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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Using Swales and Ponds To Collect Nutrients
Using Hugelkultur To Create A Nutrient Dense Area
Increases microbiology through organic material decay and moisture retention.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Larger compost system,
New lawn mower with bagger is beneficial.
Rabbit (breeding production, issues I’ve had, expansion)
Quail (incubation, brooders, expansion)
Fish (tilapia update)
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Baby rabbits on the homestead.
Going to grow a couple different beans this year.
Teddy Bear Sunflowers.
Bringing elderberry and currants to the homestead.
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
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
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
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In this podcast episode I discuss what you need to know to get started raising Jumbo Brown Coturnix Quail on your homestead. I talk about the basic facts about these quail, general care and equipment needed as well as some the benefits from this wonderful livestock.
In this episode I was feeling under the weather and fighting a cough so I asked some folks if they wanted to share why they started homesteading. This is a collaboration from a few homesteaders about what lead them down this path.
On this podcast episode I respond to some negative feedback by telling you 10 things I don’t really want you to know about me in order to take myself off a pedestal some have put me on and help you realize you can homestead and make a difference in the world.
In this podcast episode I discuss composting with worms. Vermicomposting is a fantastic way to compost and provide valuable nutrients for your garden, here’s what you need to know to get started with your very own composting system.
In this podcast episode I decided to step away from the usual format and do something fun by combining two of my passions, homesteading and good movies. I discuss 27 movies I believe offer a little homesteading inspiration to keep you ever pressing forward in your journey.
In this podcast episode I discuss the dreaded coccidiosis which is a common problem among homesteaders raising livestock. I talk about what coccidiosis is and how to prevent and treat it.
Disclaimer: I am not a veterinarian or a doctor and what I share in this post is knowledge gained through my own research and personal experience and should be taken as such. Please do your own research and/or consult a doctor or veterinarian for answers concerning your health or the health of your animals.
On this Podcast episode I answer a few questions from listeners. I talk about what to get started with on a new homestead, mistakes I’ve made and what I’d do different, getting away from the homestead and farm sitters, what to look for on a new homestead, guest rules on my homestead, what I’ve decided to stop doing and making use of a leach field area.
When someone asks me what my favorite most useful tree on the homestead is I’m quick to answer, The Mulberry Tree! This usually surprises the person asking the question as this tree is considered a burden to many homeowners. In this podcast episode I’ll talk about why I believe it is one of the best trees you can have on your homestead.
On today’s podcast episode I’m joined by homesteader, blogger, author and podcaster Melissa K. Norris. Melissa and her family homestead 15 acres in Washington where they raise cattle, chickens, pigs, grow heirloom vegetables and put a lot of emphasis on cooking from scratch. She has written two books and she is the host of the “Pioneering Today” Podcast.
Getting started homesteading is easy, all you have to do is just start. But to keep homesteading, well that might be a little tougher. In this podcast episode I discuss 5 reasons you might fail as a homesteader and what you can do to prevent it from happening.
Being prepared and keeping supplies around the homestead is a necessity in my opinion. That’s why I think building your very own “Homestead Hardware Store” is a good idea. There is a fine line between being prepared and being a hoarder and that distinction can be clearly drawn by keeping things in stock that you may actually use around your homestead from time to time.
On today's podcast episode I discuss a small list of a few things I think are a good idea to have around for everyday use and occasional emergencies.
Do you have dreams of being a homesteader but your spouse doesn’t? On today’s podcast episode I want to give some of my thoughts on homesteading even if your spouse isn’t on board with the whole self sufficiency thing.
If you’re limited on gardening space or challenged by a difficult growing climate then this may be an episode for you. On today’s podcast episode I discuss the pros and cons of gardening in containers and how to get started and maintain your very own container garden.
A big step toward self sufficiency is knowing how to collect and store seeds from your garden. On today’s podcast episode I discuss all the basics of seed saving and all the reasons you may want to start doing it.
Getting the most from your garden depends on a lot of things including the right climate conditions for each specific plant. On today’s podcast episode I discuss how to locate or create microclimates for your garden and how best to use those microclimates.
On today’s podcast episode I discuss the many uses of having comfrey on the homestead and why EVERY homesteader should be growing it, what variety to grow and where to get it.
