So I am going to make an adjustment here.
Originally, I set out to try to locate and learn about as many sustainable living resources as possible and share them with you on a daily basis. Our own homestead – Berry Mountain – was to be a sidebar to the story.
I think I need to reverse these priorities; focus more on Berry Mountain, and share resources as I come across them. Yes.
We are making the move to leave the familiar comforts of our Washington, DC suburban condo-lifestyle and go back to the land and test our self-reliant mettle.
We have the property (30 acres of West Virginia mountain forest.)
We have a home there (a small off-grid, no running water 60-year-old hunting cabin.)
Now what we need is to acquire everything we need to make a self-sufficient life.
What do you need to have and know to be a modern-day pioneer?
I have a list.
Our leetle friend says hello.
The cats love to watch the Berry Mountain TV channel out the window.
We fly the flag off the tool shed when we are in residence. (Like the Queen)
The lush spring forest,
The newly redecorated interior of our sweet little outhouse.
A view of the cabin from atop the toolshed.
Welcome says our spirit animal: The Bear.
Cabin living room.
The cabin used to be a hunting lodge.
The tool shed, outhouse and cabin.
The view of Shenandoah Mountain from the lake near our property.
We have elevation change on the property. It is a box cannon.
Installing the second proper garden bed at the cabin site. Spring 2013
Comprehensive Master Plan – version 24 (April 25, 2013) With the Main House (Net-Zero, Earth Sheltered, Passive Solar), Outbuildings, a village of Tiny Homes around a Community Dining Hall & Bath house, orchards, vineyards, four different food forests, goats, chickens, 2 greenhouses, 1 aquaponics shed, maple grove, mushroom logs and super secret ginseng fields – but don’t tell anyone. Power from solar, wind and micro-hydro