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My BHAG: To learn how to regenerative farm!

Current Status: We bought an 11-acre property and we are going to learn how to regenerative farm on it!

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Visiting White Oak Pastures (I Met Will Harris!)

It has been a year since I started learning about regenerative farming (and White Oak Pastures). In a stroke of serendipity, our Spring Break road trip this year took us right by their farm in Bluffton, GA. It would be crazy to not stop by for a quick visit?!? As we drove I made the…

Winterizing The Farm and The RV (DeanoFarms: Week 34)

I didn’t think through winterizing our building for the winter very well this first winter. I got busy and kept putting it off. Then, it got really cold! I solved it after a cold spike in late December. But, not before I rang up a big ‘ol gas bill. No busted water pipes, however. I…

Fall Mowing and Clearing Fencerows (DeanoFarms: Week 19)

Mowing day is not my favorite day because I like projects (as opposed to maintenance). Emily likes mowing so she does that part. I get my weed-eating done as quickly as possible and then work on projects while she drives the mower. My projects usually involve clearing out a fencerow. Clearing fencerows usually allows me…

Fescue Seeding / Test Planting (DeanoFarms: Week 18)

To wrap up some prior jobs I needed to get some fescue seed planted on some areas I’d excavated. This fescue seeding was also a test planting because I didn’t really know if it would work very well in the heavy clay soil I’d be seeding into. We also got to use some of the…

Birthday Campout At The Farm

I turned a half-century old and my only birthday wish was to not celebrate that in the slightest way (introvert much). I spent the day working (for my real job) at the farm, eating a steak for lunch, watching the sunset by a campfire, having dinner at our favorite pizza spot in Dickson, and then…

Building Grade Leveling (DeanoFarms: Week 18)

Prior Property Owner: “I think we should not grade around the building we built AT ALL!” Water: “I think I’ll run down this hill and into this building since the owner has left the surrounding dirt area HIGHER THAN THE SLAB?!?” Joey: “Hmm…you make a good point, Water! Maybe I should fix that!” Joey: [gets…

Driveway Renovation (DeanoFarms: Week 17)

The driveway on our new property is a mess. I’ve got grading and water flow issues that need to be corrected. The driveway renovation involves getting the tractor and box blade set up for the job, getting the design for some retaining walls marked, leveling some areas for mowing, and getting the driveway renovated (leveled,…

Architecting and Building Plans – DeanoFarms: Week 15

I told my wife I was going to move her into a metal building out in the middle of nowhere. I figured this would go over like a lead balloon but she’s game! We’ve started the plans for the building’s renovation/buildout. It all started with a very hot day doing some core drilling at the…

Trimming Low Branches – DeanoFarms: Week 13

Emily runs our mowing operation. In an effort to make her life easier I cleared out the low branches that slowed her down (or worse slapped her in the face) while mowing. I also have some decisions to make as far as which trees and which types of trees I want to foster on the…

I Got Poison Ivy (DeanoFarms: Week 4)

Well, that was fun?!? I’ve never had poison ivy in my life. It hasn’t been from a lack of trying. I honestly believed I wasn’t allergic to it. One of the first lessons the farm taught me is I AM allergic to it. [scratch, itch, scratch] #DeanoFarms

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…

I Upgraded My Tractor (DeanoFarms: Week 1)

Hand cranking a ’38 Model A John Deere to work on the farm in 100-degree Tennessee heat ain’t anything fun. Modern solutions are needed, so I upgraded my tractor. We did our research, shopped around, and came up with a John Deere compact 3 series as the winner (3038E). Of course, it isn’t as good…

3 Steps To Keep Ticks And Chiggers Off You!

The first item on my farm’s master plan was to keep ticks and chiggers off of me. I was researching this the day after I walked the property for the first time. I don’t want any of the blood-borne illnesses that ticks carry. I also do not want a chigger anywhere near any part of…

How We Decided To Buy A Farm In 16 Days

March 10th, 2022 I listened to a Joe Rogan episode (#1784 Diana Rodgers and Robb Wolf).  They wrote a book (and documentary) called “Sacred Cow: The Case for (Better) Meat.”  I listened to the 3-hour podcast mainly for the nutritional component.  I was fascinated by some of the things they talked about involving how the…

We Are Going To Be Farmers (Regenerative Farmers)…DeanoFarms?!?

I have an old tractor…what to do?!? I have some of my grandfather’s old coveralls…what to do?!? We have an RV I pay to store in town….what to do?!? Emily has an old Bronco…what to do?!? Let’s become farmers! Well…we are not going to be farmers yet. We have kids in school and both have…

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