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Living Off the Grid in Paradise



Warrick Mitchell lives deep in one of the world’s most remote locations: Fiordland, New Zealand. His home in the country’s oldest national park is nestled in a vast wildness accessible only by boat or airplane, a four day’s walk from the nearest road. Life in isolation can be hard, but surrounded by breathtaking, pristine natural beauty, plentiful wildlife and a small but tight-knit community that is always willing to lend a hand, Mitchell would have it no other way.

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Scottish Island for Sale

The 760-acre getaway is complete with a stone schoolhouse and 9 traditional cottages all for $2.3 million (or in three cheaper lots).

Stop the presses! The best escape fantasy ever is on the market and could be yours for a mere $2.3 million, or about the cost of a Manhattan condo.

Tanera Mòr is the main island of the Summer Isles, an idyllic archipelago a mile and a half off the northwest coast of Scotland near Ullapool. You want seven miles of rugged cliffs, sheltered coves and beaches? Make an offer! The island is 1.6 miles long and 1.2 miles wide, has spectacular views and sustains itself with generators and wind turbines for 24-hour electricity; plus, a freshwater treatment works.

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Cape Breton Store Offers Free Land, Job to Canadians Willing to Relocate

farmer-s-daughter-in-whycocomaghA family-run business is trying a unique approach to recruit people to live and work year-round in rural Cape Breton by offering two free acres of land to people who are willing to relocate.

Farmer’s Daughter is a general store and bakery in Whycocomagh, N.S., which has a population of about 800. Sisters Sandee MacLean and Heather Coulombe took over the business earlier this year from their dairy farmer parents, who started it nearly 25 years ago.

From Rick Gordon

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Homesteading Residency Opportunity on Bill Coperthwaite's Land in Maine

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Dear friends of Dickinsons Reach and Bill Coperthwaite,

We are very pleased to announce the creation of 4–6 week long homesteading residencies at Dickinsons Reach in honor of Bill Coperthwaite and his way of life. The residencies will start this September and occur every season thereafter. We are very excited to offer individual and couples this wonderful chance to live within the homestead and landscape that has inspired so many of us. The Homesteading Residencies also reflect a new phase of our shared stewardship of Dickinsons Reach.…

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Green Bridge Farm: Going Green from the Ground Up

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Michael Maddox has been reading Mother Earth News since he was in high school, and has always wanted the lifestyle described in its pages. Now in his 60s, he’s reached a point where not only can he bring that dream to fruition, but he can also share it with others.

His strong desire to “think globally, act locally” is why he decided to subdivide part of the farm that’s been in his family since 1798. He received approval for his subdivision from the county zoning commission in 2008, and soon began selling 1.2- to 1.6-acre plots on 25 wooded acres in Effingham County, Georgia. Unlike many subdivisions where McMansions are the prevailing aesthetic, Green Bridge Farm sets maximum square footage and heights, and requires that 90 percent of each site remains wooded. The subdivision has an organic farm at its center.

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Mark & Meg's Half-Acre California Coastal Farm

On which they grow 60-70% of all their own food.

I’m going to post sneak previews of our next book, Small Homes, once in a while, as I proceed with layout. There will be 6 pages with photos of Mark and Meg’s home, built out of recycled wood, and garden.

I’m experimenting with Twitter to post references to other websites; it’s quicker than blogging. www.twitter.com/lloydkahn

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Off-Grid Homestead in Wales

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Hello Lloyd/Shelter Blog,

I started a laid-back UK-based photo blog last autumn and thought you might be interested in a particular story I wrote about a friend’s off-grid homestead in West Wales.

I’ve long been interested in handmade homes and lived on a converted canal barge for over a decade but you’d be hard pushed to find a better example of “walking the low-impact talk” in the UK…

www.thebimbler.co.uk/a-long-time-ago

Hope you enjoy this and my other stories.

Best wishes,
–Rich (the Bimbler)
www.thebimbler.co.uk

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Most Useful Tools for a Half-Acre Homestead

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Summon the word “homestead” and you likely think of hardy farmers with 10 or more acres on which they keep livestock, grow and preserve a great deal of their own food, and fell trees to build their homes. But more modest-sized homesteads are more attainable for most people, and these smaller-scale acreages can embody old-school homesteading in principle, if not in scope. Our half-acre homestead is one of those. Following are some of the most useful tools and techniques that have made Lesley’s and my 40-year journey toward greater self-sufficiency possible.

www.motherearthnews.com/…

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New Yurt Based on Bill Coperthwaite's Last Design

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All photos by Melanie Wehrwein

Bill Coperthwaite was a master yurt-builder/designer who was featured in Home Work. He died in 2013. The yurt that the Wehrwein family is building was based on Bill’s last design.

For almost three years, Melanie and Josh Wehrwein have been living in a heavy, round tent measuring 24 feet in diameter, along with their 8-year-old son Caden and 5-year-old daughter Aria.

Not far away on their wooded property is a circular, three-storied wooden structure that’s not complete, but into which they’ll eventually settle. Its base is 46 feet and 6 inches across. Its shape suggests a UFO.

Yurts, as both structures are known, were traditionally inhabited by those on the steppes of central Asian countries such as Mongolia and Kyrgyzstan.

In the United States, they’ve grown in popularity — and evolved in style — thanks in part to the efforts of a now-deceased Mainer named William Coperthwaite. Before a car accident took his life in 2013, Coperthwaite made many of the designs for the Wehrwein’s three-storied, wood-tapered yurt. It was the last design by Coperthwaite, who was 83 and lived in a similarly sizable yurt he’d built in Machiasport, [Maine].

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Welsh "Hobbit House" Faces Demolition

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Sent to us by Conor McBrierty :

A young family is making a last-ditch effort to save its cherished “hobbit house” from the bulldozers after planners deemed it had to be razed.

Charlie Hague and Megan Williams used natural materials to lovingly build their roundhouse tucked away in southwest Wales. But the pair, both 27, applied for planning permission only after moving in with their newborn son, Eli, in 2012.

Though many local people did not even know the small building was there, planners ruled the house did not fit in with the surrounding Pembrokeshire countryside and decided it had to go.

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New Video of Lloyd Kahn's Homestead by Kirsten Dirksen, Fair Companies

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Photo by Nicolás Boullosa

Kirsten Dirksen is a filmmaker with Fair Companies, a bilingual media operation that she and her husband Nicolás Boullosa run out of Barcelona. Kirsten is a former TV producer for MTV and the Travel Channel who now focuses on “…community and access to tools on sustainable culture.” She has produced almost 600 videos, an amazing body of work when you consider that it’s the editing, not the shooting, that is so time-consuming. I don’t know how she does it.

We’ve had a bunch of people shoot film (OK, OK, video) around here and they generally take a long time to get set up, then follow a preconceived series of shots and questions.

Kirsten walked in the first time and within 5 minutes, was shooting. We were comfortable with her. She winged it, seeing what we were doing, following us around. On one of her visits, her two little long-haired girls explored the garden and chickens and Nicolás shot photos.

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One thing I love about this video is that she recognized what Lesley is doing in her life and with her garden, her art, and her attitude towards a home. Often that gets missed in people coming here to see me.
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