Old Fashioned On Purpose

By Jill Winger

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Subscribers: 358
Reviews: 4

Brandi Still
 Feb 8, 2020
Great gal to follow through podcast, YouTube, blog, book, all the ways! I don't homestead but I value the heritage traditions my foremothers used in supervising their homes & preparing healthy foods. Jill gives sound advice on it all!

Kim
 Dec 2, 2019
I really enjoy listening to her explanations and directions for canning and other gardening tasks.

Arlene S.
 Aug 23, 2019
Jill's explanations about tomato canning danger were very clear -- with a simple, clear solution.

Cindy L
 Aug 19, 2019
Love her blog posts, now we can listen while we try to keep up with her. ❤️

Description

Welcome to the Old-Fashioned on Purpose podcast, where ambitious people master the art of returning to their roots.Have you found yourself disenchanted with society, wishing you could opt-out of the rate race? Perhaps you’re craving a life that’s meaningful and tangible— a life where you can create and produce instead of merely consume?I’m Jill Winger— best-selling author and long-time homesteader. Over the last 10 years, I’ve helped thousands of families create more connection, grow amazing organic food, and find the ultimate fulfillment through an old-fashioned lifestyle. If you're a trailblazer, maverick, homesteader, modern-pioneer, or backyard farmer, you've found your tribe. Join me every Monday and Thursday as we dive deep into topics that will help you launch your homestead, grow your business, and ultimately give you the purposeful lifestyle you've always wanted.

Episode Date
S7 E12: How to Switch Out Your Store-Bought Veggies for Homegrown Ones
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While we've been discussing opting out of various systems throughout this entire season, most of our solutions have been to seek out things that aren't necessarily mainstream. However, there is one area of the food system that most of you have the opportunity to take ownership of in your own home. In today's episode, I'm joined by my friend Bailey Vantassel, a garden blogger and enthusiast from California. Together we start at the beginning, discussing how to determine what crops are suitable for you climate, how to analyze and amend your soil, what plants that will thrive in the shade, and so much more. We also discuss what makes a hero veggie, and reveal the key secret to making any garden successful. What is it? You'll have to listen to find out!

Connect with Bailey on IG: https://www.instagram.com/baileyvantassel/

This episode is proudly sponsored by Genuine Beef Co. (https://genuinebeefco.com/) This dream has been 4 years in the making, but we are finally shipping our Wyoming-raised beef nationwide! It’s grass fed AND grass-finished, dry-aged to perfection, and vacuum-sealed in a USDA facility. We have 90/10 ground beef, roasts, steaks, and a variety of bundles. Use code PODCAST for 10% off your order.

Ready to join the newsletter for mavericks who value free thinking, ditching the status quo, and taking charge of every part of our lives? Click now! https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/freethinker

Dec 06, 2021
S7 E11: How I’m Preparing Our Homestead for Supply Chain Hiccups
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It's no secret at this point. No matter where you look, it's likely supply chain issues have had some type of impact on your life. Even though I strive to be as independent as possible, I'm not immune to these issues either. We still rely on the store for things like chicken feed, pig feed, seeds, and other essential items needed to keep the homestead running. On today's episode, I cover how I'm taking steps to prepare for the inevitable supply chain hiccups. This includes ordering seeds early, saving seeds for the very first time, how to compensate for lack of chicken feed, and so much more. Don't leave yourself out in the cold when the inevitable supply chain issues hit. Listen today to find out how you can prepare your family for the coming months ahead!

Stock up on your seeds today!:  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/seeds
Pick up all of my favorite homesteading books here:  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/shop

This episode is proudly sponsored by Genuine Beef Co. (https://genuinebeefco.com/) This dream has been 4 years in the making, but we are finally shipping our Wyoming-raised beef nationwide! It’s grass fed AND grass-finished, dry-aged to perfection, and vacuum-sealed in a USDA facility. We have 90/10 ground beef, roasts, steaks, and a variety of bundles. Use code PODCAST for 10% off your order.

Ready to join the newsletter for mavericks who value free thinking, ditching the status quo, and taking charge of every part of our lives? Click now! https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/freethinker

Nov 29, 2021
S7 E10: How to Opt-Out of Toxic Mainstream Skincare
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While opting out of chemical laden food seems like a no-brainer for everyone, there's another not-so-obvious industry that effects all of our daily lives. Whether it's hand soaps, lotion, shampoo, or make-up, cosmetics and skincare products carry some of the most toxic chemicals out there. So how do we combat this problem? Today I'm thrilled to be joined by my friend Emily Toups. Emily is the founder of Toups & Co., an organic make up and skin care company based out of Alabama. In this episode, we discuss the chemicals to look out for on labels, tips for removing toxicity and stress in other areas of life, as well as diving into how Emily's been able to create a viable business in the skincare industry. In addition, we discuss how beef fat can be a secret weapon in your skin care arsenal!

This episode is proudly sponsored by Genuine Beef Co. (https://genuinebeefco.com/) This dream has been 4 years in the making, but we are finally shipping our Wyoming-raised beef nationwide! It’s grass fed AND grass-finished, dry-aged to perfection, and vacuum-sealed in a USDA facility. We have 90/10 ground beef, roasts, steaks, and a variety of bundles. Use code PODCAST for 10% off your order.

Toups & Co. Organics: http://toupsandco.com/

Ready to join the newsletter for mavericks who value free thinking, ditching the status quo, and taking charge of every part of our lives? Click now! https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/freethinker

Nov 22, 2021
S7 E9: Real Food is Expensive: Myths vs. Reality
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Have you ever wondered why real food can seem so expensive? I know I have, and there were even times in my life where I opted to take the cheaper route when it comes to my food choices. However, please be aware that the price you're paying for your food doesn't ultimately doesn't reflect the total cost. In today's episode, I cover the true costs of some of your favorite foods, different ways to maximize your food budget, why soy and corn are so cheap, and so much more. No matter what your budget, it's important to remember that your food choices don't just affect your bottom line, they effect every single aspect of your life. Listen today to find out how to make the best choices for you and your family!

This episode is proudly sponsored by Genuine Beef Co. This dream has been 4 years in the making, but we are finally shipping our Wyoming-raised beef nationwide! It’s grass fed AND grass-finished, dry-aged to perfection, and vacuum-sealed in a USDA facility. We have 90/10 ground beef, roasts, steaks, and a variety of bundles. Use code PODCAST for 10% off your order.

As mentioned in the episode, check out this amazing article on the True Cost of Local Foods: https://learn.uvm.edu/foodsystemsblog/2017/01/24/true-cost-of-local-food/

Ready to join the newsletter for mavericks who value free thinking, ditching the status quo, and taking charge of every part of our lives? Click now! https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/freethinker

Nov 15, 2021
S7 E8: Should You Move to Wyoming?? Consider this first...
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Now more than ever, it seems people are looking to move and start a homestead of their own. However, there's some very important things to consider when uprooting your life and moving to a new area. In today's episode, I cover why fully understanding the weather is crucial, why you need to look into Food Freedom laws, how long a growing season lasts, and so much more. This episode is CRUCIAL for anyone looking to make a move now or anytime in the future. Trust me when I say that taking the time to find these things out prior to moving will save you time, money, and provide you a greater peace of mind.

Head to http://prairieplanner.com/ to get your 2022 Prairie Planner today!

Ready to join the newsletter for mavericks who value free thinking, ditching the status quo, and taking charge of every part of our lives? Click now! https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/freethinker

Nov 08, 2021
S7 E7: How I Handle the Tension of Getting it All Done
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As a whole, we as humans are more distracted than we've ever been at any point in our history. We now have available to us an unlimited stream of instant distractions in the form of phones, email, apps, social media, Netflix, etc. Ultimately, what it all boils down to is focus. In today's episode, I share with you some of my best strategies to stay focused on day-to-day tasks and keep on track with big goals. Listen to find out how to set your phone for success, how to use the 80/20 rule to your advantage, and how a few minutes of planning every week can ease your anxiety.

Head to http://prairieplanner.com/ to get your 2022 Prairie Planner today!

Ready to join the newsletter for mavericks who value free thinking, ditching the status quo, and taking charge of every part of our lives? Click now! https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/freethinker

Nov 01, 2021
S7 E6: The Books I'm Reading Right Now
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Without question, reading outside on the porch is my favorite way to relax on the the homestead. However, contrary to popular belief, you won't find me sitting around reading homesteading books for 8 hours a day. In today's episode, I cover my favorite subjects, what I'm reading right now, my feelings on audio books vs. physical books, and what's next on my reading list. Make sure you stay tuned until the end to find out what controversial author I've found to be transformational in my life. What books have been instrumental in helping you improve your life and career.

Ready to join the newsletter for mavericks who value free thinking, ditching the status quo, and taking charge of every part of our lives? Click now! https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/freethinker

Oct 25, 2021
S7 E5: What an Impromptu 1500 Mile Road Trip Taught Me About Personal Responsibility
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As I touched on in a previous episode, much of my evolution as a homesteader and as a person in general has revolved around saying 'NO' to traditional systems. However, a recent trip to Virginia forced me to confront another system that I'm not so fond of but have reluctantly accepted in the past: public transportation. Listen to today's episode to find out why I had so much anxiety over flying, how a cancelled flight led to a cross country road trip, and why (and how) Christian and I are opting out of public transportation. If you've ever felt the desire to ditch mass transportation, I'm certain this episode will resonate with you.

