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Eliza De La Portilla
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Eliza De La Portilla is an English major turned MBA turned homeschooling mom. She likes to consider herself a farmer and is happy filling every patch of soil in her backyard with as many plants as possible. Her interests include growing food, beekeeping, and raising backyard chickens. Also known as the Tattooed Beekeeper's Wife, she is the voice behind the curtain at the Tattooed Homestead ( and at the South Florida Survival blog (

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Confessions of an Un-Socialized Public Schooled Child

(30) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 11:52 AM

You can't convince me not to homeschool my son using the socialization argument. Not because I believe the changing educational landscape is making the brick and mortar class room obsolete. Not because I believe brick and mortar group learning environments kill creativity. Not even because we want to...

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Why We Will Not Be Using Flow Hives in Our Apiary

(11) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 12:51 PM

As the Flow Hive continues to break crowd funding records, exceeding $5.3 million and counting, and as posts/shares continue to clutter our wall with questions on if we plan to use them, the beekeeper and I decided to run through our thoughts and impressions and share them here with...

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The Tale of an Accidental Pig Farmer

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 4:01 PM

Back around Easter, I got the brilliant idea to post on Craigslist that we would accept farm animals, no questions asked. I was hoping to take in some chicks and rabbits which parents may have purchased for their children during the Easter holiday. It's not uncommon for kids and their...

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How We Harvest Honey: From Hive to Bottle

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 6:19 PM

The question has come up, on more than one occasion, "How do you harvest honey?". Some people want to know more details on how we do it while others have just never had access to the information. So below is a kind of photo essay on one method, a rather...

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The Day of the Cicada

(1) Comments | Posted September 10, 2014 | 6:07 PM

Living on the Fringe is a series of musings, thoughts and observations by a once city girl recently relocated to a rural-fringe area and opening her eyes to all the similarities and differences between the two life styles published at


Last night, when...

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Are Urban Bees Immune to Colony Collapse Disorder?

(3) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 1:21 PM

About a month after we moved to our new home, a few of neighbors came by to personally thank us.  They said they hadn't seen bees in their gardens in quite a while and they were happy to see them returning.
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Talking to Miami-Dade County About Chickens and Bees

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 10:22 AM

Trying to Get Answers

We have heard a lot of hearsay and rumors about keeping Chickens and Bees in Miami-Dade County and no one seems to know the full story including Miami-Dade County Employees.

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