’70s Off-Grid Homestead

Sent to us by Risa Stephanie Bear:

Slide show of construction of a 1970s–early ’80s off-grid homestead in the Oregon Coast Range. Electricity was 12-volt, from a deep-cycle battery system in the family car. Water was from a hand-dug well. Propane refrigerator, gasoline generator for washing clothes and running power tools. Two babies were born there.

Risa Stephanie Bear farms one acre in the Willamette Valley, Oregon. A former tree planter, forest fire fighter, and timber cruiser, she retired in 2009 after twenty years at the University of Oregon and holds the M.A. in English and M.S. in Arts Management. She is the author of several novels relating to her life on an off-grid homestead.

One Response to ’70s Off-Grid Homestead

  1. Oh, that brings back memories! We built our off-grid homestead in the late 70s, too. Somewhat farther north, halfway up the BC coast, but the country is similar.

    We had no refrigeration, except in the winter (a box on the back porch), water from the creek when the grizzlies weren’t around in summer, melted snow in winter, no power tools, except for the chain saw. It was one of the best times of my life.

    We were so young!

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