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Growing crops for our customers!  That is the priority of projects.  Homestead shares will help us purchase the things we need for succession growing, such as peat moss, vermiculite, seed trays, rock dust, Epsom salt and the other nutrients plants need to grow.   In addition, it will help us purchase seeds on a regular basis so we provide weekly crops.  We will also use some of the income to build our Farm Stand.

Materials We Need:

  • Organic / Heirloom Seeds
  • Untreated Peat Moss
  • Aged cow manure
  • Red Wiggler worms
  • Azomite Rock Dust
  • Greensand
  • Vermiculite
  • 50 cell seed trays
  • Stainless steel shelves
  • Epsom Salt
  • Soaker hoses
  • Rain barrels
  • Wheelbarrows
  • Garden hoses
  • PVC pipes
  • Floating row covers


Our homestead is in need of some repairs.

Materials needed:

  • Lawn mower – our lawn mower broke down and in order to stay out of trouble with code enforcement, we have been manually cutting the grass.  Yes, it’s true!  We got the idea from the code enforcement officer because someone else in our predicament was using scissors to “mow” their lawn.   We wait until night time (call it pride…yes, it is) and we go out and use scissors, a large knife and some sheers to mow the tallest parts of the grass.  We could sure use a lawn mower!
  • Mail box – ours is falling apart
  • Lumber – the back deck needs repairs
  • Fire wood


The farm stand is a pavilion type structure that will display our harvested crops and cottage foods.  There will also be seating areas for our subscribers so everyone can fellowship in the midst of the gardens and ponds.  The inspiration for our farm stand and seating areas come from these images.  Source is unknown.

Pavilion Sample



Materials We Need:

  • Lumber
  • Wooden crates
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Building permit


If you drive by our homestead, you will see that wood chips are being distributed from the road area (where the tree trimmers dump them) throughout the homestead.  We have been doing this for two years!  It takes a long time to set up the garden beds the way we are doing it.

Why we need a rain garden!Our yard will flood without these chips so we are setting up a massive rain gardens in the style of a cottage garden.

Once the front yard is done, we will move to the back and set up a whole new growing area that will house our winter gardens.

The vehicles in the picture are sitting on the East border and the flooding no longer happens because of the wood chips and the “dry stream” that diverts storm water into another rain garden area.  There are three ponds planned for our homestead, but they will come later, some time after the bakery is set up unless we get the materials needed to install the ponds, sooner than we get the bakery materials.  For now, we are just outlining the pond areas with raised garden beds.

Materials we need:

  • Pond liners
  • Aquascape pond equipment
  • Tennessee Native plants (for shade and sun)
  • Cinder blocks
  • Field stones
  • Various sizes of river rocks / boulders


The bakery will consist of two types of wood burning ovens that are a baker’s dream!  We will have fresh breads baked daily and we’ll have homestead meals, such as pizza night.

Materials we need:

Phase 1:

  • Lumber
  • Ceramic tile
  • 3-vat sink
  • Insulation
  • Stainless steel shelves
  • Refrigerators
  • Freezer
  • Convection oven  (for this phase, we will purchase a standard dual oven from one of the big box stores)

Phase 2:

  • Forno a legna SAF oven


We will be adding a coffee bean roaster so we’ll have fresh roasted coffee.  Our small batch roaster will be cranking out coffee beans, not only for our subscribers, but also for Our Little Coffee House.

Materials we need: