Exploring Primitive Camping for Off-Grid Enthusiasts

Exploring Primitive Camping for Off-Grid Enthusiasts

By Sally Keys For some people, camping is a way to enjoy an affordable vacation and a chance to get to spend some time in nature. For others, camping is a way of life. There are plenty of people who have crisscrossed the US, camping for free – or very low cost – at primitive campsites (often referred to as backcountry campsites). If you’re committed to going off-grid or have fully embraced an off-the-grid lifestyle, primitive...

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8 Foods That Magically Regrow

8 Foods That Magically Regrow

By Stephanie Lynch When you think about how vegetables or fruits grow, you probably think about a seed, right? While you’re technically right, did you know there’s another way to regrow some fruits and vegetables from the scraps when you’re done eating it? As long as the scraps are fresh and you’re giving it the right environment, you won’t have to go the grocery store or buy seeds again! Check out these 8 fruits...

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Is Cleaning Your House Bad for the Environment and Your Health?

Is Cleaning Your House Bad for the Environment and Your Health?

By Sally Keys As an off-gridder, protecting the environment is likely to be one of your foremost concerns. You’ll no doubt be keen to limit the harmful chemicals used in your home, and household cleaners should be top of your list. The chemicals that they contain are common air and water pollutants, and what’s more, the very substances used to keep your home clean and free from allergens can actually cause allergy-like symptoms that...

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A Guide to Campfire Cooking

A Guide to Campfire Cooking

This post was derived from Alison Hudson’s eReplacementParts.com post on cooking over a campfire. Alison submitted this version for Real Goods. Who doesn’t love a warm and abundant fire while out in the wilderness? Not only does a campfire provide warmth and ambiance, but it’s a great way to enjoy a delicious meal. The unique flavors that come from a campfire meal are worth the wait. But first you’ll need to build the...

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The Tie Between Fermented Foods and Freedom

The Tie Between Fermented Foods and Freedom

By Landa Roon, Real Goods Operations Manager For me, self-reliance is freedom, because it means I have a greater say in what can be done to impact my life in a positive way. That philosophy extends to self-care. Self-care starts with a healthy immune system, which is my top defense against disease. Since 80% of my active immune system is located in my intestines, maintenance of healthy gut flora is critical to maintaining my health. Fermenting...

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