Ready to join the newsletter for mavericks who value free thinking, ditching the status quo, and taking charge of every part of our lives? Click now! https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/freethinker

Oct 19, 2021
S7 E4: What if You Couldn't Buy Food at the Grocery Store?
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When it comes to homesteaders, in many ways we're natural born preppers. While we might not be preparing for the apocalypse, we're always focused on looking down the road to be ready for any situation. One particular situation that always comes up in my head is "What if you couldn't buy food at the grocery store?" In today's episode, I cover the three steps I'm taking to prepare my family for any food supply related issues. I also explain why it's important to focus on 'prepping' skills and tactics that also improve your life in the present instead of just preparing for some potential event that might never happen.

Links Mentioned in Episode:

Greenhouse Megastore: http://theprairiehomestead.com/greenhouse
The Prairie Homestead Shop: http://theprairiehomestead.com/shop
Genuine Beef Co: genuinebeefco.com

Oct 11, 2021
S7 E3: Saying NO to These 4 Systems Changed My Life Forever
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Society creates systems for us to live by far before we are ever conscious of what is going on. While some of these systems might help us, many of them can also harm us and prevent us from achieving greater things in life. In our pursuit of our homestead dreams, we inadvertently cast aside several of the most common and harmful societal constructs. In today's episode, I'm going to cover how opting out of financial, medical, educational, and agricultural systems have created freedom and ownership in our own lives. While being an entrepreneur might not be the thing for you, you're sure to learn many different ways in which opting out of systems can create freedom for you and your family.


Oct 04, 2021
S7 E2: What We're Using for Homeschool Curriculum This Year
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For a variety of reasons homeschooling has become a hot topic in 2021. While I consider myself to be a homeschooling veteran by now, I'm dealing with something completely brand new this year. For the first time ever, I will have three kids in school at the same time! No matter if you're a seasoned professional or a first time homeschooler, I'm here to dish out my favorite tricks to save time, explain how to teach multiple ages at once, and share my homeschool curriculum for this year. There are some really great resources in this episode, and even if you've already planned your curriculum for this school year, you're sure to find some supplemental material to incorporate.

- Design your dream homestead with my FREE handbook— grab it here: http://theprairiehomestead.com/layout
- Head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to get complimentary access to my best homestead resources.
- Get more in-depth homestead info, printable recipes, and tutorials and more on my blog at www.theprairiehomestead.com

- Get Old-Fashioned on Purpose hats & shirts at www.homesteadswag.com
- Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
- Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/jill.winger

Sep 27, 2021
S7 E1: I Need to Get This Off My Chest (A Reintroduction of Sorts)
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Hello again my friends! With so much going on in my personal life and business, I realized I was hitting a wall. After going and going non-stop, I found myself becoming resentful. No matter how much I fought it in my mind, everything around me was telling me I needed to take a break. The past month or so has made me realize that while homesteading is a major part of my life, by no means is it the only part of me. In the past I've been hesitant to speak on other topics, and in today's episode I'm going to explain why that's going to be changing, what to expect, and why sometimes it's important for all of us to take a step back and re-asses where our lives have been going. Join me as I reintroduce myself!

-  Design your dream homestead with my FREE handbook— grab it here: http://theprairiehomestead.com/layout
-  Head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to get complimentary access to my best homestead resources.
-  Get more in-depth homestead info, printable recipes, and tutorials and more on my blog at www.theprairiehomestead.com

-  Get Old-Fashioned on Purpose hats & shirts at www.homesteadswag.com
-  Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
-  Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/jill.winger

Sep 21, 2021
S6 E10: Sorting Through SALT: How to Pick the Right Salt for Your Preservation Projects
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It's that time again my friends. We've reached the end of another season. As I reflected on the different methods of food preservation we've covered over the past several weeks, I came to a surprising realization. There was one common thread between every preservation method. Can you guess what it is? Yes, that's right! Salt is the one constant for all your preservation needs. In today's episode, I cover the different types of salts, why salt can turn your food colors, and how the coarseness of the salt effects overall taste. I also share my favorite salt I literally use on everything. As this season comes to a close, this is a great time to talk about this wonderful ingredient that ties everything together.

- Since salt is obviously one thing I can’t grow here on my Wyoming homestead, I always buy Redmonds in bulk. It never goes bad and I keep it in a bucket in my basement pantry. I have this bag (https://shop.redmond.life/products/real-salt-bulk-25-lb?_pos=3&_sid=68645354b&_ss=r) in there right now. Here's a blog post I wrote last year with more salt FAQS! https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2020/06/cooking-with-salt.html

- This episode is brought to you by Redmond’s Real Salt, which is the #1 salt I use in all my homesteading cooking, canning, and fermentation. I have learned over the years that not all salt is created equal and having the good stuff really does make a difference in your culinary adventures. Redmond’s is the only salt mined in the good ol’ US of A. I love that it’s mined using sustainable practices AND contains 60+ trace minerals that not only make it incredibly good for you, but it tastes better too. Since I can’t grow salt myself (obviously) Right now, Redmond's is offering 15% off your entire order just for my podcast listeners. Head over to theprairiehomestead.com/SALT and use the code HOMESTEAD to snag your discount.

- Design your dream homestead with my FREE handbook— grab it here: http://theprairiehomestead.com/layout
- Head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to get complimentary access to my best homestead resources.
- Get more in-depth homestead info, printable recipes, and tutorials and more on my blog at www.theprairiehomestead.com

- Get Old-Fashioned on Purpose hats & shirts at www.homesteadswag.com
- Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
- Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/jill.winger

Aug 12, 2021
S6 E9: How to Safely Push the Boundaries with Canning with Angi Schneider
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When it comes to the art of canning, many times it's best to do things by the book. However, as my guest today will explain, there are still opportunities to push the boundaries and get creative. In today's episode I'm joined by my friend Angi Schneider, an author and food preservation specialist who is an expert canner. Together we discuss some of the biggest myths about canning, why salt and sugar aren't necessary, the truth about acid, and so much more. Most important, Angi and I also cover the things you should NEVER do when canning. Whether you've been canning for years or you're just starting up, this episode provides a wealth of information to ensure your safety when preserving your favorite foods.


Connect with Angi below:
- Ultimate Guide to Preserving Vegetables - schneiderpeeps.com/book
- Pressure Canning for Beginners and Beyond - schneiderpeeps.com/books
- Black Bean and Corn Salsa Recipe - https://www.schneiderpeeps.com/canning-black-bean-and-corn-salsa/
- Canning your own soup mix - https://www.schneiderpeeps.com/safely-canning-soup-at-home-for-preparedness-and-convenience/

This episode is brought to you by Redmond’s Real Salt, which is the #1 salt I use in all my homesteading cooking, canning, and fermentation. I have learned over the years that not all salt is created equal and having the good stuff really does make a difference in your culinary adventures. Redmond’s is the only salt mined in the good ol’ US of A. I love that it’s mined using sustainable practices AND contains 60+ trace minerals that not only make it incredibly good for you, but it tastes better too. Since I can’t grow salt myself (obviously) Right now, Redmond's is offering 15% off your entire order just for my podcast listeners. Head over to theprairiehomestead.com/SALT and use the code HOMESTEAD to snag your discount.

- Design your dream homestead with my FREE handbook— grab it here: http://theprairiehomestead.com/layout
- Head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to get complimentary access to my best homestead resources.
- Get more in-depth homestead info, printable recipes, and tutorials and more on my blog at www.theprairiehomestead.com

- Get Old-Fashioned on Purpose hats & shirts at www.homesteadswag.com
- Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
- Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead

Aug 09, 2021
S6 E8: Dehydrating Powders: A Simple, Space-Saving Way to Preserve Fruits & Vegetables with Darci Baldwin
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A few episodes ago, my friend Jessica and I laid out all the basics when it comes to getting started with dehydrating. Today, I'm thrilled to be joined be Darci Baldwin to push this conversation even further. Darci is an author and blogger who specializes in helping homesteader preserve their harvests through dehydration and pantry planning. In today's episode, we discuss why you have to be careful when dehydrating proteins, Darci's favorite fruits & veggies for dehydrating, how to prevent moisture from getting into your food, dehydrating canned fruits & vegetables, and much more. Darci has almost exclusively used dehydration to preserve her harvests, so she bring plenty of knowledge and experience to share on the subject!

Connect with Darci below:

Blog: thepurposefulpantry.com
YT:  youtube.com/thepurposefulpantry
IG: instagram.com/thepurposefulpantry
FB: facebook.com/thepurposefulpantry
Group: facebook.com/groups/dehydratingtipsandtricks/
Pinterest: pinterest.com/thepurposefulpantry 
Book: Dehydrating Basics: FAQ's, Tips and Tricks

This episode is brought to you by Redmond’s Real Salt, which is the #1 salt I use in all my homesteading cooking, canning, and fermentation. I have learned over the years that not all salt is created equal and having the good stuff really does make a difference in your culinary adventures. Redmond’s is the only salt mined in the good ol’ US of A. I love that it’s mined using sustainable practices AND contains 60+ trace minerals that not only make it incredibly good for you, but it tastes better too. Since I can’t grow salt myself (obviously) Right now, Redmond's is offering 15% off your entire order just for my podcast listeners. Head over to theprairiehomestead.com/SALT and use the code HOMESTEAD to snag your discount.

- Design your dream homestead with my FREE handbook— grab it here: http://theprairiehomestead.com/layout
- Head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to get complimentary access to my best homestead resources.
- Get more in-depth homestead info, printable recipes, and tutorials and more on my blog at www.theprairiehomestead.com

- Get Old-Fashioned on Purpose hats & shirts at www.homesteadswag.com
- Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
- Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead

Aug 05, 2021
S6 E7: Answers for Your Tricky Canning Dilemmas (Q & A with Jill)
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Canning has always been my go-to food preservation method, but navigating the world of canning can be a daunting challenge. Fear not my friends, today I'm excited to bring to you my second ever canning Q&A. This episode is a recording from a Q&A session I held with my followers on Facebook Live. Today we discuss things like canning condiments, what to do with bad recipes, what soups you can and can't can, and much more. Tune in to find out the solutions to problems that homesteaders just like you are dealing with.

