I am The Tattooed Homestead

I have an overdeveloped sense of fairness!
I have no idea where I got it.
I believe that the Truth will always win over a lie, that the little guy will always beat the big mean corporation, and that when the story ends everything will be as it should be.But sometimes, things bring darkness into my rose colored world.

So this is how it begins …
In the last month, we have been given three warnings by Miami-Dade Code Enforcement for a laundry list of issues like having cardboard boxes, tarps, tools, and “other junk and trash scattered around” the property.

Courtesy of Dade County Planning and Zoning
This is not The Tattooed Homestead
When we called, they informed us it was illegal to have potted plants and potting soil in a residential property.I shared our story ( Potted Plants are Illegal: Why YOU Can’t Grow Your Own Food In Miami-Dade County ) and it got picked up by the New Times ( Potted Garden in Your Yard? Prepare to Pay a Fine! )

Someone pointed out:

But wait. You guys do run a business out of your home selling plants and plant products. At least that’s what it seems like to me all over social media. I don’t see how anyone could think you arw being picked on when this is clear.

The truth is that we don’t.

Are we a nursery? Not by any means.We sell to friends and family and other liked minded souls who believe in growing your own food but may not have the resources or the time.

But this is not The Tattooed Homestead.We’ve been staying here for just over two months, helping out with an ailing Grandmother and planting every edible we can get our hands on.  My mom planned to sell this family home to us one day and let us start the permaculture process now.  But as chance would have it, those plans will more than likely never come to fruition.

This is not The Tattooed Homestead

Our business is run out of a family home in Flagami.

This is not The Tattooed Homestead either.  Not really, anyway.

This is my husband’s childhood home, where his family has allowed us to take over the yard and grow odds and ends here and there.

So then where the heck is it?

The Tattooed Homestead is real.  At least, it is to me and my husband, and I hope it one day will be to our baby boy.

The Tattooed Homestead is:

… the idea of living sustainably and not hurting the planet while you’re doing it.  It is the idea of leaving the earth a better place than when you got here.  It is the idea that I want my child to know how food grows in the garden and not think that it comes from McDonalds.  It is that I want my child to believe that the Truth will always win over a lie, that the little guy will always beat the big mean corporation, and that when the story ends everything will be as it should be.  


… and if he falls victim to having an overdeveloped sense of fairness … then I will know I definitely did something right!

I know I’m not like everybody else.

I think that’s ok.

Right now, The Tattooed Homestead only exists in my mind … and on the internet.  One day, it may be a real place.  It may be here or somewhere far away.  It won’t make much of a difference either way to be honest.Some things will never change:

We will always grow using sustainable practices and ideas.  We will never use pesticides or treatments for our plants or for our bees.  We will always think with our hearts instead of our pocket books and we will always follow our hearts and let it guide us to what is right.

Some people may think I’m crazy.

I think that’s ok, too.

It’s not the first time I have been called different or crazy and I truly hope it won’t be the last.

As for my overdeveloped sense of fairness, I may need to learn to live with the fact that I may never change the world … but no one said I couldn’t try!





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Article: The Tattooed Beekeeper Talks Bee Stings, Urban Farming, And La Carreta (MY MIAMI)

Read More about The Tattooed Beekeeper: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/16/the-tattooed-beekeeper-miami_n_3933796.html





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Citizens detained in Miami-Dade County for Making Public Records Request

On Thursday, September 12, 2013, in the city of Hialeah, Mayor Carlos Hernandez and Mayoral Chief of Staff Arnie Alonzo have citizens detained in Miami-Dade County for Making Public Records Request.

We are on the verge of making a Public Records Request for our Potted Plants are Illegal issue, but this makes me very nervous about going.

“The crime was people were in fear”

There were too many people in their group?  Isn’t the right to assembly protected by the constitution? How many people is too many?

The Florida Public Records Law does not allow the custodian of the record to ask citizens to complete forms when making Public Records Requests.

There are major issues with transparency in ALL of MIAMI-DADE County!

What is going on here?





