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Episode-2010- Nicole Sauce on Building Local Demand in a Niche Market

Nicole Sauce has had side hustles going her whole life. She developed a love of good food – and great coffee – in the Pacific Northwest. She started her career as a high school teacher, but quickly realized that system was so broken that she needed to do something more meaningful.

After 8 years of executive coaching for expatriates, Nicole discovered a world of libertarian policy think tanks and her life changed. For 13 years, Nicole has worked with policy organizations that seek to make government smaller. However, working in the system against the system accepts their rules. Along the way, she fled the intolerance of Oregon for a more hospitable Tennessee.

Nicole loves showing people how to do forgotten homesteading arts such as canning and preserving, cheese-making, meat processing and more.

For five years, Nicole has roasted coffee and earlier this year she launched the Holler Roast brand alongside her podcast, Living Free in Tennessee. She and her fella run a local tourism focused paper called The Center Hill Sun and a small homestead.   She joins us today to discuss building a local market based niche business.

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Episode-1986- Perennial Vegetables for your Homestead

“Bloody Dock” – A Beautiful and Edible Perennial Most People Have Never Heard Of

Today we are going to turn our focus on food production in our own back yards.  The plants I will describe here are wonderful for growing in just about any environment.  And even though they are perennials most will do find in containers and wicking beds, etc.  Indeed a few are custom made for such applications though normally not grown that way.

Perennials are wonderful because they either come back on their own every year or they require very minimal effort to assure their return each year.  Many are even considered weeds or a nuisance by the unknowing.  Yep a plant that requires minimal work, self propagates and is good to eat we have come to see as a weed.

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  • How we define perennial vs how we should define it as growers
  • Twelve Plants you should be growing for trouble free food production
    1. Bloody Dock (True Perennial to Zone 4) – Source
    2. Ostrich Fern (True Perennial to Zone 3) – Source
    3. Scarlet Runner Beans (True Perennial to Zone 6 with heavy mulch) – Source
    4. Sorrel (True Perennial to Zone 3) – Source
    5. Jerusalem Artichoke (Behaves Like a Perennial to Zone 3) – Source
    6. Lambs Quarters (Behaves Like a Perennial to Zone 4 and possibly Zone 3) – Source
    7. Day Lilies (True Perennial to Zone 4) – Source
    8. Good King Henry (True Perennial to Zone 3) – Source
    9. Egyptian Onions (True Perennial to Zone 4) – Source
    10. Horse Radish (True Perennial to Zone 3) – Source
    11. New Zealand Spinach (True Perennial to Zone 7 or Zone 6) – Source
    12. Lovage (True Perennial to Zone 3) – Source

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Episode-1977- Meat Rabbit Management with Tiffany VanderBie

Happy Rabbits at Vanderbie Farms

Tiffany is an owner/operator of VanderBie Farms with her husband Jesse. They have been raising meat rabbits (among goats, chickens, quail, and bees) on their farm for about 3 years now.  They take pride in their work and always strive to produce the best that they can.

Today Tiffany joins us to discuss how they manage their rabbitry.  Why they got into rabbits in the fist place.  Selecting animal for breeding, processing meat animals and deciding when to cull or pass on breeders.

We also discuss some awesome recipes for cooking rabbit meat.  We also talk about some new plans that Tiffany has for her homestead along with the importance of moving slowly when starting out and fully nailing down one form of livestock before adding another.

Today We Answer Questions Like…

  • How Tiffany’s rabbitry is set up
  • How to choose your rabbits (either buying or keepers)
  • The way to cull and process your rabbits
  • How to properly breed rabbits
  • How long gestation, kindling, and weaning take
  • How to market rabbits for sale
  • Some good recipes for rabbit meat
  • How to keep track of the rabbits? (Records, tattoos, etc.)

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Episode-1957- The Beginners Guide to Growing Food

I have done some really advanced stuff with agriculture and permaculture over the years but I realized it has been a long time since I have done something totally devoted to a true beginner.  The person looking at a patch of ground and a back porch and just wanting a garden and some of their own food on their own table.

This does not have to be complicated and it also doesn’t have to be expensive.  Our grand parents and great grand parents didn’t spend a lot of money to grow a garden, they didn’t have design certificates or gadgets either.  Still today we have a lot of options they didn’t, by combining their simple approach and some modern convience we can get off the ground running fast.

