Jacob Peacock

is creating Off-Grid Living & Homesteading Info, Writing, Videos, Podcasts

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About Jacob Peacock

Hi, I am Jacob Peacock.

Note:

  There is a new series of posts titled 'Apocalyptic Homesteading' that I have begun and although the below was written at my last scenario I am going to leave it here for the benefit of those who might get confused. I am currently (11-23-2020) at a new site doing all the early work that is required to get the proverbial ball rolling on my new homestead setup.

End Note.

  I have been doing property caretaking (land stewardship) for many years (decades) and live a rather simple life with my dogs doing what most folks would consider to be an 'alternative minimalist lifestyle' but what I often just think of as a low-impact lifestyle where I get to homestead and spend the majority of my time alone with my dogs in the woods doing projects in the warmer months and taking some downtime during the colder months.

  A little over three years ago I began sharing the adventures (misadventures) of my life via writing, videos, pictures and the occasional podcasts and although my intention was to simply share my life with some friends it undoubtedly grew into much more than that over the years and now I find myself doing what equates to a full-time job just 'sharing my life' which is not even all that glamorous or anything but hey folks seem to enjoy it so I just keep doing it!

  The way that the Fantastica Chronicles came about is that I was living at another place when I started chronicling and sharing my days but eventually I wound up moving to a new place. The new place is a homestead named 'Fantastica' so I started with 'Day 1' upon my arrival here and just kept documenting my days much like I had done for the previous nine hundred and fifty-seven days at the last place that I lived.

  I have mostly done that 'documenting' at Fantastica exclusively with words (and pictures) opting not to do the videos because as I learned at the last place, sharing videos over an intermittent and slow internet connection is horribly time consuming and what I often think of as an 'ulcer inducing' experience. All that said, I opted for simplicity with the documentation and have no real regrets for doing so.

  The way that I look at it is that I give it all my best each day and while some stuff I write is better than others I think that for the most part I do a pretty good job at doing what I am doing which is simply 'sharing my life' as candidly as I possibly can and whatever folks get (or do not get) from it there is always the satisfaction of me doing what I set out to do... which is to simply share my life.

This is the introduction from when I first began using Patreon and some details have changed since then but I think that preserving how things began is important:

  I have been living off grid now for the last seven hundred and eighty-three days and have been documenting the process to the best of my ability via writing, videos and a few audio recordings. I have been sharing my experiences with my friends online since I began and after several people mentioned that I should perhaps try Patreon...here I am.

  I have been hesitant to commit myself here because sometimes I do not have sufficient electricity nor internet connectivity to be able to share things consistently. I have by and large managed to share what I call a 'Daily Post' of text each day on social media and have pretty much been able to keep my friends updated in that way. This has been primarily accomplished by lots of tedious phone typing and because of the intermittent cellular connectivity...a good amount of headache and frustration. All that said if I do not meet a timeline goal on here for sharing it is either because I am out of electricity, the cellular service has become unusable, or both. I should add that (during the winter at least) it happens more frequently than I would like but it is not quite as bad as it was when I began because I have slowly made progress on my electricity generation and energy storage capacity. I often remind myself that I have come a long way from where I started in that regard which was basically me converting a hand-crank radio into an electricity source for charging my phone and powering my lights to use at night.

  When I started this phase of my life I originally appealed to my friends to help me along the way and contribute in any way that they could as I shared my 'journey' with them and thankfully several of them have done just that. For my part I have done the best that I can to document my experiences and share them and through the encouragement I have received (and my determination) I have just kept plugging along and slowly accomplishing my goals. I had an original 'mission statement' that I shared with these friends (and anyone else who would listen) for what I was doing and I will include it here:

  I am currently property caretaking an old farm and looking to breath some life back into it so that I can primarily grow Black Locust (Robinia Pseudoacacia) at it.

I also want to help people learn the value of having Black Locust on a property, it's many uses and primarily how to do natural building with it.

Aside from the Black Locust projects I also want to share property caretaking and land management knowledge that I have gained over the last few decades (and am still gaining day by day).

  Also I am currently working on a video series documenting what all I have done each day since my arrival here. Which has been quite the journey thus far because the place is both remote and fully off-grid. In the videos I try to show the various ways that I cope with being 'grid-less' and how I make do with (primarily) the gear I brought with me and the things I find around me.

