12 Edible & Beneficial Weeds Hiding In Your Yard

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Spring is here, which means homeowners and homesteaders across the country are checking the blades and changing the oil on their mowers.

But before you cut the grass for the first time, make sure you aren’t mowing over beneficial weeds – that is, plants you can eat and even use for medicine.

That’s the subject of this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio, as we talk to Mark “Merriwether” Vorderbruggen, a foraging expert and the author of Idiot’s Guide: Foraging.

He shares with us 12 weeds we never should kill.

He also tells us:

  • The nine most common weeds that are edible.
  • The three well-known weeds that can be used as medicine.
  • The one non-edible weed you always want to destroy.

Finally, Merriwether gives us tips on how to find the weeds, and he shares precautions to ensure we don’t eat the wrong plant. He even tells us a few recipes! If you’re a resourceful homesteader or off-gridder who is ready for spring, then this is one show you don’t want to miss!

 

She Went An Entire Year Without The Internet. Here’s What She Learned.

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Imagine going an entire year without using the Internet – no Facebook, no Twitter, no YouTube, no email. Not even Google or Amazon.

Sound impossible?

Perhaps it is for some, but this week’s guest on Off The Grid Radio did just that – and she learned a lot from the experiment. Her name is Esther Emery, a modern-day homesteader who spent 365 ways away from the World Wide Web. She even got rid of her smartphone!

Emery discovered things that nearly all of us – those who spend regular time on the Internet — miss each day of the week.

Emery, whose book What Falls From The Sky details those 12 months, tells us:

  • Why she decided to spend a year away from the Internet.
  • How long it took before she no longer craved it.
  • What traditional old-time activities she learned to love during those months.
  • How the experiment dramatically changed how she views the Internet.

Finally, Emery shares with us what she discovered – lessons that can’t be learned while staring at a bright screen.

We were inspired by her story … and we think you will be, too!

The Companion Plant You ALWAYS Should Grow Around Tomatoes

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small farmWinter is nearly gone and gardening season is just around the corner, which means it’s time to consider what you might do similar and different from last year.

Author and expert gardener Sally Jean Cunningham has a suggestion: Try companion planting.

By planting unique combinations of vegetables, herbs and flowers, you can minimize pests and diseases – while boosting your garden’s yield!

Cunningham, author of “Great Garden Companions,” is the guest on this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio.

She says the Native Americans’ “three sisters” method is just scratching the surface in companion planting.

Cunningham also tells us:

  • What always should be planted around tomatoes, potatoes and beans.
  • Why she doesn’t use traditional gardening methods when companion planting.
  • Which vegetables, flowers and herbs should not be planted close to one another.
  • Why she believes most bugs in the garden are actually good for vegetables.

Finally, Cunningham tells us about her favorite types of mulch — and most of them are dirt-cheap.

If you’re a gardener who can’t wait to get your hands dirty this spring, then this is one show you don’t want to miss!

How To Make $10,000 On One-Fourth An Acre

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small farmFor many wannabe homesteaders, the lack of resources – that is, the lack of land and time – is the biggest stumbling block to self-sufficiency.

But this week’s guest on Off The Grid Radio says you can be self-sufficient on just a quarter of an acre and earn $10,000 in cash annually, while spending less than half the time that an ordinary job requires.

His name is Brett Markham, and his book, “Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre,” has become a go-to for homesteaders and small farms who want to get the most out of a tiny plot of land.

Brett tells us:

  • How mini farming differs from traditional gardening and farming.
  • Why mini farming works best with an organic approach.
  • How he plants seeds closer than recommended, without any problems.
  • Why raised beds can produce a higher yield than traditional gardening.
  • How $10,000 can be made on such a small plot of land.

Finally, Brett tells us which crops work best on a mini farm.

Don’t miss this incredible show if you’re wanting to learn how to be self-sufficient on a small plot – or if you’re just wanting to make some extra cash!

He Quit A High-Paying Fortune 500 Job To Homestead

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tim young pic for emailMany people in the U.S. are chasing the American dream, trying to make more money so they can – supposedly – be happier.

But a handful of Americans are going the opposite route, leaving the American dream because it didn’t fulfill their desires.

This week’s guest on Off The Grid Radio was president of a Fortune 500 division and ran one of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S. before he quit his corporate job and sold his house on a golf course … to homestead.

His name is Tim Young, and he tells us:

  • What caused him to leave his job and try something different.
  • Why the homesteading life is more enjoyable than a high-paying corporate job.
  • How he learned the skills needed to homestead, prior to YouTube.
  • Why the self-sufficient life fulfills a need that money does not.
  • How he makes extra cash living on the homestead – and how you can, too.

Young, who has written several books about self-sufficiency, also shares with us his thoughts on the American dream – and why so many people have it all wrong. If you’re looking for an inspirational story this week, then don’t miss this amazing show!

Why Homesteaders SHOULDN’T Own Livestock

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steven gregerson pic for emailAs homesteading continues growing in popularity, many wannabe homesteaders face sticker shock – surprised by the costs of a self-sufficient life.

But this week’s guest on Off The Grid Radio says that homesteading doesn’t have to be expensive. Homesteader Steven Gregersen, who lives on 20 acres in Montana, says too many homesteaders begin with the wrong outlook and goals, thus dooming their endeavor.

Gregersen wrote a book, Creating the Low-Budget Homestead, that explains how he homesteads on the cheap.

Gregersen explains to us why he urges first-time homesteaders not to buy livestock – and how they still can get free meat. He also tells us:

  • How to find inexpensive land that, with a little work, can be perfect for homesteading.
  • How the proper view of budgeting can place a homesteader on the path to success.
  • How he “gets by” without having a lot of things Americans take for granted.
  • How he earns money off-grid, and how you can, too.

If you’ve ever wanted to homestead but didn’t think you could afford it, or if you simply want to learn new ways to save money, then this week’s show is for you!

The Island Where Electricity Is Banned & Everyone Has 10 Acres

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The Island Where Electricity Is Banned & Everyone Has 10 Acres

The off-grid life is growing in popularity across North America, but it certainly doesn’t always take the same form.

That’s what filmmaker and professor Phillip Vannini discovered when he spent two years travelling to every province and territory in Canada, interviewing dozens of people who have chosen to live off-grid – whether near the arctic circle in the Yukon or on a temperate island in British Columbia.

The result is a 90-minute documentary – Life Off Grid — where he learned the challenges and rewards of the off-grid life. He even visited an island that prohibits utility electricity and requires everyone to own 10 acres of land.

Vannini, the Canada research chair at Royal Roads University in Victoria, B.C., is this week’s guest on Off The Grid Radio.