On today’s podcast episode I will discuss how you can make the most out of what you have by giving you 21 ideas to help you grow a lot of food on a small homestead. These ideas can be used for urban, suburban and even rural homesteaders for increasing the amount of food they grow.
Not only is Spring a time to get started with our gardens it’s also the time we think about giving our home a deep cleaning after a season of being closed up. On today’s podcast episode I will discuss how to spring clean your homestead in a safe and non-toxic way that will make your homestead a healthier place.
On today’s podcast episode I will share with you 7 Diy Homestead Building Projects that will make great additions to your homestead. These are simple and easy to build projects that anyone can do.
On today’s podcast episode 58 I give my thoughts on a few popular food growing methods that seem to be the hot topics in homesteading today. Are these methods something you should be doing or are they just a shiny object that looks good on the surface but have no place on your homestead?
In this podcast episode I share my thoughts on living out the legacy that has been handed down to you, adding to that legacy and then passing it down to future generations. I also share 11 tips for getting started homesteading if you don’t have any or very little land.
In this episode of the Modern Homesteading Podcast, Kelly and Troy McClung guest host again. The core of the discussion is how to raise hogs on your homestead for free or for profit. Kelly and Troy detail how they raise pastured pork on their homestead and how it is a valuable revenue stream to support their homesteading expansion endeavors.
They explain how you can turn a profit with raising 3 hogs and selling 2 of them to customers.
Troy breaks down his feed costs for the last year and explains how his hogs finished for processing.
All of this data is explained and profit margin is illustrated.
In this episode, guest hosts Troy and Kelly McClung discuss their eager anticipation of warmer weather on their homestead in central West Virginia. Their to-do list is long and the excitement is building to see what can be accomplished this season.
On today’s podcast episode I will be giving my thoughts on some questions from you, the listeners. I will be answering questions today on seed starting, how and when to add finished compost to a garden, I’ll give my thoughts on health insurance for the self employed, tanning rabbit hides, software I use to do my “techy stuff” and what life looks like a little further along in the homesteading journey.
On today’s podcast episode I’m joined by Melinda Lee, a homesteader in Ohio with a passion for working with and building community around gardening and homesteading. Melinda has a website called “The Homesteading and Preparedness Collective” where she shares about her urban homestead along with other useful information to help others down their own homesteading paths.
On today’s podcast episode i’m joined by Lana Jackson, a homesteader on 13 acres in Iowa and in her own words she’s “a city girl trying to figure out country life.” Lana is someone eager to help others down the homesteading path by giving advice and sharing her struggles to hopefully keep them from making some of the mistakes and going through some of the struggles she has.
On today’s podcast episode I’m joined by Jill May. She and her family are homesteaders on a couple acres in Ohio with a passion for the lifestyle and she also is an active member of our Homestead Front Porch Facebook Group.
On today’s podcast episode I chat with Tanya Morrison, she is a homesteader in Alberta Canada pursuing a journey “back” to off-grid living while taking advantage of modern technology. We also talk a lot about her business ideas that will help others get started homesteading with chickens.
There is much to consider when you layout a plan for your spring garden and in this article/podcast episode I will help you think through the details and provide you with the tools and knowledge you need to have your best garden so far.
Perhaps when one thinks of homesteading they have images in their mind of digging in the garden on a warm summer day or perhaps putting in fence posts while sweat runs down your brow and no doubt these scenes are common on the homestead but in the winter homesteading looks completely different. On today’s podcast episode I discuss homesteading in the wintertime, what’s different about it and the things you can do to keep homesteading when the regular warm weather activities just aren’t an option.
On today’s podcast episode I chat about recent updates on the homestead and our goals for 2017. I share these things to hopefully inspire you to set some goals for your homestead and perhaps give you a few ideas for your next steps.
On today’s podcast episode I talk about living a frugal lifestyle on the homestead, what it means to be frugal and the benefits of frugality. I share several ideas for being more frugal in the kitchen, the garden, with raising livestock and general ideas for running a frugal household.
On today’s episode I have a conversation with Rachel Jamison, a suburban homesteader in Michigan. Rachel started down the path of homesteading for better health for herself and her family.
On today’s podcast episode I’m joined by Cindy Patterson. Cindy and her family live on a 700 acre farm/homestead in Saskatchewan Canada and are doing a little bit of everything to be as self sufficient as they can be.
