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Apr 12, 2024

Join Tactical Redneck, Preparing4Prosperity and me for a live discussion of life on the homestead post SRF.

Featured event: Potluck meetup and sauerkraut tomorrow 1-3pm

Sponsor 1: AgoristTaxAdvice.com/webinar

Sponsor 2: HollerRoast.com

Busy times: All the events, post construction, spring planting and having helpers is great.

Forage

  • Mustard flower
  • Morels
  • Watercress
  • Hunting oyster mushrooms this weekend 

Livestock

  • Animal birthing over - the last ram and the ear story
  • Chicken nest 1.0 failed - we do not know why
  • Babies: 5 girls, four boys (We think)
  • Stormy is vibrant
  • Successful sheep shifting
  • Holes in the metal siding of the duck coop and quarantine duck wholived
  • Rabbits need to move to their final hutch

Grow

  • Ken and the tomato wall
  • Pre Germinating beets
  • Planting cuttings all over of things we want
  • Time to manage the food forest and get wood chips in there
  • Willow fence to get roots in the ground
  • Garden planning/planting this weekend
  • Need to make fodder tree guards
  • Hillside garden snarl

Holler Neighbors/Community

  • Ashley: Homestead sitting and the bottle baby
  • Aj: Butchering

Infrastructure

Finances

  • The dude who backed out of the lamb and why we take deposits
  • Serving ground lamb at the spring workshop

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 10, 2024

Join me for a frank discussion with Michael Sparks about network marketing and when it is a scam, and when it is an opportunity.

Featured Event: Exit and Build and Summit: https://livefree.academy/op/land-summit-4/?ref=183

Sponsor 1: John Pugliano and the Wealthsteading Podcast: InvestableWealth.com

Sponsor 2: DiscountMylarBags.com

Show Resources

Find Michael: MichaelSparks.us

A generic (non promotional) show on understanding Network Marketing Business Opportunities. Below are some questions

1. Why do you think so many people are negative on network marketing/home business opportunities?

2. What's the difference between a legitimate business opportunity and a scam?

3. Can you really make money in the the industry?

4. Approximately How many Direct Sales companies are there?

5. What do you see as the biggest hurdle for people being successful in Network Marketing?

6. What are some negatives about joining a network marketing company. What are things to look out for?

7. What are the sales circles 1, 2, and 3...?

8. What kind of training can one expect when joining?

Bonus, how to pick and choose the right company?

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Apr 5, 2024

Today we have a recorded interview with Dr. Eric Nager about proactively getting healthy, functional medicine and organizing your medical preps.

Show Resources

Find Dr. Nager: OptiHealth Institute

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Apr 2, 2024

 

Join me for a group discussion with John Willis of Special Operations Equipment and Jack Spirko about building the life you choose, current events, building a durable life, water rights in Oregon and more. 

Each Tuesday, we welcome a different guest to tell their story, as well as take your questions live. 

Featured Event: The Self Reliance Festival, SelfRelianceFestival.com

Sponsors:

Show Resources

TheSurvivalPodcast.com

Special Operations Equipment

Living Free in Tennessee

NicoleSauce.com

HollerRoast.com 

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Mar 31, 2024

Big Pic: Spring Scramble

Schedule Next Week: two shows and a replay the following Monday

Forage

  • Dandelion flower
  • Early spring forage: deadnettle, chick weed
  • Poison hemlock everywhere

Livestock

  • Baby has a name
  • Black nosed baby
  • Four and four or five and three
  • Bruny let me touch her belly and I got to feel a sheep head in there
  • Eggapalooza is on
  • Ducks are hiding eggs
  • Rabbit mites are gone
  • Sheep birthing summary - monday show

Grow

  • Second seeding of peas
  • 1 Pepper plant alive from a cutting
  • None of my pepper seedlings germinated, trying again
  • Transplanting the other seedlings
  • Direct sewing this weekend

Holler Neighbors/Community

  • Group involved in culling Red
  • SRF Bin organization

Infrastructure

  • AC Placement just in time

Finances

  • $70 on bottle feeding Stormy so far
  • On site farm sitter costs $$

Membership Plug

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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Mar 30, 2024

Join me for a discussion of work life integration with Keith Phillips from Heartland Bunkies.

Sponsor 1: InvestableWealth.com

Sponsor 2: HollerRoast.com

HeartlandBunkies.com

Keith is an ex-army helicopter pilot that cares for 52 acres in Southernmost Illinois with his wife Becky and 6 children. I’m addition to raising livestock and roasting coffee, they run 2 airbnbs and market small cabin kits which other folks can use to affordably start their homesteads or add an additional stream of income.

Keith’s passion is reversing the trend of disintegrating modern families. He believes that people were created to beautify the earth through productive labor. All else being equal, family centered work is the enduring center of family life that is noticeably missing from modern society, and that may serve to draw us together again.

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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Mar 29, 2024

 

Join me for a group discussion with John Willis of Special Operations Equipment and Zac from An American Homestead. 

