[before_listing images= youtube=null] I am currently in the military and getting out fairly soon. One of my goals when I get out is to buy 10 acres of land in northern Alabama and start living off Grid.

I want to start off slow with solar panels and growing easy to raise vegetables, some chickens, and try and hunt off the land. I want to build my own home using old shipping containers. I don’t want to be a recluse but I do want privacy. I have slowly been learning more and more about living off grid but I want to know more about surviving off the land.

Can anybody lend a hand?[landbuddy_listing youtube=null]

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3 Responses to “Self sufficiency starting off slowly”

  1. Karen

    I am just collecting ideas and the best way to start living off grid. I already have property in Tennessee. I have a small spring on the property but not sure if it is feasible in supplying water needs. Does anyone know about using the wind turbines? I am starting this project by next march so I am trying to collect all resource options that want cost me an arm and a leg. If you know what I mean. The mother motherearthnews is great resource. I am moving a travel trailer up there first. Then I want to start on cabin.
    If anyone has ideas please let me know.
    Thank you all for sharing ideas and thoughts!

  2. Penguine

    Is this something you are going to do on your own? Do you have family involved (wife/kids)? When you say “get out of the military” do you mean retire or seperate? Are you going to have an income coming in? All important questions to ask.

    There are a lot of websites for looking at property for sale, http://www.landwatch.com, http://www.landandfarm.com, http://www.billyland.com (missed 40 acres in SD on this one.. ARGH!!). I am retired AF and when my kids are out of school I am planning on heading off-grid. 10 acres should do you well, I started off looking at 50+ but price is a factor.

    There is a LOT of good information on http://www.motherearthnews.com also. Google “small hobby farms”. I have found a great article on motherearthnews about a farm on 1 ac, great info.

    Look for something with a water source (river, stream, pond, spring) to give you access to non-potable water. Check in to well depths also. I am looking at property in MI right now and well depths are 70-100ft @ $10 per foot ($700-$1000) per well. Might be more or less.

    Shoot me an email and we can bounce ideas off each other. My plan doesnt kick in for about 4 years, but the land purchase and subsequent trips to that land in preperation are starting this year.


  3. diannamarsolek

    hi im dianna and my husband is paul we may have what you are looking for diannamarsolek @yahoo .com