202. Off Grid with Doug and Stacy | Homesteaders and YouTubers | Northern Missouri

Off Grid With DOUG and STACY youtube channel

Northern Missouri

OFF GRID with DOUG and STACY youtube channel

We have a youtube channel called OFF GRID with DOUG and STACY

I’m Doug and I’m Stacy!

Basically we post daily videos about our daily life. We built a log cabin in 90 days from scratch. Built it with no carpentry skills. We have an organic garden with raised beds. We use the Back to Eden method. This year we just built a greenhouse to extend our season.

Did you have a whole team? 90 days?

Yes a whole team, 3 people and Me, myself and I

We bought a tractor, when we first bought the land.

We were city slickers when we got here. We have 11 acres

I have this great big tractor, it had a bucket more then adequate

notched the logs and put them up, it’s still standing and we’ve been here 6 years!

we grew up in the city….

jumped in with both feet  and it’s been an awesome ride.

Tell me about your first gardening experience?

We’re from the St. Louis Metro area.

Stacy – I grew up, we live in a residential area with an acre lot. My dad was Mr. outdoorsmen. I wasn’t really interested in it at all. We had all the produce and I didn’t pay attention to one thing that he did. I could kick myself for but now that I’m older, I get it now. 

We had grapes on our fence rows.  We grew everything, raised rabbits. I was only child.

Doug grew up in an apartment with a sister and a  single mom. I left home when I was almost 16, and there was 0 interest in that stuff. 

How long ago did you pack up and go off grid?

6 years ago

It was just like we were sick of it. We wanted to know where our food was coming from and what was in it, GMO’s etc. 

We wanted to live off the land

be organic

What’s been the biggest challenge?

every day has been a challenge

first got here we had no idea what we were doing. When we first moved in, trying to figure out what we were gonna do

off grid with doug


didn’t have running water. Just got running water 2 years ago. For 4 years hauling  water into

We charge our equipment

via our truck

videos on our channel to describe that

Turned out we were 7-8 miles away from the Amish and we befriended them

being the adventures guy I am, I ended up getting a team of belgiums  and a plow

plowing with belgians

  • harrowing
  • discing
  • seeding

totally old fashioned

10,000 square foot garden

  • a lot of weeding
  • physical maintenance to get the food to harvest.

So if you had to start over again. Your place is wiped out or you move to Montana what would you do differently what would be the first thing you would do.

Doug and Stacy Squash Photo

One of the first things we would do

  • plant our fruit trees
  • bushes
  • berries

first thing

get right into

what kind of gardening we do now.

  • raised beds
  • back to eden style
  • less labor intensive

Our first year here we had over 100 degrees for like a month

  • drought
  • hauling buckets from the pond
  • next year we had rain
  • bugs

never know what’s gonna happen

This past year put our minds together

gonna get raised beds


made em high enough they are waist level my favorite way to do it.

over the years getting kind of smart

Raised beds that are waist level are ingenious.

Yesterday I went to home depot, and took pictures of all the boards I want mike to design some beds, people are always asking me how to make them. We started out the same way, no running water. We started with 2 small 8×10 beds. WE’ve always had these really nice raised beds. The new mini-farm have deep beds but they are not raised beds. Yesterday I planted a fall crop of lettuce to see if it will grow and I was like it’s so nice to sit on the edge of this bed.

Need other mediums to grow

  • pumpkins
  • squashes

mulch type garden

cedar is the best wood to use for building raised beds.

We try to get raw cut cedar, we have a lot of 

We have a lot of saw mills in our area

they’re gonna last the longest

  • heat resistant
  • bug resistant

He’s always arguing with me, who’s gonna go to home depot and buy wood you use recycled wood, I’m like lots of people don’t have access to recycled wood like we do. We have one that’s an old water bed frame.