Ready to join my Canning Made Easy Course and take advantage of all of the incredible bonuses? Click here now! https://www.learnhowtocan.com

This episode is brought to you by Redmond’s Real Salt, which is the #1 salt I use in all my homesteading cooking, canning, and fermentation. I have learned over the years that not all salt is created equal and having the good stuff really does make a difference in your culinary adventures. Redmond’s is the only salt mined in the good ol’ US of A. I love that it’s mined using sustainable practices AND contains 60+ trace minerals that not only make it incredibly good for you, but it tastes better too. Since I can’t grow salt myself (obviously) Right now, Redmond's is offering 15% off your entire order just for my podcast listeners. Head over to theprairiehomestead.com/SALT and use the code HOMESTEAD to snag your discount.

- Design your dream homestead with my FREE handbook— grab it here: http://theprairiehomestead.com/layout
- Head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to get complimentary access to my best homestead resources.
- Get more in-depth homestead info, printable recipes, and tutorials and more on my blog at www.theprairiehomestead.com

- Get Old-Fashioned on Purpose hats & shirts at www.homesteadswag.com
- Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
- Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead

Aug 02, 2021
S6 E6: Hard Cheesemaking for the Rest of Us with Robyn Jackson
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As someone who recently started cheesemaking, I can very much verify that cheesemaking is most definitely an art form. Today I'm thrilled to be joined by a master of her craft, Robyn Jackson from Cheesemaking from Scratch. In today's episode, Robyn describes what supplies you need to get started, how to determine what cheese press to buy, the difference between freeze-dried and natural cultures, and much more. Robyn also discusses the best cheeses for every beginner and which ones to make first.

Connect further with Robyn below:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cheese_from_scratch_/
Website: https://cheesefromscratch.com/

This episode is brought to you by Redmond’s Real Salt, which is the #1 salt I use in all my homesteading cooking, canning, and fermentation. I have learned over the years that not all salt is created equal and having the good stuff really does make a difference in your culinary adventures. Redmond’s is the only salt mined in the good ol’ US of A. I love that it’s mined using sustainable practices AND contains 60+ trace minerals that not only make it incredibly good for you, but it tastes better too. Since I can’t grow salt myself (obviously) Right now, Redmond's is offering 15% off your entire order just for my podcast listeners. Head over to theprairiehomestead.com/SALT and use the code HOMESTEAD to snag your discount.

-  Design your dream homestead with my FREE handbook— grab it here: http://theprairiehomestead.com/layout
-  Head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to get complimentary access to my best homestead resources.
-  Get more in-depth homestead info, printable recipes, and tutorials and more on my blog at www.theprairiehomestead.com

- Get Old-Fashioned on Purpose hats & shirts at www.homesteadswag.com
- Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
- Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead

Jul 29, 2021
S6 E5: How to Put Your Dehydrator to Work Around the Homestead with Jessica Spiers
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While I love to use my dehydrator for preserving food, I can't even begin to claim to be an expert. If you're anything like me, you never really venture beyond the very basics. Well my friend, that's about to change. On today's episode I'm joined by my good friend Jessica Spiers. Listen as Jessica lays out all the necessities when it comes to dehydration. Discover the best foods to dehydrate, how you can dehydrate your food even if you don't have a dehydrator, the best ways to prepare foods for preservation, and how to pick the right equipment for your needs. Finally, make sure you listen to the end to discover Jessica's favorite food to dehydrate (it might surprise you)!

Connect with Jessica below:
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/threerivershomestead
- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2yq41wib1MOacBef2crlbw

This episode is brought to you by Redmond’s Real Salt, which is the #1 salt I use in all my homesteading cooking, canning, and fermentation. I have learned over the years that not all salt is created equal and having the good stuff really does make a difference in your culinary adventures. Redmond’s is the only salt mined in the good ol’ US of A. I love that it’s mined using sustainable practices AND contains 60+ trace minerals that not only make it incredibly good for you, but it tastes better too. Since I can’t grow salt myself (obviously) Right now, Redmond's is offering 15% off your entire order just for my podcast listeners. Head over to theprairiehomestead.com/SALT and use the code HOMESTEAD to snag your discount.

-  Design your dream homestead with my FREE handbook— grab it here: http://theprairiehomestead.com/layout
-  Head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to get complimentary access to my best homestead resources.
-  Get more in-depth homestead info, printable recipes, and tutorials and more on my blog at www.theprairiehomestead.com

-  Get Old-Fashioned on Purpose hats & shirts at www.homesteadswag.com
-  Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
- Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead

Jul 26, 2021
S6 E4: Fermentation: Beyond the Basics with Wardee Harmon
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For many of us accustomed to the standard American way of food preservation, fermentation can be a strange topic to broach. Although it's a subject I've discussed before on this podcast, given the focus of this season I thought it'd be great to bring in a true expert. Today we're joined by my good friend, author and fermentation guru Wardee Harmon. In this episode we cover why fermentation is best for preserving nutrients, the benefits of probiotics, what to use for starter cultures, how to prevent cross-contamination, how to differentiate foam from mold, and much, much more. Wardee literally wrote the book on fermenting so you'll want to bring a pen and notebook to today's podcast. Be sure to listen to this episode all the way through as Wardee offers some incredible resources at the end.

Ready to dive deeper into the world of fermentation?  Be sure to check out all of the links below that Wardee mentioned on the podcast!

https://traditionalcookingschool.com/
-  Bible-Based Cooking Program: https://traditionalcookingschool.com/7rv0
-  New book "Fermenting" (releases Aug 3)
https://www.booksamillion.com/p/Fermenting/Wardeh-Harmon/9781615649907?id=8262634534879https://traditionalcookingschool.com/q-a/how-to-prevent-mold-during-fermentation-aw074/
-  Apple Chutney Recipe:   https://traditionalcookingschool.com/celebrations/5-spice-apple-chutney/

This episode is brought to you by Redmond’s Real Salt, which is the #1 salt I use in all my homesteading cooking, canning, and fermentation. I have learned over the years that not all salt is created equal and having the good stuff really does make a difference in your culinary adventures. Redmond’s is the only salt mined in the good ol’ US of A. I love that it’s mined using sustainable practices AND contains 60+ trace minerals that not only make it incredibly good for you, but it tastes better too. Since I can’t grow salt myself (obviously) Right now, Redmond's is offering 15% off your entire order just for my podcast listeners. Head over to theprairiehomestead.com/SALT and use the code HOMESTEAD to snag your discount.

-  Design your dream homestead with my FREE handbook— grab it here: http://theprairiehomestead.com/layout
-  Head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to get complimentary access to my best homestead resources.
-  Get more in-depth homestead info, printable recipes, and tutorials and more on my blog at www.theprairiehomestead.com

-  Get Old-Fashioned on Purpose hats & shirts at www.homesteadswag.com
-  Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
-  Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead

Jul 22, 2021
S6 E3: Taking the Confusion Out of Egg Preservation with Carolyn Thomas
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When it comes to preserving homestead staples, there is perhaps none more confusing than the egg. If you spend time researching some of the methods used in the past, you're likely to question the validity and safety of the vast majority of them. Thankfully, today I'm joined by a true expert in egg preservation, Carolyn Thomas of Homesteading Family. In this episode we cover everything including liming, water glassing, oiling, freeze-drying, freezing, and much more. We even discuss some out of the ordinary methods like salt curing egg yolks and freezing egg based recipes. Whether you produce eggs on your homestead or purchase them from another source, this episode is sure to provide a ton of value and insure that you're able to preserve your eggs year round.

Want to connect further with Carolyn? Check her out below:
Homepage: https://www.homesteadingfamily.com/
Homesteading School: https://www.schooloftraditionalskills.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/homesteadingfamily/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/homesteadingfamily/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/homesteadingfamily

This episode is brought to you by Redmond’s Real Salt, which is the #1 salt I use in all my homesteading cooking, canning, and fermentation. I have learned over the years that not all salt is created equal and having the good stuff really does make a difference in your culinary adventures. Redmond’s is the only salt mined in the good ol’ US of A. I love that it’s mined using sustainable practices AND contains 60+ trace minerals that not only make it incredibly good for you, but it tastes better too. Since I can’t grow salt myself (obviously) Right now, Redmond's is offering 15% off your entire order just for my podcast listeners. Head over to theprairiehomestead.com/SALT and use the code HOMESTEAD to snag your discount.

- Design your dream homestead with my FREE handbook— grab it here: http://theprairiehomestead.com/layout
- Head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to get complimentary access to my best homestead resources.
- Get more in-depth homestead info, printable recipes, and tutorials and more on my blog at www.theprairiehomestead.com

- Get Old-Fashioned on Purpose hats & shirts at www.homesteadswag.com
- Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
- Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead

Jul 19, 2021
S6 E2: The Homesteader's Guide to Preserving Meat with Derek Smiley
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Modern conveniences have made most of us accustomed to one primary method of long-term meat preservation. Without a doubt the freezer has become an essential tool on every homestead, but what happens if you run out of space or have limited access to electricity? Fear not my friends. Today I'm joined by my friend Derek Smiley, a veritable expert in all things regarding meat preservation. In this episode, we cover dehydration, smoking, canning, freezing, freeze drying, salt curing, and more. Derek discusses the pro's and con's of all of these preservation methods, the best uses for each technique, and some of his favorite equipment. With over 25 years of experience in this field, Derek is sure to have valuable information for you, whether you're a complete novice to a seasoned homesteader.

