Off the Grid


| May / June 2006


Magazines about permaculture and self-reliance

If our ancestors could see us now. Housing costs on the rise. Fossil fuels running out. Privatized water supplies. Crops threatened by drought. Utility bills skyrocketing. Life a blur of coping and keeping up. Rampant denial that anything is wrong.

What will we do? Trust government to save us? Rely on private industry, "insurance," and the good ol' free market? It need not be so. A grass-roots movement testifies to alternatives, a movement big enough to include back-to-the-landers, survivalists, urban gardeners, home canners, wildcrafters, gleaners, tinkerers, do-it-ourselfers, and thrifty people of all sorts.