Observations of an Invisible Woman

Buying Land and “Living Off the Grid”



“Dear Sis Truth,

Not to be nosy but how do you spend your time in your farming community? Do you work all day every day or just when your planting? How do you divide your time to properly drop out of the system? How did you acquire land? Where do you find time to do all that stuff and sell your goods? Thanks in advance!”


A letter from “X”, my reader


For those of you that truly wish to “drop out” (as much as you can), there’s a short list of things that you will need to do. Before I begin, I must stress that this type of lifestyle is not for everyone. Country life is HARD WORK and requires commitment, discipline and dedication. It may sound romantic to heat one’s home with firewood and fall asleep next to a roaring, crackling fire but are you willing to do the work that’s required? Are you willing to freeze a bit til your home properly heats up with wood or kerosene? Are you willing to put out the energy to sustain that life so you can have (some) freedom? Before you run out and attempt to do this, know that dropping out of this system is a “relative” term. No one truly “drops out”…the system is designed to have you engaged in some way shape or form.What you are really doing is disengaging yourself as much a possible.




A. Look for FORECLOSURES/ SHORT SALES/ FOR SALE BY OWNER on Realtor.com, Zillow. com and Auction.com. These websites are the best way to acquire land CHEAPLY. Some auctions begin at $1,000! The down side? Many of them need work, have poorly working septic tanks, termites and poor water conditions. And that costs MONEY. You will need to get a home inspection, around 600.00 in most areas, to tell you what’s wrong with the house/ land lot.

These few items are NOT negotiable:

Bad foundation…money

Bad septic…money up to 20,000

Bad water…forget it

Infertile Land/ Poor Soil…not worth it!


These items are insignificant:

Bad room design…who cares? Knock down walls and have an open floor plan

Ugly walls…who cares?

Ugly carpet…rip it up and lay down tile, laminate, vinyl, etc..

Ugly floors…refinish them, around 1,500

Tiny rooms…get used to living smaller and getting rid of too much stuff

Broken windows…can be fixed starting at 200.00

Mold…depending on how bad it is….Remediation will do the trick

Bugs…depending on how bad the infestation…call Terminex


Only focus on the BIG things, not how pretty the house/ lot is.

Is it close to a hospital? What if you get sick? How will you travel in 5 feet of snow? Do you have reliable transportation? Can you survive if trees knock down power lines and there’s no electricity? If you have children, you really should ask yourself if homeschooling is right for you verses putting them in an “indoctrination camp.”


It is very possible to grow absurd amounts of food on as little as 1/2 acre. How do I know? I’ve done it.

Planning is key.

Locate your zone at any nursery to find out what plants/ trees are suitable for your area. Plant only EDIBLE gardens. Instead of pretty shrubs, plant blueberry bushes and lemongrass. Instead of a weeping willow, plant walnut, apple and pear trees. That way, you’ll have food and fresh medicine at all times. Chickens and rabbits are a must!!!!! That means learning how to kill, de-feather, de-bone and cook them. Chopping wood…which is HARD work and tough on your back and shoulders, will be something you’ll do ALL summer long to prepare for the winter season.  You will need some way to cook your meals WHEN the supermarkets shut their doors or the delivery trucks stop coming.

I recommend:


Tasty and delicious

I love mesquite smoked fish and vegetables



This saved our lives during Hurricane Sandy. I highly recommend getting a kerosene stove



For those of you not familiar with firewood and kerosene, I recommend:


Pop your cut up chicken, fish, potatoes and vegetables in the wonderful item, leave it out in the Sun and in 4 hours, dinner is ready!


Planting begins around May for cold climates and I highly recommend investing in a greenhouse. Even a tiny one:

This 8 x8 sells for around 200.00


An old fashioned outhouse:



Or a composting toilet:


Will be a requirement! Waste management is a must to keep disease at a minimum.


And do not forget about a compost pile:


We throw banana skins, coffee grounds, tea leaves, leaves, grass clippings, old newspapers, cardboard and all vegetable peels with water into this tiny mound. Mix well with a rake and in 6-9 months you’ll have black gold!