In your beds you have a lot of water


hardier wood for fluctuating expansions

raised beds

no matter

do what you can where you are

Better then to stand still till I have cedar

We have

  • pallets for compost bins
  • wouldn’t suggest using treated lumber

I’m glad you said that, people asked the other day about using railroad ties, but they have creoste I think or something.


compost your toilets

basically a humanure composting system, has been around thousands of years. You can youtube it or google it

5 gallon buckets

  • sawdust
  • 2 bins outside
  • pile up for a year
  • sit for a year

And then it turns into the most black luscious great compost

  • in your garden
  • around your trees
  • much more organic
  • eco-friendly


JR Jenkins


The Humanure Handbook: A Guide to Composting Human Manure

Get yourself educated on that there’s a certain stigma, but people are like ewww did he just say that? We get such great compost out of that and if you watch some youtube videos. 

On our way!

We’re just programmed. You have a toilet and flush it. Even here, Ill say that the amish

have an access panel in the back

animal stuff and just spread it out in the fields. I’m not so cool with that system. But this system that you

  • age
  • breaks everything down

creating compost for vegetables gardens

Tell us about something that grew well this year.


my favorite thing to grow


Anthocyanin rich fruits and vegetables. 

I like to talk about health

some foods are better then others and I like the ones with bright colors.

  • reds
  • blues
  • violets
  • chocolate browns

Anthocyanins type of flavonoid a powerful antioxidant. They yield 2 times the amount of antioxidant

  • blueberries
  • currants

have these bright colors

help protect

  • brain
  • aging
  • memory
  • liver
  • vision
  • immune system

done very well

heirloom tomatoes

  • black beauty
  • darkest
  • cherokee purple

lush inside

put it with little tomatoes or mozzarella

Armenian cucumbers

look like snakes

  • huge
  • mild flavor
  • melon family

taste just like a cucumber

Rainbow chard

I have done very well in my beds

Last year they weren’t quite as good because we were trying to get the soil just right

super star projects

  • peppers are done well
  • chocolate pepper

anthocianin rich

  • black beauties


really done


All my greens have done phenomenally

  • arugula
  • romaine
  • lettuces
  • green beans

planted a new basil

Love herbs

spice up my herbs

  • lime basil

grew out the Wazhoo lime taste

Mexican or something you want a lime flavor.

Tell me about something that didn’t work so well this season.

I am the worst at growing eggplant

I tried and it never works, I tried in different medium

I like to add a caveat to everything that did good section in our raised beds

Back to Eden garden


some of the plants

  • aged mulch
  • wood chips
  • nitrogen fixing problems

We’re gonna heavy compost it and let it set.

Do you get a soil test?

We’re not that nerdy.

I think I was telling you in the pre-chat you’re like episode 202 but it’s been recommended, we haven’t done it either, I finally talked mike into doing it this year and then with school was so busy never did it either. I think they were talking about Eliot Coleman that found out he needed some obscure thing like Boron and sometimes they talk about putting gypsum which is dry-wall. And one part could be missing one thing and another part could be missing something else. Cause I asked about Mike’s new mini-farm versus our regular garden by the house.


As far as eggplants, one thing I know Mike has told me what finally worked for him was putting them in the same bed, he used to put like 2 here and 2 there and one  there in different beds with tomatoes etc and he struggled for years. he would get beautiful plants and purple blossoms but no fruit. That was his answer.

I want to ask you about a swiss chard recipe because I went to the market with a  huge bag and I was thinking I need to teach people what to cook with it. I like to use the stalks for celery with dip, they’re a little stringier but they have way more flavor. 

What’s your favorite swiss chard recipe?

I use it in everything? I blanch it, freeze it and use it instead of spinach because that’s hard to grow and I put it in eggs, lasagna, anywhere but do you have a favorite recipe?

Swiss chard is one of the power houses or nutrition

  • potassium
  • magnesium
  • calcium

loaded in vitamin

so healing

I ferment mine

fermented kimchee

It’s to die for if you like spicy foods

You can do it without making it spicy if you don’t like spicy food


on fermenting


cut the stalks in little pieces

take the green part

pull it apart

  • carrots
  • pepper flakes
  • garlic
  • ginger

mason jar


  • salt and water

so wonderful!