Vannini tells us:

  • Why it’s actually more practical to live off-grid than on-grid in many parts of Canada.
  • How he found so many off-gridders – more than 200 — who were willing to share their stories.
  • Why people are choosing to throw away their “comfortable” lives and rough it off the grid.
  • Which couple lives in what he calls the “most remote home in all of North America.”

We also discuss a man who built an earth berm home for $1,000 and who constructed an air compressor out of a lawnmower motor.

Don’t miss this amazing show that will inspire you about the off-grid life!

The 10 Most Important Indoor Herbs For Health

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Herbal remedies are growing in popularity, but many off-gridders and homesteaders remain confused, not knowing how – or what — to grow.

On this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio we take a look at 10 indoor herbs our expert considers essential for good health.

Her name is Tammi Hartung, an organic farmer, herbalist and author whose book – “Homegrown Herbs” – tells you just about everything you need to know to grow medicinal herbs … right in your home.


Tammi tells us all about:

  • The herb that can lower fever and get rid of a headache … and also boost your immune system.
  • The herb that some consider an alternative to penicillin.
  • The herb that battles nausea, morning sickness and other flu-like symptoms. (It even fights motion sickness!)
  • The herb you need when you are anxious or stressed.
  • The herb that can ease symptoms of asthma and bronchitis.

Tammi also shares with us her very best indoor growing secrets, including light and soil requirements. If you’ve been wanting to discover alternative health remedies but didn’t know where to start, then this week’s show is for you!

Homesteading In Alaska’s Wilderness, With No Cell Phones

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Homesteading In Alaska’s Wilderness, With No Cell Phones

Alaska is often called the “Last Frontier,” with an untamed wilderness that is the envy of off-gridders everywhere.

And while most homesteaders only dream of moving to Alaska and “roughing it,” one couple actually did something about it – and they accomplished it prior to cell phones and the Internet.  Back in the early 1980s Bonnie Rose Ward and her husband Samuel moved to a remote location in Alaska where they built a cabin, temporarily lived off of a huge bag of dried beans, and even drank unfiltered lake water.

She wrote a book about her experience, Winds of Skilak, and is this week’s guest on Off The Grid Radio.

Bonnie tells us:

  • How they found a large piece of land in a state where the government owns most of the property.
  • How she used library books to teach herself essential off-grid skills.
  • How they battled isolation in a location where they didn’t see other people for months.
  • How they learned to survive off of the land despite facing total darkness for much of the year.

Finally, Bonnie tells us all about a harrowing run-in with a huge bear that could have killed both of them.

Don’t miss this amazing show if you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to try and tame Alaska’s rugged landscape!

 

How To Homestead When You Can’t Afford It

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Each year more and more Americans are choosing to homestead, but along the way some discover that it is far more expensive than they envisioned.

That was the case with homesteader Teri Page, who along with her husband discovered they couldn’t afford to own a large piece of land in their state – and so they moved cross-country. Once at their new location, they employed a series of cost-cutting measures that would surprise even seasoned homesteaders.

Page is this week’s guest on Off The Grid Radio, and she tells us:

  • What type of inexpensive house they chose to build.
  • Why they decided not to set up a running water system.
  • How they chose the state where they now live.
  • Why living near the Amish has benefited their off-grid life.
  • How they make money, off-grid, using the Internet.

Finally, Page shares with us her tips for anyone who is looking to move to another state for an off-grid life. If you are wanting to homestead, or you simply enjoy listening to stories from adventurous people, then don’t miss this week’s show!

Is Trump Too Cozy With Russia?

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For weeks now, the mainstream media has been in an uproar over Russia’s role in the U.S. election, alleging that President-elect Trump is far too friendly with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

So, is Trump too cozy with Russia – to the danger of the United States?

That’s the subject of this week’s episode of Off The Grid Radio, as we talk to Peter Vincent Pry, who is chief of staff of the EMP Commission and formerly served in the House Armed Services Committee and the Central Intelligence Agency.

Pry, an expert on the power grid and threats to the U.S., tells us:

  • Why Russia is still a major threat to the United States
  • What he believes Trump is really doing in befriending Russia.
  • How the mainstream media has been ignoring the real threat that Russia poses.
  • Why he believes the Russians may have the power to take out the U.S. power grid.

No matter which political candidate you supported in November, this is one show you don’t want to miss!

Dave Canterbury’s Winter Survival Hacks

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Survival in the wilderness is never easy, but survival in the wilderness when it’s frigid cold and snowing? That’s even harder. But if you’re prepared and know what you’re doing, you can live to tell about it.

On this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio we discuss winter survival with Dave Canterbury, a survival expert and the author of several books, including The New York Times bestseller “Bushcraft 101.” Dave also teaches classes on survival and has a prominent YouTube survival channel.

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Dave begins by giving us tips on everyday carry (EDC) during winter, and he then tells us:

  • How to start a fire during winter, even if it’s damp.
  • Why Vaseline-soaked cotton balls, popular in the survival community, may not be the best option.
  • Where you can find objects in the woods to burn – even if it’s been raining.
  • How a simple road flare can provide multiple survival uses.
  • Why he urges many people not to eat during survival situations.
  • How to “drink snow” without catching hypothermia.
  • Which lightweight items he carries that can provide immediate shelter.

Dave also tells us the items he believes everyone should carry in their automobile during winter. Finally, he shares with us stories from his past when he – get this – captured reptiles for a living.

If you live in frigid temps and want to be better prepared, then this week’s show is for you!

Winter Survival Lessons From Alaska’s Denali

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In the summer of 1967, 12 young men climbed Alaska’s Denali — the 20,000-foot mountain that outsiders call Mt. McKinley. There, they encountered a deadly storm that killed seven of them in what remains one of the most heartbreaking mountain climbs in U.S. history.

On this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio we discuss that well-known tragedy with Andy Hall, who wrote a book (Denali’s Howl) about the event and who was the son of the park superintendent at the time. Andy spent years tracking down rescuers, survivors, lost documents and recordings of radio communications for his book — and he says the winter survival lessons learned from ‘67 can apply to anyone who lives in areas where it gets cold and snows.

Andy tells us:

  • What the five fortunate men who did make it down the mountain did to survive.
  • How a simple, free modern-day invention could have saved the seven men who died.
  • Why Denali, “physically,” is even bigger than Mt. Everest.
  • What homesteaders and those in the preparedness community can learn from the disaster.

Andy also shares with us the incredible story of the 13th man who was scheduled to make the climb but couldn’t do so because of a car accident. Finally, Andy tells us what he learned about life itself while writing the book.

Don’t miss this amazing, unforgettable interview that will change how you view winter survival!

The Amazing History Behind Your Favorite Christmas Songs

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Singer Andy Williams once told us that Christmas is the “most wonderful time of the year” – in part because we’re remembering Christmases of “long, long ago.”