On today’s podcast episode I have a conversation with Steve Dinicol, a homesteader on 133 acres in British Columbia Canada. Steve and his wife work full time jobs and still manage to operate and expand their homestead although expand too quickly at times as Steve will confess.
On today’s podcast episode I’m joined by Ariel Gunn. Ariel is an urban homesteader in Texas working toward a more self sufficient lifestyle right where she is.
On today’s episode I have a conversation with Troy McClung. Troy homesteads/farms 100 acres in Southern West Virginia and shares about his journey at RedToolHouse.com.
On today’s podcast I’m joined by Robin Follette from alifeinthewild.com. Robin and I talk about her 45 acre homestead in Maine and the things she is doing to live a self-sufficient life.
Depending on where you live winter can be a trying time on the homestead, but with a little preparation we can weather the storm a little easier and make those long winter months safer and less stressful. Here are a few things you may need to do before it gets too bad outside.
Homesteading isn’t all about gardening and raising livestock, hunting to supply meat for the homestead is a long standing tradition and way of life for the homesteader as well. Hunting the Whitetail Deer is one the most common and most rewarding hunts a homesteader can partake in. On Today’s podcast I will discuss everything you need to know to hunt whitetail deer and fill the homestead freezer.
On today’s podcast episode I will be giving my thoughts on some questions from you, the listeners. I will be answering questions today on getting started raising pigs on a small scale, setting up raised bed gardens with a focus on the soil and what makes a person a homesteader.
One of the biggest hurdles some people face when it comes to homesteading is time. They don’t have enough of it to spare, they don’t know how much it will take and they are unsure how to manage it in a way that will allow them to engage in a homesteading lifestyle. On today’s podcast I will discuss a few ways you can homestead when you don’t have enough time to homestead.
Homesteaders look for independence and self sufficiency in every area of life so it only makes sense that when it comes to making an income they would look at every possible option. Modern homesteaders don’t only have to look at the conventional ways of making money such as farmer’s markets, and csa’s but can take advantage of some of the unconventional money making options.
Unconventional ways to make money as a homesteader would be those options that are out of the ordinary, most of which were not available just a couple decades ago. These ways are real options which take advantage of technology and perhaps special skills someone may have, but mostly anyone willing to learn and work hard can earn money in some of these ways.
Here are a few of the unconventional ways someone can make money as a homesteader.
On today’s podcast I will discuss with you several reasons why you shouldn’t wait until you move to your dream homestead, but instead you should start your homesteading journey right now and right where you are.
On today’s podcast I will discuss everything you need to know about building your very own diy rainwater catchment system. From why you should build one, where it should be, to the details of how to build a rainwater capturing setup.
A great way to keep the homestead freezer well stocked with meat is by hunting and if you’re going to go hunting there aren’t many animals to hunt that will bring you more success and more enjoyment than hunting squirrel. I’ve been hunting these bushy tailed creatures since I was 10 years old and 34 years later I still haven’t grown tired of it. However there are a few things you should know about hunting squirrel that will increase your chances of a successful and enjoyable hunt.
On today’s podcast I will give a brief overview on many homesteading skills worth acquiring and I discuss how one would go about learning some of these skills. This is not a list of every skill a homesteader may desire to have but a good list of basics. Every person may not desire to acquire every one of these skills but they could if they wanted to.
On today’s podcast I will share 50 resources that will inspire, motivate and educate anyone interested in or living the homesteading lifestyle. Podcasts, YouTube channels, blogs, Facebook groups and documentaries are great for all things homesteading and this is a list of some of the best.
Today’s main topic on the podcast is about how to protect your garden from everything that wants to eat it before you. No matter if you live far in the country or in the heart of the city, your garden is a target for wildlife. Deer, rabbits, birds, rodents and bugs want to eat it, so I talk about a few thing you can do to protect your harvest and enjoy your hard work at the kitchen table.
On today’s podcast I’m joined by Sherry Willis from Half-Pint Homestead to talk about keeping livestock on an urban homestead and the new eCourse she has put together to help urban farmers take the livestock leap.