Connect with us:
OriginalSOEGear.com
NicoleSauce.com
AnAmericanHomestead.com

Featured Event: 

Don't miss the Hand Hewn Farm Processing Workshop, April 4-5

Sponsors:

Show Resources

Special Operations Equipment

Living Free in Tennessee

NicoleSauce.com

HollerRoast.com 

HandHewnFarm.com

Main content of the sho

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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Mar 26, 2024

Today, we have a live recording of our Monday podcast. I will catch you up on the sheep birthing week, our usual segments, and more.

Featured event: SelfRelianceFestival.com

Sponsor 1: AgoristTaxAdvice.com

Sponsor 2: EMPShield.com, Coupon Code LFTN $50 off

🎙️ Extra Livestream this week with Tag from Life Done Free today at 5pm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xO-EDTAinGc 

🎙️Live with Ken Eash at 7pm today: https://www.youtube.com/live/2bBdX4D-nD8?si=U_PVaT0KVRGTuoX_

Here's our LFTN Livestream Schedule for the Week - all available on the LFTN YouTube channel: 

LFTN YT: https://www.youtube.com/@lftn/streams

🎙️ Monday, 2pm, All Creatures Great and Small

🎙️ Tuesday, 12:30pm, Tuesday Live with Zac, An American Homestead, and John Willis, Special Operations Equipment

🎙️ Wednesday, 2:00pm, Interview with Keith Phillips, Bunkie Life

🎙️ Thursday, 7:00pm, SRF Live with Midwest Preparedness and Kentucky Sustainable Living

🎙️ Friday, 9:30am CT: Homestead Happenings with the Tactical Redneck

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • 20 devilled eggs with bacon jam
  • Elbow length nitrile gloves to the rescue
  • Tapping into premade foods this close to SRF
  • Bone Broth to stay healthy
  • Missing echinacea
  • Herbal tea collection coming together in the new kitchen
  • Still need to attain vinegar

Skipping segments this week

  • Weekly Shopping Report
  • Frugality Tip

Operation Independence

  • Making the decision to cull can be hard

Main topic of the Show: "All Creatures Great And Small."

Book Recommendation

Joked yesterday that I wanted to to a live about livestock on the homestead yesterday, then we found a prolapse. The best laid plans.

Birthing week has been trying this go around - tell the stories and just do open narrative

Reminder about our communities and about SRF.

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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Mar 25, 2024

Join the Tactical Redneck for a hijacked episode of LFTN!

Big picture: spring is very involved

Featured forage

1 trees waking up

Livestock 

1) rabbits look better

2) 2 sets of triplets

3) assisted birth: shoulder and intertwined with the second: narrow cervix

4) watching for shock in the ewe and having a vet out

5) ram schedule will be fall to better align

6) more time invested in handling

Grow

Peas are up

Potatoes are in

Seedlings are up

We have greens

Infrastructure

Base for minisplit. Challenge is moving it in

Fencing update

Community

Seed exchange was fun but small

Next event is April 13

Holler neighbor dinner

Finance

Spent money on milk replacer and a vet

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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Mar 25, 2024

Today, I am joined by Matt Williams to talk about Open Source Intelligence, getting better information and opting out of the fear-based news cycle while maintaining situational awareness.

Featured Event: SelfRelianceFestival.com/Webinar

Sponsor 1: EMP Shield, Coupon Code LFTN

Sponsor 2: DiscountMylarBags.com

Show Resources

https://www.knightsbridge.ltd/

https://www.twitter.com/kbr_intel

Global Hotspot Report and Briefing - $14.95 (email only 5 days a week)/$24.95 (with weekly 60-90m briefing call) 

Coupon Code LFTN for a free month to try it out!!

Matt Williams is the head of intelligence operations for Knightsbridge Research, Ltd., an open-source intelligence (OSINT) company focused on global hotspots. He spent over a decade in Wall Street research and financial operations, later moving to an executive position at a midsized Texas firm. He's learned and applied these techniques in both personal and professional instances for over 20 years. Matt works from his ranch in North Texas raising cattle, gardening, and watching tornados from the front porch.

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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Mar 20, 2024

 

Join me for a group discussion with John Willis of Special Operations Equipment and members of our community and beyond about building the life you choose, current events, building a durable life, community development, business, getting started, health and more. 

Each Tuesday, we welcome a different guest to tell their story, as well as take your questions live. 

et's talk about building freedom through following your butchering passion with the guys from Hand Hewn Farm. Both Doug and Andy will join us to talk shop and take your questions live!

Want to grab one of the 8 remaining spots in their class April 4 & 5 in Camden, tn? Here is the link: https://selfreliancefestival.com/product/pig-processing/

Connect with us:
OriginalSOEGear.com
NicoleSauce.com
@lamppostcollective on Instagram

Featured Event: 

FREE WEBINAR! March 17-21 selfreliancefestival.com/webinar

Don't miss the Hand Hewn Farm Processing Workshop, April 4-5

Sponsors:

Show Resources

Special Operations Equipment

Living Free in Tennessee

NicoleSauce.com

HollerRoast.com 

HandHewnFarm.com

Main content of the sho

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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Mar 18, 2024

Today we talk about lessons learned from the free five day webinar series that was put together by the SRF team and me. We will also go over our usual Monday segments: Tales from the prepper pantry, the weekly shopping report, frugality tip, operation independence

Featured Event: Kentucky Sustainable Living Expo, THIS WEEKEND!

