Off-Grid Farming, Cave Dwelling and the Anasazi Ruins of Utah (Video)


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When I posted on The Perennial Plate's episode on finding wild food in New Mexico, I noted that it was an all together gentler affair than the previous weeks' footage of feral pigs being trapped and slaughtered. But that's the beauty of this stunning travel/cooking show, which shows us food-related stories, experiences and characters that we might never get to see otherwise. This latest episode fits that bill, visiting seventy-year-old twin brothers who are farming and living off-grid in the canyons of Utah.

The Perennial Plate Episode 61: Brothers from Daniel Klein on Vimeo.

When Daniel and Mirra drove 12 miles into a Canyon in Utah to meet Bill and Bob Stone, 70-year-old twin brothers who ahve been living and farming off grid for years they weren't quite sure what to expect. But the brothers turned out to be, they say, some of the most interesting people they've met.

For me, the most interesting part about this haunting film is not the Anasazi ruins (which they conduct tours of), nor the off grid living in such an arid landscape, but the passing reference to how commercial farming is proving less and less viable for the Stone brothers as gas prices shoot up.

All too often we hear of off grid living as a form of isolationism, or a retreat from coming social and environmental challenges, but the fact is that we are all interconnected—and many of the back-to-the-land types will find themselves equally impacted by the effects of resource depletion or climate change. They might, however, be better adjusted to cope...

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Tags: Agriculture | Farming | Permaculture | United States | Utah

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