As it turns out, Williams’ nostalgic words also are true about the songs themselves. The Christmas songs you sing today most likely are the same ones you learned as a child – and for many of them, there’s a story dating back centuries.

Then there’s the recent bizarre hit – “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer.” What’s the story behind that … and how did it become so popular?

Our guest on this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio is Ace Collins, the author of several Christmas books, including “Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christ” (2001) and “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” (2016).

Ace tells us the fascinating history behind some of our favorite holiday tunes, including:

  • “Gloria,” which has text dating back to 130 A.D.
  • “Silent Night,” the 1818 song which may not have ever been sung had a church organ not broken.
  • “White Christmas,” which became a hit in 1941 after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor.
  • “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” which Judy Garland refused to perform unless certain lyrics were changed.

Collins also shares with us the history behind a popular Christmas song that broke a racial barrier. And, yes, he tells us about “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer.”

Don’t miss this incredible show that will change how you view your favorite holiday tunes!

Stockpiling Water: How To Ensure You Never Run Out

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Not long ago in America, the conventional wisdom was that fresh drinking water always would be available. But with recent water crises in West Virginia and then Flint, Mich. – as well as droughts throughout the country – that no longer is the case.

And what if there is a long-term blackout or a terrorist attack that impacts the water supply?

Now, more than ever, it’s essential to stockpile water for your survival. That’s the topic of this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio, as we talk to Daisy Luther, a survival expert and the author of The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide: Harvest, Treat, and Store Your Most Vital Resource.

She tells us everything we need to know about storing water long-term, including:

  • How much water the average person should store.
  • What she considers the best way to store water.
  • Which type of plastic she recommends to stockpile water.
  • How long water will last in storage and remain potable.

Finally, Daisy tells us the cheapest ways to store water. We also discuss water filters.

This week’s show could change the way you stockpile – for the better. Don’t miss it!

How To Grow Tomatoes, Outdoors, During Winter

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Winter weather is here, which means it’s time to put away your garden tools and daydream about spring and warmer weather … right? Well, not really. Winter is a great time to continue gardening, as you can grow and harvest dozens of types of vegetables – including certain varieties of tomatoes – outdoors. But you have to know what you’re doing.

Winter gardening is the topic of this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio, as we talk to Caleb Warnock, one of the nation’s foremost experts on the subject and whose Backyard Winter Gardening book is among the best resources on the subject.

After listening to him for five minutes, you’ll understand why people pay to hear him teach.


Caleb shares with us his three favorite wintering gardening methods, and he also tells us:

  • How any homesteader, no matter the location, can grow vegetables during winter.
  • Which vegetable varieties can deliver a harvest within one month.
  • How to grow tomatoes outside during winter – without a greenhouse — and which varieties work best.
  • Which popular winter gardening method he doesn’t

Caleb lives in the foothills of Utah’s mountains; when we spoke with him he had a foot of snow on the ground. In other words, if he can grow food within his frigid climate, then pretty much anyone can … anywhere.

If you have a green thumb and want to try something new this winter, then this week’s show is for you!

Trump & Obamacare: What Should Replace It?

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President-elect Trump has pledged to repeal Obamacare, and his recent nomination for Secretary of Health and Human Services – Obamacare critic Tom Price — shows he is serious about overturning the law.

But what should replace Obamacare? And why does American health care cost so much more than it does in other countries?

Health care is the topic of this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio, as we learn how the problems with health care stretch back decades, to World War II.

Our guest is documentarian Colin Gunn, who interviewed experts throughout the health care field for his recent documentary Wait Til It’s Free.

Gunn learned a lot, and he tells us:

  • What he thinks should replace Obamacare.
  • Why the employee-based health care model has been disastrous.
  • How competition across state lines might lower costs.
  • Why even the CEO of Whole Foods believes health care needs an overhaul.
  • How government regulation, implemented under both parties, has caused problems.

Finally, Gunn tells us why he labels President Obama a “crony capitalist” – and why that term is just as bad as being called a “socialist.” If you want to learn what the mainstream media isn’t telling you about health care, then don’t miss this week’s fascinating show!

The Pilgrims: What The History Books Get Wrong

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In 1607 English settlers founded Jamestown – a full 13 years prior to the Pilgrims landing at Plymouth. Why, then, do the Pilgrims dominate history lessons?

On this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio we take a look at that question and other facts about America’s European forefathers you probably didn’t learn in school. Historian and award-winning author Rod Gragg tells us there’s a very good reason the Pilgrims often get more attention than do the founders of Jamestown.

Gragg is the author of more than 20 books, including The Pilgrim Chronicles: An Eyewitness History of the Pilgrims and the Founding of Plymouth Colony.

Gragg – who also is the director of the CresCom Bank Center for Military and Veterans Studies at Coastal Carolina University — also tells us:

  • What the Pilgrims knew about America’s land and climate before they set sail.
  • Why the Mayflower nearly sank before it made it to shore.
  • How the Pilgrims’ form of government set the tone for the Declaration of Independence and American law.
  • What our history books sometimes get wrong about the Pilgrims and Native Americans.
  • Why the peace between the Pilgrims and Native Americas did not last.

Finally, Gragg tells us what we can learn from the Pilgrims’ story – lessons that could have a positive impact on our modern-day society. He also tells us the real reason the Pilgrims wanted to find a new home. Don’t miss this entertaining and educational show that will change how you view Thanksgiving!

7 Dangerous Canning Mistakes That Even Smart People Make

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Autumn is filled with tons of chores for homesteaders: raking leaves, preparing the livestock for winter, and, of course, canning.

Canning is the time-tested method used by our great-grandparents and grandparents to extend the shelf life of food, and – if done properly – can form the core of an emergency stockpile. But if the right steps aren’t followed, the results can be disastrous … even deadly.

On this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio we examine seven common canning mistakes that nearly everyone makes. Our guest is Kendra Lynne, a homesteader and canning expert whose DVD, “At Home Canning For Beginners and Beyond,” is one of the more popular tutorials for beginning canners.

Kendra, who also leads classes on canning, tells us:

  • Which mistake is the most common – and also perhaps the most dangerous.
  • Which types of foods should never, ever be canned.
  • Which vegetables should be used with a water bath canner, and which ones with a pressure canner.
  • Which mistakes can be easily corrected without buying any new equipment.

Finally, Kendra answers a much-debated question: How long will canned food really last? She also shares her best tips for storing canned foods.

If you’re a homesteader or just someone who enjoys canning, then this is one show you need to hear!

How To Build An Off-Grid Home Without ANY Construction Skills

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Each year, millions of Americans flee the cities — and the traffic and stress — for a more enjoyable rural life.

