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.

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.

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.

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
off grid air conditioning unit

Better Off Grid Air Conditioning | 5 Out of the Box Ideas

As summer approaches, I thought it was time to spend some time researching off grid air conditioning. While traditional AC units are generally quite expensive to run off solar, I though that there must be a better way keep cool off the grid, and I wasn’t disappointed.

April 06, 2020
How Much Land For Off Grid

How Many Acres Do You Need To Go Off Grid?

While searching for my own off grid property, I wondered how big a lot I really needed to be self sufficient. So, I went about finding reliable information on how much land a family really needs. And, he answer may surprise you.

March 28, 2020
How Many Solar Panels Do You Need Off Grid

How Many Solar Panels? | Sizing your off grid system

One question that I often hear from people getting started with off grid solar is, “How many panels do I need?” While there is no universal answer, here are some common sizes, and the easy way to figure out exactly how many panel you need.

March 21, 2020
Alternative Toilets for Off Grid Sites with No Septic

Best Alternative Off Grid Toilets - No Septic!

If you are like me, the cost of new septic was too high, and you weren’t sure if one would work way out on your property anyway. That’s why I went out and found the best off grid toilets for remote cabins or eco-friendly homesteads.

March 14, 2020
Building Your Own Self Sufficient Homstead

How to Live Off Grid: A Checklist for Self Sufficiency

Many people ask me, what does it take to go off grid and live self sufficiently. So, today I decided to sit down and write everything you need to get started off grid, along with a checklist.

March 10, 2020