Saturday, February 11, 2017

"Off the Grid and Free" by Ron Melchiore

I live off the off the grid most of the year. My husband and I grew up during the back-to-the-land movement in the 60s, but neither of us participated. I guess we just weren't ready, but now we are.

David Cox the author of Our Life Off the Grid recommended another book on his blog. It was Off the Grid and Free (Moon Willow Press, 2016) by Ron Melchiore.

Ron moved off the grid much earlier in life than we did. He began by purchasing a 120 acre woodlot in Maine where he built his first off the grid home. The cabin was compact with few amenities, but it was cozy and comfortable even after he met and married his wife Johanna. It was informative to read about how they created a self-sufficient home with wood for heat, solar for power, and a well for water.

The last half of the book was the best part for me. Ron and Johanna found a remote site on the shore Hockley Lake in northern Saskatchewan to build their homestead. Being 100 air miles from the nearest town was a huge challenge. So was obtaining a land lease from the government. Using their many skills and talents, they created an amazing wilderness home.

I highly recommend Off Grid and Free. You'll be amazed what this daring couple did and continue to do.

You can learn a lot more about Ron and Johanna Melchiore's life on the Internet.
Off Grid and Free at
An interview by Norm Gold at
Ron Melchiore at Mother Earth News
Off Grid and Free on Facebook
In the Wilderness Website
Off Grid and Free on Pinterest
Ron Melchiore on YouTube
Do you dream about living off the grid? You can start even while living in the city. Learn some of the skills you'll need to make your life successful if and when your dream comes true. -- Margy


  1. Wow Margy. What a wonderful surprise. We are so grateful for the kind words and review. Thank you so much! We are always available if anyone has questions about off-grid life, homesteading or long distance hiking and bicycling. All the best! Ron

    1. You are welcome. I really enjoyed reading your book. I hope my readers contact you directly with any questions. And thanks for the shout-out on Facebook. - Margy

  2. Northern Sask! Now that is off the grid!

    1. Hi Paul,
      Our remote location does add an extra dimension to living "off-grid."

    2. Paul - Ron is made out of some really tough stuff. - Margy

  3. After a long day at work the off the grid seems very attractive!

    Cheers - Stewart M - New Delhi, India (!)

    1. It's a lot of work to live off the grid, but it is really rewarding work. - Margy


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