I don’t do a lot of it, but I’ve had a lot of guests and I just interviewed the Kombucha Mama

That’s basically how we preserve a large portion of our bounty by preserving. 

6-months to a year

versus canning

more nutritious value

You’re not killing all the beneficial enzymes


couple of table spoons of that a day! It’s just great!

I can hear your duck in the background!

  • ducks
  • chickens
  • sheep

We talked about things that went good, eggplants that didn’t work so well.

Is there something you would do different next year or want to try/new?

pumpkins and squashes and things

nitrogen pulled out of a lot of the stuff being so new, our first year

looking forward to do new types of squashes and pumpkins

Fig Tree

We just planted a fig tree we should have those coming on next year.

few little ones

My mom has a fig tree, and they are soooo yummy. Most people don’t know they are fresh green not the dried up things in the store.

I haven’t done that

sweet potatoes are doing great

all of the potatoes

  • greens are great
  • flowers
  • saute them in butter…

I would love to grow sweet potatoes. I’m gonna have Mike work on that one of these years. My mom made pumpkin flowers love them.

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Let’s get to the root of things…

Which activity is your least favorite activity to do in the garden?

We don’t like to weed when it’s 100 degrees in the hot in the middle of the afternoon.

What is your favorite activity to do in the garden?

Stacy: collecting your bounty getting all your yummy produce

watching the day-to-day progress… you go out one day and the next day you go out and it’s double the size

I love to watch how it grows. One minute it looks like nothing and the next minute it looks great!

I know sometimes it seems like it grows in front of my eyes or I’ll go out and drive back in and it’s like I think that grown 3 inches today.

What is the best gardening advice you have  ever received?

Little ladies

I think it is as a human body we need certain nutrients for us to survive

People don’t realize we need magnesium etc and so does your soil

when you can get your soil rich it will have a healthy immune system

their gonna be strong have good soil and a good base we want to get our 

plants strong and strong immune system

Doug: I think the best advice I got is from watching youtube like 

John Kohler Growing Your Greens

OYR Frugal & Sustainable Organic Gardening

1 yard revolution

We’re friends with Curtis Stone the Urban Gardener

I think some of the best advice was go to the raised beds, try theBack to Eden doesn’t necessarily work in every place our place is conducive for it. 

one advice is we like to echo is 

never give up

keep planting

find out what works for you

experiement and grow new things

many different ways of growing so if one doesn’t work for you go to plan B = be flexible

How many raised beds do you have now?

2 L shaped ones that are rather large

10 of them

A favorite tool that you like to use? If you had to move and could only take one tool with you what would it be?

My wife….

I would have to pick him because you know what, we didn’t have anything tool wise

If I had to pick tool like a little handhoe in the raised beds I use that the most

The one with the pointy end

the dragon

hand-hoe with a pointy end

Do you know what I’m talking about?

Stacy Tool

Maybe we can put a picture in the show notes? Doug, I’m only kidding you can pick a tool.

As far as the gardening goes

minimalistic thing

good trowel

mulch garden

move it with your hand

use our hands

makes them from scratch out of iron

good gardening tool

something minimal like that now

moved anywhere else

first two systems we would go to even if we moved to a difference place

Stacy: I have my dad’s wheelbarrow since 1960 still in good shape.

You know when I first came up with this question I thought a shovel, but then I thought a wheelbarrow too because one they’re pretty expensive, I’ve been trying to buy us another one so Mike has one for his mini-farm and we have one by the house. I think it’s essential for moving rocks, straw, weeds! This summer I cleaned out this little area I called it the secret garden because I think I hauled out 6 wheelbarrows full of weeds this weekend.

A favorite recipe you like to cook from the garden?

