Living off the grid: The story of Chris Schimmoeller

Chris Schimmoller walks through a field while giving advice about invasive plants to a property owner new to Kentucky on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, at a property in Fayette County, Kentucky. Schimmoeller, who lives her life off the grid, began Remove Invasives Partnership, which helps property owners understand how to remove invasive plants, in 2017 after years of seeing invasives while driving to town. Photo by Jack Weaver.

Chris Schimmoeller and her family live off the grid. They rely on the natural resources of their land for food and water, collected in their gardens and from the rain that lands on their roof. Schimmoeller has a passion for protecting the nature that her and her family rely on. As a founder of the Remove Invasives Partnership, Schimmoeller meets with property owners to discuss the proper way to remove invasive species and protect native plants.