When I first announced my intention to engage in a 30 Day Off-Grid/Lock Down Challenge, some people scratched their heads. “How would this be different than how you normally live?” “Won’t this be easy for you?” No. It will be different than how I normally live, and it will NOT be easy. The scenario is […]
Natural Chicken Bone Broth
Few foods combine the attributes of being healthy, being easy to produce, and being naturally harmonious with an independent lifestyle. Chicken Bone Broth in particular is one of the few foods that truly can be called a “Superfood” (I know that word is overused, and usually erroneous, but in this case it is not.) Bone broth is easy to make, utilizes parts (bones) usually cast aside or sold as a post-industrial commodity in most industrial/consumer/commercial applications, and is one of the few products where the by-product of the main food source is actually healthier than the main food source.
Solar Oven Baked Sweet Potatoes
The solar oven is one of the best tools we own. Not one of the best “survival/preparedness” tools, but one of the best tools period.
Making Sauerkraut the Plain and Frugal Way
I made a video for you! This is making sauerkraut the old school way, with the philosophy behind fermentation rather than a focus on ingredients and recipes.
The Mud Years
This whole thing is a metaphor. It still works and is true the way it’s written, but sometimes I’m too subtle so… this whole thing is a metaphor. We live completely off-grid on an off-grid farm in Central Texas. The grid really doesn’t have much to do with my topic today, living disconnected from it […]
How We Do Stuff: Staying Cool Beyond Off-Grid
“I find your lifestyle very compelling, but I could never live without air-conditioning.” This is probably the statement I have heard the most over the last ten years from people who cannot believe that we are able to live, and thrive, without most of the modern conveniences that 1st world humans take for granted. I […]
Treating a Bullet Wound with Processed White Sugar
Sugar and honey have been used to treat battle wounds for millennia, and many experts are coming to believe that sugar ought to be the treatment of first recourse when dealing with deep wounds that might not be absolutely “clean” throughout.
Harvesting Wheat by Hand
I promised several people I’d do a post wherein I share our process of harvesting wheat by hand. Harvesting is actually a small part of the whole process of taking wheat from the field to a usable final product, so although I named this post “Harvesting” Wheat by Hand, I’ll actually include the post-harvest steps of threshing and winnowing.
How We Do That… Off-Grid, Part 1
About ten days ago I penned a blog post here entitled Living Beyond Off-Grid as a Sci-fi Writer, and it seemed to resonate with a lot of people because it got some attention and was shared around the Internets quite a bit. It also raised a substantial number of questions…