Almost every meal we make is harvested from the garden, this is what I do

We try to do at least 7-9 cups of leafy vegetables a day. I have these huge bowls to make a big salad. I get my scissors

  • swiss chard
  • kale
  • romaine
  • peppers
  • cukes
  • tomatoes
  • herbs
  • pumpkin seeds
  • sunflower seeds
  • fresh onions

make a home made salad dressing

  • honey
  • apple cider vinegar
  • feta cheese

mix it all up. One of our favorites.

Do you guys make cheese?

We have access

  • raw milk
  • I make homemade cheese and mozzerella

We barter with our amish friends

It’s about ROI

milking something 2xs a day

speaking engagements

We’re trying to get word out about our lifestyle

barter with our neighbors

I’m an Italian coming out of New York and I have a friend who makes homemade Mozzerella and it is just to die for!

We’ll be in Oregon and Santa Rosa, CA for the Heirloom expo

All the Mother Earth News Fairs of 2017

Topeka, KS

Homesteaders of America on oct 14th in VA


What zone are you guys?


You are? Awesome, someone was just asking me? Do you have a good growing area?

Yeah, we do. With the greenhouse now we can take it into winter

Cold Frames

If your listeners are interested we’re actually branding an OFF GRID with DOUG and STACY cold frame.

order one


tough text panels

best green house panels

  • 100% uv protection
  • don’t fade
  • 20-25 year guaranteed
  • plastic


teamed up with them

coming out with a cold frame that we designed

built by a local craftsman

selling those

help people grow earlier and later into the year.

herb garden outside their back door

tough text panels

top of the cold frame

gateway into the tough text thing

It’s a great way to start. You just open it up

herb garden

put your seeds in really easily

  • cedar as well
  • hot box
  • longer growing season from spring to winter
  • will just open up!

I love this idea. I want a kitchen garden right outside my kitchen that has lettuces, radishes etc. I’m a salad girl. And the herbs! My mom makes the most delicious salads all year because she has fresh herbs outside her front door and every salad tastes different!

heat up the soil

I think it was 4’ long and  2’ feet wide.

  • All the hardware comes with it
  • lift that up
  • smaller frame

I’ve seen people do that on their long beds

chains in there

hinges do your business

shut it

tough text panels at loews

A favorite internet resource?


pop up

100k subscribers

1,000,000 views month

pretty consistently a year and a year and 1/2

didn’t understand about youtube wasn’t thinking about documentary

help educate people

3 years ago

monetizing videos

supplement income to the homestead

basically every day


homestead homies

our goal is to bring value

bigger channels

broaden their

animal razing

We’re not experts in one thing, we’re just living it and doing it and having our experiences and knowing what works and what doesn’t and we’re doing it. So a little bit of everything!

Part 2 will air next week!

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Tell us some more about other things? I’m totally curious how you built this house but what else can listeners learn if they go to your channel?

If they come check out our channel, well we’ve built structures…

When we first got here and the only structure that was here was our big barn and I harvested the water off of that with gutters.

3000 gallon water catching system for

Listeners can come check it out, we gravity feed that into our log home and for the animals and the garden area.

  • log home
  • animals
  • garden

The best water to use for your garden is rainwater.

We encourage you, even if you live in the city and your listening to this awesome podcast, try to hook something up to a 50 gallon barrel, something to your down spouts for your garden. Even if you’re in a suburban area and neighborhood you can do that, follow your local rules and guidelines, because there are some places that just don’t like that.

  • best water
  • composting toilets
  • build structures

chicken coops

I built a $50 chicken coop in less then an hour that’s gotten 1000s of hits, if you are looking to raise some chickens.

Stacy does a lot of her stuff.

I do a lot of holistic health

make your own

  • skin care
  • beauty care
  • fermented foods
  • homemade yogurt
  • cottage cheese

to get the most benefit out of foods – the healthiest way we can eat them today right now.

