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Residential Zoning to Agriculture – A Consideration

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 use up their minimum order requirements.

That led to the idea of growing our own produce, which in turn, led to the idea of a market garden and food co-op.  This would give us buying power and it would give our subscribers access to wholesale prices.

Secret Haven seems like an unexpected blessing but unobtainable.  Still it doesn’t hurt to dream about the property being set up as a market garden.  In my mind, it would be better to turn the property into an agriculture zone instead of residential.

Right now, we are just trying to find out what the options are to us and so a trip to downtown Knoxville will be in the works again.

Hopefully, the trip won’t cost us another $16 parking ticket!

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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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