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Sep 19, 2018

Today, we explore how following the basic concepts put forth through developing your life strategic plan, continually moving your big picture goals forward, and remembering that we are here to live our lives, not have them lived for us. Or something like that...

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Raiding the prepper pantry under times of durres
  • Wonderful pork roast with green chilies

Stump the Sauce

What Mother Nature is Providing

  • Basic veggies for the daily sautee
  • The dog egg story
  • Late season mint, jewel weed
  • Paw Paw update

Independence Fund Update

  • Boat repair
  • Goat repair
  • Deck repair
  • Keep Nicole Sane Repair

Resources

 

Sep 10, 2018

Today, we have a special guest in the house: Shawn Mills. Remember way back when almost a year and a half ago when I had someone come look at my home to help me understand better what it might take to go off grid? Well, that was Shawn. Today we are going to talk about his off-grid lifestyle, as well as focus on things all of us can do to move that direction without committing to a 10k solar panel installation.

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Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • I did not can tomato sauce because of a HUGE web project I am focused on. (The sauce trick)
  • OMG THERE IS SO MUCH STUFF IN THERE IT IS OVERWHELMING
  • That venison loin we cooked

What Mother Nature is providing

  • Persimmons
  • Paw paws are about done
  • Watercress
  • Still have late summer medicinals: jewelweed, goldenrod, etc…

Stump the Sauce

  • Lemongrass

Operation Independence

  • Traded for a kayak - stoked about it!
  • Put in 6 hours on taxes. Still. not. Done.
  • Landed a new deal for digital coaching that should be great for our ongoing stability and can be done from here.

Main topic of the show: Off-Grid Mentality Can Improve Your Homestead with Shawn Mills

Make it a great week!

Song: The Flood by Sauce

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Sep 4, 2018

Today, we will take a walk through the benefits of simply living. Simply living - as in simply living your life, not letting others live it for you. Why Simply living and not simple living? You gotta listen to find out!

Tales from the Prepper Pantry
38 jars of salsa are canned
Putting up tomato sauce this week
Need to do an shelving overhaul in there
The mud room is mostly full of jars, but some will go to our chili loving friends who put in on the chillies this year

What Mother Nature is providing
Goldenrod
Beans beans beans and funny beans
Damn the electrical company for spraying on my land
PAW PAWS ARE READY -

Stump the Sauce
Rattle Snake Recipe

Operation Independence
Put up 39 pints of salsa for winter
August was a record month for the airbnb
Sticking to my guns on the weekly finance review
Need to get taxes done

The Bounty of Simply Living .... not having your life lived for you.

Song: Strange Child, by Sauce

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Aug 27, 2018

Today we talk about preparing for winter, Christmas gift ideas, decision making with emotions, green chilipalooza and more!

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Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Tomato canning
  • Drying red runners
  • Green chili weekend is this weekend: Salsa, canning chilies, roasting chilies, eating chilies

What Mother Nature is providing

  • A word on the fall garden
  • Okra okra okra
  • Jerusalem Artichokes are blooming -
  • Lotsa tomatoes
  • A final mullein, mint, lemon balm and comfrey sweep
  • Jewelweed

Stump the Sauce

  • Coffee in soup

Tales from the Booze Whisperer

  • Using all the tomato water when canning

Operation Independence

  • Put up 26.5 quarts of tomatoes - $2 a quart including propane and lids (but not my time).
  • Fridge win for the duplex

Christmas is coming - gift ideas

    1. Custom bitters
    2. Coffee air freshener
    3. Jams and jellies
    4. Rustic Walking stick
    5. Elderberry Syrup kit: dried elderberries, cinnamon, ginger, cayenne pepper, honey 

The newly adopted family that visited and an update on Airbnb

Making decisions by emotion

Fall on the homestead = prepare for winter

Song: Feed My Hunger by Sauce

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Aug 20, 2018

And today, I have a fun interview to share with you. I talked to a friend, John Moody who boasts a background at the Farm to Table legal defense fund, has built a high tunnel on his land, and approaches homesteading with the simple idea that: don’t make it harder than it has to be. He is about to release his book, the frugal homestead, and is an all-around fun guy to talk with!

