Mobius Microfarms: Helping you grow sustainable produce and fish from home!

Ever want to grow your own veggies and protein source, while saving water at the same time? There’s an ancient permaculture method whereby you can do all of it at once: Aquaponics. A resurgent trend that is getting bigger – … Continue reading

The Road to Gonzoville: Part IV — Tapping Minnesota Maples + A Giveaway!

For more from our Free Range Quest, subscribe to this blog or visit us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. _________________________________ “The thrust is no longer for ‘change’ or ‘progress’ or ‘revolution,’ but merely to escape, to live on the far … Continue reading

Happy New Year Slideshow! What our Free Range Quest has taught us so far…

HAPPY 2014! We took our biggest leap in 2013 — selling our home and giving away all of our possessions to document amazing farm and energy innovators, culinary pioneers and off-gridders across the continent, while searching for our own piece … Continue reading

Still Illegal: Confessions of a Moonshiner

I’ve been a moonshiner For seventeen long years And I spent all my money On whiskey and beer And I go to some hollow And set up my still If whiskey don’t kill me Lord, I don’t know what will … Continue reading

Exuberance Farm: Mini Cattle!

-Click here to see more, including updates from the road!-   Larry and Nancy Midlin should be having a little cow right about now. Last week, mom was set to go into labor any day at the beautiful Exuberance Farm in Northeastern … Continue reading

Stone Camp: An off-grid, zero-waste, self-sufficient paradise!

-Click here for more photos, self-sufficiency stories, and updates from the road!-   Adventure could be defined by how many times you find yourself saying “I don’t know how we’re going to get out of this one.” We have been … Continue reading

WIN Tickets to the next Mother Earth News Fair: A hands-on, sustainable lifestyle event!

Free Range Quest cruised across the prairies, hills and fields all the way from Portland, Oregon to the Mother Earth News Fair in Seven Springs PA 2013 to find loads of inspirational people working with real food, natural healing and all types … Continue reading

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Where is the Von Kroug Farm? Maybe you can tell us —

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Detour: Stranded in Sac

Dear friends – we have discovered three tiny, raised-bed garden boxes here at our corporate, business-class hotel. Farm-to-table at…. The DoubleTree?!? The chef uses all he can from the fresh herbs, tomatoes, corn and even squash in the cuisine served … Continue reading

Day 1 on the road: Decompression

Click HERE to like us on Facebook for more photos and updates from the road, including our first rolling home-cooked meal and daily travel essentials! _____________________________ On our last day in our old house, we awoke to a classic hot … Continue reading

Bus Conversion Gallery – Before and After!

BEFORE: AFTER: Like us on Facebook to see more photos and updates from the road!  It took a year, a lot of hard work, a lot of re-purposing. The words “shim” and “jerry-rig” were bandied about quite a little bit… … Continue reading

Burn the ships!: Read my letter of resignation to Corporate American Media…

Today I quit my job in corporate American media. I/We have been working up to this move for many years as we journey towards our farmstead. I told Kristina that, in a way, I feel like I am starting my … Continue reading

DIY sliding, barn-style door for our bus/RV conversion — UNDER $30!

I created a sliding door ALFie’s bathroom for under $30! Some of these barn-style door hardware kits are hundreds of dollars, I wanted to find a way to simplify and slash that cost drastically (Later we added a custom stained-glass … Continue reading

Wine cork floors! -or- How being drunken hoarders helped us remodel our bathroom!

Normally we are anti-hoarding, but in this case, it helped us! We had been saving wine corks in a vase for a few years for no particular reason. Between our collection plus that of a friend and our parents we … Continue reading

Bus aromatherapy: Sealing our cedar walls the natural, DIY way!

Chemical based sealers will often peel as the natural cedar oils degrade them, so finishing or staining cedar walls isn’t recommended. Sanding the walls with a fine sandpaper will revive the cedar scent as the aromatics dissipate over time.  Another food-safe, non-toxic, … Continue reading

Simple, inexpensive roll-up bus/RV curtains

Here’s a little DIY curtain project for our awkwardly sized bus windows, they are easily removable and totally convertible — We added a screen print of one of our favorite band posters from Saint Jude to dress it up, but … Continue reading

Kitchen counter and storage install part 2 + Bathroom walls!

