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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Final Miami Dade Adopt-A-Tree Giveaway in 2013 Review

I thought we were getting up too early.  The event was slated to begin promptly at 9am, per the website, but The Tattooed Beekeeper was up at 6 am puttering around and getting ready to go.  It was my first time going so my expectation of going early was waiting in a lonely parking area with a few other early birds, not something I particularly look forward to.  

As we drove up, we were directed to park where ever we found a spot down Westward Ave, and were lucky enough to find a space right away.  It was about 8:30 am and there didn’t seem to be  crowd or any other kind of hussle and bussle so I wasn’t  too worried, until we approached the building and found a line that turned on the end of the block.

As we approached the line, we heard a few shouts of “Hey, Tattooed Beekeeper” and greeted some familiar faces.  We found our place at the end of the line, which as luck would have it extended by another 2 dozen people within minutes of us arriving.  The wait was pleasant as we chatted with other gardening enthusiasts about this and that, and the line moved at a brisk and even pace.

Inside the building the pace continued just as briskly.  We had brought a letter from a family member that didn’t want their trees with a photocopy of their license but we had not completed our Adopt-a-Tree forms.  Thankfully the volunteers were exceptionally helpful in providing the forms and helping us fill them out.

We again waited in line, although much shorter, for our trees.  We weaved through a guided maze through which each area offered instruction on how to plant the trees, how to select where to plant them and much much more.

At this event they had: Mango, Longan, Sapodilla, Dahoon Holly and Orange Geiger.  Of which we selected, Mango, Sapodilla and 2 Longan trees.  We were helped by Boy Scouts and other volunteers to get our trees to our cars.

Overall, it was not entirely what I expected, having been a little disappointed by Miami-Dade County as of late.  But I am glad to report it was a very smooth and gratifying experience.





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Dinner and A Movie: Farmageddon – The Unseen War on American Family Farms

Hubby and I like to take an evening a week to spend some time together, and this week we plant to catch “Farmageddon: The Unseen War on American Family Farms” via Amazon Prime

Check out the review from the Washington Post:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/gog/movies/farmageddon,1209614/critic-review.html





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