Welcome to our website!
Leaving big-city life in Texas behind, we recently moved to a small town in Missouri to start our off-the-grid homestead. It’s a new experience for us and we are dedicating this website to documenting the journey. You’ll find it steadily filling up with interesting projects, tutorials, and knowledge we acquire along the way. Thank you for joining in this adventure with us!
A permaculture homestead?
By employing self-sustainable methods we believe we can produce a surplus of energy and eliminate our overhead. This is all about providing food, water, heating, cooling, electricity, sewage, and shelter in a way that circumvents the rent trap. The goal is, well, to live for free!
A permaculture homestead is a practical approach to economic independence. The structure we are building utilizes inexpensive materials that can be designed to function without municipalities. Once complete, the structure will:
- Heat and cool itself passively using solar energy
- Harvest, store, filter, and distribute water on-site
- Treat and recycle sewage in a way that benefits the environment
- Utilize renewable energy sources.
The innovations of permaculture will enable us to create a sustainable food production landscape.
What started all this?
In 2010 we purchased our first traditional home, 30 year mortgage and all! It was huge, expensive, and did nothing to contribute to our livelihood. We had to find a better way to live.
Unfortunately, there was no one single solution. Progress was slow at first but we made headway throughout the years. Eventually, to our delight we learned that all these tiny innovations could be combined together – designed together – in thoughtful ways that could empower us to attain our goal.
Who are you?
Neal is a software engineer, economist, graphic designer, musician, film editor, researcher, a thinker and a do-er. Elisha is a digital marketer, writer, baker, scrapbooker, knitter, gamer, and avid dog lover. After 6 years of studying sustainable living we are finally ready to begin our homestead. May you learn from our mistakes and find inspiration from our triumphs!
“The greatest change we need to make is from consumption to production, even if on a small scale, in our own gardens. If only 10% of us do this, there is enough for everyone. Hence the futility of revolutionaries who have no gardens, who depend on the very system they attack, and who produce words and bullets, not food and shelter” – Bill Mollison