Are you willing to do these things? If the answer is “no”, then YOU ARE NOT READY. 



How do I spend my days?

I get up rather early most mornings and begin working in the yard. Planting herbs, seeds, watering my blueberry bushes, drying out my tomatoes (sun dried) and my lemongrass and making my products for the farmer’s markets.

I take breaks and naps to refuel and continue til around 6 pm. Dinner is cooked outside on the grill most days with The Temptations playing on my solar powered radio, a quick shower to unwind, some tea, a good book or…I watch a movie that I’m lead to by the Most High and take clues. Bedtime is NEVER later than 10 pm and I’m up again around 7 to do it all over again. Weekends are my busiest, up at 3 am and out the door at 4 am.

Farmer’s Markets are quite wonderful and give me ample opportunity to “see” people and learn things. I’m home around 4 in the afternoon and in bed by 7 pm. This continues all weekend long and I allow myself to sleep late on Monday mornings.

During sunny days, I sit outside on my porch and quietly meditate or think about all sorts of things. This is when things “come to my line of vision” and I can make out what to do next. I pull up weeds from my peppermint planters and boil them to make salves, teas and medicines. On days that I feel strongest, bees and butterflies fly over my hair and deer come out of nowhere to peek at my activities. TV  is not something I invest in but I will flip the channels to see what’s new in the Land of Indoctrination.

No stimulus is allow in the bedroom. No radio, TV, phone…nothing! It’s a calming and soothing place to unwind after a day outside.

Black Family,

My “dropping out” wasn’t all at once.

It took YEARS of deprogramming and HARD training to do this. It began with not eating anymore Chinese Food and continued with making my own clothing. Then it snowballed…

No white “friends”/ company

Eating my own food that I grow myself

Using herbs and tinctures as my medicines

Not buying their music

Not watching their TV shows

Not spending money watching their movies

Not allowing myself to become “involved” in their issues/ problems/ causes

Stop talking so much and learning to WATCH MY WORDS around them…something that ALL black people struggle with

Reading more black books by black authors, like Chancellor Williams

Leaving people alone that are bad for me…even my own family

And most importantly:

RElearning to love my black self…ALL of it. The good and the bad.



This is VERY hard work but also very worth it. By consciously CHOOSING who, what, where, when and why, I no longer put myself in a position to be:



Abused (a huge deal in the system of white supremacy)


I am in control. Not them. When I CHOOSE to say, “No thanks. I’ve got work to do”, when my white neighbours ask me to have drinks with them when the farmer’s market is over, I save myself from being VAMPIRIZED and potentially harmed. NEVER DRINK ALCOHOL IN THE PRESENCE OF CAUCASIANS.

When a white male hits on me at the flea market and I very politely say, “I’m happily married” and move on, I avoid conflict and being lead on and potentially SEDUCED by their (fake) glamour.

When a past “friend” calls me and says, “Let’s have lunch, girlfriend, and catch up!” and I say, “Sorry, now’s a bad time for me”, I avoid being Spiritually raped by her negative energies.

See what I mean?

It’s all about taking control of YOUR OWN ACTIONS.


If you find this post constructive, please pass it on. Someone out there may be looking for answers on how to “drop out” and perhaps this will help them.







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16 thoughts on “Buying Land and “Living Off the Grid”

  1. Ayaba on said:

    Reblogged this on Ayaba's Labyrinth.

  2. awakescapes on said:

    Thanks, you are an inspiration.

  3. I have long since thought living off the grid would be a benefit to Black people and especially Black people with children. My goal has always been toward building a community of like-minded Black people who want to leave this most destructive and soul-killing society behind for crispy mountain air and some level of peace. I have all but dropped out already and turned my focus to other things more along the lines of “do for self”, but alas I may be alone in this pursuit.

  4. angel9loveu on said:

    Reblogged this on NO ONE HEARS YOUR SILENCE.

  5. @ Jesus

    Last year, I had a crushing realization. Most people who are shout from the rooftops about being conscious are frauds. They say all the right stuff but when it comes down to actually doing the work, all kinds of excuses come up.