Do you need some guidance on your food preservation journey? Email Derek directly at thesmileyfarm@gmail.com or connect with him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/thesmileyfarm

-  This episode is brought to you by Redmond’s Real Salt, which is the #1 salt I use in all my homesteading cooking, canning, and fermentation. I have learned over the years that not all salt is created equal and having the good stuff really does make a difference in your culinary adventures. Redmond’s is the only salt mined in the good ol’ US of A. I love that it’s mined using sustainable practices AND contains 60+ trace minerals that not only make it incredibly good for you, but it tastes better too. Since I can’t grow salt myself (obviously) Right now, Redmond's is offering 15% off your entire order just for my podcast listeners. Head over to theprairiehomestead.com/SALT and use the code HOMESTEAD to snag your discount.

-  Design your dream homestead with my FREE handbook— grab it here: http://theprairiehomestead.com/layout
-  Head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to get complimentary access to my best homestead resources.
-  Get more in-depth homestead info, printable recipes, and tutorials and more on my blog at www.theprairiehomestead.com

-  Get Old-Fashioned on Purpose hats & shirts at www.homesteadswag.com
-  Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
-  Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead

Jul 15, 2021
S6 E1: How to Preserve Food the Colonial Way with Jonathan Townsend
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For most of us gardener's around the country, we're currently sitting in that honeymoon phase. It's that time where everything is starting to grow and looking beautiful, but nothing is ready to harvest. However, before we know it the time will be upon us. In this season of the Old Fashioned on Purpose podcast, I'm going to make sure you are able to maximize your bounty while discussing one of my favorite topics in the world; food preservation. Today I'm thrilled to be joined by an expert in colonial food preservation methods, my good friend Jonathan Townsend. In this episode Jonathan discusses a wide range of techniques including many you'll already be familiar with, but he also dives into some very interesting methods like potted meats and smoking. Tune in to find out how you can integrate some of these colonial practices into your modern homestead in order to enhance your preservation methods and better prepare yourself for those long winter months.

Looking to connect further Jonathan? Reach out to him below!
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/jastownsendandson
Website: https://www.Townsends.us

- This episode is brought to you by Redmond’s Real Salt, which is the #1 salt I use in all my homesteading cooking, canning, and fermentation. I have learned over the years that not all salt is created equal and having the good stuff really does make a difference in your culinary adventures. Redmond’s is the only salt mined in the good ol’ US of A. I love that it’s mined using sustainable practices AND contains 60+ trace minerals that not only make it incredibly good for you, but it tastes better too. Since I can’t grow salt myself (obviously) Right now, Redmond's is offering 15% off your entire order just for my podcast listeners. Head over to theprairiehomestead.com/SALT and use the code HOMESTEAD to snag your discount.

- Design your dream homestead with my FREE handbook— grab it here: http://theprairiehomestead.com/layout
- Head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to get complimentary access to my best homestead resources.
- Get more in-depth homestead info, printable recipes, and tutorials, and more on my blog at www.theprairiehomestead.com
- Get Old-Fashioned on Purpose hats & shirts at www.homesteadswag.com
- Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
- Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead

Jul 12, 2021
S5 E13: I've Owned a Restaurant for 60 Days. Here's What I've Learned
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As we reach the end of this season and reflect on what we've learned, today I'm thrilled to be able to give you an update on how I've been applying these lessons within my own life. At the beginning of the season I told you that Christian and I bought a soda fountain in a neighboring town. Two months later I'm here to share our progress, the lessons I've learned in the process, and explain why you shouldn't try to make everyone like you. Make sure you stick around until the end because I have a sneak peak of next season's topic as well as an exclusive offer to join my community of business owners!

To join my community of business owners, email hello@theprairiehomestead.com for more info.


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- Design your dream homestead with my FREE handbook— grab it here: http://theprairiehomestead.com/layout
- Head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to get complimentary access to my best homestead resources.

- Get more in-depth homestead info, printable recipes, and tutorials and more on my blog at www.theprairiehomestead.com
- Get Old-Fashioned on Purpose hats & shirts at www.homesteadswag.com
- Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
- Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead

Jun 28, 2021
S5 E12: How to Grow a Thriving Business in a Small Town with Dana Larson of Rural Revival
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Growing a business anywhere is a challenge, but doing so in a small town can seem almost impossible.   Whether it's a tiny population, a small amount of foot traffic, or a perceived lack of demand, the obstacles always seem to outweigh the opportunity.  Today it's time to bust that myth as I'm joined by my friend Dana Larson.  Dana is the founder of Rural Revival, a podcast dedicated to telling the stories if people like yourself who are building thriving businesses in small towns across the country.  In today's episode Dana discusses how to generate business ideas that will work in your small town, how to find money to start your business, some of the most common obstacles faced by small business owners, different methods of marketing your business, and much more.

- The Positively Tea Company is your go-to source for organic, loose-leaf teas without the artificial junk! These teas have zero added sugars but the taste, variety, and quality are amazing. Save 10% on your order this month with the code HOMESTEAD. Shop for your teas right here: https://lddy.no/yjah


Want to connect further with Dana?   Head to the links below!
Rural Revival Homepage:  https://www.ruralrevival.co/
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/ruralrevivalco/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ruralrevivalco

- Design your dream homestead with my FREE handbook— grab it here: http://theprairiehomestead.com/layout
- Head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to get complimentary access to my best homestead resources.

- Get more in-depth homestead info, printable recipes, and tutorials and more on my blog at www.theprairiehomestead.com
- Get Old-Fashioned on Purpose hats & shirts at www.homesteadswag.com
- Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
- Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead

Jun 24, 2021
S5 E11: Outside-of-the-Box Ways to Monetize a Homestead with Chloe Mackintosh of Boxwood Avenue
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While this entire season has been dedicated to generating additional income for your homestead, there's a good chance that you've already heard of or contemplated many of the ideas we've discussed. Today that's about to change my friends. In this episode I'm joined by Chloe Mackintosh of Boxwood Avenue. Despite living in a tiny town in California, Chloe has been able to support homestead by building an online store featuring handcrafted items by local artisans, antiques, and vintage finds. She's been so successful in this venture that she's even preparing to open her own retail store. This episode is super important because like Chloe, many of us have already have skills that we can leverage in new ways to help our bottom line.

The Positively Tea Company is your go-to source for organic, loose-leaf teas without the artificial junk! These teas have zero added sugars but the taste, variety, and quality are amazing. Save 10% on your order this month with the code HOMESTEAD. Shop for your teas right here: https://lddy.no/yjah

- Boxwood Avenue Homepage:  https://www.boxwoodavenue.com/
- Boxwood Avenue Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/boxwoodavenue/
- Boxwood Avenue YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/boxwoodavenue

- Design your dream homestead with my FREE handbook— grab it here: http://theprairiehomestead.com/layout
- Head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to get complimentary access to my best homestead resources.

- Get more in-depth homestead info, printable recipes, and tutorials and more on my blog at www.theprairiehomestead.com
- Get Old-Fashioned on Purpose hats & shirts at www.homesteadswag.com
- Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
- Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead

Jun 21, 2021
S5 E10: How to Grow Your Homestead Business on YouTube with Tim Schmoyer
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Have you ever sunk a TON of your valuable time, energy, and effort into something only to see little-to-no results on the backend? Despite what you might see on my YouTube page now, this was my experience on the platform several years ago when I first started. In fact, I got so frustrated I nearly gave up on it entirely. Does this describe your current circumstance? If so, fear not my friend. Today on the podcast I'm joined by the one and only Tim Schmoyer. Tim is the owner of Video Creators, a company that trains other creators and business owners on how to master the YouTube platform. Throughout our conversation, Tim explains the best way to create an emotional connection through your content, how to tell a great story, how to grow you channel, how to funnel potential customers to your offers and so much more. I know firsthand that Tim is the real deal as he and his company have been instrumental in helping me grow my YouTube presence over the last several years. One thing is for certain, whether you're a complete novice or a seasoned pro, Tim shares extremely valuable insight on all things YouTube. Keep a pen and paper handy as you will be writing his jewels non-stop!


- The Positively Tea Company is your go-to source for organic, loose-leaf teas without the artificial junk! These teas have zero added sugars but the taste, variety, and quality are amazing. Save 10% on your order this month with the code HOMESTEAD. Shop for your teas right here: https://lddy.no/yjah


- Video Creators Website: https://www.videocreators.com
- Make sure to check out Tim on the Video Creators podcast on your favorite podcast player for even more insight into the world of YouTube.

- Design your dream homestead with my FREE handbook— grab it here: http://theprairiehomestead.com/layout
- Head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to get complimentary access to my best homestead resources.

- Get more in-depth homestead info, printable recipes, and tutorials, and more on my blog at www.theprairiehomestead.com
- Get Old-Fashioned on Purpose hats & shirts at www.homesteadswag.com
- Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
- Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead

Jun 17, 2021
S5 E9: Monetize Your Blog or Website the Evergreen Way with Julie Blanner
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While social media platforms like Pinterest and Instagram might be all the rage right now, the trusty blog remains an extremely powerful tool for building your business and your brand. However, when it comes to monetizing a blog and actually turning it into a business, most people have no idea where to start. If that's you, don't worry my friend. My guest today is the incredible Julie Blanner. Julie was an event planner who started a blog to share decor ideas and recipes in the offseason. Over the years, Julie turned her hobby into a booming business that even allowed her to retire her physician husband earlier this year.

On today's episode, Julie covers the process that allowed her to monetize her blog and the best practices that you can implement right now even if you haven't started blogging yet. Julie is a serious treasure trove of information and has one of the best blogs on the internet. If you've ever been confused as to how to convert your love of blogging into cash in your pocket, then this is the episode for you!

