Hi, my name is Vanessa and I’m 27 years old. My boyfriend’s name is Mitch and he’s 30 years old. And our son’s name is Keegan and he’s 18 months old. We are a very loving and open-minded family looking to connect with others who want to go off the grid and start a community. We are very serious about this, it’s been our passion for a long time, and we’re looking to make the change within the next year. You can click on my profile to learn more specifically about me. We are very fun-loving, active, hard-working, open-minded and open-armed people. We wouldn’t call ourselves religious, but we have beliefs alongside pagan/wicca & buddhism and are very connected to nature. We feel more at home out in the middle of the wilderness than we do in a house in the city.

I am trained and knowledgeable in many areas including, but not limited to – childcare, education, medicine, the arts, making natural products, fishing, hunting, cooking/preserving food, animals, farming/gardening, harvesting/purifying/filtering water, psychology, forensics, criminal profiling, etc.

My boyfriend is trained and knowledgeable in areas including, but not limited to – carpentry/building, roofing, landscaping, gardening/farming, fishing, hunting, cooking, etc.

If we don’t know something, we only need to be shown once or twice how to do it and then we will be able to. We also would love to teach any of our skills to others who are interested.

We want to learn more about living off the grid, teach others, and work together with like-minded people to make this a reality. We want to build a true community, not like these city neighborhoods where you don’t even know you’re neighbors’ names. We intend to build our home out of earth bags but are more than open to anyone choosing their own style of building. If you don’t know how, we’ll work together. You can build a very nice, big house out of earth bags for as little as $500 to upwards of $5,000 – still cheap either way. We would like to have gardens and fruit trees, as well as goats, chickens and fish. I also intend to grown and make my own herbal/natural remedies. We’re looking for land that preferably has it’s own water source such as a lake or river, but if necessary we’ll make a man-made one. We’re also looking to build a school house so I can home-school our son, and any other families looking to do the same are more than welcome! We want to have solar panels, thermal and passive heating, evaporative coolers, rainwater harvesting barrels, aquaponic gardens, solar ovens, etc.

We don’t care if you’re single or have a family or your race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or whatever – we’re open to anyone and anything. So are you interested in getting away from everything – away from the government corruption, away from the societal expectations, off the grid and unplugged from the system? Do you feel the same as we do about building a true community, getting back to the basics, and being able to focus on what truly matters in life? If so, get a hold of me! Let’s make the vision of a thriving life into a reality!!

butterflymama212@gmail.com

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44 Responses to “Want to build off-grid community”

  1. Ronald Shepherd

    I will be having my off-grid community and here in the next couple of years. I am in school right now learning about construction and Sustainable Building science. I am still in the infant stages of establishing what is important to me ( in all things involved in Off-grid) as the people involve have to be cohesive. I am a strong christian and so I have strong criteria of what will work for my dreams. One of the biggest things that is non negotiable is Saturday Sabbath as I am a Seventh Dad Adventist. Parents must be married and not just dating; single parents are acceptable as I am a single parent. One of my goals is to set up strong family values surrounded God and His creation.

    I am looking for land somewhere either in Washington, Oregon or Idaho away from the influence of government and its people. Please contact me through email if you wish to become a part of a community that is centered around God and a loving community of loving and like minded people that will live as co-op with Gods creation. It will benefit you better if you know of some skill that will aid in the establishment of the community but not necessary. all yo need is a strong desire to live a life of freedom. We can learn as we go.

    r.jay.shepherd@gmail.com

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  2. Greg

    Hi my name is Greg. 28 turning 29 next month. Ex Navy seabee and i want to go off the grid in Western Maryland. I live in Columbia South Carolina at the moment but i am saving up to move to Western maryland. Mainly looking at the Cumberland, Frostburg, and Oldtown areas. I want to do a 408 sq ft cabin/tiny house with basement foundation. So technically it will be 816sq ft but i plan to make the basement storage and utilities. I also want to build a 2 bay garage for my automotive hobby and a workshop space. I love Classic and old vehicles. Heck i love almost anything old. (Really want to restore a antique fridge for my antique cabin. I love cooking (NOT SOMETHING FROM A BOX!), music, writing, cats, and gaming. Found this and thought i would post something and introduce myself. I want to interact with more people into off the grid living and see maybe if there is someone who might be interested in going off the grid in Western Maryland or want to talk off the grid tech ideas or using old tech to help go off the grid. Can contact me at adon214@yahoo.com

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  3. Catalina

    Hello, Im looking to go off grid as well. Id rather go to a already established community since I also have a son. I’ve had my far share of horrors this past year and I decided to pursue this dream that I didnt think possible till recently. I live currently in Centralia Wa but wouldnt mind moving. I know how to build shelters and how to garden like no other. Email me please, Im serious about this. I check my email all the time.
    catalina.e.valdez@gmail.com

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  4. sari

    Count me in …. have lots to offer ….. central washington …. email contact perfectpeace75@gmail.com
    Thank you

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  5. Leah

    I am looking for/ to build an off grid community as well! I need to keep it on the west side of wa state. I have three children. I am small but strong and stubborn! Lol. Please email leeuhhh82@gmail.com if any of you are serious about this!

