Simple steps anyone can take to repair a generator at home.
Expense checklist for anyone wanting to plan a new homestead.
Two homesteaders discuss their experience with the weather applicable to their mountain homesteads in Washington and Colorado.
Ed Essex and Bruce McElmurray compare their weather experiences living at 4,200 feet and 9750 feet elevation respectively.
Two homesteaders from Washington and Colorado comment on their greatest weather fear in the mountains.
Ed and Bruce compare the weather and its impact on their mountain homesteads at different elevations and mountain ranges.
Bruce McElmurray and Ed Essex collaborate on how the weather dictates to their mountain homesteading.
Tips to help you get started planning your very own homestead. With proper planning you don't have to be experienced to do it right.
Providing your own sewer, water and power can be more expensive and is certainly less convenient but that's not all there is to consider. This article takes a look at some of the other differences between public and private services.
Learning to appreciate seasonal differences.
Looking back the past three years and identifying what we have learned from our experiences.
Real life experiences with chickens spanning a 50 year period.
Each year we learn more and more about living off grid and homesteading. These are just a few of the third-year experiences we wanted to share.
There are a lot of things you can do right now to experience the homestead lifestyle right in your backyard.
Instead of throwing out that empty feedbag, get creative and turn it into something new! Homesteader Ed Essex shares ideas for finding new uses for old objects.
Learn about our experience attending a Mother Earth News Fair as an exhibitor.
A few thoughts on why so many people are hesitant to make the transition to produce their own power.
An article about when the best time is to start a new homestead.
Our experiences in learning to pressure can and use reusable canning lids.
A short a story about our very first ice fishing and snowmobile ride.
How both we and the chickens have gotten better at surviving the cold winters where we live.
Sharing our first experience with an indoor/outdoor vertical hydroponic garden.
How we stay busy in the winter even though we live at 4200', three miles off the road, and somewhat isolated.
How we avoid most clutter but manage to keep good leftover products for future use.
A description about something unique - a wood burning masonry kitchen stove.
In this blog we share someone else's story about old fashioned home made ingenuity concerning deep well pumps that operate without electricity.
A brief description of our experiences with solar tubes in our off grid home.
Fun facts about our first year of blogging for Mother Earth News.
A snapshot of winter life living remote and off grid.
The cost to install and operate our solar electrical system.
Things we have done to earn an income from home in a down economy.
Costs associated with providing your own water.
Things we did to make our new home more sustainable.
Design features we incorporated into our new off grid home.
Ed and Laurie struggle with making time for visitors while dealing with all of the daily business and homesteading tasks.
Things that occur when switching from summer to winter mode. Fall is almost non existent.
Some of the downside of free ranging your chickens.
How we have adapted from salt water fishing to freshwater and what we do with our catch.
When we moved into the country, we had no idea that small critters would be such a nuisance.
Success at growing food at the 4200' elevation and some of the challenges.
A comparison of costs between on grid and off grid utilities for our circumstances.
A typical day of activity on a modern homestead and off grid.
A description and pictures of a tornado force winds in Washington State in 2012.
This is the hands on portion of how a solar power system operates.
Short description of our solar system and the everyday things we do to operate them.
How and why we chose to have a livestock guardian dog and what they are like.
What it is like to live higher up.
Things to look for in your soil before you break ground on your new home or cabin.
How to make your OWN insulated window coverings.
How to make insulated shades at home.
Our first experience as a vendor or spectator at the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, WA
A short history of my own horse riding adventures.
After the snow leaves to do list for us.
Short stories about our chicken experiences
Tips on how to keep water away from your home and water damage prevention.
The generators we use for living off the grid and a multitude of other tasks.
Tips for snow removal around your house and down the road.
An article about how we learned to double our growing season and have home grown fresh veggies almost all year long.
Where we have chosen to draw the line between convenience and sustainability - for now.
If you want to live independently, it's always good to have backup because no one else is coming to the rescue. This is how we did it.
Our take on the positive and negative points of insulated concrete forms.
Options for phone service if you live in a remote location that doesn't have cell service or landlines available to you.
A simple explanation of our solar power generating system and cost.
A short simple explanation of how to project your electrical needs in order to size your electrical off grid system.
Two easy steps to reduce your electrical use whether you live off grid or not.
A quick look at different ways to be sustainable whether you are off grid or not.
A brief description of our experience with a masonry heater.
This post is about our water cisterns and what we use them for. It also contains a caution that many local governments would like to tell you what you can and can't do with rainwater.
Things you can do to prevent fire damage to your home from an external source.
This is the last of a series in home and energy options available to us. It is a short summary of all of the choices we have when designing a new home on or off grid that will benefit your energy use.
This part of the series deals with window size and location, ceiling heights, eave length, and other design and passive design choices you can make for your new home. These choices apply whether you are on or off the grid.
This blog is about all of the choices we have for the type of home we want for off grid living and some of the construction materials involved. It turns out there are a multitude of options we have to choose from.
These are the first steps we took to make the change from city living to off grid living. It describes the questions you should ask before you buy property and the research required to make sure you can do want you want with your property.
This blog is an introduction to how we went from a condominium lifestyle to off grid modern homesteading in the mountains. It also includes an explanation of the meaning of "off grid".