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Offline JMull

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Off the "Grid"
« on: April 18, 2010, 07:46:09 PM »
My seven kids have flown the coop, and my mother & father in-law have flown much higher.  I no longer need a 7 bedroom (4,200 square foot) house, with two stoves, two living rooms a large recreation room & a four car garage.  My wife of 37 years and I are moving to a 4 bedroom home (2,800 square foot) house on 2.4 acres of land and going "off the grid."  We plan on raising chickens for eggs and meat, have some goats and pigs.....which only we will feed.  We will have our own well, our own "Wind Turbine Generator," our own "Solar Collection Panels" and our own septic system.  We are installing "at source water heaters," extra insulation, foam insulation at all joints and a 3000 gallon water tank.  What more do we need.  Any suggestions & all suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated.

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Re: Off the "Grid"
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2010, 10:48:02 PM »
Veggie patch, and if you can afford it buy some fruit trees.

Chickens are the easiest things in the world to take care of, but if you plan on having quite a few you might need to supplement their diet with a bit of chicken feed. The other thing is that when they start to lay, put a few eggs (some people buy fake plastic ones) where you want them to lay, otherwise they'll find some quiet corner which you may never find. If there is no water on the property you might want to consider digging a pond to attract more insects for the chickens to eat.

Also get yourself a dog, I'd recommend a male Maremma. Lovely dogs and you'll never lose an animal to predators, as they just do not come near land that a Maremma is on.

The other important thing is the collection of rainwater. We have two tanks, one massive one which is filled by the roof of the shed, and a smaller one for the garden etc which is filled from the roof of the house. We don't have the option of piped in water, so are 100% on rain water.
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Offline ButtheadX

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Re: Off the "Grid"
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2010, 11:52:01 PM »
What you need is to take me :D

Do what you can to be self sustained. Vege and Fruit plantations. Even get into raising cattle etc

How far away is the township? possibly walking/riding distance ? sell your car/ or only have something small and not costly.

Good luck with it all.

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Re: Off the "Grid"
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2010, 03:23:00 PM »
Your well and septic system will last longer if you divert the greywater (From the sinks, shower, washing machine, dishwasher) into the landscaping. They say not to grow root crops in ground irrigated with this water.

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Re: Off the "Grid"
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2010, 04:15:49 PM »
Cave Dwellers:  Thanks for your input:
samjohn:   Rainwater is a definite! As for dogs...we already have three: A chololate lab...with the IQ of a rock, a Beagle with the howl of a Banshee, and a Bull Mastiff with a grawl that makes your chest vibrate.  To protect the chickens we're using a "Chicken Tractor"  there are foxes, hawks and owls in our area.  First plantings will be blueberries and strawberries - this is an ideal area for both.  Dwarf fruit trees are our second wave. 
Buttheadx: Sorry, only family are making the move...but it you're in the area in the future you can stop by for lunch.  We already have an economincal car a stick-shift Chevy HHR - 32mpg. 
Lone_woLf: the "Greywater" idea sounds good!!


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Re: Off the "Grid"
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2010, 06:16:31 PM »
Awesome for a Jersey Boy.  I though maybe you were in NZED or Aussie.  Sorry, nothing to add but my admiration!