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Mad Max Mountain Man

By Cam Mather Did you like that “alliteration?” Four “M’s” in a row! I wrote about seeing the movie “Chasing Ice” recently. I said that it is a powerful movie and it is. In fact it is changing my behavior. We didn’t get any snow here until December 21st. For the first 3 weeks of …

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Two of the Best Off-Grid Images Ever!

By Cam Mather Have you ever noticed that there is a fine line between terror and elation? There must be or else there wouldn’t be a constant stream of horror movies in theaters. Or theme parks. Those crazy roller coaster/death defying rides keep people coming back. There’s got to be something to it. I don’t …

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The Year of Magical Walking*

By Cam Mather I have written a few too many ranting blogs lately, ranting about the impending collapse of the dollar and my unexplained angst about being a solar early adopter (I haven’t posted that one yet), so figured it was time for something lighter. It’s not hard to write a positive blog when I …

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Time to Stuff the Nuclear Genie Back in to the Bottle

By Cam Mather I was reading an article in the paper the other day about how France’s nuclear industry is trying to dispose of its nuclear waste. France has a lot of nuclear waste because 80% of its electricity comes from nuclear reactors. Many years ago, when the U.S. was preparing to bury its nuclear …

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Velvet Revolvers Triumph Over Flying Squirrels

By Cam Mather This is the blog Michelle didn’t want me to write. It’s too personal. It exposes some of the negative details of life here at Sunflower Farm. Some dark corners of the human psyche are just left best left unexplored publicly. But explore and expose it I must, because it’s part of rural …

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Our Books and DVDs Make Great Gifts!

By Michelle Mather The readers of this blog have found us through many different ways; google searches, podcasts, news stories, etc. Many of our blog readers aren’t aware that we have published 7 books and produced 5 DVDs, so today I thought I’d describe our books and DVDs and suggest that if you are looking …

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Batteries, High Winds and Other Off-Grid Considerations

By Cam Mather I’ve been doing some consulting work lately for people who are contemplating going off the grid, so I thought I’d incorporate some of my thoughts on this along with some answers to questions we’ve recently received from our blog readers. For most people, the decision to be on the grid or off …

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The Living Sustainably and Independently, Ready for Rough Times, Hands-on, Solar-Powered, All You Can Grow Workshop Wrap Up

By Cam Mather A couple of Saturdays ago we had 12 people come to Sunflower Farm for “The Living Sustainably and Independently, Ready for Rough Times, Hands-on, Solar-Powered, All You Can Grow Workshop.” It was a blast. It was a really great group of people and I think everyone had a great day. I know …

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“Little House Off the Grid” is Now Available!

For the past few years, Michelle and I have been working on a book to share the story of how we left the city and ended up in an off-grid home on 150 acres in the country. For a while we were calling our book “Off The Grid Without a Paddle” as a way of …

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Article by William Kemp in the Latest Mother Earth News Magazine

The October/November 2011 issue of Mother Earth News contains an article by William Kemp (author of our book “The Renewable Energy Handbook.”) He talks about his steps to use as much renewable energy and as little fossil fuel as possible in his home. Bill and Lorraine Kemp have been living off the grid for 20 …

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