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The Modern Homesteading Podcast

The Modern Homesteading Podcast

By Harold Thornbro
We talk about all things homesteading! We discuss things like gardening, livestock, permaculture, food preservation, foraging, hunting, fishing and the know-how and skills that will help you in your homesteading journey and even sometimes we get to hear about what others are doing on their homesteads.
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Weed Management In Your Garden With Guest John Moody
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 143 – June 15, 2020 – Weed Management In Your Garden With Guest John Moody. On this podcast episode guest John Moody talks to us about many methods for controlling weeds in your garden. We Discuss: Controlling weeds using solarization Germinating and destroying weeds through occulation Weed control with cover crops Using a variety of mulches to control weeds A variety of other homesteading topics Links: Links to many of John's books including Winning The War On Weeds can be found at his website, https://johnwmoody.com/ Get Access to the Complete Feed Archive of Podcast Episodes as well as Bonus Episodes, Special Discounts for Homesteading Related Products, and a free PDF copy of My Book by becoming a Member at: https://www.patreon.com/ModernHomesteadingPodcast
1:27:32
June 21, 2020
Just Shootin' The Breeze About Food Forests
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 142 – May 31, 2020 – Just Shootin' The Breeze About Food Forests. On this podcast episode I share a few thoughts about starting the food forest build on the lot I purchased last year. I Discuss: How the garden overall is coming along. The trees I chose and planted in the future food forest. Thoughts on building guilds around the trees. Creating a beautiful and happy place as well as a place that provides an abundance of healthy food. Get Access to the Complete Feed Archive of Podcast Episodes as well as Bonus Episodes, Special Discounts for Homesteading Related Products, and a free PDF copy of My Book by becoming a Member at: https://www.patreon.com/ModernHomesteadingPodcast
29:39
May 31, 2020
Another Urban Homesteading Success Story With Guest Anne-Marie Miller
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 141 – May 17, 2020 – Another Urban Homesteading Success Story With Guest Anne-Marie Miller.       On this podcast episode I chat with Anne-Marie Miller (Dash) from BloomWhereYourPlanted.com.       We Discuss: Her amazing journey into homesteading.  Learning through a community garden.  Utilizing a front yard for a garden when it's the only place you can grow.  The benefit of having great neighbors in an urban environment.  Raising small livestock in an urban setting.  Links:  Dash's Website: https://bloomwhereyourplanted.com/  Dash's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJBUP7AkJ5Sg_SlHue0jgdA  Get Access to the Complete Feed Archive of Podcast Episodes as well as Bonus Episodes, Special Discounts for Homesteading Related Products, and a free PDF copy of My Book by becoming a Member at: https://www.patreon.com/ModernHomesteadingPodcast
44:35
May 18, 2020
Building Self Reliance and Freedom Into Your Life With Guest Nicole Sauce
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 140 – May 10, 2020 – Building Self Reliance and Freedom Into Your Life With Guest Nicole Sauce. On this podcast episode I chat with Homesteader and Host of The Living Free In Tennesee Podcast, Nicole Sauce. We Discuss: Her journey into pursuing liberty, self-reliance, and homesteading. The pros and cons and the rights and wrongs of side hustles. What she's doing on her 3 acre homestead. How others can start right where they're at. Links: Nicole's Website and Podcast: https://www.livingfreeintennessee.com/ Nicole's Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/lftncoffeebreak Get Access to the Complete Feed Archive of Podcast Episodes as well as Bonus Episodes, Special Discounts for Homesteading Related Products, and a free PDF copy of My Book by becoming a Member at: https://www.patreon.com/ModernHomesteadingPodcast
1:00:33
May 11, 2020
Do What You Can Where You're At With Guest Brenda Scott
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 139 – May 3, 2020 – Do What You Can Where You're At With Guest Brenda Scott. On this podcast episode I chat with Author of the blog "Well Fed Homestead" Brenda Scott. We Discuss: Her Journey into homesteading. Her families move from a 30 acre farm in Oregon to a 1/4 acre property in Virginia. The limitations of homesteading on a small property. The amazing amount you can still do even when on a small property. Water Keifer and Kombucha. Links: Brenda's Website: https://www.wellfedhomestead.com/ Brenda's Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/WellFedHomestead Get Access to the Complete Feed Archive of Podcast Episodes as well as Bonus Episodes, Special Discounts for Homesteading Related Products, and a free PDF copy of My Book by becoming a Member at: https://www.patreon.com/ModernHomesteadingPodcast
