Navigating Off-Grid Living on a Multi-generational Farm


In this podcast episode, we delve into the off-grid journey of Hayley Matwich, the mama behind Three Pines Family Farm. Join us as Hayley shares her off-grid living experiences, the challenges of homesteading, and the profound impact it has had on her life.

Chapter 1: Mud Season Adventures

Our conversation kicks off with a hilarious story about mud season, a unique season to Hayley's region. She vividly describes the challenges they faced, getting stuck with multiple trucks, frozen roads, and the resulting need for creative solutions. It's a great introduction to the obstacles that come with rural living.

Chapter 2: Hayley's Food Journey

We talk about Hayley's transformative food journey. Motivated by her mother's autoimmune issues, she embraced a carnivore-based nutrition lifestyle. The decision not only led to personal health improvements but also changed her entire family's approach to food. She reflects on the benefits of eliminating certain foods and the positive impact on her overall well-being.

Chapter 3: A Day in the Life 

Hayley provides insight into the daily routine of running Three Pines Family Farm. From raising and butchering goats, chickens, ducks, and pigs to the intricacies of processing meat and managing a garden, she paints a vivid picture of their self-sustaining lifestyle.

Chapter 4: From RV to Full-Time Homestead

The journey from living in an RV on their new property to constructing a full-time homestead is an incredible tale of hard work and determination. Facing challenges like a malfunctioning furnace and living off the grid, Hayley and her family successfully built their home in under a year, defying their own expectations.

Chapter 5: Multi-Generational Homesteading

Hayley emphasizes the importance of a multi-generational setup in their homesteading lifestyle. Their close-knit family provides support, shared responsibilities, and needed connection. She shares heartwarming moments of family gatherings and the impact on her children's upbringing.

Chapter 6: Debunking Off-Grid Misconceptions

Hayley addresses common misconceptions about off-grid living. She clarifies that being off-grid simply means not relying on the power grid, dismissing notions of complete isolation or living in an underground bunker. She shares the realities of their off-grid lifestyle, including having a cell phone and internet access.

Chapter 7: Biblical Inspiration for Challenging Days

Hayley concludes with a reflection on the Bible verses that have brought her this far and guided her during the challenging days. Jeremiah 29:11 and Ecclesiastes 3:11 offer reassurance in the midst of difficulty and the change to grow through all seasons of life.

In conclusion, Hayley Matwich's journey exemplifies the resilience, determination, and joy that can be found in embracing off-grid living and homesteading. Through her experiences, we gain insights into the practicalities and rewards of a self-sufficient lifestyle.

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