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Now displaying: April, 2023
Apr 28, 2023

Today we have a collection of questions from you, the listeners, mainly on early spring topics and the Holler Roost project completed by Steve Eversole. This is a combination of two questions and answers sessions with Holler Neighbors.Featured Event: 

Wild Edible Walk

Lenoir City, TN

Saturday, May 20th

10:00 am to 2:00 pm

RSVP to: strongrootsresources@gmail.com

Today’s Sponsor: FreeSteading.com

Main content of the show

Make it a great week!

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. 

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Apr 27, 2023

Today, I am joined by Thecia Ellis to discuss how persistence has taken her from the brink of bankruptcy to a developing homestead.

Featured Event: The 2023 Health Expo hosted by Barron County Patriots on May 6 in Chetek, WIToday’s Sponsor: The Homestead Consultant

Show Resources

https://www.grandmashomestead.farm/

This Grandma's Life Podcast

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8ywkimBphxuAqn7rwx9hQg

Farm Animal Life

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSkUUHdXKN8OUGiODPXEupg

Etsy Shop

https://www.etsy.com/shop/KinziesCandleShop

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Thecia Ellis is a grandmother of three that has settled in NE Oklahoma after a lifetime of moving around Oklahoma, Alaska, Texas and Southern California with a very short move to Venezuela as a toddler.

She and her husband own 26 acres of the 40 acre plot of a reclaimed coal pit. After her husband became severely depressed that morphed into bi-polar depression, their lives slid backward for several years nearly losing everything.

Through sheer stubbornness and persistence, Thecia is slowly clawing their way forward again and even has begun to enjoy the journey.

Make it a great week

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Apr 26, 2023

Today, I am joined by Ryan Steve of TheHomesteadConsultant.com to discuss how critical thinking is done and why it is important to sharpen this skill.

Featured Event: Paul Wheaton’s PTJ Event in Missoula, MT

Today’s Sponsor: DiscountMylarBags.com

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TheHomesteadConsultant.com

ClarityHomeInspection.com

www.instagram.com/inspectionsbyclarity

www.facebook.com/inspectionsbyclarity

youtube.com/@lovefarm9862

Main content of the show

I grew up in rural Wisconsin with lots of room to roam, experiment and explore. I was home schooled before it was cool. After a departure from the corporate world, I now make my living as a home inspector and homesteading consultant. I love to innovate solutions and I am passionate about building soil, building community and building better, more resilient food systems.

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Apr 25, 2023

Today I talk with Jack Spirko of The Survival Podcast about - well - everything!

Featured Event: The Exit and Build Land Summit, May 18-21 in Bastrop, TX

Today’s Sponsor: Agorist Tax Advice: AgoristTaxAdvice.com

Show Resources

Living Free in Tennessee

The Survival Podcast

Jack Spirko and I hopped on a two hour livestream to field a bunch of questions from gardening, to ammo, to storing fuel. Enjoy

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Apr 24, 2023

Today we talk about spring not coming on the homestead, cats, and life priorities with Amy Dingmann from A Farmish Kind of Life on our monthly Spicy Sisters show.

Talk about the week’s schedule.

Featured Event: The Midwest Preparedness Project, April 26-28

Today’s Sponsor: Strong Roots Resources

Show Resources

A Farmish Kind of Life

Living Free in Tennessee

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Make it a great week!

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. 

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Apr 21, 2023

Today we talk about the duck egg incubation experiment, another coming frost risk as predicted, pre planning for healthy meals, rabbit procrastination.

Featured Event: 

Wild Edible Walk

Lenoir City, TN

Saturday, May 20th

10:00 am to 2:00 pm

RSVP to: strongrootsresources@gmail.com

Today’s Sponsor: TheHomesteadConsultant.com

Show Reosources

Chicken Processing class

Forage

  • Hairy vetch is blooming
  • New mullein is popping up
  • Dead nettle and chick weed is still around but getting old
  • Bee balm is popping up, as is lemon balm

Livestock

  • Epic Muscovey Battles
  • Rabbit procrastination
  • Time to rotate goats but we are waiting til after the Spring Workshop
  • Meat chicken update - whey and milk, class
  • Sheep escaping the fence - weird electrical fencing problems
  • LGDs need to go to the vet

Grow

  • Tomato update
  • Hardening off seedlings, why it is important (Sunburned leaves)
  • Spring garden salads

Holler Neighbors/Community

  • Steve and the outhouse trim
  • Holler Roost T Shirt
  • Share what you are accomplishing on TG
  • A word on Nostr

Infrastructure

  • Holler Roost is finished
  • Focusing on food forest maintenance (Trying to get the ground cover I want over ground cover mother nature wants
  • Garden planting time

Finances

  • No update

Make it a great week!

