Open source homestead and market gardening plans from start to finish!

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Funding the homestead

This is how we make a living while setting up our homestead. This is also the reason why it made no sense to me to plant a garden if we’re always going to be on the road.


0:01 Virginia
1:15 How much Secret Haven is costing so far
3:53 Barrel roll
6:58 What if the journey is the destination?
8:30 That stupid RV again … a little rant
9:34 Flipping content
11:00 Check list for estate sales (log in required to access our plans)
11:48 The cost of road trips
16:00 Yawn
18:00 Where are we?

If we are to grow produce for our career than we need to make a decision that is risky. Either continue with Estate Freedom and going on the road for months at a time, or go after our dream full time.

Our dream has been the same since 2008.  We got involved in estate liquidation as a means to fund our dream, but plans did not go the way we intended.

Since estate liquidation is the only open door we have right now, we have to go when we find a buyer that wants something we have.

If we go full-time with the market garden then we will have to stop accepting estate sales. Instead, we will switch to doing strictly buyouts and this will give us products for the City Homestead store.

We can sell jewelry, apparel and other things we get in buyouts. Though this is not passive income, it is better than the stock market. Our goal is to double our investment at a minimum. You can’t get those kinds of returns in stocks, but then again, when dealing with stocks, you have passive income.

It is passive income I prefer, but I am willing to keep going down this path for as long as we have an open door.

Here is our decision.

  • Estate Freedom will become a DIY site.  We will turn the site into a training opportunity for others who want to get involved in the industry.  We will also use the site as marketing for doing buyouts of estates.  This way, we can select items for the City Homestead store.

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A coffee house on a city homestead and creating open source plans, and sharing what we learn.


Learning how to find our way through homesteading and starting a coffee house, and keeping it running. Basically, we started a coffee house, but figured out no one wanted to give us wholesale pricing because we were too new, and too small.

We closed the coffee house and decided in order to get wholesale pricing, we would have to grow our own produce and start a buying club. Then reality hit. We now blog about reality.


Right now, we flip contents of homes, by way of estate sales.  Visit our Estate Freedom site for more information.


1. City Homestead
Setting up a homestead in the city.  We are blogging about our experiences, beginning with the estate sale that brought us back to Tennessee, and then what brought us to leaving Tennessee in the first place.

2. Domestic Kitchen
Setting up a domestic kitchen in Clinton, TN. We are using the Tennessee Cottage Food law as a guideline.

3. Market Garden
Setting up a market garden.

4. Coffee House
Setting up a coffee house in Clinton, TN. After this phase is completed, we will have a commercial kitchen instead of a domestic kitchen.


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Funding the Homestead

Residential Zoning to Agriculture – A Consideration

Residential to Agriculture Knoxville Zoning

If we can purchase Secret Haven and turn it into a market garden; wouldn’t it be better to be zoned agriculture instead of residential?

Let’s be honest. I only started doing estate liquidation in order to raise money to build a coffee house. I can not let go of that dream yet. This estate sale is either a blessing and an answer to prayer, or it is a carrot on a stick. Teasing me and showing me my dream, but like the donkey chasing the carrot, never able to capture it.

The more I set up the Secret Haven estate sale, the more I don’t want to do estate liquidation any more. I want a market garden. Perhaps Wesley and I are only setting up Secret Haven for someone else to live their dream.

…and we are just chasing a carrot, having to continue in estate liquidation for our income.

As time went by, Wesley and I realized that getting good produce for the coffee house was not easy. For starters, no one wanted to deal with us as a wholesale customer unless we could meet their minimum order requirements. Secondly, we were too new to be able to [Click headline title to read more…]

My T-Mobile Phone Cut Me!

This entry is the continuation of September 13th journal entries. Part 1 can be found here, where the chicken coop is being mucked in order to build soil and to take care of the chickens. Part 2 can be found here, where the discussion of bees and Knoxville spraying can be found.

Discussed in this video…what not to do when you break your phone!

This is a brief update on property clearing. As you probably have already guessed, I really want a market garden! Cleaning this property makes me wish I could turn this property into a city homestead and market garden.

More fruit has been found as we continue to clean up the land. Today we found grapes and raspberries. We take a look at the tools we’re using to clean up the land, and we give a mini tour of our accomplishments so far.

We are on a very limited budget to clean up this property. We purchased a tree limb saw from Home Depot but it fell apart within the first week. Yes, we got a cheap brand and I know you get what you pay for. It lasted long enough to take down [Click headline title to read more…]

Honey Bees and Knoxville Spraying

Honey Bees and Knoxville Spraying

The State of Tennessee bee inspector, Mike Studer, stopped by yesterday to have a look at the Secret Haven bee yard and the hives.

The visit was not the official inspection, but rather, a courtesy visit which turned into a wealth of information beyond just the bees. Mike is very knowledgeable about trees, flowers and other plants in Tennessee and on this property.

This entry is the continuation of September 13th journal entries. Part 1 can be found here, where the chicken coop is being mucked in order to build soil and to take care of the chickens.

There is so much more to Secret Haven than the honey bees. One can not help but dream about market gardening here.


  • Apples
  • Asparagus
  • Blackberries
  • Cherries
  • Grapes
  • Figs
  • Passion fruit
  • Pawpaw
  • Pears
  • Persimmons
  • Plums
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries

    We have some kind of a willow tree (which I previously thought was bamboo) and it has a mustard color trunk and branches. It’s very beautiful.

    There is also a tree my uncle calls “the bee tree” which I have yet to figure out its actual name.


    Video put [Click headline title to read more…]

    One homestead priority is building soil


    It’s February 13, 2017 and one of the first things I want to accomplish on the homestead is to build soil. We have to start some place, and mucking a chicken coop seems like a good idea to begin the soil making process.

    There are many priorities we have to consider, including water, food, shelter, health, and so on. Even though this property is not our homestead, we are still caretakers of it and these chickens need to be taken care of.

    I need their waste to make soil.

    I understand there is more to making soil than to just have animal waste, but this is a start!

    Our planned soil making processes are basic right now because we have to work with the materials that are available to us at no cost. Since my uncle’s farm has chickens and rabbits, that’s where we begin.

    Our Little Homestead has only two rabbits but with the waste they produce, we are able to provide six garden beds (4′ x 6′) with a pretty good amount of nutrients. This is by far not enough to supply a market garden. We had to add horse manure to our [Click headline title to read more…]

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