DIY Backyard Clothes Line

When Angela and I first saw the property which would become Hidden Truth Farms, one of the first things we did was mark out the area she wanted her clothes line. There is nothing more calming than laying down on a set of sheets that have been dried by the fresh country air. Well, 7 months later I finally had the chance to get to it! I sat down at the computer to scour the internet for the design my baby would be pleased with. Quickly I came across Ryan and Kristyn’s blog at This Natural Dream DIY Clothes Line Tutorial and I knew we had found the perfect one! I want to thank Ryan and Kristyn for allowing us to post about this on the HTF blog, I am good with about any tool you can think of, but sometimes the design part can be a little tricky for me.

This looks like a good spot!

We loaded up the crew and headed to Lowes with the material list Ryan provided hoping my phone didn’t go off telling me I had to head into the office (being on call is always nerve racking when you have project’s planned)

Material List:

Tools Needed:

Lets get to work!

Back at the homestead, we got everything laid out and ready to go.  The location we selected for the clothesline is on a bit of a decline, but right outside the door for the laundry room.  I wanted to make sure no one had to travel too far to get to it, so I felt this was definitely the best location for it.  I also had to take into account those who may be slightly vertically challenged to try and make sure no one had to use a stool to reach the line, so I did make a few slight adjustments.

Based off of the area we selected for the clothesline, we decided 20′ would be a perfect distance between the poles.  This would give us plenty of hanging space, plus room to easily get around it while tending to the grass.  Following Ryan’s suggestion, I measured out the 10′ 4×4’s to 8′-81/2″, when adding the cross beam, this would make the post 9′ tall.  Once those were cut, I cut each of the 8′ posts in half moving two of the 4′ pieces to the side.  These are going to be for our cross beam.  The other two 4′ pieces, I cut those in half again, giving me 4 2′ pieces, which will be used for the cross braces.

The first cut is done

Now comes the fun part, ANGLES!  These can be very tricky if you don’t take your time and measure multiple times prior to cutting.  One thing I have found out is sometimes the eyes see one thing but the brain registers something different.  The first cut I made was on the cross beam.  I always wondered what kind of cuts these were called, but thanks to Ryan I now know it is a chamfer cut.  To accomplish this, measure 2″ on the edge of the post, place your mark, them make a 45 degree cut with your miter saw.  They do have tools designed specifically for this, but the saw works just as good for this application.

The Champfer Cut!

Once this is completed, take your four 2′ cross braces we cut earlier and mark them for 45 degree cuts on each end.  This is where you can really go wrong if you are not careful.  To make sure you’re measurements are correct, lay your main post down and cross beam on top, then place the braces where they will be attached and visually check that you have the cuts going in the proper direction.  Once these are cut, it is time to begin assembling your clothesline!

Assembly Time

Looking at Ryan’s material’s list, he opted for 1/4″ galvanized lag bolts.  I tend to go a little over board with things so I chose to use the 3/8″ lag bolts for a little more security, and Lowes didn’t have 1/4″, but that is beside the point.  Attach your cross beam to your post by centering the beam on the post and drilling a guide hole for the lag bolt.


Make sure you go a size or two smaller than the bolt size to ensure a secure fit.  Now its time to attach your cross braces.  Lay your lag bolts out to make sure you know the proper distance and depth they need to go, drill your holes and get to wrenching!

I should have bought an adapter for the drill!

Next its time for the eye hooks.  Space the eye hooks 12″ apart, starting 6″ from the end of the cross beam.  Ensure you are centered on the beam for each one so everything is lines up straight.

Eye Hooks

You are done with the posts, now time for the real work to begin!  Apparently our homestead was once a graveyard for discarded rocks, boulders and gravel all mixed in with that wonderful Carolina Red Clay, which is why the ibuprofen is included on the Tools Needed list, because I sure did need it when I was done!  As I mentioned before, there is a slight decline in the ground from where one post is to the other.  I chose to dig one hole 3′ deep and the other 2′ to compensate for the elevation change.  With shovel and post hole digger in hand, I went to work!  I do some tournament bass fishing and some of the lakes we fish, you can have 2 bass that are 12″ long.  I don’t understand how small the fish can look when your holding them, but that last 12″ of clay / rock mixture I had to dig up seemed like it was 12′!

I really need to by an auger!

With the holes finally finished and heat exhaustion staved off, it was time to mix up the concrete.

