About Gary Collins:
Gary spent 20 years in Military Intelligence and as a Special
Agent for the U.S. State Dept, U.S. Dept of Health & Human
Services and the FDA.
After leaving the US Gov., He decided to pursue his passions
and started a company promoting the primal, paleo and self
He’s an author of 4 books on both Health and Fitness and
His latest one details his off the grid project he has been
working on for the last three and a half years in NE Washington
Why Should I Live Off-Grid?
We discuss Gary’s new book, “Going off the Grid.”
Gary had done construction and remodels, so he
wasn’t new to the concept of building a home. This
helped him out.
Why a Book about Off-Grid Living?
Because he wanted to help others simplify his life,
he decided to write his book about his project and the
many lessons he learned along the way.
What are the Main Challenges of Building
an Off-Grid Home?
In the podcast, Gary tells us about many of his obstacles
along the way, such as dealing with contractors, the time it
takes to build something off-grid, going through the maze of the
local permitting network, and even security issues he ran into
What are Some Lessons to Learn from
Your Off-Grid Project?
The best advice for someone considering an off-grid
project is to be patient! Be practical with the needs and
timeline a build like this will take.
Be practical with the amount you will have to downsize
as well. Consider downsizing in an RV as a test of how you
will be in a small, off-grid home. Use this as an opportunity
to visit the areas that you would want to build your home in.
If you can handle travel trailers, you can probably handle
living in an off-grid home.
What is a Helpful Resource for Building
an Off-Grid Homestead?
Backwoods home magazine was one of the biggest
helps for Gary during his build. The magazine has been
changing their label to Self Reliance Magazine at
Free Resources for Building an
Free Off-Grid Resource #1:
Gary and I discussed that we will provide a way for people to win a
free copy of his book. The book is both hard-copy and electronic. Click
the photo below for a chance to win a free PDF version of Gary’s Book,
“Going Off The Grid” or go to http://theprepperpodcast.com/freeoffgrid.
Free Off-Grid Resource #2:
Go to Gary’s website where you can download two different resources
for living off -grid: www.primalpowermethod.com/offgridresources
Where to Buy Gary’s Book, “Going Off The Grid”:
(Buy Directly from Gary)
(Buy from Amazon)