#220 Teri Page on Homesteading, Off-Grid Life and Solar Panels

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Today We Discuss

  • Finding raw land and starting a homestead from scratch
  • The Homestead Act in the 1800's
  • How do you live off grid in a small cabin and keep your sanity?
  • Much more logisitcal questions about off-grid living

Here's Her Story! Check her out at Homestead-honey.com

Hello,  I’m Teri Page.

About my Family

In 1999, my then boyfriend, now husband Brian decided to attend a sustainable living skills internship in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. I was offered an opportunity to work-trade in the organic garden. For four months, I hauled manure, tended seeds, watered beds, and made compost, and by the end of the summer, I had been transformed. My eyes had been opened to the possibilities of small-scale organic agriculture, and no longer was I content to source plastic-packaged food from the grocery. Yearning to grow our own food, we moved to a rental cabin on 35 acres and our homesteading journey began. From gardening and food preservation, to raising chickens, ducks, goats, bees, and pigs, we developed dozens of homesteading skills. And of course we made many, many mistakes along the way.

After giving birth to our two children in 2007 and 2010, we began to question our next step. Although we adored our home in a sweet cabin next to a creek, and had built an impressive homestead on the rental property, we yearned for land of our own. But the reality was that we simply could not afford to purchase land in Oregon AND live the simple, land-based life that we wished for.

In October, 2012 my family of four packed up our Oregon homestead of 13 years and moved next door to good friends in Northeast Missouri, where land is cheap, building codes are lenient, and opportunities for alternative building and off-grid living abound. Here we are building a radical homestead on 10 acres of raw land. We are creating and cultivating organic gardens and planting food forests while we build an off-grid, 350 square foot tiny home.

Living without debt has meant some pretty radical lifestyle choices. For example, we lived without electricity for over a year and a half before installing a solar electric system. We also live without running water, using rainwater catchment and our homestead pond to meet all of our water needs. I recently wrote an eBook that describes all the details of our off-grid lifestyle.

The decision to move to Missouri and start a brand new homestead was not an easy one, but it came from a strong desire to live in close community with friends, to own a piece of land on which we can grow our own food and live in harmony with nature, and most importantly, to live simply and without debt, so we can spend more time as a family, doing what we love.

Flowers, brassicas and more! |Homestead Honey

About the Blog

Homestead Honey is a space for inspiration, resources, and information.  I share our off-grid homesteading, homeschooling life in hopes that others might be inspired to live their own homestead dream. I celebrate the many joys, and also share the real-life trials of homesteading.

Some of my most popular posts and series include:

Building a Tiny House – An ongoing series about the process of building our own 350 square foot tiny house.

Living Off-Grid – What exactly is it like to start an off-grid homestead on raw land?  How do we cook, sleep, power tools, collect drinking water, stay warm and homeschool our kids, all while building our house? Find the answers in these blog posts!

Organic Gardening – I am totally passionate about growing food! From starting a garden from scratch to preserving the harvest, I love to share!

The Homestead Kitchen – from fermentation, to raw dairy, to homegrown cured meat! I love preparing food, and we eat well on our homestead! Find recipes and inspiration for from-scratch cooking. The Homestead Kitchen eCourse is a great resource for those wanting to dive into local, seasonal eating on a deeper level.

Waldorf Homeschooling – I am homeschooling my third grade daughter and kindergarten son with Waldorf-inspired methods.  A deep connection to nature, a holistic approach to education, and a strong grounding in the arts are what most resonate with me.

Solar panels provide our homestead with electricity | Homestead Honey