Living Off the Grid and Thriving!

Although their adjustment to living off the grid wasn't always easy, this Ontario family is successfully generating its own power and growing its own food.



Living Off the Grid - Cam and Michelle Mather
Michelle and Cam are living off the grid entirely at Sunflower Farm, their homestead in Eastern Ontario.
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Living Off the Grid - Mather Homestead
The Mathers' garden grows most of their food.
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Ontario aerial 2
An aerial view of the author’s farm and the Ontario countryside. 
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Kitchen stove
The Mathers burn wood harvested sustainably from their property in an EPA-certified woodstove.
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Mather wind turbine
The Mathers get almost all of their electricity from their wind turbine and solar panels.
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Mather House
The farm’s 19th-century home.
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Drying garlic
The Mathers dry garlic from their garden.
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Horse and pony
The Mathers use manure from their rescued horse and pony to fertilize the garden. In the background are rainwater collection barrels and the solar panel for the solar hot water system.
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Wheelbarrow and veggies
Tomatoes, cabbage and more — a great harvest! 
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Veggie wagon
More goodies from the garden.
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