49:06
May 4, 2020
Homesteading By The Guinea Fowl Principle With Guests Sean and Rachel Reeves
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 138 – April 25, 2020 – The Guinea Fowl Principle With Guests Sean and Rachel Reeves.    On this podcast episode I chat with Homesteaders Sean and Rachel Reeves who made a huge move from the city life of southern California to the country life of northern Virginia.    We Discuss: Their amazing journey into homesteading. Raising chickens for the first time. The lessons learned from raising guinea fowl. Choosing sheep as their larger livestock. Gardening when you've never gardened before. Plans for the future. Links: Follow them on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/arabella_farm/ Get Access to the Complete Feed Archive of Podcast Episodes as well as Bonus Episodes, Special Discounts for Homesteading Related Products, and a free PDF copy of My Book by becoming a Member at: https://www.patreon.com/ModernHomesteadingPodcast
1:02:38
April 25, 2020
The Homestead Journey With Guest Brian Wells
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 137 – April 19, 2020 – The Homestead Journey With Guest Brian Wells. On this podcast episode I chat with Brian Wells from The Homestead Journey Podcast. We Discuss: Brian's journey into homesteading. What he and his family are accomplishing on their 2 acre property. Raising American Guinea Hogs. The pros and cons of having a roadside honor system egg stand. Raised bed gardening. Gardening with the Ruth Stout method. Links: Podcast: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-homestead-journey Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheHomesteadJourneyPodcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/TheHomesteadJourneyPodcast Get Access to the Complete Feed Archive of Podcast Episodes as well as Bonus Episodes, Special Discounts for Homesteading Related Products, and a free PDF copy of My Book by becoming a Member at: https://www.patreon.com/ModernHomesteadingPodcast
1:13:09
April 19, 2020
A Small Farm In The Making With Guest Jillae Dalmolin
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 136 – March 2, 2020 – A Small Farm In The Making With Guest Jillae Dalmolin. On this podcast episode I chat with Jillae Dalmolin from Wanderin’ Barefoot Farm. We Discuss: Jillae's journey into homesteading. Growing and raising nutritious food for better health. Seed Starting and selling plants. The livestock they are raising on their farm. Predator pressure. Transitioning from homesteading for themselves to farming for the community. Educating others on homesteading skills. Nutritious food and the medical community. Future homesteading plans. Links: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wanderinbarefootfarm/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wanderinbarefootfarm/ Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Wanderinbarefoot Get access to the complete Archive of Episodes as well as Bonus Episodes and a free PDF Copy of My Book by becoming a Patron at https://www.patreon.com/ModernHomesteadingPodcast
59:31
March 2, 2020
Having Fun While Making Homesteading A Reality With Guests Kevin and Heather O'Rourke
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 135 – February 16, 2020 – Having Fun While Making Homesteading A Reality With Guests Kevin and Heather O'Rourke. On this podcast episode, I chat with Kevin and Heather O'Rourke from Bear Bottom Acres. We Discuss: Their journey into homesteading. The slow transition from an urban homestead to a 40 acre homestead. Building skills where they are before making the move. Homesteading in a cold climate. Possible full time homesteading opportunities. Why they document their journey on Youtube. Their future homesteading plans. Links: Bear Bottom Acres Youtube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtXghP4QIvA50ne9mjvcybw Website: https://www.bearbottomacres.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bearbottomacres/ Elliot Coleman Books - https://amzn.to/2u1YqGW Nikki Jabbour Books - https://amzn.to/39EBNr8 Get access to the complete Archive of Episodes as well as Bonus Episodes and a free PDF Copy of My Book by becoming a Patron at https://www.patreon.com/ModernHomesteadingPodcast
47:55
February 16, 2020
10 Ways To Repurpose 5 Gallon Buckets (Part 2)
On this episode, I pick up where I left off on the last episode and give you the last 5 of 10 ways to repurpose 5 gallon buckets.  No doubt there are many other unique uses for 5 gallon buckets on the homestead and as the saying goes “necessity is the mother of invention” so I’m sure when you see a need around the homestead for which a 5 gallon bucket will do the trick then you will put it to work. Because if there is one thing I know about homesteaders, they are resourceful and creative people. Get access to the complete Archive of Episodes as well as Bonus Episodes and a free PDF Copy of My Book by becoming a Patron at https://www.patreon.com/ModernHomesteadingPodcast
04:39
February 13, 2020
