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Dec 5 16 1:57 PM
those of us who are in love with the idea of homesteading, it’s great
to learn from someone who’s starting from scratch. Pure Living for Life
follows a couple’s journey from city living to homesteading while being
frugal. It helps to see a realistic approach to such a huge lifestyle
change, instead of massive, expensive projects.
In the video and
article on building a tiny off-grid cabin, Jesse and Alyssa show us how
they built a small cabin using mostly reclaimed materials for $300! The
couple didn’t start out with a specific design in mind, but instead
found a way to work with what they had. The cabin was built to safely
house a wood burning stove that would heat an attached garage and RV
during the winter. Although the cabin wasn’t intended to be a home, a
few additions can definitely make it one!
How To Build an Off Grid Winter Cabin for $300
Dec 10 16 12:50 PM
There are many reasons for wanting to homestead. In this video, Jaime
talks about the homesteading life she grew up with, what made her want
to chase money, and the pivotal moment that brought her back to her
Dec 10 16 3:12 PM
you’re living off the grid, or just in an area prone to harsh winter
storms, preparation is key to survival. In the event that you are
stranded by a big snow or ice storm, having access to essentials can
become a challenge. There are several things we can do that will give
us a better chance at an easy winter, or at least as easy as it can be.
Pure Living for Life, a couple building a homestead from scratch shows
us how they winterized their property and other ways to stay ahead of
challenging weather. The blog includes ways of staying informed of
anticipated weather conditions, keeping food and water stores, and
weatherproofing the property to avoid as much damage and heat loss as
much as possible. A great tip that I hadn’t considered was to mud-proof
vulnerable areas outside to allow for mobility-especially important in
the event of an emergency!
Vulnerable But Prepared: Off Grid Living & Winter Storms
Dec 21 16 8:43 PM
The term "off the grid" has taken on an expanded meaning of late. It
used to be used in a literal fashion, to refer to disconnection from the
grids supplying power, gas, water, and telephone services. Lately it's
come to mean something broader: disconnecting from what whatever parts
of "the system" seem objectionable to you.
Some people want to disconnect from the financial system. Some people
want to disconnect from the surveillance state. Some people want to
disconnect from the globalized economy or industrial agriculture or
consumerism. Any of these choices have both costs and benefits.
Take a look at some of your options.
Dec 21 16 9:05 PM
The tent is divided into 4 sections, a sleeping area, living,
kitchen and dining. It can sleep up to 4 people, though you’d best be
good friends or family, there is no privacy to speak of.
The toilet is an outhouse down the trail, one nice thing about an outhouse in winter is less to no odor and no bugs.
Jan 16 17 2:55 PM
Jan 25 17 3:11 PM
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is something so empowering about learning how to do something new with
your hands. Or mastering a skill that, at an earlier point in your lie,
would have seemed completely foreign.
This next year, I plan to
use a lot of these skills in my home. I may not have acres and acres
like a traditional homestead but being a modern day homesteader, all I
need is my brain and the will to carry on.
It’s actually quite
addictive, really… Since we are entering the start of a brand new year, I
figure there’s no better time than to start making homestead plans.
133 Skills For The Modern Day Homesteader To Master
Feb 25 17 7:48 PM
a wood burning stove to cook off grid is not as easy as many people
would think! Sure, anyone could start a fire in the stove, put food into
a pot or pan and heat it up but would it taste good? Will it be cooked
enough so no one gets sick? There is a real skill involved!
be clear, we’re not talking about cooking on top of a wood stove. Yes,
it’s a stove and yes, you use a fire but this stove isn’t for heating
the house. It’s an actual wood burning stove from the 1800s, styled for
fires to be burning inside and coals moved around for baking bread and
other goods. Imagine being in the deep south in summer, cooking over one
of these inside!
off grid with one of these beauties would be a real lifesaver in a
survival situation and though not many would ever get the opportunity to
actually use one, the need for cooking off grid is significant! From a
prepper point of view, being able to cook over a fire of any kind is a
Cooking Off Grid With a Wood Burning Stove
Mar 1 17 2:05 PM
you ever wondered about what it would be like if you lived out on a
farm where your neighbor was a mile away and you owned at least an acre,
rather than in the middle of a bustling city with a department store
just a few minutes away? To some, the idea is nothing short of weird.
The homesteading lifestyle isn’t something that appeals to everyone,
however some people are more inclined towards the idea of a sustainable
rural life, and after you read this, no matter if you live in a big city
or the middle of nowhere, you can take part in this lifestyle.
you may have never heard of homesteading. The basis of it is a
self-sustained lifestyle, comparable to the life of a farmer. That might
sound like a difficult thing to maintain; however by using the
following ten tips to guide you, you may find that it is much easier
than you think.