80 lbs should do it

I went with the 80 lb bags of quickrete for this particular project.  I wanted to make sure these were never going to move……..ever!

Mixing is done

I did find out just as I was getting ready to mix the concrete my wheelbarrow tire had lost every bit of air.  Luckily I have a small air compressor to remedy that.  Except it appears my compressor has decided to take a break from making air at this particular moment.  Look’s like another project on the list of things to fix!  You ever try to move 80 lbs of mixed concrete in a wheelbarrow with a flat tire?  Oh it is all kinds of fun, but we managed to get pretty much all of it in the holes.  As you notice in the material’s list, scrap wood is mentioned.  In the event your post’s will not hold after you level them, you may need to attach the scrap to them to ensure they do not move.  Fortunately I didn’t have to do this with either of our post’s, but have it available just in case.

Angus has such a tough life!

While waiting for the concrete to harden, I wanted to add a couple personal touches to the clothesline.  No one want’s to have to bend over to get clothes out of the basket so I wanted to install a shelf to keep that from happening.  The largest clothes basket we have is 14″x14″, so I took a 2’x4’x8′ board, cut it into 4 20″ pieces to make the frame for the shelf.

Shelf frame

I then took an old pallet I had laying around and carefully removed the slat’s to make the top of the shelf. (And of course I kept the trusty throwing knife close at hand for that random zombie attack!)

We are all about re-purposing!

With the concrete dried, the shelf and hook for the clothes pins attached, it was time to string the clothes line.  I chose not to do two separate lines but instead to have one continuous line throughout the 8 eyes.  For me, this left two less points of failure in the event my knot tying skills were not up to par!  Also, I went with two 5/16″x9″ turnbuckles instead of the Aluminum Clothesline Tightener, this was more out of accessibility, but may be something I change too in the future.  Over the next few uses, I will have to go out and tighten the line up until I am able to work out all of the slack, but I know one thing, Angela is extremely excited and pleased with it, which for me, that is all that matters!

FINISHED!

It took us about 6 hours total to complete this, at a cost of around $92, which we will make up for in energy savings in no time!  This is just another step towards the self-sustained life we dreamed of when we purchased our homestead, we are getting there one project at a time!  I again want to thank Ryan and Kristyn from This Natural Dream for allowing us to share this with ya’ll.  Make sure you subscribe to their blog for a lot of amazing Urban Homesteading and DIY ideas.  See ya’ll next time!

~ Brian

Balancing Work and the Homestead

Grinding out the work week sitting in a cubical staring at a computer screen is something none of us enjoy.  Unfortunately the lottery folks have not called yet to tell us we can skip off into retirement, so from Monday thru Friday we deal with the rush hour traffic to and from the office all while our mind’s wander thinking about the homestead waiting for our return.  One fortunate thing for Angela and I, we do work in the same building, so we have the opportunity to carpool together, that is time we use to defuse from the day and plan our evening.  But for those who homestead like us, there is no such thing as a part time list of items to attend to when we arrive home.  From caring for the animals and garden to projects left unfinished from the weekend, we have to try and squeeze a day’s worth of work into a few hours of sunlight once we pull into the driveway.  It isn’t always easy, but we are such a great team, we always seem to make it work.

It has to be time to leave soon!

Homesteading is a lifestyle that does not fit everyone.  You must be dedicated to the responsibilities that come with the territory, even on those days you just don’t feel up to it.  You now have animals who depend on you, crops that need watered and cared for on a daily basis.  Soon we will begin planning for our fall and winter crops, which means getting the new greenhouses build, water collection system in place and tested, purchasing the seeds we will need to sustain us through the winter.  The days of coming home and dropping down on the couch staring blindly at the TV are thankfully over.  Honestly, we wouldn’t want it any other way!

Happy Squash is Good Squash!

Our goal is to one day be able to leave the rat race behind and focus completely on the homestead, but we knew from the beginning that would take some time.  There is still a lot for us to learn, even though I honestly believe the education never stops.  There are always going to be trial and error moments but we need those failures as much as the successes.  That’s what is going to take so our homestead will be as self-sufficient as possibly.    Being able focus on work and provide the support expected of our team can be a struggle sometimes.  I will catch myself visualizing the next project we have to do, or what we have to complete when we get home, but I will snap back into reality to focus on the job at hand, all the while counting down the minutes before we jump in the truck and head to our little piece of heaven.

