There is no mains electricity at our farm. It’s kind of ironic as there is an electricity pylon on part of our land, which supplies power to some of our neighbours across the valley. When I first moved here I asked the electricity company for a quote to connect into this supply. I can’t remember exactly but it was something like £10k and required extra new poles to be erected around the area. After that it would then be my privilege to pay them every year for their electricity plus tax. Lucky me. So that was the best excuse ever to go it alone, off-grid.Continue Reading
It’s always been my dream to live self-sufficiently or at least as much as reasonably possible. Why I have this urge to live like this I truly don’t know but I do know it makes me happy and brings out some sort of ‘challenge of nature’ primeval-type feelings. In an age when many of us are disconnected from the earth, living this way feels an adventure.
We just don’t have enough power to run an electric fridge or freezer here. So how do we survive without a powered fridge? I searched for a while to find a simple off-grid solution to keeping our food and milk cool.
One of the most important enterprises I have on the farm is a flock of Khaki Campbell ducks. They lay wonderful big white eggs which I sell locally and from an honesty box at the gate (£2 for half a dozen, plug plug!).
The Khaki Campbell duck is a super layer, some can lay up to 350 eggs a year.