Completely 100 Percent Off-Grid – 9 Essential Foods You Should Produce

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Self-sufficiency is an important aspect of off-grid living. If you live in a property that has enough space for raising animals and growing edible plants, you can create a supply of food. A functional homestead is a key objective of many off-grid enthusiasts.

According to homesteader and seed breeder Carol Deppe, the five crops that homesteaders need to survive and thrive are potatoes, corn, beans, squash, and eggs. This information is in her book The Resilient Gardener, which focuses on growing staple crops for food self-sufficiency.

For this article, we have grouped the essential foods you should grow into four: Protein, grains, fruits and vegetables, and others. Here is the list of foods that you should consider implementing for self-reliance in uncertain times.


1. Beans

Beans belong to the legume family of vegetables that also includes peas, lentils, and chickpeas. Rich in protein, beans are easy to grow and can be stored during winter. Deppe suggests growing different species of beans including favas, peas, and common beans. Growing the climbing type is ideal for maximizing space.

2. Poultry

Chickens are one of the most sustainable living meats that you can consider when it comes to living off the grid. For survivalists, you will need chickens that lay eggs and poultry chickens which are raised for eating. Some people prefer letting their chickens roam free, but keeping them in a fully-contained area will keep them safe from predators lurking outside your fences.

3. Rabbits

Nick Klein, a renowned rabbit keeping instructor, stressed in an interview the importance of rabbits as a key to efficient food production. According to Klein, a 6 x 4 living space could produce over 4,000 pounds of live rabbits a year.


4. Corn

Native Americans have been growing and consuming corn or maize for centuries. This prolific grain crop requires up to four months of warm weather for production. Corn can be an important staple grain once you have addressed pests or soil issues which usually occur in the first year of growing the crop.

5. Wheat

Wheat is another crop that is easy to grow almost anywhere in temperate regions. You could use your front yard to plant six pounds of wheat which could produce nearly fifty pounds of grain. Before you start growing your wheat, you have to learn how the grain behaves, the issues that beset its cultivation, and the impact of varying climate conditions on the grain.

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6. Winter Squash

Winter squash is one of the storage crops that a truly self-sufficient garden must have. There are six winter squash types that are favorites of American organic farmers including butternut squash, delicata squash, acorn squash, hubbard squash, spaghetti squash, and buttercup squash. Appropriate pest management and watering are necessary if you want to get a good yield of winter squash in your first year.

7. Apples

Planting trees needs to be one of your highest priorities if you are a homesteader. Apple trees take six to ten years before they will bear serious amounts of fruit, so patience and forward planning are important. An apple tree may take a few years to start producing big crops for you, but planting apple trees is well worth the wait.

8. Potatoes

Potatoes can grow pretty much anywhere. These vegetables should be a major storage crop in your garden when living off the grid. They are a sustainable food source that is easy to acquire and inexpensive to grow. You can grow them in open ground or recycled coffee sacks.


9. Honey

There are several reasons why you should add bees to your homestead. Keeping beehives or boxes provides your crops with a diversity of pollinating insects to assist in the process. Raw honey offers amazing health and healing benefits including combating allergies and healing burns. Honey is a popular sale item and a potential source of additional income.

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