Live Free or Die premieres on NatGeo on Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The intriguing and self-reliant folks showcased on the new series definitely subscribe to a "do more with less" philosophy – and appear to accomplish their goals nearly flawlessly.
National Geographic Channel's new series explores one of the most remote subcultures in the United States, according to showrunners. Live Free or Die follows the lives of five individuals living in the "country's backwoods and swamps with few of the trappings of modern society." The cast feels as if they have been freed from the constraints of modern society and the technology-fueled existence millions of Americans feel bound to every day. "They are modern-day pioneers who rely only on skill and intuition to harness the natural environment," NatGeo says about the new series.
Live Free or Die Series Description
"These five individuals are participating in a lifestyle trend known as "re-wilding" — a new term that refers to the un-domestication of humans and reverting back to our wild roots. They live almost completely off the land, in simple homes without any electricity or running water. The woods furnish their rugged lifestyle, and wildlife populate their dinner plates, bringing significant challenges that often require quick and innovative solutions in their constant struggle to survive. They are faced with natural obstacles like brutal weather and depleted food sources and must find ways to subsist that don't violate the strict code they hold themselves to in order to remain self-sufficient. It is this very code, the difficulty of keeping it and the potential to triumph over nature that fuels their desire to remain on these modern-day frontiers."
The Inquisitr recently spent an hour chatting with Live Free or Die cast members Tony and Amelia.
IQ: Why did you move to mountains?
Tony: I was born in Omaha and lived there until I was 13 or 14. Then I moved to the DC area and got a job. It was total culture shock. I was there four years and then went to college in Colorado. I got a degree in environmental studies, writing, and biology. Once I had my degree I wound up out here. I wanted a garden and not on someone's else land. I ate out up dumpsters, I ate dandelions, I refused to spend money on food. I took the first job I could find. I live entirely debt free. Quite simply I knew what I wanted and took the straightest line to get there. H**l the first few years were rough, I had no heat the first winter. It was definitely pretty rough at first but after that … paradise.
Amelia: We live on 1-acre of land and grow our own food. We trade work with neighbors that have livestock and farms to get other food we need that we cannot grow or raise ourselves. We have fruit trees, practice permaculture and raise chickens, rabbits, and goats – perhaps we will also raise pigeons in the future.