live off the land

live off the land

to live by eating only the food that one produces from the land; to survive by gathering or stealing food, fruits, berries, eggs, etc., while traveling through the countryside. We lived off the land for a few years when we first started out farming. The homeless man wandered about, living off the land.
See also: land, live, off
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Yo-yo dieting Arg from TOWIE has signed up to the new ITV series Sugar Free Farm, where celebs attempt to live off the land.
Those who live off the land must have respect for it," says one farmer.
Halfway through the 70s, the sitcom The Good Life gave every suburbanite the dream they could live off the land and become self-sufficient.
He led them into one of the most dangerous Central American rainforests and, over 12 days, taught them the skills to live off the land.
DAILY RECORD Friday, October 11, 2013 STARING DOWN BUGS The marines patrol a river in a jungle in Ghana SURVIVAL TIPS Learning how to live off the land.
The Bushmen, the indigenous people of southern Africa, live off the land, hunting and gathering, grow their own food, and have limited access to health care.
Named after a mythical land of musicians who live off the land by day and practice voodoo rites at night, Isle of Magic is the fourth studio album of Mop Mop, a band that draws liberally from jazz, Caribbean rhythms, Afro-funk, and soul.
The 40th anniversary edition of the popular The Encyclopedia of Country Living packs in over 2,000 recipes and 1,500 mail order sources and is a top pick for nay modern country dweller or homesteader interested in growing foods, cooking from scratch, and developing techniques to live off the land.
On Wednesday, cook, writer and broadcaster Valentine Warner will be showing how to live off the land in Campsite Cooking and Rod and Reel.
She's even considering moving to Hawaii, where her family vacations every year, so they can live off the land, bask in the sun and surf 365 days a year," the source said.
Many readers will no doubt also remember 1970s TV sitcom The Good Life about a couple who turned their back on the 'rat race' to try to live off the land - their own back garden.
If our ancestors could work hard and live off the land, why can't we?
In 2010, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall challenged them to live off the land for an entire month.
But it is unsettling to see cutting-edge labor-saving technologies deployed in a country where jobs must be found for some 300 million Chinese who live off the land.
The only way the SAS could achieve success against an enemy under such conditions was by learning to live off the land, perfecting tracking skills and winning the hearts and minds of the locals.