When Steve Rodrigue was a kid, he was fascinated by tales of survival and adventure.
By high school, he was smitten by the idea of sustainability and growing food for himself, and started saving up money to purchase some land of his own one day.
Perhaps it’s no surprise, then, that at 31 he is making a long-held dream come true as he builds an off-the-grid homestead from scratch in Windsor.
When Rodrigue, who has his own new small business called “Maine Raised Gardens,” first saw the 30-acre parcel of land, it was during the Christmas Eve ice storm in 2013. Trees were crashing around him and the usually quiet winter woods were noisy and frightening.
“It was kind of dangerous,” he said, adding that the land tugged at him despite that. “It kept growing on me. I liked the trees, the land and the southern exposure.”