Sponsor 1: Holler Roast Coffee

Sponsor 2: The Wealthsteading Podcast

Livestream Schedule

LFTN YT: https://www.youtube.com/@lftn/streams

🎙️ Monday, 2pm, Lessons Learned from the Webinar Series

🎙️ Tuesday, 12:30pm, Tuesday Live with Alyssa, and John Willis, Special Operations Equipment

🎙️ Wednesday, 2:00pm, Interview with Matt Williams, Knightsbridge

🎙️ Thursday, 7:00pm, SRF Live

🎙️ Friday, 9:30am CT: Homestead Happenings with the Tactical Redneck

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Man when life gets busy, it is hard to love to cook, but we made it
  • Curing Pork Bellies this week
  • Found a solution for organizing jars of herbal teas that we grow - the cube
  • Time to grab vinegar - I can’t put it off any more. I am going to have to go to the store
  • Made “Not Quite Cottage Cheese”

Weekly Shopping Report, March 11

Saturday's first trip was just by me, primarily to get an oil change for the Santa Fe, but I then went to Hobby Lobby and found a few items I knew Sonia wanted; Saturday was our 17-year Anniversary.

Dollar Tree. Most of the drink coolers are full again, and all of them are now $2.25. I still just grab a drink off a shelf.

Aldi: more crowded than usual. Stock levels were good, and as usual we found everything we wanted. Staple prices were: eggs: $2.64 (-); whole milk: $2.86; heavy cream: $5.19; OJ: $3.29; butter: $3.69; bacon: $4.25; potatoes: $3.99; sugar: $3.09; flour: $2.29; and 80% lean ground beef: $3.99 (-).

Home Depot. A 2x4x8 was $3.38, which I don't think is a change (I only put the staples in my notes).

A gallon of untainted regular gasoline remains at $3.599.

Frugality Tip from Margo

When pricing out new appliances, look at the delivery and set up fees. Those hidden little fees can be another couple of hundred dollars. In the last year we have had to replace a spare refrigerator and a stacked washer/dryer.(Side note don't ever buy a scratch and dent washer, ask me how I know). We ended up using one store (Best Buy), because delivery and setup were included in the price of the washer/dryer and if you are nice to people they will put your fridge in too 😉. A family member just got a new dishwasher, but didn't look at the add on fees. What looked like a savings over other stores prices ,ended up being $180 more than the other store with the extra fees. So even if you are handy and are planning on putting your own appliances in, look at that free delivery and setup and let someone else do the work without paying any more money.

Happy saving y'all.

Operation Independence

Missing Chicken

Main topic of the Show: Lessons From The Webinar Series

Why we are doing it.

  • Learning vs selling vs community
  • Spirit of the world right now
  • Why I do SRF and LFTN to begin with – lots of why

Assess Your Assets - just like in homestead design

Tap into your community - Cohosts, content creators, and Rebecca

Lessons Learned

  1. People love a freebie - abuse this to your peril (2 schools of thought)
  2. Upfront about upsells - it is in the marketing
  3. The technical and production part always takes more than you thought it would. Always. (Backups on your backups)
  4. The registration form and where did you hear about this question
  5. The landing page and conversion rate - 45% (Why I think this is)
  6. Short term vs long term benefit

All in all Know Your Why, Know Your Brand, And Be Willing To Take A Chance.

SelfRelianceFestival.com/Webinar

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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Mar 15, 2024

Today we talk about things catching on fire that should not be on fire, a surprise home invasion, a rabbit update, and more!

Featured Event: Seed Exchange and Potluck, Tomorrow 1-3pm

Sponsor 1: Senior Chief Electric: https://bit.ly/3MKKbuu 

Sponsor 2: SRF Webinar: https://selfreliancefestival.com/webinar/

Listener Feedback

Just listened to your podcast talking about your troubles with the dishwasher and oven. Don’t have any words of wisdom for the dishwasher, but the oven, if the igniter is glowing and the gas is not coming on, the issue still could be with the igniter. If it’s glowing more of a red orange then a white orange, it might be cracked or just not getting hot enough for the controller to bring on the gas. I don’t know if there’s a way to diagnose it other than just by the color or replacing it, but had that issue a number of years ago on my parents oven and replacing the igniter fixed it.

Hope that can be of help,

Andy

From D

I am listening to a rather new episode. 

So this is my pantry porn, it is sooooo bad. You know those Crates for traveling with cats on a plane? Well, when you unscrew them each half takes about 12 mason jars. And they fit under the couch. Lovely. I use screw top bottles - I am not in the States to use the lovely Ball jars, but am able to safely and efficiently pressure can with a canner I had to order in! 

These jars are a pint or a pint and a bit (720gr-ish).

