Off-Grid Video: 11 years living off-grid in an earthship house — Vox Populi

Have you ever considered going off-grid?

This off-grid video shows you how, or at least one version.

Off grid living comes in many shapes, sizes, and places. If you have ever come across the portrayal of someone living in a bunker or geodesic dome and found that way too out-of-bounds… Consider the independence. There are many alternatives to traditional construction and complete grip dependence.

With an increased interest in self-reliance as well as obvious stress on supply chains in recent times, this video shows one method that does not require an all-or-nothing, crunchy granola approach. Non-traditional construction can be aesthetically pleasing. Not only is this sustainable, but clearly it works.

Hélène Dubé and her partner Alain Neveu from Es-Cargo have lived off-grid in Quebec, Canada for 11 years in a self-built earthship style home made of recycled tires filled with earth and large south-facing windows.

Video: 11 years living off-grid in an earthship house — Vox Populi

Off-grid can happen step by step

If you have been thinking about sustainable living, remember the big picture. Living off-grid even in some ways makes you more prepared if the grid runs into some hiccups. The more that you can produce–as opposed to consume–the more you conserve resources. This has a side benefit for the budget as well.

Even if you are limited in your ability to practice a self-sufficient lifestyle, remember that every little bit is just that: practice. The first time I tried to grow container vegetables, I learned A LOT. Mostly about what didn’t work. Now that there is a yard to play with, I have the biggest tomato plants on the block. Everything has a learning curve.

I hope that like me, you get inspiration from seeing the off-grid lifestyle “all out” and thriving. Seize the day and plant something. Even if it is just one potted tomato.

Green Green Green is the Thing

Green for St. Patrick’s Day!

Today we celebrate all things green, with all the green pictures from last year’s garden! Once again, it is time for March Madness, grow lights, and starting seedlings indoors in zones 4-6 or so.

Whether you enjoy green beer or not, let’s use this week as a reason to celebrate! Celebrate spring. Celebrate a new year. Celebrate health, if you are blessed with it. Celebrate a hot cup of coffee. Celebrate the first baby seedlings poking their heads up out of the potting mix.

I lost all my stored garden seeds.

I am actually behind on my spring planting this year. My shoebox of garden seeds was THROWN AWAY to my great sadness. It used to live in the bottom drawer of the refrigerator. Then, we got a new fridge.

Maybe you can see where this is going.

The new fridge turned out not to work, but we had already put a few things into it. We called and were able to have another new fridge delivered the next day. The replacement fridge worked just fine, and is still going strong…

You can see where this is going.

We took out the few things we had put into the original replacement refrigerator–except for the onions and the box of garden seeds in the bottom drawer. Also, I failed to realize this. Until a few weeks later when I was ready to start planting. So, now it will be a little while longer.

Anyone who keeps a stash of garden seeds will appreciate how crestfallen I was to realize that probably $40 worth of seeds including, marigolds, a variety of heirloom tomato and pepper seeds, and various annuals that we grow every year. I am not going to be able to replace all of the varieties in one go since that would be pretty wasteful.

The garden will be just fine, though.

Happy Spring!

green plant clover close up photography
Photo by Elias Tigiser on