Living Off Grid, Grass Roof House, Being Self Sufficient Depending On The Land For Survival.

Real Estate Agent with MOOERS REALTY ME Broker License 106759

Could you do it, live off grid, off the land and with the sweat of your brow, a strong back and working lots of hours needing plenty of physical labor to be self sufficient?

One couple in Canada explains in this video the ups and downs, what they did right, would do differently next time.

Like to own some land, try your hand at being self sufficient, living off grid and being responsible for your shelter, heat, food and living a simpler day to day?

Not glamorous but real, honest and the best way to get in touch with the four seasons, outdoors, being more aware of weather, resources and not using plastic cards for temporary happiness.

If you would like a homestead in Maine, I know someone that grew up on a 300 acre farm, owns one and can help with supplying the land part of your homesteading dream. (Smile)

Know what you are eating, heat with your own wood, harnessing the sun and the wind.

Knowing that what you feed your family came from your own soil and labor can be a pretty satisfying experience. Back in the early 1900's 96 percent of us were farmers. In Maine, we still live along the same lines of being rural frugal with resources. Braced, preparing for a poor crop, rainy day or setbacks in life. And have rich enjoyment, contentment and an inner peace from working the Maine land.

Taking care of ourselves with out the large carbon footprint.

And there are variations, degrees on how off grid you actually want to be. Giving up somethings to gain an appreciation of so much more. Time gets away from us with rush hour traffic, eating on the run, material hunger when back to basics may be what is missing, needed. Call, click, text, come see us. I grew up and own a Maine farm. Want to help you do the same with a patch of dirt.

I'm Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers, ME Broker

Comments (11)

Virginia Gardner
Roy Wheeler Realty Co. - Charlottesville, VA
Realtor, Charlottesville, Serving Central Virginia

Oh boy, that would be tough, and a lifestyle I cetainly would not choose.  But I know that those who do, do so with honestly and vigor.  Bravo to them! 

Jan 20, 2011 10:38 PM
Jayne Anderson
Coldwell Banker Sloane Realty - Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Thank you for sharing Andrew.

I hope that there is a sequel, so I can see the interior of the home.

A Bed and Breakfast? A novel idea and may be lucrative once these owners finish the project.


Jan 20, 2011 10:45 PM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

You would do what you had to do with your family. To be safe, well fed, sheltered, warm, clothed. I got a call from a buyer wanting land from Cape May Courthouse NJ last month right on top of the same day another Florida buyer who said everyone is hoarding ammo and buying $800 AR 15 rifles. Asked each why and got the same answer from both. They said in the expensive cities there is a sense money is running out and the cost of living is out of sight, can not continue and when it crashes, they want to know where they are going. Have a gun to out of town, to get where they need to head. In the 1980's I saw more affectionately called Granolas, Hippies, back to the nature folks who many discounted as flower children with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young tunes being hummed, Woodstock save the world thinking. But it is a life choice on how to live, and like the Amish, some degree of simpler, honest, basic living may be what is missing in many folks life who are spending themselves in to a bottomless hole looking for what is missing. And what they need can not be bought as they get dependent on goods and services they may not be able to afford.

Jan 20, 2011 10:49 PM
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hey Andrew, when i was younger I always wanted to go get a land grant in Alaska. Talk about living "off the grid". But my commen sense got the better of me. With the advances in

"Free energy" it is entirely possoble to do so. Thanks' for the post, I liked it.

Jan 20, 2011 10:54 PM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Another back to the land video approach. Things to consider. Triumphs and set backs. It is not all easy and requires someone hard working, not lazy. Going without to gain more. 

Or maybe you need a little in the woods, on a Maine river for vacations of heating with wood, cooking on an antique stove, heading to the outhouse with newest copy of Mother Earth News but only salt and peppered in your life. Got that itch covered too. Watch below. Hop in the jeep.           


Jan 20, 2011 10:57 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Andy.....watching that makes me want to work harder to make sure I never have to live like that.....I'll pass on that life style....Holiday Inn is as rough as I want to live.

Jan 20, 2011 11:25 PM
Kristen Wheatley
Better Homes & Gardens | The Masiello Group - Brunswick, ME
Supporting Success - Best Job in the World!

Thank you for this Andrew.  It is right up my alley.  Maine is the place to create a self-sufficient life.  People will find that Maine that Maine will welcome them and their ideas as they pursue this rather than placing obstacles in their path.

Jan 20, 2011 11:40 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Interesting property. I would have difficulty with the self-sufficient lifestyle.

 The colors within the grid in Maryland. Life is good!

Jan 21, 2011 12:06 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Barbara... run in to the same with buyers asking about camping properties. Ask them politely what their idea of camping is. Full blown home on the water with all the creature comforts, central air and direct tv or camping under the stars, pitching a tent. Cooking on a fire.

Kristen... we shake it easy in Maine on the spending, but big on outdoors, clean natural resources, friendlier but way way fewer people. Tons of elbow room.

Roy... not that many moons ago, there was no other way. Simple living, pass the baked beans and another piece of that home made bread while I put another log on the fire. Got to get out to the barn to throw down some hay, do the nightly graining, watering and hit the sack. Big day tomorrow on the back forty and teaming the horses if it does not rain otherwise inside fixing that wagon wheel, repairing the corn planter I'll need next week as seasons change and time to get the seeds in the ground. Think about the White House when Washington was there, no marble showers, central heating and all those fireplaces used to heat the "People's House". Spread the word about Maine off grid homestead, living off the land

Jan 21, 2011 12:37 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

It works a lot easier in Hawaii with our mild climate and steady trade winds.  I think more and more people would like to simplify their lives.

Jan 26, 2011 07:47 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Simple is less complicated, less expensive and just more real, natural. Less store bought expensive and artificial.

Jan 26, 2011 08:06 AM