The other photo is about managing stock. It is not 100% effective but does work. 

I got a template from somewhere and adapted it for us. The table has lines for the items, like tomato or cucumber or meat or whatever, and little empty jars. 

When I canned something it gets one line through. When it has been used, a cross. 

So this is my inventory (spelling?!) for what my husband and I use in a year (I started it in July last year, so I recorded what I still had. This year will be my second season using a pressure canner, so the volumes I can do at a time is already much higher than a silly 4 jars at a time in my small stock pot... Whoo hoo. 

Hope this may be useful. The pictures are horrible, like good pantry porn should be. 

 

Forage

  • Wild Mustard Flowers are here!
  • Watercress is still beat back from the flooding
  • Same early spring greens as last week

Livestock

  • Rabbit ear mite update
  • 3 am home invasion
  • Moving sheep
  • Still on lamb watch
  • Eggapalooza is on
  • Something’s on fire

Grow

  • Seeds germinated!
  • Still need to plant potatoes
  • Swiss chard and parsley
  • Murdering fire ants

 

Holler Neighbors/Community

  • Big boost from the Eversoles
  • Reupping the monthly homesteader meetups

Infrastructure

  • Fencing

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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Mar 13, 2024

Episode 880: Build Your Future with The Canny Couple

Join me at 2pm CT for a live interview with the Canny Couple. We will talk about their move into building a life they want to live on their terms, freedom, homesteading and more!y to it all.

Featured Event: March 17-21, 2024, Self Reliance Voices: Lessons from Legends
https://selfreliancefestival.com/webinar/?aff=nicolesauce

Sponsor 1: DiscountMylarBags.com
Sponsor 2: HollerRoast.com

Show Resources
About Aaron and Julia
We are a small homestead family that has been slowly building our homestead for many years, merging homesteading and frugality. We work everyday on being more self-reliant on a budget. We have officially became 100% debt free, which has lead to some amazing changes for our homestead.

Linktree - https://linktr.ee/thecannycouple

Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRspWFevoyYcUuEsr9Mjgvg?sub_confirmation=1

TikTok - http://tiktok.com/@thecannycouple?lang=en

Podcast - https://fountain.fm/show/aW3kvtrG84EW2iluwcmQ

Make it a great week

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

Community
Mewe Group: https://mewe.com/join/lftn
Telegram Group: https://t.me/LFTNGroup
Odysee: https://odysee.com/$/invite/@livingfree:b

 

Mar 12, 2024

 

 

Join me for a group discussion with John Willis of Special Operations Equipment and members of our community and beyond about building the life you choose, current events, building a durable life, community development, business, getting started, health and more. 

Each Tuesday, we welcome a different guest to tell their story, as well as take your questions live. 

et's talk about building freedom through following your butchering passion with the guys from Hand Hewn Farm. Both Doug and Andy will join us to talk shop and take your questions live!

Want to grab one of the 8 remaining spots in their class April 4 & 5 in Camden, tn? Here is the link: https://selfreliancefestival.com/product/pig-processing/

Connect with us:
OriginalSOEGear.com
NicoleSauce.com
HandHewnFarm.com

Featured Event: 

FREE WEBINAR! March 17-21 selfreliancefestival.com/webinar

Don't miss the Hand Hewn Farm Processing Workshop, April 4-5

Sponsors:

Show Resources

Special Operations Equipment

Living Free in Tennessee

NicoleSauce.com

HollerRoast.com 

HandHewnFarm.com

Main content of the sho

Make it a great week!

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

Community

Resources

 

Mar 11, 2024

Join me as I share with you three things about being on solar that I did not realize I would experience as well as our usual Monday segments.

Featured Event: Self Reliance Voices: Lessons from Legends

Sponsor 1: InvestableWealth.com

Sponsor 2: EMPSHIELD.COM, coupon code LFTN

Livestream Schedule

  • Tuesday Live with Hand Hewn Farms, 12:30PM CT
  • Wednesday Interview with The Canny Couple, 2pm CT
  • Thursday SRF Live: 7pm CT
  • Friday Homestead Happenings, 9:30AM CT

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • We’ve been eating lots of green beans because I lack motivation to make more effort
  • Makin Bacon
  • Still in a use it up phase and I canned so much more bone broth than w e need

Weekly Shopping Report from Joe

Dollar Tree

  • Drink coolers are partially empty i
  • Red Bull products for $2.50. 
  • Plenty of drinks on the shelves. 
  • The food coolers are mostly full too.

Aldi was rather crowded. Stock levels looked good, and we found everything we wanted. Staple prices were: 

  • eggs: $2.78; 
  • whole milk: $2.86 (-); 
  • heavy cream: $5.19; 
  • OJ: $3.29; 
  • butter: $3.69; 
  • bacon: $4.25; 
  • potatoes: $3.99; 
  • sugar: $3.09; 
  • flour: $2.29;
  • 80% lean ground beef: $4.59 (+).