All American Sun Oven Off Grid Living

I cook with a sun oven, an ALL AMERICAN SUN OVEN

Don’t need to use energy. I’m roasting some almonds in it

a lot of recipes

Doug and I like to have fun together, we sit in our Hickory rocking chairs

Have you heard of the ALL AMERICAN SUN OVEN?

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a whole play list dedicated to it!

It’s the bomb!

  • cook without heating up the house
  • actually can cook 2 chickens at one time
  • comes with pots and pans
  • cook a full chicken
  • all at the same time
  • corn on the cob
  • bread
  • hard boil eggs in the carton
  • butter
  • made ghee in it
  • dehydrating
  • water purifier
  • all your herbs

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DOUG: We use it like crazy!

STACY: All summer I use it everyday for something! It is definitely, living off grid but if you live in the suburbs in the summer time and don’t want to heat up your house.

You can:

  • bake
  • best cookies
  • doesn’t burn

Like a big outside crockpot

as long as you can see your shadow you can cook in the ALL AMERICAN SUN OVEN in the winter time you can use it!

It’s a great item to have if you like organic stuff, it’s using no fossil fuels

For preserving all your bounty!

  • dehydrating tomatoes
  • beef jerky
  • herbs
  • tomatoes dehydrates tomatoes

a whole OFF GRID with DOUG and STACY playlist

oddly enough

company been in business really likes what he’s doing

Montana you get a really good reflection, where you get a lot of snow

cooks really good

outside temp

if it starts to rain and your already cooking you just bring it in it will continue cooking as long as you don’t open it up

can’t say enough about it

natural type of lifestyle might want to give it a look!

I’m gonna check that out today, because we’ve been out of propane and our electricity hasn’t gone out, I’m ready for an electric stove.

That propane stuff is gonna get spider webs

Once you get one you just wake up in the morning

  • brownies
  • breads
  • cookies

held the world guiness book record for the most Chocolate chip cookies baked at the same time. 


Helps women who have to cook in places like in Africa Somalia, etc.

They can save it and make it through the winter months.

sell it back to the harvesters later in the year for 5 times the produce. They are able to take the produce, dehydrate it themselves and save them money.

$1/2/$5 is a lot when 50¢ is the average wage.

changed lives

It’s a great way to cook

  • not be burning
  • need hotter temps
  • follow the sun if your really hot
  • chicken or rice
  • can’t burn anything
  • has pots that are stackable.


  • chicken potatoes and carrots
  • full fledged meal

not put it in direct sun. It’s like a crock pot without electricity, I think inthe first 2 weeks it had over 100,000 hits!

don’t have to follow the

You know how you leave and say we’ll go and we’ll be back at 4 and it’s 8:30pm when you get home.

we go get our stuff

it’s still warm

gasket makes a tight seal

nothing ever burns

baked goods

Let it cook it’s normal time

brownines or bread at 350º

but they will dry out so don’t leave them.

Depends on the sun

will dry out

cook something kind of quick

if you can

set it and forget it

see a tab that says playlist

tons of recipes and ideas and ways to use it.

Back to the tools you asked us earlier.

  • It only weighs 22 lbs
  • it’s heavy duty
  • like a suitcase

made well

Doesn’t seem too expensive!

  • been through hell and high water
  • wipe it down with a little vinegar and water
  • sun oven
  • people make them
  • worth every penny
  • free shipping

I was looking at your website because we’ve been having a problem with our chickens getting out into our garden.

We basically do things a little different, a lot of homesteaders on youtube keep chickens closed in. Some people use the electric netting

more of the planting

We let our

  • chickens
  • guineas
  • go anywhere

We keep our locked the garden area

do it when were’e ready of them to do it


fad thing

  • chicken tractors
  • use them

Joel Salitin

nothing against but they have a team of people that are dragging these things around

man power

as we get older we talk about a lot is to keep aging in place

systems in place

your the young buck right now no fear

systems in place that can accommodate that so we don’t have to scale back as dramatically as we age.

