The Good, The Bad, and the Rainy

This is what our weather forecast is like for the next week (and beyond) Rain, rain, rain, and more rain. To be clear, in East Tennessee, anything higher than 15% chance means, it's gon' rain. So what does that mean? It means every homestead task just got a little (lot) suckier. Chickens still need to … Continue reading The Good, The Bad, and the Rainy

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Tennessee Senate Bill 15

I happened upon some unsettling news today. Tennessee Senator Richard Briggs introduced Senate Bill 15 which currently reads, "Milk, dairy products- As introduced, prohibits a person who owns a partial interest in a hoofed mammal from using the milk of the animal for the person's personal consumption or other personal use. -Amends TCA Title 53, … Continue reading Tennessee Senate Bill 15

Shaggy Maple Update

Hey Folks! We have lots of new and exciting things coming down the pipe for 2019. First, and most importantly, we're having a series of 3 FREE workshops this summer on Back to Eden Gardening, Permaculture basics, and Sustainable Gardening. One in May, one in June, and one in July. Registrants can have their very … Continue reading Shaggy Maple Update

No Harm in Farmin’: Shout Out!

I'm a dreamer. A dangerous pass time, I know. But, I started thinking... The other day, my 3 year old said, "What are you doing thinking!?" I think he meant what do you think you're doing, but the poignancy of his statement made me giggle... ...I started thinking, hey, wouldn't it be cool if I … Continue reading No Harm in Farmin’: Shout Out!

Christian Hospitality: Preparedness

Instruct them to do what is good, to be rich in good works, to be generous, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good reserve for the age to come, so that they may take hold of life that is real. 1 Timothy 6:18‭-‬19 HCSB There is a "hoarder" element of the "Prepper" mentality … Continue reading Christian Hospitality: Preparedness

Canning Day! And Other Updates

Yesterday, we celebrated American independence by canning our own produce. For the first time, we harvested enough blackberries to make jam. Granted, it was only about a half gallon of jam... But it was ours! And that was the exciting part. We also had enough cucumbers come in to do a small batch of pickles … Continue reading Canning Day! And Other Updates

Planning for Spring 2018

Here are the things I need to address this winter: Bees- order 3lb package locally Chickens- decide on breed for flock expansion and set up brooders Garden- what to plant and where; seed start area Goats- build shelter; fencing; milking stand; water and feed; medical preparations; get goats Fermentation- start brewing ACV; kombucha; kefir These … Continue reading Planning for Spring 2018

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

Shaggy Maple Homestead Update

We applied for our agricultural sales and use tax exemption! It's supposed to take about 3 weeks to hear back from the state. I don't really know why I'm so nervous; worst case scenario we're told "no" until we actually sell some of our produce. In other news, we are awaiting to hear from a … Continue reading Shaggy Maple Homestead Update