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. It makes a great Christmas Gift!

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Apr 19, 2023

Join me for a discussion with Toby Truman of Discount Mylar Bags about how he grew his business on Amazon, ran into roadblocks, and ultimately shifted focus beyond the Amazon community. Lots of lessons learned in this show today!

Featured Event: The Midwest Preparedness Project, April 26-28

Today's Sponsor: Discount Mylar Bags

We are pleased to welcome a new sponsor today! I thought it would be fitting to announce this sponsor the same day we speak with its founder. Discount Mylar Bags has been providing quality mylar solutions and other packaging for over a decade, as well as linking folks up with food preservation systems such as the Harvest Right Freeze Dryer and more! A family run business, DMB loves its customers and they operate out of Tennessee. in fact, early on in Holler Roast's live, Toby from DMB reached out to me to offer to connect me with coffee packaging at a high volume rate, but without having to store 50,000 bags in the Holler. For five years, we have exclusively sourced the Holler Roast bags from DMB.

It is without hesitation that I welcome Discount Mylar Bags to our sponsorship rolls! Find out more at DiscountMylarBags.com.

Main content:

What makes someone want to sell Mylar bags for a living? What were you doing before that?
What were your goals for the business starting out?
How much did it cost to start your business?
Have you had any other side hustles?
Now that you’re ‘retired’ at 52, what does your life look like?
What do you attribute your success to?
What do you want us to know about your products or company?

Make it a great week!

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. 

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Apr 18, 2023

Today we talk about building your niche business with Joel Ryals and John Willis.

Featured Event: Exit and Build Land Summit, May 18-22, Bastrop Texas (Near Austin)

Today’s Sponsor: AgoristTaxAdvice.com

AgoristTaxAdvice.com/lftn 

Agorist Tax Advice. Do you want to give Uncle Sam fewer of your hard-earned dollars? Do you wonder if the time has come to set up your LLC? Are you confused about what kind of business to establish? Are you wanting to pass along wealth you have built to your kids, but not sure the best way to do that?

Matthew Sercely of Agorist Tax Advice can help you make sense of all the options, understand how to stay on top of tracking write-offs, and see new ways of organizing your finances so that you keep more of the money you earn in your pockets. 

Matthew has a broad knowledge of business finance, real estate and rentals, end of life planning and more which means that he can help you find legal tax loopholes and understand risks. 

Head on over to AgoristTaxAdvice.com/lftn to sign up for a free consultation.

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Special Operations Equipment

Living Free in Tennessee

FortressK9

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GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. 

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Apr 17, 2023

We go through winter and it seems to linger on. We start our seedlings inside and they want to be set out, but the nights are oft too cold. Then the switch gets thrown and animals are born, seeds and plants must go in the ground. Somehow at this same time, we discover broken waterers, or spring cleaning needs. And the morels call loudly from the forest hiking trails.

How do you handle the spring rush? I will share some of our strategies.

Featured Event & Today’s Sponsor: 

BOGO SALE!

Paul Wheaton’s Permaculture Technology Jambouree, July 3-14 in Boseman, MT

Paul Wheaton is extending a once in a lifetime deal for his Permaculture Technology Jamboree this summer.  When you buy your ticket before Tuesday April 18th at 2pm MT, you can get a ticket for your friend absolutely free.  Don’t miss out on the Buddy Bonanza, buy your ticket today:

https://wheaton-labs.com/permaculture-tech/?f=496

Livestream Schedule

  • Tuesday Live with Joel Ryals, 12:30 pm

  • Wednesday Interview Show with Toby Truman of Discount Mylar Bags, 1pm

  • Friday Homestead Happenings, 10:30 AM

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • 1 freezer down, three to go!

  • Reassembled the prepper pantry post construction

  • Use it up list!

