Getting off the grid isn’t something that happens overnight and it needs plenty of preparation. Though it’s a wonderful notion, it needs planning and knowledge on how to do it right, which is often why people give up so quickly. There are many aspects to take into consideration when it comes to leaving the life you’re so used to behind, from getting your home off the grid to providing food for yourself and your family.
Unfortunately, things aren’t as simple as pulling the plug on water and electricity forever, you need to have materials, as well as tools to live a good life. Today I want to talk about how you can go off the grid and not worry about being hungry – all you need is resourcefulness and patience to get it right.
Have Your Own Garden
The easiest way to provide for yourself when it comes to your nourishment is to have your own garden. If you live in one place and you’ve got your own yard, then you can grow pretty much whatever you want, as long as you know how. “The how” is usually the trickiest part, especially if you’ve never done it before, but practice makes it perfect and all you have to do is start. Decide what kind of plants you want to have in your garden, and make sure you buy non-hybrid seeds because you can use them a few years in a row and get same delicious results. Educate yourself on what you can grow in your area, how to plant and nurture certain plants and ask for some tricks and tips from everyone you know who has a garden. Of course, you should plant your garden well before you want to use it, seeing as it will take at least a couple of months to enjoy the fruits of your labor. The best part about having your own fruit, veggies, and spices – you know they’re 100% organic and they taste divine.
Hunting and Fishing
If you eat meat, but don’t want to risk it anymore with store-bought cuts often full of hormones and whatnots, then going off the grid and dedicating your time to hunting and fishing is a good option. Of course, you have to be informed where and what you’re allowed to hunt, otherwise, you can seriously damage ecosystems, not to mention that an endangered species can end up on your menu. You can always go for birds you know are abound in your area, as they are your safest bet. And when it comes to fish, all you really need is a body of water and a fishing rod, which can easily be improvised. Depending on what your diet preferences are as well as what your surroundings have to offer you, you can quickly hone your hunting skills, especially if you situate yourself somewhere in nature. If you’ve opted for a more nomadic lifestyle, then be careful how and where you find your food, hunting laws change from country to country.
Products with Long Shelf-Life
Going off the grid is similar to going camping only you choose to stay forever. That is why there’s nothing wrong with having a good supply of products with a long shelf-life, seeing that they can survive just about anything and still be good to eat. Anything from survival meals to canned foods and grain will do the trick, particularly if you’ve got enough fuel and time to cook. These non-perishable ingredients will help you a lot when you’re in a sticky spot and there isn’t much food to go around – they’re nutritious, tasty enough to eat and usually not too heavy to carry around with you. When it comes to dry foods like pasta, rice or lentils remember that you will still need a way to prepare them, which is why it would be wise to have a sustainable source of energy at hand. Otherwise, you can go for freeze-dried products and other ready to eat foods that only need hot water to become a meal. It might not be a good idea to live on these, since you need fresh produce too, which is why it’s important to work on a balanced nutrition as you go off the grid.
Foraging for Food
This is another good way to find food, though it shouldn’t be your primary source of it, unless you know what you’re doing. Whether you will find food and how much of it depends solely on your current location, as well as your ability to estimate if the area is worth foraging through. If you live in or you’re passing through a coastal area, then you’ve got better chances of finding anything from fish to clams and crabs, which are incredibly healthy to incorporate into your everyday diet. With time, you’ll come to learn all the tricks when it comes to gathering food, and let’s face it, this is a much more fun way to do it then running through supermarkets.
Feeding yourself when you’re off the grid requires adjustment as well as an understanding of your surroundings, but it can be done and done well. It’s a good idea to start adapting to this way of life gradually so that you can fully see and understand what you need to do to get off the grid without going hungry. When you’re in the know, you’ll know how to prepare and give it your best shot.
More survival tips on living self-sustainably and deliberately with Robert Foster, coming soon…