Friday, February 10, 2017

More TripAdvisor Sleight Of Hand On Homestead Heritage (UPDATED)



I wrote in an earlier post, here, about the disappearance of a negative review about Homestead Heritage on TripAdvisor. I also discussed complaints about TripAdvisor removing negative reviews on other venues. I even recently discovered a story, which I think is rather humorous,  about a fake profile created by an Italian newspaper "as part of an experiment to reveal alleged flaws in the rankings system which . . . leave it vulnerable to fraudulent reviews." "Within a month, the non-existent eatery was rated the best restaurant in town." (Source

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Sunday, September 18, 2016

The Ploughshare Institute In Deary, Idaho

Homestead Heritage In The American Redoubt



Homestead Heritage has a growing community based in Deary, Idaho, known as the Ploughshare Institute for Sustainable Culture. They applied for a conditional use permit, that was first denied and then granted, to operate a school on the property. Their stated objective is "to open a center in Idaho that will teach crafts and sustainable living techniques." (Source

Since this time, a growing number of Homestead members have relocated to the surrounding areas. Members run the Pie Safe Bakery and Kitchen,  Brush Creek Creamery and Quality Contractors in Deary. One business sells crafts at Capital City Public Market in Boise. Another member runs an accounting firm in Boise. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

When Homestead Leaders Play Psychiatrist

The Story of Kelly Blake


[As you read this story, please say a prayer, if you are so inclined, for Johnny Fausto. He would be around 32 years old now. These tragic events must have left an indelible impact on his life. I've never even heard his name mentioned by Homestead Heritage, much less a prayer request.]

Kelly Blake was a member of Homestead Heritage's satellite church in Phoenix, Arizona. The Ambassador Church was under the tutelage of Homestead Heritage. Many Homestead elders and ministers visited frequently, and young people from the Phoenix church married members in Waco.  A few years after Kelly Blake experienced a tragic mental breakdown, the Ambassador Church minister and his family relocated to the Waco area. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Talismans In Textbooks



Homestead Heritage not only writes their own homeschool curriculum, they've also selected books and other materials that they deem somewhat appropriate for their members' use. These books and materials are then sold by Homestead, with caveats, to the members with school aged children. Edit sheets are provided with books for parents to alter pictures or text that Homestead finds objectionable.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Controlling The Worship




Woe be unto the person who doesn't worship in the prescribed way in a Homestead Heritage Sunday meeting. Situations like this are the reason Sunday meetings are not open to visitors. On the rare occasion that a visitor was present, things like this didn't happen. At least not publicly. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

WFAA Investigates Homestead Heritage




WFAA has recently purged some material from their website. The original links to the stories on Homestead Heritage here and here now give a 404 error. Fortunately, I have the videos available on YouTube. I'll consolidate the videos and the text articles taken from another website here.