My baby with two of our girls

We have a lot of awesome additions we will be adding to Hidden Truth Farms in the near future.  We are extremely excited to be able to share those with you as we get them completed.  This is without a doubt a completely different lifestyle than what we were living just a year ago.  Every night though while we are sitting on the back porch looking over what God has blessed us with, one of us will glance over with a look of contentment on our face and say to the other “Baby, I love our life!”  And that ladies and gentlemen makes it all worthwhile!


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It’s not just a weed – Eating Wild

It is amazing how oblivious we are to what we have growing around us. Not saying that in a bad way, I remember as a kid watching my family unleash a full on assault at the first sign of a weed in the yard. Little did we know some of the very plants we were dousing with RoundUp, would taste amazing saute’d, tossed in a salad or raw right out of the ground. A few weeks ago, Angela and I were invited by our friends Tony and Lindsey Clark to join them for an event called the Wild Edibles Cooking Class with Chef Clark Barlowe, the Chef and Proprietor of Heirloom Restaurant in Charlotte, NC. We had a little bit of experience when it came to wild edibles, but our eyes were opened to a whole new world once the class was over.

Infused Vinegar

From the moment you pull up, the local vibe is all around you. From the bee hives on the roof, herbs growing in the front of the building, racks of infused vinegar and sugars scattered throughout the restaurant, there is no doubt Chef Clark champions the farm to fork movement. There was a packed house for the class when the Chef greeted us. He gave us a quick introduction and told us a little about Heirloom and his passion of designing dishes around what nature has provided for us. Then he scooped up a basket and led us out the door on a foraging adventure. We made our way across the street to Coulwood Park, it didn’t take long for the lesson to begin. Now I could sit here and try to list everything he explained to us that day, Young Sweet Gum leaves for tempura, Pine Needles for tea, and Vetch for multiple uses, but I would be doing you an injustice, this is an event you truly need to experience for yourself.  But we will highlight a few of the items we find at the homestead in later editions to the Eating Wild series.

Chef Clark of Heirloom Restaurant

After our scavenger hunt, we made our way back to the restaurant to enjoy the fruits of our labor. Chef Clark brought out some of his earlier finds, Wild Onions, ramps and the prized morel mushroom, to include one he came across that was about the size of my head (which trust me, is pretty good size!). He gave us some helpful hints on preparation and the best location and time to harvest, providing us with some great information to head out to forage on our own. One of the draws to this event for us was having the opportunity to sample some of our finds.  Chef turned us over to his staff as he moved back to the kitchen to prepare samples for us to try.  While we were waiting, we were treated to an amazing tray of Juniper Jelly, Juniper Blue Cheese, and Pickled Eggs to name a few, with each item locally sourced or made in house.  As we chatted over a glass of their new Ourceluim Chanterelle Mushroom beer (Which I highly recommend!), we were provided samples of the wild onions, ramps and morel mushrooms, each saute’d perfectly releasing their own individual beautiful earthy flavors!

Seeing first hand what to look for as we scavenge along and learning how to prepare what we find was truly an enlightening experience for us.  Having that foundation to build upon as we venture home is invaluable and understanding that nature provides for us even in the most unassuming ways is truly amazing.  We want to thank Chef Clark and all of his staff at Heirloom for this awesome experience and we look forward to hopefully tagging along later on down the road for his yearly ramp harvest!

~ Brian


Homemade Sleepy Tea

I seem to go through occasional bouts of insomnia. I don’t really have a “Trigger” I just find myself not able to sleep when everyone else in the house is counting sheep. Below is one of my favorite teas to help calm my soul and allow me to drift off to sleep.

Sleepy Tea
2 Sprigs of St John’s Wort
2 Sprigs of Horehound
2 sprigs of Chocolate Mint
6-8oz water

Allow all the herbs to dry, usually takes about 3 days in a dry sunlit area. I use clothes pins to hang mine by the kitchen sink. Once dry put your herbs in a Herb Grinder and grind to a medium consistency. I prefer to use a Loose Leaf Tea Infuser Spoon, you can pack the ground up herbs in a small amount of cheesecloth tie the opening with string. Place the herbs in 6-8 oz. of water bring to a boil. Once the water comes to a boil remove from heat. Steep for a few minutes depending on your taste and remove before you drink. Do not steep too long your tea may become bitter. Add lemon to taste avoid sugar including natural sweeteners this may prevent you from sleeping.

~ Angela


The Zombies are coming!