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Raw Milk Laws: Arkansas legalizes sale of raw milk directly from farms

source: Farm To Consumer

Thankfully, Florida seems to be at least reasonably enlighten about Raw Milk sales and at least allows it to be sold as Pet Food.  In my opinion, it’s more of a “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” kind of rule where once it’s in your house you do what you need to do with it as long as no one else find out.  We can only hope, as more states change to Green and Yellow, Florida will become more open to accept Raw Milk as the enzyme rich wonder food it is.

Summary of FLORIDA Raw Milk Statutes and Administrative Codes

Raw milk sales for human consumption are illegal. The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services interprets the definition of “sell” in the state administrative code to extend the ban on raw milk sales to any cowshare agreements as well. Department of Agriculture policy permits the sale of raw milk for animal consumption even though there is no state law that covers this issue. The state permits raw milk sales for animal consumption either on the farm or in retail stores. Containers should have a label clearly stating that the raw milk is for animal consumption only.

source: Florida Raw Milk Laws

The actual statues, in case you have interest, read:

FLORIDA STATUTES

TITLE XXXIII REGULATION OF TRADE, COMMERCE, INVESTMENTS, AND SOLICITATIONS CHAPTER 502 MILK AND MILK PRODUCTS

502.091 MILK AND MILK PRODUCTS WHICH MAY BE SOLD.

(1) Only Grade A pasteurized milk and milk products or certified pasteurized milk shall be sold to the final consumer or to restaurants, soda fountains, grocery stores, or similar establishments.

FLORIDA ADMINISTRATIVE CODE

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES CHAPTER 5D-1 MILK, MILK PRODUCTS AND FROZEN DESSERTS

5D-1.001 DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE AND DEFINITIONS

(j) “Sold” means a transfer of milk or milk products that involves any direct or indirect form of compensation in exchange for the right to acquire such milk or milk products.

Learn more about what is going on in Arkansas:
Arkansas legalizes sale of raw milk directly from farms

Another great article:
FDA Says: Drinking This Natural Food is a Crime

Learn more about Florida Raw Milk Laws:
Florida Raw Milk Laws

Want to purchase some Florida Raw Milk:
Florida Raw Milk Laws





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Beat Florida’s September Heat by Night Fishing

Florida’s artificial reefs are a whole new world when the lights go out.

Get anchored over your favorite artificial reef in 70-plus feet of water and turn off everything in the boat that makes noise. You will hear a deafening chorus of clicks, snaps and pops being produced by millions of organisms that inhabit the reef.

Turn off all the lights, and any movement in the water will cause an explosion of tiny lights produced by billions of tiny bioluminescent organisms. Drop a floating light over the side to bring the squid in so close that you can see them pulse with colors and patterns. Or just kick back and watch the curious sea turtles surface to investigate.

Even if the fish don’t bite, you’re going to have an experience that you can’t get sitting on the couch, and you won’t be feeding the bugs or baking in the hot sun either.

Fish that feed primarily at night have excellent vision, and they’re a lot smarter than those daytime feeders, so you don’t want to show them much. The key is to “go stealthy,” which is a phrase coined by my favorite yellow-perch catcher, Brian “Fishhead” Bristow of Estherville, Iowa. “Going stealthy” means to scale back all your tackle to the minimum. I mean the rod, reel, line, lead, circle hook and bait. I like to fish 20- to 30-pound tackle with a longer than normal, fluorocarbon leader to keep a good separation between the lead and bait. Small live baits (pinfish, grunts, pig fish, bull minnows, mullet, etc.) are excellent, but cut cigar minnows, sardines, herring or menhaden also work very well. Bristow will tell you that frozen squid is all you need, but he’s from Iowa, so you definitely shouldn’t listen to him.

So what are you going to catch? Well, that depends on the water depth and what part of the state you’re in.
In the Florida Panhandle, you’ll catch what the locals refer to as black snapper. Now if you’re not familiar with that species, don’t try to look it up in the state regulations booklet, because it’s not in there. Black snapper is the same fish that people in central and south Florida call a mangrove snapper. The actual common name is gray snapper.

