On This Episode of The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Harold talks with Dwayne Legro From The Youtube Channel Off Grit About His Lifestyle Of Self Sufficiency, and The Off Grid Homestead He Is Building In The Arizona Desert.
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 194 – March 21, 2023
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Embracing the Off-Grid Homesteading Life: The Journey of Dwayne Legrow
On this episode of the Modern Homesteading Podcast, host Harold Thornbro welcomes Dwayne Legrow, creator of the “Off Grit” YouTube channel. Dwayne shares his unique experiences in homesteading in the challenging environment of Arizona’s drought lands, offering insights into his journey from Ohio to creating a self-sustaining homestead from scratch.
Dwayne’s Background and Homesteading Beginnings
From Ohio to Arizona: A Transformative Life Choice
Dwayne discusses his move from Northeast Ohio to Southern Arizona at 19 and his gradual acclimation to the desert climate. He delves into how he started gardening as a means to combat depression, leading him to discover and embrace the homesteading lifestyle.
The Genesis of “Off Grit”
Building a Homestead in the Arizona Desert
Dwayne’s journey in homesteading began with purchasing vacant land in Cochise County, Arizona. Opting for the ‘owner-builder’ route due to relaxed building codes, he embarked on constructing his homestead, which included setting up water catchment systems, building with earth bags, and establishing solar power. Dwayne emphasizes the need for resilience and adaptation in the face of the desert’s harsh conditions.
The Challenges of Desert Homesteading
Water Scarcity and Extreme Temperature Fluctuations
One of the most significant challenges Dwayne faces is water scarcity, a constant concern in the arid Arizona landscape. He highlights the importance of rainwater catchment and storage, and managing the extreme temperature fluctuations that can impact daily life and gardening practices.
From Gardening to Full-Scale Farming
The Evolution of a Homesteading Vision
Dwayne shares his plans to transition from basic gardening to operating a full-scale farm specializing in hot peppers, a crop well-suited to the local climate. He discusses the importance of market research, diversification, and finding a niche that aligns with personal passion and the local market demands.
Technology and Self-Sufficiency
Embracing Modern Tools in Homesteading
Highlighting the role of technology in modern homesteading, Dwayne talks about leveraging solar power and the internet to enhance his off-grid lifestyle. He stresses the importance of being adaptable and continuously learning new skills to sustain and improve his homestead.
Advice for Aspiring Homesteaders
Starting Small and Learning Continuously
Dwayne encourages those interested in homesteading to start learning and practicing self-sufficient skills wherever they are, even before acquiring land. He emphasizes that homesteading is a journey of continuous learning and adaptation, where one’s passion can drive success and fulfillment.
Dwayne’s YouTube Channel: “Off Grit”
Sharing Real Homesteading Experiences
Through his YouTube channel, Dwayne aims to provide a realistic portrayal of homesteading life, avoiding the glamorization often seen in social media. He focuses on documenting his journey authentically, sharing both successes and challenges, and offering practical advice to viewers.
Conclusion: The Path Ahead
Building a Sustainable Future in Homesteading
As Dwayne continues to develop his homestead, he looks forward to expanding his farming ventures and exploring new opportunities. His story serves as an inspiration for those seeking a life of self-sufficiency, resilience, and connection with nature.
- The challenges of off-grid homesteading in the Arizona Desert
- Finding and purchasing affordable land
- Rainwater catchment
- Earthbag construction
- Growing garden plants that grow easily in your climate
- Solar panels
- Building skills through YouTube University
- RV Homesteading
- Establishing homestead income sources
- Chiltepin peppers
- Time management
Dwayne’s Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@OffGrit
Documentary Released by PARAGRAPHIC featuring Dwayne: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mzs-Bx9hzPI