelly

    Hi! My husband, 3 young kids & I would love to get off the grid!! We are jut strting our homeschooling journey & would love to teach our kids about farming, alternative energy sources, caring for our land & conserving etc. Not just in theory but getting dirty & living it. We have a small organic garden now but we would love to have a large garden & be able to sell what we don’t use to a farmers market to make extra income as well as have our own livestock. My husband works for a local trucking company & would want to transfer to another warehouse in a different state. We are looking at Colorado, New Mexico area but I would prefer Georgia or North Carolina. We live in Florida now so I’d like to stay kind of close to my family. We don’t know much as yet about sustainable living but we’re learning & are willing to work hard.

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  26. Teresa C. Marrero

    I am a Dairy Farmer auctioning off my Ohio Dairy Farm. I will be searching for a new farm and put my entire operation “OFF GRID”. It will also be certified organic. I will be employing a lot of the old ways in every aspect of this new “sheeps milk” dairy. I will be making hand crafted cheese, wool, meat and many other products. I am also am an artist and poet. I am so excited to have come in contact with you; for I had already decided to film myself, going through this journey. I am also doing this by myself. The number one demographic starting small farms are single females over the age of 40. I fall into that category. You may call me 216-319-8708

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  27. stephenpophome

    I’m interest in living in Alaska of the land or is it off the grid same think. So how would a person figure it out and who would they get into contact with to help me learn to survive in that way of live

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  28. Matthew

    My family and I are evacuating the west coast (san diego) with about 100k and headed towards an off the grid lifestyle with our 4 month old son. We are currently looking at rochester NY because of an organic farming opportunity – wherever we go we want to be able to provide enough food for a small community and have sustainable housing. We’ve been doing a lot of research, but still not sure how far 100k is going to get us with out help/people/investors etc. Anyone interested in joining forces feel free to reach out mscrosse@gmail(dot)com

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  29. Evan and Sean

    Our names are Evan and Sean. We are two brothers that are actually Eagle scouts. We have lived in the wild before and have many different stories to tell. By me and him being Eagle scouts we know how to live with very little and know how to survive harsh weather. We are up for any challenge and would love this opportunity.

    Thanks

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  30. Margie

    It’s me again, wanting to just keep my name in front of you. I really have the perfect set up to make into an off grid dream home. I even have a lake that has fish in it. Please consider choosing me. I have worked hard all my life and my only dream is to live off grid and with a few shelter dogs. Please help.

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  31. Rachel

    We’re planning a move to off the grid as soon as our finances are in order. I’m still paying off loans at this point or we’d be diving in right now.

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  32. ricky

    Eilene from tiny houses. my name is Rick and I’m a city kid with a country background. I have done my research on tiny homes and have always wanted to have one for myself. Of course being quite young and having little funds, I’d have to purchase the D.I.Y plans and of course there is the ownership of the land to consider. If we could get enough people to live in these tiny houses on a piece of land with animals, water, farming and solar. I really think it could work. It by-passes building codes anyway. We could at least sell food and products at farmers markets to pay for the property taxes and other minimal expenses. maybe I’m just a hopeless dreamer with more hope than most, but if we could really come together like a commune we could be truly happy. Contact me anyone who wants to discusss this more and so glad other people think in regards to simpler living.
    Ricky Harris
    San Francisco
    415-350-1841

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  33. Jenn

    It is so nice to see that there are many others that have a drive to get away from mainstream consumerism. My husband, I and our two boys are in the process of searching for land in MI upper peninsula to go off the grid. We have wanted to do this since we were married almost 13 years ago. We decided that we need to do it now or it will never happen. The only problem we are coming across is the building code requirements. We are planning on building a cord wood home ourselves. We do not want indoor plumbing and only plan to have minimal power. But, when reading building codes it seems no matter where in the upper peninsula we look, it is a requirement to have a septic tank, certain wattage of power, and indoor plumbing in order to get an occupancy permit. Even though they still allow for newly put in outhouses. We have worked hard at saving to purchase the land and paying off out debt. Now the only obstacle that stands in our way is finding that piece of land that will allow us to live the life we want.

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  34. Donna

    I want to live off the grid. I live on the coast of Alabama. I have a place to live in Central Alabama with plenty of land for me to have a garden and to raise live stock. Stress of work and people are taking its toll on me. I want out.

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  35. akabama

    i have been living off the grid for 3 yrs,,started with a three man tent,,,,now live on 3 raised platforms with 2 12 by 16scoleman tents,,outdoor kitchen,,solar power ,,(down at this time) a well for the garden,,,,i live in s.florida so the weather is not a prob,,,,i work full time,,,transformed a 4.32 acre drainage glade into my home,,,,will be sending a video soon,

    med a drainage glade in to my home,,,,

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  36. Sila Csentei

    Hi there. I lived ( with electricity) kind of off the grid in Tasmania , Australia for 18 months. I know i can do it. I am back again in Germany now and finding it extremely hard to adjust. Was gone for 12 years, lived in England and Thailand before Australia. I would love to share my story with you. My dream is to live in a comunity based environment, spiritual people andin harmony with mother earth. am i asking too much? would love to live somewhere in the south of england, or the channel isles… contact me , looking forward to it.

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  37. Faith Freeman

    Hi I am interested in getting off the Grid, I am free to move next yr, and want to find a piece of land and a Static Caravan, so that I can build my own solar and water generated Earth home. I currently live in the UK at University, on campus, and so have no other commitments. My boys are adults and live independently in other parts of the UK.
    I have a lot of creative skills, I design and make my own clothes, and create artistic stuff. I am willing to move any where within reason.

