Homesteading: it's the epitome of self-reliance. Ditch the modern luxuries we've all become dependent on and get back to basics.
Just about every generation has had movements of people desiring a simpler life.
And for many preppers, it's their greatest ambition. But cutting the chord and moving completely off-grid can be a tall order.
So whether you merely like the idea of it or are seriously considering making the shift permanently, you might be interested in the perspective of a man who's been off the grid for more than 35 years.
Thanks to Backdoor Survival for originally posting this.
Getting Back to the Land
by Ron Melchiore
Hello from the wilderness of Canada!
Back in the late 1970’s (seems just like yesterday) I became part of the back to the land movement. I purchased a wood lot in northern Maine in 1979 and started on the path to a more self-reliant lifestyle. I’ve lived off-grid ever since.
Thirty-seven years later, my wife and I live so remote, it requires a flight on a float plane to reach us. Talk about peace and solitude! There are no roads or trails to get to us. We are truly reliant on ourselves when it comes to our survival and well being.
We shop twice a year and it is only at those times that we buy supplies, take care of any appointments, pick up mail and interact with other humans. We just had our resupply run in early October.
Once the float plane dropped us off, lifted off the lake surface and became a small speck in the distance, we became acutely aware our last direct contact with mankind just flew away. Exciting! We won’t see another soul until April. This computer/satellite is our only connection to the outside world now.
I’ve never considered ourselves preppers. As back to the landers, homesteading was the name given to those of us who wanted to get back to our roots, live a more sustainable lifestyle and by its very nature, be more prepared for that food shortage, power outage or event that would tax society.
I have always believed we are responsible for ourselves. It’s nice to have friends, neighbors and ultimately a government entity as the last backstop, but I’m not willing to count on any of that. Being armed with knowledge, experience and proper gear and supplies gives us a shot at survival in any situation.
How we survive
To that end, we provide all our power with a hybrid solar/wind system. We’ve mastered gardening and grow the vast majority of our vegetables and fruit. My wife Johanna cans hundreds of jars of yummy goodness every year so that our pantry is always fully stocked. We still cut and wrap meat, make sausages, cure and smoke our hams and bacon and as a last step, render fat to make the majority of our own soap.
I’ve winter thru hiked all 2100+ miles of the Appalachian Trail and bicycled across the United States from the Pacific to Atlantic oceans. I’ve been touched by a bear, survived forest fires and more.
Part of being prepared is not only having book smarts, knowledge, and supplies, it’s also having the confidence to act when the need arises. All of these cumulative experiences form a foundation that gives me/us a measure of confidence we’ll be able to cope with whatever life throws our way.
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