Cradled by the half-million-acre Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, can be a perfect, if not also eco-luxurious, base camp, a cornucopia of discoveries for the arts and craft crowd, or a wacky diversionary stop on the way to or from an entrance to the most visited national parks in the United States.
Did you know that every caulking tube comes with a cork? Save money by sealing your caulking between projects with this simple hack.
When your electronics say “low battery,” it means just that: The batteries are low but not dead. The energy that remains in seemingly dead batteries can be used in this simple night light project that you can build at home in about one hour. Your new night light will shine for months and is reusable for years, powered by “dead” batteries.
The "Earth Shelter" at The Farm Community in Tennessee combines the geothermal properties of the earth with solar design to produce a very energy efficient home.
A blog about the joy of a mentoring relationship and the rewards for the mentor and a new-bee.
A wakeup call for folks who want to keep bees without the work, stings and realities.
Butternut squash are an important winter food, the rich orange flesh delivering vital nutrients in a sweet and velvety goodness that can be utilized in a variety of ways.
Storing winter squash and preserving other vegetables through the winter presents their own set of challenges to the home gardener and homesteader. We find that growing food is just one half of the equation, and it is easy to be caught unprepared or find that the space and temperature requirements for storage can be hard to come by.
An anecdote that illustrates a few of the realities of farm life and raising livestock.
A brief update on how the bees are faring during a break in the freezing weather.
Why it is important to stay on top of a garden.
How to determine the chickens you process.
Don't over-stay your welcome at the hive. Give your bees space.
Some things to know about the last fall hive inspections in preparing the bees for winter.
You can be harvesting from your garden all year long, including through the winter months! It's time to plant the fall garden.
This beekeeping blog post describes robbing behavior in honeybees, what causes it, and how to prevent or stop it.
Fresh pesto is great in the summer, but it's even better in the middle of winter!
I love my two-story log cabin, which combines recycled and an array of green building materials.
You can grow a year's supply of beans in a surprisingly small amount of space.
In all that can go wrong in beekeeping, it's time to be grateful for a good season.
A blog post calling for voluntary population control.
In this blog, I hope to convince beekeepers that not feeding the bees is better for the health of the bees and for the beekeeper's bottom line.
For more than 40 years, The Farm Community in Tennessee has been on the forefront of farming, gardening and the green lifestyle.
Here I describe the honey harvest and how it varies from year to year.
Find all of the mulch you need for free in your own back yard.
This is a followup to an earlier blog that reports on the successes and failures in creating nucleus beehives this spring.
Jump start your tomato harvest two months before everyone else with these simple instructions!
Describes how understanding the nectar flow in your geographical area helps you maximize colony health and honey production.
Describes the timing and the nuts and bolts involved in expanding your apiary by making nucleus hives.
A meditation on the benefits and fulfillment found in the physical labor of homesteading chores.
This is an explanation of how I use a late winter warmup to manipulate my hives in preparation for spring nectar gathering and to minimize swarming.
The joys and heartaches that can come with kidding season are a part of life on a goat farm.
How to make a cheap hay feeder for goats that cuts down on wasted hay.
Describes the winter hive life of the honey bees.
Musing on how most of us believe "the end" is near for various reasons.
Describes the heartache that can come of now observing and working with nature when raising goats.
Safely bring a new goat herd home and getting them used to you and their new surroundings.
This series of posts chronicles Betty Taylor's adventures in goat farming. This first post covers selecting a goat breed and breeder, costs, and preparing for arrival of my goats.
Beekeeping expert Betty Taylor explains how to reliquify crystalized honey while maintaining color, quality, and nutrients.
Encouragement for new beekeepers who may be confused and overwhelmed about all the conflicting advice about keeping bees.
Kim Walter shares how she became interested in beekeeping and what she has learned from her bees.
How to prepare your hives for the winter to protect them from mice, skunks, opossums and other wildlife.
Render beeswax from your wax cappings easily and inexpensively.
Homesteads are keeping alive old skills and ways of raising crops and livestock that are being lost in the age of agribusiness.
Beekeeper Betty Taylor explains what for look for during an end-of-summer hive inspection.
Learn how to keep your bees properly fed and also ensure a plentiful and delicious honey harvest!
Find out how to protect your hives and honeycomb from wax moths without using chemicals.
Whether or not it was devised by clever Mexican potato growers, the cheap, easy to build, and space-saving potato tower is a unique alternative to rows, barrels, and other methods for planting, growing, and bringing in your season's spuds.
The unintended death of a charming little creature raises the realities of life on a farm homestead.
A little background on how Ric and Vicki moved from Detroit to a Tennessee homestead, and starting to get up to date on what they've done since.
How a born and bred city boy came to leave Detroit, start a Tennessee homestead with his wife, and blog about it here.
A Tennessee coal plant had some explaining to do at a congressional hearing after a major coal sludge spill.
Use programmable watering timers in your garden to help you maintain a regular schedule, keeping your plants well hydrated with less work.