Welcome to our Mosquito Mountain Homestead

| 10/2/2012 12:39:45 PM

Susan, (my wife)
Susan, (my wife)

Scott (our grandson)
Scott (our grandson) 

Steven GregersenWelcome to our home and life. We live on a 20 acre, off-grid homestead in the mountains of northwestern Montana.

We began this life because we wanted to be free of the cash-based economy and the accompanying enslavement to a “steady” job where we were only slightly better than indentured servants of the 1600’s.  We wanted to declare our independence from the grocery store and from food that had been planted in “dead” soil,  nurtured with petroleum based fertilizers, bathed in herbicides, and insecticides, then picked green, injected with artificial coloring and shipped half-way around the world to be sold weeks or months later in the “fresh food” department at our local grocery store!  We especially wanted to give a one-fingered salute to the gas pump and utility companies (we’d already done that with network TV!). 

In short, like a teenager on his eighteenth birthday we wanted to declare our independence.  A person who’s reliant on others for the necessities of life will always be subject to and dependent upon the people and companies who feed, house, and protect him.  Whether it’s the grocery store, the utility company, an employer, or the government.

Compounding our frustration was the simple fact that all of these entities are extremely complex in operation and the break down of even a small part could deprive us (and the U. S.) of necessities for daily existence.  Oil embargoes in the Middle East have left Americans waiting in long lines for rationed (and expensive!) fuel. The irresponsible actions of the government and banking system plunged us into an economic downturn that may take decades to recover from. A large part of our agriculture relies on a steady influx of illegal immigrants for planting, cultivation and harvest.  The government’s response to even moderate emergencies is woefully inadequate.  I shudder to think of how long it would take to react to any wide-scale disaster, terrorist attack or unrest.  The entire system we depend upon for our very existence seems as fragile as a house of cards just waiting to collapse with the first stiff breeze. The truth of the matter is that we don’t have much confidence that the “machinery” of our world is reliable enough to trust with our lives and livelihood.

10/3/2012 5:11:55 PM

Steven, welcome to the GRIT blogging world. Wow, what a story. I'm glad to say that you have not walked completely away from the media world. Your adventures in the wild will be a great addition to the blogs here at GRIT. I am on the opposite end of the spectrum. Last year I bought a weed infested piece of property in the inner city of where I live. This property had been in neglect for over 11 years and most likely had never been cared for. With lots of energy and desire and a little help from the neighbors, I set out to make this property into a garden. You can read about it at "Adventures of Old Nebraska Dave" here in the GRIT blog community. It's been a challenge for sure but at least I can still go home and get a hot shower and relax in the recliner. Camping out in a run down cabin while fixing it up for two years had to have been quite the adventure. I hope there's more to come about pioneer ingenuity to get things accomplished without modern technology. Have a great day in Montana and yeah, like the beard.

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