Sherrie’s Story

I am Sherrie Schmidt and my husband is Ken.

san juan islands, sailing, boating, cruising,

A relaxing evening sail with Ken and Chris

I am a 53 year old woman married to a wonderful man who began cruising the San Juan Islands and the Salish Sea over 50 years ago. In my background, I owned a bit of acreage and grew and preserved most of the food that my family of 5 could eat in a year. Vegetables, fruits, beef, chickens, goats, etc… We made our own cheese and sold cheese and eggs to buy the things we could not produce ourselves.

Since moving to the San Juan Islands and the Salish Sea, I have expanded my outlook and conception of self sufficiency. We no longer have the convenience of self owned acreage, but on the other hand, we no longer have the ties to a single bit of dirt.

In this site, we will explore our continuing adventure of self sufficiency and independent living, “off the grid.”

Crab fishing, Crabbing, Dungeness Crab

Left: Chris Troutner Right: Ken Schmidt

Our focus is on sustainable living without reliance on traditional store based resource acquisition. Our goal is to learn, experience, and to educate.

We will explore those areas of self reliance necessary to not only surviving a catastrophe, but in guiding independent minded individuals toward a life of self-sufficiency in the Pacific Northwest.

Our goal is to explore not only food sources, but sustainable energy production and storage, shelter, self protection, and social organization.

Comments, suggestions, observations and productive ideas are always welcomed.




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