Ellen Morrow wrote:I usually say little in forums, preferring instead to lurk and learn. But...a chance to win a book about dealing with an off-grid kitchen? Who could resist? Let's see...normal sounding name? Check. Subscribed to dailyish? Check. Start a topic that will stand the test of time? Uhhh...
How about off-grid kitchens? 'Permaculture' seems to be an umbrella term for all things organic, homesteading, back to the land and all the things that come with them. Eventually the self-reliant soul turns to going off the grid, to cut that final cord that ties us to the hysteria of the high-tech world.
The first time that off-grid crossed my radar was when we moved from the big city to the woods of western Virginia. The power went off, my mother-in-law calmly brought out an oil lamp, and life went on. Apparently the lights go off a lot around here. Usually you just wait for them to come back on again. But...what if they stayed off? What about when the days become weeks or years?
Ellen Morrow wrote:How did the old-timers do it?
What do we miss when the lights go out? Heat, light, flush toilets? We never planned to go off-grid, but bit by bit it is creeping up on us. I just don't like that "What do we do?" feeling when the power fails. Sooo...
Ellen Morrow wrote:We heat with wood. When the power goes off, we have oil lamps for light, and a bucket or the bushes can serve for bathroom needs. We've learned to filter water and keep extra on hand for these emergencies. We aren't there yet, just working on it.
I am interested to hear from those that have gone fully off the grid. How long did it take to accomplish that? Is it like camping all the time? How do you keep things cool, or do you?
Modern life can be pleasant and convenient, I just don't want to have to depend upon it.