The Solar Homesteader’s Resource!
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!
If you live off the grid, you will need to produce every watt-hour you consume.
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.
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 will 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.
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.
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 us 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!