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Solar Homestead Welcome So you think you want the leave the comforts of city life and get back to the land do ya?

Maybe you found us by looking for solar homestead in a search engine. Maybe we were recommended by a friend or another homesteading website.

Regardless of what brought you, we are glad you are here!

Together we will explore the good, bad and the ugly of living off the power grid, growing your food and raising your own animals.

I believe we can all help each other in our quests to leave the rat race behind, and live the simple life.

It’s not easy. No one said it would be.

But it is worth it.

Breathing clean air, eating quality produce and the opportunity to give a safe haven for your children is far more important than the odd inconvenience like:

  • Lightning striking your solar system or
  • Needing to get up at 3AM to start the generator on a -30oC night.

Yes, you have a real chance of both these things happening. They did for us!

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND WHILE VISITING OUR WEBSITE, THIS IS A WORK IN PROGRESS. NOT EVERYTHING IS DONE YET AND MANY SECTIONS HAVE JUST BEGUN…

If you live off the grid, you will need to produce every watt-hour you consume.

Solar ElectricityThis must be considered when designing a home heating system, air conditioning system, water heating system or purchasing a new toaster.

So many off grid homesteaders have followed the advice of their local heating installer only to find out they could never produce the electricity required.

Something as insignificant as a circulating pump might use more power than your refrigerator and freezer. Learn how to achieve energy independence by visiting often.

Stop listening to your electrician who says “that air exchanger will only cost a few dollars per month”. Sure if you are on the grid, it might only cost $20-$30 per month.

However, if you produce your power with solar modules, it might cost another $10,000 to $30,000 for extra solar modules and batteries.

Growing your own veggies and fruit can be difficult.
Growing your own vegetables.It is not often discussed how hard it is to consistently produce good produce from your home garden or orchard.

The internet is loaded with pictures of beautiful lush vegetables and fruit just hanging there as if it took no effort to produce it.

Almost every gardener has struggled with fungus, molds, bugs and poor yield before getting it right. In most areas of North America we cannot just plant an apple tree and collect huge delicious apples the next fall.

It is a lot of hard work if you go it on your own. At SolarHomestead.com we will share everything we have learned from others to make your orchard or garden a success.

Raising animals is not for the weak.
Raising your own animals.Many homesteaders think they can go out and buy a few chickens, a pig and cow and they will be successful farmers.

Nothing could be farther from the truth.

Keeping animals (and keeping them alive) isn’t something that could be taught in a university degree. There is simply too much to learn.

Farmers need to be accountants, veterinarians, dieticians, carpenters, electricians and the list goes on and on.

Although raising your own animals is not for everybody, it is an essential part of the homestead puzzle (unless you are a vegetarian of course)!

Learn, experiment and share your results with us!

In fact we would love it if you could share your successes (and your failures) with us through commenting, guest blogging or email.

We CAN change the world…one homestead at a time!

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Jude August 26, 2015 at 6:32 pm

I forgot to add in my previous post, I could not have done it without Carla Emery’s Old Fashioned Cookbook! It was my homesteading bible.

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Jude August 26, 2015 at 6:28 pm

My husband and I homesteaded for many years. While we were not off the grid we did produce much of what we needed to live. One month I saved all our receipts from the grocery store and we had spent only $100 for a family of 4. That was mostly things we could not produce, toilet paper etc. Having livestock is hard work. We cared for and milked 2 cows, (Daisy and Bingo) which produced enough milk for us to drink and cook with as well as making cheese, butter and yogurt with the surplus.
We kept chickens (for eggs and meat), pigs, geese, ducks and sheep. We prepared and ate some of our livestock through the years. We always made sure our children knew where their food came from and we thanked the animals for their sacrifice.
Besides gardening, we cut our own wood, made our own hay, gleaned the neighboring farmers fields after harvest for corn and bought day old baked goods to feed our menagerie. We even made our own maple syrup.
Eventually we came to the point were we needed an income. I returned to college and then began teaching. Coming home to the homestead after work was a peaceful place to be.
Our girls have grown and moved away.
We are older and no longer homestead. We have only the fondest memories of those happy, and hard times. Wouldn’t have changed it for the world.
What I miss most is wonderful fresh eggs, and knowing what is in our food.

