Episode-2171- The Hunter Gatherer Homestead
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So today we will talk a bit about foraging and hunting and where they fit into all this but that is not the main topic. I am talking hunting and gathering like behavior on your own homestead be it 1000 acres or 1000 square feet.
The term hunter/gather is tossed around a lot but we seldom look at the actual lifestyle of such people. What is it composed of? We such people do either grow or gather “survival rations” things you can store long term for when times get lean. But in general they are like omnivorous human grazers.
Think about how much game was in North America before it was settled by westerners. There were 10s of millions of Native peoples living here but they had almost no negative impact on the game. Why? They took what they needed as they needed it. And you know what, they did this more for convenience than for conservation reasons.
Think about it, say you own 12 cattle on your land and your land can feed them. How many are you going to kill at one time if you are only using them to feed your family? Well one of course, it is less work, that is the biggest reason. The rest continue to take care of themselves and make more cattle until you need another one. We will examine this and more today as we take a different look at homesteading.
Join Me Today to Discuss…
- The lifestyle of the hunter gatherer, it ain’t what we’ve been taught on TV
- How this applies to homesteading
- Some main crops or foraging in time of plenty
- Most of the time eating like a grazer
- Produce vegetables, fruits and proteins
- Don’t work harder than you have to
- Only harvest or even create large harvests that make sense
- Some keys to this lifestyle
- First it is basic permaculture design
- Plant in high density
- Plant in heavy diversity
- Succession planting
- Develop some protein source
- Include perennials
- Do a little bit every day
- Automate anything you can
- Accept seasonal limits
- Grow what survives or create an environment where it can
- Do forage/hunt off site
- Why this method works best for the most people
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- Walking To Freedom
- The Granddaddy’s Gun Club
- Bullhead Fishing Forum – A new little site I started
- Biltong For Breakfast
- Ballad of the Alamo – Marty Robbins
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Brilliant show, one of the best to date, both usefull and enjoyable.
Wait: are you telling me that Fred Flintstone didn’t work a forty-hour week in a quarry? < mind = blown >
Check out the movie The God’s Must be Crazy, comparing the bushmen of the Kalahari of Africa to the “Civilized” people. It sort of looks like a documentary but it is fantastically funny and has some wisdom to it if you are paying attention.
Here is a clip describing the ‘civilized’ people. Good stuff starts at about the 33 second mark.
Somewhere we have a picture of the bed of my great uncle’s Ranchero mounded with Morel mushrooms. =} Now it does hide a bed cover, but still a lot of Morels! They freeze too. Rinse, slice, and place on cookie sheets. When they are solid, the can be bagged up.
I for one don’t mind hearing the littles. I’ll reference Dr. Suess. “People that matter don’t mind, people that mind don’t matter.”
I feel for you on the de-ducking. We are de-hogging for the time being. Hard when I grew up with 100 sows and raised their offspring for feeders and butchers, but farrowing isn’t working with our current schedule. Down to just one pig now, destined for the freezer.
Excellent episode. Not quite a month ago I wrote in my garden book that I needed to approach the garden this year with more of a foraging mindset: planting, tending, successions, and preserving can quickly become too much. Many good and helpful ideas in this episode, as well as encouragement to simplify. Thank you!
Sounds like you’re ripping off Jason Akers again.
What the hell are you talking about? First Jason hasn’t done a podcast since 2012, second Jason started his show after becoming a listener to this one. I never lift content from anyone and what was presented here isn’t even close to Jason’s sthick.