The Many Paths to Self-Reliant Living: 2015 Homesteaders of the Year

Living off the grid, raising animals and growing their own food are some of the many ways our 2015 Homesteaders of the Year have achieved more self-reliant living. These standout modern homesteaders have found ways to save money — and have fun doing it!

Trumpey Homestead
The Trumpey family hand-built their off-grid, 2,200-square-foot straw bale home near Grass Lake, Mich. Here, they strike a pose with their heritage-breed Standard Bronze turkeys.
Photo by Oliver Uberti