Home Depot has  a lot of bulbs, vines, and onion starts in a row of islands in the front. The tool islands have lots of empty compartments. There are still specials going for Milwaukee 12V "Red Lithium" tools and batteries, with just a few of the Ryobi USB-charged tools left, and some 18V One+ items. Fire extinguishers area was full, including various smoke and CO alarms. 

A 2x4x8 remains at $3.38.

Untainted regular has dropped a dime to $3.599/gallon.

Frugality Tip from Margo without a t

Ever tried a new recipe and it ended up not what you thought it was going to be? Don't throw it out, do something else with it. I recently tried a new humus recipe and it turned out like a soup. 

So I made some pasta, poured this roasted red pepper chickpea sauce on it, added some roasted tomatoes and a little homemade Italian salad dressing and boom, it is now a pretty darn good pasta salad. Maybe add some roasted chicken to it. The possibilities are endless... And now after writing this, I could have made a soup too. 

It can be frustrating to make something that doesn't turn out like you want, but to me it's more frustrating to throw good food away. Get creative, who knows you might accidentally make something you will make again one day. 

Operation Independence

  • Avoiding the need to buy a new appliance through appliance repair
  • Mechanical appliances and helpful video - NEED LINK FROM T - Sorry guys i will update it here when he sends it!!

Main topic of the Show: 3 Lessons Learned after 1 Month of Solar

Reference: HackMyHomestead.com

Background on the solar system and how we sized it. 

How long it took for it to work right and barriers to functioning that we ran into.

The lessons:

  1. Know Your Why, Don't Be Rosy Eyed About The Savings, Choose Wisely
    1. Sized based on budget for resilience
    2. Developed to be scalable as in we can add batteries and panels if we like
    3. Reputable companies for equipment means we got a free upgrade when a new model came out
  2. Installing solar into an existing home will teach you things about the wiring that you had no idea about. 
    1. Found Bad Wiring
    2. Found Bad Grounding
    3. Needed to get some other things up to code for safety not just because of codes
  3. Access to the real time data helps you make wiser decisions
    1. Time of day to use water and why I have changed
    2. The clogged spin down filters
    3. Cloudy days make me even less happy than they used to
    4. Trimming Trees and the Big Picture
    5. Frosty mornings
    6. Snow and dust and panel cleaning

Bonus observation: Knowing the why and how it fits into my long term energy resilience plan has really helped me embrace the system, learn more about solar, and not have dispatched expectations. Also, batteries are WAAAAAAAY more important than panels. You do get a tax credit FWIW.

Make it a great week!

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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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Mar 8, 2024

Today we talk about fencing decisions, the training center, a seed exchange next week and more with the Tactical Redneck.

Featured Event: March 16 seed exchange and potluck: https://www.livingfreeintennessee.com/event/seed-exchange-and-potluck/ 

Sponsor 1: https://bit.ly/3MBBELx, Coupon Code LFTN

Sponsor 2: Harvest Right Freeze Dryers: https://affiliates.harvestright.com/1095.html 

Forage

  • Lots of chickweed and deadnettle
  • Watercress has been wiped out by flooding (But it will be back)
  • Dandelion flower and greens (Bitterness)
  • Plantain is up
  • Violet greens (A word on stems)

Livestock

  • Rabbit ear mites and ivermectin
  • Baby lambs are due so we keep expecting to see some
  • Duck coop daily hoe
  • 1 dozen chicken eggs for sale - just one 
  • Eggs are back at enough volume for T’s second dinner
  • Sheep look skinnier than we would like - increased their pellet
  • Goats looking for a new home

Grow

  • Seedlings are in
  • 15 minute homestead: Microswale 1 is fully prepped for mulch application and half way mulched
  • Round 2 of seedlings will happen this weekend/early next week
  • Longevity Spinach is putting off shoots for planting

Holler Neighbors/Community

  • Steve helping with the ac foundation
  • Shooting day and holler neighbor dinner

Infrastructure

  • Pond fencing
  • AC Foundation
  • Rabbit coop

Finances

  • We finally have eggs for sale which means I need to make a sign
  • Time to launch to processing class

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Mar 6, 2024

Janet Szabo from The Straight Stitch and Kerry Brown from Strong Roots Resources join me today to talk about building your lifestyle business and other things in this member spotlight episode.

Featured Event: https://selfreliancefestival.com/workshops

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Mar 5, 2024

Join me for a group discussion with John Willis of Special Operations Equipment and Jack Spirko about building the life you choose, current events, building a durable life, community development, business, getting started, health and more. 

Each Tuesday, we welcome a different guest to tell their story, as well as take your questions live. 

Featured Event: The Self Reliance Festival, SelfRelianceFestival.com

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Mar 5, 2024

Today we talk about how to prepare for, plant and cultivate garlic because a listener sent a note in saying that she had struggled with this. We will also cover our usual Monday segments. And I have something to say about disappointing people and the word no.

