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  • in reply to: off grid in australia #68537

    Hey, it’s never too soon to look into things like this, I myself started from the survival side of it. Camping for several weeks at a time in a remote area with only the gear and supplies I could carry in under my own power. Once I was able to do that relatively comfortably, I was even more open to the idea that self sufficient living and subsistence life style was feasible for me.

    At your age, you can do all manner of things that will help you later on if you decide to adopt an OtG life.

    • Plenty of workshops where you could perhaps get hands on experience while learning some basic skills.
    • If you’re into reading (I hope you are!) there are so many good books on various subjects that might be of interest both for building a reference library for the future and general learning.
    • Some OtGridders seek help for summer or seasonal jobs giving you the chance to be mentored while providing assistance, so be on the lookout for such opportunities. Building projects, from good old fashioned barn raising to cob house construction and so forth; helping hands, willing to learn are often sought.
    • Build your network and community of friends. You never know what the future may hold and making friends and acquaintances is very valuable especially in the off the grid communities.
    • Look into buying some land! I know, that seems radical at your age, but seriously consider purchasing a piece of rural property somewhere that appeals to you and your sensibilities. There’s still acreage available in many places, all that fly-over country that most people look down their noses at; I’ve found that the least desirable places to most people are often the most appealing to me:
      • Far from the city
      • Mostly or totally undeveloped
      • Low population
      • No building codes, HOA, etc.
    • Compare notes with family members and relatives, you find that you share some of the same ideals and dreams.

    That’s just my two cents on some things you may want to consider, assuming you haven’t already.





    in reply to: off grid in australia #68532



    Thank you for the information and I find the details of your own water setup fascinating and also reassuring.


    I have looked into the red tape associated with getting a water well on the property; and, fortunately, for my sanity, it’s fairly low key in Texas. The city of El Paso is about 100 miles away from the property and the city has been trying to secure water from the rural areas throughout the river basin. The property is in the plains/scrub-land area but is good for agriculture when you add irrigation:

    [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="899"]West Texas 10 acres of hope, dreams and helluva lotta work![/caption]

    We will be gradually building up hugelkulturs as we acquire suitable organic materials, perhaps bales of straw/hay initially and old logs and stumps as we can haul them in. The idea being that water can be conserved by relying on the hugelkultur characteristics. I envision a gentle terraforming of sorts. {with metal roofing/simple gutters over rammed earth structures, we plan to store up rain water to bolster our water supply)

    Again, thank you for your post. I am trying not to be overly giddy, but I feel like I am on the brink of a great adventure, for better or worse, it will be interesting, no doubt.


    Ray aka Kuldebar

    in reply to: off grid in australia #68529


    Great post, and your advice is appreciated!

    My sister and I have definitely strayed to the “<span style=”color: #000000; font-family: verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; background-color: #fbfbfb;”>dream of leaving the money-centered society behind” scenario, but are coming around to the realization that we will need to have some cash income when we get settled into the off-the-grid life in West Texas.</span>

    Currently, the property has been purchased and is completely undeveloped, so our short term goal is to get a well drilled on the property. We still reside in Washington State, so we have a decent “jumping off”  point but must ensure we have a good landing set up in Texas. Part of that will be a modest income stream, even $200-300 a month would be nice if we live frugally and smartly but all that is contingent on successful gardening and basic farming, of course.

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