-The Positively Tea Company is your go-to source for organic, loose-leaf teas without the artificial junk! These teas have zero added sugars but the taste, variety, and quality are amazing. Save 10% on your order this month with the code HOMESTEAD. Shop for your teas right here: https://lddy.no/yjah

- Visit Julie's Blog: https://julieblanner.com
- Check out Julie's course--Six Figure Blog--launching in a few weeks... Six Figure Blog Waitlist
- Check out Julie's Easy Cookie Recipes: https://www.easycookierecipes.com

- Design your dream homestead with my FREE handbook— grab it here: http://theprairiehomestead.com/layout
- Head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to get complimentary access to my best homestead resources.
- Get more in-depth homestead info, printable recipes, and tutorials and more on my blog at www.theprairiehomestead.com
- Get Old-Fashioned on Purpose hats & shirts at www.homesteadswag.com
- Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
- Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead

Jun 14, 2021
S5 E8: Insta 101-The Basics of Using Instagram to Boost Your Homestead Biz with Ruthie Gray
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Without a doubt, Instagram is one of the best tools we have today to help grow our blog, business, or side-hustle. However, it can be daunting to even know where to get started. Fear not my friends, help is on the way! Today we're joined by Instagram marketing guru Ruthie Gray. Ruthie helps her clients by teaching them how to build an authentic following. She also hosts the Instagram Insider Hacks podcast where she shares weekly tips to leverage your Instagram marketing. On today's episode, Ruthie shares advice on how to start from a blank slate, how to create content that connects with your followers and potential customers, and how to properly use hashtags to attract attention. Most important of all, Ruthie shares her best advice on how to monetize your Instagram account to turn it into a real asset for your business. This episode is pure gold for anyone just starting but it also contains a ton of great advice for those that are already on their path.

Jun 10, 2021
S5 E7: How to Start Your Own Microgreens Business with Laura Patterson
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Throughout this season, we've been covering some extremely important concepts when it comes to building a business. However, much of what we've discussed has been broad in nature up to this point. Fear not my friends, today we're going to get tactical and practical. I'm excited to be joined by Laura Patterson of Hand-Grown Greens. Hand-Grown Greens specializes in growing organic, dense, micro-greens year round. Laura shares her story on how she got into microgreens, how growing them aligned with her purpose and passions, and why it's such an incredible business to start from a cost perspective. We also dig deep into how to get started, where to sell, and how to build your customer base. If you want to start a business or just produce for your own consumption, Laura explains why microgreens are a cheap and easy place to start. Laura is such an inspirational person and I know her story will get you motivated to get moving!

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Jun 07, 2021
S5 E6: What's Working for Social Media Right Now with Cris Daining
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Whether you like it or not, your business is going to require some type of social media presence in order to maximize your potential. While the ever-changing landscape of social media can be daunting, with the proper tactics, knowledge, and execution it has the power to take your business to incredible new heights. Today I'm thrilled to be joined by my long-time social media manager Cris Daining. Cris has managed my Facebook and Pinterest accounts for longer than either of us can recall. Together we dive deep into what's currently working on social media, best practices for new and established businesses, what platforms you should be on, and so much more. This is a massive topic to try and cover in just 60 minutes, but Cris does everything she can to lift the veil when it comes to succeeding on social media. If you've ever looked at something on my social media and wondered how or why it was done, then this episode is for you!

Jun 03, 2021
S5 E5: How to Work with Sponsors (even if you have a small audience) with Michelle Visser
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Partnerships are an essential component of every business, especially if you're looking to grow an online presence. Anyone that's followed me for an extended period of time has without a doubt seen me leverage sponsorships and partnerships to grow my business. However, information on how to take advantage of sponsorships is rarely shared by the influencers benefitting the most from them. This is why I'm thrilled to be joined today by my friend Michelle Visser. Michelle is my marketing and product manager. She handles everything for me including cultivating affiliate relationships, finding companies that align with my beliefs, vetting products, and so much more. If you've ever had a desire to grow your online presence or feel stuck with where you're currently at, Michelle and I are here to spill the beans and give you everything you need to know in order to leverage your following, no matter how big or small it might be.

  • Save $15 when you snag a reCAP Mason Jars lid kit and put your mason jar collection to work! This exclusive kit includes 1 sprayer, 1 pump, 2 flip tops, and 2 shaker/strainer inserts. I use these lids constantly around our homestead for cleaning products, pantry storage, garden sprays, and more! Grab your kit (and free shipping!) right here—> http://theprairiehomestead.com/recap

Want to connect further with Michelle? Check out her podcast and social media below!

May 31, 2021
S5 E4: How to Sell Products Online (and Deal with Competitors) with Nicole Gennetta
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The world of selling things online can be intimidating. For some, the anxiety that comes when deciding where to sell their products is enough to make them quit before they ever really start. Today I'm thrilled to be joined by Nicole Gennetta. Among other things, Nicole is the host of the Backyard Bounty Podcast which features a specific segment on farm entrepreneurship.  Nicole caught the online fever after selling items on EBay at the age of 15. In today's episode we cover everything about selling online from the beginning, including how to decide on which platform to use for your situation, how to deal with someone producing your products, utilizing affiliate programs, and so much more. If you've ever contemplated getting into the ecommerce world, grab your pen because this is an episode you won't want to miss!

  • Save $15 when you snag a reCAP Mason Jars lid kit and put your mason jar collection to work! This exclusive kit includes 1 sprayer, 1 pump, 2 flip tops, and 2 shaker/strainer inserts. I use these lids constantly around our homestead for cleaning products, pantry storage, garden sprays, and more! Grab your kit (and free shipping!) right here—> http://theprairiehomestead.com/recap

Ready to connect further with Nicole? Check her out below:

May 27, 2021
S5 E3: What's the Best Business for YOUR Homestead
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If you're still with me at this point, my guess is that you've decided it's time to start a business. Congratulations, you've done it! While it's certainly an important step in the process, it's merely the first domino to fall. In today's episode, I'm here to explain the benefits and pitfalls of all of the various types of business opportunities that could be available to you. Whether it's selling farm products, running an online business, network marketing, dropshipping, and everything in between, the same basic principles still apply. No matter what, you need to know what you're selling, who you're selling to, and how you are going to let people know about your business. As long as you know what sets you apart and makes you better, it doesn't matter how competitive the space. Even if you aren't planning on starting a business at this point, I know you'll pull some incredible information out of this entire season.

May 24, 2021
S5 E2: How to Confidently Bring Your Product to Market (with CeAnne Kosel)
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When it comes to marketing experts, few are as savvy as today's guest. I'm thrilled to be joined by my good friend CeAnne Kosel. CeAnne is an expert product designer and is highly experienced in launching products into the marketplace. Along with her husband, the Kosel's founded Farmhouse Teas. Incredibly, what started as a fun project has now turned into a fill-fledged business. In today's episode, CeAnne and I cover everything from getting started to pricing to differentiating yourself in the marketplace. She also offers some amazing freebies on marketing and sourcing you won't want to miss. CeAnne is incredibly versatile and a seasoned business owner. Make sure you have your pen and paper handy!

Grab CeAnne's branding resource guide: https://www.growcreatesip.com/secretsaucefreebie

May 20, 2021
S5 E1: A New Season and a Big Secret
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1Welcome back my friends! While the past few seasons have been fun and have certainly been helpful, I'm thrilled to be addressing one of the most frequently asked questions in the history of my blog and podcast. It's no secret. If you've followed me for any amount of time, you know I've been able to leverage side businesses to build and grow our homestead. In season five of the Old Fashioned On Purpose podcast, I'm bringing in some of my very own business mentors and coaches to provide everything you need to build a business of your own! Make sure you stay tuned unti; the end as I have a MAJOR surprise you won't want to miss.

May 17, 2021
S4 E12: How to Build Your Natural Preparedness Cabinet with Essential Oils
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If you've followed me for any period of time, you'd know that essential oils have been a crucial element when it comes to my physical and financial health. That being said, even someone with my knowledge and experience has questions that need answered. Who do I turn to? Today I'm thrilled to be joined by Dr. Eric Zielinski. Dr. Z is a national bestselling author and a pioneer in natural living and Biblical health education. In today's episode, Dr. Z helps us stock our cabinets with all of the necessities when it comes to essential oils. He also explores the internal and external uses of oils, the benefits when treating chronic disease, the use of oils in cleaning products, and so much more. Dr. Zielinkski is a veritable expert in the essential oils space. No matter if you're new to the field or if you've been using oils for years, Dr. Z is guaranteed to blow your mind more than once today. Get your pen and paper ready!

Apr 26, 2021
S4 E11: How to Cultivate Community You Can Depend On When Times Get Tough
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3Although we've talked a lot of about forging our own path and carving out our own independence, community is an essential part of the human experience.  Not only is it impossible for us to produce everything we need, sometimes we just flat out need help to get through a difficult time.  Over the past couple years Christian and I have made it a point to invest deeper in our local community.  While it hasn't always been the easiest, in today's episode I share with you some ways that you can start reaching out and building deeper connections with the people around you.  After all, the only way to really lessen your dependence on the infrastructure at large is by building and cultivating local resources.  Tune in today to find out how!

Apr 22, 2021
S4 E10: Tricks for Storing & Using Bulk Pantry Goods (with Jessica)
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If you've been following along for the past year, food security has been a consistent topic of discussion. While I've talked a lot about planting gardens and how to produce vegetables, meat, dairy, and so on, I've only briefly touched on how to preserve and conserve for the long-haul. Today I'm thrilled to be joined by a real expert on this topic, Jessica from Three Rivers Homestead. With a family with seven kids, Jessica has experience not only with long-term storage but also volume storage. In today's episode we cover nearly everything including storage, how to intentionally use and replenish your pantry, what foods to buy and not to buy in bulk, how to prevent and deal with pests, how to plan your bulk buys, and so much more.  