  • Workshop Temporary Food Shelving (Why we are trying this)

  • Easy steaks and chops this week

  • Started feta cheese

Weekly Shopping Report

  • Could not find one this week

Frugality Tip: Reusing ribbons from Janet

I save all kinds of ribbons. I have been known to save ribbons from gifts at baby showers I attend because I cannot bear to see them tossed. I also save narrow strips of fabric for tying up tomatoes.

 

Operation Independence

  • Spring Garage Sale and Purge on the Homestead! (Check the post on mewe)

  • The tyre fund



Main topic of the Show: Handling the Spring Frenzy

 

Story of my first spring as a homesteader, the chickens, the plants, the weather

 

Spring Frenzy is Upon Us

 

Backlog:

  • Gardens

  • Seedlings

  • Fast growing chicks and their unique trait this go around

  • Food forest maintenance

  • Baby Bunnies

  • Pregnant sheep

  • Aquaponics and hydro systems

  • New humanure

  • Organizing the canning and preserving system

  • Bird in the cabinet I want to get rid of

  • Firewood needed

  • Incubating ducklings

  • New egg business

  • GOATS

  • Strawberries and the need for red rocks

  • Monthly speaking engagements

  • Wild edible bonanza season

Upshot: each time something breaks it is a HUGE DEAL that results in a family meeting…

Step 1: Reset

Step 2: Identify the critical bottle necks - tag team their elimination (The dryer story)

Step 3: remember why we do this (sitting in the sun with Cycy)

Step 3: Align on priorities: keep alive, future keeping alive, all the rest – also ALL THE REST

Step 4: Bring in help

Step 5: Prioritize self (Vitamins, walks, rest)

This all requires siloing for me – and I know that in another month and a half it will be over. The tempting thing at that point is to just keep pushing more and more things onto my plate. But this is a trap that leads to a frenetic fall - so remember == all the things you start this spring also have a time when they finish and require processing, preserving, selling, etc. Choose wisely, remember your goal, and take time to enjoy the spring.

How do you handle the Spring Frenzy?

Make it a great week!

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. 

 

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Apr 14, 2023

Today we update you on the things going on this spring at the Holler Homestead including new life, loss of life, foraged plants and more.

Featured Event: Saturday, 2pm --- BOGO Deal for the Permaculture Technology Jambouree!! https://wheaton-labs.com/permaculture-tech/?f=496

Paul Wheaton is extending a once in a lifetime deal for his Permaculture Technology Jamboree this summer.  When you buy your ticket before Tuesday April 18th at 2pm MT, you can get a ticket for your friend absolutely free.  Don’t miss out on the Buddy Bonanza, buy your ticket today: https://wheaton-labs.com/permaculture-tech/?f=496

Today’s sponsor: Strong Roots resources

StrongRootsResources.com

Forage

  • Watercress
  • Rocks
  • Hairy vetch
  • Blackberries and raspberries are leafing out another time
  • New mullein plants

Livestock

  • Lambing watch
  • Water bowl is a bed (Need to do something about some rabbits
  • Handling the rabbits
  • Chick update: Time to move so we are 911 fixing the chicken tractor
  • Bees have moved on (Failure discussion)
  • Duck babies died and I am going to incubate eggs (Series on snort.social)

Grow

  • Pollarding worked great
  • Hardening off the plant starts
  • Peas, radishes, brassica look great
  • Getting slugs drunk
  • Tomato start problem

Holler Neighbors/Community

  • Holler Roost Update
  • GSD Light Weekend
  • Linner

Infrastructure

  • Tractor
  • Brainstorming time for the rabbitry

Finances

  • Being purposeful about tracking and sales tax exemption
  • LFTN23 workshop meat all came from here excepting the quail and the seafood
  • Buying from the farm

Make it a great week!

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. It makes a great Christmas Gift!

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Apr 13, 2023

Every Friday, we record our Homestead Happenings update, followed by a questions and answers session. Today’s podcast is the questions and answers session from yesterday’s podcast. We cover: rat poison, sheep, \

 

Today’s Sponsor:

Agorist Tax Advice

AgoristTaxAdvice.com/lftn 

 

Featured Event: April 27-29 Spring Workshop in Lancaster, TN

 

Make it a great week!

