Three women who moved off-grid to grow cannabis and live the simple life with their animals have shared a glimpse at their unusual set-up.
Lexie, 28, Amy, 31, and Doris, 39, moved out to the Californian countryside to start up a farm and become self-sufficient, and are sharing their rustic exploits via their steamy Instagram account ‘Girls Off Grid’.
A typical post will show then brandishing rifles, chopping down trees, or feeding chickens in skimpy bikinis.
The founder, Doris, revealed she decided to start the account as a farm spoof on Girls Gone Wild, and the women keep 65 sheep, 60 goats, 40 chickens, fifteen ducks, eight guinea hens, three alpacas, two turkeys, two horses, two dogs, two cats, one pig.
As they are no longer allowed to sell their cannabis commercially, they make their money by selling farm fertiliser, walnuts, and growing their own food – even doing their own plumbing as the nearest shop is an hour away.
Amy, 31, Lexie, 28, and Doris, 39, (L-R) moved out to the Californian countryside to start up a farm and become self-sufficient, and are sharing their rustic exploits via their steamy Instagram account ‘Girls Off Grid’
Speaking about the enterprise, Doris revealed: ‘I created Girls Gone Off-Grid as sort of a spoof on Girls Gone Wild, explains Doris, the founder of the enterprise.
‘I figured we can lure in followers with our sexuality but then show them that we are actually doing some real farm s***.
Until late last year the girls were growing industrial quantities of cannabis.
‘That made a lot of money’, Doris said ruefully. But unfortunately my county no longer allows commercial cultivation.’
As they are no longer allowed to sell their cannabis commercially, seen right, they make their money by selling farm fertiliser, walnuts, and growing their own food. Pictures see them posing with rifles in mini skirts (left) and by their produce in bikinis (right)
The women keep 65 sheep, 60 goats, 40 chickens, fifteen ducks, eight guinea hens, three alpacas, two turkeys, two horses, two dogs, two cats, one pig
They also grow walnuts, a lucrative crop since Doris figured out how multiply her selling prices tenfold by going direct to consumers and take care of dozens of animals.
‘We currently have 65 sheep, 60 goats, 40 chicken’, Doris said proudly.
‘Fifteen ducks, eight guinea hens, three alpacas, two turkeys, two horses, two dogs, two cats, one pig.
‘And a partridge in a pear tree!’.
The women say they try to lure followwers in with their more ‘sexual content’ and then teach them more about the farming life
The women had a successful commercial cannabis business but are no longer allowed to sell it commercially
Lexi the founds says she’s trying to post less sexual content but some pictures see the women enjoying a break from farm life in bikinis by the sea
But the life also has its tougher sides, and being an hour’s drive from the nearest town forced the girls to learn practical skills all for themselves.
‘Living off grid, with my own plumbing and septic, taught me really quick that I needed to learn all that stuff too,’ she said.
‘So over time I learned about different generators, how to lay PVC pipe, or fix breaks, do oil changes, work with propane appliances and set up my own solar’.
As these videos and pictures show, the girls certainly aren’t afraid of getting down and dirty.
‘My chainsaw skills are probably what I’m most proud of’, Doris admitted.
Elsewhere the women take part in target practice wearing dresses as they make sure they can defend their farm against wild animals
Another picture sees one of the women wearing a gun with her mini-skirt as they go about the 15 hour day of looking after the farm
The women are seen with their cannabis harvest as they go about their daily routine
‘Not many guys I know are comfortable picking up and running a saw, it’s definitely one of the more dangerous jobs around here’.
Far from being a born-and-bred country girl, Doris was in fact brought up in an affluent white collar household her father owned the largest beer distribution company in San Francisco.
‘Back in those days I was always wearing designer clothes, and I literally always wore heels’, she remembered.
‘I hated getting not being clean, and wasn’t into any outdoor activities that wasn’t shopping or hanging out by a pool or beach’.
A random twist of fate saw her father selling the business which led Doris into starting an organic fertiliser business, and from there taking an interest in food production.
Working in the agriculture industry, meeting farmers and seeing all the crap they spray on our food made me realize that I wanted to grow and raise everything I could myself,’ she said.
The women are pictured with a crop of walnuts (above) and a crop of cannabis (below)
The women are seen with their dinner during the snowy winter season
The women are seen with a few crops of cannabis on their trucks
‘What was great about starting my farming life in industry was the knowledge I picked up. To sell fertilizer to farmers, I had to learn the science behind it all.
‘I took courses, read books and learned soil science, plant pathology, microbiology etc. Those type of skills are crucial for running a successful farm’.
But as well as the science, running a large ranch and managing so many animals sometimes presents heartbreaking situations for the girls to deal with.
‘Most of our problems on the ranch have to do with the livestock’, Doris revealed.
‘With so many here, anything can happen, at any time.
‘It might just be a sheep stuck with fencing around its neck, or a goat going into labor with a breached baby, or could be a coyote going after and killing my chickens.
‘The worst is when a bear eats half an animal, and leaves it alive for me to find in the morning. That’s happened twice.
‘A pig with its shoulder eaten off, still totally alive but obviously not going to make it.
‘I just have to get my gun and put down the pig. It’s probably the hardest job around when an animal is sick or injured or born deformed and I have to shoot them.
‘It’s hard on me’.
There’s no such grisly content on their account and some online commentors have even criticised the girls’ over-sexualised take on country life.
‘I’ve decided to tone down the sexy stuff a bit recently,’ Doris admitted.
‘But that’s kinda hard with Lexi and her big nice a**.
‘And with her being a Florida girl, she naturally struts around here all summer in her thong.’
Despite her cannabis growing history, Doris isn’t a fan of seasonal volunteers getting high off the supply.
‘I myself was a complete stoner from the ages of 16 to 29,’ she admits.
‘But when I started my business I realized I couldn’t be high and productive at the same time.
The women also hire seasonal workers – though they aren’t aloud to smoke until after the shift
Seen: Baby goat feeding night time equipment. Bears are a big problem for them.
One of the women is seen fishing
‘And it’s funny, because everyone that first comes here assumes that it’s ok to be high while working on a pot farm. But I have a strict no smoking rule, until after work anyway.
‘I hate dealing with a bunch of stoners. There are so many things that they can mess up, from feeding to watering, so much better I say to save the smoking for after work.’
This year Doris is expanding the girls’ operation.
‘This year we are building two more tiny houses to rent on Airbnb, our one last year was a hit and I did zero marketing.
‘We are also starting retreats here; building a commercial kitchen and eating/meeting area at the very top of the mountain with platforms nearby that will house canvas tents.
The women are proud of their goats and often have to feed the baby goats themselves
The women are seen with their crop of growing cannabis
‘The different retreats will include yoga, permaculture, animal husbandry, women’s, health, native American culture, herbal tinctures and more’.
And Doris is adamant she’ll never go back to living in a city.
‘I plan to raise my children and homeschool them here,’ she said.
‘I’m an entrepreneur at heart so I’ll always be creating new business whether it be products or services but all of them will be centred around this lifestyle.’
But it certainly isn’t the life for everyone, as Doris herself is quick to point out.
‘The worst things about this life, hands down,’ she says, ‘is that I can’t order food, or pick up something easy.
‘I’m hardcore into not eating processed foods, so I cook everything from scratch.
‘And after a long, hot, 15-hour day of farm chores, I’d give anything to just grab some take-out.’