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What Mother Nature is providing

  • Watercress is starting to come back
  • Creek Mint
  • Lots of veggies
  • Fall Garden Time is Now

What we are preserving this week

  • Beans and corn.
  • Lesson learned from canning sauerkraut

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Scored another bushel of corn and canned it
  • Need to insulate the exterior wall in the prepper pantry to see if temperature regulates better

Ideas from the Booze Whisperer

  • Hickory Smoked Bourbon and Lavender Simple Syrup

Operation Independence

  • We relaxed with friends this weekend and what started as a quiet visit expanded into a fun gathering
  • What do do when you have people to feed and not enough eggs (Crepes)
  • Conquered paper mountain!!! (Taxes are almost done because of this)

Interview with John Moody, Author of Frugal Homesteading 

Song: Learning What Leaving Is, Sauce


Resources

Aug 14, 2018

Today, we will take a look at what it means to change your narrative into something that helps move you where you want to go.

Resources

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What Mother Nature is providing

Hot weather AND rain - perfect for fall garden if you can keep things going
Tomatoes, beans and okra
Swiss chard is ramping up
Dill weed and other herbs
More elderberries - still seeking 1 gallon
Early season apples

What we are preserving this week

Canning tomatoes
Sauerkraut canning

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

Canned jars are stacking up
Garlic is ready to be stored - so it is inside
It’s hot in there - still haven’t defrosted the freezer

Tales from the booze whisperer

What to do with canned peaches

Operation Independence

Change Your Narrative, Change Your Life

  1. Learn about frame or perspective: This is what those annoying people who love lemonade do.
  2. Define what is really important to your success and frame your personal narrative toward that.
  3. Learn how your behavior impacts those around you - and use that.

Make it a great week.

Song: Feed My Hunger, by Nicole Sauce

Aug 7, 2018

Today, I talk through the two types of canning and the 8 projects you can do to slowly build up your canning skills. 

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Make it a great week!

Song: Mr Clammy by Sauce

Jul 31, 2018

Today, we will do a Holler Homestead roundup review and look into fall. That’s right, it has been a few months since we took a look at my homestead here, how it is doing, and where we are going as we move into fall. Right now is when you should be readying your fall beds. Now is when you should be at least half wat finished canning your winter stores. Now is when you should be thinking – Christmas is coming, what will I make for gifts? And now is a great time for the quarterly assessment of your lifestyle goals.

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What Mother Nature is Providing

This is where we talk about what is coming off the land around us to enrich our lives.

  • Passion flower: Goats have unearthed passionflower which will turn into passion fruit this fall
  • Elderberries are coming on fast and I will miss harvesting some due to my business trip this week. 
  • All the vegetables: squash, beans, corn, cabbage, tomatoes, peppers, herbs, swiss chard
  • Sweet potato greens: Recipe and processing and the sifference from potatoes
  • A tale of the megadill plants at Cider Hollow Farm

What we are preserving this week

This is where we talk about what we preserve, when we preserve it, and how we process it.

  • Drying herbs
  • On the road
  • A word on recovering from Pneumonia and the relative level of activity a person can sustain (It’s like altitude sickness)

An aquaponics update

  • A word on pests
  • Balancing the system and what we did to fix it
  • Funky germination
  • Volume of food and what I will do differently next year
    • Trellising
    • Prune and layer things differently
    • More purposeful layering
    • More beds and not all the things in all the beds

Tales from the prepper pantry

  • Bee update: Wax moths and the related cleanup
  • It’s official, we are 1/3 ready for winter. 1 room is full of jars.
  • Still pushing slowly forward on the reset for fall storage

Operation Independence

  • Three new ducks and a chicken
  • Campground expansion in process
  • #my3things is growing
  • Headed to Houston for the week to earn money

 

Summer at the Holler Homestead.

Song: Every Way, by Sauce

Jul 24, 2018

Today, we have an exploration topic: Navigating tough communications and interpersonal relationships. What does that have to do with homesteading or independence? Well it turns out it has a lot to do with both those things.