  •  stationary
  • lock our garden up
  • dragging
  • moving them 4-5 times

once every couple of days?

How do you keep the chickens out? Our fence is 6 feet tall, and they just fly over it.

We have a big fence around it.

Snip their right wing.


doesn’t hurt them


most won’t go in there

make it to where they can’t fly so they can’t get the air that they need. We also have cats that take care of our

  • mice
  • rabbits

Want to keep them out too! Because it’s like a giant litter box.

Oh yes, Mike has that problem too especially in the winter when he plastics off the porch like a greenhouse he has to cover the pot when things are small.

A favorite reading material-book, mag, blog/website etc you can recommend?

Couple of books that were very influential

self sufficient life

john seymour


her mother


The Encyclopedia of Country Living, 40th Anniversary Edition: The Original Manual for Living off the Land & Doing It Yourself



her husband

carla emory

wrote the book

encyclopedia of country living

back in the 70s 60s

came full circle

Nourishing Traditions Cookbook by Sally Fallon

Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and Diet Dictocrats

By Sally Fallon from Nourishing Traditions.com

what’s happened to the

Sally Fallon on the OGP website episode 166

I love her! She’s one of the founders of the Weston A. Price Foundation right? I did an interview with her! She changed my life!


wonderful way to r

watch out channel

  • health nutrition
  • body
  • food
  • what foods can benefit you
  • not just having animals
  • how does it benefit your body


  • dandelions
  • milk thistle
  • lambs quarter
  • queen ands lace

very healthful

yule gibbons

grape nuts ads

going out and foraging

knowing your herbs and plants

Stalking the Wild asparagus

cat tails

love those kind of books

good book

we’re trying to get moving in that direction



  • speaking stuff
  • people ask questions
  • comment section
  • dedicated
  • planning on
  • story
  • this lifestyle
  • If you have a business to you have any advice for our listeners about how to sell extra produce or get started in the industry?

so if you want to get into the youtube space

  • work
  • dedication
  • just because I put up videos
  • were gonna get views
  • subscribers
  • outside thoughts and opinions
  • honest ones
  • family or friends
  • honest feedback

when you bring value and entertainment intertwined


channels that around your size

look for someone with 100 subscribers

reach out to them

I think your channel’s great

you can do a video on a topic

  • basically talk back and forth
  • person says go check out this channel
  • go check out on farmland
  • does is help
  • generate crossover attnetion
  • vice versa


very important part


when people take the time out to write you a comment

more your channel grows

100,000 basically one of us

mix it up

Comment section

  • facebook
  • twitter
  • instagram

help if you are posting snidbits

all roads lead back to youtube


  • homepage
  • should be
  • don’t have a playlist
  • wlecome to our channel
  • 1-2 min encompassing what youre doing
  • recent uploads
  • analytics
  • homepage hover pencils pop up
  • videos
  • recent uploads
  • popular
  • group

gardening playlist

tagged to go into

click on

when you go into as a creator


go to the playlist

  • drag each video
  • normally in order received
  • back of the line
  • chronological
  • move them around
  • drag and drop
  • hashtags do work

they probably are more adventageous for twitter and instagram


meta data

creator studio

that revolve around what your doing

metadata of your thumbnail

suggested video file

organic gardening or teaching

video recognized

always important

post 3 pictures every day




10-15 hashtags

slowed down

3-4 hashtags

OFF GRID Instagram

OFF GRID Instagram page

about 7000 instagram

  • stay consistent
  • grow
  • 3 posts a day minimum
  • posting
  • bio

short little bio

  • all roads lead back to youtube
  • link on instagram
  • hashtag
  • small gardens
  • organicgardening
  • gentlemansfarm
  • mix them up so your not using the same ones
  • user friendly
  • exposure and grow
  • growing your feed and Facebook page
  • another youtube secret
  • kind of like what were doing
  • see my comment
  • off grid