This week’s guests on Off The Grid Radio did that, too, and then went a step further by building their own homestead — even though they had no experience in construction. They have no electricity or refrigerator and they even ride a horse and buggy … but they’re not Amish.

They go simply by “Doug and Stacy,” and they have gained quite a large following on their YouTube channel, where they explain how they do everything they do.

Doug and Stacy tell us:

  • How they get water despite not having a well.
  • Why they abandoned a city life with well-paying jobs for an off-grid life.
  • How they built an 800-square-foot house without construction skills.
  • Why Doug chose to ride a horse and buggy, even though he formerly had ridden a Harley.
  • How they keep their food cold without the modern convenience of a fridge.
  • How they get Internet and charge up their computer and cell phones even though they don’t have electricity.

If you have always wanted to escape city life, of you are simply someone who enjoys stories about fascinating people, then this week’s show is for you!

DHS Not Prepared For A Power Grid Attack?

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A recent government report claimed that the Department of Homeland Security has made major strides to protect the power grid from a crippling attack, but that report runs counter to sworn testimony in front of Congress and to what experts say is really the case.

In fact, DHS appears ill-prepared to protect the United States from an attack on the power grid that could leave Americans without electricity for weeks, if not months. So says this week’s guest, Peter Vincent Pry, one of the nation’s foremost experts on threats to the grid. He is the author of the new book, Blackout Wars, the executive director of the EMP Task Force on National and Homeland Security, and he also served on the EMP Commission.

Pry tells us:

ν Why any steps DHS has taken to protect America pale in comparison to what needs to be done.
ν What the Obama administration has done, and not done, to address the country’s grid vulnerabilities.
ν How the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), part of the Department of Energy, has made America more susceptible to a power grid attack.
ν Which state might be the safest to live in during an EMP attack on America or even during a solar storm.

In the interview – which is part 1 of a two-part series – Pry also explains how the power grid can be protected on a local level, without help from Washington, D.C.

Don’t miss this week’s show if you’re concerned about America’s future and the threat to the electric grid!

A Tower Of Babel-Chinese Connection?

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godawa april 2016For several years, author and screenwriter Brian Godawa has awakened the imagination of Christians with his biblical fantasy novels that examined everything from the overlooked giants of the Old Testament to the “spirits in prison” of the New Testament.

Godawa concluded that series last year but just released the first book in a new series that stays within the biblical worldview framework while examining significant events in other ancient cultures.

His latest one is “The Dragon King,” a novel about the first emperor of China that is set in 220 B.C. and tells the story of a Greek king who sends his son to the foreign land to hunt for a mythical creature, the dragon. Godawa is this week’s guest on Off The Grid Radio.

This latest book, like all of Godawa’s novels, is based on real leaders in history. “The Dragon King” even includes a tie to the Tower of Babel.

Godawa tells us:

  • How biblical and historical fiction can actually assist in our knowledge of Scripture and other true events.
  • Why he chose to write about China – and how his novel can help us better understand our modern-day world.
  • How his newest series continues the paradigm of his first popular series, the Chronicles of the Nephilim.

Godawa co-wrote his newest book with the help of Charlie Wen, a friend from church who also is the head or co-head of visual development for such recent Marvel superhero films as Ant-Man, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor.

If you love a good story and learning about fascinating moments in history, then this week’s show is definitely for you!

Why An Off-Grid, TV-Free Life Is Simply Better

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Escaping the “rat race” and enjoying life to the fullest is at the heart of an off-the-grid lifestyle, but there are countless Americans and Canadians who simply don’t see a way to make it work.

That was the case for Suzanne Crocker and her husband and children, who wanted a new perspective on life and to draw closer to one another and to nature. But instead of procrastinating, this family of five dove right in and moved off-grid for nine months, and came back with a new paradigm on life they want the rest of the world to hear.

The Crockers’ tale is the focus of a new documentary, “All The Time In The World,” that recounts the lessons they learned about life while living off the grid in the Yukon – lessons they say simply cannot be learned during the daily grind of life. As one of her daughters put it, “Inside is our storage place, but outside actually is our home.”

The documentary – not a typical reality program – is receiving positive reviews for its realistic portrayal of a slow-paced, off-grid life in the wilderness.

Crocker tells us:

  • Why her young children looked forward to a life without electricity, and why they want to go back.
  • How her family survived for nine months without a phone, television or computer, and how they now are far better for it.
  • Why she intentionally chose not to take a watch or a clock, and how that helped her family enjoy life even more.

Crocker says her life off-grid helped her learn to live “in the moment” and to stop saying to her family “not now” and “maybe later.” In fact, Crocker says that not once during those nine months did she want to leave.

If you live off grid or have ever wanted to do so – or, if you simply enjoy inspiring stories – then this this week’s show is one you don’t want to miss!

How To Build A Massive Food Stockpile For Only $5 A Week

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Stockpiling food for the long-term can be expensive, especially if your goal is a stockpile that lasts not weeks, but months.

Building a stockpile, though, doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money. In fact, you can build a large stockpile for only $5 a week, if you simply know which foods to buy.

That’s the subject of this week’s episode of Off The Grid Radio, as we talk to author and homesteader Merissa Alink, who has put together a popular list on how to build a food stockpile for merely $5 a week.

A homesteader in South Dakota, Alink says a food stockpile is critical, especially when you live in a rural area susceptible to crippling storms.

Alink tells us:

  • How families can easily decide which foods they want to stockpile.
  • Which 10 or so foods she believes should be in every food stockpile.
  • Why so-called “comfort foods” should be part of any stockpile.
  • Which non-food items she recommends homesteaders stockpile.

Alink, the author of “Little House Living: The Make Your Own Guide to a Simple, Frugal, and Self Sufficient Life,” also tells us the unique challenges she faces homesteading in the unique climate of South Dakota. If you’re wanting to build a food stockpile but don’t know where to start – or you’re simply wanting new ideas – then this week’s episode is for you!

6 Ways To Double Your Garden’s Yield This Year, With Barbara Damrosch

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Spring is finally here in North America, and for most homesteaders and off-gridders, that means it’s time to plant another garden.

But before you pull out the shovel and hoe this year, why not do something different – something that even can double your garden’s production?

That’s the topic of this week’s episode of Off The Grid Radio, as we talk to gardening expert Barbara Damrosch, who tells us six ways you can double your garden’s yield this year – six simple ways that that are easy to implement.

Damrosch is the author or co-author of “The Garden Primer” and the “The Four Season Farm Gardener’s Cookbook, as well as a weekly gardening column for The Washington Post. She also is co-owner, with her husband Eliot Coleman, of Four Season Farm, an experimental market garden in Harborside, Maine.