What Mother Nature is providing

  • Squash bugs and vine borers have won yet again - the early heat wave.
  • Tomatoes, green beans, okra, corn
  • Elderberry, sumac berries, lemon balm
  • Mimosa flowers are still going strong
  • Still haven’t seen blueberries
  • Confession on garlic: You can’t dig when you have pneumonia

What we are preserving this week

  • Buch update
  • Drying sage, lemonbalm and peppermint
  • Canning corn and beans

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • From last week: It’s about time to re-organize all the canned goods and take an assessment
  • Operation prepper pantry fury as Brian would say
  • Defrosting the chest freezer will happen soon - as soon as I am well

Listener Feedback

  • Phone consultation question
  • Listening twice

Operation Independence

  • Refined focus has helped despite losing weeks to illness.
  • Increased the debt payoff allocation (emergency fund is back in place, had a good month with our Airbnb, paper sold the most ads ever this edition)
  • Taxes are getting closer

Topic: Navigating Tough Communication

Song: Cilly Song

Jul 19, 2018

Today, we have a chat with the Tactical Redneck about the MBTI personality types and how he has learned from this way of categorizing people to improve his interpersonal skills at work. It is a fast interview paired with an update from Samantha the Savings Ninja.

Jul 16, 2018

Today, I want to talk about how focusing on a few things can help you get many things done. That’s right. We have touched on this concept in other episodes, but today, I thought we could dive a little deeper. And what sparked this idea? Well, it is the new Facebook group, Living Free in Tennessee Coffee Break. This is where lots of listeners are starting to post up to 3 do or die items that they will get done that day to move themselves forward toward their long-term goals. Some of the things are small, like taking a walk every morning. Some are big: like put up 6 bushels of corn — or some crazy amount — that took that person three days, but she got it done. And people are posting pictures of their progress and sharing ideas. But why three? Why now? We will talk about that after our segments.

What Mother Nature is providing

  • Lots of tomatoes, cukes, squashes, onions, cabbage, greenbeans
  • Mullein flowers have arrive and it is time to harvest
  • Mimosa flowers are here – tincture
  • Someone put a goat roast in my freezer and we are having a curry from that
  • Potatoes are here but I hope to put off getting any until October because my storage area is not well enough insulated to keep those puppies cool
  • Peaches arrived this week but I have not seen any blueberries. I fear the frost killed those

What we are preserving this week

  • Dried our runner beans so we can hull them (what happened last year)
  • Should be canning corn, but I am sick and taking another week off – maybe 2. It’s totally freaking me out
  • Drying mullein flowers
  • Bee balm would be coming on had I not killed it
  • Making komboucha Karley / continuous style (see member portal for her fermentation video)
  • Should be making pickles but again – sick

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • It’s about time to re-organize all the canned goods and take an assessment
  • Operation prepper pantry fury as Brian would say
  • Defrosting the chest freezer will happen soon – as soon as I am well

Operation Independence

  • Updating the duplex: New deadline – end of August, and a trade
  • Airbnb has been jammin

Build Personal Productivity with #My3Thing

Song: Special, By Sauce

Resources

Jul 2, 2018

Today we talk about five uses for an abundance of cucumbers. Everyone else around me who got their gardens started on time are drowning in cucumbers! I even got a text from a long time friend asking me how to make pickles this week. And SHE doesn’t do canning ---- yet. So if I am drowning in cucumbers without even having mine even begin to develop yet, then other people who were more responsible about planting this year must be covered up in these tasty veggies.

NEW Membership Portal Discount! MT Knives.

Resources
MT Knives: MtKnives.net
The MTK Talon
Membership Sign Up
Cucumbers as beauty supplies
Canning in 8 Projects Episode: Pickles
Tomato Cucumber Soup

What Mother Nature is providing
Lots of tomatoes
Overwhelming numbers of cucumbers
Sweet potato greens
Early onions
Cabbage - sauerkraut
Watercress and salad are done

Tales from the Prepper Pantry
Hashbrowns on pizza - buy sharpies
Dealing with smelly/mildew clothes in the south at this time of year
Dishwasher soap experiment

Listener feedback
New Facebook Group: Living Free in Tennessee Coffee Break
Mewe Group

Ideas from the Booze Whisperer
Cucumber Cocktail

Operation Independence
Updating the duplex:
$800 for roughing in three fixtures in a duplex remodel with a friend. (Numbers derived from national average installation pricing)
Managed to keep my commitment to myself and keep the dishes and laundry caught up in the past week of busy

And now for the main topic of our show: 5 uses for an abundance of cucumbers.

If you are new to this show, or new to homesteading, etc., do feel free to reach out and suggest topics for me to cover. Just shoot an email to nicole@livingfreeintennessee.com.

