We are a small homesteading family living on 85 acres in an underground, passive solar house in central North Carolina and share the lessons we’ve learned with others on our website Live the Old Way. We focus on ways to be self-sufficient and live off the land, with an emphasis on “lost skills” that were once commonplace. We practice seed saving, food preservation and general frugality.

While we do still use and enjoy some modern conveniences, we constantly work to establish self-sustainable substitutions and implement them one by one. Another big focus of ours is the use of herbal medicine, specifically using only plants and herbs that are native to our area and thus readily available in a survival situation. We also teach classes about long term sustainable living for American Survival Guide Magazine’s “University” Program that can be found at www.asgmag.com.