The Back Field – Mowing and Clearing Fence Rows (DeanoFarms: Week 6)

It took us too long to mow our back field this spring. Work and normal life got in the way. Luckily the land isn’t going anywhere. The land is patient like that I guess. Emily ran the mower and I worked on clearing a fence row. She finished her part and I made a small …

Kayaking The Hiwassee River 1.0 (Funyaking Actually) – Reliance, TN – Hiwassee-Ocoee State Park

I got to mark something off my list that has been on it for many years with our visit to Hiwassee-Ocoee State Park near Reliance, TN. I’ve wanted to float the Hiwassee River and wrote down “Webb Brothers” many years ago. Webb Brothers is a float company that has been in business for many, many …

Farm Safety – Ticks, Poison Ivy, Tractor Tip Overs, Snakes, Spiders, Chainsaws (DeanoFarms: Week 5)

I was proactive on ticks (and my efforts have paid off). I wasn’t on poison ivy (and that stuff made me pay). As I was itching I wondered what other lessons might the farm try to teach me that I haven’t fully assessed. Spiders, snakes, tractor tip over, chain saw accident?!? Hmmm…what else?!?! Deano doesn’t …

Savage Falls – Savage Gulf SNA

This was our last day in Savage Gulf. Today was a drive day (from Manchester to Reliance TN). On the way, we hiked to Savage Falls in Savage Gulf State Natural Area (part of South Cumberland State Park). This was our 6th waterfall in our four days of hiking in Savage Gulf. We didn’t get …

Suter Falls and Horsepound Falls – Collins West Trailhead – Savage Gulf SNA

We spent 4 days in Savage Gulf State Natural Area and my favorite day was when we hiked up to Suter Falls and Horespound Falls. We entered the trail at the Collins West Trailhead and headed towards Suter Falls. The area that Suter Falls is in is absolutely stunning (and massive). It didn’t feel like …

Our Farm Is Flooding – Water Management Needs (DeanoFarms Week 2)

Fine, I’m being dramatic (clickbait). It was really only raining. But I was excited to walk around the building to see where my water problems were located. I was able to confirm we do have water problems. Then the hot water heater started leaking and really flooded things (the building, not the farm). So, maybe …

Greeter Falls at Savage Gulf State Natural Area

We spent a few days exploring Savage Gulf State Natual Area. This is part of South Cumberland State Park which has to be my favorite Tennessee State Park. Today’s hike was short and sweet. We hiked to Blue Hole, and to Greeter Falls (both upper and lower). We’d planned to go to Boardtree Falls and …

Our First Time Mowing Our Farm (Or Any Farm?!?) – DeanoFarms – Week 2

I joke with people that we bought a farm just to mow…because mowing in TN heat is fun?!? We’ve never mowed anything bigger than our yard until now. I read all my tractor and implement manuals. We got the tractor set up for our first time and tested everything. Then we set off to mow …