live off the land

live off the land

To survive by eating what can be foraged, hunted, or grown in nature. Stranded in a remote part of the wilderness, we were forced to live off the land until a rescue team arrived. She had a burning desire to move out of the city and start living off the land on a tiny farm somewhere in the countryside.
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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.
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live off the land (or the country)

live on whatever food you can obtain by hunting, gathering, or subsistence farming.
1995 Empire Harrison Ford is the frazzled father who ups his family from cosy suburbia in an effort to live off the land, get back to nature, etc.
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live off the ˈland

eat whatever food you can grow, kill or find yourself: Having grown up on a farm, Jack was more used to living off the land than the rest of the group.
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Looking for challenges and fulfilment, decides to follow a childhood dream and live off the land with her own small farm.
My wife was going to teach and we'd live off the land.
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Continuing the inspiring story of ageing boybander Abz Love's bid to live off the land on a remote Welsh smallholding, we meet our hero one year into his backto-nature project.
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.
Inspired by a dream to return to their roots and live off the land, Paul and Phyllis Van Amburgh quit their jobs in the city, purchased a defunct dairy farm, and relocated their young family to the country in pursuit of a more fulfilling lifestyle.
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.
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.
15-year-old Willo is at home in the wild and has learned how to live off the land but he is soon drawn back to what is left of civilisation when he befriends a younger girl who has also lost her family.
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.