10 Ways To Repurpose 5 Gallon Buckets (Part 1)
Most homesteaders I know are big on repurposing things and why wouldn’t they be. Repurposing saves money and reduces waste so whenever you can find another purpose for something laying around not getting used and might get thrown away then it’s a good idea. One such item that seems to be common on a homestead are 5 gallon buckets. We use them to carry feed and water, we use them to carry tools from place to place or perhaps as storage bins for things that pile up in our garages or barns, I even seem to use them for a step or a stool occasionally if I need to reach something or sit down to work on something. By default, just because of what they are, they have a lot of uses on the homestead. However, we may tend to end up with more than we need for those normal everyday purposes. So what are some other ways we can use 5 gallon buckets and make the most of this resource? Well on this episode of 5 minutes on the modern homestead I will share the first 5 of 10 ways to repurpose 5 gallon buckets for uses on your homestead. https://www.haroldthornbro.com/post/10-ways-to-repurpose-5-gallon-buckets-part-1 Get access to the complete Archive of Episodes as well as Bonus Episodes and a free PDF Copy of My Book by becoming a Patron at https://www.patreon.com/ModernHomesteadingPodcast
05:43
February 11, 2020
Homestead Dogs - 5 Minutes On The Modern Homestead
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 132 – February 6, 2020 – 5 Minutes On The Modern Homestead - Homestead Dogs. Welcome To This Episode of 5 Minutes on The Modern Homestead, Where Every Tuesday and Thursday You Get A Bite-Size Portion Of The Modern Homesteading Podcast Between Full Episodes To Help Keep You Inspired and Motivated On Your Homesteading Journey. Get access to the complete Archive of Episodes as well as Bonus Episodes and a free PDF Copy of My Book by becoming a Patron at https://www.patreon.com/ModernHomesteadingPodcast
05:03
February 6, 2020
Making The Homesteading Dream Happen With Guest Anna Sakawsky
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 131 – February 2, 2020 – Making The Homesteading Dream Happen With Guest Anna Sakawsky. On this podcast episode, I chat with Anna Sakawsky from thehouseandhomestead.com. We Discuss: Her journey into homesteading. All she is doing on a 1/4 acre homestead. Her online homesteading magazine. Her upcoming gardening course. Links: Website:  https://www.thehouseandhomestead.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thehouseandhomestead Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUTVxGJO1SuxvYgF4-ZccnQ Email: Anna@thehouseandhomestead.com Get access to the complete Archive of Episodes as well as Bonus Episodes and a free PDF Copy of My Book by becoming a Patron at https://www.patreon.com/ModernHomesteadingPodcast
51:08
February 3, 2020
Homestead and Podcast Updates
Where Have I Been? Explanation of what happened to the podcast last year and the restart. New website, Facebook page, and a new Apple podcast feed. New office/podcast studio. Writing and releasing my first book... a little about that. Homestead Updates: Deconstructing a lot of the infrastructure. Rebuilding and moving raised beds. Fence build and relocation. Planting Trees and berry bushes. Planting guilds. Links: Website: https://haroldthornbro.com Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/haroldthornbrodotcom Apple Podcasts:  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-modern-homesteading-podcast/id1483544772 My Book: From Home To Small Town Homestead: Pursuing Self-Sufficiency and Sustainability No Matter Where You Live https://www.haroldthornbro.com/post/homestead-and-podcast-updates
22:35
January 18, 2020
Creating and Utilizing “Edge” For Abundance
Using the Edge Effect in the layout of your homestead can make the most of your growing space by increasing productivity and even adding an element of natural beauty to your garden. https://www.haroldthornbro.com/post/creating-and-utilizing-edge-for-abundance
37:46
November 9, 2019
Integration Rather Than Segregation For An Efficient And Productive Homestead
In this episode I discuss a few of the ways in which the permaculture design principle of “Integration not Segregation” can work to make your homestead more efficient and productive. https://www.haroldthornbro.com/post/integration-rather-than-segregation-for-an-efficient-and-productive-homestead
38:00
October 20, 2019
A Few Power Tools That Make Homesteading Easier
Every homestead needs a few tools but which ones are the most useful and make homesteading easier? On this podcast episode I discuss a few such tools, some might seem obvious, others maybe you haven’t thought about. https://www.haroldthornbro.com/post/a-few-power-tools-that-make-homesteading-easier
25:42
October 5, 2019
The “Other” Homesteading Skills
In this podcast episode I talk about building skills other than what we consider traditional homesteading skills. There are many other skills you can develop that can help you take steps toward self sufficiency and sustainability.