something to offer

OFF GRID with DOUG and STACY youtube channel

youtube channel

  • then they subscribe
  • leave a nice comment
  • visiting you don’t have a connection to
  • see your comment

click on your logo

this is somebody

sales my home

left home at almost 16

entrepreneruial slaes

  • marekting lifestyle
  • whole adult life
  • decide to do something
  • fast learner
  • hands on guy

hey were gonna do that

run into a few snags

total disaster

all in

life has never been boring



led a very exciting life

married 16 years

  • started off rode a harley coast to coast
  • alaska thing
  • glaciers
  • snow
  • dog slde on a glacier
  • zip line in alaska
  • not afraid to try new stuff

if it passes

great experience

especially with gardening

  • can’t be afraid to fail
  • multiple things
  • never know what ’s gonna happen
  • learning by doing is the best way to learn
  • that’s how i learned how to do this stuff
  • you’re spending too much time
  • built up the channel

people who are successful

devote a lot of time to what they are good at

  • devotes a lot of time to the youtube thing
  • learning and struggling
  • reaching out
  • done other podcasts
  • collaboration with other youtube people
  • speak at engagements
  • aren’t even necessarily growing a garden
  • know there is a common thread
  • viewers
  • pigeon holed in this homesteading
  • health and nutrition

How did you two meet?

his wife plays in a band

playing in the band

check it out

stacy who hardly ever went out

just bought a brand new wrangler

I wanted to drive it

I asked her

That night I met

we do this thing bikers for babies

he comes up to me do you believe


got married in dec

that’s the girl I’m going to marry

right away we had a connection

circumstances going on in my life

been together

good fit

never a dull moment

16 years ago if you would have walked up in that bar and someone told us your future is gonna involve youtube and living off grid, we would have been like are you crazy

  • big house
  • cul de sac
  • driving new cars
  • now we have one truck

600 square feet

You have to ask us what’s our favorite thing to cook for dinner? Our viewers know

taco night

do we have taco night

running funny

some of our subscribers come and visit and hang out and when they come we say we’re having taco night

  • grass fed beef or lamb
  • all the stuff form the garden
  • fermented

Wonderful wonderful taco night! we eat a lot of tacos!

What kind of tacos? Do you make tortillas?

  • some tortillas
  • chips
  • big salad
  • spotted wheat tortillas
  • taco salad

What’s good is that whoever comes

  • kids
  • adults
  • everybody can eat a taco night

safest thing for people to eats


Final question-

if there was one change you would like to see to create a greener world what would it be? For example is there a charity or organization your passionate about or a project you would like to see put into action. What do you feel is the most crucial issue facing our planet in regards to the environment either in your local area or on a national or global scale?

Stacy: food and water to survive. I would say the big thing is to get control with the GMO foods and wreaking havoc on people’s health, wreaking havoc in our environment.


Jeffrey Smith

Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies About the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You're Eating

Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies About the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You’re Eating

Altered Genes, Twisted Truth

Altered Genes, Twisted Truth: How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government, and Systematically Deceived the Public

you tube and dvds out

check that out

so many people being activitsts

Rachel Paren Kid’s Right To Know

Rachel’s news

get out there and get the word out

  • thing when she was 12
  • against Kevin O’Leary

debated him and another host

about GMO’s a lot of people don’t understand the difference between hybrid and

friends of ours

John Kolehr’s from Growing Your Greens.

Growning Your Greens John Kohler


First would be because IDK, if most of your listeners are probably hip to large scale farming especially using GMOs

large scale farming doesn’t feed that world! 