Damrosch tells us:

  • Which vegetables she considers most productive.
  • How succession planting can bump up the yield – if it’s used correctly.
  • Why she likes “interplanting” but isn’t a fan of companion planting.
  • How she grows more vegetables in the space she has, without adding rows.

Finally, Damrosch shares with us details about Four Season Farm, which has proven that vegetables can be grown in a cold climate, all-year long. If you’re wanting new ideas for your garden this year, then this show is for you!

Survival Wisdom From The Great Depression

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Survival and preparedness is on the rise today, and for many Americans, that means looking to the past for guidance. For example, how did our ancestors survive, with next to nothing, during tough times?

On this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio we examine survival during the Great Depression with survival expert, blogger and author Lisa Bedford, who has studied how our grandparents and great-grandparents not only endured the 1920s and 30s but actually thrived.

Lisa, the author of “Survival Mom” and “Worst Case Scenarios and Emergency Evacuations,” tells us:

  • How people during the Great Depression made money when there seemingly were no jobs available.
  • What unique foods they ate – foods that many Americans would never try.
  • How they found food in their yards and the forest, and why we should do the same.
  • What they used to sew their own clothes when they couldn’t afford fabric.
  • How they repaired shoes, using an overlooked item that all of us own.

Finally, Lisa tells us why people who survived the Great Depression look back on that era so fondly – as if it were the best time of their lives. If you need some survival wisdom and inspiration this week, then this show is for you!

How To Homestead On Just 1/4 An Acre

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When we think about homesteading, we often picture a large piece of land – 10, 20 or even 50 acres. But a large number of off-gridders and homesteaders are discovering it’s possible to homestead on a much, much smaller plot … even on one-fourth an acre.

That is the subject of this week’s episode of Off The Grid Radio, as we talk to Carleen Madigan, the editor of The Backyard Homestead, a bestselling book that tells readers how to “produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre.”

Madigan dispels myths about homesteading and land size, and then tells us:

  • How to get the most yield out of a small plot of land.
  • Which vegetables she would plant first on a small homestead.
  • What animals she would buy if she was just starting out.
  • How gardening and livestock aren’t the only sources of food for homesteaders.

Finally, Madigan shares with us why homesteading isn’t limited to rural areas, and how even people who live in the city can take part in a self-reliant life. Don’t miss this show that will broaden your view of what “homesteading” is all about!

Off-Grid Life In An Underground House

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Living underground may sound like the realm of Hobbits and Hollywood movies, but for many off-gridders, it is day-to-day reality.

These homesteaders and off-gridders have chosen to ignore the conventional path and instead live in earth-sheltered or earth-berm homes, which are covered in dirt, with only one side of the home typically exposed to the elements.

On this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio we talk to Helen Ettlin, a resident of Missouri who lives in an earth-sheltered home and who tells us all of the benefits and drawbacks of a life “underground.”

Helen shares with us:

  • How an earth-sheltered home saves her family money, not only on energy costs but also on home insurance.
  • Why an earth-sheltered home may be the perfect residence for families who often face threats from tornadoes and other major storms.
  • How her home’s unique construction provides enough indoor sunlight, despite being surrounded by dirt.
  • Why earth-sheltered homes may be the perfect residence for off-gridders who want a house that is not so easily found.

Helen closes the show by telling us why her family chose to live in an earth-berm home, and what advice she would give people who are looking for such a house. Don’t miss this amazing episode that will give you a glimpse of a self-sufficient life underground!

The WWII Winter Survival Story You’ve Never Heard

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World War II is full of survival stories, but there is one particularly harrowing one – set in winter – that wasn’t fully told until recently.

It involves an American pilot named Leon Crane who crashed during the middle of frigid temperatures in the Yukon wilderness, and then survived alone for 81 days in snowy, icy, dark conditions even though all he had was his parachute, matches and a Boy Scout knife. His incredible story is now the subject of a book, “81 Days Below Zero,” and the author, Brian Murphy, joins us on this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio.

Crane’s inspiring tale is one that anyone who loves history or stories of survival can learn from. In fact, it’s a story that would be unbelievable if it weren’t actually true; Crane, after all, was a “city boy” with very few skills, but had enough instincts to make it through the 11-plus weeks.

Murphy tells us:

  • How Crane survived the first week in the wilderness without finding any food.
  • How he determined which direction to walk, even though he had no compass or map.
  • How his parachute played a critical role in his survival.
  • How he stayed alive after falling into frigid waters.
  • How he survived in an area that was receiving only about four hours of light each day.
  • How he kept his spirits up, despite not seeing anyone for nearly three months.

Finally, Murphy shares with us how Crane’s survival story – and others like it – changed the way the military trains its personnel. Don’t miss this episode if you’re a lover of history or amazing stories, or simply someone who wants to learn new skills!

Winter Survival Secrets, With Expert Tim MacWelch

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Winter is nature’s most dangerous season. A wind chill of -20 degrees Fahrenheit can lead to frostbite in only 30 minutes, and if you stay out much longer, it can kill you.

But if you’re prepared and know what you’re doing, you can survive.

Winter survival is this week’s topic on Off The Grid Radio as we talk to outdoors expert Tim MacWelch, the author of the new book “The Ultimate Winter Survival Handbook” as well as three bestselling survival books, including “How to Survive Anything.”

Tim shares with us everything we need to know in order to survive being stranded during winter – whether that’s in the wilderness or on the side of a deserted road.

Tim tells us the first thing we should do in such an instance, and then he gives us advice on:

  • What you should wear for winter survival – and why nearly everyone gets it wrong.
  • How snow itself can be used to help you survive, and not just for melting and drinking it.
  • What you can forage for during winter, no matter how much snow is on the ground.
  • How you can build a durable shelter, even in a snow-covered forest.
  • Which winter-specific items deserve a space in your survival kit or bug-out bag, and how you can use each one of them.
  • How you can stay warm using only what is on your body and what is in the wilderness.

Tim also tells us how to survive in the wilderness if our clothes get wet – and how it involves doing something that seems counterintuitive. If you’re a survivalist or just someone who wants to build your winter survival skills, then this show is for you!

Off-Grid Alaska Life At 45 Below

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Winter is the most challenging season for many off-gridders, especially if you live in the interior of Alaska near Fairbanks, where temperatures in recent years have dipped as low as -45 degrees Fahrenheit – and the record is -66.

But that’s the life of off-gridders Danny Whittle and SueJean Heinz, a married couple who have learned how to survive in a frigid environment that can quickly kill if the right precautions aren’t taken. In fact, they once had to survive on stockpiled water when their pipes froze.

They are this week’s guests on Off The Grid Radio, and they share with us amazing stories of survival that you’ve got to hear to believe.

Elsewhere across the U.S., organic farmers are pushing for “GMO-free” zones within counties, whereby organic farmers can grow their crops without fear of contamination from non-traditional crops.

