It takes a village… 

Hello again everyone,  There is an old adage that almost everyone knows,  It takes a village to raise a child My children are certainly no exception to this, as I am sure is the same for most of you. My children have been part of the Head Start village for the last 3 years. A…

Something Sweet Coming Our Way

So often I go back to the beginning of our a story, being a single mom on food stamps. Having a dream, thinking that there was no way we could ever get remotely close, thinking it was merely a pipe dream. Of course it is still in the dream phase, but it’s growing, expanding. Our…

Decoding Garden Lingo!

Have you ever been to the garden center and felt like the staff was talking to you in some secret code that only people with a degree in horticulture could possibly understand? Even growing up around gardening and farming there are so many codes, abbreviations and terms that even I sometimes have to go, WHAT?…

Let’s talk Hybrids!

Hello everyone, Our spaces are all being planned and laid out carefully.  We have tomatoes out the wazoo already and Boy do I like growing tomatoes.   We are heading into a big weekend here at the homestead,  Memorial Day weekend on the calendar here in zone 6B is kind of considered to be the MAGICAL time…

What’s the deal with heirloom seeds? 

Hello Again Everyone! We’ve been as busy as ever here at work on the homestead.  Along with our project of growing a year’s worth of food we are also dabbling in heirloom seeds, plants and seed saving for the first time really.  It is something that we have tried in the past but not with…

Reminiscing…

Good Morning All, I hope that you’ve all had a wonderful weekend, and that your Monday morning hasn’t been to mundane so far. This morning as I was driving home from work I began thinking about all the things about my childhood that eventually I would love to share here.  Of course it is far…

Greenhouses!

We love our greenhouses here at the homestead, without them I don’t know how we would possibly be able to get as many things as we do started.  Traditional greenhouses are expensive to buy and build, because of this we instead rely on several small greenhouses that are portable, collapsible, easy and very affordable! So…

Teaching Young Children Tracking

Being school vacation week, I was presented with more than just a great amount of free time to work on my own projects like my blog here, Facebook, YouTube Channel, even getting all of our most loved generational recipes together to put into book form.  School vacation week got me thinking quite a bit about…

Raising Woodland Children

Growing up I was definitely a woodland child. I grew up running around in the dirt, exploring the woods, the child of a poultry farmer.  I grew up knowing how to slaughter a chicken or a turkey, and by the second grade I could detail every part of the process for someone.  This was not…

New look same great stuff

Good Morning Everyone, It was this morning at 5:45, that I decided to go all out and completely update everything that we have called “The Homestead Transformation” for the last four years, just 15 minutes before I had to leave for work.  I felt in a panic, how would I possibly finish everything that I…

Burnt log planter 

Evening everyone!  We started doing these burnt log planters last year.  We get TONS of request on how to do this. You can check it out in our archives  HERE !!!  Or find it on our YouTube Channel with our latest video. 

Future Growers Ep. 3

Welcome back to another fun and exciting day here at the Homestead,  We started our future grower program this season to help teach kids how to garden and grow their own food and plants.  So what did we do this week?  Well this week we planted strawberries two ways both from bare root and from…