Living Off the Grid in Retirement by Christine Tailer There is necessarily a pragmatic side to retirement: how to figure out the nuts and bolts of a fiscally sound lifestyle that does not require a steady paycheck. When my husband and I began to look for a rural weekend getaway—a place to escape from the Read more
Christine is a retired trial attorney who has lived for the past fifteen years on a sixty-three-acre, off-grid farm with her husband Greg, a retired mechanical designer. They have built everything on the farm themselves, from barns to their beautiful log home, and they farm themselves, using antique equipment that they have found at auctions and sitting unused in farm fields. They raised their children in Cincinnati, Ohio, and then, children grown, they followed their dreams, quitting their city jobs and moving to the farm. At first, they continued to work out of virtual home offices, but by the end of 2019, they gave up their professional careers and settled down to enjoy a fulltime farm life. Christine writes a weekly column for four local newspapers about her adventures in learning to live the country life, and, pre-COVID, both Christine and Greg gave presentations and hosted open houses on what they have learned about living with solar and wind energy.