Danny and SueJean tell us:

  • What it’s like to live in an area that sometimes gets 20 hours of daylight – and 20 hours of darkness.
  • How they survived 15 days without running water when their pipes froze, drinking bottled water and melting piles of snow.
  • What they stockpile for food in a location that is one hour from the nearest grocery store and is inhospitable to plants.
  • How they use bales of hay and snow to add much-needed insulation during winter.
  • What their survival plan is in case their primary source of heat fails.

Danny and SueJean also tell us how they survived a treacherous winter trip through the Yukon Territory when their transmission froze. Finally, they share with us the joys of living in Alaska, and what it’s like to see bear, moose, wolves and the Northern Lights right outside their door. If you’re a homesteader, off-gridder or simply someone who enjoys stories of surviving in the “Land of the Midnight Sun,” then this show is for you!

Monsanto’s Big Loss In Federal Court

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Quietly across the nation, organic farmers are making progress in their battle to raise organic, GMO-free crops without the threat of cross-contamination from genetically modified fields.

And, perhaps most surprisingly, a federal court has sided with the farmers.

That’s the subject of today’s edition of Off The Grid Radio, as organic farmer Elise Higley tells us the latest news out of Jackson County, Oregon, where voters approved and a federal judge recently upheld a new law that prohibits the growing of GMO crops – handing biotech companies such as Monsanto and Syngenta a big loss.

Elsewhere across the U.S., organic farmers are pushing for “GMO-free” zones within counties, whereby organic farmers can grow their crops without fear of contamination from non-traditional crops.

Higley, who also is executive director of the Our Family Farms Coalition, an advocacy group for family farms and traditional seeds crops, tells us:

  • How cross-contamination could ruin a family’s entire organic crop – and result in it literally being owned by biotech companies.
  • What will happen to GMO crops in Jackson County now that such plants are banned.
  • Why she believes organic farmers could lose millions of dollars in domestic and international markets if a solution isn’t found to prevent cross-contamination.
  • How the livelihoods of even non-organic family farmers are being threatened by Monsanto and GMO crops.

Finally, Higley tells us how supporters of organic and traditional farmers can join the fight to protect the rights of small farms. If you like inspiring stories of modern-day Davids defeating Goliath, then this show is for you!

Off-Grid Life In A $31,000 Portable ‘House On Wheels’

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When the average American family moves from one town to another town, it often involves weeks and weeks of packing up their stuff, not to mention finding another house in which to live. But for off-gridder Fred Schultz, it takes only about one day – but instead of buying a new house, he simply hitches his house-on-wheels to the back of a vehicle … and moves it.

Fred, his wife and their young daughter live in Australia in what is often called a “tiny house,” and he is this week’s guest on Off The Grid Radio.

The tiny house movement, we learn, has benefits for all homesteaders and survivalists, even if a particular family doesn’t want to make it their primary residence. There are, after all, benefits of being portable.

Fred also tells us:

  • How he designed and built his house for merely $31,000.
  • Why he believes life in a small house is far less stressful than life in a big house.
  • How he gets power and water off-grid, miles and miles from the city.
  • Why he uses an alcohol-powered stove for cooking.
  • What his plans are if his family continues expanding.
  • How he built a tiny wood-burning stove that also heats his water.

Fred also shares with us the biggest mistakes he made when building his tiny house. If you’re an off-gridder looking to be more portable or wanting to downsize — or you simply enjoy amazing, unique stories – then this is one show you will want to hear!

Carla Emery’s Daughter Goes Off-Grid

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Forty years after Carla Emery wrote her bestseller homesteading resource “Encyclopedia of Country Living” and a decade after she passed away, her daughter, Esther, is continuing her mom’s off-grid tradition while developing new skills that past generations probably wouldn’t recognize.

Esther Emery is this week’s guest on Off The Grid Radio, as she tells us what it was like to grow up under such a famous off-grid expert. But more significantly, she shares with us skills you won’t find in her mom’s landmark book, which sold some 750,000 copies.

Esther and her husband Nick Fouch have been living off-grid for only a few years, but they have taken homestead education into the digital age with a YouTube channel that has thousands of subscribers. And they’ve done it all with three children.

Esther tells us:

  • Why she ran away from the self-sufficient lifestyle after childhood, only to return to it as an adult.
  • Why she and Nick live in a yurt, and how they ensure it is durable and storm-safe.
  • What it’s like to live in the woods, nearly an hour from the nearest store or gas station.
  • How they made a bicycle-powered washing machine that works just as well as a grid-powered one.
  • How they built a composting outhouse that doesn’t stink, no matter the weather.

Finally, Esther gives us a preview of a book she is writing that is scheduled to be published in 2017.

If you own Carla Emery’s “Encyclopedia of Country Living” or you’re just wanting to learn more off-grid skills, then this show is one you don’t want to miss!

Is A Power Grid Attack Imminent?

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Late last year a cyberattack took down a large segment of the Ukrainian power grid, marking the first time that hackers anywhere in the world accomplished such a feat. Days later, in early January, North Korea claimed it had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb, an action that could put it one step closer to launching an EMP.

Is a cyberattack or EMP attack on the American power grid next? That’s the subject of this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio as we talk to grid expert Peter Pry, the author of the new book Blackout Wars and the executive director of the EMP Task Force on National and Homeland Security.

Pry, who also served on the EMP Commission and the House Armed Services Committee, says a cyberattack or EMP attack could take down the grid for weeks or months. He also tells us:

  • Why he believes North Korea may be telling the truth – and why American intelligence may be wrong.
  • How a hydrogen bomb would make an EMP even more dangerous – and how North Korea already has the capability to deliver it.
  • Why the attack on the Ukrainian grid should worry Americans, and how hackers half the world away could take down the U.S. grid, with no notice.
  • What we can do to prepare for an attack on the grid.

If the grid were down for one year, Pry says, upwards of 90 percent of the population would die from starvation, lack of medical supplies and unrest.

Pry also shares his thoughts on the White House’s Space Weather Action Plan, and he tells us how we can pressure Congress to protect the grid. If you’re concerned about America’s future and the power grid, then this is one show you don’t want to miss!

How To Live Off-Grid With A Full-Time Job

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Living off-grid on a 40-acre homestead is difficult enough, but doing so while juggling farm chores and a full-time, off-site job? That seems nearly impossible.

But that’s exactly what this week’s guest on Off The Grid Radio does. His name is Joseph Trumpey, and he and his wife Shelly manage an off-grid farm with a large garden and about 100 animals. Each of them also teaches – Joseph at the University of Michigan and Shelly at a local school.

It’s a challenging schedule, Joseph says, but it’s well worth it.

