The Off Grid Homesteading Blog

Lessons learned on the journey toward independence​
Nick & Lisa

Welcome to our blog!  It's a treasure trove of knowledge we've picked up from many years of off grid experience (as well as the School of Hard Knocks).  You'll also find guest posts by hand-picked experts who share their valuable expertise with all of us.  Enjoy!

Recent Posts

The Story of our Solar System!
Hmmm... Where should I start? We purchased our current home nearly 6 years ago. It had been sitting empty for[...]
Our ‘Inherited’ Worm Farm
Backstory: I had started some Meyer Lemon plants from seed several years ago, and had to transplant them into some[...]
Income in the Country
The picture above is from our living room window -- we call it our million-dollar view. But in order to[...]
How To Make 2 Years Of Applesauce In A Few Days
Last month we were pretty hard-up and did the unthinkable... We had to buy "applesauce" from the store.  And what[...]
Diary of a Blessed Garden - Our Story Of Thanksgiving
NOTE FROM NICK:  My family has SO much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.  It has been a tragic year[...]
Mouthwatering Homestead Granola
Okay, I’m a granola guy. No, not in the cultural sense. But I really like to eat granola for breakfast.[...]

Blog  Categories

We've been making our own electricity "off the grid" for over 15 years (and we love it!).  In this section you'll learn how to do it.  Solar power, hydro power, batteries, inverters, charge controllers, and more are covered here.

Growing food is one of the most important skills you can learn.  Get a jump start here on how to start your homestead garden.  We'll be covering vegetable gardens, fruit orchards, small fruits, compost, and more in this section.

Once grown, food needs to be preserved & prepared in order to be useful.  This section shows you how to do it properly.  Water bath canning, pressure canning, dehydrating, root cellaring, cooking out of the garden, and more.

Can you keep your family warm when the grid is down?  In this section, we'll focus on the most independent source of heat--wood, covering wood stoves, wood cook stoves, and harvesting firewood, as well as other heat options.

Perhaps the single most important of life's basic necessities.  And most folks are only a power outage away from losing it!  This section will help you choose the best source, pump, system, and other components.

Communications is an often overlooked part of preparedness and homesteading.  In this section, you'll learn how to stay in touch while living in a remote location as well as during emergencies.  

Safety is a huge topic that encompasses everything from obvious physical security to home fire protection and wildland fire preparedness.  With each of these, an ounce of prevention & preparation is the key.

All of the other things are of little value if your health is broken or you are incapacitated.  In this section, you'll be learning about home/natural remedies that have been used for centuries to deal with medical issues.