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Houses Built for Off-Grid Living Include Earthships Built with Hemp, Hay, Rainwater Collection and Passive Solar Heating

Off-grid living can vary widely, but generally embraces a sustainable, autonomous lifestyle including generating your own solar power, rainwater collection, waste removal/sewage solutions (such as a worm farm waste system) and growing indoor aquaponic gardens

Living Off Grid - Houses Built for Off-Grid Living Include Earthships, Hemp and Hay

Living Off Grid – Houses Built for Off-Grid Living Include Earthships, Hemp and Hay

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Adelaide, Australia – Kathy Menzel says she used to be completely oblivious to power bills, “just running along in the hamster wheel like everybody else, you know, busy, busy, busy, spend, spend, spend”. She and her husband Bob, both IT professionals, did have an inkling they wanted something different though, yearning for a serene country lifestyle with no neighbors.

When they finally found their dream block in the Adelaide Hills, reality hit home. “We’d been looking for five years for this great piece of land in the middle of nowhere but still easy to commute to the city,” she says. “But it was going to cost $450,000 to get on to the grid.” The cost of connecting was far more than the $238,000 for the 10 acre block, which was only 1.5km from a main road.

Undeterred, Menzel researched sustainable housing and calculated their energy and water needs. The result was a self-sufficient home they’ve been enjoying for four years now – which cost $150,000 less than the price of connecting to the grid. “It’s completely changed my way of living and my whole understanding of everything to do with energy waste and carbon,” she says of her new minimalist, eco-friendly lifestyle.

These days Menzel is acutely aware of her energy and water consumption. “It’s not an endless resource; someone’s paying for it somewhere, and I mean look at the climate – the Earth is paying for it, isn’t it?”

What are the challenges and perks? “Oh, just perks,” she laughs.

For one reason or another, Australians are increasingly taking up the gauntlet while governments drag their feet on sustainable housing regulations. Even the six-star building standards, for instance, just don’t cut it, says Menzel. “You know, you can put windows wherever you like and you can just run a big great air-conditioning system and pay a fortune.”

They built their home guided by “passive house” principles, achieving a 7.9-star energy rating. With no air-conditioning and a combustion heater for cold winter evenings, she says it never goes below 16C or above 26C inside in a region that dips below zero in winter and can soar over 40C in summer. Two rainwater tanks provide plenty of water, with enough to spare for the South Australian Country Fire Service.

Off-grid living can vary widely, but generally embraces a sustainable, autonomous lifestyle. This includes generating your own power, water, waste removal and sewage solutions (such as a worm farm waste system) and can extend to growing your own food.

Possibly the ultimate answer to sustainable living is the earthship, a passive solar shelter made from recycled tires, plastic and glass bottles and aluminum cans. “You can use other stuff as well,” says expert Martin Freney. “Like you can salvage sheets of metal from car bodies and old fridges and washing machines and use them as roof shingles if you’re really creative.”

Read more at => https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/nov/29/earthships-hemp-and-hay-the-houses-built-for-off-grid-living

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How to Raise Your Own Food for Feeding Chickens, Ducks, Fish and Pigs

Off Grid Living – How to Raise Your Own
Food for Feeding Chickens, Ducks, Fish and Pigs

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Off Grid Living - How to Raise Your Own Feed Food for Feeding Chickens, Ducks, Fish and Pigs

Off Grid Living – How to Raise Your Own Feed Food for Feeding Chickens, Ducks, Fish and Pigs

Raising Your Own Food for Feeding Chickens, Ducks, Fish and Pigs

South Dakota – How to Raise Your Own Free Chicken Feed with MicroGreens, Black Soldier Flies, Crickets, Meal Worms, Red Wiggler Worms. For people who have 20 or more chickens or ducks you know they can eat a lot, especially in the winter when most grass, weeds and other summertime food sources are not in abundant supply.

Why not grow your own indoors?? Even in the wintertime with LED lights or fluorescent grow lights  you can grow your own micro greens on the inside of a greenhouse or the front room of any home that has south facing windows or any indoor room that is heated.

Micro Greens also known as Fodder will grow to a couple inches high in just 14 days.

Did you know that micro greens are 50x more nutritious than full grown vegetables, which means less will feed more. Not just for your farm animals, but also for you and your family. And you can start trimming the tops off most microgreens and they will keep growing.

And grow lights will keep a room pretty warm, warm enough to raise meal worms, red wiggler worms, crickets and black soldier flies. And when black soldier larvae feed, especially feeding on coffee grounds, they produce a LOT of heat, which can be used to heat greenhouses.

If you want to teach your chickens to roll over and do tricks, start raising these black soldier flies. Chickens, ducks and fish LOVE them.

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How to Build a Chicken, Duck and Rabbit Butchering Station

Off Grid Living – How to Build a
Chicken, Duck and Rabbit Butchering Station

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Off Grid Living – How to Build a Chicken and Rabbit Butchering Station

How to Build a Chicken, Duck and/or Rabbit Butchering Station

North Dakota – Here are some pictures that show how to build a Chicken, Duck and/or Rabbit Butchering Station for quick meat processing as well as easy clean and carcass disposal.

The good news is that if you have a bin of Black Soldier Flies (BSF), they will eat everything except bones and feathers and transform all of your carcasses and entrails into free chicken feed.

BSF will multiple your ability to increase waste by a factor of 40x what you started with and are one of the most efficient animals on the planet for turning any kind of feed into a useful source of protein.

BSF can be fed live to chickens, just like meal worms and crickets. Chickens love them. Or they can be frozen and used for wintertime feed when nothing else is growing.

A butchering state right in front of the chicken coop is a  great way to let the flock know that anyone who makes trouble or quits laying eggs will be sacrificed for the dinner table due to lack of egg production. hehehe. I have a cruel sense of humor.

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How to Build a Wood Chip Composting Toilet for an Off Grid Cabin, Shed or Home

 

Off Grid Living – How to Build a Wood Chip
Composting Toilet for an Off Grid Cabin, Shed or Home

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How to Build a Wood Chip Composting Toilet for an Off Grid Cabin, Shed or Home

Off Grid Wood Chip Composting Toilets

A composting toilet is not an outhouse with a hole in thing in the ground!  It does not smell.  It does not create pollution and building a compost toilet is a good way to take refuse and turn it into a important resource for gardening. It combines human waste and dry materials such as sawdust, wood chips, pine needles, crushed leaves, or wood ash and composts it with straw at a high heat to kill potential pathogens.

At the end of the process you are left with sweet smelling, clean, and hygienic compost that can be used to feed black soldier fly bins, which produce larvae for chicken feed and compost that can be used to fertilize gardens.

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How to Raise Black Soldier Flies for Off-Grid Chicken and Fish Feed

How to Raise Black Soldier Flies for Chicken and Fish Feed

Intensive Black Soldier Fly Farming to Grow Free Food for Chicken, Fish and Pigs

Black soldier fly is native to the most area in the United States, but the density of the population might vary across states.

If you don’t see them frequently in your area, it means you don’t have millions of them around, and you will find it hard to attract fertilized females to lay eggs in your nursery.
In this situation, a fly cage is highly recommended. In the picture below, there are two types of cages. One is made from PVC pipes (48*25*20 inch) and covered with baby insect proof net.

The size of this type is limited by the size of available netting. In the middle is a wood framed cage (48*48*48 inch), and it’s covered by common screen mesh. Either one works pretty well.

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