  I have other goals for the place such as mushroom cultivation, spring water harvesting, making bio-char, large scale composting, a small vineyard and small scale tilapia farming to name a few things that I have in mind.

  I am also hoping to share my insights and perspectives on homestead building, tiny homes and low impact site development.

 
  Amazingly I have accomplished many of the goals that I originally set out upon and although I had a three year plan I found myself at the end of the second year where I thought that I would be at the end of the third year. This was done by both hard work on my part and (as mentioned) the help of several friends. 

  Something that has more or less plagued me the majority of my time has been 'lack of resources' which can be easily translated into 'lack of money'. I at first considered uploading my videos to Youtube and perhaps earn revenue that way but then thought better of it and declined pursuing that avenue for various reasons. I later tried Steemit but was ultimately dissatisfied in both the earnings and the underlying 'revenue generation mechanism' that the platform offered. Primarily because of the volatility of cryptocurrency and the inconsistency of the actual earnings of the platform for someone like me that cannot invest large sums of revenue into the platform to generate more revenue. My expenses in life being very meager I cannot really justify putting in twenty to forty hours of work a week to perhaps earn a dollar or two. It was worth the experiment though and I value the new friends that I have made via the platform but as of late I merely share the same text based  'Daily Post' that I share on Facebook and call it 'good enough'.

  My expenses to subsist are pretty basic and although my friends dislike it when I share what my 'bills' are I think that it is important to do it anyway so that folks have an idea of what I mean by meager. The following sums are all in USD. I spend between thirty to forty dollars a month on dog food. I spend between forty to sixty dollars a month on my food and other general household supplies. I spend roughly thirty dollars a month on a personal phone that gives me 3G data and roughly forty dollars a month on a farm phone that gives me 4G data. The two phones are necessary for a number of reasons but primarily as a land steward for someone else's property I don't want to give out my personal number to random folks that live in the area, that I catch trespassing, or want to contact me about things concerning the property. It also means that I have two data plans each month to burn up on uploading videos, doing research (or whatever else online) and I have a fail-over phone in case one dies...so that I am not stuck out in the boonies with no way to communicate with the outside world. The peace of mind in regard to that last bit is well worth the forty dollars. During the winter months I also spend sixty to eighty dollars every six weeks on propane for heating purposes but hopefully I can eventually afford a wood stove and this expense will be eliminated.

  I go to town somewhere between every four to six weeks and do all my shopping when I do and this is accomplished because a friend visits me and takes me to town to do what I affectionately call my 'supply run'. I neither own a vehicle nor drive so this is usually my only opportunity to do this so I make the best of it and enjoy my time with my friend. Especially since it is by and large often the only 'real' contact that I have with anyone. I enjoy my solitude but it is also nice to briefly escape it for a few hours every month or so.

  Aside from making the videos and 'Daily Post' I have made a few podcasts and would like to make more eventually but I have just never really prioritized them. I have also written (and publicly shared) about fifty thousand words worth of a fictional story that I have written and would eventually like to have edited and published as a book. Several friends have really enjoyed the story but the phone typing aspect of it has been brutally tedious and I often reserve my battery power and netbook for more 'serious' endeavors. Eventually I hope to solve more of my electricity generation and storage needs so that I can focus more on writing (both fiction and non-fiction) on my netbook and get away from the aggravation that I often face by laboriously typing on the phone.

  To give an example here of my power consumption I have used up fifty-two percent of my netbbook's battery just setting up this Patreon account, writing all this stuff out, finding my introductory video on Google Drive and getting it imported to Youtube so that I could share it here on my profile. If you knew all the technological hurdles involved in just doing all of that you would assuredly be amazed  but fortunately it is very sunny today so I have plenty of electricity and the cellular signal is better than it has been in a month. :) 

Thanks for reading. I may update this more later but I think that is enough 'hunting and pecking' keyboard keys for now.

If you want to see/learn more about me or what I do I suggest perusing the following links:

https://www.facebook.com/jacob.peacock
https://peakd.com/@jacobpeacock


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meeting this goal would provide me with a basic income to meet the needs of me and my dogs so that I can focus on creating content and sharing it without continually being stressed out about how I am going to 'make it by' each month.
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