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Eugene August 26, 2015 at 3:03 pm

My partner and I absolutely love your blog and find a lot of your post’s to be exactly what I’m looking for.

Do you ever allow guest writers to write contents on a particular homesteading topic?

I wouldn’t mind producing a post or elaborating on some of the of living off the land you write about here.

Again, awesome blog! Eugene

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Alvena August 17, 2015 at 8:53 am

Wow, incredible blog layout! How long have you been blogging for?
You made it look easy. The overall look of your web site is wonderful, as well as the content is unlike any I have seen anywhere else! Usually I just find the same old info on every site. I can tell you are an expert in your field of renewable energy.

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Jody Graham August 17, 2015 at 2:01 pm

Thank you for the kind words Alvena. I wouldn’t say I am an expert but am learning new things everyday thanks to folks like you. Good luck in your pursuits…Jody

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Daniel Klayton April 28, 2015 at 12:21 am

Hey Jody! Hope you’re feeling well these days :)

Wanted to drop a note, and a thank you! Remember when you had the little sidebar note about an off-grid reality TV show looking for applicants? Well after seeing it here, I applied for my girlfriend and I… and we finished filming a couple weeks ago! It was a ton of fun, and we learned some great tidbits :) hope you can get a chance to watch the episode!!

And today, we put a first offer down for an off-grid solar homestead. A lot already in place there, but a lot of work and play that we still get to put in :) couldn’t have gotten as far as we have without the resources and guidance you have here… and you can bet that we’ll be coming back here as we get ourselves set up heheh 😉

Much love and many thanks!! Your efforts here have made a big impact in our lives :)

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Jody Graham May 7, 2015 at 10:45 am

Daniel,
I am so excited for you!!! When I was approached by the television folks I really didn’t know if this was a real TV show or not but it just seemed like a great idea. Sometimes the TV shows actually make fun of off grid life and make it look bad (big oil being responsible for that).

I am so glad I put that little ad on our website now that I have heard from you. What was it like? What was the process for you? and where did you go to live off grid if you have done that already. I would love any details you can give me. Also what is the title of the show and do you know where I could find it to view it. Sorry for all the questions I am just really interested in what you did. I would also love it if you would email me at jody@solarhomestead.com so we can keep in touch. I know you are probably busy so I understand if you are unable. If you have any questions for me please do not hesitate or if you think there is an article we need on solarhomestead.com please let me know.

I am proud of you for having the guts to go out on this adventure. Where is your new potential property located?
KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!

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Loretta Quinn March 24, 2015 at 3:44 am

I’m wanting to build my own tiny house but cannot afford anything Over $4,000.00 Can you give me some advice on how to go about this. My sister and l will be building the tiny home. Any advice will be greatly aappreciated. Thank you, Loretta Quinn.

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John Johansen February 24, 2015 at 4:19 pm

Jody??,

We are getting into acquaponics. I was interested in a comment you made about UL rated DC thermostats for 120/240 volts? Do you provide them or can you refer me to a source that makes them? We are locating acquaponics units overseas in passive solar greenhouse off grid but still need some electricity for controls/pumps/fans and some dump load which we can use for heat.

John Johansen

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Jody Graham March 10, 2015 at 11:53 pm

I just answered this I guess. I didn’t notice until I had already approved it. Since you are an aquaponics expert could I ask you a few questions now and then. I live in New Brunswick Canada and am going to set an aquaponics system up here to get familiarized but my ultimate goal is to build them for orphanages in Haiti. I am thinking they could be the answer to crappy soil and very little water. If you interested in me picking your brain please let me know and either email me at jody@jodygraham.com or thru this website. I would really appreciate your input. I have two children from Haiti and try to get down a couple of times a year to maintain several battey backup systems in the Jacmel area. I live in Canada but my heart is in Haiti. Thanks…Jody

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