first off let me say hi all, and im new... been reading posts for about a week, and i thought i would post a very broad question to see what all the people on this board think so.. im married, have a 4year old boy and we are expecting another in about a month. my family a friend and his family are considering losing the grid all together. we have been in discussion over it for about 2 years now... and have saved up a bit of money to put towards this venture. our goal is to be completely off the electrical grid and preferably off the tax grid. we want to grow all of our own food, have enough farm animals to sustain us, and make enough money to pay property taxes yearly. we want to use only wood for cooking heat. want to build our own structures. we will also want a forge so that we can make most metal items that we need. in the beginning of this venture we will be buying aprox 20-30 acres and start off by living in tents until we are able to get structures raised. we will most likely do this about midsumer so that we can have crops planted in the spring and therefore have food. so the question here is .... what all would be needed to make a transition like this... also, what would not necesarily be needed, but would help a lot? also any tips on how to go about it? what all might i need to organize before such a venture? any help offered will be greatly apreciated, i hope to learn much from this comunity.