Make it a great week.

Song: Tripped Out by Sauce

Jun 25, 2018

I have a special one for you today. Remember the lady who bought the acreage in the Ozarks with multiple dilapidated cabins and a cave with a restaurant built into it? That’s right, I had a chance to catch up with Dori a few weeks ago and find out how her winter went, where she has made progress and what her past 9 months or so have been like. Yes, today you get to hear about her walk toward independence, one year later. 

Resources

What Mother Nature is providing

  • The first tomato! (and New tomato transplants in the aquaponics system)
  • Everything - we are getting just about everything right now minus Okra.
  • Summer salads
    • Creamy cucumber with dill
    • German style potato salad (shhhh Lynn)
    • Coleslaw
    • Tart Pasta Salad

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • CANNING SEASON

Advice from the Cocktail Whisperer
(See more from David over at Biltong for Breakfast)

  • Icy Smooth Bourbon Beverage 

Operation Independence

  • $500 for grey water repair which is FINALLY done
  • $1 a load for not drying the laundry with propane

Homestead Design One Year Later - An interview with Dori

Make it a great week.

Song: Wolf by Sauce (At Dori's request)

Photos from 40 Acres and a Cave

Jun 18, 2018

I had an inspiration, a breakthrough. It was really just a simple thought, but that doesn't sound as cool as a breakthrough. And it came to me at the oddest time. It came at a time when all was quiet, I wasn’t thinking about grey water, or canning, or growing Holler Roast Coffee, or the paper or anything else. It came to me in a moment of silence, when I was kicking back observing the world around me, just walking along the road with my dogs. And it got me to thinking. What do we need to have in place to have breakthroughs? What can we do to help ourselves grow and change? We will talk about that later in the show.

Two Year anniversary: Membership sale for one week!

Resources

Membership Sign Up
Five Elements of Homemade Salad Dressing

What Mother Nature is providing
Elderflowers are still going strong
Wineberries
Basil
Cabbage
Raspberries for about another week
Green Garlic: Cream of garlic soup
Green tomatoes
First Jalapeno pepper from the Aquaponics system

Tales from the Prepper Pantry
Drying last year’s garlic - yes is stored that long with no problems
Honey Harvest: 8 mediums (!!!) Borrowing a centrifuge from our friend Ricky

Learning Aquaponics
Trellising in 15 minutes - a story
Rooting things in the ebb and flow bed

Operation Independence
Hit the paper hard and it yielded two big clients! 

Breakthroughs Come when you least expect them.....some thoughts.

Make it a great week!

Song: The Flood by Sauce

Jun 11, 2018

Today we will talk to Vin Armani about declaring independence. What struck me about his talk at Liberty Forum was that it was not a tired lecture on the the historical relevance of our Declaration of Independence here, it was an evaluation of what sparks people to choose to be free, and what character elements one needs to have to do it. We also have a crypto tip from our friend Kurt.

Show Resources

What Mother Nature is providing

  • Poke Weed, Tiger lillies - Lilium lancifolium, Basil
  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Yellow squash begins
  • Raspberries are ripe
  • Garlic is coming out of the ground this week
  • And we’ve still got elderberry blooms to fritter up, as well as red clover flowers to harvest and dry for tea

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • We got our first round of beets to pickle

Harvest Bounty

  • Letting Tomato Suckers get about 6-8 inches long them putting them in the ebb and flow bed to root for future transplant
  • Starting to plan which plants will leave the system and go to Kurt’s where the Middle TN GSD crew is planning to do an aquaponics installation this weekend

Questions from Listeners

From Amy on FB: "I've been enjoying your podcasts for quite a while. I enjoy them bc I'm homesteading not far in N. Alabama and our climates are very similar. I'm wondering if you or your TN audience would like to share what counties in TN you think are great for finding good homesteading land for a good price. I'm planning to look for some land on the other side of the state line. Also any reasons TN is so awesome in general to homestead in?"

Operation Independence

  • Something has been added to the Independence fund - we just don’t know what
  • Community and self reliance
  • Thanks Knighthawk
  • Kurt’s segment on Purse.io

Declaring Independence with Vin Armani

  • A conversation about Satyagraha, crypto, declaring independence for yourself, what is none of your business, self ownership and more.

