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.
Dave, the SouthernPrepper1, gives a walkabout tour of his property in South Carolina.
Topic-wise, he covers a lot of ground, including
Like I said, all over the place. It’s a great insight into the lifestyle of dedicated prepper family.
[Update] Dave has made significant improvements since this video. It’s well worth subscribing to his channel.
Enjoy and Share.
Pear Image: Francien Post
When we first began prepping, collecting gear seemed the obvious way to start. Spent more money than I probably should have. I wanted all the newest, the latest cutting-edge “shiny things”. It was a newbie error.
Make no mistake: you need survival gear. But owning it and knowing how to use it are very different things.
And, you also need the info on what is a must-have item today … and a good add-on item to be purchased later.
… is how Southern Prepper1’s wife woke him before dawn one morning. Grabbing a flashlight and his .22, he went outside and then into the chicken coop.
Confronted with a snarling, sharp-clawed opossum, and with panicked chickens wildly flapping about the small enclosure, he decided not to shoot … probably also saving his eardrums.
Instead, he went to workshop and grabbed his spear.