Build the Ultimate Root Cellar | 9 Steps to Self-Sufficient Food Storage

Root cellars are cool old tech that keeps food — primarily fruit and vegetables — fresh for up to a year, without any electricity. Building a root cellar is great way to store harvests from large gardens, and as a backup in case of emergency. So here is my simple guide on how to build root cellar, with bonus tips at the end —

15 Things You Need to Know Before Moving to the Country

With some many people considering making the move out of big cities, and considering building a country or rural lifestyle, I thought you might be interested in unexpected facts about country living. Here are 15 things that I wish I had know before moving from the city to the country.

9 Permaculture Business Ideas

<p>When I first decided to make permaculture my full-time job, I spent a lot of time looking around for opportunities to make a living using permaculture design. With so people out there laid off from work, I decided to publish a list of what I’ve found to be a good idea. Here are 9 opportunities to make money with a permaculture business, and one <strong>bonus</strong> idea which could be huge in the near future.</p> <h2 id="produce-micro-farming">Produce Micro-Farming</h2> Most people that I talk to about permaculture immediately imagine they can make money growing food for sale at local farmer’s markets, or even setting up their own CSA.

How To Get Started with Permaculture

How to Get Started with Permaculture

Whenever I talk to someone new about permaculture, they immediately love the idea of a more natural lifestyle. However, it can seem intimidating to get started. That’s why I wrote this dead simple guide to getting started with permaculture for the complete newbie.

September 03, 2020
Wind Turbine Charge Controller

Beginners Guide to Wind Turbine Charge Controllers

When I first started learning about using wind turbines to generate off grid energy, I thought that a solar charge controller and wind turbine charge controller might be the same thing. However, now I know that mixing up the two can be a huge expensive mistake. That’s why I decided to write this short article explaining exactly what a wind power charge controller does, and how to choose the right one for your system.

September 02, 2020
Simple Off Grid Solar Wiring Diagram

A Visual Guide to Off Grid Solar | Simplest Possible Design

Sometimes, picture can we worth a thousand words. If you are getting started with an off grid solar system, this is the simplest complete diagram that available to learn how to connect your own off grid solar system.

July 22, 2020
How to Save Money Living Off the Grid

Is it REALLY Cheaper to Live Off the Grid? | 5 Hidden Costs

While the dream of living self-sufficiently is so seductive, if you are anything like me, you might wonder is it too good to be true? With so many people looking to make the move out of the city, I thought I would give newcomers a run of what, in my own off grid journey, it really costs to live off the grid.

July 15, 2020
Solar Hot Water Heater Design

Off Grid Solar Hot Water | Easy Low Cost Ways to Get a Hot Shower

Today, while planning an upgrade to my off grid hot water system, I went looking for the best solar water heater options available at a reasonable cost. Solar electric based heaters are not cost efficient compared to direct solar heating, and so many off-gridders end up resorting to propane or natural gas based water heaters. But, there are many great lesser known solar water heating options out there.

June 29, 2020
Free Range Pasture Poultry Chickens

Pastured Poultry: How Much Land You Really Need

Joel Salatin style “pastured poultry” is an increasingly popular method used by farmers and homesteaders who raise healthy organic chickens. This method allows chickens to forage the land naturally. But how much land does a pastured poultry flock actually need?

June 22, 2020
Going from City to Homestead

How to Escape the City and Move Off Grid

As a former apartment dweller gone country, people often ask me how they too can get out of the city and develop a self-reliant rural lifestyle. With everything going on in the cities recently, I thought it would be a good time to explain how to move out of the city and go off grid.

June 22, 2020
Yurt Permanent Structure

Are Yurts Permanent Structures? | A Straight Answer

As a yurt dweller, people often ask me if I can consider my yurt to be a permanent place to live. While the laws aren’t always perfectly clear on this, I thought I would pass I what I know about the status of yurts as permanent structures

June 15, 2020
Growing money off grid on tree

The Off Grid Income Secret, and Why No One Admits It

I see a lot of advice out there about how to quit your job and make money living off grid that is just plain wrong. Very few homesteaders will admit that they drive 100s of miles a week to commute to work. But, after working for years to afford to go off grid, I found the secret to support myself in the country.

June 15, 2020
Brush Pile Burning

The Best Use for Brush | 5 Ways to Handle a Brush Pile

I often find myself with piles of brush, looking for creative ways to leverage this fruit of my labor to the fullest. After searching for a better way, I found somethings to do with brush that made me stop just burning it, and I’ll never go back.

June 08, 2020
Cooking with Biogas from Home-Scale Biogas Digester

Home-Scale Biogas Production | Free Heat from Organic Waste

When I heard that you can make free gas from kitchen scraps for stoves, heaters, or even propane refrigerators, I knew I had to look in to it. And, I love it! Here is everything you need to know to get started making your own biogas.

June 01, 2020
How to Grow Food Off the Grid

How to Grow Food Off Grid | A Self-Sufficiency Survival Garden

When I first started going off grid, growing all my own food seemed like a daunting task. But, it doesn’t have to be that complicated. Here is how you can grow your own off grid garden for survival or self-sufficiency.

May 29, 2020
Is Off Grid Solar Against the Law?

Is Off Grid Solar Legal? | You Might be Surprised…

For those just getting started, you might wonder is it really legal to generate your own power. Surely the government and big corporations have figured out a way to lock you in to a power bill.

May 25, 2020
Reasons not to go off grid

7 Reasons NOT to Go Off Grid

Achieving self-reliance, sustainability, and independence just isn’t right for you. So, shut up, sit down, and listen to what you are told. Here are seven reasons why going off grid just isn’t right for you!

May 23, 2020
Solar Charge Controller

Beginners Guide to Solar Charge Controllers | MPPT vs PWM

When I talk to people about designing an off grid solar system, the part people tend to find most confusing is the charge controller. So, today I decided to sit down and describe as simply as possible what a charge controller is, why you need one, and how to choose between all the different options.

May 19, 2020
Solar Powered Water Pump

How to Run a Well Pump on Solar

One question I commonly get from people building an off grid power system, is whether they can run a deep water well pump from a solar system. So, today I decided to answer that question for everyone.

April 20, 2020
How Much Rainwater Can You Collect

Estimate How Much Rainwater You Can Collect the Easy Way

This week I was working with a friend to find good size water barrels for their house, and the question came up, “How much rainwater could we collect in a year?” So, I thought I would share with you today, the easy way to figure out just how much could be collected on your roof in a year (or month). No measuring!

April 17, 2020
off grid water, drinking water, well water, grey water system, free water, diy water system

Off Grid Water Guide | Well, Septic, Sewer, Grey Water, and More

For quite a while I have been researching the best ways to build an off grid water system, and today I thought I would write down everything I know. There are many options for off the grid water besides just a well and septic. So, hopefully this helps people getting started get an idea how they can have water on their property.

April 15, 2020
Off Grid Cabin Building Ideas

Best Ideas for Building Off Grid | 10 Ways to Live Self Sufficiently

So many aspiring homesteaders are stuck on the high price of buying a house. But for those willing to do it themselves, there are some many better options out there that you may never have heard of. Here ar 10 good ways to build off grid for less money.

April 14, 2020
Are Chickens Aloowed Where You Live?

Are Chickens Allowed in Your City? | How To Find Out What’s Allowed

The other day, a friend of mine asked me whether backyard chickens are allowed where they live. Since so many people have this, I thought I would right out everything I’ve found out. This is the most definitive way to figure out what you can actually do on your land.

April 13, 2020