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Nov 13, 2018

Today, I run through three key lessons from the #TSP18 workshop that happened over the weekend at Jack Spirko's place in Texas. There were many more than three lessons to learn, but when it comes to living your life rather than have someone else live it for you, this event was a great motivator.

Oct 29, 2018

Today, we talk about what steps I will take to prepare the aquaponics system for winter, as well as go over what you can do now to get your garden beds ready for a great spring!

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Phase 1 has been completed 
  • Final canning events of the year (after Jack’s)
  • Drying Mushrooms
  • November: Meat rotation in the freezer
  • Time to extract honey, or package it in tinfoil to avoid freezer burn
  • Gluehwein season is here

What Mother Nature is providing

  • Ap: Swiss chard and not much else at the moment
  • Time to winterize. More on that later
  • Winterize the bees
  • Mushrooms are exploding
  • Firewood

Stump the Sauce

Operation Independence

  • Tile, Tile, Tile, Tile on the rental that has taken forever. Tiling on a wavy wall (operation independence)
  • One annoying thing season

Main topic of the show: Winterizing the Aquaponics System and garden beds

Four things to to to the ap:

  • Stock tank heater
  • Bed hoops
  • Insulation on the feeder hoses
  • Bring in the frost sensitive plants

How to prepare your beds for winter

  • Clean them out
  • Layers: manure, compost, forest dirt, leaves, straw or wood chips or another mulch. (My thoughts on local wood chips)
  • What to do if you interplant like I do

A Final Winter checklist

  • Waters ready to be ice-free?
  • Bees?
  • Animal bedding sufficient?
  • Goat hay needed
  • Pump house filters changed
  • Bring in the banana trees
  • Try to overwinter a rosemary plant and the tabasco peppers

Make it a great week.

Song: Strange Child by Sauce

Advisory Board

The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

 

Oct 23, 2018

Today is that moment you have all been waiting for: A debrief of our visit to see Dori at her place, 40 Acres and a Cave. We will have a short debrief of what happened for the visit and a run down of some things we can all learn from what she is doing out there with that fantastic property.

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Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Harvested my sweet potatoes and got about ¾ of a bushel for the prepper pantry.
  • Curing Sweet potato
  • Last green bean harvest of the season
  • Blueberry oatmeal
  • Still have not done the big move-in for Winter 2018
  • The great lasagna and the mandolin zucchini noodles

What Mother Nature is providing

  • Ap: Swiss chard is coming on
  • First Oyster mushrooms - planning to put up a ton
  • Last of the sage
  • Lemon balm - last call
  • Almost time for horseradish
  • Parsley

Stump the Sauce

  • Oxtail: Paired with jerk or curry - http://coopcancook.com/braised-oxtails/
  • What Sauce would do: sear then do a roemertopf with smoked paprika, rosemary, garlic, salt, peppers, carrots, onion, salt - served over sauteed mushroom or rice with a broth made from the rendered juices of the roemertopf and a bit of stock - because there is always stock.

Operation Independence

  • The great plumbing repair: $150
  • Taxes really did get sent - next up: more taxes
  • The gas dryer story
  • Coffee of the month is starting to sell

A debrief of 40 Acres and a Cave

Make it a great week!

Song: Anonymous by Sauce

Advisory Board

The Booze Whisperer
The Tactical Redneck
Chef Brett
Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

Oct 15, 2018

So, this episode will focus on a man I have long admired in our area: Billy Kaufman of Short Mountain Distillery. Billy moved to Tennessee with a vision. What he started doing morphed into where he is today and we had a great talk about his distillery, the Haunted Woods event, and his journey from arrival to where he is today. There is so much to learn from how he has flexed and adjusted as he develops his farm into something beautiful. And while the what of he is doing has changed, his vision remains largely unchanged. It is a great example of how sticking to a vision over a tactic can help you launch the lifestyle you want.

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • The weather went from the low 90s to 60s in 24 hours and it is time
  • Hen of the woods while at Dori’s place
  • Tomatoes are finally on the agenda
  • Getting Ready to extract honey

What Mother Nature is providing

  • Ap: Green beans, greens
  • Harvesting a round of spices to dry for winter use
  • Mushrooms
  • Watercress 
  • Chestnuts 

Operation Independence

  • Did a property walk and homestead plan with 40 Acres and a Cave which is giving me the data I need to offer more of these in the coming year - and it was so much fun I am dying to tell you about it.
  • Paid off a card in the game of finance with a check that was very very very late in arriving.
  • Launched Coffee of the Month

Main topic of the show: Haunted Woods, Moonshine, and the Power of Vision with Billy Kaufmann

Question: How are you surrounding yourself with doers or takers?

