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

Non-Toxic Cleaners for a Healthy Homestead
It’s been bugging me for a long time… When it was just me cleaning my house, I could find excuses[...]
How We Use Charcoal At Our Homestead
Activated charcoal is one of those marvelous substances that is so often overlooked.  But on our homestead, we use it[...]
Smoked Out? Here's My #1 Favorite Off Grid Air Purifier
Much of the West is covered in smoke at the moment. It has been a rugged fire season. As terrible[...]
Fierce Little Warriors In The Orchard
Early this morning Craig and I headed to our garden to cut some fresh kale and collards for our daily[...]
How To Move An Off Grid Forklift Battery
Recently, Lisa and I moved an 1,800 pound forklift battery system all by ourselves—and without any heavy equipment!  In this[...]
Stomach Bug & The Most Embarrassing Day Of My Life
It was the most embarrassing day of my life!  A stomach bug caused me to throw up for the first[...]

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.