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Best Selfsufficiency podcasts we could find (updated July 2020)
Best Selfsufficiency podcasts we could find
Updated July 2020
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The homesteading podcast dedicated to the pursuit of self-sufficiency, self reliance, and sustainability. Brian is a 4th generation homesteader located in beautiful upstate NY. Along with his wife, Bonnie (also a 4th generation homesteader) and their son Brian Jr., Brian has been actively homesteading on a 2 acre piece of land since 2008. This podcast is dedicated to their journey and is a call for others to join them in pursuing self sufficiency, self reliance, and sustainability.
 
Pioneering Today is all about getting back to basics, simple living, and self-sufficiency with old-fashioned skills and wisdom in a modern world. With heirloom gardening, canning, preserving the harvest, from scratch cooking, raising your own food, including livestock (backyard chickens, pigs, and cattle), natural medicine, herbs, DIY like soap making along with living a simple self-sufficient life, no matter where you live. Hosted by 5th generation homesteader, Melissa K. Norris, author of ...
 
The Preparedness Podcast focuses on preparing for disasters, emergencies and survival strategies for becoming more self-reliant. Every podcast is filled with useful information and personal experience on how you can improve your preps so you can get your family ready to survive what ever crisis might come your way.Common topics are food storage, the economy, natural and technological disasters, bug out bags and evacuation, communications, emergency supplies, water filtering and purification, ...
 
For everything, there's water! From discovering life on other planets and traveling through time, to balancing a healthy environment and sustaining life on our planet, water is part of the equation, if not the answer. Do you need to rant? Grab a glass of water, or your favorite adult beverage, and let's discuss, sound off, and contemplate this crazy human existence.
 
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For many people, when they think about preserving meat, the first thing that comes to mind (and the only thing that comes to mind, is freezing.) And while that is certainly a good option and it is a relatively cheap and fool proof option, it is just that, an option. What many people don’t realize is that there are many other ways that you can safel…
 
Many homesteaders dream of the large property; 5, 10, 15 or 20 acres of land on which they can grow all the things, raise all the things and do all the things. Today's guest, Brenda Scott from http://wellfedhomestead.com is someone who had an opportunity to realize that dream. She and her family left a small suburban lot for a 30 acre homestead. An…
 
I had planned on covering a different topic on this episode. But this past Thursday a local farmer had a serious accident. Somehow she was entrapped in a hay baler. It was so bad they had to fly in a surgical team to surgically extract her from the equipment. That really is just a polite way to say that they had to cut off her arm. Now, this certai…
 
You'll want to make sure you're turning some of that fresh summer fruit into this easy homemade vinegar that uses only, are you ready for this, 1 ingredient!! This is the easiest food preservation and fermenting you'll ever do. Learn how, troubleshooting, and favorite ways to put that homemade vinegar to use with my guest Autumn (and find out what …
 
We’re revisiting past episodes that revolve around sustainable and can-do lifestyles, in a four-part series we’re calling “Living Well & Wise.” For our third episode, Chris McClellan (aka Uncle Mud) discusses how to build a home out of natural materials and the legal nuances that come with these structures. Follow the links below for topics mention…
 
A couple of weeks ago, I posted pictures of our poultry processing equipment and setup to our social media accounts. And I received a lot of questions as a result. And I realized that I didn't really talk much about poultry processing during our series on raising chickens. So. on this episode, I rectify that oversight. I share with you the gear we …
 
One of the questions I get asked the most is how do you manage to get so much done with work and a homestead? Today I'm sharing the truth about balance, seasons, and the fallacy of doing it all. I also give tips on how I've learned to keep the homestead functioning while still working a full-time job (including a day job off the homestead) and what…
 
I don't know about you, but sometimes all I see on my homestead is work. There is so much I'd like to accomplish. So many projects I've started and haven't fully completed. So many things that need to be cleaned up and put away, areas that need to be organized. I'm driven to try to raise and grow as much food as possible. And the recent events that…
 
Learn the 10 things most organic gardeners forget about to help you grow more food in the space you have, even if it’s not ideal full sun! Many of us need to grow our own food this year, but not everyone has a really large space. Nicky and Dave live in a very urban environment & using the concept of permaculture and a food forest, they have the fir…
 
In this episode of "Mother Earth News and Friends," we recorded a Mother Earth News Fair stage presentation by Gianaclis Caldwell, where she talks about her experiences and best practices when it comes to raising sheep and goats. Here are a few resources that may interest you: Premier 1 Supplies Holistic Goat Care by Gianaclis Caldwell Did you know…
 
