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.