to to see the syllabus of video courses that will be available soon. 


We are Jim and Rhenda Wilson and this is our story. We are a Sixtyish couple on a limited budget, beginning a homestead and producing our own food while remaining physically and mentally healthy. We invite you on our journey and perhaps along the way we can inspire other boomers to realize that starting again and living their dream is not too late. While trying to start a business during the last year, we have increased our debt. We have several goals. We want to be debt free. We are committed to eating healthy and taking care of our bodies and minds. Every business we have explored has returned our thoughts and desires to our Heartiness Approach principles which includes eating REAL food, producing our own food (Homesteading), exercising for health and fitness, and maintaining our emotional wellness. We believe that our lifestyle can also be a source of our business because the solution for our situation is desperately needed by multitudes of other people our age. We believe that most of the common illnesses such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome and dementia, can be avoided and eliminated through improved lifestyle choices.

We are Jim and Rhenda Wilson, we live on land in west central Oregon bordering the South Santiam River. We are renting our land and home long term and use about 2 acres of the 40 acres we are sitting on. We have a dozen Delaware Layers, and a second batch of layers, Rhode Island Reds will start laying in February. There are 25 Rhode Island Reds of which three are roosters and when they get old enough will be processed. We have chosen not to have fertilized eggs. We also raised Freedom Rangers for meat chickens, processing 66 of them this month for sale and our own food. Because we live near the river, we have river rocks in our land and must use the broadfork to loosen the soil and remove the rocks by hand. It is a long process. Last year we only had two 4 foot by 40 foot beds. This year we hope to have twice or three times that many. Eventually we want twelve 30 inch by 60 feet rows.

We have chosen this lifestyle so we can provide our own food through gardening and raising eggs and meat. Jim caught his first 27-inch steelhead this last summer. We have networked and found sources for grass-fed lamb, beef, and pork. We are still searching for a good source of Raw Milk but use milk from a wonderful Jersey farm near Portland. He uses the Pasteurization system where it is minimally pasteurized so the milk still has the enzymes necessary for digestion of lactate. It is also not homogenized so there is cream on the top.


Proper food and an active lifestyle and residing where we can provide for ourselves, gives us the opportunity to share our information and know-how along with our success stories and learning curves.


We are preparing several information-filled videos in each of the Four areas of Heartiness Approach. Each sold separately. The four areas are: 
  1. Nutritional Science & Real Food Preparation and Application
  2. Proper Exercise and Fitness
  3. Homesteading to include Egg and Meat Chickens and Nutrient-Dense Gardening
  4. Stress Management for Emotional Wellness.
The contents of these four facets create a balanced, sustainable even regenerative, lifestyle.


Our website Heartiness Approach is an online-magazine full of information to back up our choices, help teach proper application of nutrition, exercises to follow, homestead progress, and stress reduction ideas. 


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