Homesteading Family Living Off-Grid in a Spectacular Earthship

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:

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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.

Thanks for watching!

Mat & Danielle


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

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  • my question is how you make money for your living.

  • I am fully and utterly in LOVE with them! they have the PERFECT lifestyle! Perfect balance of off grid living and a travel lifestyle and a non profit business too! Absolutely brilliant!

  • I absolutely love this! Self sustaining with all the gardening— a dream come true!!🤗🤗

  • Здесь уж никакого короновируса нет.

  • it's not homesteading if you use your wads of cash (cuz you're loaded) to pay farmhands while you vacation for months in other countries. this is just monocropping/cash cropping with a cool house. bs title of video

  • What alot of work over the years. It is finally real nice. Hope you enjoy it forever. Don't give out your address there are theives that think they are owed what they want from people.

  • Коноплеводетво как отрасль растениеводства имеет длительную псторию. Возделывание К. было извест- но еще скифам и древним грекам. На современной тер- риторил СССР конопля широко возделывалась ужже сов.: продукция её имела высокую меновую цен- кость и служсила предметом натурального обложения аемледельцов. Уже при ване Грозном взаморская» торговля пенькой получила большое значение в государственном доходе. Ообиралась пенька и как «для надобностей дел ратных», Строительство налог Петром 1 российского флота, развитие горно-руд- ного дела, возведение Петербурга вызвали усилен- ный спрос на пеньку и расширение культуры к. Ещё большее значение эта культура получила с развитием капитализма. Характеризуя с. х-во Орловской губ. где коноплеводство с. х-ва по денежным доходам, В. И. Ленин писал: «Развитие было главнейшей отраслью торгового, рыночного земледелия направ- лено здесь не на расширение посевов для сбыта зер- на, а на производство конопли. С этим продуктом связано здесь наибольшее количество торговых опе- раций… «Конопляники доставляют главный доход крестьянам» «на возделывание конопли обращено главное внимание крестьян. Весь навоз… идет на удобрение конопляников», под коноплю» делаются всюду займы, коноплей уплачиваются долги…. (Соч., т. 3, стр. 87). Перед первой мировой войной экспорт продуктов коноплеводства из России занимал третье место среди др.с-х продуктов после пшеницы и льна.

  • Волокно К. отличается крепостью, стойкостью против гниения при длительном пребывании в воде и потому слу- жит лучшим материалом для канатов, верёвок, рыболовных снастей и т. п.; из волокна К. изготовляют также мешки, брезент, холст, парусину, упряжную сбрую, приводные ремни, карды для автомобильных покрышек и пр. Получаемое при обработке К. короткое волокно пспользуется для производства котонина, для обтирки и чистки машин, для конопатки деревянных судов, стен домов, набивки букс и т. д. Семена К. содержат 30-32% масла (группы высы- хающих, иодное число 150—160), к-рое используется в пищу и для производетва олифы, красок, лака, мягкого мыла и т. д. Масличность семян и иодное число масла К. выше в зап. р-нах и ниже в вост. р-нах, а в пределах европ. части СССР, кроме того, эти показатели повышаются с Ю. на С. В семенах К. содержкится, кроме масла, ок. 18—23% белков, ок. 20% крахмала, ок. 15% клетчатки и ок. 4,5% золы. Конопляный жмых содержит 22—28 % белка и 9—11% жира и использу- ется как концентрированный корм для с.-х. ж-ных. Ив семян К. получают фитин, широко применяемый в медицине. Костра, получаемая при обработке К., идёт на изготовление термоизоляционных плит, на ТОПЛИВО!!!

  • Открытие!!! Русские болшинство так живут летом на дачах. Зимой в многоэтажках. Или в домах получше круглый год. Opening!!! Most Russians live like that in the summer at their summer cottages. In winter in high-rise buildings. Or better homes all year round.

  • What a BEAUTIFUL way of life!

  • сколько стоят солнечные батареи и сколько говна в них, а утилизация этого говна?!
    шутники-альтернативщики, блин

  • hands down this is the most beautiful house i've come across so far, thanks for sharing.

  • ,благодарность за русские субтитры

  • Greed is the greatest virus…

  • My only complaint is how do you find time to get your freak on? I would need a decent wall between my kids.

  • Молодцы ребята! И какие худощавые, стройные, много двигательной активности ежедневно и нет рядом магазинчика с сомнительного качества едой, то, что вырастили,то и на столе. О таких семьях нужно популярно рассказывать и показывать, чтобы молодежь знала, на кого равняться! А пример надо брать с тех, кто лучше тебя и идти вперёд! Благополучия вашей семье!!!

  • Hé, des Québécois !

  • Let the man talk, too. The woman does most of the talking. It makes me wonder if their relationship is okay

  • Каждый живёт в своём комфорте, главное не вредить природе.

  • wow !! you guys ROCK !!! so amazing and inspirational !! way to make it work !!

  • Дом мечта😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍Я тоже хочу, так жить🥰

  • Но женщине Адольфа чуть сибя в порядок привести просрочку и покрасить волосы вот так

  • Молодцы смелое решение увас все супер и дом и все.❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Но ведь жили же раньше так люди и неплохо .деревни кормили города .все было вдоволь и самое настоящее .фрукты ,овощи,мясо,молочные продукты,рыба,поля пшеничные ,

  • Tom from Quebec Canada
    Go on utube heating with compost (growfoodwell . Com

  • Моя мечта найти такого человека где хочет тоже самое…и прожить жизнь на едине с природой

  • This is my DREEEEAM. Im only 14 so its possible!

  • I need this life. ❤️

  • It's a lot of work to live this way. Not money &.there foot print on this planet is good for it. Make no mistake they are not lazy You can't live like that and not at work. Homesteading is a way of life that's not for everyone but more people are starting to look at what's most important to there happiness and I couldn't feel more comfortable than that. Oh and just because you live off the grid doesn't mean you don't have a flushing toilet That's a choice. There are many types of systems that you can put into a place like that You can actually have an incinerator toilet if you want. You need educate yourself on the options to available more and more you don't need just an outhouse you just need a smart person who can help you. Or you can study and learn about what is going to work for you. I've been watching off the grid programs that are on TV and YouTube and boy you'd be amazed at some of the things you can do and what they have to do as options when you want to do this.

  • You are living MY dream lifestyle!!!!! Beautiful!!!!

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