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  • in reply to: What is the best place to go off the grid in America? #73485
    Nick Rosen
    Keymaster

    PS: I was assuming you are thinking of a single household unit – if you are thinking of a commune or a larger community – here are a couple of places to get started

    1. Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, Missouri
    If you think if this place can be right for an off-grid living then, you should try to visit this place to have a look for yourself. This place is actually visited by a lot of visitors interested in this lifestyle. The Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in Missouri makes use of renewable energy as a way to sustain their living.

    What they do there is to try their best to lessen their energy consumption with the use of solar and wind power. As a result of their great efforts, they have become an exporter of energy.

    The village started to develop beginning in 1997 when a group bought the land where the town is now located. For people visiting the place, they have several programs to let them have an insight into the way of their life. This could also be a new start for those who want to dive into this independent lifestyle.

    2. Greater World Earthship Community, Taos, New Mexico
    Best place to live off the grid around the world

    The people in the Greater World Earthship Community in Taos, New Mexico live in a different and exclusive energy efficient homes which they call “Earthship.” These unique homes use solar and wind power to run.

    The idea was from an architect named Michael Reynolds who designed the houses using natural and recycled materials.

    An instance where people living in the area make use of energy is by collecting water and snow in reservoirs, treating it and reusing it many times.

    Just like the Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in Missouri, Greater World Earthship has developed into a great place due to the efforts of the people in the community and is now a manufacturer of biodiesel fuel.

    3. Three Rivers Recreation Area, Oregon
    Three Rivers Recreation Area started off as a place for vacationers to get a break from the modern living.

    However, some people decided to stay in the area, therefore building a community that is designed for off-grid living.

    The city can be found in Central Oregon and consists of large vacation homes as well as tiny residential houses.

    There are over 600 people who are currently living in the area which run on solar and wind power sources. This is suited for people who want to off the grid but not give up some of the aspects of modern day living.

    in reply to: OFF GRID WITH CHILDREN #68265
    Nick Rosen
    Keymaster

    We sold our house in the city in March of last year to find out 2 weeks later that we were expecting our first child.  We moved to 10 acres of raw land and have been building our home as we go completely out of pocket since then.  Our child is now 5 months old, we are completely off grid and loving it.  Granted, she is still very small, but the way we have everything setup here you really don’t notice a difference from living in an on grid home.  I believe as she gets older its going to be the only thing she knows and will never have any hard times because of it.  Once the house is finished being built we will have no loans of any sort.  That offers our family more safety and security than we ever had living in the city.

    in reply to: Introducing myself #67945
    Nick Rosen
    Keymaster

    hi I’m marcelle, I am a single mom to a 7yr old boy. Originally from the UK but have lived in the usa now for 28yrs.  I have my son in public school now for his 2nd yr but would really like to find a community and be off grid so as I could homeschool/unschool with other parents or alternative school him.  I work pt and teach drama/dance after school, I am interested in somatic movement therapy and healing arts, currently I have my MA in special education and a modern dance background. Some of the places I am thinking about moving to are: the UK, Western Massachusetts nr Amherst, Earthaven or nearby in Asheville NC, or an intentional community in Virginia.  I like Vermont but think it may be really cold….I’m open to other areas too, but chose these as there is an artists scene there and progressive minded people.   I do not mind living simple, ie. yurts, tiny houses ect…I prefer to live inexpensively as I do not have cash to purchase expensive houses or land at the moment. I prefer to live in a child friendly community, or multi generational.

    Thank you for reading:)

    in reply to: New to forum #67946
    Nick Rosen
    Keymaster

    hi I’m marcelle, I am a single mom to a 7yr old boy. Originally from the UK but have lived in the usa now for 28yrs.  I have my son in public school now for his 2nd yr but would really like to find a community and be off grid so as I could homeschool/unschool with other parents or alternative school him.  I work pt and teach drama/dance after school, I am interested in somatic movement therapy and healing arts, currently I have my MA in special education and a modern dance background. Some of the places I am thinking about moving to are: the UK, Western Massachusetts nr Amherst, Earthaven or nearby in Asheville NC, or an intentional community in Virginia.  I like Vermont but think it may be really cold….I’m open to other areas too, but chose these as there is an artists scene there and progressive minded people.   I do not mind living simple, ie. yurts, tiny houses ect…I prefer to live inexpensively as I do not have cash to purchase expensive houses or land at the moment. I prefer to live in a child friendly community, or multi generational.

