About Us

Welcome to Backwood Basics, where we strive for simple, inexpensive ways to live a more self-reliant lifestyle. Peg and I met in the heart of Africa, in the Central African Republic, where we were both Peace Corps volunteers, back in 1983. We learned many things from our experiences, but the Appropriate Technology approach to living was perhaps one of the most important. 

While growing much of our own food is important, we are not just about gardening. We have time-tested our creations, like the raised beds, separating (composting) toilet, harvest basket, raised bed caps, and even a mini camper. No matter where you live, some of our ideas just might make becoming more self-reliant a bit more fun and rewarding.

So please join us on our journey to create new ways to grow our own food, and to savor the great outdoors. Many of you are likely sitting on some great ideas yourselves. We would love to hear about them!

Because we are better off, when we are all better off.

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