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Tropics and Mountains

We arrived at this little tropical town in the Amazon Basin jungle on October 20, exactly four years to the day after moving onto our Florida off-grid homestead in 2011. Little did we know then the Lord would be moving us so soon. Living off the grid in a tiny house, growing sugarcane and perennial [...]

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A Week at ECHO

Finding solutions for sustainable living to benefit people around the world to bring glory to Christ; that is what ECHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization) is all about. Our whole family was privileged to spend a week of independent study at their global farm and training center in Fort Myers a few weeks ago, as [...]

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Old Fashioned Sugarcane Harvest

It started as a thought several years ago, as we visited various historical museums in Florida and occasionally tasted the sweet syrup of sugarcane.  If it grows easily in Florida, and can be processed with fairly simple techniques, could we grow it on our little off grid homestead and make our own cane syrup?  Producing this [...]

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

This fifth in a series explains a few more reasons why our lifestyle has been a dream in the making…a dream all eight of us embrace and love. Sometimes we tire of it, like when it is mercilessly hot and muggy and we’re dressing up to go somewhere “civilized,” or there is not enough room [...]

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

Our faith in Jesus Christ and His Word is foundational to all we do.  It has resulted in our choice of this lifestyle, influenced by early impressions shaping our world view, our decision to live debt-free, and protecting family values. Another draw for us is appreciating and desiring to learn long-lost basic skills our ancestors grew up taking [...]

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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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Turkey in the Hole

I was privileged to write a guest post for The Shady Porch about baking a turkey off the grid.  It’s fun to do even if you are not off the grid.  I promise I will return soon for that post about our visit to Full Circle Farm, where they milk grass-fed Jersey/Devon cows and dairy goats.  [...]

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Homestead Vacation and Olive Trees

We took a short family vacation last week, a break from the homestead, relaxing and exploring areas of interest to expand our family vision.  I must admit it was so nice not to worry about managing our power and water supply, watering plants, or milking the cow and goats.  Checking our battery function and solar [...]

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