Grainger County Tomato Bruschetta

The Lodge at Buckberry Creek prepares a flavorful Tomato Bruschetta with Grainger County tomatoes, known for their rich flavor, texture and homegrown appearance. But your vine-ripened, freshly picked tomatoes are perfect for this recipe.

Ecotourism in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Part 2

As much inspired by the mountains, rivers and forests as serving the needs of the droves of visitors attracted to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park every year, Gatlinburg's arts and craft community, plus many of the hotels and restaurants, offer nourishment for the mind, body and soul.

Ecotourism in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Part 1

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.

Cork the Caulk

Did you know that every caulking tube comes with a cork? Save money by sealing your caulking between projects with this simple hack.

Get Power from ‘Dead’ Batteries by Building a ‘Watt Wringer’

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

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.

Coconut Ginger Winter Squash Soup Recipe

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

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.

The Dog Ate My Chickens

An anecdote that illustrates a few of the realities of farm life and raising livestock.

December Bees

A brief update on how the bees are faring during a break in the freezing weather.

Time to Plant the Fall Garden

You can be harvesting from your garden all year long, including through the winter months! It's time to plant the fall garden.

The Recycled Log Cabin

I love my two-story log cabin, which combines recycled and an array of green building materials.

Time to Thank the Bees

In all that can go wrong in beekeeping, it's time to be grateful for a good season.

Do Not Feed the Bees or the Nucs

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.

A New Blogger at The Farm Community

For more than 40 years, The Farm Community in Tennessee has been on the forefront of farming, gardening and the green lifestyle.

Honey Harvest

Here I describe the honey harvest and how it varies from year to year.

The Joy of Physical Labor

A meditation on the benefits and fulfillment found in the physical labor of homesteading chores.

Late Winter Honeybee Hive Manipulations

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.

Baby Goats

The joys and heartaches that can come with kidding season are a part of life on a goat farm.

Bees of Winter

Describes the winter hive life of the honey bees.

Gaia Shrugged

Musing on how most of us believe "the end" is near for various reasons.

For the Beekeeping Newbees!

Encouragement for new beekeepers who may be confused and overwhelmed about all the conflicting advice about keeping bees.

Homesteads as Agricultural Zoos

Homesteads are keeping alive old skills and ways of raising crops and livestock that are being lost in the age of agribusiness.

Should You Feed Your Bees?

Learn how to keep your bees properly fed and also ensure a plentiful and delicious honey harvest!

An Unintended Death

The unintended death of a charming little creature raises the realities of life on a farm homestead.

Back to the future

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.