The short bus conversion in progress! Subscribe here or follow us on Facebook to see more updates as our project moves ahead! Night and day (in below freezing temperatures and with multiple layers of clothing) we installed the kitchen countertop and sink, … Continue reading

Kitchen counter and storage install part 1 -or- Our remodel, frozen in time!

We have rain, freezing temperatures, and back-to-back illnesses — but we persevere! Luckily, we have ALFie’s mini cube fireplace to keep us warm while we continue to rehab our 1999 diesel GMC bus into the perfect rolling cabin. Right now … Continue reading

Sandor Katz visits Free Range Quest!

We at Free Range Quest are blessed to meet so many who motivate, inspire, and teach us. Sandor Katz has been called evangelical in the way he speaks about fermented foods. It has been said that he “has become for … Continue reading

Unraveling the Mystery of Ikaria – The Enchanted Island Of Centenarians

The Island Where People Forget to Die –

Unraveling the mystery of why the inhabitants of Ikaria, an island of 99 square miles that is home to almost 10,000 Greek nationals, live so long and so well.


As usual, a clean diet and strong social circle seem to contribute to a long life —  “Even if you’re antisocial, you’ll never be entirely alone. Your neighbors will cajole you out of your house for the village festival to eat your portion of goat meat.”



Turkey Tales – Raising a holiday feast in our own backyard

A Killer Halloween It was dawn of Halloween 2011, the cold crackling air was leaving chilly crystals on the ground and falling from our breath as we grabbed the drunken turkeys by their giant, dinosaur legs. They usually go limp … Continue reading

Bus conversion slideshow! Passenger seat installation – AND the bed platform is DONE!

David, working himself to death!

The navigator/passenger seat that we converted from an old office chair is now mounted with 360 swivel action! Carefully calculating the space we had to attach the seat without disturbing anything in the undercarriage was a daunting task! Dave spent … Continue reading

Free Range Quest: Simplify… do or die!

In an effort to un-hoard, we sold our dining table and chairs, a side table, our guest bed and frame, our giant dresser (who needs a dresser when all we wear is The Uniform?!), and any remaining childhood memorabilia — save for one mint … Continue reading

Free Range Quest goes to Farm School!

Farm school starts real early.  And on a Saturday, no less! Kinda like actual farming, I suppose… I recently received an email from the Oregon State University Extension Service about the 2012 Small Farm School, so of course Kristina and … Continue reading

Building the Bed Platform -or- The Case of the Tiny Space!

This week we started the construction of the bedroom in ALFie. We decided on a raised storage platform because storage is what we are lacking most in the space and we liked the idea of the bed being toward the … Continue reading

Fresh meat -or- The day I learned where bacon comes from…

Due to the graphic nature of this blog post, reader discretion is advised… I have always remained firm in my belief that meat is perfectly natural, nutritious, and delicious to eat. I love tasting everything. I especially love indulging in a … Continue reading

From the grass to the glass at Autumnwood Farm!

While we were visiting family in Minnesota, we came across Autumnwood Farm. Pat Daninger, who runs this dairy farm and creamery was kind enough to host Free Range Quest for an early morning cow milking lesson before we caught our … Continue reading

Fermentation! Embracing a less sterilized outlook on creating in the kitchen

We began experimenting with fermentation in a variety of forms a couple of years ago. Making pickles, beer, breads, cheeses, and kombucha have become relished (winkwink) hobbies – It’s cheaper than buying the store bought stuff and we always feel … Continue reading

Free Range Quest: “Put Your Poultry in Your Pantry” by David Von Kroug

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City Folk Learn to Dispatch and Dress Chickens!

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The Uniform: what wares we wear and where…

Steve Jobs passed away around the time that my wife and I started getting very serious about living a more minimalistic and intentional lifestyle. Jobs was a unique and fascinating individual; the bold exclamation point on his physical presence was … Continue reading

Waste Not

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”

~Steve Jobs