    I dropped out, as much as I can, a long time ago and haven’t looked back since.

    Yes, being alone, in some form or another, goes with the territory.

  6. @ Awake

    Most grateful to be of service.

  7. You know I already know where you stand this issue and we’ve always been on the same page. Cutting oneself out of this system will either be volunteer or by force. It looks like trump will have a serious chance of going to the white house and when/if that happens white people are gonna looking for some “get back” for the last 8 years. We gotta be ready to deal with no matter how it comes.

  8. themelanatedman on said:

    👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾Truly enjoyed your message. That’s my ultimate goal as well.

  9. theloneflowerterri on said:

    Truth. I took my first baby step at the end of March. Currently growing tomatoes, peas, strawberries, carrots and melons. Over the past months actually since the beginning of this year, I’ve had the strong urge to become homestead. I also got this really helpful book on how to prepare and preserve meats. Its going to take some time before my garden to really kick off but, I’m determined.

  10. @ lone flower


    Yes, it does take quite awhile and it’s hard work but soooo worth it!

    We put in some snap peas, red kidney beans and snow peas. Next week, it’s tomatoes and some corn. It’s been raining so much, it ground is nice and soft and ready for some food.

    Most, not all, take around 60-180 days to bear so give it time, plenty of water and some good compost.

    Don’t forget to wrap your budding plants with chicken wire to keep out critters.

    Good luck!

  11. Good article, another article I like reading and will be downloading. Only articles like these solution oriented ones I like reading. the Harriet Tubman article in my opinion did nothing for me, and in my opinion but may be not in yours was a waste of good ink, time and energy and the same with race oriented articles you write. I have grown out of Yurugu thinking. You wrote about no white friends or company, I don’t blame you if you can avoid them I suggest you do, as you know for me they are just a means to an end when needed only, nothing more. I do n’t blame you for not watching their shows, because there is nothing positive for us made by them. Also you are right about not drinking alcohol in front of them and not telling them our business, these are the things black people need to learn, ways in which to interact with them if necessary, these are good life skills ideas you have that are beneficial, not shit like Harriet Tubman articles and race oriented things. We know who the fuckers are, excellent solutions like the above article you wrote are needed more than ever.

  12. By the way I will pass this article along to people who are at the level to use it properly. Thankyou for a well written article, once again and again, articles like these are needed.

  13. @ cedi

    I write a variety of articles depending on what I feel and how I’m lead. Many of us are awake and that’s great but many are still in that “haze” between waking and sleeping.

    Some need explanations, some need guidance, some need reassurance, some just need to vent to release pent up frustrations.

    This is a safe area for all of those things for our people.

    When I was in my “haze”, I needed help as much as possible to be steered in the right direction. We all need help. I still need help and call on my blogger friends to give me advice and to guide me when possible.

    Thanks for the suggestions.

  14. iya75 on said:


    Do critters/animals ever bother your compost pile? If so, how do you keep them away? Does your compost pile smell bad and if so, does the odor affect the time you spend outside or is it far away from where you spend time outside that it is not an issue? I’m looking into starting a compost pile for my family and am undecided as to what type of container to use.

  15. @ iya

    I put up chicken wire around my compost pile tied to stakes. My yard is fenced but I do have critters like rabbits, groundhogs and such. A few years ago, deer broke down a weak fence and ate up my food. I’ve learned my lesson since.

    Cayenne pepper and garlic water keeps those buggers away. I sprinkle a healthy dose of both around my spinach, corn and broccoli. Repeat when it rains.

    Also moth balls work too. Bugs hate the smell.

    No compost doesn’t smell.

    I turn it once a week, adding more grass and dead leaves, followed by potato peeling and such, then sprinkle with water.

    My compost pile sits waaaay back in my yard near the garden shed so it doesn’t affect me whatsoever.

    You can use a compost container or just use 2 x 4’s with the chicken wire. The 2 x 4’s are cheaper.

    Good luck and happy composting!

  16. iya75 on said:

    Thank you!

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