Urban Homesteading, Hillbilly style. Exploring all aspects of self reliance, disaster preparedness, survival, and simply being ready for both good times and bad.

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I’ve started blogging a dozen times, each eventually fizzled out for lack of direction. I’m hoping this time will be different, as I am using this as a sort of progress report for my “endeavors”.

I put that into quotes because my wife, Elizabeth, wouldn’t refer to them as that. She would more likely call it my latest short-term compulsion. I have a tendency to over-research things, tweak them until they run to my satisfaction, then get bored and move on to the next thing that interests me.

I’ve called this blog “The Florida Hillbilly” because I refer to myself as a hillbilly, having grown up in rural West Virginia. The Florida part refers to being trapped by income-producing labor that is located in Florida, aka “my job”. More about the job later, it isn’t the reason I have started this blog, my short-term compulsions are.

Sit back, try to remember that everything I write is MY perspective, may or may not (probably not) be the best way to do things, but it is how I am trying them. Consider me a high-tech, self-instructed, anachronistic Daniel Boone wannabe.

What you may find here will include, but probably not be limited to: survival, self-sufficiency, gardening, animal husbandry, product reviews, hunting, trapping, food preservation, rants, gripes, complaints, and links to more of the same. If I’m lucky, you’ll find some of this useful. If I do a good job of it, you’ll keep coming back.

I’m hoping for both.


  • Barry says:

    Roosters, incubators, predators, dogs…I don’t know man, $3.00 for a dozen is starting to sound like a steal….

    March 4, 2012 at 22:51
    • db says:

      Its not the destination, its the journey….ever watch chickens? It’s like therapy!

      March 4, 2012 at 23:32
  • Stephanie (@wbhomesteader) says:

    Haha! This sounds just like me. I’ve probably started 5 blogs, no joke. Nice welcome page- can I steal half of it for my own? Just kidding. Keep up the great work and welcome to Florida. :)

    August 21, 2012 at 21:28
    • db says:

      Actually, this is my third time living here…and I visited a lot as a kid.

      This is the first blog I’ve started that I’ve stuck with, mostly for therapeutic reasons, though I actually enjoy writing. The fact that some folks actually read it (and even subscribe??!?!?) amazes me sometimes. Wish I could get my kids to be this interested in what I’m doing :(

      Thanks for the kind words…my only regrets on your site is that I ran out of things to read before I ran out of interest in what you were writing. WRITE MORE, PLEASE! :)

      (And you are welcome to steal whatever you’d like…just give me a little credit here and there…not that much of it is original, its just M version of it.)

      August 21, 2012 at 21:39
  • PrepperHomestead says:

    “I have a tendency to over-research things, tweak them until they run to my satisfaction, then get bored and move on to the next thing that interests me.”

    You just described me. WordPress junkie…lol.

    January 21, 2013 at 09:15
  • Tim says:

    I just finished reading thought the blog and wanted to say thank you for both the laughs and information! I was directed here from somewhere else but am a regular at ARFcom, which I see you are familiar with….. I am a lover of Mora knives, the Randall Model 5 is my favorite (although I use a Cold Steel ODA, same blade profile and more affordable, although I’d love a Randall!). What kind of glue does Cold Steel use to put that sticker on the Kukri, anyway? And my wife says I have a case iron fetish because of my collection of Dutch ovens and frying pans….
    thanks again and keep up the good work!

    February 9, 2013 at 11:56
    • db says:

      Seems we have quite a bit in common!

      Thanks for the kind words,

      February 10, 2013 at 22:45
  • Sam Clark says:

    Any information on Florida State Widlife/Game Department permits to raise coturnix (Pharaoh) quail (for eggs, meat) for personal use?

    February 22, 2013 at 15:55
    • db says:

      No license needed for personal use of 50 or fewer, from what I read here:

      The good parts:

      This licensing requirement does not apply to:
      The possession, protection, propagation, raising or production of bison for commercial farming purposes.
      The possession, propagation, raising or production of 50 or fewer, live bob-white quail or non-native game birds (except non-native ducks and geese) for personal use, consumption, educational, dog training or other not-for-sale or exhibition purpose.
      Persons purchasing or receiving eggs for food or consumptive purposes.

      February 22, 2013 at 18:06
      • Sam Clark says:

        Thanks DB !!!

        February 23, 2013 at 14:27
  • Harry says:

    Are you located in the Panhandle area of FL or further down. Thanks for your blog. Cant’ wait to try the bananas.

    January 21, 2014 at 20:18
    • db says:

      I am located on the Treasure Coast, about a mile form the ocean.

      January 23, 2014 at 13:55
  • Mary says:

    I am thrilled to be able to get the tomato seeds–many thanks and I love your work!

    February 2, 2014 at 13:53
  • db says:

    Any more comment placed here with “give me your address” will be deleted and permanently forgotten. HUNDREDS of folks have successfully contacted me, requested seeds, and received them…by reading the article.

    I bust my ass learning and writing this stuff, AND offer free seeds. If you want some of those seeds, the least you can do is read the damned article. Everything you need to find me is in there. If you can’t find it, I’m not helping you.

    I appreciate all of the interest, however, I’m not wasting any more of MY time on folks that will not put forth a little effort on their part.

    For those who have requested seeds since February 2014, expect up to a month delay, as I’ve received several hundred requests.

    If you do not wish to wait, they can be purchased here:


    They are the original source for my plants, and very nice folks…tell them Floridahillbilly sent you!

    February 3, 2014 at 16:48
  • Jim Simon says:

    A friend of mine gave me a article which led me here. Good info and cool work!

    February 5, 2014 at 08:04
    • db says:

      Thanks! Its a bit of effort, but good therapy for me :)

      February 5, 2014 at 08:35
  • sandy miller says:

    got some ‘magical’ tomato seeds in the mail the other day, and wanted to say a big ThankYou for your time and information. I enjoy reading your blog, and appreciate your spirit.

    May 4, 2014 at 18:49
  • Lorraine smith says:

    Hi, read about you in SunSentinel about a year or so ago when you wrote about Florida tomatoes. Can’t seem to find seeds locally and seem to remember that you recommended a source for mail order. Now that I’ve cut back to part time, I’d love to try them. Thanks!

    June 12, 2015 at 13:41

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