Featured Event: March 16 Seed Exchange and Potluck, 1pm-3pm, FREE, https://www.livingfreeintennessee.com/event/seed-exchange-and-potluck/ 

Sponsor 1: AgoristTaxAdvice.com/webinar

Sponsor 2: DiscountMylarBags.com

LFTN Live on YT: https://www.youtube.com/@lftn/streams

🎙️ Monday, 2pm, How to Plant and Cultivate Garlic

🎙️ Tuesday, 9:30am, First Tuesday Coffee Chat with Jack Spirko, The Survival Podcast, and John Willis, Special Operations Equipment

🎙️ Wednesday, 2:00pm, Interview with Jessica Kraft

🎙️ Thursday, 7:00pm, SRF Live

🎙️ Friday, 9:30am CT: Homestead Happenings with the Tactical Redneck

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Ky Sustainable Living Expo Presentation: Power Pantry Method
  • Phases of homestead pantry management: Beginning | Intermediate | Advanced | Pro
  • Curing Pork Bellies into bacon - see videos
  • Basturma update
  • Freezer Update

Weekly Shopping Report 2/26

We took our usual trip on Saturday, skipping Home Depot again. We really need our Santa Fe back from the shop to carry large or long loads, like 8' wood, 10' PVC, or a half dozen bags of garden soil in addition to our groceries.

The Dollar Tree drink coolers were in much better shape. Will they stay that way? Cue the theme from Jeopardy; they have not been consistent. Other aisles looked good; Sonia found a couple of minor things in there, the typical craft stuff or organizing accessories.

Although we did not go in, the online price of a 2x4x8 at Home Depot is still $3.38.

Aldi has larger crowds than previously, but still not too bad. There was plenty of Masaca, and more of the chocolate I like than I've been seeing. Staple prices were: eggs: $2.78; whole milk: $2.93; heavy cream: $5.19 (+50c); OJ: $3.29; butter: $3.69; bacon: $4.25; potatoes: $3.99; sugar: $3.09; flour: $2.29; and 80% lean ground beef: $3.99. The egg price is correct; same as last week, a full dollar higher than the week before.

Untainted regular gasoline is still $3.699/gallon.

Frugality Tip from Justin

I don't normally think of it in saving money, more about using it all up. Which ends up being very similar in the end.

This tip is for the bars of soap some people use for the shower or at the sink. When the little piece is getting so slim it is getting hard to hold on to it, I don't throw them away.

I use the technique of scoring from pottery to attach the little piece to a new bar of soap. It will stay there and wear down completely without breaking off and being wasted if done properly.

I get both the new bar and the small sliver nice and wet and soapy (perhaps use them in the shower). Then I use a comb to put scratch marks in both pieces where they will press together. Anything hard and pointy enough to make marks in the soap will probably work for this.

Next I press them together very firmly. I try to use my palms to press them together with no gaps. I also try to not let them slide around at this point, I want them to start welding together. After they have bonded a bit, I will add some more score marks around the seams of the two pieces. 

Once the pieces have been scored and pressed together I set them down on the soap dish to dry. The next day they are bonded as if they were made that way at the factory and the different colored piece of the last bar will simply wear down until nothing remains but the new bar. And the new bar will be welded onto the next ad infinitum.

Community Highlight: 

What to do when you disappoint people.

Sunshine Prepper

https://www.youtube.com/@SunshinePrepperTN 

Operation Independence: Let things go when you need to

Rams and goats oh my.

Main topic of the Show: Planting and Cultivating Garlic

Why we are doing this

How to choose your garlic: Hardneck vs soft neck

Sourcing Seed Garlic: Baker’s Creek, Seed Savers, RareSeeds

Example: https://www.rareseeds.com/garlic-music-1-2-lb

  • Seed versus bulbs

Preparing your planting area

When to plant

Mulching practices

Watering needs

When Are they Ready to harvest?

Processing Garlic After Harvest

Storing fresh garlic

Other ways to store garlic

Choosing garlic for replanting

A garlic business idea

Make it a great week!

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Mar 1, 2024

Today we talk about changing our approach to sheep, mindset in assessing homestead finances, egg influx, the power of community and more.

Featured event: Last change for early bird pricing: https://selfreliancefestival.com/?aff=nicolesauce 

Sponsor 1: DiscountMylarBags.com

Sponsor 2: Mastersingers of Cookeville Unity in the Community Concert Sunday at 3pm, https://mastersingersinc.com/product/unity-in-the-community-viii/ 

Forage

  • Stinging nettle
  • Dandelion
  • No mushrooms this week but morel season is upon us

Livestock

  • The priority talk
  • The ram decision
  • Catching the baby ram
  • 5 eggs a day on the ducks and 4 a day on the chickens
  • Time to reset the coop

Grow

  • Seedling shelves are in - seedlings are not
  • Peas have not yet germinated
  • Swiss chard is starting to come on
  • IMO week

Holler Neighbors/Community

  • Chasing sheep as a neighborhood activity
  • Community connections through MAGS
  • 1 Million Satoshi give Away

Infrastructure

  • Fence Posts and Fencing
  • Pond fencing
  • Failed dishwasher and repairing vs replacing

Finances

  • Currently measuring in terms of not needing to buy food rather than generation profit

Make it a great week!

