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Homesteading Family Living Off-Grid in a Spectacular Earthship

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This inspiring off-grid homesteading family lives in a renovated stone earthship. They grow their own food, collect rainwater, use solar power, have composting toilets, and they have a pond that filters their grey water. On top of living an eco friendly lifestyle, they dedicate their work to important projects like urban gardening and promoting industrial hemp as “Hempbassadors.”

To follow their exciting project, check them out on Facebook and Instagram here:

Off-Grid Living playlist:

Earthship playlist:

During the winter, they typically take 2-4 months off to travel, which is financially possible for them because they don’t have a mortgage (the house only cost $15,000 when they bought it).

Their daughter, Emma, is in the first grade, but they take her out of school while they travel and homeschool her on the road.

Francis & Marie have dreamt of being self-sufficient for a long time. For 8 years they renovated their earthship home, planted their permaculture gardens, and prepared for the day they’d be able to live their dream full-time.

For over 2 years now they’ve been living on their dream homestead. They grow apples, berries, and other fruits which they preserve for winter. They also grow vegetables, and collect eggs from their chickens. In the summer, their grocery bill can be as low as $30/week because they produce so much of their own food.

Much of their harvest is kept cool in their root cellar although they would like to have a fridge.

The home is a passive solar home with a greenhouse in the front. It can stay above zero degrees on it’s own, but they have a wood stove – an Amish Pioneer Princess – to heat the house, to cook, and to heat their hot water.

For rainwater, they have 3 collection systems. One is a tank in front of the house that collects water from the greenhouse, and they use a solar powered pump to transfer it into an underground cistern.

Another tank collects rainwater from the roof, and a third collects rainwater from their shed. In total they can have 10,000 litres of fresh water when all of the tanks are full.

They don’t have a well yet so they get their drinking water from a cabin they have access to down the road.

They have a small solar power system for their lights, the water pump, and for the internet. They’d eventually like to invest in a bigger system but for now it works well.

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Mat & Danielle


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Music & Song Credits:
All music in this video was composed, performed, and recorded by Mat of Exploring Alternatives.

Editing Credits:
Mat and Danielle of Exploring Alternatives

Filming Credits:
Mat of Exploring Alternatives

Photo Credits:
Photos in this video were taken by Francis & Marie of Hempbassadors


Exploring Alternatives says:

Thanks for watching! Here are some links to the Hempbassadors, and to more off-grid & earthship videos 🙂

Hempbassadors: https://www.instagram.com/hempbassadors/
Off-Grid Living: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLslKBpzJILet38X4jewEbINeMM9MJCMXe
Earthships: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLslKBpzJILeszhgpmnHfNQwoRgAcXYBXr

christine joy gari says:

Im dreaming of this kind of life

James Harold says:

Beautiful stonework

Dreamcatcher_11_ says:

Someone needs to get the floor plan of this and reengineer it and improve the whole setup because the idea is amazing!


Someone forgot to tell us these people are millionaires

Wesley Steers says:

That dudes got a weed plant somewhere in there

Naif Mohammad Sharif says:

Living offgrid is awsome …i left my city life 8 months ago and now i am happy in my village way more …

Klay Thompson says:

The hardest part is finding a part interested in trying to live like this.

Rich Shields says:

This is how we all should be living. Great job on the renovation!

Fuck You says:

id rather have this then money.

ricardo costa ciabotti says:

Faltou água ozonizada para tudo e toda saúde, sanitarismo.. etc..

Mountain Views says:

So extremely happy for thi family I hope that they are this happy for ever just beautiful thumbs up my friends this ones over the top y´all are beautiful beautiful wonderful parents thank you so much for giving your beautiful beautiful beautiful daughter all that you do I know that I am talking a lot but it is very rare to see such wonderful parents thanks again thumbs up my friends

Jacob Cushman says:

I'd love to live like this I need a new change and lifestyle in my life and I'd love to just unplug from everything and live off grid I'm so down for this I am a single dad and I would love to settle down with someone again this would be so perfect for this love all your videos man such great good feeling content thanks for everything you share with us man much love. 👍💪😀❤️

holymolie says:

They are truly enjoying life and living well, truly serene. Their daughter is blessed to have such a wonderful childhood and lucky to be able to travel with her parents.

Sen Chi says:

this was awesome
thanks so much for sharing guys 🙂

Martha Schafer says:

ah ha! …i knew you could do this.! good for them!

Bosvigo's says:

What a wonderful life you have created for yourselves. I wish you every success.

angie royall says:

Inspiring… Love the house too! Another excellent video!

Scifi FantasyGirl says:

How do you fight mosquito growth with your tank of standing rain water?

Sunny SeaCat says:

Very inspiring. Congratulations on becoming as self sufficient as possible. Heat and humidity in your home will not be a problem much longer: must say this gently but we are entering a GRAND SOLAR MINIMUM (pre major ice age ahead in 3-5 decades). Many videos now on YT. Extreme cold ahead with phenomenal storms of every kind imaginable.

The sun controls the climate and goes through cycles – warmer, cooler – every 200 years. This "solar minimum" is being referred to as a Grand Solar Minimum because of it's intensity. The sun is cooling down fast. Incredible cold/snow coming north of the Equator. Storms have devastated millions of tons of crops already and the GSM has just started. Look at YT videos of flooding in Nebraska. Massive crop loss worldwide ahead = food scarcity = food prices to rise dramatically.

Two YT channels: Adapt 2030 & Ice Age Farmer. Adapt 2030 is outstanding with 700+ videos.

Interviews: John L Casey, Anita Bailey PhD, Lee Wheelbarger, Robert Felix, Ice Age Farmer, Adapt 2030. Start with Casey's interviews.

Books: Upheaval: Why Catastrophic Earthquakes Will Soon Strike the USA (Casey), 2) Cold Times: Preparing for the Mini Ice Age (Bailey), 3) A New Little Ice Age Has Started (Lawrence Pierce).

Prep up NOW on all necessary manual tools / items of all kinds. With your knowledge and persistence, you could live anywhere warmer. Canada is going to get EXTREMELY COLD and go offline in crop production soon. Everywhere North of the Equator will get very, very cold with equally challenging crop production. China has bought a lot of land in middle Africa for crop production, is building cities and high speed rails there because they know a GSM is here. Everyone on the planet will be impacted. Your knowledge and experience will help significantly. You can make it. 99% of the world has no clue about the GSM or economic collapse at our doorstep. Life as we know it is about to change forever.

All the utmost best. Blessings….

Franklin Payero says:

My dream to be independently like u guys, thank u for been a great inspiration to others

neda my life story says:

This is what I want and I am trying for it and I'm sure I'm going to get it in 5 years maybe,because first i have to move to the country i want

Email Veng says:

Just one question. How they pay their vacations now and the everyday expenses? I guess none of them have a job, so how do they live?

MemesTV says:

If they have power issues then wind would be good option too. In the north there are usually lot of wind.

jaz is says:

This is the fucking dream! I wish I had someone to live like this with.

Amanda Dibden says:

The way of living is fascinating , to be off grid is a dream . Very interesting incite to all the possibilities of hemp – this plant sounds more and more like the way forward in many ways – wow!

Star dust says:

возьмите меня к себе ! больше не могу выживать в россии (

Pale Compass says:

Ha! My family eats Canadian hemp seeds everyday. It's a great source of protein and fat.

Prony says:

I have one thing in common with you guys that's the red handle victorinox paring knife and the way you peal the potatoes 😀

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