Joseph also tells us:

  • How he finds time to do farm chores while also leaving time for his day job.
  • Why he chose a straw bale home — and what unique benefits it provides.
  • What he uses to power his off-grid, 2,200-square-foot house.
  • Why he built his home by himself rather than having someone do the work.
  • How he makes extra cash from the farm, and why he is a big supporter of grass-fed meat.

Joseph also offers tips to anyone who is wanting to balance an off-grid life with a full-time job. Don’t miss this amazing episode featuring an off-grid family that will encourage and inspire you!

6 Simple Survival Skills You Should Learn In 2016

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New Year’s Resolutions often last only a few days or weeks before they’re broken, but it doesn’t have to be that way, especially if your resolution is to learn a skill that can last a lifetime.

This week on Off The Grid Radio, we present six homesteading and survival skills you can easily learn this year – skills that even may save your life during a crisis. Expert and author Lisa Bedford, better known as the “Survival Mom,” tells us how each skill can take your “prepping” to the next level and help set you apart from other survivalists.

Bedford tells us homesteading and survival skills that can:

  • help you find edible food in case your stockpile is low.
  • allow you to communicate with friends and family members miles and miles away during a disaster.
  • extend the shelf life of your vegetables and meats for months and even years.

Bedford also shares with us an overlooked skill that few survivalists have but that nearly all survivalists need. And she tells us an easy “expert method” to cook food when the power is out.

If you’re wanting to learn a few new skills this year but aren’t sure what to try, then this week’s show is for you!

Living On $400 A Year

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The average American family this year spent nearly $900 on Christmas gifts, an incredible statistic when we consider that adults in some countries make less than that in an entire year.

In Haiti, for example, the average yearly income is about $400 – less than half of what the average U.S. family spends on merely toys and other gifts in one month.

On this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio we talk to Dave Young, executive director of Heart of God Haiti, a ministry that is friends of OTGR and one that meets the spiritual and physical needs of Haitians – teaching them skills that help them become self-sufficient.

Heart of God Haiti runs an orphanage, school, feeding program, adult training program, and English language program, helping lift hundreds of Haitians out of a cycle of poverty.

Young says such a ministry is desperately needed in a country in which:

  • 40 percent of the country cannot read or write
  • 67 percent of adults do not have a formal job.
  • 59 percent of the country lives on less than $2 per day.
  • Children often go entire days without any food, frequently digging in dumpsters for scraps.

Haiti has been reeling ever since the 2010 earthquake that killed more than 100,000 people and orphaned thousands of children.

But there is hope, Young says, and children and families are being saved each week not only from possible starvation from from a life dependent on handouts. And you can help. Listen as Young shares stories that will motivate and inspire you this holiday season.

The Incredible Stories Behind Your Favorite Christmas Traditions

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Have you ever wondered why we put up Christmas trees? Why we celebrate Jesus’ birth on Dec. 25? How the tradition of Santa Claus really got started?

If so, then this week’s special Christmas edition of Off The Grid Radio is for you. Our guest is Ace Collins, the author of the book Stories Behind The Great Traditions of Christmas, which explores the fascinating background of more than 20 Christmas traditions – traditions in which we all participate, even if we don’t know exactly why.

Collins tells us:

  • How Christmas landed on Dec. 25, even if it likely isn’t the real date for Christ’s birth.
  • Why many Christians around the world didn’t even celebrate Jesus’ birth for 1,800 years.
  • How World War II transformed Christmas into a month-long shopping extravaganza.
  • Why Christmas, at one point in history, was bemoaned as a “Mardi Gras on steroids.”
  • How the tradition of Santa helped spark a renewed interest in celebrating Jesus’ birth.

Collins also explains how a 19th-century poem turned Christmas into the holiday we celebrate today, and why the practice of giving gifts grew exponentially in the past 150 years. And, he gives us the background for why we put lights on the trees.

If you enjoy Christmas, history and – as Paul Harvey would say – the “rest of the story,” then you won’t want to miss this week’s show!

Winter Gardening Tricks And Secrets

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With summer and fall weather behind us, most gardeners have placed their tools in storage for the winter. But for many other homesteaders and off-gridders, gardening season never ends — not even when it’s frigid outside.

On this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio we talk all about winter gardening with Darren Snyder, a master gardener, cooperative extension services agent and agriculture professor within the University of Alaska-Fairbanks system.

Even if there’s snow on the ground and the wind is howling you can still grow vegetables, either outdoors or indoors, Snyder says.

He also tells us:

  • Which cold-hardy vegetables are best to plant for winter-type weather.
  • What methods you should employ to protect plants from freezing temperatures.
  • How cold is “too cold” to begin growing vegetables outside.
  • Why light is just as critical as temperature in winter gardening.
  • Which plants are best to overwinter until spring.
  • How a vegetable garden can be grown indoors – without an expensive electric bill.

If you’ve still got a green thumb and are wanting to try growing vegetables year-round, then this show is for you!

Everything You Need To Stockpile For Winter

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Winter and sub-zero temperatures are just around the corner, but for many Americans, their wood-burning stoves are already lit.

Winter can kill you if you’re not prepared, and on this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio we talk to off-grid expert and author Rich Scheben, who tells us what he stockpiles to get ready for frigid Montana winters – and what you should stockpile no matter where you live.

Scheben has lived off-grid in Big Sky Country for two decades and employs unique homesteading methods that you won’t see used just anywhere.

Scheben tells us:

  • How much wood he stockpiles and what types of trees he uses.
  • Why he rarely burns wood unless it’s been seasoned for a full year.
  • How he gets the most out of his wood-burning stove.
  • Why he never “feeds the fire” in his stove during the middle of the night.
  • How he uses his wood-burning stove to heat his water.
  • Why he doesn’t own a freezer, despite being an avid hunter.
  • How much food he stockpiles for winter.
  • Why (and how) he uses greywater for several homestead chores.

Finally, Scheben tells the audience what steps they can take if they want to follow a similar path and go off-grid. If you’re a homesteader heading into a brutal winter, you’ll definitely want to listen to this week’s episode!

Obama’s Secret Plan To ‘Reboot’ Agenda 21

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More than two decades after it passed the controversial plan known as Agenda 21, the United Nations met this fall and adopted another plan – Agenda 2030 – that some are calling even worse than the original.

It’s been dubbed “Agenda 21 on steroids,” and it passed with the approval of the Obama administration and countries around the world, receiving little media coverage. Eventually, it could be forced on you by your local city council, impacting basic freedoms such as property rights that the Founders assumed would never disappear, all in the name of “sustainable development.”

Agenda 2030 is the topic of this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio as we talk to the American Policy Center’s Tom DeWeese, one of the nation’s foremost experts on Agenda 21 and Agenda 2030. He flies around the country throughout the year battling local implementation of the plans.

