This is our story of creating our own backyard homestead. Gardening, preserving food, raising goats and chickens for meat, milk and eggs, soap-making, and anything else we can figure out how to do for ourselves.
Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before. Then people who are not Christians will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others. First Thessalonians 4:11-12 (NLT)
I was given two cases of tomatoes a couple of weeks ago. They were mostly green, so I laid them out on a picnic table in the sun to ripen. Finally, they were ready. I canned 24 23 pints and 3 quarts today. (One pint broke.)