This week I had a potential customer reach out to me with some great questions. She wanted to know what I fed my animals and why my general philosophical approach was to farming. I loved those questions. First, I love that someone is actually thinking about and caring about where their food comes from. Second, it was an opportunity for me to again …
 
Learn how to integrate new chicks into existing flocks, plus, all your questions on mixing meat birds with laying hens and how to keep dual-purpose chickens. Common mistakes you NEED to avoid for the health of your chickens and what to do if your chicken is being bullied by the rest of the flock. Resources at https://melissaknorris.com/259…
 
On this episode we welcome back to the podcast, guest Cathy R. Payne. We talk about how heritage breeds including American Blue Rabbits, Gulf Coast Sheep, and American Guinea Hogs played a significant role in her homesteading journey. Cathy is the author of the award winning book, Saving the Guinea Hogs: The Recovery of an American Homestead Breed …
 
Even without going Amish, we can glean a lot from their lifestyle to help us live more self-sufficient and simple with these 7 tips. Learn how one company has helped preserve the Amish way of life while coming full circle and offering Amish and homesteading tools to the public. Episode resources at https://melissaknorris.com/258 Go to lehmans.com/P…
 
We’re revisiting past episodes that revolve around sustainable and can-do lifestyles, in a four-part series we’re calling “Living Well & Wise.” For our second episode, Charlotte French and Russell Mullin discuss Rob Greenfield’s journey from an average, materialistic guy to a well-known eco-activist and adventurer. Order Rob’s new book Food Freedom…
 
The way COVID-19 has broken the supply chain has brought significant changes to how we shop and where we can find food. It has also brought awareness to how important small producers are in keeping us fed. In this episode, we're talking about the importance of supporting small producers and how we can find food locally. Links mentioned in this epis…
 
This week is #HeritageBreedsWeek sponsored by the Livestock Conservancy. On this episode, I am joined by Cathy R. Payne, author of the award winning book, Saving the Guinea Hogs: The Recovery of an American Homestead Breed to talk about heritage breeds, why they are important and what homesteaders can do to help conserve them. Cathy's homesteading …
 
While a productive garden is the goal, they should also be a place of sanctuary and beauty. Adding in these elements (even if you battle with shade) or small spaces, can bring you more joy in the garden, something we all could use more of, including weed suppression tips. For resource https://melissaknorris.com/257 Join the Pioneering Today Academy…
 
On this episode, I am honored to be joined by Harold Thornbro of The Modern Homesteading Podcast and blogger at http://www.haroldthornbro.com to talk about quail. We talk about how and why Harold raises quail, their pros and cons as well as how they stack up against rabbits and meat chickens. I learned a lot from Harold and I think you will too. An…
 
What you need to know to raise chickens for meat, including what breed is best, where to purchase, how much food they need, butcher age, and what you need to do differently with meat birds to avoid early death or leg problems. Links and resources at https://melissaknorris.com/256 Snag your free seat in my newest live class here How to Plan Your Cro…
 
As I recorded this episode, one of the biggest news stories is a potential protein shortage at the grocery store due to processing difficulties a the commercial meat plants due to COVID-19. What can homesteaders do to ensure that they have a constant supply of protein for their families? One answer might be meat rabbits. On this episode we talk abo…
 
These 8 common mistakes made by new gardeners are easy to avoid once you know what they are and though common with new gardeners, even us veteran gardeners may be making some of them! Resources and links at https://melissaknorris.com/255 Free seat for the Organic Gardening Workshp https://melissaknorris.com/workshop over 6 days of videos walking yo…
 
In this episode, we're talking about the benefits of starting your garden from seed. We're focusing mainly on starting seeds indoors before your last frost date and sharing our favorite seed companies. Links mentioned in this episode: How to Start Seeds Indoors - The Rustic Elk Mary’s Heirloom Seeds Baker’s Creek Strictly Medicinals Kitchen Botanic…
 
We’re revisiting past episodes that revolve around sustainable and can-do lifestyles, in a four-part series we’re calling “Living Well & Wise.” For our first episode, Charlotte French talks with Matt Wilkinson and Matt Stephens, two FAIR speakers, about the ways they use agritourism practices to bring more people and profits to their farms. Here ar…
 
Let's face it. Homesteading is like just about everything else in that we just never seem to have enough time or money for all of the things we want to do. Unless you're independently wealthy, most of us have fewer dollars than we'd like to do the things we'd like to do. And while right now many of us are spending more time at home than we usually …
 
These are non-food items to keep on hand at all times with tips to make sure you have what you need to run your home and homestead smoothly, from the vehicles, equipment and the cleaner/medicine cabinet. I share my favorites & where I get them. For resources, recipes, and guides go to https://melissaknorris.com/254 Learn how to make homemade soap, …
 
