LIVING ON THE EDGE: A FAMILIY'S JOURNEY TO SELF-SUFFICIENCY
Author: F.J. Bohan
Publisher: PALADIN PRESS, Aug 2012
When it comes to survival, one size definitely does not fit all. That's exactly what author F. J. Bohan discovered when he and his family set out on a quest for self-sufficiency, a journey that has lasted more than 17 years. 146 pgs.
Living on the Edge describes why Bohan and his wife made the decision to pull their four sons from public school in the East and set off in a converted school bus to the American Southwest. On a very limited budget, the Bohans began their new life in a tent pitched in public campgrounds. As soon as they could, they purchased remote ranchland, on which they constructed a rustic cabin from the ground up that grew as they could afford to add on. In addition, they homeschooled the boys so well that all four received scholarships to the schools of their choice. On their journey, the Bohans learned a lot about living off the land and off the grid, mostly through trial and error. In this book, the author graciously shares valuable lessons on the following:
Keeping a wife, four boys, two dogs, and two cats happy in a tent for 18 months
Creating power for a tent or cabin through a combination of solar panels, car batteries, generators, and oil
Heating and cooking on wood stoves
Finding creative ways to earn money in an insular, impoverished rural area
Securing enough water in the desert for a family of six, plus animals, to live on
Erecting fences?literal and figurative ones?for privacy and security
Raising chickens, goats, and ducks for food, while avoiding bears, bobcats, skunks, and other country critters
Relocating to the desert, living in a tent, or homeschooling kids may not appeal to you. But if you have ever thought of living off the grid or simply becoming more self-sufficient, this is how one American family successfully did it . . . and found freedom along the way.
About the Author:
The only thing F.J. Bohan enjoys more than living in the mountains is a good conversation over a great cup of coffee. He is a musician, gun enthusiast, amateur prospector, and dog and cat lover. When not helping his wife with their small orchard, vineyard, and berry farm, he can be found fishing or canoeing on their private mountain stream. He is currently hoping to see more bears and learn to play the banjo while promoting his books. With more than 25 years of practical experience in surviving under adverse conditions, he is happy to share what he has learned.