12 YEARS Living Off-Grid on a Sustainable Homestead in a Self-Built Cob Home

Bryce and Misty have spent the last 12 years building a cob home, homesteading, living off the grid, and homeschooling their two daughters. They live without a car, so for transportation, they use taxis and bicycles, and they eventually hope to have a cart that their two horses can pull. For food production, they have a permaculture food forest for fruits and vegetables, chinampa-inspired wetland gardens, a cow and a bull for milk, ducks and chickens for eggs, bees for honey, and they also forage and cultivate feral crops.

You can find out more about Bryce and Misty here:
Email: ontariopermaculture@hotmail.com

These two have put in an impressive amount of work setting up their homestead. The house is built with clay that they collected from the wetland area of their property, their well was dug by hand, and everything from the fences to the staircase was made with wood from within a 20km radius of their home.

The cost to build the house was approximately $1,000 CAD. Most of the building materials (the sand, clay, straw, and wood) came from the land, and things like roofing, lumber, and windows they sourced from secondhand and reclaimed sources. Interestingly, they used several different natural building techniques in the home with each new addition. They usually start with a timber frame, and they have used cob, straw bales and wattle and daub, to fill in the spaces between the beams. And they’ve also explored using green roofs and earth floors.

Since moving to the land, they had two lovely daughters that they homeschool using unschooling and life immersion methods. They learn about food production, natural building, nature, math, reading, and more!

To earn an income, they do a variety of odd jobs including catering, seasonal farm work, a roadside plant stand, and they also receive the childcare benefit that all families in their province receive. Their primary focus is not how to earn more money but rather how to spend less and have more time. They try to produce as much of what they need on the farm.

For electricity, they have solar panels on the roof and a wind turbine (currently non-operational), for water they have a hand-dug well and rainwater collection barrels, for heat they have wood stoves, they have two composting toilets, and a rocket stove to heat water for their bathtub.

You can find out more about Bryce and Misty here:
Email: ontariopermaculture@hotmail.com

Thanks for watching!

Mat & Danielle


Blog: www.exploringalternatives.ca


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32 Replies to “12 YEARS Living Off-Grid on a Sustainable Homestead in a Self-Built Cob Home”

  1. William Burnett

    Very cool and respect the work but I highly doubt most will do this. I could see people buying something that was already done tho.

  2. Luta app

    This is such a beautiful house. I applaud Bryce and Misty on talking and walking the walk of harmony with the earth. How fortunate their children are to be growing up in this environment.

  3. Carmen Davies

    Thanks for sharing your life experiences with us including 😊 🙏 how ur family 👪 (daughters) get their education. Beautiful 😍 💗 setting 😍 and absolutely gorgeous 😍 ❤ 🏡 home 🏡 😍

  4. Taylor Annette

    Nice, Investment is the key to make all dreams come true. I Invest in real estate, crypto currency, real estate, wealth is how we change our family tree.

  5. Mzans X

    I see a lot of people taking this route in the near future. This pandemic has shown us that the “conventional” way of living is not sustainable.

  6. steven poels

    hi since you are using woodstoves , i wanted to give you r husband a tip to make elektricity with peltier element s ,so each time you heat the stove up you also make elektricety ,its something fun to play with in the winter ,i saw you r square stove with the flat side s ,and coundent help myself to give you this tip ,check you tube ////peltier phone charger/////peltier wood stove generator///bio lite woodstove (also produces electri with peltier)greetings….o yes" stovefan" ,also turns on peltier power.

  7. Ella

    So brilliant😍 … imagine all the people living in harmony with mother Earth ..
    how beautiful is that! Thanks for sharing your wisdom 💖 espavo

  8. nyannyan123456

    "Thanks to covid cash and child benefits" Ahh, Ok so Canadian tax payers are partially paying for their life style.

  9. Change Your Energy

    Where are they? I'm almost positive there's some marijuana in their garden
    They both look like they smoke

  10. Short

    Is this in Washington state? I really want to build something, but building permits tie me too tight to move a bit…

  11. german maradona

    I have the best land in Costa Rica for this industry, whether for sale, to rent or develop projects with you, several of these are located in the blue zone of the planet where the elderly live up to 125 years, these same lands own the best water and climate in the world according to studies carried out by national geografic in 2005. The laws here legalized the cane or cbd a few days ago that is why I am offering these services. I also have my neighbors and fellow farmers from other areas interested. This country can grow all types of hemp 12 months a year regardless of the season, that's something very important that I almost forgot. The two main airports are close to the same as the two maritime ports and the Panama Canal we have next. In this country it moves by land from the Atlantic to the Pacific in four and a half hours. We have three types of climate. Costa Rica presents a tropical climate characterized, in general, by its excellent temperatures and rainfall during much of the year.
    Climate Warm Humid (Tropical Humid)
    Warm Dry Climate (Tropical with dry season)
    Climate Cool Dry (Temperate). I repeat here is perfect for growing all types of hemp twelve months of the year…

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