Make it a great week! Song:

Jun 4, 2018

Today we talk about animals on the homestead, and more particularly training animals on the homestead. This is not the all-successful animal trainer’s view of getting your animals in line telling you how to achieve impossible results with just one week of practice when they have spent a lifetime learning. This will be a discussion of the benefits of training your livestock and some ideas on how to do that, as well as stories and examples of things I have done well here at the Holler Homestead === and not so well.

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What Mother Nature is providing

  • Poke Weed
  • Tiger lilies - Lilium lancifolium
  • Lettuce
  • Garlic flowers
  • Chard
  • Dill
  • Basil

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Using up non-pickled beets
  • Drying last year’s garlic to make garlic powder

Harvest Bounty

  • The 5 foot tomato was really 4 feet. NOW it is 5 feet and the blight begins
  • Trellising
  • Sweet potato greens are ready

Questions from Listeners:

  • What exactly do 'you' do with dandelions. Do you roast the root, dry the leaves for tea, etc. How do you best use the 'weed'?
  • What do 'you' do with mullein. Do you simply dry the leaves and then use it for hot tea?
  • How do you make your comfrey salve? Do you get the bees wax from your bees or do you buy it?
  • Compostable toilets--can it really be as easy as a 5 gallon bucket and sawdust? Operation

Independence

  • $50 in the independence fund - rental property faucet and why basic skills are important
    The hack saw that saved the day

Topic of the day: Training Animals on the Homestead

  1. Learn the animal’s perspective. Observe - every day.
  2. Find out what motivates them
  3. Figure out what you need to train them to do, or not to do
  4. Schedule your time to train them

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And with that, go out and Make it a great week!

Song: Mr. Clammy by Sauce

May 29, 2018

Today, we walk through all the endeavors here at the Holler Homestead and assess if we are in track, where to focus and how to move forward. Assessing your progress along the year is important to developing the lifestyle you want, building independence and stability and staying focused.

What Mother Nature is providing

  • Poke Weed
  • Elderflower Fritters
  • Watercress is done until it cools down
  • Seeing unripe wild raspberries on the vines

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Corn is used up! Celebrating
  • Strawberry Geranium Jam

Harvest Bounty

  • Lettuce and chard
  • The 5 foot tall tomato
  • Vining plants are ready for trellising

Operation Independence

  • $50 in on the replaced plug

Make it a great week!

Song: Mr. Clammy

Resources

May 22, 2018

Today, I want to circle back on community, self-reliance, and side hustles. You see, we had a great Spring Workshop here in late April, and some pretty cool relationships came from that. And not just the - oh hey I met you at a workshop kind, but some real relationships. My next door neighbor has worked two days at another participant’s farm, there is another gathering coming up this weekend that has coordinated itself, and so much more. 

What Mother Nature is providing

  • Hemlock is flowering
  • The usuals for salad: hairy vetch, watercress, dandelion
  • Garlic scapes!!
  • Salad
  • Sprouts are back up and running since I am home

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Farmers market update: All salads all the time - things are waaay behind this season
  • Staying the course on using things up

Harvest Bounty

  • We lost about 5 of the 20 fish 

Operation Independence

  • Update on the new schedule: Today has been the first day I was able to really follow it.
  • The AirbnB is open for the season and we are getting lots of rent

Song: Wolf by Sauce

May 16, 2018

Today, we explore why adding creative pursuits into your life helps you succeed in other areas, even if you are not the best in show in whatever creative thing you choose to learn. You may be wondering what this has to do with designing a successful and happy life, homesteading, freedom, or side hustles. Here’s the thing. It’s hard to justify it in a pithy soundbite. But creative pursuits result in physical, mental and emotional benefits. So hang with me on this and I hope you will find ways to reprogram yourself through creative pursuits as you design the life you love.

This episode is dedicated to Puff --- our kitty that was with us for too short a time.

What Mother Nature is providing

  • Asparagus
  • Goldenseal, a plant rife with medicinal uses
  • Salve season is here with the comfrey and jewelweed right at perfect harvest size for this purpose.
  • Aquaponics update: Another salad has resulted from the system, which is crankin out some growth. We added 20 goldfish last night and have lost one so far. And I did plant all the seeds in advance of what was supposed to be a rainy day. It’s sunny. And blazing hot.