PREPPERS!  When some people hear this word they immediately think of tin foil hat wearing, conspiracy theorists salivating at the idea of an apocalypses coming to a town near you.  Granted, we have had a few discussions with people who somewhat tilt towards this way of thinking, but for the most part the people you find within the self-stainment community are focused on ensuring their families are taken care in the event of an emergency.   We have taken to the prepping lifestyle for a few reasons and hopefully this will somewhat ease the stigma that comes along with the prepper label.

Once we left the confines of city life and staked our roots in the star filed skies of the country, we quickly realized things were going to be a little different than what we were used to.  To give you a little back story, the day we completed moving into our homestead, Hurricane Matthew decided to come through North Carolina make his presence known.  As we were piddling around the house, unpacking boxes, radio playing some forgotten song (little Golden Earring shout out right there), all of a sudden everything but the wind and rain went quiet.  Losing power is not anything new to us, and since it was still daytime, we just kept pushing along as though nothing happened.  But lurking in the dark recesses of the evil “lost electricity” empire was a horror I could never imagine!  I took a quick break to use the restroom, pushed the handle down on the commode like I have done countless times and to my dismay nothing happened.  I pushed it down again, over and over, thinking to myself great, we have only been here a couple hours and things are already breaking.  I slowly walked back to the living room attempting to find a gentle way to break this unbearable news to my bride.  I explained to her what I had found and to help ease the pain I promised I would have it fixed as soon as possible.  She looked at me with that I love you no matter what look in her eyes and calmly said “We are on a well now baby, the toilets won’t work without power.”  At that moment there was going to be some serious changes around here for us!


Tune into any prepping or survivalist television show and you will see and hear some pretty wild things.  Some of the reasons behind their preparations, EMP attacks, reversal of the polar access, etc can seem outlandish to alot of people.  Personally we don’t knock anyone’s reasons for becoming prepared, it’s all about personal preference and what each individual feel’s is best for their family.  For us though, our motivation comes from a more common potential occurrence.  Here in North Carolina, we are blessed with all four seasons, and with that, we have the potential to be affected by various weather related instances.

Whether it is the threat of hurricane’s, ice storms, tornado’s or a multitude of other acts of mother nature, emergencies such as loss of power, unable to access roads or in one instance we had this past winter, not able to leave the driveway for multiple days, we felt being able to sustain ourselves during these types of crisis needed to be at the top of our list of things to do.  The question was, what do we need to help us make it through these types of situations?  Neither one of us are huge fans of milk sandwiches, so we put together a list of must have items just in case we cannot make it off the homestead. The WaterBOB Emergency Drinking Water Storage (100 Gallons) is a perfect addition if there is the potential to lose power for multiple days. Like I stated above, if we lose power, we have nothing. This is perfect for providing us with all the drinking, cooking and even flushing water we may need until we are back up and running again.

Im a big guy who loves to eat, so I can only survive so long on protein bars and water, I need me some meat! Having multiple options to cook is always a great approach, as they say one is none and two is one! We have a charcoal grill but sometimes things can get too nasty outside and we have to cook in the screened in porch. A couple options for that are the Camp Chef Cooking Stove and the Char-Broil The Big Easy Oil-less Fryer. These are both great in that you can cook about anything you want but not have to worry about the carbon monoxide working it’s way into the house.




You can have all of the means of cooking you want, but what good is it if you don’t have the food to go on them?  Access to your refrigerator and freezer is going to be sporadic if you have lost power.  You obviously want to limit how much you open and close the doors to try and preserve as much of those items you can.  There are quite a few options out there for meal replacements which provide all of the nutrition and protein you will need.  We keep a few of the Mountain House individual freeze dried meals around to help us through those long periods without power.  Another option is, any of your big box stores will sell pasta packs that you can pick up at a relatively low cost, separate the boxes into individual servings using the FoodSaver Vacuum Sealing System and tuck them away with a few cans of sauce in the pantry.

I could go on for hours about this, but hopefully this has given you a new perspective on being prepared. Not all emergencies involve the undead or the world turning upside down, but as I like to say, it’s better to be prepared and not need it, than to need it and not be prepared!

~ Brian

 

Eating Wild – Green Onions

As you know, we absolutely love our garden.  Even before we harvest the first vegetable from it, we know it is going to provide for most of our food needs for as long as we continue to plant.  But what about those plants growing wild around you?  Spending time walking around our property and paying attention to what is growing here, we have realized there is an abundance of items growing untamed everywhere we look.  We have everything from veggies to medicinal herbs at our fingertips, it’s just a matter of knowing what to look for.  We decided to do a small series here on the blog of what we find and how it can be transitioned from the yard to the table!

