Episode 109

Are homesteaders just moochers living off of “civil” society?

A recent opinion piece in Forbes magazine suggests that they are. And a brilliant homesteading blogger named Daisy Luther of The Organic Prepper blog, articulately countered the argument on Zero Hedge.

I read Daisy’s article and thought it would make for an interesting discussion on our latest episode of the podcast.

But first Marianne and I share a little bit about how we are “mooching” on our respective homesteads!

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Episode 101

Carl Found Onions

Carl was hungry and out of money when he found some onions growing. Just growing right next to a parking lot – not in a garden, not cared for, not planted by anyone on purpose.

That onion tasted so good! And it was free.

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Episode 99

Permaculture and agorism.

Both offer methods for changing the world for the better. And both have become hot topics over the last several years, thanks to independent thinkers and alternative online media.

In this week’s episode of the podcast, I had the chance to engage in an exhilarating discussion about these topics with Eric McCool. Eric is using his webisite, Permagora,  to highlight ways in which people can combine permaculture with agorism for the betterment of humans and planet Earth.

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Episode 098

I’m excited about food swaps. Why? There are SO many reasons!  I mean who doesn’t like fresh, locally grown food? Or building community with your neighbors? Or trading your excess garden produce for something that you really need?

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SLP 95 – Healthy, Handmade Food

Healthy, handmade food was hard to come by when I was a child.

My mom would be the first to say that cooking was not her forte’.  But, lucky for her,  Mr. Swanson, Mrs. Stouffers and many others provided pre-cooked meals that could be bought at the super market and stored in the freezer until needed.

So, for many of us, cooking amounted to opening a package and heating a frozen or canned meal up on the stove or in the oven.

Hey, it was the “modern” way, wasn’t it?

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Episode 92 – Jennifer Osuch of Self Reliant School

self-reliance and parenting

Jennifer Osuch

Jennifer Osuch discovered the art of self-reliance through parenting.

As the mother of two children with asthma, she wanted to do whatever she could to reduce toxins and support their health. Through her research she learned techniques and skills that really made a difference.  She began to make healthy meals from scratch using old-fashioned techniques like canning and food dehydrating that also saved her time and money.

Jennifer  and her husband Bill teach people how to do these things and more on their website, Self Reliant School.

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Episode 79 – Bonding with Your Soil

 

Building a good relationship with your soil may not be high on your list of New Year’s resolutions.

Bonding with your soil

Linda Borghi

But it’s key to establishing a healthy, abundant garden, according to Linda Borghi.

In this episode of the podcast, Linda, co-founder of the online educational site, Farm-A-Yard,  returns to dig a little deeper into the topic of soil.

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Episode 74 – The Valhalla Movement

Freedom culture, as defined by the  Valhalla Movement , is “a collective state of being that empowers and encourages all individuals to contribute their unique gifts to the world.”

It’s the mission of Valhalla Movement members to live in and help to spread freedom culture around the world through online and offline efforts that focus on sustainability, community, knowledge and action.

Founding member, Marc Angelo Coppola says it begins with self-sustainability.

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Ubuntu New Economy

Brandon Shalton

Episode 70 – Ubuntu

In the Ubuntu model of contributionism, community members who give just 3 hours per week would in turn receive all of life’s necessities and time to pursue their own interests within a supportive community.

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Episode 68 – Tools for Building a Sustainable Community

Open Sourcing a Sustainable CommunityIf you’re interested in creating or living in a sustainable community, there’s a powerful resource you’ll want to check out.
One Community is a non-profit, world-change organization committed to creating sustainable blueprints that anyone can apply to build sustainable infrastructure and unplug from the “Matrix.” Its website is a massive treasure-trove of free information on everything from food, to energy to economics and a whole lot more.

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