Welcome to the off-grid capable life, your source for sound advice on making your home and life off-grid-capable.
Here you will find articles, blog posts, videos, and more on every facet of living a life that is ‘off-grid-capable’ (OGC). We aim to cover every aspect of your home and life, helping you find a way to make all areas of life less grid-dependent. Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned veteran to living this lifestyle, this site has something for you.
We are “Sven” and “Zelda” (well, those are our Starbucks names anyway), and we live a (mostly) off-grid-capable life in north-central Pennsylvania with our family of seven.
We’re normal people – at least we like to think so. We do a lot of common things, but some uncommon things too. We go the movies, out to eat, to friends’ houses, to the park, and into town. But we can also be found slaughtering animals we raised, or milking a goat, or making jam from fruit we grew ourselves.
We live on a farmstead/homestead where we seek to live a quiet and peaceful life, raise some fruits, veggies, and meat, enjoy the outdoors, and family and recreation. We school our own children and work from home.
We wouldn’t describe ourselves as survivalists, or preppers, or many other labels actually. We do however see some wisdom in breaking from of the dependence on some aspects of modern life that are relatively new in our history as a culture.
Like many Americans, we enjoy the freedom, convenience, and comfort of modern conveniences and technology, but we don’t want to depend on them and see the wisdom of being able to get along without them. Going off-grid seems mostly irrational to us at this juncture in life, but so does being entirely dependent on ‘the grid’ for our basic necessities. Isn’t there a middle-ground?
We long to go back in time (philosophically at least) to a time where the average family had more ‘skin in the game’, more knowledge about life, and how to live it in cooperation with their neighbors, the natural order of things, and without delegating so many responsibilities to someone else or another system. When people heard about coming snow, they didn’t have to rush off for milk, toilet paper, and bread. Btw, why is always those things that people immediately think they need when faced with storms?! Toilet paper I can understand – but I’m pretty sure that we can go a few days without milk and bread… and do most people keep less than a three days supply of TP around?
We don’t do these less-than-common things out of fear of sudden and unexpected calamity descending upon us (as many do these days), but because there was a time when knowing how to stay secure, produce food, preserve food, live on limited energy, teach yourself a new skill – that was what everyone did. There was a time when you didn’t need to whip out our smart phones to figure out how to get from point A to B or learn a new skill. We want to get ‘back’ to that, though we see doing so as moving ‘forward’.
In our journey in these things, we’ve become a pretty decent shade of ‘off-grid-capable’. We didn’t do so by selling all our possessions and moving into the isolated wilderness, but via a moderate, affordable and reasonable transition. There are ample
There are ample web sites and videos out there to share how to go ‘off-grid’, something most people don’t really want to do, and even fewer people could do but might see some value in doing. We hope to encourage those people through this web site, and encourage a our readers toward a resiliency of mind and home.