October 18th, 2010
My husband and I are slowly getting off the grid and our end goal is to completely live off the land. We are on 60 acres that our family owns together and we just finished building a 16×16 cabin with a 16×8 screened in porch. Now we are looking into going solar and digging a well. Would you have any books or web links that you can refer to us that has step-by-step information in helping us achieve this? I also want to start my own garden and a green house for the winter. I would like to find some information on saving seed so I wouldn’t have to purchase any in the future. I have been doing a lot of research on the net and came across your newsletter. It is very informative and we share a lot of the same views of the stark future that is ahead for mankind. If only people would listen, think and truly understand the seriousness of this! I hope that we can be living off the land in time! Thank you for your help.
John and Kaleena
Sometimes it’s hard to realize that getting off the grid is exactly like you mentioned—it’s a slo-o-oww process. We realize that most of you can’t afford to jump out and buy a deserted island, a cave, or an underground shelter to hole up in. We also know the sense of urgency and need in our readers is important, that they want to do something NOW to insure their future. We understand that, like most people, many of our readers are struggling just to make ends meet in this terrible economy. First, I encourage you to visit our archives for any articles you might have missed that address your concerns. There are many sources of information (so many we couldn’t even start to mention them here). However, we will be bringing you that information and those sources through the newsletter and website in the weeks to come.
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I am living on $750/month in Wisconsin, renting a room in a boarding house. And yet, I have managed to stockpile a variety of food. I have canned food, rice, and a variety of beans. Over the last couple of years, I have had gardens, so I have canned some veggies as well. When I did have money, I added food to the stockpile from a variety of companies. I have also added things like blankets, and extra warm clothing. It’s also a good idea to learn first aid, CPR, and alternate medicine. The thing is to be persistent in stockpiling. If all you can afford one month is a one pound bag of beans/rice, then get it and put it back. The thing is—if you’re going to buy junk food, then you can at least set back $5 a month to stockpile. It doesn’t take a lot to stock up on things but it does take somewhat of a creative imagination to think about what you are doing. I often remind people that, during the Great Depression, there was no Social Security, Food Stamps, rental assistance, or energy assistance. With the current economy you really have to think about what you are doing.
When I read your letter I was so impressed with what you have managed to do, and on so little! All of us want to be prepared for anything and everything, but reality usually stops us short, letting us know we can’t afford the underground bunker, or we can’t sell our house in the city and move to the country because that kind of lifestyle change just isn’t feasible. When TEOTWAWKI happens, we’re going to be dependent upon each other for survival. None of us can do this alone. We need to think about what particular skills and innovative ideas we can bring to the table to ensure we all make it through the tough times ahead. Your letter was an inspiration to me.
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