From Corporate Work Life in the Midwest to Florida Living on a Homestead

cold day at the beachEmbarking on a new chapter in life, we started our Florida Living adventure as empty-nester transplants from the Midwest. Wanting a change from the cold and snow we found our new home in the sunny state of Florida. Our journey has been one of both excitement and challenges. Filled with memorable outings around the state and the rewarding but demanding endeavor of starting TnF Farms as new homesteading farmers.

Moving from the Midwest to Florida brought about a significant change in our lives. Leaving behind familiar landscapes and the bustling pace of city life. We were drawn to Florida’s warm climate and the promise of new adventures. Being empty-nesters meant we had more time to explore the wonders of our new state.

We’ve embarked on countless outings to discover the beauty and culture of Florida. From its pristine beaches and lush nature reserves to vibrant cities and charming small towns. These experiences have allowed us to forge a deeper connection with our adopted state and create cherished memories along the way.

TnF Farms, established 2022

However, our journey didn’t stop at exploration and leisure. We embarked on the challenging path of starting TnF Farms. Our dream of becoming homesteading farmers. This endeavor has been a labor of love. Marked by a steep learning curve as we grappled with the demands of tending to livestock, cultivating a large garden, and managing a sustainable farm.

The challenges have been many, including the hurricanes, understanding the nuances of animal care and mastering the art of sustainable farming practices. Each day has been a lesson in resilience, adaptability, and the rewards of hard work.

Join us on our journey as we navigate the joys and challenges living the homesteader life. Explore the diverse landscapes of Florida, and building up TnF Farms on a plot in the rural woods of Havana, Florida. We look forward to sharing our experiences, the knowledge we gain, and the fulfillment that comes from embracing a life of adventure and sustainable farming in the Sunshine State. Together, let’s celebrate the beauty of change and the endless possibilities that come with each new chapter in life.

TnF Farms Jambalaya

I have had jambalaya a number of times since moving to the south. I think it’s pretty good. I’ve been wanting to try my hand at making some of my own. Porterhouse Meat Market has been featuring alligator crab boil bratwurst. In my experiments to really get this jambalaya dish to pop, I’ve had to visit Porterhouse a few times as my previous attempts have not measured up. Fawzi, the owner of Porterhouse has been kind enough to set a few packages of the alligator crab boil bratwurst aside for me as it seems to sell out fast.

Dobby joins TnF Farms

One look at the giant ears, our new dog “Dobby” got his name from the elf character from the Harry Potter movies. The name Dobby really fits metaphorically. He’s still coming out of his shell and starting to trust that we are his forever humans. Dobby’s good nature and affectionateness radiate out as a dog that loves everybody that stops in at TnF Farms. He got his collar (clothes) from us the very next day after his adoption.

Poultry Rumors vs Facts

President Ronald Regan made the phrase “trust but verify” famous back in the late 80s. We invited multiple visiting Florida Department of Agriculture inspectors in for a cup of coffee to get the facts. Here are 3 rumors that are not true.

NPIP certified AI clean

This certification ensures that your flock is free from significant poultry diseases, thereby guaranteeing the health and well-being of your birds. Participation is voluntary and the service is FREE in the state of Florida.

The Homesteading Renaissance

In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in homesteading—a lifestyle that prioritizes self-sufficiency, sustainability, and a deep connection to the land. While homesteading is often associated with rural areas, it is gaining traction in suburban and even urban settings. Havana, Florida, with its rich agricultural heritage and close-knit community, offers a unique and welcoming environment for individuals and families looking to embrace the homesteading way of life. In this article, we will explore the benefits of homesteading in Havana, Florida.

Raising Leghorns in Florida

Raising Leghorn chickens in Florida offers a plethora of advantages, from high egg production and adaptability to disease resistance and cost-efficiency. Whether you’re a seasoned farmer or a newcomer to poultry farming, the Leghorn’s characteristics make it a stellar choice for thriving in the sunny and warm climate of the Sunshine State. As the demand for locally sourced and sustainable eggs continues to rise, the Leghorn proves itself as a reliable and profitable investment for poultry farmers in Florida.

A Guide to Florida Goat Farming

Florida, known for its sunny weather and lush landscapes, might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of dairy farming. However, raising dairy goats in Florida is not only possible but can also be a rewarding and sustainable endeavor. In this blog post, we’ll explore the ins and outs of raising dairy goats in the Sunshine State, from choosing the right breed to overcoming the unique challenges that Florida’s climate presents.

Florida’s Raw Milk Laws

Florida, known for its stunning beaches and year-round sunshine, is also home to a complex set of regulations governing the sale and consumption of raw milk. Raw milk enthusiasts and producers in the state must navigate a legal landscape that balances the desire for access to unprocessed dairy with concerns about public health and safety. In this blog post, we’ll delve into Florida’s raw milk laws, exploring the regulations, benefits, and challenges associated with raw milk in the Sunshine State.

Raising Silkie Chickens

Silkie chickens, with their distinctive fluffy feathers, striking appearance, and gentle disposition, are captivating additions to any backyard flock. In the sunny state of Florida, these enchanting birds thrive and bring their unique charm to poultry enthusiasts and homesteaders alike. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll delve into the world of raising Silkie chickens in Florida, exploring their varieties, care requirements, and the rewards they offer.

10 Reasons Why We decided to Start A Farm in the Florida Panhandle

The Florida Panhandle, a region known for its picturesque landscapes and vibrant communities, offers an ideal setting for agricultural pursuits. With a mild climate, fertile soils, and a strong agricultural tradition, the Panhandle beckons aspiring farmers and seasoned growers alike. In this article, we’ll explore ten compelling reasons to consider farming in the Florida Panhandle.