These fish have a 10-inch minimum size limit, but that shouldn’t be a problem if you’re fishing at night in depths that exceed 70 feet. Most of the snapper you catch will be significantly over the minimum size limit and average between 4 and 6 pounds. Some will exceed 10 pounds, and when they get that big they begin to look like a Cubera. Gray snapper are open for harvest year round, and the daily recreational bag limit is five fish per person in state waters.

Snapper are not the only game in town when fishing the reefs at night. Catch a live squid and put him out on a flat line just outside the reach of your anchor lights. Big king mackerel and wahoo feed all night long. They also like to eat while traveling at about 30 miles per hour, so set the drag light and keep the rod in a holder.

This may not be repeatable, but on one August night off Franklin County in 70 feet of water, Ol’ Fishhead and I ran into a nest of cobia that was absolutely beyond belief. I’m not sure if it was a spawning aggregate or what, but we caught and released enough 25- to 50-pound cobia in a seven-hour period to sink the boat. When daylight came, the amberjacks took over. When the sharks started eating the jacks whole, we blew the whistle and headed for the hill.

Safety is always a consideration, especially when night fishing, so make sure you pick a night with perfect weather and calm seas, especially if you fish from a small boat like we do. I like to hear the words “high pressure, light and variable winds, and seas of less than two feet” multiple times before I make a decision on a night trip. Also, make sure that your flares are current and your lights, electronics, marine radio, bilge pump, etc. are all working properly.

About the Author

Bamboo Charters Capt. Matt Bellinger
80500 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, FL 33036,
United States
(305) 393-0909




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Frugal Fridays — Free Kindle Books, Learning Styles and a Cute Little Piggy


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To make sure it has not returned to full price.


Oh, and Last but not least …

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Article: Thousands of backyard beekeepers get a buzz from honey hobby

Source: Miami Hearld
There are about 2,000 of these small producers statewide, according to Westervelt.
These are people like Rigoberto De La Portilla, a computer tech who keeps hives in the Flagami area near Miami International Airport.
“If people worry about where honey comes from and they want to save the bees, I tell them to grow their own,” says De La Portilla, who harvests wildflower honey from his half-dozen hives.


Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/09/12/3618149/thousands-of-backyard-beekeepers.html#storylink=cpy




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Apple Reveals Details about New iPhone 5C, Questions Arise about Security of Finger Print Scanner

source: Apple

Everyone is buzzing about the Apple’s Press Release about the new iPhone 5C.

The phone will come in several new colors, including blue, pink and yellow, which should appeal to younger buyers. It will start at $99 on a two-year contract — the same price point that Apple used for its older iPhones.  It is also said to come with the enhancement of a fingerprint scanner for “added security”.

The fingerprint will make it easier to unlock your phone by “simply by placing your finger on top of the home button”. It will also make it easier to complete purchases in the iTunes store instead of entering a password every time you want to make a purchase.

“The good news is that fingerprints will only be stored on the phone, not in the cloud, and that’s really important.” said The Business Insider

There are still a lot of questions as to the nuts and blots of how the transactions are going to take places and where the information is going to be stored that Apple needs to answer.

But I’m still a bit leery considering Apple’s past (re: Apple Sued Over iPhone Tracking)

The saving grace is that if you don’t feel comfortable, Apple is planning to allow this feature to be turned off.


Resources:
“Apple unveils cheaper iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S with fingerprint sensor – The Washington Post.” The Washington Post: National, World & D.C. Area News and Headlines – The Washington Post. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Sept. 2013. <http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/apple-likely-to-unveil-2-new-smartphones/2013/09/10/fe107898-1a1d-11e3-a628-7e6dde8f889d_story.html>.

“iPhone Fingerprint Tech Security – Business Insider.” Business Insider. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Sept. 2013. <http://www.businessinsider.com/iphone-fingerprint-tech-flaws-2013-9>.