Apr 19, 2021
S4 E9: Make Your Own Homestead Medicine (with Amy Fewell)
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While modern medicine can provide tremendous benefits, it doesn't always provide the best or most helpful solution.  While I have some experience working with things like essential oils, I'm not what someone would call an expert in alternative medicine.  Thankfully, today I'm joined by Amy Fewell.  Amy is an author, entrepreneur, and the Founder of the Homesteaders of America organization.  On today's episode, Amy covers the best herbs to start with, the benefits of fresh vs dried herbs, the most common uses of herbs, and even talks about ways to use herbs with livestock.  As a family herbalist, Amy truly has a wealth of knowledge on this subject.  If you've ever wanted to lessen you reliance on modern medicine but never knew where to start, then this episode is for you!


Apr 15, 2021
S4 E8: How to Use a Greenhouse for Increased Food Security
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While Christian and I had dreamed of building a greenhouse for nearly 10 years, when it came time to plan for it the process was so overwhelming that we gave up. While we were able to eventually finish our green house, it didn't happen until connected with someone who really knew what they were talking about. Today I'm thrilled to be joined by a true expert in the greenhouse space, the one and only Drew Landis. 

Drew is the Marketing and IT Director for Greenhouse Megastore and has personally had his hands in over 50 greenhouse builds. In today's episode Drew covers everything including different types of greenhouses, ground coverings, how to best utilize your greenhouse year round, and if you even need a greenhouse in the first place. Drew brings a wealth of experience to cover all of the basics, and we even get into some more advanced topics like using geo-thermal and solar for heating and cooling.  Let me tell you my friend, THIS episode is the shortcut I wish I would've had years ago.  If you're ready to build a greenhouse, you won't want to miss this!

Head to Greenhouse Megastore today for all of your greenhouse needs! https://greenhousemegastore.com/?aff=2

Apr 12, 2021
S4 E7: How to Stay Warm (and Cook!) When the Power Goes Out
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This might sound obvious to say, but most of us never even think about heat until the power goes out.  Feeling that winter cold starting to creep in can be a really unsettling feeling if your sole source of heat is from the power grid.  Thankfully, there are ways to counteract this problem.  In today's episode I'm diving into my favorite form of heat. I cover all the basics of wood heat, including how to choose a wood stove and the best types of wood to use.  I also discuss an option that will both allow you to cook without electricity while also improving your general quality of life under normal circumstances.  No matter if you own your own homestead or if you live in town, this episode will help keep you covered no matter what mother nature might throw at you.

Apr 08, 2021
S4 E6: The Simple Formula for Planning a Year's Worth of Vegetables
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No matter if you're a new gardener or a seasoned veteran, I can guarantee you've struggled with figuring out how much to actually plant. How do I know? I struggled with this problem for years. No matter how much I searched online, I could never find an actual solution. Even worse, I continued making the same mistakes year-after-year without realizing what was happening. Well, fear not my friends. In usual Jill fashion, I'm coming to today's episode with a plan. Join me as I cover my straightforward equation for determining what to plant in the spring to ensure your family is covered all year long. First, I address the three key questions you must ask yourself before ever putting a single seed in the ground. Next, I dig deep into the equation I created, which includes factoring in your storage capacity. Finally, I provide several resources I've created to help make this garden season even easier for you and your family.

Apr 05, 2021
S4 E5: Creative Off-Grid Water Systems with (Amber Bradshaw)
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I must admit, while I fancy myself as being quite knowledgable as a homesteader, there is one area in particular I didn't have the slightest clue how to tackle. Although I had a good grasp on heating and cooking without electric, I had no idea what to do when it came to getting water. Thankfully, my good friend Amber Bradshaw has returned to help us all tackle our water systems. If you missed out last episode, Amber is a published author and he family's journey to off-grid living has been featured on the History Channel, Discovery Channel, and the D.I.Y. Network.

In today's episode, Amber details how they capture and filter water, how they determined daily water usage per person, how they provide water for animals and crops, and so much more. She even provides ideas for wind-energy solutions that can power a water heater! No matter if you're looking to go fully off the grid or simply looking to protect yourself in the face of extreme weather conditions, Amber offers a wealth of information to help cover every problem. This is one episode you definitely don't want to miss!

Want to connect with Amber to learn more about off-grid living? Head to her website at http://myhomesteadlife.com/ now!

Apr 01, 2021
S4 E4: Creating a Sustainable Off-Grid Homestead with (Amber Bradshaw)
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What do you do when the power goes out?  For most of us, this is something we never think about and generally take for granted.  However, the recent events in Texas and in some other areas of the country have re-enforced my interest in becoming self-sufficient when it comes to electricity.  Today I'm thrilled to be joined by Amber Bradshaw.  Amber is an author and her family's journey to off-grid living has been featured on the History Channel, Discovery Channel, and the D.I.Y. Network.  Join us as Amber describes how she made the transition from city life to the mountains, how they decided on their solar setup, what they had to sacrifice, and how to properly plan for your needs.  Amber's story is truly amazing and this episode is a must listen for anyone looking to lessen their energy dependency.

Want to connect with Amber? Head to her website at http://myhomesteadlife.com/ to learn more!

Mar 29, 2021
S4 E3: Closing the Loop with Dairy & Eggs (with Kate Schat)
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Eggs and dairy are certainly no stranger to this podcast. However, even with all my experience, I've never been able to figure out how to keep things going year-after-year without heading back to the store. In order to help solve this very problem, in today's episode I'm bringing in my good friend Kate Schat. Kate runs her blog, Venison for Dinner, and has dedicated her life to homesteading and homeschooling. Kate lends her expertise and experience when it comes to creating self-sustaining, closed loop solutions for eggs and dairy. In our season long quest to break ourselves free from the systems that society has built for us, Kate is a wealth of information for anyone who choses to strike out on their own.

Connect with Kate below: http://venisonfordinner.com/

http://instagram.com/venisonfordinner

Mar 25, 2021
S4 E2: How to Never Buy Meat at the Store Again
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What if you could never buy meat at the grocery store again?  When I ask that question, I don't mean that the grocery store stopped selling meat.  I mean, what if you could create your own self-sustaining source of meat that continued to produce year-after-year?  In today's episode, I take a deep dive on everything needed to get a better handle on your meat production and storage needs.  This includes everything from selecting the correct freezer, the amount of land you'll need to raise meat, the different types of beef available, how much beef you'll need for your family, and so much more.

Don't worry my friends, we're also going into what's required for raising chickens, pigs, and goats. I also touch on what you can do if you don't have the space or the time to raise your own meat. If you're ready to ditch the traditional grocery store meats, this is your episode!

Ready to get on our Genuine Beef Wait List?  Click here now!  https://meet.theprairiehomestead.com/GB-waitlist

Mar 22, 2021
S4 E1: It's Time to Buck the System
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Whether it's toilet paper flying off the shelves or a historic winter storm in Texas, the past year has taught me that the systems society has created for us don't always work as designed in times of need. While us homesteaders already act outside the system by being homesteaders in the first place, I'm dedicating this season to building systems that can contribute to ourselves and our communities when disasters strike. Listen today to find out why this has become even more important to me over the past several months and get a preview of some of the exciting topics soon to come!

Mar 18, 2021
S4 Bonus: The 3 Biggest Mistakes I Made in my Homestead Business
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While we're getting ready to hit spring time and there's all sorts of exciting things happening on the homestead, I thought now was a great time to hit on something I always receive a ton of questions about.  When you look at what Christian and I have built for ourselves, it's easy to assume that we always had money and things have been smooth sailing ever since we started this homesteading journey.  Let me tell you, that couldn't be further from the truth.  In today's episode, I'm going to cover how we've used businesses to fuel our growth as well as some of my biggest missteps along the way.  Homesteading can be tough, so listen to find out how even a small side business can go a long way in getting through the growing pains.

Ready to learn how to generate additional income for your homestead and create a greater pease of mind?  Head here:   http://selffundedhomestead.com

Mar 15, 2021
S3 E11: How to Recover After a Major Garden Failure with Cris Daining
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No matter how long you've been gardening, it's almost guaranteed that you've faced some type of epic failure with your garden.  While it's easy to get down on yourself when you have a bad gardening season, I'm here to give you some encouragement to continue pushing forward.  In today's episode, I'm joined by my right-hand woman Cris Daining.  Cris and I have been working together for years, and she's the first person I always turn to with my garden questions.   Together we discuss why it's important to not turn a garden failure into a personal problem, why great gardening takes time, how a garden journal helps you grow (literally and figuratively), and so much more.  Cris and I are here to reassure you that it's OK to cry over a lost garden, but it's not OK to accept failure.  Listen to today's episode to learn how to turn that tragedy into triumph!

Concerned about preserving your garden bounty with the on-going canning lid shortage this year? I found the perfect solution!

Harvest Guard canning lids are not only 100% reusable, they are a fraction of the price regular lids are selling for online at the moment. They are BPA-free, earth-friendly (since you don’t have to toss them in the trash after one use), and work GREAT!

Check out their selection of regular and wide mouth lids at http://theprairiehomestead.com/canninglids and use code HOMESTEAD for 10% off your entire order— and shipping is always free.

Mar 01, 2021
S3 E10: The Mysterious Winter Garden
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Winter gardening.  No, I haven't bumped my head, and Christian and I didn't decide to pick up and move south.  As crazy as it might sound, your garden is still a valuable tool no matter how cold it gets in the winter.  While you might not be able to grow crops, today I'm going to explain how you can utilize your garden as additional storage to help your harvest last.  I also cover other ways to extend your garden into the winter months, such as cold frames, high and low tunnels, and greenhouses.  While you might be dreaming of a root cellar to solve your storage needs, this episode will give you many practical tips to ensure you're able to get the most out of your harvest!