The main topic of today’s podcast is about identifying common problems with tomato plants and organic ways to fix the problems. This is a question I get asked often and I see being asked all over social media, “what’s going on with my tomato plant?” and I have to say it’s a good question because in the many years I have been growing tomatoes I’ve discovered they are a fickle plant and at one time or another i’ve had about every problem with them.
Today is Day 20 of our 30 days of homesteading Q&A on the podcast where we are answering your questions about homesteading.
Today’s question is “I’m going to start raising rabbits for meat but i’m trying to decide if I should raise them in cages or in a colony, which is better?”
Today is Day 19 of our 30 days of homesteading Q&A on the podcast where I have reached out to some of the best bloggers and podcasters in the homesteading space to answer your questions about homesteading.
Today’s question is “What’s the best way to compost without the smell? I don’t have a big yard and I don’t want a stinky compost pile close to my house.”
Back to answer this question is David The Good from TheSurvivalGardener.com.
Today is Day 18 of our 30 days of homesteading Q&A on the podcast where I have reached out to some of the best bloggers and podcasters in the homesteading space to answer your questions about homesteading.
Today’s question is “Why is it not safe to water bath can my vegetables? I was told if they went bad I would be able to tell. Is this true or do I need to pressure can?”
Back to answer today’s question is Jo Rellime from Homestead Chronicles.
Today is Day 5 of our 30 days of homesteading Q&A on the podcast where I have reached out to some of the best bloggers and podcasters in the homesteading space to answer your questions about homesteading.
Today’s question is from a blog reader who says “I visit a bunch of homesteading and prepper websites and wanted to know if there is any difference between a prepper and a homesteader because they seem to have a lot of the same information on their sites?”
Answering today’s question is Gregg Carter from The Rural Economist and The Bringing Rural Back Podcast. Gregg explains where he believes preppers and homesteaders are alike and where they are different and what separates us and what brings us together.
Find out more about Gregg at his blog and social media pages:
Website: The Rural Economist (http://theruraleconomist.blogspot.com/)
Google+: https://plus.google.com/+TheruraleconomistBlogspotselfsustainable/postsTwitter: https://twitter.com/ruraleconomist
Today is Day 4 of our 30 days of homesteading Q&A on the podcast where I have reached out to some of the best bloggers and podcasters in the homesteading space to answer your questions about homesteading.
Today’s question is “How many eggs can I expect to get from a chicken and for how long?”
Here to answer today’s question is Maat van Uitert from TheFrugalChicken.com.
Maat shares with us
Breed consideration for laying hens
Supplemental light for chickens
Find out more about Maat at her website and social media pages:
Website: The Frugal Chicken (http://thefrugalchicken.com)
Today is Day 3 of our 30 days of homesteading Q&A on the podcast where I have reached out to some of the best bloggers and podcasters in the homesteading space to answer your questions about homesteading.
Today’s Question is “What’s the easiest way to get started with fermenting food? I would really like to do it for the health benefits but it seems a little bit overwhelming to get started because I have never done it.”
Answering the question today is Jenise Fryatt, co-host of the Sustainable Living Podcast. I would encourage to go and check out her podcast if you want to hear more great advice about living a sustainable life.
Jenise discusses the benefits of fermented foods and helps you get started by teaching us one of the easiest ways to ferment, making sauerkraut. She gives us a step by step instructions on how to make this beneficial, great tasting food. After you hear Jenise describe the process you will have no trouble getting started with confidence.
You can find out more about Jenise and her podcast at her website and social media pages:
Website: The Sustainable Living Podcast (http://sustainablelivingpodcast.com)
Today is Day 2 of our 30 days of homesteading Q&A on the podcast where I have reached out to some of the best bloggers and podcasters in the homesteading space to answer your questions about homesteading.
Today’s question seems like a simple one but there is more to it as we will see in the answer. The question is “Is dog manure safe to use in a garden?”
Answering today’s question is Ken Peavey from FarmWhisperer.com. As you will hear in his answer there are many things to consider before just tossing dog doo in your garden.
Ken talks about:
What might be harmful in dog manure for your garden
What you can do to make it safe
Where you could use dog manure without any worries
Today on the podcast we begin with our 30 days of homesteading Q&A where I have reached out to some of the best bloggers and podcasters in the homesteading space to answer your questions about homesteading.