“Apple – Press Info – Apple Announces iPhone 5s—The Most Forward-Thinking Smartphone in the World.” Apple. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Sept. 2013. <http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2013/09/10Apple-Announces-iPhone-5s-The-Most-Forward-Thinking-Smartphone-in-the-World.html>.





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How to Hold a Successful Yard Sale in South Florida: The Saturday Vs Sunday Debate

1. Check the Rules
Miami-Dade County does not require a permit. “Citizens are allowed to hold 2 Garage Sales per year; anything over that is not permitted. Signs are not permitted on the right-of-way to announce or advertise the garage sale.” (source: http://www.miamidade.gov/building/standards/residential-garage-sales.asp ) Be conscious of where you are placing signs and make sure they are clear and legible.  You don’t want to slow or stall traffic due to poor signage, or worse … you might lose a potential customer because they couldn’t decipher your sign.  
2. Consider the Date
According to my research, (i.e. extensive Googling) there tends to be a consensus that Saturday is the BEST day to hold a yard sale.  I was also surprised to learn Fridays are a good day too, although I am hesitant to agree off the bat, taking into consideration South Florida’s inherent nature to be so different than anywhere else.

3. Check the Weather
In South Florida, the weather can change from Sunny and Hot, to Wet and Hot, to Torrential Downpour and Hot at the drop of a hat.  Monitor the weather in the days nearing your sale and watch for any Storm Warnings.  Bad weather will mean a low turn out and possible damage to the items you are trying to sell.

4. Involve your Neighbors
See if your neighbors have anything they would like to sell, most of them might or might not take you up on it but at least you let them know and tried include them.  This should reduce the possibility of dirty looks when you are setting up your yard sale the morning off.

5. Price your Items
Clear pricing of your items will save you headaches.  Avoid placing prices on the bottom and you won’t get people asking 10 times for the price of an item.  Also, it gives you time to research and let go of the item at a fair price you are comfortable with.

6. Be Organized
Don’t set out a box of books and expect people to sort through them or a box of clothes and hope people will figure it out.  Hang clothes, and don’t forget to go through the pockets to make sure nothing is left in them, it will be much neater and no one will run off with your pocket change or other items in your pocket.

7. Advertise
Running an ad in the Newspaper is old school but still appropriate for yard sales.  But don’t forget our friend Craig’s list.  Start Advertising at least a few days in advance.

8. Remember to have Change
Murphy’s Law dictates everyone will come with large bills to pay for your .50 cent items, have change to spare.  Don’t let a sale get away from you for lack of change.

9. Have Bags will Travel
Save up grocery bags to have for your customers to take their items home with.  If you don’t have any, everyone will ask.  Murphy’s Law strikes again.

10. Have a Back up plan
Know what you will do with the items you don’t sell.  Hauling stuff you didn’t want anymore back inside your house stinks.  Arrangements for a Good Will pick up or Haul away will making getting rid of the items a lot easier.  





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How to Make Crock Pot Honey Balsamic Pork Lion

I was recently introduced to cooking in a Crock Pot.  It is by far the easiest way to make a home cooked meal.  I quickly went from 1 Crock Pot to 3.  A small one, One just for Soaps and a Large one for Family Style meals when company comes over or to make enough for left overs for several days.  Another bonus is that you are not turning on the Oven and heating up your home, a BIG BONUS in South Florida in the summer months.  
I especially like to use it on weekends when I can set up dinner and go about our busy day and have dinner ready at the end of the day.   

3 to 3 1/2 lbs pork tenderloin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
3/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
1/4 cup Olive Oil
1/3 cup Raw Local honey
2 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 Tablespoon dried Thyme, but I replaced it with Rosemary as I prefer the taste
9 cloves of Garlic (crushed)
10 – 15 Baby Yukon Gold Potatoes
2 onions (sliced)

Directions:
1 Sprinkle pork tenderloin with salt and pepper; place in slow cooker fat side down.

2 In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients; pour over pork tenderloin.  Remember to turn pork to coat all sides.

3 Cover and cook on LOW 7 to 8 hours or HIGH 3 1/2 to 4 hours.





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