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  1. Country Living / Off the Grid
    I’m the Researcher for a new U.S network TV Series, Homes Unplugged. In the show we help people who are looking to change their city lifestyles for a more wholesome off the grid existence. We’ve just been commissioned for an eight-part series after filming the pilot in 2014. The family who...
  2. Country Living / Off the Grid
    <p>I've been looking at alternative laundry washers and am stuck! I would like to find something that will be easy to use and allow us to wash more of our clothes without electricity use. I have a wonder washer and am not a fan. It works great if needed but can be a hassle to use and isn't that...
  3. Country Living / Off the Grid
    <p>Strange things are happening with one of my girls.  Here's the back story:</p> <p> </p> <ul><li>We began keeping a backyard flock of 3 chickens in 2009.</li> <li>As of March of this year, we were down to 1.  The other two died (a year apart) of some kind of respiratory disease.</li> <li>We...
  4. Country Living / Off the Grid
    <p>Any tips on getting stains off of eggs? The chicken eggs are not bad but the ducks tend to lay kind of wherever they are, which frequently involves mud. I currently scrub all of the eggs with plain running water and a scrubby sponge. How do you clean yours?</p>
  5. Country Living / Off the Grid
    <p>Does anyone here sell at a farmers' market? How did you get set up? What do you sell? How do you do transactions? Do you just do cash? How to do credit cards? Any experience trying to take food stamps?</p> <p> </p> <p>How about insurance? Would a homeowner's policy cover it? Do you need to...
  6. Country Living / Off the Grid
    <p>Has anyone taken their hobby/family farm into a business? I'm thinking of doing that so that I can deduct the cost of feed and housing/fencing expenses, but I'm a little leery of the gov't knowing even more about what I'm doing. We have not sold anything yet but are thinking about doing the...
  7. Country Living / Off the Grid
    <p>Hi all! Does anyone have any great book or other resource recommendations about getting started living off the grid?  I'm curious particularly about things like obtaining electricity and internet  (I work from home and would need both on a daily basis) if you are off the grid. </p> <p> </p>...
  8. Country Living / Off the Grid
    <p>I ordered 25 red broiler meat chicks and I chose not to vax them. 2 of them died when they were a week or so old, but things have been going fine since then. Now another chicken is ill and I think it is Marek's. It doesn't seem like there is any cure for it and it says it's highly...
  9. Country Living / Off the Grid
    <p>One thing lead to another, and a little while ago my husband and I "snapped" and are now hoping / planning to find a spot to homestead and go as off-the-grid and self-sufficient as possible.</p> <p> </p> <p>Here's our current situation -</p> <p>twin 6 year old girls</p> <p>lots of debt</p>...
  10. Country Living / Off the Grid
    <p>I stumbled across this site and found a lovely, free, full color, well written homesteading/country living type magazine I had never heard of before:</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="http://www.fromscratchmag.com/category/previous-issues/"...
  11. Country Living / Off the Grid
    Any experiences with this? I'm just curious to hear how it worked for you!
  12. Country Living / Off the Grid
    <p>The title stays it all.</p> <p> </p> <p>We have one vehicle - an SUV that only fits two car seats in the back. We want to have a 3rd child and need a vehicle that can hold 3 carseats - infant carseat, Britax, and booster (or another Britax).</p> <p> </p> <p>The pick-up truck will be our work...
  13. Country Living / Off the Grid
    <p>Hello - I'm new here, but my husband and I have always had self-sustaining goals/dreams. Well, a piece of property has come up for sale and we've decided it's time to raise funds for a non-profit self-sustaining ranch for families who are homeless or nearly homeless (unemployed...
  14. Country Living / Off the Grid
    Being the kind of people who want a few acres and are interested in homesteading, but dependent on the income of a professional career is presenting some unique challenges. In order for DH to work we need to be in reasonable commuting distances of (at least) mid-sized cities (probably 200-500k...
  15. Country Living / Off the Grid
    <p>As I wait for the time I can get on a big piece of land and grow our own food and fully realize my dreams, meanwhile living halfway there in the country with chickens and a garden and maple trees, I find my goals changing. I no longer want to go agricultural really. Now I want to get to our...
  16. Country Living / Off the Grid
    <p>We are moving from a relatively arctic area to a much more moderate climate in about 2 months.  Ohh... just in time for planting season!<br><br> Mind you we are not moving to a very large piece of land- only about 2 acres, and a good deal of it is currently wooded.  With that in mind, I am...
  17. Country Living / Off the Grid
    <p>Has anyone here had any experience salting their own pork? My mother is trying to make salt pork with some of the fat from the pigs we raised and went to a farm and garden store and asked for salt to make salt pork, they gave her a bag of ice melt but then she noticed the bag says not for...
  18. Country Living / Off the Grid
    <p>I've been a long time member to the mothering forums, but use this "alias" because there are people who know me on this blog. hubby and I don't want people in real life to know some of our thoughts about this newly purchased property. We are still trying to figure out lots of things right...
  19. Country Living / Off the Grid
    <p>DH and I finally agreed after we finish fixing up our current house and sell it, that we'll buy some land and start building our dream house and we want to live as self reliant as possible. I'm so excited and already started planning out details! I definitely would love to grow a large...
  20. Country Living / Off the Grid
    So the original plan kept this from being a problem but I'm about two months along and was planning on getting two Dairy Cows over the spring and summer so I could have & sell raw milk all year. My so isn't really on board, more of a do whatever you want but don't expect any help sorta thing...
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