About the Homestead

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We are an off grid, Eco-friendly, green living, organic, true homestead that sits in the middle of the Ozarks of southern Missouri on 5 acres of wooded private land. The homestead is 100% off the grid and will remain this way for ever. That means we are not hooked to any commercial power sources, water sources, or technological sources. There is no TV at the community, no internet, no running water with sinks, no flush toilets, no running showers with hot and cold water options, no electrical outlets to plug into or anything else you might come to expect from mainstream societal life.

Why do we live this way you might wonder. It is because we believe the world is changing to fast and is now on a downward spiral to destruction. People’s health has spiraled out of control, power grids go down leaving those in the heat and cold to figure out how to survive. Water sources have been contaminated beyond repair, food is scarce and so expensive and poisonous that most can not afford to eat or to eat healthy. We feel that life is a path and the journey will lead you down the straight and narrow full speed a head with side roads at every angle. The world has chosen a side path that leads to destruction.

We believe that the only way to end the path of destruction that the world has gone down is to stop where we are and back up. Back all the way up to where things went array. At that point we can see that things were truly better, healthier back there. So we have decided to go backwards, well since forward just is not working. In the past, where our grandparents lived, our ancestors thrived and were healthy. So the life that we live is well set back in the past how things were done before things were polluted and contaminated beyond repair. We cut, split and haul our own wood for heating and cooking.

We haul in and collect our own water for use in all aspects where water is needed. We grow, forage, hunt and raise our own food and we do it all naturally, organic and heirloom. We build our own buildings using Eco-friendly, biodegradable methods and materials because, after all, we and all we have belongs to the earth and back to the earth it will go, eventually. We feel that the best gift we can offer the earth is to leave it as we found it or better when we are gone, by decreasing our footprint one step at a time. We have found peace, serenity, health, freedom, happiness and overall, a better life.

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12 thoughts on “About the Homestead

  1. I share much of this– as I consider it– cynicism, though perhaps it’s just having one’s eyes open. The homestead sounds amazing, and definitely embodies a dream of mine. Serious question, though: how do you maintain a blog with deliberately limited resources (specifically, no electricity or internet)?

    • Hello!

      Yes we have one bill….land payment, a monthly payment of 200.00. My wife is a nurse in the local town, about 15 miles away and I am a self published author and freelance writer who has been debt free and J O B free for almost 10 years now. I do not work, I have no personal need for the green stuff anymore, so I just sit back and collect a small royalty payment monthly from online sales. I have been self sufficient in this way for about 10 years now. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the question!

    • Hi Frank. We do not use solar here. Although maybe in the future and we do have other community members that use solar. My family has chosen for the past 5 years to go about it 19th century pioneer style. Your disability is not a problem as long as you have a caretaker living with you. Our way of life is purely physical, but we do have a mentally disabled person here that has a caretaker living with him (wife). She takes up his inability to do things needed and we all pitch in.

  2. How many currently reside at Dogwood Hollow? I have done some workshops at Dancing Rabbit in the past, and I am also interested in a self sufficient lifestyle

    • Travis, we were reforming this year after a year off thinking we were done with communal life here, then we had 6 of us by summer. Now, again, sadly, it is just 3 of us, which means we are a broken community. Currently NOT operating as an intentional commune because we just can not find anyone willing to accept this massive undertaking of a change of life. We are hard core, too hard for everyone it has seemed. Dancing Rabbit is north of us and we are not affiliated, good luck!

  3. Curious to see if I could get some help locating laws on the books regarding off grid living in MO. We’re looking at some property in Vernon County, and weren’t sure where to start. We’d heard through the grapevine that off grid living was just fine and dandy, but as you Missourians would say, show me πŸ˜‰

    My google searches were fruitless, and the only thing I could come to was the website for the government of Vernon County. You may privately email me if you like.

    • Norman, off grid living is 100% legal in all the US, as long as you are not one of those people that want to challenge the system, like so many recent have, and try to live off the grid IN the city limits, or IN a rental within the city limits etc. Its really common sense, live off the grid on your own private land outside the city limits, the country where the codes and zones are lax or non existence. Actually MO. has been named as the best place to go off the grid due to the price range for land and living as well as the most relaxed codes and zones anywhere. MO is also one of the most free states in the US. It is called a constitutional state and this IS the reason we went off grid and back to homesteading here in the Ozarks. In fact, the MO. Ozarks are a hot spot for off grid homesteading. We are seeing hordes of people flocking here for to live this way for the reasons I mentioned. Start here http://www.homesteadcrossings.com or here http://www.ozarkland.com or here http://www.classiccountryland.com

  4. Hi
    I think you are doing great work for the Earth, and I thank you for that.
    I would like to know, as you harvest the trees for your heating and cooking needs – do you plant baby trees or tree seeds to help the forest replenish what you take? Do you monitor your plantings to ensure that there is at least some percentage of your plantings that survive to grow into bigger trees? What wood harvesting techniques do you use?

    On a different topic, I saw you mentioned that there’s some stuff being done to start WWIII by pushing Russia into it. Being Russian myself, but living in the States for over 20 years now – I completely agree with you, and I see this as an attempt at yet ANOTHER MANUFACTURED WAR. In the case that WWIII were to break out, what are your thoughts on being pretty close to a military base (Ft. Leonard Wood that I know of)? Don’t you think the military base being there poses a threat to your land as far as them possibly getting nuked in a WWIII scenario, and then radiation reaching your land? Or perhaps the military driving their rovers over to your land to take your resources from you?

    • Hello Gaia, already answered your questions on Rollanet.org, but for others to learn from, I will post the response here as well and add to it to answer your additional concerns, mentioned here.

      “do you plant baby trees or tree seeds to help the forest replenish what you take?” Yes, we plant trees.

      Do you monitor your plantings to ensure that there is at least some percentage of your plantings that survive to grow into bigger trees? yes of course.

      What wood harvesting techniques do you use? Those that make since. πŸ™‚ Based on common sense as well as learned experience and those techniques referred to in the Missouri conservation dept. as well as what is sustainable. We practice sustainability as part of how we live, that should say a lot. Thanks for your comments.

      “what are your thoughts on being pretty close to a military base (Ft. Leonard Wood that I know of)? Don’t you think the military base being there poses a threat to your land as far as them possibly getting nuked in a WWIII scenario, and then radiation reaching your land? No, Ft. Leonard Wood is a lousy target for a nuke attack…to attack this “training base” would be a waste of resources. Anyway, if it came to a nuclear war no place would be “safe”.

      Or perhaps the military driving their rovers over to your land to take your resources from you? Isn’t this a threat anywhere you are, well since our fearless leader decided to sign an exec. order that makes everything we own govt. property in any event the govt. deems necessary. We do not worry about that, because if it comes down to the American people fighting their own military, we surely won’t win anyhow. But personally, I will go out fighting πŸ™‚

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