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My husband and I have often tossed around the thought of how hard it would be if we had to start our homestead from scratch all over again. I mean, the thought of what our family went through over 150 years ago to settle this land is quite intimidating.
Could we ever do this from scratch? How would we pay for everything that was needed to get started? I can’t imagine not having my orchard, our animals, or even our house. Our water comes passively from ponds built by our family before us with passive systems, or a well nearly 200 feet down.
If we had to build this all over from the ground up, where would we start? How would we start?
Naturally, when I had the opportunity to review Creating Your Off-Grid Homestead by Teri Page, I was intrigued to hear how she stepped out onto raw land and established her off-grid homestead, and all the thoughts and reasoning behind the decisions her family made. As a bonus, Teri also shares how some of her neighbors in her homestead community went about making their decisions and building their homes and what anyone with the intention to move off-grid should be thinking about and considering before making the jump.
Why go off-grid?
In Why Go Off-Grid, Teri addresses not only her personal story of why her family went off-grid, but also addresses the common reasons why others might want to give this lifestyle a go. She addresses the economic and environmental aspects of living off the land. She also addressed the topics of preparedness and leading a way for change.
Getting Started addresses the three basic ways to get your home off the grid, thus starting to develop your plan of action.
Further, it details ideas on how to go about finding the land you will want to move to should you choose this avenue. By Teri’s own admission, she states she is no real-estate expert, but gives some sound advice on how to choose the property right for you and also leaves you with some research questions that only you can answer for your family before choosing a location.
This section also discuses a very important factor all families cannot ignore when making any large decision–How much will it cost to go off-grid? A list of factors you will need to consider when figuring your budget is given. Teri then goes one step further and breaks down just what her costs have been to go off the grid. The numbers might surprise you.
She then moves into making priorities. Without a huge budget and tons of resources, you’re going to have to pick one project at a time. What order will you do everything?
Teri shares how her family prioritizes, as well as how neighbors prioritized–and they were all different. Will one of their plans inspire your plan?
Water is a basic need of all living creatures. You will need it. Your animals will need it. The vegetation you will depend on will need it.
In our modern society, we can easily overlook just how challenging it can be to obtain the clean usable water sources we will need for survival that takes place when we aren’t dependent on our government.
Teri starts with the basics. She shares how her family started living without running water. She moves on to detail how they were able to start collecting their own water, and what they would do differently if they had to do it all over (which is always welcome advice from someone whose been through it).
This section discusses water filtration, catchment, water for animals and gardening, and water for bathing. She shows how her family used to heat their outdoor bathtub, as well as their newer outdoor shower.
Ponds and swales are briefly mentioned also in connection with water for livestock.
Starting a shelter from scratch can be exciting, or intimidating. You get to read all about how Teri’s family went from tent life to building their own home. And naturally, when in a hurry to get a shelter over your head, your shelter tends to be small in the beginning.
This leads to discussion on Tiny Houses, including her brutal honesty about some of the drawbacks. How will you keep your new shelter warm? How will you keep your new shelter cool? How will you get things done without a power source until you can set one up (if you set one up)?
A brief discussion on outbuildings, including barns, shops, storage, and animal shelters is also included.
Food Storage and Preparation
This section is all about outdoor kitchens, food preparation, storage (including the root cellar her family built), living without refrigeration, off-grid cooking, and off-grid baking. Teri shares her techniques and lessons she’s learned along the way here.
What are your power needs? Electric? Solar? Wind? Generator?
In the last meat & bone section before closing, resources and acknowledgements, Teri takes on other off-grid topics.
She discusses the challenges of off-grid gardening as well as taking care of animals without modern conveniences.
Since Teri has kids, she’s able to share special considerations and situations that have arisen with this experience. Are you nervous about moving off the grid with children–even small children? Perhaps that shouldn’t intimidate you.
Do you have a plan for communication once you are removed from modern civilization? How about a plan in case of an emergency? Will you keep a cell phone? A laptop?
How will you take care of your laundry and other cleaning needs? Teri shares how her laundry has evolved over the years from no running water to giving in to a small modern convenience.
Lastly, she also discusses the issue of the bathroom–or lack there-of, with some discussion also directed at composting toilets.
So How Will You Make A Plan?
Are you ready to make a plan or work-out the details in the plan you’ve started? Or are you just looking to share in the success of someone else who’s living the life they desire? If you said “yes” to either one of these, I highly recommend checking out Teri Page’s Creating Your Off-Grid Homestead.
I so highly recommend it, that I even asked Teri if she’d be willing to do a giveaway to one of my readers and she graciously agreed.
So please take a minute to enter to win your copy here. None of your information is shared, I only use it to verify honesty of entries, and to contact you via email should you be chosen a winner.
Fine print: Winner will be drawn at random via the Rafflecopter (which I have no control of). Winner must be 18 and able to download a copy to their own device. Once drawn, the winner will be notified via the email address entered and have 72 hours to claim their prize. If winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new winner will be chosen. Neither myself nor Teri Page will be responsible for eBooks you may misplace. Should the winner be unable to download the book, he/she forfeits their entry so please make sure you are able to download your copy before you claim your prize. The winner’s first name and last initial will be published on this site, on Grace Garden And Homestead’s social media, as well as provided to Teri Page. Your privacy is important to me and no personal information (including your email) will be shared with anyone. Prize is one eBook: Creating Your Off-Grid Homestead, a $9.95 value.
Not feeling lucky, or just don’t want to wait? No problem. You can head over here, and get your own copy and start reading instantly.
Even if you’re not ready to make the jump off the grid, this story of moving off the grid will leave you inspired.
I was given a copy of this book (and one to give away) in exchange for my honest review. All opinions contained in this review are 100% my own. Thank you Teri for this opportunity–may your book be a blessing and inspiration to many.