Why I Stand By TBC

Here in East Tennessee, there's been a bit of a controversy in the news lately over a local Baptist Church who was voted out of the Tennessee Baptist Convention (TBC). The issue stemmed from the church hiring a female pastor, a role which according to Baptist polity only a man is elligible to fill. In … Continue reading Why I Stand By TBC

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Back to Eden: Soil pH

This is the end of our first year doing the Back to Eden garden and I wanted a tangible way to guage the results of the soil condition. I decided to test the soil pH with a very rudimentary and simple experiment: vinegar and baking soda. The concept is simple; alkaline soil will react in … Continue reading Back to Eden: Soil pH

Heat ‘Em Up Hot Cocoa

This afternoon we sat on the porch and talked future farm additions while our son played fetch with Cyd. Nothing like golden leaves, crisp weather, train whistles and a sprinkling of autumn rain. To counter the chilly weather outside, when we came in the house I made some cocoa for me and my boys. Heat … Continue reading Heat ‘Em Up Hot Cocoa

Planning and Preparing Our Market Garden

It's always nice to have a little bit of revenue coming in from your homestead produce. In fact, part of me staying home with the babies is that I then have the time to spend developing our property into a productive piece of land that hopefully one day our children will decide to continue farming. … Continue reading Planning and Preparing Our Market Garden

When Predators Attack

We lost two chickens today. I heard a ruckus that I thought initially was an "egg song" but as I listened, I could tell it was more than one bird and it sounded distinctly distressed. I went out to take a look and didn't immediately notice anything suspicious looking, until I got within 20 yards … Continue reading When Predators Attack

Teaching Your Toddler

My son is a great kid.  I don't mean he's perfectly behaved or never throws tantrums. Quite the opposite actually. He's just really great at being a kid; really loud, curious, smiley, goofy, weird, sticky, tactless, sticky, and did I mention curious? When I was working in North Carolina as a substitute teacher and subsequently … Continue reading Teaching Your Toddler

Fermentation Station!

It's time for a kombucha update. I successfully grew a SCOBY that did a wonderful job on my first ever batch of kombucha! The flavor is a little reminescent of a not-quite-as-fizzy cola, with the typical kombucha tartness and effervescence. It was really quite tasty, although I'm saving my kombucha drinking for after baby Henrik … Continue reading Fermentation Station!

Highland With a Little Help from my Friends (Farm Visit pt. 2)

Saturday we went to visit a farm in Strawberry Plains, TN, home to highland cattle and Scotish black face sheep. You can read more about his set up at Lakin Farms here. Overall, the experience could not have been more encouraging. Mr. Lakin was incredibly open and friendly in answering all the questions we had about … Continue reading Highland With a Little Help from my Friends (Farm Visit pt. 2)

Farm Visit

Today is an exciting day! We're going to visit Lakin Farms, home to Scotish highland cattle and Scottish black faced sheep. We first heard about Mr. Lakin's set up via our local newspaper. There was to be a Scots-Irish festival in our area and he was scheduled to bring his sheep and do a herding … Continue reading Farm Visit

Back to Eden Strawberries

This one is a play directly out of Paul Gautschi's book. We planted 12 strawberry plants around a dogwood tree in spring 2017. The plants all doubled if not tripled and we had tremendous success with their growth of new runners and leaves. We planted in mostly shade, We wood chip mulched the bed 5 … Continue reading Back to Eden Strawberries