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If I were to picture my ideal life, I’d be sitting in some far off land, sipping a coffee in a café, my backpack at my side, camera around my neck, motorcycle at the curb, pondering my next stop or maybe madly typing away on my laptop about my latest adventure. Of course my home base will be a rural location, somewhere in Canada.

About Alain Saffel

If I were to picture my ideal life, I’d be sitting in some far off land, sipping a coffee in a café, my backpack at my side, camera around my neck, motorcycle at the curb, pondering my next stop or maybe madly typing away on my laptop about my latest adventure.

Of course my home base will be a rural location, somewhere in Canada.

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Did Canada really ban off-grid living?

Did Canada really ban off-grid living?

If you believe the headlines, it’s illegal to live off-grid in Canada and the U.S. But, should you believe them? I guess that depends on what your definition of off-grid really is. It’s a matter of semantics. My short answer to the headline question is: no. Let’s delve into it a little more. According to […]

The Hobbit Hole: Dan Price’s retreat

If you’re a fan of The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings books and you’ve seen the movies, you may also have contemplated living in a hobbit hole. Warm, cozy, safe and tucked away, a hobbit hole seems like an ideal place to live. In Oregon, Dan Price the Hobo Artist, is doing just […]

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Joel Salatin – Heretics Unite – Mother Earth News Fair Puyallup 2014

Joel Salatin gave the closing keynote speech at the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Washington in June 2014, entitled Heretics Unite. As usual, it was an interesting and entertaining speech, with plenty of food for thought. You can see more of our Joel Salatin speeches on our YouTube channel.  

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Urban farmer Will Allen is considered by many to be a thought leader on agriculture and food policy and we were lucky enough to see his speech at last year’s Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Washington. Through his organization, Growing Power, he is helping to transform parts of inner city neighbourhoods in the US […]

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At the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup in 2012 we checked out the SolTrekker motorhome. I finally put the video up from our chat with them. What intrigued me about SolTrekker wasn’t so much about the educational aspect (which I think is important) but more about the idea of a minimalist existence that living […]

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Our future in an ecovillage?

The idea to join or form an ecovillage or intentional community has been percolating for a while and we finally got our vision into a presentable form. It is by no means perfect, nor is it complete. It’s a starting point. It will not answer all questions, but we feel that it is a pretty […]

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We were lucky enough to be able to make it to Puyallup, Washington for the Mother Earth News Fair. In addition to all the great displays and interesting trade show booths, Mother Earth News had a lot of great speakers, including Will Allen and Joel Salatin. Joel’s speech is nearly an hour long, but it’s […]

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Canning jar deals cause delays

We got back very late Monday night (3:30 a.m.) from the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup. It was a loooong drive! I figured I’d need Tuesday to recover and deal with all the photos and video we captured of the event. I did manage to upload all the photos and video to our desktop […]

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How to ignore 2012 conspiracies

It’s now 2012 and, depending on whom you believe, these could be the end times. Or not. I fall in the “or not” category. That being said, I do like delving into the various conspiracy theories just to see what they’re made of and whether they’re even remotely credible. It seems you can’t even discuss […]

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Survivorman goes off-grid

Going off-grid. It’s a nice ideal, but how practical is it? How tough would it be to do it? Do you think you and your family would survive? If you’re familiar with Survivorman (Les Stroud) you’ll know he has survived some of the harshest environments on the planet and he’s still around. When I had […]

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