Greetings. I intend to build an off-grid home with a greenhouse in the desert southwest. I'll catch rainwater on a huge roof, over 20,000 gallons a year, and grow whatever I can using "ollas" to stretch the water 10x. I'll control summer temperatures by running earthtubes into the greenhouse...
By Barbara Demick
This book is a non-fiction chronicle of life on an urban residential street in Sarajevo, Bosnia during the siege of the city from 1992 to 1996. During the war, the mixed ethnic Bosnians fought against the Serbians for control of Bosnia. Serbs encircled Sarajevo and placed a...
I searched for a thread on this and nothing turned up. There is an interesting book on Amazon titled "Forgotten Skills of the Mormon Pioneers". I'm wondering if any has this book and if it offers anything of interest to preppers? I'm not really looking for 19th century recipes for apple pie...
Even if you’re not off-grid? I do, and I’m not off-grid, and I don’t plan on ever leaving the grid. But, if the grid ever leaves me, I want to be able to still sew.
Hi, I’m new here on the board and I do mending and repair sewing for the public using treadles. I have a photo album here at...
In 16 years, our power system has been ultra reliable. Our Trace Inverter has never let us down. It was with a great deal of consternation that I watched our power system suddenly start kicking on and off the other night. A light and dishwasher which were on at the time cycled on and off with...
Pending retirement for my wife
My wife works for one of the alphabet Federal agencies. Federal employees have a goofy retirement system.
She just learned that she will qualify for 'early' retirement at the end of next month. This early pension is based on how many years she has been with...
Time to plug this old book again.
Five Acres and Independence, by M.G.Kains. Amazon has it.
Written for back-to-the-land hopefuls in the depths of the Great Depression, when the vast majority of farms had no electricity, it is full of ideas for the potential off-grid subsistence farmer.
Let me first state that the way I will be developing my homestead is not for everyone. It is a dream of mine I have had off and on since I was 16 and, now at 41, I am finally in a position to do it. I am all for constructive criticism but I would please like to not see any negativity just for...
Some areas have annual fairs that focus on things like:
sustainable lifestyles, ...
I go to ours, how many others go?
What kinds of these fairs do you have in your area?
Does anyone else go to our fair? If not...
... Didn't want to hijack Packhorse's thread about 2 great books.
The book is :
Farmer Boy, by Laura Ingalls (of Little House On The Prairie fame).
Farmer Boy (Little House): Laura Ingalls Wilder, Garth Williams: 9780060581824: Amazon.com: Books
This book follows a year in the life of a...
Self Installed-Developing our Spring & Drywells, Documented
Happy New Years to all!
I just finished the article on our spring development. We started doing this over about 18 months ago, and have consistent, fresh, clean, potable water that fills a 1,000 gallon cistern year round, from a small...
Anybody else envious of these off-the-grid adobe New Mexico homes?
I recently saw a show on the Weather Channel called 'Cantore Stories' that piqued my interest.
I've been thinking of perhaps building my next 'house' myself, hopefully with the aim of owning a livable property with no house payment whatsoever. (Probably in Montana, though Idaho or Oregon are also possibilities.)
After doing some looking around, a yurt or ger seems to be an enticing...
For 30 years, in a remarkable cabin he hand-crafted with simple hand tools, Richard Proenneke lived alone in the Alaskan Bush in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.
Retired at age 50 in 1967, the story of D!ck Proenneke :rolleyes: left the rush of city life behind and headed into the Alaska...
It's bad enough there are video cameras taping our every move from the minute we walk out the door to gas up the car to the local supermarket for a gallon of milk.. Now we have to deal with radio frequency chips!? Enough's enough!
The best way to disable the chips in your credit card/debit card...
1. How many folks are living in their BOL [Bug-Out Location]?
I mean like in it permanently; full-time; stocking-up; setting up defenses; self-sufficient or working toward self-sufficiency. Maybe even off-grid already?
On the other hand:
2. How many have a BOL setup but are not living in it...
You can get the torrent file here:
Survivorman - Les Stroud - Off The Grid
Video codec: XviD
Audio codec: mp3 160kbps
In this poignant and personal documentary...