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Beyond Off Grid Summit
Beyond Off Grid Summit
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19784 Cumberland Gap Rd, New Castle, VA, US
Climate zone:
Cool Temperate

Herbert Schneider
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Beyond Off Grid Summit

Project Type

Rural, Community, Demonstration, Educational

Project Summary

An on-farm event to help inspire people to consider a life more connected to the land and provide high quality, hands-on training to facilitate the transition to a more permanent, agrarian way of life.

Project Description

The Beyond Off Grid project (www.beyondoffgrid.com) is a documentary film and media project that seeks to challenge people's understanding of the modern economy and how it entraps us in various ways, and to inspire lifestyle change through considering alternatives to the modern, fragile, and unsustainable systems that most have come to accept as normal.

To help inspire people to consider a life more connected to the land and provide high quality, hands-on training to facilitate the transition to a more agrarian way of life, we're planning a unique event in May at our farm and homestead, Barefoot Farms & Permaculture (www.thebarefootfarm.com).

The event will last three days total, and attendees will camp out on the farm, providing a close-knit encampment-like environment.

Beginning about two months before the live event at the farm, we will provide a series of online training events that will provide the why and what - the background reasoning and understanding to equip live event attendees to understand the live event training, which will be a combination of site planning, demonstration, and hands-on skill training.  

All of the live event training will be professionally video recorded, and the videos of the event training will be released weekly after the event, so that the entire training event expands to cover a total of about 4-6 months of time, from March through the summer.


Key areas of focus for the on-farm Summit include:

  • Building rocket stoves, solar dehydrators, and composting water heater
  • Installing a terraced raised bed garden using permaculture and companion planting principles
  • Solar power installations, and backup water pump systems
  • Demonstrating and installing a root cellar
  • Animal husbandry training – chickens, goats, sheep, cattle, pigs, etc.
  • Draft power – horse powered plowing and possibly horse logging
  • Large scale garden planning and installation
  • Season extension with cold frames, row covers, greenhouses
  • Permaculture planning, pasture management, and woodlot management
  • Water catchment systems, gray water systems, water distribution systems
  • Old tools and tech – blacksmithing, timber framing, old hand tools, etc.


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