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The Do It Yourself World
Join us and follow along as we strive to become fully self sufficient and off the grid on our 18 acre homestead in the woods. My wife Melanie, our daughter Michelle, and I moved in the spring of 2017 to our new homestead in Northern lower Michigan.
We are surrounded by wild State forest land teaming with wildlife. For many, this is vacation paradise. For us, this is home. There are very few full time people around, which ads to the wildness and the beauty of the area. This also leaves us pretty much alone in the quiet and peaceful forest.
We are raising chickens for meat, eggs and for some extra money to help pay the bills. We grow our own food to help offset the cost of groceries. We hunt and fish for meat as needed and to stock up for the harsh winter months.
We hope to become more and more independent of the grocery stores with time and eventually become fully self sufficient.
We are putting up solar panels and battery backup systems to power our meager needs in our off grid tiny house. We use primarily wood heat to keep us warm in the cold winter months.
We let the birds run free on the homestead to eat ticks and other insects. We have guinea fowl and chickens which are now fully free ranging on about two acres of land on the front part of our property.
The ticks are very bad this year so it was a rush to fence in our entire front lot and let the birds run free. Guinea fowl are known for eating ticks and helping to control the insect population. And chickens eat just about anything that moves on the homestead including mice and snakes if they can catch them.
Now we are rushing to fence in all of our flower and vegetable beds so the chickens will not harm our food.
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