 

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. 

 

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Apr 11, 2023

Today, I share thoughts about how important it is to pivot when things come up. 

Featured event: June 24 Chicken Processing Workshop in Lancaster, TN

Today’s Sponsor: The Homestead Consultant, TheHomesteadConsultant.com 

LFTN listeners get a special offer of a free 20 minute initial phone consultation. Just send an email with the subject LFTN Consult to TheHomesteadConsultant@gmail.com with a brief description of the homesteading topic you would like to discuss and we will respond to you with available time slots.  

Main topic of the Show: A Freestyle Discussion

Make it a great week!

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce.  

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Apr 10, 2023

Join me for an update on how the Word of The Year is going, and what I have learned about the Break in Breakthrough. We will cover all the usual segments for a Monday show as well.

A word on the guest form: https://www.livingfreeintennessee.com/guest-interview-application/

Available through midnight Central today! https://livefree.academy/op/the-great-financial-reset-response-webinar-3/?ref=52 

Today’s Sponsor: Paul Wheaton and Permies.com

Kickstarter: Low Tech Laboratory - FOUR MORE DAYS!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/paulwheaton/low-tech?ref=5xwwb3

Email feedback to nicole@livingfreeintennessee.com

Livestream Schedule

Tuesday, 12:30pm CT - John Willis and I welcome Joel Salatin

Thursday, 1:00pm CT - I am joined by Amy Dingmann for an episode of Spicy Sisters

Friday, 10:30am CT - Homestead Happenings Livestream

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Easter Linner - Leg of Lamb, roasted squash, mashed potatoes, gravy, wild edible salad, homemade dressing, cheeses, meats, pickled things
  • Sun Tea Season has arrived with all the mints
  • It is GREAT to have a real kitchen again from a Harvest Cooking standpoint
  • Pantry audit is moving slowly but in progress
  • Making sauerkraut for the Spring Workshop

Weekly Shopping Report

There were again two trips this week. We took our first trip on Sunday, which is different than our usual time on Saturday. This could affect stock levels, depending on store schedules, however I saw no large changes that could mean a deeper problem.

Traffic was rather heavy; I'd have thought it would be lighter on Sunday. It did not look like churchgoers, at least not dressed in their "Sunday Best."

Dollar Tree was first. They were looking a little unkempt. Stock levels didn't look too different, but were a little lower in some shelves in the food aisles. Other than some browsing, I think I just grabbed a drink in there.

Home Depot was next. The store was weekend-busy. There was plenty of stock all around. A 2x4x8 remains at $3.35.

Aldi was next. We found everything we wanted, including heavy cream. While I didn't see any new price jumps, the bill was certainly higher than it used to be.

Food City was last. I got one of only three 16 lb. bags of Meow Mix (that our kitties ask for by name), a box of Friskies cans, and a 2-pack of waste-free peanut butter. Just that was $61. Maybe we should get some Vaseline...

Today's trip included Walgreens and Weigels (gas). Walgreens is affiliated with Kroger. Think convenience-store pricing but a larger selection. Two sections of coolers were covered, indicating new products coming soon. I was there for Rx; we don't get food there, but it would be a backup backup source if things got desperate.

A gallon of untainted regular gasoline remains at $3.999.

Frugality Tip from Janet

  1. I have one of these and it works for more than just ketchup; I use it for shampoo and anything else that will fit.

https://www.amazon.com/Barproducts-com-Inc-KS-Ketchup-Saver/dp/B00FG8S1NO

Operation Independence

Pretty sure “Tweedle Dum” (T calls her Amy I believe) is going to give birth this week

Main topic of the Show: The Break in Breakthrough

What is the word of the year

Why do I do it

How to Find Your Wod of the Year

What is the TRAP of each word

Why I chose Breakthrough

Q1 Lesson: BREAK - as in shatter all the things

  • House breaks
  • Relationship breaks and boundaries
  • Personal, internal break
  • Awareness of breaking in the world
  • The OTHER kind of Break

What I am doing about it

  • Well, what CAN I DO?
  • Boundaries & Communication
  • Tapped into network experts and paid some of them for help
  • Stopped telling people why
  • Simplification
  • Working ahead
  • Clarified availability
  • Identified two things the I will mentally adjust 
  • Made the decide list

The Good: conversations and new expansions (SRF creative arm, Toolman Tim and the radio show, sought after to speak, doing fewer things better and finishing them)

What is next

Can you choose a word of the year in April or do you need to wait until december

Make it a great week!

