Homesteading is Hard!

One of the things that makes our homestead unique is the fact that we don't use conventional growing methods. Everything up to this point has been done by hand. Why? First, we aren't independently wealthy and my husband works a "day job". We would love to turn this place into a full-time business, but realistically, … Continue reading Homesteading is Hard!

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Shaggy Maple Update/ Setting up Your Homestead Business

We received our agricultural sales and use tax exemption ID! Hooray! That will help tremendously with the purchases we have to make in the coming year for structures, (fencing, goat shelter) animal feed, timber and brush clearing, and all of our seed and such. What I would like to do is share with you how … Continue reading Shaggy Maple Update/ Setting up Your Homestead Business

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)

Year 1 Evaluation of Back to Eden Experience

I wanted to evaluate my first year experience with the Back to Eden garden. I decided to break the experience into sections: preparation, planting, productivity, weeding and watering, overall experience. My rating scale is from 1-10 with 1 being unsuccessful and 10 being absolute success. The effort to reward ratio will be covered in the … Continue reading Year 1 Evaluation of Back to Eden Experience

The Homestead Balancing Act

Ideally, homesteading is something you establish while you're young and physically able to meet the demands of land preparation and manual labor. I'm only 26, but like I told my mother, I'm not counting on living to 100 unless the Good Lord allows it, so I'm really closer to middle age. Pregnancy and the subsequent … Continue reading The Homestead Balancing Act

Paleo’s Dirty Little Secret

My father-in-law was trying to convince me we needed a piglet because he found some for sale at $100/each. I now know where my husband gets his powers of persuasion. They drive hard bargains. That said, I stood strong- I just don't think we are ready for a pig yet. And then I realized something... … Continue reading Paleo’s Dirty Little Secret