6 Amazing Homesteaders Who Are Living The Off The Grid Dream

This Is Why More People Are Choosing An Unplugged Lifestyle!

Living a self sufficient off the grid life is very appealing to many people and it seems it’s growing every day.  Being able to and knowing that you can produce your own food, shelter, and energy is a very self satisfying feeling and has become the way to go for a growing self-reliant society.

Some people do it just to get away from society. Some want to be more in touch with nature and still others choose this lifestyle because it’s a financially viable solution.

Lora Shinn of Rodale’s Organic Life shares the lives of 6 fascinating Homesteaders are who living the dream. You’ll love each of their stories.

1. Wayward Spark

Photograph By Camille Storch

Photograph By Camille Storch

Henry Storch built a 200-square-foot cabin in rural Oregon by hand in 2003 before his wife, Camille, joined in him the summer of 2005. Together, they added another few hundred feet, plus two kids (Levi, 7, and Charlotte, 5) and a blog, Wayward Spark.

The family is totally off-grid in their now-500-square-foot-home, using propane for heating and stovetop, solar panels and batteries for lights and laptops, and a gravity-driven spring for water. The couple blogs about daily life, runs a breeding and selection program for Northwest honeybees, and manages their retail shop, Old Blue Raw Honey, featuring the raw gold drawn from their own hives.

“We are proud that our kids are doing astoundingly well in school both academically and socially,” Camille says. “They don’t seem to be scarred or branded as weirdos from their non-traditional upbringing and living arrangements.”

2. Off Grid Works

Photograph Courtesy Of Goodideasforlife.Com

Photograph Courtesy Of GoodIdeasForLife.Com

Five years ago, fiftysomethings Laurie and Ed Essex left city life behind for a homestead in the Okanagan Highlands of eastern Washington State. Now they blog about it. The couple’s home is perched on a 4,200-foot peak and runs without public utilities, just a deep-water well and solar power.

From home, the couple has a sustainability e-store, Good Ideas for Life and their blog, Off Grid Works. “How any people can say they left a cushy city condominium for remote living off grid on a homestead?” Essex says. “We didn’t just change locations. We changed complete lifestyles.

Basically, we’ve learned how to survive on our own if we had to, and that’s a good feeling. We’ve learned more about keeping farm animals, operating new equipment, and plowing snow, taking care of our water system, well, septic system, and solar system. Most of all we appreciate the benefits of a healthier lifestyle: better food, cleaner air and water, and way more exercise.”

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