Nick Fouch and Esther Emery, the YouTube channel Fouch-o-matic Off Grid couple, have been living off the grid since 2013. In the video below they discuss–with solutions–10 things they wish they knew before beginning their homestead adventure.
Actually, they already sorta knew all this, but some of the details of the actual implementation took them by surprise … sometimes.
1) Solar power is easier than you think. It does work.
2) Plants can’t grow without soil; and if you don’t have good soil, you’ve got to make it. Think organic matter.
3) Water runs downhill, so a spring “up there” means water “down here”. A water system is easier than you think.
4) Carrying water is grueling and “demoralizing” work… figure out plumbing any way you can. Especially for winter months.
5) Batteries run out. LED lights only “sip” off a battery bank, and rechargeable items (like headlamps) are more efficient than packs of AA batteries.
Your survival skill set typically includes the “How-To’s”: how to do this or that. But you also need to know what not to do. Things and places to avoid. And on the top of the “avoid list” are toxic forest plants that look tempting to eat.
There are several basic rules for foraging wild edibles. The first?
Only forage for food that you know for certain is safe.
Here are five overlooked semi-automatic rifles that were both extremely popular and historically significant back in their heyday.
Priced as low as $500, they have been overlooked almost entirely by a generation of shooters.