Presto vs All American | Which Pressure Canner is Right for You?

Pressure canners are an indispensable tool for home food preservation, being the only safe way to can low acidity foods and meats. Being one of the more expensive items you are likely to have in your kitchen, and you family's safety on the line, choosing between Presto and All American canners can be a difficult decision.

How Homesteading and Self-Sufficiency Brings Meaning to Our Lives

When I tell people that I live off the grid, and am striving to build a self-sufficient homestead, some of them think I'm living an extreme life and seeking to go back in time. With respect, these people are wrong. Here is why I think homesteading is not only the lifestyle of the future, but possibly the only future we have left.

8 Essential Books For the Homesteader | Required Reading

With hundreds of books available on homesteading, self-sufficiency, gardening, raising livestock, storing food, and more related to living off the grid, which ones are worth the money? Here are my picks for eight essential homesteading book that every survivalist or off grid enthusiast must have on their book shelf.

How To Build A Root Cellar

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 ---

October 05, 2020
What to Consider When Moving to the Country

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.

October 04, 2020
9 Permaculture Business Ideas

9 Permaculture Business Ideas

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 **bonus** idea which could be huge in the near future.

October 02, 2020
Optimum Tree Spacing in Permaculture Orchards

Optimum Tree Spacing in Permaculture Orchards

While planning for my own permaculture forest garden, I needed to know exactly how far apart to plant my trees. Since the answer isn't easy to find online, I decided to write a simple, clear explanation of how far to space trees in your orchard.

September 29, 2020
10 interesting facts about solar

10 Cool Facts You Didn't Know About Solar

While setting up a solar system for your home can be serious business, solar panels can be quite fun as well. They are really amazing creations, so today I I decided to share some cool facts about solar panels. Here are 10 amazing facts that you probably didn't know about solar power.

September 25, 2020
How to Build a Permaculture Duck Pond

Build a Permaculture Duck Pond | Biofilter, Fertigation, & More

With my permaculture food forest well underway, I went the route that is increasingly popular in the community, a duck pond for biofiltration and fertigation. Here is my experience on how to build a permaculture duck pond.

September 21, 2020
Make Your Fruit Trees Immune to Deer

Make Fruit Trees Immune to Deer | One Secret You Can’t Miss

Living off the grid connects people with nature, themselves, and even spiritual peace. Being out in the country, away from the fast-paced polluted lifestyle of the cities, is an experience that makes the entire lifestyle worth it. What inexperienced off gridders don't realize is that in the countryside they are subject to a new enemy. Deer.

September 14, 2020
Eight Productive Permaculture Cover Crops

8 Productive Permaculture Cover Crops

Sitting down to plan my next year's permaculture garden and build my food forest, I wondered what crops work best as permaculture cover crops. After doing my research, these are the most productive ground cover plants you should be putting in your permaculture garden or food forest.

September 14, 2020
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