Porch Talk With Lori: Today I Talk About Why We Became Homesteaders & How 9/11 Hit Our Family Hard And What We Did About It

Today on Porch Talk With Lori I discuss the tragedy that was 9/11 and how it hit our family so hard. This event changed the trajectory of our whole life for our family. I talk of the learning journey we took to get where we are today as homesteaders. I add two videos here. The … Continue reading Porch Talk With Lori: Today I Talk About Why We Became Homesteaders & How 9/11 Hit Our Family Hard And What We Did About It

Watch Our Latest Tiny Cabin Build VLOG (Part 16) Which Shows You How To Install Your Own Off Grid Solar System

We are working hard to have Laura move into her tiny cabin by Christmas. Watch and see the progress we have made. Mike also shares how you configure and install this whole solar system that he did himself. Also hear why Laura decided to go off grid and go tiny. Enjoy! And, we'd love to … Continue reading Watch Our Latest Tiny Cabin Build VLOG (Part 16) Which Shows You How To Install Your Own Off Grid Solar System

Old Ways Virtual Classroom #4: The Historical Uses of Suet, Lard And Tallow

Enjoy our latest Old World Virtual Classroom™ session. Old Ways Virtual Classroom™ is a free weekly virtual learning experience designed for adults and their family (children) alike. Our hope is to inspire people to reconnect with their past and kindle a passion for the old "made by hand" ways of doing things. Country wisdom, indigenous … Continue reading Old Ways Virtual Classroom #4: The Historical Uses of Suet, Lard And Tallow

Old Ways Virtual Classroom™ #4: Learn The Historical Uses Of Suet, Lard & Tallow

Remember to subscribe to our youtube channel (HiBar Ranch Homesteading in AppalachiaTN) so you can be informed of our latest Old Ways Virtual Classroom™ free online knowledge sharing. We release the content every Friday morning at 10am (I do an early release Thursday evening for early watchers if you're interested). This week's topic is on … Continue reading Old Ways Virtual Classroom™ #4: Learn The Historical Uses Of Suet, Lard & Tallow

Old Ways Virtual Classroom™ #3: Ancient Foods & Indigenous Cuisine – Squash & Pumpkins

On this week's Old Ways Virtual Classroom™ session you'll learn everything you need to know to begin to engage in a deeper way with both squash and pumpkin, ancient foods of our indigenous ancestors. Old Ways Virtual Classroom™ is a free weekly virtual learning experience designed for adults and their family (children) alike. Our hope … Continue reading Old Ways Virtual Classroom™ #3: Ancient Foods & Indigenous Cuisine – Squash & Pumpkins

Watch Our Youtube Video On Latest Progress To The tinyhouse build

We got the solar installed for our off grid cabin we are building with our daughter Laura at our ranch here in the Smoky Mountains. And we take Laura deep into the mountains to do some old fashioned log milling. Watch our latest update on the tiny house project progress. Remember to subscribe to our … Continue reading Watch Our Youtube Video On Latest Progress To The tinyhouse build

Today’s Old Ways Virtual Classroom™ Topic: From Pilgrim To Pioneer ~ The Art Of Open Fire Cooking

Here is this week's Old Ways Virtual Classroom™ topic - The Art Of Open Fire Cooking - From Pilgrim to Pioneer. It is free and is designed to share history on the topic selected for the week, inform viewers and also provide ways to engage the family this weekend around this topic. Remember to subscribe … Continue reading Today’s Old Ways Virtual Classroom™ Topic: From Pilgrim To Pioneer ~ The Art Of Open Fire Cooking

Today We Are Launching Old Ways Virtual Classroom™ (free) Learn How It Works Here

As we move at an ever more rapid pace in a technocratic world, we are simultaneously seeing a movement back towards slower things, less technology focused and more centered on back to basics. Why is this? Could it be we've reached a tipping point and people long for something different and more meaningful to the … Continue reading Today We Are Launching Old Ways Virtual Classroom™ (free) Learn How It Works Here

Major TN #Farm #Flooding – We Finally Fixed It With #Culverts

Spring in Tennessee experienced torrential rain and severe flooding. It was truly unprecedented. In this video we show how severe the flooding was on our farm and what we completed last week to address the flood waters moving forward. If you are interested in following along on our farm journey remember to subscribe to our … Continue reading Major TN #Farm #Flooding – We Finally Fixed It With #Culverts

We Built Our Winter #ColdFrame and #WinterGarden – Ready For Winter Greens!

