Billy Sawyer

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since Apr 17, 2016
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Married with 5 children.  Homeschooler, off grid, 20 yrs in IT (formerly), live on 16 private acres...
Raise New Zealand Whites, hogs, chickens, dogs, cats.
Farm tomatoes and other veggies...
Texas County Missouri
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Awesome just added to Amazon wish list.  Looking forward to the read.
1 year ago
Hey Kevin we are looking to do the same.  We don't have any experience doing this and hope to start it this year.  I look forward to anyone who can comment on this post and give us some direction.
1 year ago
I don't have answers to your questions but I do anticipate a family cow early next year and I am planning on going with a Jersey.  I too am in the Ozarks, in Cabool actually.  I am looking for local support for Jerseys and hope to buy local.  Any suggestions for that would be appreciated.
1 year ago
Thank you for your participation.  I have personally found your sites very informational and entertaining.  I read the newsletters and blog posts as often as I can.

I am providing a link where I have posted your website information.  I extracted or paraphrased content from your websites to add to my blurb.  For future participants I will do the same unless you would like to provide a custom blurb for me.

Thanks again.  You can find your link here at Homestead Crossing.  This is the old website (as of this posting) I am working on replacing it with an updated site but will probably keep the blurb. 
1 year ago

Dan Grubbs wrote:I'm not in the Ozarks, but up near Kansas City.

Great site Dan!  I am seeking homesteading doesn't matter where they are located.  Whatever a person is doing with their homestead is what I am interested in posting.  Real stuff, just real stuff.

My homestead and blog is not a business, it's my chosen lifestyle

My mom lives on Kaua'i.  And if I could I most certainly would. Oh that growing season. 

Thanks for participating.

1 year ago
Hello fellow homesteaders!

I have not made a formal introduction on this site yet but I am a new homesteader in Missouri as of this year.  I grew up on a homestead in Illinois so I am not completely new to the life but lived the professional consultant life of traveling abroad for nearly twenty years.  Anyway, I am finally where I want to be.  We, my wife and myself, plan on starting a community online magazine promoting the local community here in the Ozarks.  That will not be published until January-ish of 2017.  Currently, I am working with a land office providing owner financed land; they are great people.  I work there as a web developer consultant to help them sell their product: land.
I have professional interests at but mostly I have personal attachments and believe in the permaculture principles and practices and hope to promote permaculture in this region through the outpost of the Homestead Crossing, Inc's website.  That's the company i am working for at the time being. So how do you come in?  I would like to get Homestead Crossing more exposure to the homesteading culture / permaculture movement.  They have currently several clients that are homesteaders as well.  Its kinda their business.  I have the idea of building healthy relationships with you, homesteaders,  that can help immerse this company into the arena of promoting permaculture in this region by helping them achieve their goals and objectives while at the same time helping us, permaculturalists,  achieve our goals and objectives by educating people about permaculture.

So i am looking for you guys that have websites, blogs, youtube videos, or facebook groups, and etcetera to be a part of this idea.  How?  Anyone that would like to have free promotion of their website, blogs, etc to post your information here and I will create an area on promoting your website, blog, etc with an excerpt from it or a brief description of what you have to offer.

I really think that this is great opportunity to help promote permaculture and I truly believe that this region needs the exposure and education.  I have a lot of great ideas for permaculture workshops / education and the such with the funding backed by my current employer. 

So what do you think?
1 year ago
What about owner financed land?  We have cheap land in many states (nothing out west at this time). 

We have 40 acres in Missouri that is non-restricted for lease at $995/year.  You can lease it year after year.  You can camp, build, garden etc.  We'll even break it up into payments if need be.  The only restriction would be no cutting of the trees.

Here is a link that parcel:

Let me know what you guys think of the owner financing option.
1 year ago
I think its all good artwork.  My fav of these three is "Mr Rocket Stove."  Just too cool!
1 year ago
Thanks Cassie!  I got your email this morning about this article.  I subscribed too and can't wait to get my first mag.
This was so timely cause we are off-grid with solar and use water catchment solely for our drinking water and creek water for all else.  We also use a composting toilet outside and plan on plumbing an indoor toilet for later use with a septic system for next year sometime.  We are in the final stages of design of our garden house and the grey water situation is still in the design stage.  I am planning on septic going one way (to septic tank / leach field or something else [don't know yet]) and grey water to another.  So this was right up my alley.
1 year ago
Well if it weren't for the email this morning in my inbox about beards I might not have found this post.  Thanks Cassie as I am a first time bearder as of this year.  I have sensitive skin and right now my beard is like wire and is difficult and painful to comb or even brush.  So I am going to try all the suggestions here to see what suits me.
I have used stuff for my mustache such as paste which contains the beeswax.  I never used to like pine essential oil scent but it was in the mustache paste and I have come to recently really like it.  I know that sandalwood mixed with other essential oils is a wonderful thing.  I commonly mix cedarwood with sandalwood and I also mix pine with sandalwood.    You will have to experiment to find the right mix.  Usually, I do one drop pine or cedarwood as they are strong to two to three of the sandalwood.  That combination is great in the bath as well.

1 year ago