Welcome to

Ravenwood Acres

 

“You can solve all the world’s problems in a garden.”

– Geoff Lawton

Welcome to Ravenwood Acres we are located in Southwest Washington State on a 5 acre parcel of land. Since the summer of 2016 we have been converting a nonproductive property in to a homestead. Our goals are to increase our food security, health, and well being by reconnecting to the land. Follow us as we pursue our goals and share our wins and losses.  
Jake

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It is time to harvest our first garlic crop from our Vegega raised garden bed. Additionally, I discuss things to consider when growing in raised beds.

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Benefits of raised beds. 

Raised garden beds offer several benefits for growing plants. Some of the main benefits include:

  1. Improved drainage: Because raised garden beds are constructed above the ground, they can improve drainage and prevent waterlogging, which can be harmful to plants.
  2. Better soil quality: Raised garden beds allow you to create a custom soil mixture that can be tailored to the specific needs of your plants. This can result in healthier, more vigorous growth.
  3. Increased accessibility: Raised garden beds can be built at a comfortable height for gardening, making it easier for people of all ages and abilities to tend to their plants.
  4. Pest and weed control: Because raised garden beds are isolated from the surrounding ground, they can be more resistant to pests and weeds.
  5. Efficient use of space: Raised garden beds can be a great option for small gardens or for growing plants in urban areas. They can be placed on a patio, balcony, or even on a rooftop.
  6. Extending the growing season: Raised garden beds can also be used to extend the growing season by providing a warmer environment for plants, which can be particularly useful in cooler climates.

Are you looking for a electric pressure for under $100? I was and I found the VEVOR Electric Pressure Washer and so far I am impressed with is performance. 

We have only had the ECOFLOW River Pro for a small time. Our initials assessment is all good and it has added some much needed redundancy to our energy needs. Our plans are add another larger power station in future when we add solar to our homestead. 

Crime rates are climbing across the U.S., encompassing even rural areas. How are you ensuring the security of your homestead, your hard work, and cherished possessions? Today’s video dives deep into strategies for safeguarding your property.

As we jump into 2024 there lots of exciting changes comes for us. One is I started another YouTube channel and associated social media accounts for my passion for emergency communications. With that of our homesteading content will be put on hold. In the coming days you will see why but don’t worry Ravenwood Acres is here to stay. 

For years, my wife and I have been planning for our retirement and for some “what if” contingencies. The plan was to purchase a second property in a more remote and stable state. After years of constant monitoring of prices and political trends, we keep finding ourselves disappointed. If you, too, have found yourself frustrated in the search for more options, maybe you should consider looking overseas.

LetPot reach out to me to see if we were would be interested in review their smart growing system. In this video we take a first look at the their LHP-SE 12 pod hydroponics grow system.  

Adding GMRS handheld radio is a great way to fortify your emergency communications plan. Moreover, GMRS radio manufacturers are now producing radios with texting and GPS location sharing features. The texting feature uses over the air data transmissions and is not encrypted. Currently the technology seems to be proprietary: therefore, if you a B-Tech GMRS PRO radio the person sending messages to has to have the same radio.  

As discussed in our Homestead Security video, PTZ cameras can dramatically improve your security posture. The Foscam F19928P can help remove blind spots and reduce the need for multiple cameras.

Details: Pan Tilt Wireless IP Camera with Night Vision up to 66ft, IP66 Weatherproof Shell, WDR, Motion Alerts, and More

Cloud Service Costs per year

  1. 3-days: $39.99 (first year)
  2. 7-days: $49.99
  3. 15-days: $79.99
  4. 30-days: $129.99

The FOSCAM 3K Security POE IP Camera is a versatile surveillance solution suitable for both outdoor and indoor use. With its 2-way
talk feature, users can communicate in real-time with anyone near the camera,
enhancing the security capabilities. Additionally, the camera’s Color Night
Vision ensures clear and vivid footage, even in low-light conditions, providing
reliable monitoring day and night.

One great way to improve our homesteads security is by adding a driveway alarm. We have been using the same system for years. Therefore it was time for a upgrade. 

Is you Emergency Communication plan lacking the ability to send your team/group encrypted photos, text-messages, voice messages, data packages? Then may be Beartooth MK II mesh radios are right for you. Beartooth’s social media links. 

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Freeze-dried food is perfect for emergency food supplies, bug out bags, 72-hour kits, and other survival packs. With a home freeze dryer, you will be prepared for any kind of emergency.

Trooper’s new FI Series 3 collar has finally arrived and in this video we’ll take an initial look.

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I finally made it on Toolman Tim’s Workshop. It was a great interview and I am looking forward to being his show again in the future.  

Follow-us as we try to convince our adopted pet goats into working goats. Along with this adventure we are trying some of our own fencing methods.    

We like to be self-reliant here at Ravenwood Acres and the pet category often gets over looked. Therefore, I decided to put together my own dog bath kit and share it with you. You could make this system off-grid if you add in a ECOFLOW Power Station or a fuel based power generator.

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Shower Pump kit

Immersion Heater 

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