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  • Howdy from Western Maine!!!

    On 88 wooded acres with river running through it in western mountains of Maine here.

    We are not off grid but are working on it.

    We raise pigs, chickens, beef and dairy cows, emus, rabbits and peacocks. We also have four llamas (great herd and farm guard animals, seriously!!) that we have rescued from idiots.

    We have two greenhouses where we grow all of our own vegetables for year-round use. Will be plumbing the outdoor boiler to a greenhouse as well.

    We cut and mill a lot of our own lumber.

    We installed an outdoor boiler this summer. Love it!! Heats our home, heats our water, keeps our barns above freezing, also provides hot air to the clothes dryer that I designed and converted (was a gas powered clothes dryer)(dries a load of clothes that normally took a 90 minute cycle in less than 20 minutes on the sensor dry cycle). Boiler runs off of batteries that are charged by homemade windmill. Dryer is powered by batteries that are charged by a homemade windmill.

    Barns and electric fencing runs off of batteries charged by homemade solar system.

    We have dry goods stored in the basement that we expect could last us 2-3 years for our family of 6. Basement is powered by batteries that are charged by a homemade windmill.

    I like having seperate electrical systems so when something goes wrong (which definitely happens), it is less problems all around and is usually easier to solve.

    I might own a gun or so and am working on having a minimum of 1000 rounds of ammunition for each weapon.

    Started installing a homemade geo thermal system last summer, mostly to use as air conditioning, I should finish it this year when things thaw out.

    My big project for this year is to build a hand carved wooden blade windmill with home made generator. I want it large enough to take me off grid. This thing should have a 20-25 foot span on it. It should be very challenging but very rewarding if it works out. If not, I'll have more fancy firewood for the boiler. LOL

    We are not whackos, we are as normal as most people. We just like to be more prepared for anything that might happen than most people.

    I learned investing in oursleves from my father-in-law. Also have curous and creative side to me. I like to do odd things that are functional.

    Our friends and extended family laugh about how we prepare for the unknown, but we all know where they will go for help and protection when the shit hits the fan.

    Some people invest in gold and paper cetificates, we invest in hard good that will keep our family alive, regardless of what happens.

    Even if nothing happens, there is nothing wrong with having the things we have collected, it will all go to good use. Everything is rotated, used and restocked as needed.

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    WOW you have exactly what I want, what an amazing setup! Welcome aboard I'm sure we can learn alot from you and vice versa!
    WHAT IF THE AMERICA YOU KNEW, WAS ABOUT TO CHANGE?

    The best thing you can do to support the site is pass it on to your friends and fav sites like other forums, facebook, twitter etc. Let people know about us! :)

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    • #3
      Howdy doodey...welcome aboard....
      "I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." -Thomas Jefferson

      "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." -Frederic Bastiat

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      • #4
        Welcome aboard! Great site here!
        JUST CURIOUS? PRUNES ARE DEHYDRATED PLUMS. SO WHERE DOES PRUNE JUICE COME FROM?

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        • #5
          Welcome to the site! Great setup and I am sure there a lot we can learn from your work.

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          • #6
            Welcome aboard :)
            73

            later,
            ZA

            Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to
            beat you to death with it because it is empty.

            The faster you finish the fight, the less shot you will get.

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            • #7
              welcome to the site

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              • #8
                I have been cruising the site and I see some pretty cool ideas and projects you all have done. I look forward to learning, building and growing with you all!!

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                • #9
                  Welcome Corncrop. It sounds like you have one heck of an impressive set up! If you care to share pics, I know a lot of us would like to see them. Again, welcome to our site and hope you enjoy it!
                  Wolverines!!!:D

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                  • #10
                    Welcome. I'm new here also. Sounds like a nice setup. Do you happen to give tours?

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                    • #11
                      I am working on a website for people to "visit" or farm and home. A lot of people ask about our set-up and it will be easier to just give out a url. Once I get that project done, I will post a link.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by corncrop View Post
                        I am working on a website for people to "visit" or farm and home. A lot of people ask about our set-up and it will be easier to just give out a url. Once I get that project done, I will post a link.
                        I would suggest creating a Blogger page...it's free and easily customized....then you can paste your blog site addy to your signature...;)
                        "I Have Sworn Upon the Altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." -Thomas Jefferson

                        "When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." -Frederic Bastiat

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