The reality is, most of us aren’t going to live off the grid. To be off the grid means generating your own power amongst other things. That requires a relatively large amount of space, say nothing of time, physical energy and effort. Commodoties that the majority of people who work full time and live on modern suburban blocks don’t have. Your neighbours probably wouldn’t be too pleased about you deciding to produce your own biogas from your sewrage, to heat your house or fuel your gas stove…just a guess.
What is acheveable, even in a small space, is producing enough veggies, herbs, and possibly even fruit, to feed your whole family. Making your own compost, collecting rain water, having a worm farm, and keeping chickens for eggs are also very realistic for most people. All it takes is planning and a small amount of time often. Above is a photo of a small example of our daily pickings!
You can take it as far as you want. It’s learning to look at our back and front yard differntly, and learning to think of landscaping in a different way. Many fruiting trees and edible plants are very attractive and can replace ornamental varieties. Instead of a buxus hedge, what about a blueberry hedge? Thinking of planting some camellias to screen out the neighbours, why don’t you plant tea instead? They are from the same family, will still flower, but you can pick their leaves to make tea. We all have fences. They make a perfect place to train passionfruit vines, berry canes and verticle gardens. Most of us have an un-used area down the side of the house. Perfect spot for the worm farm, water tank, or to let a pumpkin vine grow wild.
You could take it a step further and build a wood fired oven, cold smoker or a solar dehydrator. You can make a chicken tractor, green house or potato stacks.
Start small, but dream big and in no time at all you will start seeing results.