Vernon County Man Lives “Off The Grid” In A Sod House


By Joel Waldinger | June 23, 2014

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Harvey Baumgartner’s decision to live in a sod home sans electricity and indoor plumbing was a conscious choice, based on practicality and philosophy. He is profoundly committed to conservation.  Harvey is always willing to help a neighbor, yet quite content to tend to his goats, chickens, horses, mules, and his organic gardens.

Click here to learn more about Harvey’s off the grid lifestyle and then check out this segment to see how Harvey takes his minimalist lifestyle on the open road.

Joel Waldinger

Joel Waldinger is a reporter for the “Wisconsin Life” project and considers a sunset over the “big island” on Manson Lake to be a perfect ending to a day of fishing and fun in the Northwoods. 
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