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Still getting set up to dry teas for the winter
  • Hoping to see beets at the farmers market soon.

Operation Independence
13 hours in the car with Mama Sauce has helped me restructure time in a way that I think will leave more room for creative pursuits - guys - if you can’t afford a consultant to help you deconstruct your choices as you build your life the way you want it, find some close friends and ask for coaching from them. The outside view is instrumental in helping you get more effective and this long talk with mama sauce really helped me adjust some priorities that were more oriented toward urgent rather than important.

Five benefits of building creative pursuits into your life.

Song: Feed My Hunger by Sauce

Make it a great week!

May 7, 2018

Today, I want to share with you a beginner’s perspective on Aquaponics. At the LFTN Spring Workshop, two awesome guys installed an Aquaponics system here, so I got to witness first hand how to install something right the first time, AND we have been using it for a week now. One of the things that has kept me from doing aquaponics here has been how hard it sounds to set something up, so having this in place is a big deal. So for those of you out there thinking about aquaponics, or even those who are not sure it is a good idea, I want to let you know what it is like as a beginner to launch and learn about Aquaponics.

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What Mother Nature is providing

  • Watercress is winding up
  • Hairy vetch, chickweed and deadnettle
  • Stinging nettle is blooming here and will die back until fall, unless we get rainy/cooling in the next month or so
  • Asparagus
  • Goldenseal, a plant rife with medicinal uses
  • Tea time: lemon balm, blackberry and raspberry leaves. There should be bee balm, but I must have managed to kill my patch of it. 

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Putting up dried herbs and tea makings - both for flavor and medicinal. Creek mint is ready to harvest. 
  • Beeswax
  • Story: the swarming bees - when 2 hives become 4, plus 2 off site

Harvest Bounty

  • Aquaponics are in and we are setting strategies for where/how we will run vines.
  • Garlic should scape out in the next few weeks.

Stretching meals

  • Workshop leftovers

Operation Independence

  • Mama Sauce came and helped do another round of get rid of the clutter - which frees us to focus on the important rather than the urgent
  • Spring Workshop ROCKED and is a foundation in our walk toward independence. 
  • Taxes are back on the todo list right after carnegie hall.

Speaking of Carnegie: May 12th, 2pm meet up in New York at a pub near Carnegie Hall. The Irish Pub:  837 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019. DO check on our Facebook page and website though because if it is full, we will adjust our plans. Just look for the chick with the cowboy hat.

Why Aquaponics: Things grow too well in Tennessee - by which I mean the wrong things grow too well and with the coffee business, I wanted to have time to devote to coffee.

Project goal: Aquaponics that looks great in front of the house so Mark does not make me remove it, pays for itself or even earns money, runs itself when I am away in case Mark is out working on the paper.

Lesson 1: Aquaponic is much easier than it seems when you start learning about it.

Lesson 2: Installation can be cheap and hard work, or more expensive and quick and easy

Lesson 3: It is frightening how fast things grow

Lesson 4: You can plant things closer together - and kill things fast.

Lesson 5: It’s not about the fish

Make it a great week!

Song: Special by Sauce

May 2, 2018

Today, we review the good, the bad, the ugly from the Living Free in Tennessee Spring Workshop with The Tactical Redneck, one of our participants. All in all, things went well, folks got to learn from each other about homesteading things, a surprise session on how to capture bee swarms happened, and we even got to be intimately involved with a real aquaponics installation. It was a good time, and we hope that the relationships forged at this event will serve all those who were here well for years to come.

Make it a great week!

Song; Cilly Song, by Sauce

Apr 16, 2018

Today we talk through 7 steps to take to deescalate tense situations, talk about bees and bee swarms, and share stores of what has gone on at the Holler Homestead over the past week or so. This spring has run away and we had snowflakes this morning, as well as some fun goaty antics.

Apr 9, 2018

Today we talk about 10 tips for coordinating a workshop on your own property. Want to know why? Well, selfishly, this is in part because ALL I am thinking about right now is workshop details. And also because I know lots of you are on your own side hustle or entrepreneurial adventure. It is so cool when you send me emails about what you are up to. And you guys have neat skills that not everyone has. When you are in this situation, it becomes tempting to host a workshop and share the knowledge. So today, we will go over some early lessons I have learned getting the LFTN18 Spring Workshop up and running.