24:35
September 29, 2019
Increasing Soil Fertility Through Permaculture Practices
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 125 – September 3, 2019 - Increasing Soil Fertility Through Permaculture Practices. In this episode I discuss a few ways to help soil fertility in ways normally exercised in permaculture practices. These are ways that are simulated in nature to create balanced, rich and living soil. Using Plants To Increase Soil Fertility Polycultures and Guilds Nitrogen fixing plants Fast decaying root systems Using  Chop and Drop To Increase Soil Fertility Puts nutrients on topsoil Creates an environment for worms and beneficial insects Creates an environment for a thriving microbiology Using Livestock To Increase Soil Fertility Rotational grazing Using Swales and Ponds To Collect Nutrients Using Hugelkultur To Create A Nutrient Dense Area Increases microbiology through organic material decay and moisture retention. Using Biochar By making biochar from brush and other hard to compost organic material, you can improve soil — it enhances nutrient availability and also enables soil to retain nutrients longer. What’s biochar? Basically, it’s organic matter that is burned slowly, with a restricted flow of oxygen, and then the fire is stopped when the material reaches the charcoal stage. Unlike tiny tidbits of ash, coarse lumps of charcoal are full of crevices and holes, which help them serve as life rafts to soil microorganisms. The carbon compounds in charcoal form loose chemical bonds with soluble plant nutrients so they are not as readily washed away by rain and irrigation. Biochar alone added to poor soil has little benefit to plants, but when used in combination with compost and organic fertilizers, it can dramatically improve plant growth while helping retain nutrients in the soil. Using Leaf Mold Leaf mold is the result of letting leaves sit and decompose over time. It is dark brown to black, has a pleasant earthy aroma and a crumbly texture, much like compost. In fact, leaf mold is just that: composted leaves. Instead of adding a bunch of organic matter to a pile, you just use leaves. Leaf mold is essentially a soil conditioner. It increases the water retention of soils. According to some university studies, the addition of leaf mold increased water retention in soils by over 50%. Leaf mold also improves soil structure and provides a fantastic habitat for soil life, including earthworms and beneficial bacteria. Using Fungus For feeding fungi, the ideal wood chips should be obtained from freshly cut smaller branches with the leaves still on them. That’s where the most nutrients reside and the good fungi love that. Beneficial fungi are certain species of fungi that protect our plants from disease by: Out-competing disease organisms Creating a healthy soil biology Offering direct protection to our plants by producing anti-pathogens Providing nutrients and water directly to the plants for better plant health Compost Tea Comfrey Manure Vermicompost Worm Castings
12:00
September 3, 2019
Chatting About Elderberry (Mostly) With Guest John Moody
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 124 – June 23, 2019 – Chatting About Elderberry (Mostly) With Guest John Moody. On today’s podcast episode I have a chat with author, speaker and homesteader John Moody about growing and using Elderberry and his new book on the subject. Homestead Updates: Quail, quail and more quail. More rabbit buns on the homestead but not without complications. Rain, rain and more rain. It’s starting to really cause me some problems in the garden. Should be closing on this week on a property we are buying next door. Main Topic: Chatting About Elderberry (Mostly) With Guest John Moody John is a return guest who you can also hear on episode 112. He discovered more than a decade ago that his diet was killing him, with duodenal ulcers, seasonal allergies, and other health problems. So, the family began to transition to local foods and local food distribution. Eventually, he relocated his family to 35 acres of land to put his learning into practice. He is the founder of the Whole Life Buying Club, and also speaks at many local, regional, and national events on food, farming, and nutrition. Author of the Frugal Homesteader Handbook, he has three books forthcoming to help growers and gardeners, including one on weed control and one on elderberry. Resources: John’s Books – The Frugal Homesteader: Living The Good Life On Less The Elderberry Book Pre-order Form John’s Website – https://homesteaderhandbook.com/ Homestead Recipe Of The Week: This week’s recipe comes in from Sam at Lupine Wood Rabbitry in Alexander, NC. and she has an awesome fermented drink recipe for us called Tepache.
1:27:19
June 23, 2019
Spring 2019 State Of The Homestead
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 123 – May 29, 2019 – Spring 2019 State Of The Homestead On this podcast episode I chat all about the progress and plans as well as the successes and failures at our little Small Town Homestead. I will also go beyond the homestead and talk about the Modern Homesteading Podcast and the Homestead Front Porch Facebook Group and the Membership Community. The Garden: Soil preparation has gone well. What I have planted (or will be planting) this year. A walk around the property at each bed (or future bed). Trees and Berries. Too much rain has caused me some issues. Way behind on getting some trellises built and some beds built and planted. Compost Production: Kitchen compost Larger compost system, New lawn mower with bagger is beneficial. Vermicompost Comfrey Livestock: Rabbit (breeding production, issues I’ve had, expansion) Quail (incubation, brooders, expansion) Fish (tilapia update) Kitchen: Not much left in the pantry as far as canned goods from last year. Some beans, beats, and pickles. Update on the Big Berkey water filtration system. My review and personal experience with the Carey Electric Pressure Canner. Always improving our cooking from scratch knowledge and skills Continuing to learn more and practice with herbal remedies. Continuing to make many of our household cleaners. Overall Progress Toward Self Sufficiency, Sustainability, Freedom and A Healthier Lifestyle 2 steps forward 1 step back Always moving a little closer to being debt free. Switching to electric cordless or manually operated. Overall health seems good. Updated 1 vehicle State of The Podcast: Surpassed One Million downloads a few weeks ago as best as I can tell. Averaging about 2000 more listeners a week than last year, which means we are growing. I will continue to do interviews, add and drop segments as I see fit and do occasional solo shows that cover topics and information like this. Having a lot more fun with it this year!
