102 to 85: Off Grid AC and Survival Cooling- Marjory Wildcraft and Grow Network

We Love Marjory Wildcraft here is an old article from her but relevant for today and the heat dome hovering overhead. Marjory is one of the first people we sought for information when we started Land Lubbers Farms! She doesn’t know it but she is an honorary Pirate of the Pirates Republic. Fair Winds Marjory and enough of the Piratey Love Fest, the heat must be getting to me! Go read the article Matey’s, CHEERS!

102 to 85: Off Grid AC and Survival Cooling

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Keeping it Cool on the Homestead

Whew! We had a nice, cool spring in Central Texas this year, but the temperatures have been going up, up, up!

Now we’re back into our normal routine where afternoon temperatures might break 100 degrees for several days in a row. Some years, that’s actually more like “several months in a row!”

If you’re on the power grid and you’ve got a reliable air conditioner, then it’s a no-brainer – you just go indoors and wait out the intense afternoon heat, right? But… what would you do if the power goes out?

Read more: Overheated Ducks? No Problem!

Keeping Livestock from Overheating

Even if the power never goes out and your AC keeps chugging right along, it’s still important not to forget about the needs of your livestock. Chickens, rabbits, dogs, etc. They all have limitations when it comes to how much heat they can withstand.

So, it’s really helpful to have a simple way to keep your critters comfortable and healthy through the hot summer months.

Especially rabbits. Rabbits usually can’t breed in the heat. But watch the video below to see how we managed to keep mothers, babies, and even a sexually viable daddy rabbit all healthy and happy right through the middle of July!

As usual, this is all done very simply and easily – without any electricity. This is a must see video for anyone living where it gets HOT:

Off Grid AC with Simple Misters

As you can see, other than making sure that water and shade are always available, the most important part of this system is misting.

I’m using a simple misting system with plastic tubing and fittings that I picked up from my local farm supply store. I’ve had moderate success using only gravity to pressurize the whole system.

I’m also experimenting with a small solar panel and a simple pump – and I’m going to share those results with you soon! Drop me a comment down below if you’re interested to see that solar setup.

Oh – and if you like that watering setup I use for my chickens, you can download a free eBook that shows exactly how I built it. It’s inside the free Grow Network Library, and you can sign up by clicking on the banner right below here.

Simple and Effective Watering Systems for Small Livestock


Marjory Wildcraft is an Expedition Leader and Bioneer Blogger with The [Grow] Network, which is an online community that recognizes the wisdom of “homegrown food on every table.” Marjory has been featured as an expert on sustainable living by National Geographic, she is a speaker at Mother Earth News fairs, and is a returning guest on Coast to Coast AM. She is an author of several books, but is best known for her “Grow Your Own Groceries” video series, which is used by more than 300,000 homesteaders, survivalists, universities, and missionary organizations around the world.

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