Hi, I’m Joel and this is my beautiful wife Amy. Having fought with weight my entire adult life it’s doubtful that I’ve missed a fad diet. Atkins, South Beach, Mediterranean, juicing- we even went Vegan for 6 months. Up and down I would go, from 200 lbs. to 260 lbs. all while taking medications to treat asthma, back pain and high cholesterol. I knew a change was needed.
In 2010 we had a few clients fold up which left us holding a hefty stack of unpaid invoices. This was the first and only time I have been left with the uncomfortable feeling of financial insecurity for my family. Never had a life without a mortgage, car payments or utility bills seemed so appealing. We buckled down and fought our way through it, coming out much stronger on the other end with the urge for simple living now front and center.
We cancelled our annual trip to the Sand Show in Orange County and instead hopped in Amy’s Jeep to hit the road for a week, looking at rural property and researching what it would take to turn the day dream into a reality.
It took over a year to find an untouched 50-acre property that fit our needs which were good soil, great water source yet still close enough to Lake Havasu to commute while we built our new life.
The story that follows in this blog is 7 years in the making. It takes you on our “Moving Off the Grid” journey, with the end goal of relying on only ourselves for food, water, power and heat.
Fort Rock Farms was a dream that would allow us to financially sustain our new lifestyle. Building a farm business from scratch is an exciting story on its own but for now we’ll keep this blog focused on our off-grid adventure.
I have never been in the construction trades and had zero experience running heavy equipment when we started. The mistakes we’ve made have been epic, entertaining and sometimes expensive. Feel free to laugh along with us.