Agenda 2030, he says, is nothing more than a reboot of Agenda 21 – and we all should be on watch. DeWeese gives us an overview of Agenda 21 and then he tells us:

  • How Agenda 2030 could impact your property rights and even the way in which you use transportation.
  • How the document’s goal of fighting poverty actually means wealth redistribution.
  • How Agenda 2030’s objective of combating climate change could impact your basic liberties, all in the name of making Earth cleaner.
  • How Agenda 21 made its way into local city and county policies without you even knowing it until it was too late.

If you care about freedom and liberty and you oppose government intervention in your life, then this show is one you don’t want to miss!

Pilgrim Myths And Legends

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pilgrim legends.jpgThe story of the Pilgrims is one you think you may know by heart, having learned it during elementary school and having heard it every year since.

But as you’ll discover on this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio, the Pilgrim story is full of myths – myths you likely learned as a child. For example, who truly deserves the most credit for founding America – the Pilgrims or the settlers of Jamestown, which was started 13 years earlier? And does it even matter?

Joining us to discuss this are two professors at Liberty University: Carey Roberts, who is chair of the department of history and associate dean of the college of arts and sciences, and Samuel Smith, who is professor of history and director of the graduate program in history.

The Pilgrim story, they tell us, is an inspiring and captivating one that nevertheless is full of legends. They tell us

  • Why the Pilgrims shouldn’t be credited with practicing the first Thanksgiving in 1621.
  • How the Pilgrims helped guide America away from a socialistic form of government.
  • Why the Pilgrims really fled Europe — a reason you probably won’t hear about in the mainstream media.
  • What truly happened to the Pilgrims during the decades after they landed at Plymouth.
  • How the Mayflower Compact remains relevant to this day.

 

On this Thanksgiving Day, learn the real story of the Pilgrims – a story that will make you even more thankful for what those brave settlers accomplished!

How To Live Off-Grid In A Boat For Cheap

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The subject of off-grid living often conjures images of a two-story homestead, lush rolling hills, and a bountiful garden.

But that’s not the only path to living off the grid, and on this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio we talk to a couple who sold their possessions for an off-grid life on a boat, at sea. Ryan and Olivia Frank moved from Colorado to Florida several years ago to chase their dream of life on the ocean: eating fish for their meals, collecting rainwater to drink, and using solar power for electricity.

It’s a “minimal” lifestyle, but they wouldn’t have it any other way. And, believe it or not, their monthly expenses are far, far less than they were on land.

Ryan and Olivia cruise the Caribbean, witnessing first-hand the amazing natural sights that most of us only will see on a postcard.

Ryan and Olivia also tell us:

  • How they make money with laptop-based businesses from their boat.
  • What they store on their boat so as to survive days away from land.
  • How they stay connected with friends.
  • Why living on a boat is cheaper than living on land.
  • What they miss about “land life.”

Ryan closes by sharing with us a harrowing “storm story” that sounds like something straight out of a movie – only he and Olivia experienced it first-hand in the middle of gigantic waves. They also tell us how they stay out of the way of huge cargo ships, whose captains often don’t see small boats in the water. If you have a sense of adventure and love off-grid life, then this show is for you!

How To Build A $1,000 Indestructible Off-Grid Home

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Building your own home is never free, but a growing number of homesteaders and off-gridders are discovering it can be far cheaper than we often envision, simply by using the resources already on the land.

These modern “earthbag” homes cost as little as $1,000, can be built without much skill, and can survive earthquakes, floods and even wildfires when other homes in the surrounding area are destroyed. In other words, they’re less expensive than conventional homes but more durable. They’re even bullet-proof.

Earthbag homes are the subject of this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio as we talk to Kelly Hart, one of the nation’s foremost experts on earthbag structures who also hosts several earthbag websites dedicated to spreading the word about their usefulness.

He shares with us details about an earthbag home he built in Colorado and he also tells us:

  • How the benefits of earthbag homes far outweigh any negatives they bring.
  • Which basic materials go into building an earthbag home, and how you can find some of these items for free.
  • How long it takes to build an earthbag home, and what you can do to speed up the process.
  • Why an earthbag home typically will last far longer than a traditional home.
  • How bugs and varmints aren’t a problem in earthbag homes as some people may suspect.

Earthbag homes are used around the world, including in Nepal, which experienced a 7.8 magnitude earthquake earlier this year that destroyed more than 150,000 traditional homes. Earthbag homes, though, remained standing.

If you’re a homesteader, off-gridder or simply someone fascinated by alternative forms of construction, then this is one show you don’t want to miss!

How To Raise Kids Who Hate Video Games And Love Gardening

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Homesteaders and off-gridders spend a lot of time throughout the year growing their own gardens, but how many of those days are spent growing something even more important — gardeners?

Raising kids to love gardening may sound like a challenge in an age of smartphones, tablets and video games, but it’s not as hard as you may believe. That’s according to Steven Biggs and his 10-year-old daughter Emma, who have co-written a kid-friendly book, “Grow Gardeners,” that not only encourages children to get into gardening but also tells parents how they can get their own kids involved.

Steven and Emma are this week’s guests on Off The Grid Radio, and they tell us:

  • How to raise children who aren’t addicted to video games and screen time.
  • What steps parents can take to get kids into gardening.
  • How something as simple as playing in the mud can help kids see the fun in gardening.
  • Why kid-friendly plants are important for first-time gardeners.
  • How “themed gardens” can help get children interested in gardening.

Emma also shares her own gardening secrets from this year’s harvest, including which tomato varieties she tried. And she gives a few herb tips, as well.

If you’re wanting advice on how to get your children away from the TV and into gardening, then this show is for you!

The Civil War History You Don’t Know

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America is commemorating the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War this year, but the commemoration has been anything but civil. With debates over heroes, statues and flags, the Civil War seemingly has divided America once again.

Meanwhile, many Americans still don’t know their Civil War history, having bought into myths and legends that apparently never die.

On this week’s edition of Off The Grid Radio we discuss Civil War “off-grid” history that you won’t get out of public school textbooks or from the mainstream media. Our guest is historian Bill Potter, an author, teacher and lecturer who also gives tours of American and European sites, telling the story of God’s providential hand in history.

Potter tells us:

  • Why it’s wrong to view the Civil War simply as the “good guys” vs. the “bad guys.”
  • How the issue of racism in the South was far more complex than what we’ve learned.
  • What really tore the states apart, and how churches played a key role.
  • Why Lincoln’s views on slavery are more complicated than the conventional narrative.
  • Whether the Civil War truly was a necessary war.

A century and a half after it ended, the “War Between The States” continues to captivate our imagination. Listen as one of the nation’s leading experts on the Civil War explains its history in ways you’ve never heard!