    Thank you for reading:)

    in reply to: #67466
    Nick Rosen
    Keymaster

    Thanks for the interest, please feel free to drop me a line and we can discuss in more detail, however a bit more info:

    We are looking for families or groups of individuals who are heavily considering changing to a life off the grid. This should be fueled by a personal belief that this lifestyle will be best for them and their families, however their loved ones may or may not be entirely convinced.

    Ideal candidates should not be extremely practiced in the art of living off the grid but will be serious and have done extensive research: They have the desire and the knowledge but not the hands-on experience.

    The basic premise of the show will be to provide an off the grid homestead for the family and see how they put their research and skills into practice.

    This will offer a chance for individuals who are interested in pursuing a different lifestyle to experience the challenges, difficulties , decisions and rewards of living off the grid.

    Please feel free to contact me for more information.

    in reply to: NE Nevada offgrid village #67297
    Nick Rosen
    Keymaster

    You are right sir I should have zoomed in a little more.. Just on the other side of Murdock mountain..  I have not been to the property yet, but I did get a lot of pictures of the property.. It is very beautiful area I could not have found a better spot :)

     

    in reply to: NE Nevada offgrid village #67290
    Nick Rosen
    Keymaster

    wow that’s pretty cool!  I’m just a few miles off 233.. I got a intermittent stream that actually runs through the property so that’s gonna help out big time.. My plan is to get fruit trees and nut trees planted so that I can take them to farmers market for cash and to live off of…It’s just gonna take me some time… I’m gonna definitely make it up there the end of May so I can kinda scope the property out and see where I wanna build my home and I will definitely  have to stop and say hi as I wouldn’t mind knowing who my neighbors are lol.. Take care and thank you for taking time to answer my questions!

    in reply to: NE Nevada offgrid village #67291
    Nick Rosen
    Keymaster

    oh ok just saw your location on the map.. thought you were more located by the utah/nevada border lol… you’re a good 50-60 miles from me.. still good to know

    in reply to: NE Nevada offgrid village #67285
    Nick Rosen
    Keymaster

    Hello chowan,

    I’m actually  just about 8 miles heading south from  Montello.. I purchased the property the first part of the year and was suppose to drive up yesterday for the weekend, but things came up that stopped me…  How long have you been homesteading there?  What could you tell me was your biggest hurdle to overcome? Did you dig a well or have you been capturing rain? I’m very excited to start living my dream and I look forward to meeting you as well.. Have a great day.   Eric

    in reply to: NE Nevada offgrid village #67283
    Nick Rosen
    Keymaster

    Hi chowan,

    Not sure if this thread is still active, but I’m also your neighbor.. I  have 10 acres about 10-15 minutes from Montello, that will be used for my Homestead.. Hopefully I can get to building my small cabin/home this summer.. Coming from Idaho my whole life there is no winter I can’t handle lol…  Thought I’d just drop in and say Hi and hope to meet like-minded people like me..

    in reply to: where on the earth ? #67279
    Nick Rosen
    Keymaster

    Wretha

     

    no I want just to live without anyone desiding my rules or how I have to live. So no goverment, taxes and so on.

    If I could go to some cumunity or somewhere where they belive in the same thing  it would be also fine..

    in reply to: where on the earth ? #67276
    Nick Rosen
    Keymaster

    I think most of alaska is pretty cold right? is there any other places more hot?

    some secret islands somewhere?

    in reply to: where on the earth ? #67275
    Nick Rosen
    Keymaster

    I would say unincorporated areas of Alaska would be your best bet. The only tax you would pay would be federal income tax but if you were not making any money or very little you would owe no tax.

    in reply to: EMF Pollution from neighbour's solar panel system1 #67269
    Nick Rosen
    Keymaster

    the main time you need to shield your children from EMF and Mircowave radiation is at night when they are sleeping. Sleeping in a faraday cage or something that mitigates the radiation would be best. I myself have yet to figure out any  good cheap ways of doing so short of placing lead panelling on the walls.

    in reply to: Off Grid Personals, Your Thoughts? #67233
    Nick Rosen
    Keymaster

    Great idea.  There is a real lack of what you talk about.  How would you “screen” the site for only serious people? Most of us that already are off grid, low grid, homesteading, etc might not have the time to manage a website or a blog site; I know I don’t have the time.  But I still like your idea.

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