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

Our Ancient Melungeon Story – A Mystery Race Here In The Appalachians Pre-Dating First Explorers

Did you know there was a mystery race here in the Appalachian mountains before the first explorers came.  Did you know they were totally erased from American historical records? Learn more about our ancient bloodlines - Our Melungeon story.  Melungeon DNA is the biggest break away fascination in DNA testing today.  It appears a whole … Continue reading Our Ancient Melungeon Story – A Mystery Race Here In The Appalachians Pre-Dating First Explorers

Thinking About China During Corona Virus – A Different Perspective – View From The Farm

It's cold this morning at the farm.  We live in East Tennessee which is usually much warmer this time of year.  However, this morning we awoke to a chilly 33 degrees.  It's sunny now but still quite crisp.  So, before I start my chores I am sitting by the wood cook stove.  It's burning again … Continue reading Thinking About China During Corona Virus – A Different Perspective – View From The Farm

The #Raven House #TinyCabin We Are Building At Our Ranch

Folks are following along on our journey to build a tiny cabin that is off grid at our HiBar Ranch in East Tennessee.  Our ranch nestles up against Smoky Mountain National Park.  Here are some of the amazing pictures of what the final cabin will look like. We hope you remember to subscribe to our … Continue reading The #Raven House #TinyCabin We Are Building At Our Ranch

Sheep Shearing – A Dying Craft – Photos In Black & White @ Our Farm

We raise Navajo Churro sheep at our farm here in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee.  Our shearer comes out every six months to shear our boutique flock.  We have our wool milled into yarn and roving for spinners, weavers and rug makers. This is such a special and difficult craft.  I hope that Corona … Continue reading Sheep Shearing – A Dying Craft – Photos In Black & White @ Our Farm

FARM LIFE ~ A Beautiful Life (Farm Photography) @ HiBar Ranch

I wanted to share some of the lovely photography that we've captured on the farm yesterday.  Why?  It's beautiful number one.  But, number two is because I had an interesting conversation with our feed supplier yesterday, the AgCo-op here in Maryville Tennessee.  I asked, "how's business with the whole corona virus thing going on?" Now, … Continue reading FARM LIFE ~ A Beautiful Life (Farm Photography) @ HiBar Ranch

A Big Week At Our Farm – Lots Happening #TNHomesteading at HiBar Ranch

Well, it's almost 8am right now at I am ready for a very busy week.  I have to head out early to get grain for the horses, sheep and goats and hurry back because our farrier is coming.  It's been hard getting folks out during the quarantine.  We are also having our farrier haul our … Continue reading A Big Week At Our Farm – Lots Happening #TNHomesteading at HiBar Ranch

#TNTinyHouse2020 – Latest Progress On Our #TinyHouse Project Here At The Farm

We are beginning to see real progress on the tiny house project we are doing here at HiBar Ranch.  Now that walls are up and windows ready to install you can begin to sense the space and appreciate the views and connections to nature. This cabin will be completely off grid and it is starting … Continue reading #TNTinyHouse2020 – Latest Progress On Our #TinyHouse Project Here At The Farm

Raising Your Own Meat In A Food Scarcity World – What Corona Virus Teaches Us All

Here is our farm's latest VLOG on the realities of raising your own meat to feed your family.  It also delves into the reality of our on demand food supply chain and what we can learn from the corona virus that has plagued the world, and how food scarcity is a real issue to prepare … Continue reading Raising Your Own Meat In A Food Scarcity World – What Corona Virus Teaches Us All

New Australian Shepherd Puppies At The Farm – Their First Day Outside – TOO CUTE!!

Here is a video to enjoy of spring at the farm with the puppies exploring outside for the first time.  We also show all the spring babies we've had at the farm thus farm this season. Enjoy!  This is a great video for the kids and grandkids who may be cooped up and want a … Continue reading New Australian Shepherd Puppies At The Farm – Their First Day Outside – TOO CUTE!!

We Toured East TN To Learn About Our Melungeon Heritage – The Story Of A Forgotten Race In American History

Did you know there were a group of people before the first explorers?  They were dark skinned often with blue or green eyes.  They said they were the lost tribe of Israel.  Others said they were Portugese.  Who were these people?  The are called "Melungeons". Our family are of this line of people that were … Continue reading We Toured East TN To Learn About Our Melungeon Heritage – The Story Of A Forgotten Race In American History

Our Animals Sense Earthquakes This Week Before They Happen!! Watch Video

So the weather over the last week and a half now has been totally insane here at the farm.  I had done voice over for a new VLOG on the crazy weather a few days ago to assemble this VLOG video below.  I was commenting on how strange all our animals were acting on the … Continue reading Our Animals Sense Earthquakes This Week Before They Happen!! Watch Video

Spoken Word Poetry: Cherokee Whispers by Lori Davis

Our ranch sits on sacred ground to the Cherokee Nation.  I often feel them walking here.  Many interesting things happen on our land that are, let's say, supernatural.  We see interesting things.  We've captured extremely interesting phenomena on our cameras.  This ground is very powerful.  Here is a poem I wrote about what I was … Continue reading Spoken Word Poetry: Cherokee Whispers by Lori Davis

Pioneer Poetry and Writing: Preserving The Value Of The Past For Future Generations

It snowed today at the farm.  So, I spent the day inside my writers cabin.  In that cabin I have a collection of influencers that have shaped my life and spurred my desire to write poetry.  Walt Morey and Paul Croy are those two pioneer writer/poets.  Learn more about these talented people who were telling … Continue reading Pioneer Poetry and Writing: Preserving The Value Of The Past For Future Generations

Snowfall Morning After Significant Flooding At Our Ranch – East Tennessee

The snow is beginning to fall as I type this.  I am about to go outside and do the chores.  I have trepidation this morning as I wonder how bad the flooding still is in our valley.  I watch the temperature, hoping it will inspire me to dress up.  Boots on, warm coat, cowboy hat......no, … Continue reading Snowfall Morning After Significant Flooding At Our Ranch – East Tennessee

Tennessee Flooding Today Nearly Took Out Half Our Farm

Well today has been an exhausting one.  Tennessee has been saturated with torrential rains.  You've probably seen by now that water is raging through Gatlinburg, TN and Sevierville, TN is completely flooded in areas. This morning we awoke to insane water on our farm.  I will have pictures up in a few days as the … Continue reading Tennessee Flooding Today Nearly Took Out Half Our Farm

Come Along With Us While We Do Chores Today – A VLOG of life at HiBar Ranch

Come along with us as we do chores today and see what a day in our life is like at HiBar Ranch here in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee.  We have lots of babies in the barn (kids and lambs) and it's an all around pretty great day to be playing in the hay … Continue reading Come Along With Us While We Do Chores Today – A VLOG of life at HiBar Ranch

Our New Quick “VLOG” That Captures Why We’ve Started A YouTube Channel – Homesteading & Rural Living (& Farm Poetry)

We love writing and blogging about life on the farm and living a way of life that is tied intrinsically to the land.  I love writing poetry and photography as well so it is wonderful that our family, comprised over 20 somethings all the way up to 70 somethings have decided we should start a … Continue reading Our New Quick “VLOG” That Captures Why We’ve Started A YouTube Channel – Homesteading & Rural Living (& Farm Poetry)