What Mother Nature is providing

  • Dryad’s Saddle
  • Watercress is getting long in the tooth, deadnettle and wild mustard flower
  • Raspberry leaves for tea
  • Mint is starting to come on

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Play a little help from our friends
  • The snakes were tamed by a very special set of visitors who reminded me to have fun no matter what - and fun we did have.
  • The sweet potato slips
  • Using up the canned goods: Weekend stew
  • Making pickled quail eggs for the spring workshop.

Getting the gardens ready

  • Seedling update - Houston we had a problem
  • Getting materials for the Aquaponics system - and also getting excited

Operation Independence

  • Metal scrap pays for gas tomorrow
  • Outdoor composting toilet is ready to go
  • Last week’s trip to Houston will knock out one of my debts

The 10 tips for hosting a workshop on your homestead

Organize your schedule around a foundational speaker.

  1. Organize your schedule around a foundational speaker.
  2. Give yourself at least 6 months or a year to get this right: Marketing, mechanics of web sign up, overview emails, getting your grounds read, all take a ton of time.
  3. Events a bloody expensive.
  4. Infrastructure need to have vs nice to have list - then cut the need to have list in half and set realistic participant expectations.
  5. When someone offers to help, find a way to let them help. Your community helping you go toward the same mission is what will make or break you.
  6. Hire help. You may be really good at catering these things. You dont actually have time to do that. Know the roles, write them down, have some backups ready to go.
  7. Empower the participants to make things better. (Slack)
  8. Organize early and often. Remember the little things are the most important.
  9. Inform your neighbors
  10. Do a run of show two weeks in advance

 

And remember this tip from one of our friends: You will always wish you had 2 more weeks to get ready (from David at Cider Hollow)

And with that, go out, and make it a great week!

Song: Thanks Dave, Sauce

Apr 2, 2018

It’s been awhile since we explored a freedom topic, and as most of you know, the ability to live life as freely as possible is one reason that Mark and I have chosen to go on this homesteading journey. So today, I thought that it might be fun to examine something about freedom that most people don’t talk much about: building the ability to know what is none of your business. You’ve all heard the term “Nimby” right? Well today we will walk through that, along with our usual segments and a few tales from the Holler.

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What Mother Nature is providing
• Dryad’s Saddle
• Watercress, deadnettle and wild mustard flowers
• Poke and hairy vetch should be coming out soon

Tales from the Prepper Pantry
• The blue bins and resulting can of snakes
• Pickled beets in deviled eggs
• Three final squashes to be buried in the garden
• Onions still hanging in there
• 8 jars of turkey stock put up

Getting the gardens ready
• Seedlings are in place
• Need to trim the raspberries and thin out the wood chips
• Hoping to see asparagus soon

Stretching meals
• Turkey: Cooked on Sunday and lasted the whole week, yielding 8 jars of stock put up, 2 cans of stock in the fridge, 1 large stew, turkey tacos, and turkey scramble. Even the pigs got in on the scramble because I made too much. The turkey cost $11, carrots and other ingredients cost about $8 and we hardly had anything but turkey related items all week.

>>Surprise savings ninja segment

Operation Independence
• The pump replacement store
• Workshop preparations
o Composting toilet
o House of cards cleanup project
o Outdoor shower redo

Questions to ask yourself as you explore the question: What is None of your Business?

Song: Feed My Hunger by Sauce

Mar 27, 2018

A friend asked me, while looking at a carcass to cut up on his butchering table, how I would butcher a lamb if I had one here for Mark and me. So today, we will talk about how to process your spring lamb - or goat - for two. 

What mother nature is providing

  • Watercress season is here
  • Wild mustard flowers - as usual in time for Easter
  • Dead nettle and chickweed
  • Dandelion greens and flowers

Tales from the prepper pantry

  • The tools are organized!
  • The last onions have landed in my kitchen - I kept finding more
  • Avocado quinoa salad.
  • Butternut squash bisque this week

Stretching Meals

  • Turkey cycle again this time, but with new recipes - we will share some next week.

Operation Independence

  • The trout conundrum as they relate to operation independence. Help please.
  • What is the Independence Fund anyway?

  Great resource for cutting up a lamb from the Guardian of all places: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/gallery/2008/nov/19/foodanddrink  

Make it a great week!

Song: Cilly Song, by Sauce

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