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  38. George therogood

    Zero house is the home of which is bein sought after beyond all homes. Perfection, easy creation, perfect sustainment from water to gravity feeds to energy, Kevlar glass for protection, perfection. Space self sustaining, efficient, basically the king of self sufficient housing with no building permit needed.

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  39. Melanie

    Hello from sunny California! My mom and I have 5 acres of land that I grew up on in Northern California. I’m planning on leaving Southern CAin 2 years and designing my off-grid home myself. I’m a LEED-AP and designer and I have friends who are contractors up north so it should move smoothly. I am in the pre-design process, looking at permits, etc and eventually some financing. Very excited to learn more!!

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  40. Margie

    I already have some land, not much, but enough. It has a small lake on it and it has a trailer home on it that has a generator and a wood stove. I would love to take this property and make it off the gird liveable. I plan for solar power, and water recycling. I have raised my children on my own, I now take care of my elderly mom and it’s her wish that I be prepared for my future. I want my future to be off the grid living. I plan to have a couple of large shelter dogs live with me…my idea of heaven. Won’t you please find it in your heart to help me?

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  41. koon

    as soon as we sell our 2 properties here we have found the land we want and will be moving. staying in a camper until we get our cabin built and will be going completely off grid. plans for solar, wind and possible water wheel generated power.

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  42. Michelle

    Hola from sunny Spain…we moved off grid about 3 years ago and love it. We have been looking at getting someone interested in what we do and would love the chance to help others know the problems and challenges we face almost every day.

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  43. Donna

    I am interested in moving from our log home or transforming our home in Naples Florida we have acreage and fruit trees just need more knowledge .
    Thank You

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  44. Nancy and Bruce

    We have been exploring the opportunities to leave our careers and make a move like this. We both are in our early 50’s in medical radiology. We are looking for lake or large river front with acreage in North Carolina or southeastern virginia. I have some family that may want to follow and help periodically now prepare things. I just don’t know where to start with financial planning. I will submit a video, sounds like fun!

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  45. Tom

    Looking into building an off the grid resturant.lodge with only 4 wheel acces. In Cape Briton Canada.the lodge is a 30year old off the grid house with old saw mill to be converted into outdoor kitchen,diningroom,looking to start reno in the spring and open for summer

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  46. Margie Ion

    I have some land that already has an old trailer home located there on a small pond. Right now it only has a generator and it’s not really “liveable” but with solar panels, water recycling etc, I could turn that into a home to retire to. PLEASE CONSIDER choosing me. This is my dream.

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  47. Eileen

    Hello,
    I am the Marketing Director of Tiny Houses, Inc. We create small, sustainable, energy efficient homes. I was wondering if we might be able to connect. I would love to speak with you.

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  48. Rick

    Awesome idea! I wish we could participate. We are working on trying to purchase land and begin our adventure living off grid. We are in AL and looking in Southeast AL. We are even trying to build a self sustaining community.

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  49. chris

    high my name is Chris me my wife and our two boys just moved off grid. Ironically I am a Steam Plant Mechanic at a big coal fire powerplant. I have recorded some footage of the adventure like building a ram pump from junk i had in the shop and testing with the amount of drop and flow there was avalible on the property we were looking at buying. we are still in the moving prosses and with our first winter approaching quickley getting shelter for us and our junk has been a crazy costly scramble.
    I think it would be a privilege to share our adventure with others.
    Thanks, Chris The Off Grid Gotermight

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  50. Marc

    My wife and I are saving to invest in a property near where we currently live, where we will literally “start from scratch”. We will be living in a camper through our personal construction of our home/retreat. Aside from having a well dug for us, we will be growing our own food, and bartering recycled/upcycled materials to pay the annual taxes (as required by ponzi law), as well as enable us the acquisition of livestock and other materials needed. Let me know.

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  51. fred capers

    dont know if we fit but we quit work 4 months ago bought 57acres in ne texas. will build a styrphome concrete house underground with solar . I will not pay someone to do the work , cant afford that , constructive savy , computer stupid ha ha . got 1 dairy goat 1 heritage pig 2 great pyrenees pups . more to come . we have 2 nieghbors close that r just like us but been here longer . we do have a good security system lol . thanks

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  52. David Priebe

    I too am looking to move off the grid. I’m ready. The only issue that I have right now, is that I have three more years child support to my ex-wife. Before making the transition, I want to guarantee my commitment to my son.

    I’ve got ideas to purchase a piece of land somewhere in Minnesota and begin the transformation to a self-sufficient lifestyle.

    I’ve got dozens of projects mapped out that can be documented and featured in the episodes, if someone is willing to back the project.

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  53. philippe

    Hi,
    passionate about living off ,permaculture and agroponics I make a lot of off grid devices and art out of recycled rubbish,so i be happy to contribute

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  54. Maz

    Hi,
    We, thats Cliff and me, have just bought a log cabin in an acre of land in Devon. Its got a bore hole and a plentiful supply of wood in the surrounding woodlands. We just need to get the electricity sorted out tho’ we have very little money left now. We left our jobs and re-located to North Devon. It would be very good to connect with others trying to live sustainably in our area.We want to convert a couple of little outbuildings to off-grid retreat/hol spaces to bring in a modest income. It’s a new venture for us. We’ve been wwooffing for 18 months looking for our place. Into permaculture. Be happy to commnicate

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  55. Van Le

    Im very passionate about living off the grid please let me know who’s interested. Im thinking invest in a land maybe 9 or more memembers to share responsibilites.

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  56. chris Richardson

    Hi there I m chris from Leeds west Yorkshire been living in my van now for last 5 months test time soon with winter on its way. Looking forward to spring as I plan to do a road trip to the south west

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