Important Links

USDA Hardiness Zone Finder - by National Gardening Association

Are you wondering which plants will grow well in your region and what to expect? Find out the answers by starting with one easy step. Discover which hardiness zone you live in by simply typing in your zip code.

Average Frost Dates - by Farmers' Almanac

Once you know the suggested planting times for your seed as well as your area, say goodbye to guessing. Learn your area's spring and fall frost dates here.

Gardening Revolution

Would you like to build your own organic, weed-free raised bed that produces 4 times the amount of produce you're used to? Our friend, Len Pense, will show you how! His methods have been making a huge difference in gardens all across the country for years.

Abundant Acres - Growers of Heirloom Plants

This local business is owned and operated by some friends of ours. They offer online more than 325 heirloom vegetable plants, including garlic, potato, and herb plants.

Folia - Social Garden Tracker & Organizer

This great online gardening community offers you a way to create your own garden journal and track your plants' progress in an organized fashion. You also can meet other enthusiastic gardeners, discuss their gardens, and ask them questions. It's a great way to have fun and learn at the same time!

Backwoods Solar Electric Systems

We highly recommend this company to anyone who is looking for off-grid renewable energy. We purchased solar panels for our home from them years ago and they are still giving us alternatively generated electricity today. Their customer service has always gone beyond the call of duty to help us and we guarantee the same for any of you looking to live self-sufficiently.

Springfield Area Herb Society

This non-profit group, based in the Ozarks, shares a deep enthusiasm for herbs. They meet every month to discuss various plants, share recipes, and exchange gardening tips. Their mission is to educate people on the culinary, medicinal, and craft uses of herbs. They also host special events and sponsor tours of local parks, farms and businesses.

Grandpa Joe's Chocolates - Rosewood Farms

One of our favorite stores in the Ozarks. Visit them online or at their farm to find the perfect country blend of home d├ęcor, gifts, antiques, and homemade candles. Their family's specialty is their old fashioned chocolates, toffees, and brittle, of which there are over 100 varieties.

Trading Post in the Woods

We first crossed paths with this great company at a preparedness expo and love what they have to offer. Their store is run by a team of crisis first responders who are passionate for helping others be prepared for emergencies and teaching them how to live a more self-sufficient life. They have a wide variety of products and they also do skills training.

Down to Earth Foods

These local friends of ours carry all-natural bulk foods and spices, along with long-term food supplies. Great folks, great products.

Healthy Homestead Living

These great folks are from the Ozarks as well and offer some great products and classes for homestead living. For more info on their homesteading courses, visit