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  6. leo,

    I am all for living off the grid. I have had many of moments and experiances all over the place.from Arizona,to Angola. Would love to form part of your community . I feel like I would be a great asset to the community for I have and posses very good qualities for self reliance living.

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  7. the blazingtons

    My girl friend and I have been talking about getting into a off grid community for some time now. She is 19 and I am 24. We are so tired of the constant struggle of the big businesses and the lack of personal interest involved. We currently live in Michigan, but are thinking of moving to Washington, Oregon or even northern Colorado. Canada could be nice as well.
    We are both agricultural engineers, and have experience recycling to build structures and gardening. Both well educated and Eger to move on to this new stage in our lives.
    So if anyone has room or would like a hand building a community, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
    Mrblazington@gmail.com
    Thanks, peace and love.

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  8. rohn

    Hello all…

    I’m in Washington state (lewis county). I made the move off grid several years ago. I 45yo, a former construction manager who became tired of the rat race. My approach was to buy 20 acres and start a small farm and teaching center. I have several small cabins I built from reclaimed material, rely on solar, have many other off grid structures and amenities I have put in place.

    I’m at that stage where things have gone well, I’ve managed to stay on the good side of the county and make some money from what I grow and sell.

    I am ready however to bring in one or two more people to come live on site who share a similar vision, and who would be interested in becoming a partner in this venture. I’m not married and ideally having a wife or girlfriend who gets this life and wants to live a self sufficient life would be great to work together building the place up and sharing in the expenses (permits, equipment, materials, etc. but I have to be realistic and bring in an actual partner or two. My hope is to connect with like minded individuals who will be interested in coming into what I have started and growing it together. The outdoor living workshops, summer rentals, the food/farming program, and the farm stand/ store. If interested and you want to know more, email me at rohnpd@gmail.com. I’m getting ready for my third planting season and hope this is the year I am able to find others who want to join in and work together.

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  9. cwbyscorpio

    I’m single 43 years old disabled vet looking to live off grid with my two dogs in a friend. I have taken a class to learn how to build a log cabin.I’m a jack of all trades I have worked in carpentry Electrical siding and roofing.looking for same minded people that want to live off the grid. Would appreciate help with doing this. I am looking to move back to Washington State from Indiana. Fixing my truck right now so that I can drive back. My email is vettech70@gmail.com or my cell is 765-271-0759. Thank you and God Bless.

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  10. cwbyscorpio

    I am a disabled vet with skills of carpentry roofing siding I know how to build a log cabin in Monroe Washington live in Indiana right now trying to move back to Washington State 12 live off grid I am single 43 years old I have a friend that says older little older me that’s a female we are wanting to live off grid been looking online for ideas how to do stuff don’t know the rules and regulations on Washington State or in Montana any help will be greatly appreciated my email is vettech70@gmail.com

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  11. Michelle

    I’m so glad to have come across this! I’m in Washington state and would love to join a off grid community too! Or start another one I know of many acres for sale (but can’t afford at alone) Since the original post is a few year ago just wondering if anything came of it? I’m a single mother of 2 and need to help to get out of the rat race. I work hard but to have nothing left at the end of the month is just sad. Well if people are still looking Im interested. chelle.coleman25 at yahoo.com

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  12. ashley

    I have been interested in this life style for a very long time now and ready to make it a reality. I have two children 3 and 7 and I have knowledge of gardening, scratch cooking including a variety of breads along with knowledge of herbal medicines and natural healing. I am looking to relocate to an off grid community in washington and am hard working and driven. I am willing to do what means nesscary to contribute to this dream of mine and anyone else liked minded set in the same goal direction. Please contact me at ashley.bonomo88@gmail.com and let me know how together we can make this dream a reality. Together we can bring this dream into fruition. There is much support to make this happen

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  13. Garrett

    Let’s do it me and the dog are ready to go off the grid but how much will this take?

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  14. Melanie

    Hello,
    I am interested to speaking to you further about this endeavor. My husband, children and myself live about 25-30 miles west of you in NE Ohio.

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