Sycamore Hollow: the Joys and Sorrows of Homesteading in Tennessee
We can all profit from the lessons the Allen family learned during the six years they devoted to homesteading in Tennessee.
Access to a wooded stream like this was one of the benefits of homesteading in Tennessee's Sycamore Hollow area.
PHOTO: DICK ALLEN
The Allens built this solar home over three summers with nothing more than hand tools.
TOP: Dick and his two sons showing off a prize catch. BOTTOM: The soil wasn't good when they started, but after an infusion of hay, manure, leaves, and sawdust their French intensive garden became a bountiful success.
Selling candles and pottery at craft shows and other venues was the family's primary source of outside income.