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Allium canadense, or as we like to call them, green onions, seem to be everywhere in our yard.  If you pay attention, you can detect a slight hint of an onion / garlic aroma as you walk around the property.  And it doesn’t matter which direction you look, you will see the talk, thin leaves poking up everywhere.  We honestly didn’t pay too much attention when we first moved in, but it wasn’t long after we began to take notice.


Identifying them is fairly easy, they have grass like basal leaves, small six-petaled flowers, odor of onion or garlic, stems round, older stems hollow. Underground bulbs look like small white onions. Ramps, however, have two or three broad, smooth, light green, onion-scented leaves.  Every part of the onion is edible, from the bulb to the stems.  Unlike your store bought onions, wild onions are a little spicier, which for us is perfect.  It adds that little extra flavor to anything you may be cooking to put it over the top.  It’s not uncommon for us while working around the property to pull off a piece and chew on it while out there.  Be wary thought, you may come across some plants that have the same characteristics of wild onions but are actually toxic plants.  The easiest way to tell is if it doesn’t have that onion / garlic smell to it, don’t eat it!

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Harvesting them is very easy.  With a small hand shovel, go about 2 – 3 inches outside of the plant, go about handle deep into the ground and pull up on the onion as you break them free from the ground, trying not to cut into the bulbs.  Once you have freed them from their captivity, knock off the extra dirt and you’re ready to go!  One awesome thing about green onions is you can regrow from the same bulb over and over again.  It’s nothing for us to have one or two in a glass full of water on the kitchen window seal for when we are in a pinch and can’t find the energy to walk outside to get one from the ground.  When it comes to eating them, the choices are endless.  They can be added to salads, soups, seasoning for meats, part of marinade for jerky, pickled, let your imagination run wild, there really is no wrong way to use them.

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One of the wonderful aspects of being married to someone who has spent 20 years in the medical field (besides the fact she is pure sexy!), Angela is constantly looking for medicinal uses for any herb or plant available to us, and green onions are no exception.  As far back as the 1800’s onions of all types have been used for various types of treatment and prevention of illnesses and injuries.  There is one myth floating around though that states if you take a bowl with a cut up onion in it and place it in your bedroom it will absorb bacteria in the air and assist in keeping you healthy.  Unfortunately this is not a true fact.  The onion will turn black and deteriorate naturally because it is rotting, not acting as a sponge.  But there are quite a few medicinal applications for onions in various forms.  Raw slices are used for external application to help treat bee stings, insect bites, hives, or nettle rash for instant relief.  Steam inhalation containing hot water and raw onions help relieve sinus congestion caused by colds.  Juice made from crushed raw onions and honey helps soothe coughs, sore throats (2 onions and 2 tbsp honey steeped overnight at room temperature).  Eating raw onions aids digestion and rids harmful bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites.  For warts, chop onions and cover with salt and leave overnight. Store the collected juice the next day and keep in a bottle. Dab the juice on the wart twice daily.  Onion juice can be applied to burns or as an antiseptic to cuts and abrasions, and can be used for a toothache.  Any of the onion family can be used puréed with water and sprayed on plants to keep away bugs and harmful plant fungi.  There are many more applications you can use when it comes to onions, a quick google search can provide a multitude of ideas.

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Well there you have it.  Our first entry into the Eating Wild series.  Next time you’re out in the yard, at the park or just taking a Sunday walk, keep your eyes open to what’s around you, never know what you may come across!

~ Brian and Angela

Through the Eyes of a Child

The girls had company today.  There have been other visitors to Hidden Truth Farms since we raised the flagpole in the front yard, but today was a special day.  An awesome couple from Chapel Hill contacted us through our Facebook page in search of farm fresh eggs.  One thing that is important to us when customers contact us for eggs, we like to invite them over to let them see the farm see where the chickens live & play.  This gives our new guest an opportunity to ask us any questions they may have regarding the chicks & their health.  Our goal is to raise healthy chicks with quality eggs.  Here is what made today’s quest different than any other visit, two 7 year olds!  When the family contacted us they asked if it would be possible for their daughter to see the chickens.  We told them we will do you one better, bring her over and I’ll let her help me with the daily chores.  To me, there is nothing better than getting kids involved.

