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TAG : Ron Melchiore

Some of the Produce Stored

Our Root Cellar Experiences

As long time homesteaders, we have used various versions of a root cellar to store our fruits and vegetables. Root cellars are an essential way to properly store those precious commodities to retain freshness and nutrients for the longer term. And therein lies the challenge. The words “longer ...

Potato-Hilling Method for Northern Gardeners

 We get lots of these Photo by Ron MelchoireIn conjunction with our recently published book, The Self-Sufficient Backyard (in Mother Earth News Store), we’ve been making short videos of how we do things around the homestead. One of the things generating interest is how we grow potatoes. Our ...

Home, Garden and Orchard Layout

Cleared and staked out area. Photo by Ron MelchioreThe Off-Grid and Free series recounts one homesteading couple's journey to build a new homestead in Nova Scotia.The last time we corresponded, we had cleared out a section of property, flagged out the location of house, garden, orchard, well, ...

Beginner’s Mistakes Establishing Orchards

 First orchard in Maine, flooded.Establishing our orchard has been trial and tribulation. We've certainly had our problems with orchards and fruiting trees. But in our defense, it hasn't all been our fault. We have gardening down to a science, but the orchard... well, let me lay out my case. ...

Why We Chose to Dig a Well and Use ICF Construction

 In this installment, I wanted to share with you why we chose to have a dug well versus drilled and why we chose an ICF constructed house on our final homestead. Let’s talk about our choice of water well and home construction.Dug Well Versus DrilledBack over 40 years ago when I first ...

Off-Grid and Free: Siting a House and Elements of Our New Homestead

 The Off-Grid and Free series recounts one homesteading couple's journey to build a new homestead in Nova Scotia.Read the full series here. Find the author's book, Off-Grid and Free: My Path to the Wilderness, at Moon Willow Press.In our last installment, we built the road in to the new ...

Book Review: Off-Grid & Free: My Path to the Wilderness

 When Ron Melchiore decided he wanted to live a life different from the day-to-day routine he was beginning to fall into, he kicked off what he describes as a "fortuitous series of events" which eventually led him (and later his wife) to an off-grid homestead.  Off Grid and Free: My Path to ...

Off-Grid and Free: Homestead Road-Building and Site-Clearing

 The Off-Grid and Free series recounts one homesteading couple's journey to build a new homestead in Nova Scotia.Read the full series here. Find the author's book, Off-Grid and Free: My Path to the Wilderness, at Moon Willow Press.Road-ClearingOnce we chose our property, one of the first ...

What Does it Take to Live Off-Grid? Join Us to Find out!

If you are a homesteader or someone who is curious about self-sufficient living, you have probably wondered what it is like to live completely "off-grid."  Maybe you've wondered if there are small or big changes you could make to head toward that lifestyle, and maybe you're not sure how to get ...

Off-Grid and Free: Considerations When Selecting Your Homestead Site

 The Off-Grid and Free series recounts one homesteading couple's journey to build a new homestead in Nova Scotia.Read the full series here. Find the author's book, Off-Grid and Free: My Path to the Wilderness, at Moon Willow Press.Years before our move from the bush, we contemplated exactly ...