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About offthegridmke

Off the Grid was established for two reasons: to recognize the value of the community within our friends and family and to aid each other with projects which promote and advance sustainability within our own lives and neighborhoods. We're located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin--a great place on a great lake.

2010 Spring Newsletter!

Hot off the press, Off the Grid’s spring newsletter!

OTG Newsletter Spring 2010

And don’t forget to join us Friday night for our benefit at Stonefly!


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Garden Benefit Show: Fri, Apr 23 @ Stonefly!


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RW24 Bike Race

P7250030 P7250032P7250038Off the Grid hosted a bonus checkpoint during the RW24 Hour Bike Race this past weekend. Our slot was 11am – 1pm on Saturday and we had people first ride to our garden. From here Wendy instructed folks to walk over to my house where I met them in the driveway. The look on some people’s faces was priceless when they realized the task at hand–sledge hammering out a peice of concrete from my driveway to help turn it into a bikeway and the concrete chunks to transform the backyard from a concrete jungle to a raised bed garden and patio on down the line. We pictured the event as a barn-raising of the yester-years when neighbors and really who communities would come together to help with a project knowing that the goodwill will lead on back to them one day. I must say, I am most appreciative of everyon’e efforts! Here are some before, during and after pictures:

Surprisingly, many participants thanked me for hosting the checkpoint and exclaimed how much fun they’d had giving their hand at sledgehammering. Some people, after I’d given the “one more” instruction, had really gotten into it at that point and put in a few more extra blows. All that said, I am most appreciative of everyone’s contribution!

After sledging, people headed back to the garden where Wendy marked their manifest and handed them a Seed Bomb filled with lovely native wildflower seeds to throw in an empty lot or alley way along the race route. It’ll take some waiting, but by next year’s race hopefully I’ll have a more bountiful backyard and the neighborhood will glissen with native wildflowers.


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Greens from the garden

One of the many batches of greens & goodness that I harvested from the garden earlier in the week. As I write this, a huge pot of kale is cooking down into delicious Indian style greens and lentils, inspired from the garden and Nathan’s dish at the potluck last night. P7080005

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Our Garden

We’ve been working steadily on our garden on the corner of Richards & Clarke streets. It’s amazing the amount of work that can be done in just one month! The pictures below briefly capture the work that’s been done in the garden this past month, from an empty city lot to a landscaped urban garden complete with fruit trees, raised beds and pathways. It’s exciting to think that soon we’ll be transplanting all of the seedlings we’ve started and then the garden will really come to life!At the beginningPre-Raised BedsPlanting Fruit TreesDirt MovingEntranceRaised Beds

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BOOK CLUB: Where There is No Doctor

Wendy and I are hosting a book club for the duration of the winter to 1) keep sanity with the mental stimulation and company of awesome people from the neighborhood and 2) to learn medical skills more than what the girl scouts taught us like how to realign broken bones, sew stitches and deliver babies.


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