We can have a great harvest in our first year and lay the ground work for a garden that gets better and better over time.  We can also do things in a way that shortens the learning curve and makes us feel good about what we are doing, rather than demotivated and frustrated as many first year gardeners become.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • An example of why the “green thumb” is a myth to be ignored
  • What is the goal of a family garden
    • Produce food
    • Save money
    • Improve quality of life
    • Provide better healthier nutrition
  • Should you go with “raised beds”
    • What is the ground like
    • What is your climate like
    • Can you either automate or simply irrigation
    • Are you going to want “borders” if so why
    • Where are you going to get your material and how much will it cost
  • Why I recommend buying plants your first year, at least some of them
    • Plants I recommend buying
      • Peppers
      • Tomatoes
      • Broccoli/Cauliflower
    • High success rate
    • Very broad availability of varieties now
    • Cost is not bad, and this is a learning year
  • Plant I recommend planting from seed in the ground
    • Peas/Beans etc.
    • Beets
    • Radishes
    • Arugula
    • Dill
    • Squash
    • Melons
  • Plants I recommend starting in containers even in your first year or buying
    • Chard
    • Lettuce
    • Basil
    • Parsley
    • Chives
  • Why everyone should grow sweet potato
  • Bed establishment
    • Double dig, sheet mulch or both
    • Bring in material – yes till/turn it in
    • Mulch with wood chips
  • The things that will make your plants successful almost no mater what
    • Dr. Earth 1014 Premium Gold Organic All-Purpose Fertilizer (balanced NPK) – Link
    • Garrett Juice Plus (foliar feed) – Link
    • Blood and Bone Fertilizer – Link
    • GS Plant Foods Liquid Kelp – Link
    • Hydro Organics Earth Juice Cal-n-Mag Plant Food – Link
    • Liquinox Iron Zinc Chelated Solution – Link
    • Endo Mycorrhizae Fungal Inoculation – Link
    • Azomite consider sourcing locally – Link
    • Green Sand consider sourcing locally – Link
    • Lava Sand – source this locally!
    • Expanded Shale – source this locally!
  • Going forward or doing more in the first year (composting-worms-etc)

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Episode-1938- The Cool Bot as a Walk In Cooler Solution

Learn More About the CoolBot at StoreItCold.com

John Bergher from CoolBot joins us today to discuss their product known of course as the CoolBot.  This tool allows you to use a standard high efficiency window air conditioner to build a walk in cooler.

With this technology homesteaders, farmers and anyone in need of cold storage can build a large walk in cooler for thousands of dollars less than buying one.  Since 2006 over 35,000 CoolBots have been deployed all over the world.

John is a dynamic business professional with 20 plus years in key leadership positions. John has spent most of his career in the security and automation industry where he worked in both the residential and commercial channels.

Currently, John serves as the Vice President of Sales & Marketing with Store it Cold, LLC. Store it Cold manufactures and sells the revolutionary CoolBot.  He joins us today to discuss how this technology can help homesteaders and food producers while saving them a great deal of money.

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Episode-1933- Austin Martin on Using Digital Business to Build Your Homesteading Life

Austin Martin is a father of 4, small scale farmer, podcaster, Youtuber, and digital entrepreneur (All before turning 30).

Austin spent the first 3 years of his Homesteading life commuting for an hour or more each day, working a job in the construction field. Waking up at 4:30 am to do animal chores, and arriving home after work in the dark, not able to spend time outside with his kids, led him to change his life.

Now he works from his laptop, allowing him the freedom to spend more time with his family and on his homestead.

Today We Discuss…

  • The initial years starting up a farm business while working fulltime
  • Taking advantage of commuting hours
  • Teaching yourself to build websites
  • Growing a side business, a family and a farm all at the same time
  • Making the call in your transition from worker to full time entrepeneur
  • Why a digital business is a great tool to make homesteading dreams come true
  • Multiple digital enterprises you can run digitally to fund your life
  • The base skills you need to become a digital entrepreneur
  • The right starting point as a new digital entepreneur

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PETV Presentation S01E12 – Rob Avis

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Episode 12 – Rob Avis
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Resilient Homes & Homesteads:
A Permaculture Engineer’s Perspective

Engineer, ecologist & permaculture designer Rob Avis shares the high-level process he uses with clients to design homesteads that leverage and interact with the environment in which they’re built, producing their own energy and food, harvesting and storing water, cycling nutrients, and restoring the surrounding ecosystems.

He’ll talk about how he combines goal setting, informed observation of the landscape, and appropriate innovative technology (such as building envelope design & annualized geo-solar) with environmental consciousness to create resilient, high-performance homes and farms.

With over 20 years of combined experience in engineering, project management, ecological design and sustainable technologies, Rob and his wife Michelle Avis own & operate Adaptive Habitat – a unique and leading edge property design and management company in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

As skilled Professional Engineers, they offer a depth of practical expertise in building science and appropriate technology (solar, wind, combined heat & power), as well as rainwater harvesting, agro-ecology, ecosystem engineering, soil regeneration and onsite wastewater treatment / septic design.

Their extensive project management experience includes site analysis, technical design, cost estimating and scheduling, through to commissioning and construction.

Both hold a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Alberta, interned at theFolkecenter for Renewable Energy in Denmark, and co-foundedVerge Permaculture in 2008, now an internationally-recognized & award-winning regenerative design, consulting, and education center.

Episode-1830- Power Tools for the Homestead

Paslode 902000 and Electric Nail Gun that Can Handle Up To 2.5 Inch 16 Gauge Nails

Paslode 902000 a Cordless Electric Nail Gun that Can Handle Up To 2.5 Inch 16 Gauge Nails

Today we continue our listener voted on Tuesday shows, the poll for the current live voting is here, where you can vote on August’s Tuesday shows.

