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  • Share Your Black-Market Antibiotics: Goodbye World and the Myth of Community

    Are you seriously supposed to share those black-market antibiotics that you worked REALLY hard to acquire with whatever random person happens to get strep throat after SHTF? In the 2013 post-Apocalyptic film Goodbye World, the answer is yes. In Goodbye World, we’ll ignore the suspiciously gaudy affluence of a multi-storied off-the-grid home run by two […] More

  • Brew Your Own: Clear Kentucky Moonshine

    The southern moonshiners were the original off-grid entrepreneurs, and you can relive that awesomeness with this brew your own DIT moonshine still! Which – hmm. Maybe that should say “distill your own”, rather than “brew your own”, but you get the idea: this is about self-reliance, and there’s plenty of places in the world where […] More

  • Better Uses for Food Waste: DIY Worm Composting

    Getting the most out of food is always a worthwhile goal, whether you’re buying it in bulk at a big warehouse or growing your own in a backyard microfarm. One way to get more use out of inedible food waste is to use it for composting- and the article below, reprinted from EDB’s sister site, […] More

  • DIY Worm Composting Solution for Under $20

    Living off the grid – whether by choice or by chance – is all about efficiency. You need to learn to make the most of your land, your water, and even your food waste. That’s where worm composting comes in. Worm composting makes use of mealworms and earthworms to create a valuable soil additive called […] More

  • Genius: A First Aid Kit You Can Use With Only One Hand

    Living, surviving, and thriving off the grid presupposes that you are, indeed, living, surviving, and thriving. It’s tough to do those things when you’re dying from an infection you got from a simple cut. It’s easy to understand, then, that the people who will do the most surviving will be the ones with the best […] More

  • Cogburn CB4 Realtree Hunting Bike is a Silent but Deadly Survival Ride

    Whenever I watch post-apocalyptic sci-fi or zombie outbreak movies, I’m always shocked at how much noise everyone makes – especially when the characters are shown “hunting” for food. Here’s a bit of a newsflash for you: animals can hear your pickup/ATV/dirtbike coming, almost literally a mile away. What you need is something small, light, and […] More

  • 13 George Orwell Quotes Make 2013 Seem Like 1984

    There’s no doubt about it, we live in a weird time in American history. Consider that our phones are tapped, our conversations are recorded, our purchases are monitored. Heck, even curiosity is becoming a crime! Some people are coping with these realizations by laughing about them, while others are fighting back, getting arrested, and getting […] More

  • Freebie Time: the Cottage Economy, a Post-collapse Survival Guide from 1864

    Whether you want to do right by the planet by living sustainably off-the-grid or you’re prepping for the apocalypse, you’ll probably agree that if you knew all there was to know about running a cottage and getting by in 1864 then you’d be in a pretty good place when the lights went out and your […] More

  • Charge Your Cell Phone with Fire! (w/ video)

    Introducing the FlameStower, a portable charger for small electronics that converts heat energy to electrical energy to keep your high-tech gadgets alive off the grid. Way off, if it comes to that. Why would you ever need to charge up your cell phone or iPad that far off the grid? I’m glad you asked! Consider […] More

  • Renzo Piano Builds a Haute Shiver Shack For Off-the-Grid Singles

    Italian architect Renzo Piano has come up with a small, simple-living home design that could is less of a shiver shack and more of a one-person, off the grid castle – and, if you’re in the market for a “tiny house” and you have an eye for going off grid, you’ll want to pay attention, because it doesn’t get much better than this … More

  • Tour a Sustainable Community: Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage Open House, Sept. 24

    Ever wonder what it’s like to live in a sustainable community? Or what life is like off-the-grid, using renewable energy? On September 24, Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage will be hosting its annual Open House. The community will be open to the public for an afternoon of tours and behind the scenes information of living in a […] More

  • Romancing the Goat & Urban Homesteading

    Laugh, learn and listen to the Green Divas Radio Show & Podcast!

    There was lots of talk about sustainable communities, food coops, backyard chicken envy, edible lawns and if you want to LOL, don’t miss the bit where Rodman talks about having to sing to a goat to get her to let him milk her on his pilot episode. More

  • Organic Gardening and Natural Building Internships at Dancing Rabbit

    Do you want to learn how to live more sustainably? Interested in getting some hands-on experience with organic gardening, building with natural materials, and living in an off-the-grid community? Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage of northeastern Missouri has several work exchange (or internship) opportunities for folks looking to learn some valuable skills growing food and building homes! […] More

  • Living Off the Grid: the New American Rebellion?

    You may have noticed that we’ve published more content in recent months on off-grid living: my connection to the Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, and introduction to a number of writers living this way, has provided great insight into the day-to-day practices of those who rely on solar panels or wind turbines for energy, rain collection and wells for […] More

  • Living Off-Grid: Our Micro Hydro Alternative Energy System

    As a follow up to Sean’s post on Micro Hydro Essentials, I thought I would share an overview of my system, which has powered my home for over 13 years. We are fortunate to live on rural mountain property in Northern California with a creek that is not seasonal, although the volume of water does […] More