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Going “Off Grid”…

May 6th, 2009

Recently, I have been getting a lot of help about rabbits off of some mailing lists that have to do with raising rabbits and homesteading.  There is a ton of good information to be found in these groups.  I have been following a lot of “signature” lines to blogs and websites and have found that many people who are raising rabbits are doing so as a part of “homesteading” (returning to a self-sustaining way of living.)  This is intriguing to me!  Most of you know that we started raising rabbits as a project for the kids, to teach responsibility and to provide good teaching opportunities for our homeschooling.  But, I have to admit, there is an appeal for the type of living that many are choosing to get back to.  I can imagine living off of the land, and raising all of our own food.  However, i would sure miss many of the “conveniences” that we have been spoiled with.  I wonder how much more productive we would be without all of those “conveniences” though?  I know that I am often more distracted by them, than aided by them!

My question to you all is:  would you like to live “off grid” even for a little while?  Would you be able to survive?  Or would you need all the modern conveniences?  Do you see any advantage to the lifestyle?  I’m sure most of the “disadvantages” would have to do with conveniences, but other than that can you think of any disadvantages?  I’m interested to see what you all come up with!

I am still trying to decide on what to use for a prize to the person who comes up with the best name for our rabbitry.  Keep thinking on a name, and I will try to get the contest put up in the next couple of days.  I know that there are a lot of creative people out there who will be a big help to me in getting a good, catchy name. Looks like we might be up to butchering this weekend, or next week sometime (if we can get some dry weather!)

I’ll leave you with a picture of my youngest with one of the newer bunnies:

Isn’t that some wild and crazy hair?  Good caption:  Crazy Hair and Hare?

7 Responses to “Going “Off Grid”…”

  1. That is some awesome hair, or hare? Whichever!

    I honestly don’t think I could do the true homesteading thing. I love camping, and getting back to my roots, but I guess I’m too spoiled and attached to some of my modern conveniences. I think it would be pretty cool to try and do it for a couple of weeks or something, but as a way of life, no way.

    Plus, I don’t think I could raise rabbits for food. I have no problem with hunting them, and bringing them to the dinner table, but to be attached to them day in and day out would be a hard one for me.

    I think this whole post really made me sound like a sissy, but oh well. I’m just telling the truth.

  2. Arthur, I haven’t butchered any of the rabbits yet…i’ll let you know how that goes when I attempt it the first time 🙂

  3. I love the hair and the hare!

  4. I think a lot about going off-grid, and while I think Boyfriend and I would be better prepared than most, I don’t think I would choose it. Why? To live truly off-grid would mean giving up bread, unless I could manage to start growing wheat and build a mill.

    But if forced to go off grid? I’m sure we could do it. And I’m sure I’d drop that 10-15 pounds I’ve been wanting to get rid of…

  5. I don’t think I’d want to go completely off-grid. I could live without my microwave and dishwasher, but I do like having them. If we had room I’d have a clothesline to dry my clothes on in the warmer months of the year – but I’d still keep my dryer (and use it too!) I love my AC, the furnace is nice to have as a backup to the wood heat and I wouldn’t want to be without my computer or telephone. We already don’t have a television. If I lived somewhere that I could bike or walk to get things I needed I would do that some, but I like having a vehicle to hop in too. Oh and I’m with NorCal – I don’t want to give-up bread. If we had to live off-grid, I’m sure we’d make it but I do like the conveniences we have now.

  6. I spent three weeks last year when I was guiding in a tin cabin with a wood stove and bank of batteries with a generator to charge them every day or so. I also used to head into the Smokey Mtns every fall for a couple of weeks in a tent.

    I’ll be honest right here and now… if I had no one to care for but myself, I’d be all over it. A few books, a warm place to sleep, and all of creation just outside the door… that’s paradise! Biggest problem I have is that I suck as a gardener.

  7. I dont think i could go totally off the grid but the idea of growing rabbits for food and smokin them really appeals to me.
    Great info thanks

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