Today we look at power tools for the homestead.  I want to be clear on that concept, for the homestead, not for the wood shop.  Now there are tools that do belong in both locations, but I am talking day to day and project based homesteading stuff here, not cabinet making or something like that.

The tools I want to talk about today are the tools that I think should be on every homestead from small to large.  The things you will find yourself using monthly if not weekly.  It seems something always needs fixing or building on a homestead.

I will give some specific brand recommendations today and even some product specific links, but I want to be honest, most power tools today are quite well made and you generally get what you pay for.  So don’t feel you have to be like me and bleed Dewalt yellow in your brand loyalty.

In the list I don’t make a big differentiation between cordless and plug in tools, in the show though I will talk a lot about the trade offs between each of them.

Join Me Today To Hear About

  • Homestead tools vs. “wood shop tools”, etc.
  • The homestead environment
    • Project based
    • Stuff breaks
    • Always short on time
  • The thirteen tools I think every homesteader needs
    • Drill
    • Reciprocating Saw
    • Circular Saw
    • Jig Saw
    • Chop Saw
    • Nail Gun
    • Air Compressor
    • Impact Driver
    • Bench Grinder
    • Rotary Tool (Dremel)
    • Angle Grinder
    • Chainsaw
  • Thoughts on pawnshop, low end brands, etc.
  • Final thoughts

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Tools Mentioned on the Show Today

Note – I own all three of the chainsaws listed and recommend them all based on your needs and experience.  The electrics are way less maintenance.  I also own the first generation of the cordless Oregon saw and can say the second generation is a big improvement on an already great saw.

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Episode-1813- Make Mead Like a Viking with Jereme Zimmerman

Making Mead Like A Viking

Making Mead Like A Viking

Jereme Zimmerman is a writer who lives in Berea, Kentucky. He was raised and home schooled in northern Kentucky on Twin Meadows Nubian Goat Farm. He spent more than seven years living and traveling throughout the Pacific Northwest, where he returns regularly.

After brewing beer using conventional modern methods for several years he became fascinated with emulating ancient brewing practices, which in-turn led to his interest in learning how to brew with local, organic, and wild-foraged ingredients.

Jereme documents his research into ancient brewing and muses on the homesteading life at Earthineer.com (as RedHeadedYeti), and through articles with magazines such as Backwoods Home, New Pioneer, American Frontiersman and Hobby Farms.

He is the author of the book Make Mead Like a Viking, published by Chelsea Green Publishing in November 2015. He is a popular workshop facilitator and presents regularly at Mother Earth News Fairs.

Jereme joins us today to discuss his methods of making mead, his book, using natural and wild crafted ingredients, open fermentation and more.

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Episode-1788- Finding the Right Property to Turn Into a Homestead

The Urban Rural Fringe is Often a Homesteading Sweetspot

The Urban Rural Fringe is Often a Homesteading Sweetspot

In case you have not be paying attention for the last 15 years, news flash, homesteading is once again very popular.  From tiny urban homesteads (sue me Dervaes family go for it!) to mid sized small acreages to properties with a “back 40” and everything in between.

Why?  America and much of the modern world is starting to realize how hollow what we call “progress” really is.  They are realizing that a house that eats up 30% or more of monthly income while giving nothing back as a status symbol, doesn’t really make your life better.

Our nation was founded as a nation of homesteaders, again from big to small properties but almost every American not so long ago was using their land to provide for them.  I feel we are returning to that mind set, at least a large number of us are.  Today we look at finding that right property, what to look for, how to evaluate it, how to approach things so you don’t get in over your head or make costly type one errors.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Everything I said about buying property in the BOL episode applies here
  • A quick update on a listener who was willing to walk away and what happened
  • What is the difference between a home and a homestead
    • Homesteads produce vs. consume your resources
    • Homesteads are multi functional
    • Homesteads are generally planned for long term ownership
    • Homesteads are created by their owners, not a “builder”
  • What to look for in a homestead
    • Size, its up to you but think hard about this
    • Locations
      • Urban/Suburban
      • Urban Rural Fringe (sweet spot)
      • Rural
      • Remote
    • Thinking about food production
      • Don’t be married to large numbers of livestock
      • Consider home scale animal solutions
        • Quail
        • Rabbits
        • Chickens
        • Ducks
      • Food production from plant sources
        • Annual gardens
        • Perennial plantings
        • Mushroom production
      • Consider your lifestyle
        • Working a job
        • Working from home
        • Home based business
        • Full time homesteader/homestead business
    • If you want freedom, define it
      • No HOAs
      • Check, double check, codes, zoning, laws
      • Evaluate the neighborhood with a critical eye
    • Economics
      • Things you almost always pay less for if they are already there
        • Outbuildings
        • Ponds
        • Fencing
        • Roofing
        • Almost all infrastructure
      • Things  you tend to pay more for if they are already done
        • Carpet
        • Paint
        • Kitchens
        • Bathrooms
      • Things you should usually not get into your head
        • Additions
        • Removing walls
    • In the end, you can do this almost anywhere, define your dream

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