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. 

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Apr 7, 2023

Today we talk about more babies on the homestead, a chicken update, the poultry processing class, being behind on the spring garden, and more.

Featured Event: LFTN Poultry Processing Class, June 24

Today’s Sponsor: Agorist Tax Advice

AgoristTaxAdvice.com/lftn

Forage

  • Watercress
  • Plantain
  • Raspberry and blackberry leaves
  • Wild mustard flower 
  • Oyster mushrooms

Livestock

  • 2 forlorn Muscovy drakes
  • Baby ducks
  • Baby chick update: 5 dead of 50. Chick ICU
  • Brooder Tray Cleaning
  • Time to breed rabbit A
  • Sheep have integrated well

Grow

  • Things that are planted are growing well
  • Hoping the banana will come back
  • Time to transplant the first rounds of seedlings
  • Behind on planting and starting at this point - strategy to move forward anyway

Harvest Cooking - WE ARE BACK!

  • Baked chicken with lemon garlic dill & freeze dried broccoli

Holler Neighbors/Community

  • Easter Linner
  • Time to talk projects with the neighbors

Infrastructure

  • Holler Roost
  • Major home wiring redo is about done (there was fuckery afoot)
  • Need to repair the chicken tractor
  • Need to set up brooder 2.0 for chickens

Finances

  • Not buying anything for Easter Dinner

Make it a great week!

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. It makes a great Christmas Gift!

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Apr 6, 2023

Today I welcome Reed Richard, a fellow anarchist living the dream on an island off the western shore of Canada. We talk about his journey, the intentional community he has joined, island life, and the reality of living as an anarchist.

Featured Event: Exit and Build Land Summit, May 18-22

Today’s Sponsor: Paul Wheaton and Permies.com

Kickstarter: Low Tech Laboratory

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/paulwheaton/low-tech?ref=5xwwb3

Show Resources

www.bendingreeds.com

https://youtube.com/channel/UCa6F6teRkjOukSg65SAbCQw

Main content of the show

Reed Richard is a father, permaculture enthusiasts, gardener/conductor, rouge thinker/philosopher, musician/dancer, bitcoin curious, novice builder/plumber/electrician, author, the list goes on...

Living on a semi small island on the Salish Sea on unceded territory, Reed enjoys life with his family of 5, all home births, in a community on 20 acres of land, celebrating the pagan sabbath in attempt to rekindle a connection through the generations. He also tends a 3/4 acre plot of which 4000 square feet is planted in a combination of berries and food forest along with bigger patches of squash and potatoes. 3 greenhouse structures, one of which is currently uncovered, handle tomatoes, cucumber, ganga, and various other edibles and medicinal.

Reed has lived in community for over a decade and spent 4 years studying collective living in North America.

Reed is a trained musician, saxophone being the primary instrument, and has been dancing in the ecstatic dance, dance temple, contact dance worlds for 16 years. Utilizing this sense of listening, Reed has turned his focus to the natural world to listen to the pulses of nature to assist with cocreating a thriving place of being.

Reed enjoys fatherhood, encouraging his 11& 2 year Olds, and 3 month old to live an embodied, hands in the earth, emotionally agile, engaged in discovery life.

His current home has space for chickens, with 60 birds coming in January to augment the 10 hens currently in the coop and run. Thoughts of ducks and pigs, to work the land are actively being spoken of with his other landmates.

Reed is also part of a weekly Manventure group. Engaged in a wide array of activities, the manventure group builds trust and fun into being healthy men and a strong network of doers.

Make it a great week

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. 

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Apr 4, 2023

Today I am joined by Jack Spirko of The Survival Podcast and John Willis of Special Operations Equipment. We talk about the death of the Petrodollar, BRICS GDP surpassing the G7 GDP, and how to build a great small business. Seem unrelated? They are totally related!