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Feb 28, 2024

Today, we help Ken Eash find ways to accelerate his coaching business. This is a flash mob of the best kind and YOU may be the key to it all.

Featured Event: https://www.livingfreeintennessee.com/event/self-reliance-through-permaculture/ March 2 in Crossville, TN $25

Sponsor 1: The Wealthsteading Podcast: https://bit.ly/3oPLTmr 

Sponsor 2: EMPShield.com code LFTN

About the Accelerator Program: https://www.livingfreeintennessee.com/2024/01/30/accelerator/

Apply to be accelerated: https://www.livingfreeintennessee.com/2024/01/29/accelerator-application/

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Shawn Mills, Hack My Homestead https://hackmyhomestead.com/ 

Toolman Tim Cook: https://www.toolmantim.co/ 

Nicole Sauce: https://www.nicolesauce.com/ 

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Find Ken Eash: https://www.empoweringforwardmomentum.com/membership-8916

A brainstorm discussion with Ken as he developes the next phase of his business

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Feb 28, 2024

Join me for a group discussion with John Willis of Special Operations Equipment and members of our community and beyond about building the life you choose, current events, building a durable life, community development, business, getting started, health and more. 

Each Tuesday, we welcome a different guest to tell their story, as well as take your questions live. 

Featured Event: The Self Reliance Festival, SelfRelianceFestival.com

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Feb 26, 2024

Today we talk about what you can do now to get your garden beds ready for spring planting, even though you procrastinated til late winter on setting them up. We will also cover Tales From The Prepper Pantry, The Weekly Shopping Report, A Frugality Tip, Operation Independence.

From the Weekly Mail. Livestream Schedule https://www.youtube.com/@lftn/streams

🎙️ Monday, 2pm, Late Winter Garden Preparation

🎙️ Tuesday, 12:30pm, Tuesday Live with Wazoo Gear Company, and John Willis, Special Operations Equipment

🎙️ Wednesday, 2:00pm, Accelerator for Ken Eash!

🎙️ Thursday, 7:00pm, Three Sisters Live

🎙️ Friday, 9:30am CT: Homestead Happenings with the Tactical Redneck

Featured Event: Early Bird Is Almost Over for The Self Reliance Festival! SelfRelianceFestival.com

Sponsor 1: HollerRoast.com

Sponsor 2: AgoristTaxAdvice.com/Webinar

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Fresh sprouts in four or five days 
  • Refining what I store since the dietary needs have changed in the household
  • Planning the garden for 2024
  • Seed Starts
  • Investigating the ability to update the prepper pantry (Not sure if we CAN hang melamine)
  • Basturma

Weekly Shopping Report from Joe

Dollar Tree was first. Some of the drink coolers are again completely empty. I think they may still just be trying to assemble their defecation in there, because there are plenty of drinks on shelves. The food coolers are well-stocked, and other aisles look to be in good shape too. Don't overlook Dollar Tree for cleaning supplies; that area has always been well-stocked. They have a lot of the Awesome branded products, which we really like. Lysol, Ajax, and other name brands are all represented in this section. A buck and a quarter (plus extortion) beats the tar out of typical grocery store prices on these products.

Although we did not go into Home Depot, the online price of a 2x4x8 has gone up, to $3.38, a 13-cent increase.Aldi has had slightly larger crowds the past few weeks. Other than the hiatus with the Masa, they have not had difficulty maintaining stock, and we found everything we wanted. Staple prices were: eggs: $2.78 (+); whole milk: $2.93; heavy cream: $4.69; OJ: $3.29; butter: $3.69; bacon: $4.25; potatoes: $3.99; sugar: $3.09; flour: $2.29; and 80% lean ground beef: $3.99 (+). That egg price is a full dollar higher; if not hand-written, I'd think it was a typo. We didn't buy eggs this week, so I can't confirm on our receipt. Although I had heard egg prices might be going higher again, I'll keep an eye on this one, as that's a huge jump.

Untainted regular gasoline was $3.699/gallon last week. That's slightly higher, but could also be a station difference.

Frugality Tip from Margo with an oCool weather, means outside projects. For me one was a painting project. I did some house touch up, and I painted the driveway. My frugality tip is NEVER buy the Cheapest paint roller.  Save yourself paint and energy expended by buying a good roller!!! Ask me how I know. 

Operation Independence

  • Making an egg for sale sign this weekend to FINALLY start the egg business after almost a year of getting ready, starting with the building of the Holler Roost.
  • Sheep Math

Main topic of the Show:  Late Winter Garden bed Preparation

Intentions can help us move toward our best goals and build the life we want to live, rather than continuing to live a life that was developed for us, by someone else. We talk about this a bunch here because the systems in our society increasingly lead toward a life lived in service to the system rather than to ourselves and our chosen communities.

It can be so hard to get people who have been programmed by the system to see the system as the only option on how to break out. Yet when the system fails people, they get scared and start looking for options. And when they start looking for options, if we can be mentors and connectors, a small percentage of those looking for a better life will start to make the changes it takes to get here.