I had just finished piddling around the greenhouse when they arrived.  I walked out to meet them in the driveway and to my surprise, not one but two young ladies jump out of the back seat.  As soon as they closed the door I could see how excited they were.  I introduced myself to Mom & Dad, turned to the girls and asked if they were ready to see the chickens. Both of them got a huge smile on their face and in stereo yelled “YES!”  I laughed and said good, but I’m going to put you to work.  Apparently this was not a problem for the two of them.  One thing you need to understand about our chickens is they are extremely friendly.  When we go out to collect eggs each day, we have to get them out of the coop or they will all try to love up on us, or maybe they are trying to eat us, it’s hard to tell.  I scooped out some scratch for them and we headed to the chicken run.  As we got to the door one of them stopped for a second and asked, “Are we going in there”?  It could have been that all 24 of our babies were in a full blown sprint heading towards us that made her a little apprehensive, I told her they are just excited because they know its snack time, which is our girls favorite time of the day.


If you’ve ever been around seven year olds, I mean seven year old girls, lots of energy to say the least.  It was delightful to see these two littles enjoying our girls as much as Angela and I do.  After a few minutes of playing “let’s catch a chicken”, I gave them the scoop of scratch and let them spread it around.  Now that we had them occupied, we moved to the coop.  I gave one of them the basket, because how can you have them visit and not let them collect their own eggs!  The smiles on their faces as they were going around picking them up was priceless.  Something to know about our babies, they like to play a game of “guess where I laid my eggs today”.  These two young ladies seemed like seasoned pro’s when it came to gathering them up.  They didn’t leave a piece of bedding unturned as they completed their hunt.  After spending a little time in the coop answering some of Mom and Dad’s questions, the girls asked if they could go back into the chicken run and see them again.  As the adults chatted, the girls were inspecting the run, paying close attention to the door leading out from the coop.  It is about 15” x 10” in size, so not a lot of room to work with.  As we were talking, we heard “I did it!”  We turned around and realized their daughter had managed to crawl through the chickens’ door back into the coop.  That, everyone is why we love to have visitors, you never know what you may see!

~ Brian

Homemade Laundry Soap

With three of us at the homestead, you can imagine we do quite a bit of laundry.  Brian & I  sat down and figured out we spend over $200 a year in laundry soap. I have a wonderful friend, Lindsey Clark, who turned me on to this AWESOME homemade laundry soap recipe.  With three simple ingredients, we have cut our expense down to just $10 a year, yes you read that right, $10 a year!

Homemade Laundry Soap Recipe:

That’s it!! In a large bowl grate the laundry bar, I used a kitchen grater that we are no longer using in the kitchen.  As you get to the end of the bar, make sure you save yourself a small piece that can be used as a stain remover.  Now add the Borax & Super Washing Soda, stir all of the ingredients until they are mixed well together.  Transfer to a container and you are ready to go!

Use 1 Tablespoon per load and another great aspect of this is that there is no fabric softener needed.

Non suds = H.E. & Septic system safe.

TIP: let the the washer begin to fill then add the laundry detergent just before adding your clothes

~ Angela

Why we are here!

A year ago, we never would have thought we would be homesteading.  We were living in the middle of suburbia, surrounded by cookie cutter homes, HOA covenants, a yard I could cut with a weed eater, and we were absolutely miserable!  One night, as we were immersed in a gladiator like game of Yahtzee, our conversation became filled with talk of open spaces, self sustaining, animals and the quietness of the country.  By the time Angela had put a wrap on another glorious dice beat down, we had decided it was time to pull up stakes, say goodbye to the neighbors and find ourselves again.  The road we traveled from then until now has been an awesome adventure to say the least.  We sold our home in one day, loaded everything we owned into a 10′ x 20′ storage unit, hooked the travel trailer to the Tundra and began our search for heaven!  After 4 months of bouncing back and forth between campgrounds, hours of clicking through every realtor website we could stumble upon, and a few moments of wondering if we made the right choice, on 19 Aug 2016, our prayers were answered, we had found our new homestead!  We agonized through the longest 45 days of our lives waiting for closing, making excuses just to drive out to look at it, when on 6 Oct 2016 the day finally came when we could pull in the driveway, unhook the travel trailer and walk through the front door of what had officially become Hidden Truth Farms.  Since then we have been hard at work to make our dreams a reality and it has been life changing in just this short amount of time, and we want to share it with you!  Come along with us as we transition from what many consider the mainstream type lifestyle to one of self-reliance, self-sustainment and most importantly, peace!