That’s a misconception but what it does do is it drives down soil fertility

  • global warming and harming the atmosphere
  • spraying these chemicals
  • scale never known to mankind

if we could educate people to grow their own food


depleted in magnesium

so many health issues because of our soil depletion

a lot of people are eating food grown with big farmer

not geting nutrition

we have a lot of

fat unhealthy people

we eat more food and health care then any place on the

back in WWII everyone had Victory Gardens

growing their own food

procesed food and


storing things you should be storing at your own house

you should have a cabinet of things you grew

THAT WOULD BE A major blow to the global warming!

every household would get an ALL AMERICAN SUN OVEN

All American Sun Oven Off Grid Living


you could cut back on a lot of

  • fossil fuel uses
  • deforesting from tree
  • we use a wood cook stove during the winter time
  • in the summer were like 90%
  • propane

We have a running joke that if Al Gore is really serious about global warming then he would come live this lifestyle

  • instead he has a 200 room mansion
  • jet sets around the world
  • private plane

want you to walk the walk! 

That’s the DOUG and STACY global warming segment

a sun oven in every person’s home would really cut down on fossil fuels so go to www.sunoven.com/dougstacy

I do put it in the shownotes, because I think because 38,000 people have been to my website but then they stay for like a minute so what they do there IDK?

I just have to ask what prompted you guys to go OFF GRID?

We never thought we were gonna do it. 

We bought 11 acres and we sold our house. We sold everything, we didn’t bring anything with us. We sold everything on craigslist, garage sales. We sold everything the only thing we kept was our futon and coffee table

got here.

I started building a long cabin

We had a one bedroom apartment we rented for a year

Get used to the process of being downsized.

getting used to the down

brought the tent up

now what?

we could have paid the money and brought the electricity

Then we met the Amish

  • what do we need it for
  • wires?
  • what’s the benefit?
  • fridge
  • I was like I’ve gotta have a fridge and we thought ok propane fridge.

So what do you do?

We have a 100 year old ice box like in the Pioneer days.

put ice in it in the old days

  • root cellar
  • ice house in the ground
  • harvest ice
  • from our pond
  • fish

harvest ice

or we’ll set up containers

  • freeze them during the winter
  • ice will last from one season to the next
  • feed buckets that you feed your cattle. Those are really good for 

We’ve been working on building a root cellar. We have been talking all summer long we need another freezer. 

It’s not really good for like freezing your food

cheat a little bit, we do have a neighbor

a neighbor handy with older gentleman

a freezer in his out building that we keep meat in

You could can your meat

grow in your root cellar

ice box

We’re going to build an ice box and stack the ice up in there

wire mesh trays

ice box

everything will be cold inside

root cellar

  • root vegetables
  • harvest
  • ferments
  • kombucha

I tell people all the time I’d do it over again except I want water on the property, I have to have drains in the house but I would haul water, we only went one summer with a cooler. I would never live without a fridge again.

You could get that ice cold. Build it out of 8 inch or 10inch thick styrofoam. You could cut down on your  propane

propanes an option but you go through the propane. 


minimal solar

can power a smaller fridge

When our neighbor moved in she put power in and it was only $2000 to put electricity in and we just went for it it was funny in 1999 going into to 2000 so we put in power and water and all of a sudden had power and cell phones and internet and it was funny!

right now were using our phone as a hot spot.

No way I was wondering how you were doing this?

We have a Verizon sweet spot

They were like we dont have coverage in that area and I was like no some friends came by and did streaming and sign me up!

Were they sorry they offered unlimited 

Do u have an inspiration tip or quote to help motivate our listeners to reach into that dirt and start their own garden?

Our go to quote is

Do what you can where you are…

Awesome Thanks so much you were so wonderful!

How do we connect with you?

OFF GRID with DOUG and STACY youtube channel

OFF GRID with DOUG and STACY website

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OFf GRID With DOUG and STACY Facebook page

Off Grid With Doug & Stacy FB Group


everyone comes together


11000 people

just started it

melting pot

different zones

gardening expirences

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About the author, Jackie Marie

I'm an artist and educator. I live at the "Organic Oasis" with my husband Mike where we practice earth friendly techniques in our garden nestled in the mountains of Montana.

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