Little House Off the Grid

Little House Off the Grid: Our Family’s Journey to Self-Sufficiency

By Cam Mather and Michelle Mather

Like so many other city-dwellers, Cam and Michelle Mather longed for a simpler, quieter life in the country. When they found a century-old farmhouse on 150 acres of land that was in their price range, they jumped at the chance to make their move. The fact that the home was “off-grid” with no power or telephone lines connecting it to the outside world seemed like a bonus!


Twelve years later their life in the country is not quite as simple as they had envisioned but it is peaceful. There were more challenges than they could have anticipated as well as more rewards.

Along the way they installed more solar panels, erected a wind turbine and upgraded and replaced all of the major components of their off-grid electrical system. They installed a solar-thermal hot water system, figured out how to have a phone, internet and satellite TV and kept their home heated with wood cut from their own property. They also carved out a garden and began growing much of their own food.

They acquired many new skills and knowledge but most importantly they learned to appreciate the value of good neighbors, good books and good manure.

Cam Mather is a writer, publisher and video producer who knows how to equalize batteries and pinch suckers off of tomato plants. Michelle Mather looks after the editing, the website and the dwindling bank account and keeps Cam calm during times of crisis.


2 Responses to “Little House Off the Grid”

  • Me and this article, sitting in a tree, L-E-A-R-N-I-N-G!

  • Sonia D'Aloisio:

    Hi Cam, I would like to order hard copies of Little House Off the Grid, as well as Thriving During Challenging Times through your website. I noticed that only one of the books was available through Amazon. Can I order both directly from you?
    I came across the article about your family in Mother Earth and was so excited to know that you are not too far from us. My husband Paul and I purchased a 100 acre parcel of land 3 years ago in the Campbellford area, and will be starting to build a little later this year. Hydro One wanted $70,000 to install hydro to our building site, so we decided to use alternative options such as solar and wind. Since we are in the beginning stages of building, we feel we can learn a lot from your books. We too are sick of the rat race, and want a better life for ourselves. It’s nice to know that there are like minded people out there with the same vision, so close to us. Would you ever consider a tour of your property? No pressure. Thanks for your time! Sonia D’Aloisio

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Cam Mather and his wife Michelle live independently off the electricity grid using the sun and wind to power their home and their CSA. Cam is working towards the goal of making his home “zero-carbon” and with his extensive garden he aims to grow as much of his own food as possible. He is available to speak at conferences and other events and has motivated many people to integrate renewable energy into their lives, reduce their footprint on the planet and get started on the path to personal food, fuel and financial independence.
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