Episode 100

The Sustainable Living PodcastOur journey on the sustainable living path led Marianne and I to create a weekly podcast a little more than two years ago.

This episode marks 100 times we’ve recorded and shared our thoughts, interviews and tips via the podcast.

In celebration of this milestone, Marianne traveled to my Big Bear homestead last weekend to brainstorm about our future plans and to record this episode.

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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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Homestead UpdateEpisode 87  – Homestead Update and Listener Tips

In this homestead update Marianne and I discuss chickens, irrigation, garden pests, listener sustainable living tips and much more.

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Episode 83 – Community Nature Reserve

Community Nature Reserve

The neighbors responsible for Felixstowe’s Community Nature Reserve.

Dr. Adrian Cooper is on a mission to spread a new idea which could help to save local wildlife: the community nature reserve.

The term “community nature reserve” may bring up visions of national parks and there are certain similarities. Both community nature reserves and national parks are created to help support and protect wildlife. Both are also supported and frequented by nature lovers.

But unlike national or government-run nature conservation projects, community nature reserves are actually created by neighbors planting wildlife-friendly plants in their own backyards.

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Informed Choices for Green Living

Episode 64 – Green Living Choices

Like many of you, one of the biggest reasons I had for choosing green living as my path was because it was more in line with my values.

At that time, I looked around for environmentally friendly and ethically produced products but found they were expensive and difficult to find.

I would have loved to have access to “A Greener Daily Life“, a website founded and run by Chet Van Wert, to connect “conscious consumers with sustainable, ethical brands.”

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sustainable options for carrying food

James Robinson

Episode 62 – Carrying Food Sustainably

Sustainable options for carrying food are not easy to find.

Okay, if you just want to take a sandwich with you somewhere, you can wrap it in wax paper. But how practical is this?

And what if you are gluten-free and generally don’t eat sandwiches? Truly air-tight options that don’t leak when you carry them in your back pack are also not easy to find.

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Episode 61

Colleen

Colleen Valles, a mother of a 10-year-old and just about now, of a tiny new baby, is also a writer, a knitter, a pet mama and a Tiny House enthusiast. When her 10-year-old daughter got excited about the Tiny House idea, Colleen decided to take action on her dream. She explored all different ways to downsize and move to her parent’s property, but found that building codes pretty much nixed all her good ideas. Continue reading

Episode 54

Burnout

Burnout is real and most of us have faced this monster at one point or another. Of course, as with everything, there are many different levels and we might use the phrase lightly – just meaning that we are tired of something we are doing. This can be an activity, a job, a relationship or a living situation. You get the picture. However,burnout can also be or lead to some real physical and emotional problems. Well, that is the space I found myself in due to a variety of circumstances. Continue reading