Monthly Archives: September 2015

Rain water barrel system – with a bonus for off-grid!

Hey everyone! I just wanted to post a quick video look at what Tim was able to devise for our (5) 55-gallon rain barrel system at the homestead. We have 5 of these barrels which provide more than enough water for us as weekend homesteaders, but the construction method he used is particularly ingenious. This summer he added a brace for adding a solar shower bag which sends the engineering to a whole new level. I hope some of these ideas are useful to you in your quest for self-reliance.


God Bless!

Adding solar panels to the Homestead

This past weekend I filmed a little video clip focusing on the adjustable, moveable and DIY solar panel frame set up Tim devised this summer. I spent some time highlighting the construction methods he used to create something super flexible and infinitely moveable. Our cabin is nestled in a clearing of very tall trees, so we have to chase the sun throughout the day and the year. If some of you might need that same level of flexibility, take a look!

We bought most of the components of the 3 panel (100 watts each) system off of Amazon as a kit for less than $500. Later we added an extra battery, extensions for the power cords and a new charge controller.

We are considering adding more panels to the cabin roof (which is sited almost perfectly facing south) – but the debate whether we should spend money on improving the cabin vs. putting that money towards new building projects continues to be a subject of discussion.

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Video Update – Clearing the Land Sept 27 2015

Hi Everyone – here is a video tour of what our cleared homestead site looks like after all the machines are gone and we begin the second phase of terraforming a forest into a working homestead. We are creating hugelkultur beds, addressing our pond-in-progress and shaping terraces to catch water and soil.


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Sept 26 2015 – Happy Hour Chat

So. we’ve decided to try and record weekly video updates on the progress at Berry Mountain. We call them “Happy Hours” – because every step of the way has a different flavor of happiness. This particular week includes mild profanity (NOT FROM ME!) and descriptions of what and how much it costs to carve out a homestead from a wooded landscape. Cheeky, saucy, eye-rolly (is that a word?) We got it all. Love to all of you.