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 →
Why do some people love going to the office, day after day? Now we understand… Working in a corporate office seems pretty damn fun when ET’s bike is flying through the stairwell, Slimer’s head is mounted in the hallway, and R2D2 greets … Continue reading →
The last time we were in Portland we visited one of our favorite date spots, aka: ‘the friendliest store in town’. There, we headed to the sample counter and were introduced to a simple, locally-made treat — and it blew our … Continue reading →
While traveling through the incredible city of Louisville, KY, my brilliant filmmaker friends, Roni Jonah and Jason Crowe, took us in and lavished us with some SUPER tasty meals that happened to be raw, vegan, and packed full of protein! I became … Continue reading →
Drifting amid the endless Texas prairie near Waco, the sky begun to grow strangely dim for mid-day. It was then that we pulled off of the freeway and saw the bobbing heads and flapping feathers of the eager emus at Willow Grove Ranch. Dave and … Continue reading →
For more from our Free Range Quest, subscribe to this blog or visit us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. _______________________________ “Myths and legends die hard in America. We love them for the extra dimension they provide, the illusion of near-infinite possibility to erase … Continue reading →
You can help to honor Dr. Hunter S. Thompson and be part of GonzoFest 2014 by clicking here and donating a couple bucks to this epic grassroots event organized by family, friends (such as legendary writers and poets Ron Whitehead and Frank Messina) and fans to … Continue reading →
“I was never trying, necessarily, to be an outlaw. It was just the place in which I found myself.” -HST Paris Review, 2000 Dave was born a Kentucky boy. Some happenstance had transferred his father to the bluegrass state for … Continue reading →
“Salt — the only rock we eat — has made a glittering, often surprising contribution to the history of humankind. Until about 100 years ago, when modern geology revealed its prevalence, salt was one of the world’s most sought-after commodities. … Continue reading →
Life is all about balance. When the balance is disturbed, you do what you have to to regain it immediately. It was early in the valley on the sunny, warm morning of my birthday when I awoke to my wife’s … Continue reading →
After seven months on the adventure road, we took a pause for the past few weeks in the beautiful Embudo Valley, New Mexico, at the El Bosque garlic farm. Noted author and off-grid farmer Stanley Crawford (A Garlic Testament) and … Continue reading →
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 →
Living full-time on the road and in the woods has put our survive and thrive priorities up front – instead of paying someone else to take care of our needs, the basics take up a good chunk of our time. … Continue reading →
In the Adirondacks, overlooking Lake Champlain is Essex; a small town of a little over 600 people where from fertile ground and a lot of dirty work sprouted one of the most inspiring farms in the world. We put our … Continue reading →
Every year I see the media barrage of new and interesting tips and tricks to roast a Thanksgiving Turkey. I’ve read so many silly recipes over the years that basically instruct people how to make a soggy-skinned death trap in only 78 … Continue reading →
-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 →
-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 →
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 →
The best stories we find on the road are those of the people who made a decision, packed up, and set out to start again. Karen Evans’ husband Chuck was a college art department head in the town of Winona, … Continue reading →
We sold our home and nearly all of our possessions. We left our debatably secure jobs and our former urban mini-farm in search of a larger piece of land and a more intentional and sustainable slice of life. We are hitting the road all over the USA and Canada to look for a place to start our new farm, food joint, and a family. Check out the ‘About Us’ page and the rest of our site to learn more — and please, if you know of a fantastic piece of land, homestead operation, caretaker opportunity, or an old farm in need of saving, let us know!!! We are dedicating our lives to this endeavor and we can’t wait to put our hands back in the earth! …Until then, we continue on our Quest
What we are looking for:
10+ acres. Our ideal location will already have utilities.
Other ideal/wish list features include:
Land previously used as an organic farm.
No recent history of soil pollutants.
Not adjacent to any irresponsible Big Ag, GMO farm, or pesticide-rich area — we will be soil testing.
Within 30 minutes of a major city.
Within 10 minutes of a major Freeway.
Zoned commercial/residential/farmland or in a county where we can legally farm privately as well as run a small business.
