Brandywine Farm – Off Grid and Loving it

HBH - White Back

Veteran-Run Farm

 

 

 

Brandywine Farm was established on a blank piece of canvas in Hilham, TN in 2011.

We scoped out the landscape and me and my husband started building a Shed so we had more room than the 19′ RV. We were going to build a cabin at a different location; however, very small living in a 24×16 was so cozy and liberating that we decided this would actually be our home. We built it wil about 90% recycled building materials that we scrounged from other projects and demolitions. We called it our SHEDTEAU. We started on 5/22/11 and added a bedroom at the beginning of October. We added a larger bedroom in 2014 and converted the old bedroom into a large pantry. Farm work and canning required some extra storage space.
We added a deck too!

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Shedteau washroom



BARN

We built a small barn in 2013. It has 4 stalls with lots of swing gates so it can be configured in lots of ways.

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ELECTRICITY: In the beginning, we had a generator. We ran the generator to pump water into our tanks (see WATER). We bought 4 RV/Marine deep cycle batteries and hooked them together. We charged them with our generator. We bought an RV inverter to convert the 12v DC into AC for the house. We ran the generator to wash clothes. A few months later we got a great deal on some unfinished solar panel “laminates” and built out own panel rack.

During this upgrade, we bought an OUTBACK charge controller to control the power coming in from the panels to the batteries. We also bought a 48v Outback 3648 inverter (OutBack VFX3648 VENTED Inverter). This would give us 3600 watts into the house using 48volts. We bought more RV batteries for more storage. In 2014, we bought more solar panels so we would have to run the generator less. Adding freezers for food storage bumped up our electricity usage. We also upgraded our batteries to Trojan T-105RE solar batteries. They have a warranty for 7 years.

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WATER:
We dug out the creek and sunk a large watering trough in, fashioned a lid, put a pump inside and ran pipe up the hill the the house. We got 2 used storage tanks and a 12v water pump running off a battery bank. (see ELECTRICITY). We later changed to coming straight from the creek through a dual filter system into the house.

 Shedteau Water


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THE NEW FARM

 

 

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PORK will be available end of January and again in April!
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Not all of the pig is edible pork. On average, about 54% of a hog make it from the pen to the pan. A 250 pound hog will yield approximately 134 pounds of retail cuts. Around 32% of a hog's live weight is enedible product removed during the slaughter and dressing procedure, bringing our 250 pound live hog to 170 pounds dressed. The internal organs, hair, blood, and other inedible products account for most of this loss.
Once the carcass is sanitarily dressed, it is hung on a rail and placed into a cooler where it is quickly chilled. After the carcass is thoroughly chilled, it can be cut into retail cuts where another 21% of the weight is removed, brining our 170 pound carcass to 134 pounds of retail cuts. Bone dust, fat trimming, boning, grinding, and moisture loss account for this unpreventable waste. Hams and bacons are typically cured and smoked after cutting.
250 lb. Hog (on the hoof) --> 170 lbs. Dressed (on the rail) --> 113-134 lbs. Retail Cuts (cut & wrapped to bring home)
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PORK customers!!!
We have processing dates in December! Hallelujah! I will be posting the meat cut preference check sheet or I can send it to you. This processor is a bit different than the past one. He skins so there won't be a rind on the bacon or hams. Heads will not be available. Sausage, cured bacon and cured ham WILL BE AVAILABLE this time for an upcharge so you won't have to do it yourself! More info coming soon!
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We have an 16 acre OFF-GRID homestead with spring water, solar panels, solar hot water (with propane hw heater backup), wood stove, 1 bedroom cabin with large pantry, barn, creek, perimeter fenced with more cross-fencing. Great soil for garden.
We would like the lease it to someone who is interested in living off-grid but isn't sure...and wants to learn. If you love it, you will have the opportunity to purchase. It is located in rural Overton County next to Standing Stone State park (good deer and squirrel hunting!)
We will lease it for $500/mo with the understanding that you will care for the solar setup and home as if it were your own, making repairs etc as needed. We are always here to help.
We have moved to a larger farm in Jackson County and are building a home there.
Here are some pics of the journey to off-grid at our farm website. Message us for more info. 🙂
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We will have turkeys for Thanksgiving. Limited supply! ... See MoreSee Less

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You can also set your slab on wax paper. Clear off a shelf in the refrigerator! DELICIOUS!!!

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Morton Sugar cure is discontinued because of the FDA. Big government doesn't want us making our own meat products because they can't control it. Bla.....Here's how to do it yourself.

Making the rub:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=tExfSI-tN70&t=1s
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