Do you want an off grid homestead?
A few years ago I had grand visions of selling our house in the city, building a tiny house for my husband and our two children, creating an off grid homestead, and raising all our food. In an effort to start living as off grid as possible I experimented with cooking on a rocket stove, line drying, handwashing the laundry and even composting toilets. A few years (and two kids) later I realized that as much as I loved the idea, it just wasn’t the right choice for our family. Around the same time that I was looking into all of this and experimenting from the safety of our ON grid house Teri over at Homestead Honey was DOING IT FOR REAL. I have to admit I was (am…) a little jealous but I’m also super-duper excited for them. I’ve done enough hand washing and urban homesteading to know that going off grid isn’t easy, and it takes hard work, determination, and knowledge of what you are doing.
So I jumped right on it when I saw that Teri had made a downloadable e-book called Creating Your Off Grid Homestead and she was gracious enough to gift me a free review copy. I knew some of you would really appreciate this book to, so I want ahead and signed up as an affiliate and decided to share my thoughts with you.
You don’t know where to start
If you are like me and have dreams of going off grid, but maybe aren’t sure if it’s right for you, or if you know it’s right, but aren’t sure where to start, Creating Your Off Grid Homestead is a great e-book for you. It covers everything from choosing property, building a shelter, and building an off grid kitchen. Each section has questions you should ask yourself before you get started building your off grid homestead. It includes the seven chapters below:
- Why Go Off Grid?
- Getting Started
- Food Storage and Preparation
- Off Grid Living
Each chapter has subsections with details about things like laundry, internet, animals, bathing, living off grid with kids, and setting up water catchment and solar systems. You can check out the table of contents, pictures, and sample pages here. The biggest downside is for those of you who prefer paper copies of books as this is only available as a digital download.
What is being off grid really like?
One of the things I really appreciate about the book is its honesty in talking about what is entailed in an off grid style of living. I also loved it that Teri talked about some of the things they found that they really missed and wanted to have, like hot showers, electric lights, and internet. I know that those are things my own family are much happier when we have them! I think everyone has things that are important to them that they would prefer not to live without and I love it that she was honest about those as well as the good, exciting parts of being so self-sufficient.
Take a step in the right direction
Building an off grid homestead from scratch is not the right thing for my family, and maybe it’s not the right thing for yours. Even if you know that already, there are still steps we can take in our city homes to become a bit more self-sufficient. Creating Your Off Grid Homestead is a good jumping off point for that too. I’ve always dreamed of setting up solar panels, but it seems so very overwhelming. After reading the details of their solar panel system I feel like I have a much better grasp on what it entails, and I find that I still would like to add solar.
Maybe going off grid and living off rainwater catchment isn’t a possibility in your area, but you could still set up a robust rainwater system to use in irrigating your garden and yard. Perhaps you have room to include a root cellar on your property or home, or want to install a wood burning stove (we loooooove ours!), or start cooking with a sun oven. Maybe you are intrigued by the idea of cutting down your ecological impact, but didn’t even know those options were out there. There are things you can do not matter where you live!
Even if we can’t all be as courageous as the Page family to create our own off grid homesteads we can still learn from their experiences and work together to make the world a little better.
Be prepared for your first flock
With a step by step checklist to walk you through.