1:16:29
May 29, 2019
Homesteading and Market Gardening With Guest Jason Smith
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 122 – May 12, 2019 – Homesteading and Market Gardening With Guest Jason Smith On this podcast episode I’m joined by Homesteader and Market Gardener Jason Smith to talk about his homesteading journey and a little about the ins and outs of establishing and running a market garden. Homestead Updates: Planted 2 different varieties of elderberries on the homestead that I purchased from Stark Brothers Nursery. Got my wine cap mushroom spawn in from Field and Forest. Ordered some tilapia for the aquaponics system from Lakeway Tilapia. Building a more appropriate arbor for the grapes. Main Topic: Homesteading and Market Gardening With Guest Jason Smith Jason, his wife Megan and daughter have been homesteading for a number of years and run an on farm market that sells to local restaurants in the Nashville area. They raise vegetables year around using unheated greenhouses and on farm inputs to create better soil, and also have laying hens they use for eggs. They can food, heat their house using a wood stove and have become very thrifty over the years. They have a very successful homestead but it didn’t happen overnight. It’s had its challenges and they love sharing their experiences so other folks can benefit from it and want to share and inspire folks to homestead. We Discuss: Jason’s journey into homesteading. Growing year round in a four season climate. Starting and expanding his market garden. Using chickens on the homestead. Homesteading for better health as well as a business. Building a hoophouse. Building mobile vegetable washing stations. Building a walk in cooler with a coolbot. Resources: Jason’s Farm Website – https://www.smithfamilyfarmtn.com/ Jason’s Blog – https://smithfamilyfarmtn.blogspot.com/ Jason’s Youtube Channel –https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH_6SzCMTTkjNDS8qU2TzEg Also mentioned in the podcast: Coolbot Website – https://www.storeitcold.com/ Curtis Stone – https://theurbanfarmer.co/ Homestead Recipe Of The Week: This week’s recipe comes in from Darcey for Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup.
58:00
May 12, 2019
Gardening In A Hoophouse With Guest Pam Dawling
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 121 – April 28, 2019 – Gardening In A Hoophouse With Guest Pam Dawling On this podcast episode I’m joined by Gardener and Author Pam Dawling as we talk about how year round gardening in a hoophouse can increase yields and the quality of vegetables and extend the growing season. Homestead Updates: Baby rabbits on the homestead. Going to grow a couple different beans this year. Teddy Bear Sunflowers. Bringing elderberry and currants to the homestead. Main Topic: Gardening In A Hoophouse With Guest Pam Dawling Pam Dawling has grown vegetables at Twin Oaks Community, central Virginia for 27 years, feeding 100 people from 3.5 acres. She is the author of Sustainable Market Farming and The Year-Round Hoophouse. She is a contributing editor with Growing for Market magazine, a workshop presenter, and a weekly blogger on www.sustainablemarketfarming.com We Discuss: Pam’s journey into gardening and writing books What is a hoophouse How having a hoophouse can extend the growing season Crops you can grow year round in a hoophouse Pam’s book: The Year-Round Hoophouse Resources: Pam’s Website www.sustainablemarketfarming.com Pam’s Books The Year-Round Hoophouse: Polytunnels for All Seasons and All Climates Sustainable Market Farming: Intensive Vegetable Production on a Few Acres Natural Resources Conservation Service High Tunnel System Initiative Other Links Mentioned http://hightunnels.org/ Homestead Recipe Of The Week: This week’s recipe comes in from Echo and she shares a family favorite recipe with us for Russian Potato Leek Soup and 90 minute Soft Pretzels. This Week’s Question For The Podcast Hey Harold. Love your show. My name is Sam and I’m a homesteader in western North Carolina. Just listened to your episode on your rabbitry. My friend yoko and I run a small rabbit farm and I had a question about your watering setup. This past winter was super harsh and we had a lot of trouble keeping water lines unfrozen. We use the nipple gravity feed but everything shut down after low temps. How do you keep your rabbitry watered during the freezing winter months? My answer: The hard way! Gravity feed systems just don’t work when it’s below freezing so the only other choice is to put in the work of swapping out water bottles frequently or using bowls. The way I do it is I keep a bucket full of 32 oz water bottles in the house and every morning I fill them and take them out and swap them for the frozen bottles and then do the same thing in the evening. If you have electricity running to your rabbitry you can use heated water bottles or bowls but I have found they won’t heat up properly unless you use a heavy duty extension cord so you need outlets near each cage.
