Living on the Edge: A Family's Journey to Self-Sufficiency

By F.J. Bohan

In terms of survival, one measurement certainly doesn't healthy all. that is precisely what writer F. J. Bohan came across while he and his kinfolk set out on a quest for self-sufficiency, a trip that has lasted greater than 17 years.

Living at the Edge describes why Bohan and his spouse made the choice to tug their 4 sons from public college within the East and trigger in a switched over university bus to the yankee Southwest. On a truly constrained price range, the Bohans all started their new lifestyles in a tent pitched in public campgrounds. once they can, they bought distant ranchland, on which they developed a country cabin from the floor up that grew as they can have enough money so as to add on. additionally, they homeschooled the men so good that every one 4 acquired scholarships to the universities in their selection. On their trip, the Bohans realized much approximately dwelling off the land and stale the grid, quite often via trial and blunder. during this ebook, the writer graciously stocks worthy classes at the following:

  • Keeping a spouse, 4 boys, canines, and cats satisfied in a tent for 18 months
  • Creating strength for a tent or cabin via a mixture of sun panels, vehicle batteries, turbines, and oil
  • Heating and cooking on wooden stoves
  • Finding inventive how you can make money in an insular, impoverished rural area
  • Securing adequate water within the wasteland for a relatives of six, plus animals, to reside on
  • Erecting fences—literal and figurative ones—for privateness and security
  • Raising chickens, goats, and geese for meals, whereas warding off bears, bobcats, skunks, and different nation critters

Relocating to the wilderness, dwelling in a tent, or homeschooling youngsters would possibly not entice you. but when you've ever considered dwelling off the grid or just changing into extra self-sufficient, this can be how one American kinfolk effectively did it . . . and located freedom alongside the way.

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