Featured Event: June 24 Chicken Processing Workshop

Today’s Sponsor: The Homestead Consultant

TheHomesteadConsultant.co

LFTN listeners get a special offer of a free 20 minute initial phone consultation. Just send an email with the subject LFTN Consult to TheHomesteadConsultant@gmail.com with a brief description of the homesteading topic you would like to discuss and we will respond to you with available time slots.  

Show Resources

Special Operations Equipment

Living Free in Tennessee

The Survival Podcast

Main content of the show

Make it a great week!

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. 

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Apr 3, 2023

Every time there is an incident that causes death, whether it be a hurricane, earthquake or tornado – or something else, people say things like:

“I could never live there.”

Or they ask: “How can you live in tornado alley?”

Today, we will talk about what it is like to live in a tornado prone area, what we do to prepare for them, and why we stay.

Featured Event: 2023 Permaculture Technology Jambouree in Missoula, MT at Wheaton Labs

July 3-14 - multiple tracks. Tickets range from 

$1600 to $2500 depending on the options you choose. 

  • Natural Building
  • Cooking and preserving
  • Homesteading
  • Beekeeping
  • Rocket Mass Things!

https://wheaton-labs.com/permaculture-tech/?f=495

Today’s Sponsor: Strong Roots Resources:

https://strongrootsresources.com/

Build Food Freedom outside your front door.

Permaculture assessments and support.

Livestream Schedule

  • Tuesday: 9:30am Live with Jack Spirko
  • Wednesday: 9:30am Live with Reed Richard
  • Friday: 9:30 Homestead Happenings

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • The pantry looks like an angry toddler got in there and ripped everything out
  • Kitchen Normalcy has returned - Thanks Tracy and Mama Sauce; Matt, KH, T
  • Deep pantry audit - webinar being prepared for members

Weekly Shopping Report from Joe

03/27/2023

Saturday's trip included a couple of extra stops as well. Dollar Tree was first. We've been buying single-use applications of superglue there, which has avoided a lot of waste. The coolers were all in good shape; all pretty much full less typical usage. Other shelves were also well-stocked. For those interested, they now have seed packages.

Our second stop was a little ethnic Mexican store we visit from time to time for things Sonia particularly likes, such as plantains and a vanilla flavoring she adds to her coffee. I like their small bags of pasta noodles. Here, we paid the price for a late start to our day, as it was lunchtime and the store was packed. Their shelves are always full.

Next was Hobby Lobby. They were busy as well. Sonia only wanted a couple of mixed media pads, so it was a quick in and out, but I didn't see any empty areas.

Home Depot was next. A 2x4x8 remains at $3.35. They looked busy as well. If I had to guess, people are ramping up their gardening.

Aldi was lastWe found heavy cream this week. I definitely noticed higher prices. The meal replacement shakes I get are at least $2 higher.

I stopped in Food City. There is still very little choice in larger bags of dry cat food; I saw mostly generic that I wouldn't feed a dog. There are a lot of recipes online for mug cakes, but we like the simplest, which is to combine one box of angel-food cake mix plus one box of any other kind; no oil needed. They'd had little angel-food cake on recent trips, but today they had multiple boxes of two different brands.

Untainted regular gasoline remains at $3.999/gallon.

Frugality Tip

(none)

Operation Independence

  • Holler Roost - Function Stacking, Getting Into Eggs Again

Main topic of the Show: How Can You Live in Tornado Country

Weather this weekend - What living in tornado land is like

>Situational awareness, getting information

>Jokes vs taking responsibility for your welfare

>Zello, FB, TG Communications Throughout the State

>Weather Radio

Preparing

  • Avoidance is the number one goal (mountain views, building quality, driving in it, leaving an area, staying in an area)
  • Likelihood
  • What happens when a bad set comes through: 
    • Power Loss
    • Road closures
    • Need for assistance
    • Water system failures
    • Communications knocked out
  • Be ready to: Take care of yourself and your community, render aid to those nearby, provide temporary shelter, go help if you can (Share photos/video as an emotional processing thing)

Why do we stay?

  • Odds of being killed in a tornado are relatively low and other locations have different things that are risks. Floods for example.
  • It is beautiful here
  • People become nonchalant about risks with more time spent near a danger
  • Where else would we go? We accept the risk, take what steps we can, and go on

How about you? Would you stay somewhere where tornadoes happen?

Make it a great week!

GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. 

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