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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…]

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…]

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…]

    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…]

    Death on the Homestead and a Cold Heart

    Death on the homestead was not expected. I just continue with my work as if it doesn’t matter that we missed the number one priority in setting up this homestead.

    If you think starting a homestead is a walk in the park, then I would like to trade places with you. There seems to be a lot of rules, but death and rules are not the real problem on this homestead. Fear is.

    Therein lies fifty percent of my problem. I am afraid. The other fifty percent will be discussed later, as I pursue a riddle that was told to me many years ago.

    Weeds are so bad that none of us can see which plants are good and which ones are bad. As if that is not enough to contend with, the Tennessee bee inspector will be here today. There is one more thing to deal with, and that brings us to the reality that there is more to homesteading than just setting it up and living our lives happily ever after.

    It was supposed to be a typical estate sale where everything we knew about estate sales could be applied. Though we knew it would take longer [Click headline title to read more…]

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