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Why We Live Off Grid in a Tiny House, Pt II

Early impressions shaping our worldview (see last post) opened the door for us to consider decisions affecting our lifestyle choices and dreams, leading us to eventually live off the grid. Here is one decision that did that. Living Debt-free One “radical” decision monumentally affecting our lives was not to live with debt. One Biblical perspective [...]

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Why We Live Off Grid in a Tiny House, Pt I

Our alternative lifestyle has intrigued many curious folks, encouraged and inspired some, and evoked remarks of disapproval from others. Some of you value the same things we do and tell us we are so privileged and blessed, sharing words of encouragement and visiting when possible. You express envy, hoping to one day do the same. [...]

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How Does Our Homestead Grow? Part II

It’s been so good being back again (I know, it’s been over a week since I said I would post again “next week”). This homesteading thing works better with community.  My last post summarized the maturing of our edible landscaping and gardens. Now I’ll share other aspects of life on our homestead. Many of our mature hens [...]

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Grow Your Own Animal Feed, Part III

This is the first time in central Florida I’ve experienced so much vibrant edible plant growth and color in my own yard in the intense heat of summer (and I’ve lived here 40 years…wow, that makes me feel kinda old!). I hope to share more soon about what we have done differently to make this [...]

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Grow Your Own Animal Feed, Part II

In Part One of this series I reviewed reasons for growing our own fodder for our dairy goats, cow, horses, chickens and rabbits, and some beneficial plants for the job. Now I’ll share how we’ve started some of these crops quite inexpensively. Of course I must mention that I am not responsible for anything you [...]

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Grow Your Own Animal Feed, Part I

Things have been moving right along here on the off-grid homestead. Between building and planting an herb garden, building raised garden rows for fall planting (we’re in Central FL), planting edible shrubs and trees, laying sod, building fence, installing gutter for rainwater collection, and the learning curve from doing many new things, I’ve been so [...]

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DIY Technologies Using Local and Recycled Materials

It has been a long time since I wrote an update about what is going on around our homestead. The truth is we have been so busy redoing fences and putting up new ones; making new grow beds; planting perennials, trees, and some annuals; enclosing our deck with screen to keep the yellow flies from [...]

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ECHO – Alternative Gardening Methods

If you are a woman I hope you had a great Mother’s Day last week, whether you are a biological mother, a mother through love, service, or adoption, or you have children waiting in heaven. I was blessed to grow up with a wonderful godly mother, which is priceless. I’m blessed with a loving mother-in-law [...]

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ECHO – Growing Massive Amounts of Food the Fast Way

As our country faces economic collapse, we search for more efficient and economical ways to feed our family and livestock. Moving to our off-grid homestead has been a major learning experience as we look to become more sustainable and less dependent on the fragile food transport system. We are also increasingly concerned about the growing [...]

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Our Windmill – A Sustainable Pump

We dug our well last year with the goal of using a windmill pump. Our idea of living sustainably means we aren’t dependent on the availability of fossil fuels or grid power to exist. Since installing solar panels, we normally run our generator only about 30 minutes daily to fill our water tanks. Our inexpensive [...]

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Growing Tropical Trees in a Not-So-Tropical Zone

Our central Florida homestead is far enough inland from the warmer coast that we get lots of cold weather (for Florida). We’ve had plenty of freezing temps and frost this winter, dipping into the mid 20’s F (-7 °C), and local nurseries tell us it is too cold for most tropical plants to survive or yield [...]

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Sustainable Soap that Grows on Trees

At first I thought it was a joke. But there really is a soap-growing tree! In fact, other plants also produce natural detergent, but today’s focus is on the soapberry or soapnut tree from India, which produces nuts (actually berries) that contain saponins to make soap. A few years ago I researched these trees and [...]

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DIY Slow Cooker With No Fuel or Sun

We have learned a very simple idea that greatly reduces the energy (fuel) needed to cook. Stoves take lots of electricity, gas, or wood, depending on what kind you use. What if you could cut your fuel or electricity usage for cooking by 50-70% using items you already have on hand? An added bonus with [...]

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Our Cozy New Fireplace

This morning I sat in front of our new fireplace that Silver Oak finished just a few weeks ago and I felt much satisfaction and pleasure watching the flames lick the oak logs cut from fallen trees on our little homestead. The backdrop of antique brick on our lovely big deck, sitting in my comfy [...]

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Energy Crisis on the Off-Grid Homestead

Unlike millions who recently lost power in a storm, we are not affected by power grid failure. But that doesn’t mean we don’t ever have a power crisis. Whether we are on or off the grid we all need to think about being prepared for the unexpected, and not being so dependent on electricity. On [...]

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A Year of Work on the Homestead, Part Two

Blossom holds a kid born last winter I was hoping to post this last week, but we rented a skid-steer loader and root rake over Thanksgiving weekend that kept us quite busy accomplishing our list of to-do’s before returning it.  Then we had an energy crisis when all our generators went “kaput” almost at once.  [...]

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A Year of Work on the Homestead, Part One

The past few weeks we’ve been celebrating living one year on our off-grid homestead, memories of moving, and enjoying our tiny house. Just over a year ago our power source was a little 4000 watt generator (leftovers from Y2K), two 6v batteries, and a 350 watt inverter. We had no fridge except the tiny one [...]

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Our Tiny House

A year ago when we moved to our off-grid homestead we thought we’d live in a camper for a few weeks till our tiny house was ready. But we waited a month and a half for it to be delivered, stuck in the sand, unstuck, and properly put into place so we could start remodeling [...]

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Memories of Moving

We lift up in prayer the millions who are experiencing hardship in the cold with no electricity right now.  Let it be a wake up call to the rest of us to be prepared for the unexpected when the systems we trust may let us down. One year ago when we moved to this off-grid homestead we knew we were [...]

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One Year On the Off-Grid Homestead!

Today marks one year since we moved out to our 20 acre homestead on our journey to a sustainable lifestyle. It’s hard to believe it’s gone so fast. Today we looked over all of our goals for the past year and set new ones for the coming year. Our goal was to be relatively sustainable by [...]

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