Going off grid means the ultimate in self sufficiency. You, the Earth and your Maker provide for your water, electricity, and food.
There isn’t a company to call when your power flickers or your water slows to a trickle. It can be scary stuff. But, there isn’t a company to call and make a monthly payment to either! (That’s my favorite part about it all!)
Nicole aka The Goat Queen, of Adventures Off Grid, and I have been friends for 4-5 years. We met through a goat ad and discovered in one another a friendship based on gentle parenting, natural living, self sufficiency and the need to be off grid. We’ve shared tips and ideas of how to meet our goals as we’ve encouraged each other each step of our family’s journey.
Going off grid isn’t as scary or as expensive as you think it is. ~Nicole of Adventures Off Grid
Six months ago Nic was able to take that first step. Despite some set backs she, her four kiddos and hubby have all moved to 6 acres and are building their cabin close to a creek in the midst of their pigs, rabbits, chickens, horses, cows and goats. She has installed electric and hog panel fencing to keep them out of the road and off the neighbors properties and allows all of the animals (yes, even the rabbits!) to graze naturally on the grass and the bugs.
One of the things I was surprised by when Nic went off grid was really how cheap it was to do. She and her family have spent less than $10,000.00 (Yes. $10,000 Amer’can dollars!) to go off grid. She bought a travel trailer to live in while building their cabin, materials to build said cabin, solar panels to provide electricity, a freezer to hold meat and dairy, propane for indoor cooking, fencing, hoses, a water pump and 2 cows.
I think this is a skill set that Maria Montessori would be encouraging if she were still alive. With Erdkinder she wanted and encouraged our children to use their hands and body as teens, like toddlers, suddenly have more body growth and changes to manage.
you’ll I hope to share and encourage you to try some of the passive solar ideas we’ve done here on our own mini farm and from other folks like Nicole that are following the Montessori or Hands on way and leading by example.
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