Many of you have heard my story of transitioning from a socialist leaning toward communist to libertarian overnight. <Tell the story>

And that change seems like it just happened and I became the Nicole Sauce you know today, but that is not at all how it happened. I still had habits and programming to bust through. Heck, despite being a thought leader in the world of agorism, I still find programming that I MUST deprogram.

But the Intention to move myself toward true freedom and opt out of the system as much as I can is how I have moved from an urban chick completely unprepared to take care of myself through anything, to a prepared, badd-assed homesteader not afraid to share failures alongside successes because the INSTAGRAM homesteading community often only shows the good side of homesteading and, gorsdurnit, homesteading is heartbreaking, hard, messy, gross and one fo the most rewarding parts of the life I have built for myself.

What does all this have to do with garden prep you ask?

Well, I HAD intentions to get my garden beds put away for the fall, but what really happened is I spoke at a bunch of events and handled a major repair to my home. And it is time for spring planting in Tennessee though we are not in spring for another 3 weeks.

So today I talk about getting your garden ready for spring planting.

Never had a garden there before:

  1. Til vs no til
  2. Raised bed vs in ground
  3. Sod removal
  4. Solarizing or smothering
  5. The role of mulch
  6. What I would do if faced with a grass bed in late February north vs south

Existing garden

  1. Cover crop vs no cover crop over the winter
  2. What you could have done with tarps or cardboard but you did not do
  3. Germination and mulch
  4. Planning what you will plant with your current reality
  5. What I would do now to get ready for spring planting
  6. Biochar, IMF, Lactobacillus, fungi from the woods, synthetic fertilizers, etc

Stephen Raisner: https://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/naturalframing-ai

All in all it is not too late to get your beds ready but you will not do as well as you would have done. However, you can make a HUGE difference this year by simply making some IMF, which you still have time to do, for example. And if you do a bit each weekend between now and planting, you should be in good shape anyway.

So get out there and grow some food guys!

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Feb 23, 2024

Today we talk about rabbit poos systems, a sheep hay sled, more on electric fences, building community and more.

Featured Event:

LFTN Events Calendar: https://www.livingfreeintennessee.com/events/

Self Reliance Through Permaculture: https://www.livingfreeintennessee.com/event/self-reliance-through-permaculture/

Marc 2 in Crossville, $25

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Sponsor 2: SelfRelianceFestival.com

Listener Feedback

I GOT STARTED! 

I've been a listener for a couple years now and between you and Tim I finally started a business.  Still getting things moving but I used Joshua at getahostnow and he was great at getting me off the ground with a website (still building it now).  Thank you for being an inspiration for those that want to be free! Jesse

Tattooing Rabbits

You probably know this already, but I thought I would share my experience tattooing rabbits.

If you can get tattoo paste (black is best, in my opinion) that works so much better than other options So here is what did: 

-clean left ear

-use a towel over the head (to prevent bites/scratches)...a lot easier with two people..but otherwise, hold in your arm with rabbit head in your elbow

-Clamp

-wipe any blood

-smear and press tattoo paste into the holes 

-wipe off excess with a slightly damp cloth, check to make sure color in every hole

With characters-we would put the number of the year as last character (so 2024, 4 at the end), and first digit of which doe it came from (so, doe "Aphrodite," all her descendents started with A) 

And I'd HIGHLY recommend starting pedigree so you can avoid too much incest . The does will become too dumb to take care of babies, or become vicious, or do other dumb things. 

Hope this helps! Also, did you get my email about recirc pump to help with frozen pipes in your house? 

Take care, Kelsey

Parallel fence and power lines especially can interfere with your circuit.

https://hackaday.com/2024/01/27/harvesting-electricity-from-high-voltage-transmission-lines-using-fences/

It might be possible, in an Edge Case situation like that, that the grounding rods and salt could combine to form cupric oxide diodes around the ground rods, which will rectify the voltage into the ground (passing DC voltage in one direction and passing it in the other).

Disclaimer: I am not an electrical engineer. I'm a liberal arts grad and math is a distant second language.

Sorry about the sheep. That is rough. Something to "look forward to" (not) at the time we get animals on our place. Best, packradt packradt

Forage

  • Dandelion
  • Chick weed
  • Dead nettle
  • Wild garlic

Livestock

  • No lambs yet - technically due March 1-20
  • Duck jail
  • Duck litter process - do the work of the chickens
  • Duck feeder update
  • LGDs prefer chicken over rabbit but rabbits are easier to raise
  • Wing clipping
  • Laying in the listeria contaminated place

Grow

  • Peas are in
  • Beds are in
  • More wood chips needed
  • ¾ of food forest is pruned
  • Want a wood chipper
  • Seedlings not started but seeds chosen
  • Time to re-up the AP system

Holler Neighbors/Community

  • Seeking homestead sitter
  • Getting a homestead intern in April
  • Homestead Alliance Meeting Second Sat in March: potluck and seed exchange 1pm-3pm

Infrastructure

  • Rabbitery update
  • Sheep Hay sled
  • Solar update

Finances

  • Eggs should be for sale shortly, rabbit poop idea

Make it a great week!

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