Concerned about preserving your garden bounty with the on-going canning lid shortage this year? I found the perfect solution!

Harvest Guard canning lids are not only 100% reusable, they are a fraction of the price regular lids are selling for online at the moment. They are BPA-free, earth-friendly (since you don’t have to toss them in the trash after one use), and work GREAT!

Check out their selection of regular and wide mouth lids at http://theprairiehomestead.com/canninglids and use code HOMESTEAD for 10% off your entire order— and shipping is always free.

Feb 25, 2021
S3 E9: But Wait! There's More (Planning a Fall Garden)
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Summertime is a garden season, right?  I don't know about you, but that's how I operated for the longest time.  To be honest, I couldn't even conceive of being able to do anything in the garden after the August harvest.  While you might not be able to plant a full garden in the fall, there are some amazing benefits to growing vegetables from September on into the early winter months.  In today's episode, I cover the vegetables that thrive in the fall, when you need to plant your fall garden (hint: it's not in the fall), and cover crops that'll help your garden thrive in the future.  If you've ever wondered how you could extend your gardening into colder months, this is the episode for you.

Concerned about preserving your garden bounty with the on-going canning lid shortage this year? I found the perfect solution!

Harvest Guard canning lids are not only 100% reusable, they are a fraction of the price regular lids are selling for online at the moment. They are BPA-free, earth-friendly (since you don’t have to toss them in the trash after one use), and work GREAT!

Check out their selection of regular and wide mouth lids at http://theprairiehomestead.com/canninglids and use code HOMESTEAD for 10% off your entire order— and shipping is always free.

Feb 22, 2021
S3 E8: HARVEST: It's Coming... Ready or Not...
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Whether you're ready or not, there's nothing you can do to stop the coming harvest.  Now that we know you can't stop mother nature, what can be done to prepare?  I'm glad you asked my friend.  In today's episode, I explain some of my favorite methods of preservation, how I let my harvest influence my meal plans, and how to deal with the current lid shortage crises. Discover when to use canning, fermentation, pickling, and other preservation methods to maximize your harvest.  Trust me, this is the only guide you will need for harvest this season.

A BIG shout-out to our podcast sponsor this month— True Leaf Market! http://theprairiehomestead.com/seeds

They are one of my most-favorite seed companies specializing in organic, heirloom seeds with hundreds of varieties to pick from! Use code SPRING2021 for $10 on your first order of $50 or more.

Feb 18, 2021
S3 E7: The Truth About Chickens in the Garden with Lisa Steele
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Have you ever had visions of a lush, bountiful garden complete with chickens pecking around perfectly ripe tomatoes?  I know I certainly did, but I quickly learned that while chickens can be great for a garden, there are some things you must understand before you introduce them.  Thankfully, today we're joined by a true expert in the field, my friend and esteemed author Lisa Steele.  Listen as Lisa and I dive deep into how chickens can help cut down on waste, how they help feed your garden, how they cut down on bugs and weeds, and so much more.  Lisa is a 5th generation chicken keeper and has a wealth of knowledge and experience working with these amazing birds.  There is truly something for everyone in this episode, including Lisa's advice on how to pick out eggs at a grocery store.

A BIG shout-out to our podcast sponsor this month— True Leaf Market! http://theprairiehomestead.com/seeds

They are one of my most-favorite seed companies specializing in organic, heirloom seeds with hundreds of varieties to pick from!  Use code SPRING2021 for $10 your first order of $50 or more.

Feb 15, 2021
S3 E6: The Magical Honeymoon Period
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You've done all the hard work planning your garden and you finally planted the seeds.  Now what?  While we're waiting for our crops to grow, we can use this downtime to keep the garden clean and take care of some preventative maintenance.  In today's episode, I cover watering, mulching, pest control, and so much more.  If you want to make sure you continue to stay ahead of the game as you push closer to harvest time, then this episode is especially for you.  Don't let all that hard work go to waste!

A BIG shout-out to our podcast sponsor this month— True Leaf Market! http://theprairiehomestead.com/seeds

They are one of my most-favorite seed companies specializing in organic, heirloom seeds with hundreds of varieties to pick from! Use code SPRING2021 for $10 your first order of $50 or more.

Feb 11, 2021
S3 E5: It's Go Time, Baby
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Today is the day my friends!  All of the planning and preparation is done, and the time has finally arrived to plant our seeds in the ground.  However, before you toss everything aside and sprint out to your garden, there are a couple of things you'll want to consider.  In today's episode, I detail why frost dates and garden zones are important and how to find them.  I discuss several different ways to prep your soil, including a rototiller and a good old-fashioned shovel.  Finally, I explain how to determine how much you should plant per family member.  These crucial steps can make all the difference when it comes to your final results.  Whatever you do, don't throw away your valuable prep time by skipping these important details!

A BIG shout-out to our podcast sponsor this month— True Leaf Market! http://theprairiehomestead.com/seeds

They are one of my most-favorite seed companies specializing in organic, heirloom seeds with hundreds of varieties to pick from! Use code SPRING2021 for $10 your first order of $50 or more.

Feb 08, 2021
S3 E4: Dishing Up the Dirt on Dirt
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When it comes to planting a garden, your soil is similar to a house's foundation.  You can buy the most expensive seeds you like, but if the soil you plant them in isn't right the whole thing is bound to fall apart.   Listen today to discover the most common types of soil, how to get your soil tested, how your PH levels affect your crops, and some simple steps on how to amend your soil.  Today's episode is all about getting dirty and laying the literal groundwork for a thriving garden.  Grab your shovels, because it's time to get digging!

A BIG shout-out to our podcast sponsor this month— True Leaf Market! http://theprairiehomestead.com/seeds

They are one of my most-favorite seed companies specializing in organic, heirloom seeds with hundreds of varieties to pick from! Use code SPRING2021 for $10 your first order of $50 or more.

Feb 04, 2021
S3 E3: Seed Shortages & Basement Seedlings...
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With the events of the past year, there have been certain items that have become even more essential for everyday life.  While things like toilet paper and hand sanitizer flew off the shelves, one unforeseen item sold out quicker than expected. Due to both higher demand and restrictions on production, seeds have been selling out way ahead of schedule.  In today's episode, we dig into the process of planning, purchasing, and preparing your seeds for use in your garden.  Learn the process of sprouting your seeds and why your garden zone influences everything, including both when and what you can plant.  I also share how I've been able to save thousands of dollars over the year simply by starting my own plants in my basement.  No matter your level of expertise, there is sure to be something for you in this jam-packed episode!

Feb 01, 2021
S3 E2: Location, Location, Location
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The foundation of any great garden depends on three things: Location, Location, Location. So how do we determine the proper location for a garden? I'm glad you asked! In today's episode, I'm digging deep into the best strategies and techniques for finding the ideal sunny spot, determining the proper size garden for your family, and deciding the correct planting method based on your soil type. Learn how to create a sun map, how to keep pesky critters out of your garden, how to amend your soil to get the best yield, and so much more. Today is all about planning and prepping, so make sure you come ready to take notes!

Jan 28, 2021
S3 E1: The Victory Garden is BACK
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Welcome back, my friends!  I can't begin to express how excited I am for what we're tackling in season three of the Old Fashioned on Purpose podcast. This past year was wild, to say the least.   I don't know about you, but I certainly never could've imagined that food shortage could be a topic of conversation in 2020.   Because of this, I'm dedicating this season to something that needs to be revived in this country:  The Victory Garden.   For those of you who've had a desire to start a garden of your own and didn't know where to start, then this season is specifically for you!  Follow along as I dig into the process of planning and planting my own Victory Garden as we take another step toward using our homestead to offer support within the community.

Jan 25, 2021
S2 E10: What the Future Holds
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It's hard to believe it, but we've already reached the end of the "first" season.  As we bring this season to a close, it's time to turn an eye to the future.  In today's episode, I go over some of the plans (both big and small) that Christian and I have been discussing for quite some time.  I'm really thrilled to share some of this with you as we're developing new businesses and shifting some of our focus to giving back to the community.  Last but not least, get a sneak preview of what's to come in the next season of the Old Fashioned on Purpose podcast.

Jan 07, 2021
S2 E9: Why the Heck Am I Doing This??
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Clarity is everything. In any area of life, gaining clarity on your goals and your vision is critical for success. This fact became even more apparent in my own life when it came time to write my cookbook. The entire process of writing my cookbook forced me to question everything about what I was currently doing in my life and where I wanted to go in the future. In the end, I came out with a book and a completely clear and focused vision for my future. Listen today to find out how you can find this clarity in aspects of your own life and how it can open the door to unexpected opportunities.

Jan 04, 2021
S2 E8: Building a Parachute on the Way Down
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While I'm a major advocate for setting goals and making plans to achieve them, sometimes there comes a time when you just have to jump. The truth is, if you're waiting for the perfect time to do something it's never going to come. As you've learned in my own story up to this point, I don't know if I've ever been "ready" to do much of anything in my life. Most of what I've done has simply been accomplished by following a passion and letting it guide me to where I need to be. On today's e[isode, find out why just going for it is always the best road to take and how you can gain the confidence to take a leap.

Dec 31, 2020
S2 E7: Never Say Never...
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For as long as I can remember, network marketing was almost an evil phrase in my vocabulary. I held these limiting beliefs about network marketing that no one actually succeeded with it and they mainly just tread water. Thankfully, the reality was far different than my misguided expectations. In today's episode, I dig into why network marketing not only gave me freedom and transformed my career but also changed my life.  Listen to discover why you might have limiting beliefs in your own life and what you can start doing to eliminate them.

