Meet The Woman Living Off The Grid For Over 30 Years!

Meet Jill Redwood.

For more than 30 years she has been living ‘off the grid’ in a home she built herself made entirely out of reused and recycled materials, with walls made from timber offcuts and cow dung.

Ms Redwood, a writer and environmental activist, hates supermarkets and only eats food she’s grown and made herself on her 15-acre property on the edge of the forest in East Gippsland in Victoria.

Jill built her house in East Gippsland, Australia where she has lived alone for over 30 years entirely off-grid with no mains power, water, mobile reception or television.

Living on around $80 a week, Jill has over sixty animals to keep her company and an abundant garden that serves as an organic supermarket right outside her doorstep.

Generating all her own solar power and collecting water from the local creek, Jill lives a totally self-sufficient life.

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“Jill Redwood has lived a remarkable life. As one of the original alternative lifestyle’ pioneers to move to Goongerah in remote East Gippsland over 30 years ago, she has devoted her life to saving the local forests and environment more generally.”

– Rachael Lucas

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Generating all her own solar power and collecting water from the local creek via a remarkable water wheel contraption which pumps water to the house and garden, Jill has devised unique systems of self sufficiency.

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Jill Redwood built her East Gippsland home for $3000 with walls made from timber offcuts and cow dung

Ms Redwood, a writer and environmental activist, hates supermarkets and only eats food she's grown  herself

For more than 30 years she has been living 'off the grid' in her solar-powered home

All Ms Redwood’s possessions including furniture, bedding and cutlery is either salvaged from the tip or bought second-hand

Ms Redwood pictured in 1984, the year after she had bought the East Gippsland property

Ms Redwood said she spends most mornings tending to her animals and doing odd jobs around her property, and afternoons cooking and doing environmental work

Ms Redwood’s toilet is an old-fashioned dunny'. ‘When it fills up you’ve got to carry it out to and bury it’

The home took eight years to build, during which time she lived in a smaller bark hut with a dirt floor on the property (pictured)

Ms Redwood only eats food she has produced herself - apart from a few exceptions like olive oil, flour, chocolate and Vegemite

She makes her own goats cheese and has a large fruit and vegetable garden

Ms Redwood's fruit and vegetable garden, which is covered in netting to keep the possums out

Ms Redwood said what she eats depends on the season. 'The garden dictates what’s on the menu,' she says

Sources: Community Preppers | Homestead News | Daily Mail

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