Off Grid and Free

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Title: Off Grid and Free: My Path to the Wilderness
Ron Melchiore
Category: Nonfiction
Publication Date: February 7, 2016
Ordering: This title is now out of print, and rights have been transferred back to the author.
ISBN: 978-1-927685-20-4

Note that this book’s interior is black and white, but US orders via Amazon get the free color Kindle version!

Author Ron Melchiore approached Moon Willow Press a few months prior, writing to us from the Canadian wilderness. Located on a remote lake accessible only by float plane, he and his wife’s computer/satellite link is their only connection to the outside world.

Off Grid and Free: My Path to the Wilderness is the story of the journey Ron Melchiore undertook as a young man from the city, first to homesteading in northern Maine and then to living in the bush of northern Saskatchewan. He has lived off grid since approximately 1980 and speaks candidly about the joys and the tribulations of his chosen lifestyle. In this nonfiction, Ron shares the diversity of his experiences in an easy-to-read, humorous, and sometimes harrowing narrative.

The book includes his hiking of the 2,100 mile Appalachian Trail in winter, bicycling across the United States, homesteading off grid, and the terror of being surrounded by a wildfire and surprise encounters with bears, and more. For readers with an outdoors spirit, people with an off grid and self-sufficiency bent, and dreamers who like to read about adventure, Ron hopes to inspire others to “take the road less traveled.”

Ron has been published in Back Home Magazine, Small Farmers Journal, and Countryside Magazine. Ron’s site is

Ron participated in the documentary Life Off Grid, which aired on BC’s Knowledge Network.

Other media: Prince Albert Daily Herald, Allentown’s The Morning Call, Regina Leader Post, Bangor Daily News, Mother Earth News, International Satellite Services, Vitchelo