Last March, I brought to your attention a guy living off the grid in West Texas by the name of John Wells. Wells runs the Southwest Texas Alternative Energy And Sustainable Living Field Laboratory (The Field Lab for short) on over 40 acres of desert scrub land in Texas which he purchased for $8,000 in 2007. He lives there full-time off the grid – generating his own electricity, capturing water from the sky, and growing his own food. I follow his daily blog The Field Lab because I find so much of what he is doing to be inspirational. There is a huge part of me that wishes I was out there making a run at it too; maybe someday.
I wanted to mention him again because I believe that if he can succeed in the desert living in an eco-conscious way, we should be able to implement much of what he does at home ourselves. In the past year, Wells has gained so much ground on being completely self-sufficient. His fruit and vegetable plantings are producing food, his greenhouse is just about complete and offering a welcome environment for life to flourish in, he has new chickens living on-site, and get this… he has a pool to take a dip in, filled completely with water captured in his cisterns.
If you are interested in all things eco and self-sufficiency, you probably couldn’t do any better than reading The Field Lab site every day. It’s really inspiring to see what other people do with their energies and lives, and hopefully it will encourage the rest of us to at least do our small part when we can.
Image Credit: John Wells/The Field Lab