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Calamity Jill: Off-Grid Living Inspiration

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  • Jill Redwood is sometimes referred to as Calamity Jill, a reference to the American frontierswoman Calamity Jane who was famous for wearing men’s clothing and working as a professional scout
  • While Calamity Jane was an itinerant alcoholic, Redwood is a writer and environmental activist who has lived off-grid for 30 years on the edge of a national forest in Australia, working to protect the forest and live with minimal impact on her surroundings
  • Redwood made radical choices but you have the opportunity to live a “greener” lifestyle despite your location; consider planting vegetables and herbs in a garden or pots, reducing your water usage and installing solar panels to lower energy use
  • Even in an urban location you may choose to raise chickens (check with your local laws) to obtain nutrient-dense, delicious, pastured eggs; if raising your own chickens isn’t appealing, consider purchasing locally and organically raised pastured eggs

By Dr. Mercola

Jill Redwood is sometimes referred to as Calamity Jill, a reference to Martha Jane Canary, better known as Calamity Jane. An American frontierswoman and professional scout, Calamity Jane was an acquaintance of Wild Bill Hickok and appeared in the Buffalo Bill Wild West show later in her life.


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