51:23
April 28, 2019
A Few Favorite Perennials With Guest Natalie Bogwalker
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 120 – April 21, 2019 – A Few Favorite Perennials With Guest Natalie Bogwalker. On this podcast episode I’m joined by Founder and Director of Wild Abundance.net Natalie Bogwalker and we discuss a few of her favorite perennials for the homestead and her school Wild Abundance and the classes they offer.
1:11:28
April 21, 2019
Townhouse Homesteading With Guest Ashley Dempster
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 119 – April 7, 2019 – Townhouse Homesteading with Guest Ashley Dempster. On this podcast episode I’m joined by homesteader and blogger Ashley Dempster of Townhouse Homestead as we discuss the many things she is doing to homestead even though she has very little space. Homestead Updates: Growing A Scoby For Kombucha Experiment Mulching Flower Beds and Pathways Playing Where’s Waldo With The Quail After Leaving The Cage Door Open Grandson Falling Down With A Jacket Pocket Full Of Eggs. Actually got to spend a whole day working outside in the garden doing prep and cleanup. In The News The Weekly “News From Around The Bend” Article From Small Scale Life Main Topic: Townhouse Homesteading with Guest Ashley Dempster Ashley lives in Calgary, Canada with her fiancé and they homestead in a 1400 sqft urban townhouse with a tiny front and back yard. She also blogs about her journey at townhousehomestead.com We Discuss: The why and how she got started homesteading How she homesteads in a townhouse Small space and indoor gardening Her future plans for homesteading Fishing, foraging, cooking, needle work and more Resources: Ashley’s Website – https://townhousehomestead.com/ Townhouse Homestead on Instagram AeroGarden Hydroponic Indoor Gardens Homestead Recipe Of The Week: Fall Garden Jambalaya This weeks recipe comes in Angie from Marshland Acres “No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.” Thomas Jefferson
36:50
April 7, 2019
Homesteading and Heritage Cooking With Guest Jill Winger
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 118 – March 31, 2019 – Homesteading and Heritage Cooking With Guest Jill Winger On this podcast episode I’m joined by author, homesteader, blogger and creator of the Heritage Cooking Crash Course, Jill Winger as we chat about her journey into homesteading, some of the things she is doing on her homestead and heritage cooking.
45:46
March 31, 2019
Homesteading and Chicken Chat With Guest Alyssa Olson
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 117 – March 17, 2019 – Homesteading and Chicken Chat With Guest Alyssa Olson On this podcast episode i’m joined by homesteader and blogger Alyssa Olson from thesheepshedmn.com as we talk about her homestead and starting a chicken flock.
53:02
March 17, 2019
Heating Your Home With Firewood With Guest Kerry Brown
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 116 – March 02, 2019 – Heating Your Home With Firewood With Guest Kerry Brown On this podcast episode I’m joined by guest Kerry Brown to discuss the basics of getting started heating your home with firewood even if your home doesn’t currently have a woodstove.
1:10:29
March 2, 2019
All The Dirt On Living The Good Life With Guest Kirsten Lie-Nielsen
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 115 – February 18, 2019 – All The Dirt On Living The Good Life with Author Kirsten Lie-Nielsen. On this podcast episode I have a chat with homesteader and author Kirsten Lie-Nielsen from hostilevalleyliving.com about her homesteading journey and her book “So You Want To Be A Modern Homesteader: All The Dirt On Living The Good Life”
46:30
February 18, 2019
Family Homesteading With Guest Teri Page
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 114 – February 11, 2019 – Family Homesteading With Guest Teri Page. On today’s podcast episode I’m joined by Teri Page to discuss her new book “Family Homesteading: The Ultimate Guide to Self-Sufficiency for the Whole Family” and her family’s journey into homesteading and what that has been like with and for her kids.
