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

Carrot Spice CakeGet our Carrot Spice Cupcake recipe! [ Click here ]  Your purchase will help us build a market garden and bring affordable nutrition to our communities.

Our Market Gardening section is open now.  We will continually add content to the site as our garden season progresses throughout the year.  [ Click to visit ]

Bee not afraid

Bees everywhere!  It doesn’t feel like work when I arrive at Secret Haven. It should, but it doesn’t.  I finish my chores at Our Little Homestead and I look forward to the chores at Secret Haven.  Weeds and all, but it doesn’t make sense that I eventually want to be in the weeds working.  I’m afraid of spiders.  Yes, those tiny little creatures that makes me a giant compared to them.  I’m sure they are there but I want to tackle the weeds.

I also want to take care of the bees. Baby steps.

Lessons Learned

  • Bees aren’t as bad as my mind makes them out to be.
  • It’s normal for them be on the front entrance like what’s in the video.
  • They aren’t aggressive like my mind makes them out to be. In fact, they are a joy to watch!

Bees in Tennessee

  • The right to keep bees is protected under the Tennessee State Apiary Act of 1995.
  • They need to be registered with the State of Tennessee.
  • They can’t be moved without a certificate of health from the State of Tennessee.
  • They are great for market gardening.


  • I was right.  They are in the weeds!

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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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Bee Not Afraid


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