Posts Tagged ‘homestead’

Time to let the cat out of the bag…

We are MOVING! For real this time. We have made an offer that was accepted by the seller of a 20 acre farm in Jacksonville, Alabama! This has been our dream and now it’s being realized. We are weary of the crime, politics and traffic that have come with living and farming in Cobb County. Not to mention we’re getting three times as much land for a fifth of the price, a nicer barn, and a much nicer house.

So the obvious question. How are we going to continue to provide our grass fed, gmo free, drug free, humanely raised milk and meat to our loyal customers? We already have one farm member who is willing to be a pickup site near Marietta, and we would like to find a couple more who would be willing to do the same around Dallas/Hiram, Acworth/Kennesaw, and Powder Springs/Austell. Anyone who would like to be a pickup site would need to have a spare refrigerator in a garage/carport/basement that other farm members could gain access to. This would mean that folks would be coming by your house to get their milk, eggs (yes, one day we will be making eggs) and possibly meat or veggies. But hey, all of our farm members are awesome folks! Plus you would get a lifetime membership as long as you are working with us. I would be bringing products for members 2-3 times a week as I will continue to work at the Cobb County Fire Dept.

Next. What about the farm on Barrett Parkway? We would really love to find someone who could take over our lease. Our landlord has agreed that if anyone assumed the lease, he would renew and there would be an option to buy. This would be a great opportunity for someone to get into growing food or to expand upon their existing gardening. Our friend Jeff has been manning the vegetable operation and has said that he would gladly work with anyone else. We’ve planted numerous fruit trees and have built up and improved the soil with lots of good organic material. This location is really ideal for a fruit and vegetable farm with close access to farmer’s markets in Marietta, Smyrna, Kennesaw, at KSU, Acworth, and Atlanta. If someone would take over here, we would love to be able to work with them. The other option is for us to find a buyer, and that may well be a developer or just someone buying an investment property. Land on Barrett Pkwy is selling in the ballpark of $100,000/acre and as it becomes more scarce, it will continue to go up.

Finally, we need to unload some livestock to reduce the number of animal we need to move. We have added a couple of new cows to keep up our milk supply, but we have a couple who are dry and we will be selling. For details on the cows, see our page Animals For Sale. Then there’s the pigs. Much to Katie’s delight, we are moving up our processing date for the pigs and will be selling a number of live pigs for others to grow out or to keep as breeders. Pork will be ready for pick up the third or fourth week of October. Whole pigs are $3.00/lb and halves are $3.50/lb plus processing fee (approximately $80-90). $100 deposit to reserve per pig and you can place your order on our Pastured Pork page.

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The new farm is only 1 hour and 45 minutes from our current location. Once we get moved and settled in, we would love to have you come visit us and see the bit of paradise we will call home.

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

Do these words sound familiar? I sure hope so. It seems that every time I wake up, there is a new attack on our inalienable rights Mr. Jefferson put to paper in a document we call the Declaration of Independence. These attacks are coming on all fronts with restrictions and prohibitions to acquire the food of choice from a farm, proposed legislation to regulate homemade soap, and today an attack on one’s way of life and right to raise one’s family as you see fit (i.e. homeschooling and homesteading). These attacks originate on the federal level with outrageous regulations that do little to nothing other than drive out small farms, the state level with Gestapo style force, and the local municipalities that deny a person the right to grow their own food on their own property. When will the people wake up? Why do we accept this tyranny with little more than a shrug?

The story that has me stirred up right now is the one of the Naugler family. Joe and Nicole have a small homestead in Breckinridge County Kentucky where they raise their own food and homeschool their ten children. There has not been any record of this event (yet) in the media. I only learned of it on Facebook this afternoon. Someone has set up a Go Fund Me page and already in just one day, $12,000+ has been donated. Apparently, what occurred only a day or two ago, someone reported some perceived crime to the County Sheriff. Two deputies came onto the family’s property without a warrant, took custody of their two oldest sons and later took the rest of the children. The following is an excerpt from their Go Fund Me campaign.

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“On May 6th, 2015, Breckinridge Co. Sheriff’s officers came to their home, acting on an anonymous tip, and entered their property and home without a warrant and without probable cause. Nicole was at home with the two oldest children, while Joe was away with the others. When the officers left the home, they attempted to block the access road to the family property. Nicole and the two boys got in their car to leave the family property. The got only a short way down the road before the officers pulled Nicole over.

During this stop, sheriffs deputies took their two oldest boys from Nicole’s custody, providing her no justification or documentation to support their action. Nicole was able to contact Joe briefly by telephone, but only for a short period of time, because she needed to use her phone to record the events.

Joe was able to arrange transportation to meet his wife where the stop had taken place. At that point, Nicole had been taken into custody for disorderly conduct (for not passively allowing the Sheriff to take her boys) and resisting arrest. Joe attempted to get out of the car to speak with the officers and his wife, and to recover the vehicle Nicole had been driving. The Sheriff, with his hand on his sidearm, ordered Joe back into the car. Joe complied with that request. The sheriff informed Joe that he had every intention of making this as difficult as possible for them and that their car would be impounded, despite the fact that Joe was there on ­site to recover it.”

If you can make a donation, please do. If not, please lift this family up in prayer so as to give them the strength to endure this situation as well as the guidance and wisdom of people who are in authority. Finally to all. Be vigilant. Be active. Be aware.

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Homesteader’s Dream |

Our friends over at My Dad & Me Family Farm are selling their current location in Powder Springs, GA. They aren’t quitting, they’re needing to move to a larger property so that they can continue to expand and grow. Click the following link to read all about it and see more photos. The best thing I can say about this farm is that it’s 100% turnkey. Nothing needs improvement! If I could write a check that wouldn’t bounce, I wouldn’t be telling you about it.

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The Barn includes a milking parlor.

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A lesson from the flu.

The flu has come to pay us a visit and we’re ready to be done with it for sure. A friend of mine who grew up on a farm (on a reservation no less) warned me of this. At least with the winter the only chores that must be tended is caring for the animals. This has made me appreciate the amount of work my awesome wife does. It’s her turn to be sick so I’ve had the role of Mr. Mom. Running herd on 3 kids, feeding them, teaching them, coaching and refereeing them on top of keeping the house in some type of order while making sure 5 bovine, 3 porcine, 10 lupine & 200 fowl all have food, water & bedding is gargantuan. This is what she does when I’m away at the fire station and this was MY idea. Yep, she’s awesome.

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