42:36
February 11, 2019
Building Your Own Organic Garden Oasis With Guest Jackie Beyer
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 113 – February 3, 2019 – Building Your Own Organic Garden Oasis With Guest Jackie Beyer of the Organic Gardener Podcast. On today’s podcast episode I have a chat with Jackie Beyer of the Organic Gardener Podcast about her journey into organic gardening, her podcast and building an organic gardening oasis. Jackie grew up on Long Island about 20 miles from NYC. In 4th grade she read a book about a girl who moves to northwest Montana. From that day on she was determined to move there and at 21 she entered the University of Montana. During her junior year she met her husband Mike on a mountainside and they have been together for over 24 years now! Mike has been gardening in the Rocky Mountains for 40 something years. Jackie launched the Organic Gardener Podcast in January 2015 and has interviewed over 260 gardeners and food experts.
43:52
February 3, 2019
A Discussion With John Moody, Author Of The Frugal Homesteader
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 112 – January 27, 2019 – A Discussion With John Moody, Author Of The Frugal Homesteader. On today’s podcast episode I have a chat with John Moody. John discovered more than a decade ago that his diet was killing him, with duodenal ulcers, seasonal allergies, and other health problems. So, the family began to transition to local foods and local food distribution. Eventually, he relocated his family to 35 acres of land to put his learning into practice. He is the founder of the Whole Life Buying Club, and also speaks at many local, regional, and national events on food, farming, and nutrition. Author of the Frugal Homesteader Handbook, he has three books forthcoming to help growers and gardeners, including one on weed control and one on elderberry.
1:02:40
January 27, 2019
Why Every Homesteader Should Also Be A Prepper
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 111 – January 14, 2019 – Why Every Homesteader Should Also Be A Prepper. On This podcast episode I discuss a few things homesteaders should be doing to practice preparedness for when or if disaster strikes in any form.
24:05
January 14, 2019
Seed Catalogs You Should Have On Your Coffee Table
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 110 – December 26, 2018 – Seed Catalogs You Should Have On Your Coffee Table. How can you get and stay excited about your springtime garden when you are struggling through the long winter months. One way I have found is by surrounding myself with seed catalogs to keep the dream alive. Here are a few you should probably have sitting around.
21:08
December 26, 2018
Emergency Backup Power Options
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 109 – December 11, 2018 – Emergency Backup Power Options. On this podcast episode I discuss some possible options to have in place just in case you lose power on your homestead for an extended period of time.
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December 11, 2018
Finding Cheap and Free Resources To Build Your Homestead
What are you lacking to really get your homestead going; time, money, land, stuff?  In this episode I will discuss how to find free and cheap resources to build your homestead.
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December 10, 2018
Just Chewin’ The Fat While Driving: Homestead Updates and More
In this podcast episode I just wanted to chat with you about what has been going on around the homestead. I talk about why I took a short break and some of the things I’ve been doing in the garden and with the livestock. I also talk about a few changes I’m thinking of making around the homestead. Mostly just chewin’ the fat with my friends as I take a drive to go get some homestead supplies.
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December 2, 2018
How To Have Fresh Lettuce All Year
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 106 – September 30, 2018 – How To Grow and Have Fresh Lettuce All Year. It is great to grow your own food, harvest that food and then in some form or another preserve that food to make it available year round. What is even better though is having something fresh from the garden you can eat year round. On this podcast episode I answer a listener question about how I grow lettuce for fresh salads year round in a four season climate.
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September 30, 2018
Creative Homesteading In Small Spaces With Children
Homesteading in small spaces has many challenges but things get even tougher when children’s play equipment is battling for space in the backyard of an urban or suburban homestead. The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 105 – September 5, 2018 – Creative Homesteading In Small Spaces With Children. On this podcast episode I answer a listener question by giving my thoughts on how to creatively homestead around and with children playground toys like trampolines, swing sets and playhouses.
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September 5, 2018
Homesteading In A Tiny House
Have you ever thought about homesteading with a tiny house but don’t know where to begin? Is it even something that’s right for you? Is homesteading while living in a tiny house even practical? On today’s podcast episode I have a conversation with Ryan Mitchell from TheTinyLife.com and he answers questions like these and others. The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 104 – August 24, 2018 – Tiny House Homesteading.
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August 24, 2018
Preparing A Chicken Coop For A Cold Winter
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 103 – August 20, 2018 – Preparing A Chicken Coop For A Cold Winter. On this podcast episode I answer a listener question about prepping a coop for winter, specifically about ventilation requirements in a coop. This is an often underestimated feature in a coop but a very important one.
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August 20, 2018
Using Goats And Other Methods For Clearing Land
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 102 – August 13, 2018 – Using Goats And Other Methods For Clearing Land. On this podcast episode I answer a question from a listener by sharing my thoughts on how to clear underbrush from a piece of land using goats to make it useful for other livestock or anything else he might want to do with it.
