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!

Shaggy Highland Cattle
The Trumpeys raise shaggy Highland cattle for meat. The bull and three cows are raised on pasture. While the family’s solar tracker follow the sun (background), the cattle (Layla in front, Cocoa Puff behind) go for the hay.
Photo by Oliver Uberti