We just completed building our winter covered garden last week and we are happy to say fall and winter gardening has begun. Watch our video to see how we built our winter garden set up and follow along on our youtube channel to see how well things do in our 7a climate zone here in … Continue reading We Built Our Winter #ColdFrame and #WinterGarden – Ready For Winter Greens!

Old Ways Virtual Classroom™ Launching @ HiBar Creations Oct.1 2020

HiBar Creations Launch Oct. 1, 20202 Old Ways Virtual Classroom Online Education We are happy to be launching an online "Old Ways Virtual Classroom" where children and adults can learn the old ways of doing things - many things - the old fashioned way by hand. As so many are stuck at home and in … Continue reading Old Ways Virtual Classroom™ Launching @ HiBar Creations Oct.1 2020

Cast Iron Cooking Over Campfire and Fall Decorate The Farm Challenge – Join Us!

Yesterday we had an incredibly fun day with family here at HiBar Ranch nestled deep in the Smoky Mountains next to Smoky Mountain National Park. #castironcooking #campfirecooking We had a "decorate the farm" challenge with our grown daughters who each got $100 dollars to buy fall harvest decor and incorporate things from the farm, to … Continue reading Cast Iron Cooking Over Campfire and Fall Decorate The Farm Challenge – Join Us!

Mike Davis – Solar Energy Pioneer – Learn How Solar Started In The US (1971-2000s)

Mike Davis is the leading pioneer of solar energy in the United States being the first to establish a solar research laboratory, solar energy research curriculum and establishing the first US solar program in the United States for the Govt. Hear directly from Mike about what his childhood was like and how it spurred the … Continue reading Mike Davis – Solar Energy Pioneer – Learn How Solar Started In The US (1971-2000s)

New Australian Shepherd Pups In Sept – See the Spring Litter

We had a beautiful litter of Australian Shepherd pups this spring and will be having another litter in September. Here's a video that is a compilation of the Spring pictures of that litter and pictures of the pups today with their owners. Get on our waiting list for this fall's litter. Watch video below by … Continue reading New Australian Shepherd Pups In Sept – See the Spring Litter

August: What A Month At The Farm. Harvest Season Is Here!

This is my favorite time of year; the temperature starts to dip in the evenings, the humidity drops and the first shades of fall color begin to intersperse amongst the pines. Most of us, during harvest season, go into "nesting mode." The aromatic candles, the black eyed Susans in water vases, apple pies, thoughts of … Continue reading August: What A Month At The Farm. Harvest Season Is Here!

The Five Most Important Items In A Homestead Kitchen – Hearth & Home

Follow along with us today and learn about the five key elements of a homestead kitchen.  As more people begin to grow their own food again, thinking about the layout of your kitchen and/or remodeling to accommodate the home food productions steps is very helpful. Watch our Hearth & Home Series and learn what is … Continue reading The Five Most Important Items In A Homestead Kitchen – Hearth & Home

Our Latest #TinyHouse VLOG – Finishing Ridge Beam and Rafters – Follow our Tiny House Journey

It's amazing what one man can do alone at the age of 73.  Mike is building this gorgeous tiny house cabin alone for his daughter (due to Covid 19 she can't be here much since she's a nurse or she would be).  Follow the progress and how to do the hardest part - installing the … Continue reading Our Latest #TinyHouse VLOG – Finishing Ridge Beam and Rafters – Follow our Tiny House Journey