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August 13, 2018
Homesteading On A Temporary Property
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 101 – August 2, 2018 – Homesteading On A Temporary Property. Do you want to start homesteading someday but don’t live on your “forever homestead” and don’t plan on staying at your current location too long? What can you do right now, right where you are even if it’s a temporary situation? On this podcast episode I tackle those questions.
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August 2, 2018
Reflecting Back and Looking Forward On This 100th Episode
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 100 – July 23, 2018 – Reflecting Back and Looking Forward On This 100th Episode. On this episode I am celebrating 100 episodes by taking a few minutes and looking at why I started this podcast, what I’ve learned along the way, what I believe this podcast has accomplished so far and where I think it’s heading in the future.
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July 23, 2018
What To Do First To Turn A New Home Into A Homestead
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 99 – July 19, 2018 – What To Do First To Turn A New Home Into A Homestead In this podcast episode I answer a question from a listener about what I would suggest they do first at their soon to be new home to turn it into a functioning homestead.
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July 19, 2018
What Homesteading Podcasts Do I Listen To?
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 98 – July 16, 2018 – What Podcasts Do I Listen To and What Is My Opinion About Jack Spirko and The Survival Podcast In this podcast episode I answer a question about what podcasts I am currently listening to and my thoughts on Jack Spirko and his podcast called The Survival Podcast.
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July 16, 2018
Eating Healthy From The Homestead
In this Podcast episode I answer a question about what I believe caused my past health issues and the diet that helped me turn it all around.
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July 12, 2018
A Homesteading Journey That Went Down Many Paths With Guest Michele Nutter
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 96 – July 9, 2018 – A Homesteading Journey That Went Down Many Paths: An Interview With Michele Nutter. On this podcast episode I have a conversation with homesteader and Author Michele Nutter. Michele started homesteading for frugal living reasons but soon started down many other paths such as pursuing healthy eating of ethically raised meats, herbal remedies and even a preparedness lifestyle as well as many other paths.
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July 9, 2018
5 Great Ways To Use Coffee Grounds On The Homestead
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 95 – June 29, 2018 – 5 Great Ways To Use Coffee Grounds On The Homestead.
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June 29, 2018
The Good, Bad and Ugly About Growing Bamboo
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 94 – June 25, 2018 – The Good, Bad and Ugly About Growing Bamboo.
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June 25, 2018
Laying Down A Strong Foundation For A New Homestead
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 93 – June 20, 2018 – Laying Down A Strong Foundation For A New Homestead.
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June 20, 2018
Small Backyard Ponds: Advantages and Dealing With Potential Problems
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 92 – June 18, 2018 – Small Backyard Ponds: Advantages and Dealing With Potential Problems.
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June 18, 2018
Setting Up A Rabbitry
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 91 – June 14, 2018 – Setting Up A Rabbitry.
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June 14, 2018
What Is Homesteading?
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 90 – June 11, 2018 – What Is Homesteading? In this podcast episode we will dive into what homesteading is and what it means to pursue a life of self sufficiency and sustainability.
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June 11, 2018
Building A Greenhouse Out Of Old Windows
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 89 – June 6, 2018 – Building A Greenhouse Out Of Old Windows.
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June 6, 2018
When Are You Too Young or Old To Start Homesteading?
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 88 – June 4, 2018 – When Are You Too Young or Old To Start Homesteading?
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June 4, 2018
How To Properly Use A Greenhouse
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 87 – June 1, 2018 – How To Properly Use A Greenhouse.
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June 1, 2018
Return of Investment In Homesteading
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 86 – May 28, 2018 – Return of Investment In Homesteading.
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May 28, 2018
Protecting Plants In The Heat of Summer
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 85 – May 25, 2018 – Protecting Plants In The Heat of Summer.
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May 25, 2018
Outdoor and Summer Kitchens
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 84 – May 23, 2018 – Outdoor and Summer Kitchens.
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May 23, 2018
Planting Trees and Shrubs In Less Than Ideal Soil
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 83 – May 21, 2018 – Planting Trees and Shrubs In Less Than Ideal Soil.
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May 21, 2018
Consider Growing These 7 Perennials On Your Homestead
On this podcast episode I discuss 7 perennials you might want to consider growing on your homestead. I go over how to prepare, maintain and make best use of these perennials.
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April 29, 2018
Function Stacking On Small Scale Homesteads
On this podcast episode I will discuss what is commonly known as the second permaculture design principle, Stacking Functions. The application of this design principle can lead to a more productive homestead.
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April 16, 2018