1. Take into account that not everyone will be accepting of your lifestyle.
Most people don’t completely agree with a lifestyle that isn’t their
own to begin with, but a big part of building relationships and life in
general is accepting others and respecting that they do things in their
own way. Not everyone will do this, though, so understanding beforehand
that this change in your lifestyle may be the cause of judgment is
important. Just remember not to let it affect you negatively and keep on
doing what you want to do – it is your life!
2. Take a look at your budget.
Transitioning into homesteading might not have to be super expensive,
but it’s not free either. Knowing how much you have to spend and
sticking to it will ensure that you can safely start changing things
without running low on funds and possibly not being able to pay
important bills. Cutting out unnecessary extras can also aid in not only
this, but bringing extra cash into your pocket for other necessities.
3. Begin the process of gardening, hunting, and fishing.
Growing your own food is one of the major parts of homesteading. If you
don’t have much of a place for gardening, take out flowers or use a
small section of grass for it. Fishing and hunting cannot be done just
anywhere, but there are typically places in every state for you to take
part in both activities.
4. Be frugal. Spending
money wisely can be difficult for some people, not just because they
aren’t good spenders, but because sometimes you just get stuck in a
binge shopping trance and – poof! Your extra money has all been spent. A
good way to become self-sufficient is to appreciate what you have and
not feel the need to buy up everything new. That’s not to say that a
treat every now and again isn’t in order, but spending money on simply
necessary items can leave you with much more than you probably thought
5. Start raising farm animals.
Although most people probably couldn’t imagine sticking a horse and a
few cows in their backyard while living in the city, there are permits
that you can get for smaller animals such as rabbits and chickens that
can then be used for food and show.
6. Find ways to save on using electricity.
Instead of turning on artificial lights, open up some blinds. Stockpile
wood and make a fire if you have a fireplace, which can be handy
especially if there is a power outage. You could even invest in a
generator if the other options aren’t for you.
7. Use less paper products.
Buying paper towels, tissues, and more can get pricey. Replace these
money-consuming items with cloths, towels, or rags. They last much
longer and will save up some cash to be used elsewhere.
8. Buy seeds once and reuse them every year.
When you start your garden, use heirloom seeds so that, instead of
purchasing new seeds every time you go to plant them, you can use the
new ones produced by the original seeds.
9. Raise honey bees.
Honey is not only tasty, but also marketable, not to mention the fact
that it is an all-natural sweetener that can be mixed with teas and
10. Growing herbs can serve several purposes, including medicinal ones.
They are easy to grow and have been used in the past to cure ailments.
Using herbs is another all-natural way to keep you healthy instead of
purchasing drugstore medicines.
Whether or not you convert your
lifestyle completely this way, using some of the above tips can be both
healthy and money-saving for you and your family. Take it one step at a
time, and soon enough you’ll be able to boast that the salad you just
made didn’t come from a package at the store — it was completely
homemade, didn’t cost a cent, and is healthy too!
Jun 13 17 5:57 AM
For those who don’t know, earthbag buildings use polypropylene rice bags or feed bags
filled with soil or insulation that are stacked like masonry and tamped
flat. Barbed wire between courses keeps bags from slipping and adds
tensile strength. The final plastered walls look just like adobe
of people are now building with bags to create their dream homes, home
offices, shops, resorts, rootcellars, storm cellars and survival
shelters. Non-profit organizations are building schools, orphanages,
emergency shelters and other structures.
Step-by-Step Earthbag Building
Jun 13 17 6:18 AM
I read these great articles about going off the grid I cannot help but
think of business. There is a business to going off grid. Its very much
like entrepreneurship. Some of advice and pitfalls mirror those made in
businesses everyday. This article is no different and offers some great
tips for going off grid. I love the idea that these things will always
cost more than you assume and you should start small. This harkens back
to the idea of an off-grid jump being
After reading this article I have thought about the off grid business plan.
I think it would help many people going off grid to write a sizable
plan that covers all of their issues from power to water and food. Do
you have any tips for the off grid hopeful. Leave them in the comments
Ten Tips for Going Off Grid
Jun 14 17 5:58 AM
Many find that living off the grid,
or away from the rest of society, can be a very peaceful way of life.
Raising your own food, caring for your own area, and having endless
amounts of land to live on that you get to share with no one but
yourself can seem like living the dream.
first, the mere idea is one that cultivates in our minds but as it
slowly progresses, we must realize that making your way “off the grid”
isn’t something as easily done as you might have originally imagined.
A major part of living off the grid, and probably the biggest first step, is
to find an area to begin. Of course, money is a major factor, but if
you have no idea of where you want to start, or what is available to
you, saving up can seem like a tedious process instead of a motivating
and exciting one.
Thankfully, finding suitable land isn’t
difficult. The world is chalk full of empty spaces for you to browse –
but finding one that suits your needs is what’s important. Read on to
find out how to find land for living off the grid that fits how you want
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