Make it a great week!

Song: Learning What Leaving Is, by Sauce

Advisory Board

The Booze Whisperer
The Tactical Redneck
Chef Brett
Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

Oct 9, 2018

Today, we will talk about something a bit different: why we end each episode with make it a great week. We will also take a look at what that means for so many, and tell some stories along the way.

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Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • It’s been a light week in the pantry with all the other projects underway
  • Incoming visit from the Knifemaker (Get Patrick to check in). He showed me how to sharpen my awesome chef’s knife
  • Hot as blazes so boxes are STILL in my office

What Mother Nature is providing

  • Green Beans
  • Time to harvest sweet potatoes
  • Chestnuts

Stump the Sauce

  • Meatloaf experiment and leftover scramble

Tales from the Booze Whisperer

  • A missive from over the pond

Operation Independence

  • Coffee of the month beans arrive TOMORROW!!
    • Soft Launch is Wednesday
  • Headed to 40 acres and a farm

Main Topic: New tagline - Helping you to live the life you choose on your terms

Song: Suicide by Sauce

Advisory Board

The Booze Whisperer
The Tactical Redneck
Chef Brett
Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

Oct 1, 2018

Today, I want to talk about progress and the fall. Winter is coming, but right now, we get to enjoy the fruits of our labor. More about that in the main show topic.

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Reorganization Needed
  • Did the last round of root cellar orders: 2 bags of onions, 2 boxes of potatoes, 1 sweet potato, 2 cushaw squash, a pumpkin for fun. Total cost: $80
  • Pantry coaching is a thing - it’s not frantic prepping, it is just smart.
    • Document what you eat
    • Try some seasonal bulk purchases - maybe just 1 thing
    • See if you use it up
    • USE IT UP

What Mother Nature is providing

  • Harvested and set out to dry Goldenrod
  • Chestnuts
  • Turkey and Deer season is upon us 

Stump the Sauce

  • Using an abundance of peppers
  • Getting home from vacation when the store is not a viable option

Tales from the Booze Whisperer

  • How to use Holler Roast Coffee Bitters

Operation Independence

  • Holler Roast Coffee of the Month Update
  • Budget Discipline

Main topic of the show: Progress.

Go out, and make it a great week!

Song: Wolf by Sauce (Also referred to as Desire)

Advisory Board

The Booze Whisperer
The Tactical Redneck
Chef Brett
Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources



Sep 24, 2018

Today, we talk through a roundup of questions I have gotten over the past two weeks related to fall homesteading activities. From canning to heating, y’all have been busy trying to figure stuff out. Of course, some of these questions have been addressed over on the LFTN Coffee Break group on Facebook, but I just figured if one of you has a question, many of you have the same question.

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Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Still need to do the consult
  • Pantry yielded many benefits this week
  • More in the full content of today’s show

What Mother Nature is providing

  • Goldrod’s last week
  • Fall plants are coming up well in other people’s gardens - but not mine.

Stump the Sauce

  • What to do when you can't make your food hot enough.

Operation Independence
Food for friends: Ad trade, canned foods from the pantry = low expense to be a helpful member of the community.

Main topic of the show: A Fall Roundup on Homesteading

Q1: How do I figure out how many pounds of tomatoes to use to yield a certain number of jars?

Q2: Tattler lids - can you reuse the rubber gasket?

Q3: What is it like to heat with a wood stove only?

Q4: How do you integrate a new rooster to your flock?

Q5: I just got a ton of persimmons that are not completely ripe, what do I do with them? I hate to throw them away…

Q6: What kind of garlic grows well in Tennessee?

Q7: Is it ok to raid my bees for honey now?

Q8: Should I store my canned goods with the ring on or the ring off the jar?

Q9: How do I store my potatoes and squash?

Q10: How much firewood is enough?

Q11: What about garden bed preparation?

Q12: What should I plant now for spring?

Q:13: What else can you do to prepare your home for winter?

Resources

Advisory Board

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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Resources

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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Resources

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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Resources

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

Membership Sign Up

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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Resources:

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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Membership Sign Up: https://livingfreeintennessee.com/iump-subscription-plan/

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

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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

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