The off-grid homesteading
Welcome to our blog!
Lessons learned on the journey toward independence
In our blog is a wealth of knowledge that we've accumulated over many years of off-grid living, as well as the lessons we've learned through trial and error. Our experience in the School of Hard Knocks has taught us valuable lessons that we are excited to share with you. In addition to our own expertise, we've also hand-selected a group of guest contributors who are experts in their respective fields. Their contributions provide even more valuable insights into homesteading, off-grid living, and emergency preparedness. We hope you enjoy learning from their knowledge and experience as much as we have!
Electricity is the kingpin in modern homes. Without it, many essential systems can't function. Learn how to make your own power with solar, micro hydro, and other sources.
Learn to grow your own food with tips on starting a homestead garden, including vegetable gardens, fruit orchards, small fruits, composting, and more in this section.
Learn to preserve and store your own food with off grid kitchen tips, recipes, and info about canning, dehydrating, and other food preservation related topics in this section.
Most water systems are completely dependent on the power company. Learn how to make yours as independent as possible so your family has a reliable source of water.
Prevention and preparation are key to ensuring safety, covering physical security, home fire protection, wildland fire preparedness, and more in this section.
Communications is an often overlooked part of preparedness and homesteading. Learn how to stay in touch while living in a remote location as well as during emergencies.
most recent posts
Try as I might, carrots are not usually a great crop in my garden. They often don’t produce well, or they are small, and sometimes they just don't turn out very tasty. But a few years ago my carrot harvest turned out beautifully! The carrots grew tall and sweet, and I...
Necessity prompted me to use a new (to me) method of preserving tomatoes, after a large harvest just before winter hit.
Root crops are some of the absolute easiest to grow! As I plan out my garden crops each spring, one variety of vegetables that just has to make it onto my list is beets. Homegrown beets are very delicious—but sometimes beets are overlooked, especially if you haven’t...
Our previous installments of this series (Part 1 & Part 2) have been looking at specific things to look for in land or a homestead, but we've also been getting questions about "where?" What is the "best" location? If I determine that I need to move, where...
Anybody love sweet corn? All hands go up in our family!!! But we live in a colder climate and often there’s just not time in one growing season for the corn to develop and ripen to harvest. I remember one time soon after we moved to the area, I was...
Solar power has become quite popular lately, coming in two main varieties: Grid-tie and off-grid. Which one is right for you? I've been living off the power grid for almost 25 years and am here to walk you through this important topic. By the end of this post, you'll...