Locations/counties without restrictive building codes.
Sloped or somewhat hilly topography.
Established small orchard.
Outbuildings inset from the main road.
Clear riparian rights; near a stream, pond, etc.
Some timber on the property.
Not in a floodplain.
Temperate or seasonally appropriate climate (Though we love to visit; Phoenix, AZ & Alaska need not apply).
Established off-grid, sustainable/green systems already in place.
Obviously, something inexpen$ive would be optimal… but this is subjective, we suppose.
As long as Free Range Quest is on the road, finding healthy, fresh and local food (especially meat and fish) is an important part of our day… and sometimes it can be tough! So we were really excited to discover … Continue reading →
While hanging out at Hook and Ladder in Sacramento, waiting for the first leg of repairs to be completed on our recently rear-ended ALFie, we told the story of our Free Range Quest to our server Micheal and handed her … Continue reading →
OJAI OLIVE OIL In the land of the grapes, from which great civilizations have sprouted, we must not forget its counterpart in climate – the mighty olive! Before leaving Portland, our own olive tree began to fruit after three years … Continue reading →
We finally scored our first bag of shrooms on the road! The gourmet mushrooms of Far West Fungi were the focus of our tour in the Monterey Bay area this week. (And we’ve got a great giveaway too!) Edible mushrooms are a … Continue reading →
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 →
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 →
It’s an unwrapped wrap! We got a call Thursday morning – For the first time with ANY vendor we have worked with on the bus conversion project, something was done ahead of schedule! A Little Further’s exterior makeover was complete! … Continue reading →
Ed Begley Jr. is perhaps the most well-known face of the Mother Earth News Fair. His work in comedy and drama (Spinal Tap, Arrested Development, Portlandia, St. Elsewhere) is rivaled only by his passion for living and promoting a greener … Continue reading →
In the immortal paraphrasing of Slack Master Ferris Bueller – leaving our jobs, selling our house, and liquidating most of our possessions to live in our bus may seem a little childish and stupid, but then, so is the rat … Continue reading →
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 →
I’m excited as we begin to include more natural product reviews here on Free Range Quest! We’ve been lucky to find some revolutionary treats lately. One of the toughest products for us to replace with an all-natural solution has been … Continue reading →
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 →
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 →
Joel Salatin, the internationally famous ‘Lunatic Farmer’, Author (Folks, This Ain’t Normal, Everything I Want to do is Illegal, You Can Farm … and many more), and star subject of food renegade documentary films, (Food Inc., Fresh, American Meat) thinks … Continue reading →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
There are a few classic comedy staples in our household. Always sure to get a laugh: ANYTHING involving a rubber chicken, a banana peel, an ottoman in a footpath, or the pinnacle of holiday hilarity — Fruitcake. Plum Pudding, a … Continue reading →
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.”
A core of our project is about being “Free” – and although we are striving for independence and self-sufficiency, we recognize community building and cooperation are obvious essentials that align with our principles. So while we have not yet mastered … Continue reading →
“Look back to where you have been, for a clue to where you are going” -Unknown “I sure hope not.” -Me I said to my wife the other night, “In the last decade of my life, I can clearly mark … Continue reading →
Hard work in exchange for a life filled with love, adventure, and a wealth of great memories is my idea of a great profit. For me, the most interesting and desirable returns come from money, energy, and time invested so … Continue reading →
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 →
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 →
Jackfruit taco filling looks sand tastes very similar to chicken and with cashew cream sauce is addictively delicious. I found this original recipe by Taylor Duty on the Evolve Vegan blog (go there!); where a wealth of healthy vegan options … Continue reading →
While visiting Minnesota we came upon a magical wonderland of Siberian apples from Natura Farms, an organic paradise that we will be profiling as part of our Quest. Below is a recipe for my lovely vegan friends from someone who … Continue reading →
Here is a glimpse into our RV bus conversion, this tiny home design is complete (with some fantastic personal touches sure to be in place for the bus-warming party, thanks to starchitecht, Colin Jensen)! — Note the powder room with … Continue reading →
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 →