Off the Grid || Living Self Sufficiently

I grew up in the densely populated area of Melbourne and always sought solace in its parklands, so the idea of living in a quiet natural environment with clean air and water was always appealing.

After University I left the city behind and moved to Alice Springs where I met some wonderful friends who were living on the land and growing their own food despite the arid environment. I loved how surplus food inspired big cook ups and creative adventures in jams, pickles and preserves. I saw how putting all that energy into the land gave so much back, not just in terms of food but also in the way it nourished spirit, family and community.

While in Alice Springs I also met my husband Billy who was born in North Queensland and had spent many years here living “off the grid”. I decided to move here and bought our 12 acre property in Koah just over a 2 years ago. We’ve been planting seeds ever since.

I’ve since discovered that living on the land is hard work! In the early stages of getting established there are multiple projects on the go and it takes time and a lot of energy. One thing we have found particularly useful is utilising the traveller networks like WOOFers (“Willing Workers On Organic Farms”), whereby travellers come and work on the property in exchange for food and accommodation. This is a great way to get help with tedious tasks like weeding! We have also connected with a good network of like-minded people in the area, so there is a regular exchange of produce and knowledge.

It is such a joy to be sharing this way of life with our three year old son Noah. I am so grateful he has such space and freedom to run around and I love watching his connection with nature grow. He loves helping out and getting his hands dirty, tending to the goats and chickens, planting seeds, collecting food, spreading mulch. I love that he understands where his food and water comes from.

Living self-sustainably means living in in harmony with nature and being responsible for what you put in and take out. It means generating your own power and recycling all your waste. We have around 30 chickens, which produce enough eggs to feed ourselves and many local families, and four goats which we hope to milk and make cheese and yoghurt from. We are also planning on hosting some permaculture courses and other retreats in the near future.

Choosing to live ‘off the grid’ is a way of actively creating a healthier world. Whenever I hear disturbing news of corporate greed and destruction of the environment I feel compelled to go outside and plant more food, to do more that generates healthy, harmonious energy. As a health practitioner I know the importance of nourishment. I can feel that this lifestyle offers a regenerative cycle of nourishment, whereby the more you put in the more you prosper and grow.