Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on an off-grid homestead?
You know, just to see what it’s all about, and maybe learn some skills or just get some experience in living a different lifestyle. I know there are some people that would scoff at that idea, but there are some who would agree and say I was talking about them. Mainly, I expect the younger generation to be interested. Genuine curiosity is an open door for learning.
A homestead such as mine would be a great learning tool for homeschoolers, “boondockers,” pre-college kids, people studying the lives of our ancestors or those wanting to learn how to be more self sufficient. Many homesteads actually allow this. At Dogwood Hollow Homestead – my off-grid forest homestead here near Houston, Mo. – we have done this since our journey began just eight years ago. In a way, our homestead operates as an intentional community.
We have people who come and stay a spell, a season, a few months or longer for various reasons, all geared toward learning or healing. There is a place online – www.ic.org – where you can go and search a state to learn where all the intentional communities are. All communities I know of follow a natural-based homesteading life, and some are even off-grid communities, like my homestead. What you need to do is contact them, see what their steps are for visiting and always be prepared to camp out.
A lot of places will let you camp on the property for free if you volunteer your help for the length of time you will be there. What is there to learn at a place like that? A heck of a lot more than you will learn living in modern day society for a summer, I will tell you that. Where else will you learn to plant food according to ancient methods that yielded enough to feed a family of four for a year – with no grocery store?
How about learning to build a 5-gallon water filtration system that is so effective at removing bacteria you could filter your own urine through it and drink the water freely. A homestead is one of the last places where you can see canning, hand making of clothes, free range chickens raising their own chicks, the birth of puppies, kittens and goats. Kids can even witness a chicken actually laying an egg! Bet most of you have never seen that before!
My daughter had a chicken lay an egg in her hand. How’s that for experiencing life?
So maybe this is something you would want to experience, or maybe you have school-age kids who are homeschooled and you want to broaden their classroom. Maybe you are starting your own journey to the off-grid life and want to learn what you can before making the jump, this is a great way to learn is all I am saying.
Texas County resident Merlyn Seeley (a.k.a. Spirit Walker) is a natural living expert, herbalist, Cherokee medicine man and author of numerous books. His blog address is https://freelancermerlyn.wordpress.com/.