Today’s question is “I’m thinking about pursuing an off-grid lifestyle, what are some things I should deeply consider before taking any big steps towards this?”
Questions like this are exactly the reason I wanted to host these question and answer episodes because I’m not an off-grid homesteader and really don’t plan to be so I could never answer this question adequately. Instead I passed this question on to someone who is homesteading this way and can answer your question.
Here to answer this question is Teri Page from Homestead-Honey.com with some excellent advice for the person considering an off-grid lifestyle.
Teri talks with us about many things to consider such as:
compliance to code
levels of off-grid living
off-grid life experience
Water catchment and storage
Utilizing resources to gain knowledge
Check out more from Teri on her blog and her social media pages:
Blog: Homestead Honey (http://homestead-honey.com)
Resources mentioned by Teri:
Backwoods Solar – http://www.backwoodssolar.com/
On today’s podcast my guest is Heather Eby. Heather and her family have a ten acre homestead in Kansas and they are building their homestead by adding one new thing at a time. Heather is a wonderful story teller and blogger with a real passion for homesteading.
Heather and I discuss:
Why she became a homesteader.
The slow progress of her homestead rather than trying to do too many new things at once.
The variety of livestock on her homestead: chickens, ducks, sheep, goats, and dairy cows.
Some great predator stories: snakes, foxes and coyotes.
A walk through her garden. What she’s growing and the layout.
Her one tree orchard.
Some thoughts on future plans for her homestead.
You can check out more about Heather and her homestead at her blog – https://selfsufficiencyandotherassortedhijinks.wordpress.com/
On today’s podcast I’m joined by Jen Sharpin from TheEasyHomestead.com. Jen Shares with us about her Journey from no homesteading experience living in Florida to a 15 acre homestead in South Carolina to a 45 acre homestead in Virginia.
Jen and I discuss several topics like:
Her family’s bold jump into the homesteading lifestyle.
The unfortunate events that opened up her eyes to a lifestyle change.
Her motivations for sharing their homesteading journey on her blog.
The problems with today’s food systems.
The plans her family has to share their healthy food with others by operating a small commercial farm.
Advice for beginner homesteaders.
Jen’s Website: The Easy Homestead
Jen was an awesome guest and she has a great blog with a lot of useful information.Check it out and let Jen know you appreciate all she is doing to help others along in their homesteading journey.
“This magical, marvelous food on our plate, this sustenance we absorb, has a story to tell. It has a journey. It leaves a footprint. It leaves a legacy. To eat with reckless abandon, without conscience, without knowledge; folks, this ain’t normal.” ― Joel Salatin, Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World
On today's podcast i'm joined by Mike Hatfield of Flyway Family Farm in southern Illinois. Mike along with his wife and young daughter have a 9 1/2 acre homestead where they do a little bit of everything but their main crop is mushrooms. Mike shares with us a little bit about how he and his wife got into homesteading and how they eventually ended up focusing on mushrooms as their cash crop.
Mike and I discuss a variety of topics like.
The process of growing mushrooms indoors and outdoors.
The business of selling mushrooms at Farmers Markets and through a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).
The medicinal benefits of mushrooms.
The possible environmental benefits of growing mushrooms.
How to get started growing mushrooms on your homestead.
Where to get started growing mushrooms on your homestead.
Fungi Perfecti Field and Forest Products
"Mushrooms are miniature pharmaceutical factories, and of the thousands of mushroom species in nature, our ancestors and modern scientists have identified several dozen that have a unique combination of talents that improve our health." - Paul Stamets
On today's podcast I interview Sherry Willis from Half-Pint Homestead. We discuss her homesteading journey from the wide open spaces of Wyoming to eventually land within the city limits in Missouri on a 1/5 acre plot raising goats, chickens, and rabbits with plans to bring in other livestock.
Sherry and I discuss city ordinances pertaining to homesteading and how the modern homesteading movement is bringing about a change in the minds of many that enforce these rules.
We also talk about some of the ways a person can embrace urban homesteading and make the most of the place where you are.
Homesteading Business - Sherry talks about how she has used her homesteading knowledge and skills to start a full time business by making products like Fodder Growing Systems, Grow Barrels, and Micro Greens Systems. We discuss extensively about growing fodder for the healthy feeding of livestock.