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Self-Sufficient Couple Builds Their Own Floating Off-Grid Island (Video)

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From no-waste, no-impact, buy-nothing, no-money to living tiny, there are a multitude of saner and more courageous alternatives to the unthinking, zombie wastefulness of mainstream living. For Canadian couple Wayne Adams and Catherine King, living self-sufficiently meant building their own floating island near Tofino, British Columbia, consisting of twelve interconnected platforms that support their home, greenhouse, lighthouse and a dance studio.

Wayne, a sculptor, and Catherine, a retired ballerina and carver, began building this extraordinary home back in 1992. They have dubbed it “Freedom Cove,” and call it a “floating food garden.” The two artists support themselves by selling their artworks in local shops and beyond, and supplement their income with veggies and fruit harvested throughout the year from their own garden, in addition to fishing.

They generate their own electricity with the use of photovoltaics, and collect rainwater and water from a nearby waterfall for drinking.

The couple lives here full time, and even raised two kids here. They’ve tried to raise hens too, but had to abort the project when they realized that predators were a big problem. Other pests were a problem too; according to Oddity Central, the couple had to deal with a 30-pound rat that kept damaging the home’s foundations.

There’s a lot of character to this place, with its miniature lighthouse that doubles as a shower and buildings painted bright teal and pink.

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