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Follow the journey of the Bradshaw Family as they leave the city and move off grid to the mountains in East Tennessee.

The Bradshaw Family

This blog was launched in 2014 as a place to meet and inspire like-minded community members who wanted to get connected with their roots and live off the land. Our desire is to help others who want to live a simple life, reduce their environmental impact, and not be a prisoner to debt or bills.

We achieve this by offering instructional videos, hands-on workshops, easy to follow articles and community support.

Our Beginning

We started our Homesteading Journey in an Urban area by the Atlantic Ocean on just over 1/4 an acre almost 20 years ago. Living off the land as much as we could squeeze into our little slice of ocean heaven, that we lovingly referred to as ‘The Coastal Homestead’.

Using every growing method we could get our hands on, from hanging baskets to hydroponics. Backyard beekeeping to milking dwarf goats and everything in-between. It was time for the next chapter of our lives.

With our family of five, we left the HOA’s, county restrictions, our home and business (of 20 years) in search of Homestead Happiness.

We are truly starting from scratch facing unknown challenges. But one thing we do know is none of this could be possible without God’s direction and each other.

Leaving everything and everyone we know behind us to pursue the Homesteading Dream to Live Off The Land and invite you to join us on our journey from conception to completion.

From Homesteading to Off-Grid living, you will find what you need to live an independent and self-sufficient life right here. So join our community and share the dream, we’re glad you’re here.

Our journey was filmed for the TV show Building Off The Grid on the Discovery Channel, History Channel and the DIY Network. Homestead Rescue on Discovery Plus and The Best Of Building Off The Grid. You can see our Off-Grid Smoky Mountain Homestead from cutting the first tree to moving in. 

As Seen On TV

Timmy Bradshaw-Mountain Man

Husband, father, and jack of all trades. Timmy is the leader of this pack and follows his faith to a better life in the mountains for his family of five. Read More

Amber Bradshaw- Mama Bear

Amber Bradshaw loves cooking outdoors and foraging for food. She teaches others how to become self-sufficient by making things from scratch that are eco-friendly. When she’s not in her gardens you can find her online working. Read More

Gavin Lowdermilk- The Muscle

Gavin is the eldest child and the only son in the Bradshaw clan. Always willing to lend a hand and has a huge passion for life outdoors. When he’s not chopping wood, you can find him in the woods hunting for dinner. Read More

Morgan Bradshaw- Domestic Huntress

Morgan can challenge her brother with her hunting skills but prefers her music to life outdoors. She is very artistic and helpful around the homestead. Morgan is pursuing a career in science when she graduates from high school but hopes to stay close to home. Read More

Linden Bradshaw-Little bit

Little Bit is the heart and soul of the family. Always bringing laughter and joy to the bunch. She has a special gift for insects and animals and wants to be a ‘farm doctor’ when she grows up. You can usually find her chasing the chickens so she can love them or swinging from a tree. Read More

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