I will confess. I don't like keeping records. I've never been able to keep a diary. Or consistently journal. And that is a level of record keeping that is at least a little bit fun. But, tracking finances, or animals, or garden production, or canning amounts, or pantry and freezer inventory? That's boring stuff. It's certainly not fun (at least to …
 
These are the 13 pantry items I always have on hand and the amounts I'm now keeping as a bare minimum since COVID19. Having these items on hand ensures you can make a number of different foods for your family, no matter what is or isn't going on in the world. For links and resources go to https://melissaknorris.com/253 100+ of my best from-scratch …
 
We're implementing steps right now to raise more of our own food than ever before. I share how we're walking through these decisions, what we're adding, and what you should evaluate now on your homestead to have everything in place, including planning for livestock and feed. Resources at https://melissaknorris.com/252 Grow a Years Worth of Food wit…
 
Right now, there are more people wanting to garden than ever. Well, maybe that is an overstatement, but there are certainly so many people interested in planting seeds, that many seed companies are either out of seeds entirely, or have had to suspend the taking of new orders to restock or simply to catch up. Whether you are new to gardening or you'…
 
What's better than planting something once and having food for years to come? Pretty much nothing! How about some fruit & nut tree varieties that will produce sooner than most? Now we're talking and we added in some uncommon edible plants you probably haven't heard of but make a gorgeous addition to your yard (where we're all spending a bit more ti…
 
Right now, most of us are handling adversity on our homesteads, maybe in ways that we have never faced before. Maybe you are new to homesteading and you're facing losses that you've never faced before. Maybe animals have died. Or crops have failed. If you're facing adversity (and I think we all do at one time or another), this episode is for you. I…
 
In this episode, we're discussing our tips and recommendations for starting a garden, whether you're a beginner gardening for the first time, or you're an experienced gardener who has been frustrated with past attempts. We want to help you grow your own food this season, so we're talking about determining your planting zone, starting seeds, improvi…
 
Many of us are relying on our gardens this year for food than ever before. In this episode, I, Jill from the Beginners Gardener and Kevin from Epic Gardening share what our preparedness garden plans look like this year and our top 3 crop choices from 3 very different gardening climates to help you create YOUR gardening plan to feed your family. Get…
 
On this episode we talk about 10 Gardening Mistakes People Make And How To Avoid Them in my attempt to help you raise and grow as much food as possible. After all, one of the biggest ways you can become better prepared on your homestead is to raise and grown your own food. And I want to help you avoid making some of the mistakes that I have made. S…
 
These homemade reusable substitutes for single-use store-bought items will serve you well, especially in these times when toilet paper can be hard to come by. Learn valuable tips for homemade versions of paper towels, toilet paper, plastic wrap and more! Resources at https://melissaknorris.com/249By Melissa K Norris
 
This is a BONUS episode of the Homestead Journey Podcast as we celebrate 5000 downloads!!!! We continue our series on Homestead Preparedness as we talk about how and where to start raising and growing your own food. On this episode I mention: Our Grow Light System Our Pallet Herb Garden Cog Hill Farm's Start From Seed Video https://www.facebook.com…
 
Yes, the best time to prepare is during the good times. But, if you haven't made preparations and you find yourself faced with a crisis (as many of us do right now), what can you do? Is it too late to prepare? How do you know what to do? Those are all great questions and things that we discuss on this episode of the podcast. Enjoy!! https://afarmis…
 
In this episode of "Mother Earth News and Friends," we recorded a Mother Earth News Fair stage presentation by Meredith Leigh and Kirsten Shockey, where they talk about koji, a mold used for making fermented foods. Here are a few resources that may interest you: Check out the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Bookstore for more resources to help you achieve your h…
 
Today I answer your questions on growing your own food straight from your messages. Now more than ever people are needing to grow a garden to provide for their family and I answer your questions. Snag resources at https://melissaknorris.com/247 Get your FREE seat in the Organic Gardening Workshop NOW https://melissaknorris.com/workshop…
 
What are some ways you can better prepare for an emergency without needing to hoard supplies or keep a large stockpile? In this episode, we're talking about ways that you can gain skills and learn how to be more self reliant so you can survive when your supply chain is broken. Survival doesn't mean hoarding toilet paper and shampoo. We're taking a …
 
On this episode, we are beginning a multi part series on homestead preparedness. Current events combined with a recent episode of Jack Spirko's The Survival Podcast have caused me to think about homesteading and prepping. Are they the same thing? Many times the terms are used interchangeably. We talk about all of that and more on this podcast. I al…
 
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