Welcome to the Hermit’s Way Homestead!

We are Craig and Blue, off-grid homesteaders, organic farmers, artists, musicians, and hunters. Our 3 1/2 acre homestead rests in Blue Eye, Missouri, on the Arkansas border 30 minutes southwest of Branson. When Craig retired in April 2021, we sold our city house and our off-grid property, packed up and moved across the state to set up our new homestead.

We currently have 18 layer chickens, 7 ducks, 2 farm cats, a Great Pyranees dog, 4 pear trees and a blackberry thicket. We are setting up our first garden at our new property and will continue growing and preserving our own vegetables, fruits and herbs as we did on our off-grid property. Our future plans include raising meat chickens, turkeys, geese, rabbits, goats for milk, alpacas, and honeybees. We are slowly increasing our sustainability every year as we work toward our “two bag” goal of eventually only requiring two bags of groceries once a month.

Hermit’s Way

What is the Hermit’s Way? Throughout the history of the Christian church, there have been believers called by God to separate themselves from their current culture, and retreat into the wilderness to seek God. While we aren’t pure hermits (we are very connected to family, friends, and church), we do strive to live a simple sustainable life; to draw nearer to the Creator by immersing ourselves within nature. We believe that God has given us everything we need to thrive within His amazing Creation. Separating ourselves from the crazy rat race of our worldly culture allows us to be still and focus on our relationship with Jesus Christ. We also love to share our homesteading lifestyle, and teach others how working in harmony with God’s Creation can be a life of joy and freedom.

Craig Scheffer

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Craig is a photographer, hunter, 1700s historical reenactor, and former military. He retired from Boeing in April 2021 after 36 years in the military aviation industry.

Craig enjoys combining his loves of history and hunting. He owns and hunts with several historically accurate flintlock muzzleloaders. He recently has been training to hunt with a compound bow and long bow.

He has utilized his former military experience as an electrician to design, set up, and maintain our solar power system at our off-grid property before we moved to Blue Eye.

Blue Tapp

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Blue is a writer, artist, photographer, musician, website designer, video editor, and gardener. She has run her own website development company, Blue’s ArtHouse Graphics & Web Design, since 1997. She continues to run her website business from the Hermitage via satellite.

Blue writes inspirational nonfiction about seeking God in the wilderness through meditative prayer. She has just completed her first full length book, Be Still: Defeating Depression through Meditative Prayer, a memoir about her death experience, healing and spiritual awakening. You can read her writings at bluetapp.com.