Homesteading is becoming more and more popular, but few off-gridders choose a location deep into the wilderness, far removed from roads and accessible only by seaplane.
But that is what Ron and Johanna Melchiore did 16 years ago when they built a home in northern Saskatchewan, 60 miles from the nearest road and 100 miles from the closest town. Twice each year they get supplies from a seaplane — and they rarely see another person.
Their style of life is not for everyone, but Ron – this week’s guest on Off The Grid Radio – says he can’t imagine living any other way. In fact, he’s been living off the grid for 36 years.
Ron tells us:
- How they communicate with the outside world, and what they do if their primary form of communication fails.
- What they did when a black bear tried breaking into their home.
- Why they chose to live in such a remote location – and the many benefits it provides.
- How they built the home, despite not having a construction background.
- What it’s like to live in a location that often reaches -40 degrees Fahrenheit — and that gets few hours of sunshine during the winter.
- How they survived several scares with wildfires, including one that got within 50 yards of their house.
- What they grow and eat – an answer that surprised even us.
Finally, Ron – the author of the new book Off Grid And Free – tells us about the majestic beauty he witnesses each day, including wildlife that most Americans see only at zoos. (He witnesses the Northern Lights regularly.)
Don’t miss this interview with one of the most fascinating off-gridders we’ve ever met!