Dec 28, 2020
S2 E6: The Messy, Mundane Middle
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Beginnings are always fun. For most of us, the start of a story is always the most relatable. It defines the "humble beginnings" that most successful people have to overcome. The end is always great because finally, you've realized the merits of your hard work. It's the middle that no one really talks about. I'm talking about the grey area that occurs between the start and the end. It's the part where people think you're an "overnight success" because they don't see you putting in the day-to-day work. In today's episode, I start digging into the meat of what has really made Christian over the years. Learn how to start integrating small, daily steps to help you achieve your long-term goals.

Dec 24, 2020
S2 E5: Birthing Babies & Blogs
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Creation can come in all forms.  For us, it seems they all happened at the same time.  With animals giving birth on the homestead, me getting pregnant with our first daughter, and a new blog on the horizon, my attention was pulled in several different directions.  Looking back now, while it was a hectic time it was one of the greatest periods of growth in my life.  After all, the extra time I spent at home following my pregnancy is what ultimately inspired the blog.  As they say, the rest is history.  Listen today to find out how I was able to thrive during this busy time, and how you can do the same in your own life.

• To begin your homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to get complimentary access to my best homestead resources.

• Visit my blog at www.theprairiehomestead.com for all my from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

• Get Old-Fashioned on Purpose hats & shirts at www.homesteadswag.com
• Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
• Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead

Dec 21, 2020
S2 E4: The Impulse Buy of a Lifetime
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My friends, we have arrived at my favorite portion of the entire story.  Many people told Christian and I that our dreams were crazy.  Looking back on it now, I can understand why some would have felt that way at the time.  However, when we first bought our homestead there was no doubt in our minds that it was the right thing to do.  We knew from the beginning that it was the vision we had for our lives and no matter what happened nothing was going to stop us from getting there.  Listen today to hear why listening to your gut is always the best way to go and how doing so has landed Christian and I where we're at today. 

• To begin your homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to get complimentary access to my best homestead resources.
• Visit my blog at www.theprairiehomestead.com for all my from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

• Get Old-Fashioned on Purpose hats & shirts at www.homesteadswag.com
• Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
• Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead

Dec 17, 2020
S2 E3: Despise Not Humble Beginnings
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Change is funny.  Sometimes it pushes you to grow, while other times it can set you back.  When I made the move to college after being homeschooled my entire life, many people questioned if I was going to be able to deal with the changes that came with transitioning into college life.  When you face a difficult situation, it's easy to believe that you aren't able to accomplish something because of your past.  On today's episode you'll learn why that's not the case, and I explain how Christian and I were able to build from essentially nothing to the everything you see today. Listen to find out why your humble beginnings can actually be your greatest asset.

• To begin your homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to get complimentary access to my best homestead resources.
• Visit my blog at www.theprairiehomestead.com for all my from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

• Get Old-Fashioned on Purpose hats & shirts at www.homesteadswag.com
• Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
• Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead

Dec 14, 2020
S2 E2: 1200 Miles Away from Everything
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At the age of 14, I got my first horse. For a shy little homeschool girl, this wound up being a huge boost to my confidence and completely shifted my identity. In the years that followed, I joined 4-H, worked in the stalls, and eventually went to college to ride horses. What did I learn through all of this? Even if you're unable to live your dream right now, there are always ways to get close to it and prepare yourself for what's to come. Listen to find out how I got my first real mentor when I first got my horse.

• To begin your homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to get complimentary access to my best homestead resources.

• Visit my blog at www.theprairiehomestead.com for all my from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

• Get Old-Fashioned on Purpose hats & shirts at www.homesteadswag.com
• Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
• Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead

Dec 10, 2020
S2 E1: Who Were You Before Life Told You Otherwise?
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After a short break to regroup, I’m thrilled to be back recording podcasts.  While I loved recording the individual episodes, it’s time to make a change.  Instead of recording single episodes on a topic, I’m going to be dedicating an entire season to a specific theme.  Together we’ll take deep dives that build a broader depth of knowledge and allow you to take action on the things that matter.  In this first season, I’m taking it back to the beginning.  We’re tapping into the ORIGINS of my life and how I’ve arrived at this point in time.  So how did I get here?  Who was I before I became the person that you know today?  Today we begin that journey.

• To begin your homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to get complimentary access to my best homestead resources.
• Visit my blog at www.theprairiehomestead.com for all my from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

• Get Old-Fashioned on Purpose hats & shirts at www.homesteadswag.com
• Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
• Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead






Dec 07, 2020
171. Learning to Respect Seasons + An Announcement
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While I’m the first person to trumpet consistency, sometimes a change is needed.  Lately, I’ve recognized I’ve been lacking a bit of inspiration.  While under normal circumstances I’d attempt to push through, I’ve realized that creativity and inspiration is actually a seasonal thing.  Because of this, I need a break.  Fear not my friends!  This isn’t the end of the podcast.  On the contrary, this is an opportunity to present a new format that will offer even more value and resources for everyone to grow on their homestead journey.  Listen today to find out what’s in store!

Head to www.PrairiePlanner.com to get The Old-Fashioned on Purpose Planner now!

To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

Visit my blog at www.theprairiehomestead.com for tons of FREE from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose hats & shirts at www.homesteadswag.com
Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead



Oct 22, 2020
170. Why This Homesteader Finally Started Working Out...
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For quite some time, I felt with the physical work I did on the homestead, I didn’t need to set aside extra time to workout.  I thought the shoveling, the pitchforking, and the day-to-day activity was enough.  However, as I’ve got older and my metabolism has shifted my attitude has changed.  While I’ll never be one of the workout warriors you see on Instagram, I’ve realized that making the extra time to workout is not only important, but it’s essential for my long-term health and well-being.  In today’s episode, I explain how I got started, why working out doesn’t have to be intimidating, and how it’s already helped me in a very short time.  If you’ve ever been interested in working out, find out why I changed my mind and how easy it is to get started!

Head to www.PrairiePlanner.com to get The Old-Fashioned on Purpose Planner now!

To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

Visit my blog at www.theprairiehomestead.com for tons of FREE from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose hats & shirts at www.homesteadswag.com
Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead



Oct 19, 2020
169. Doing This Gave Me 10 More Hours of Homestead Time Each Week
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Recently I’ve noticed that something has been taking up more-and-more of my time, seemingly with each passing day.  Any guesses on what that might be?  (Hint:  it has nothing to do with homesteading).  Yes, that’s right my friends, I’m talking about social media.  Whether it’s been filling time while waiting for food to cook or mindlessly scrolling through Facebook, I realized that I’ve literally been wasting hours of every single day using my phone as a distraction.  In today’s episode, I’m going to explain to you what I did to free myself from the stress and anxiety-inducing world of social media, including (gasp!) deleting Facebook and email from my phone.  If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed lately and aren’t sure why chances are you’re dealing with this exact same issue.  Find out how to make a change today.

Head to www.PrairiePlanner.com to get The Old-Fashioned on Purpose Planner now!

To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

Visit my blog at www.theprairiehomestead.com for tons of FREE from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose hats & shirts at www.homesteadswag.com
Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead



Oct 15, 2020
168. Wanna Start a Homestead? DON'T Follow This Advice
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If you take a look around the internet, you will see that the homestead life is exploding at the moment.  All over social media, there’s growing evidence of people beginning a homesteading journey of their own.  However, as with anything new and popular on the internet, it can be difficult to tell the imposter “ influencers” from the true homesteaders.  So how do you know who to listen to?  In today’s episode, I'll share the advice you want to be sure to SKIP and providing three key action items that will help you get started on your homesteading journey immediately.  If you’ve been watching the homesteading trend grow and are ready to take the plunge but don’t know where or how to start, this is the episode for you.

Head to www.PrairiePlanner.com to get The Old-Fashioned on Purpose Planner now!

How to Sprout Seeds:  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2020/03/growing-sprouts.html
Buy Seeds at True Leaf Market:  https://www.trueleafmarket.com

To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

Visit my blog at www.theprairiehomestead.com for tons of FREE from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose hats & shirts at www.homesteadswag.com
Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead



Oct 13, 2020
167. 3 Tricks for Storing Vegetables When You Don't Have a Root Cellar
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Unless you’re one of the lucky few, odds are most of you don’t have the luxury of a root cellar to store your harvest.  Fear not my friends, today I’m here to offer up some great alternatives to a root cellar that will help you preserve your vegetables through the winter.  Listen to find out why that drafty room in your house could be your best friend, when to turn to your fridge, and how long you can keep vegetables in the ground.

Head to www.PrairiePlanner.com to get The Old-Fashioned on Purpose Planner now!

13 Alternatives to a Root Cellar:  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2015/10/root-cellar-alternatives.html
How to Braid Your Onions:  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2015/10/how-to-braid-onions.html
Ways to Preserve Food At Home  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2020/08/ways-to-preserve-food-at-home.html

To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

Visit my blog at www.theprairiehomestead.com for tons of FREE from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

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Oct 08, 2020
166. The Snow Killed My Garden, So I'm Planting This Instead
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To say the least, our recent snowstorm was completely unexpected.  Unfortunately, the snow and the cold completely destroyed my garden.  Unlike years past, this time I decided to plant a fall garden.  In today’s episode, I discuss how I cleaned up my garden, what I planted for the fall, why I’m planting cover crops now, and what I’m doing with our brand new greenhouse.  Overall, this is an entirely new experiment for me, so it’s going to be interesting to see if I have any success come winter.  Are you planting a fall garden this year?  If so, make sure you let me know what you're planting!

Head to www.PrairiePlanner.com to get The Old-Fashioned on Purpose Planner now!

Garden cover crops:  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2019/10/garden-cover-crops.html
How to plant garlic:  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2015/09/how-to-plant-garlic.html

To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

Visit my blog at www.theprairiehomestead.com for tons of FREE from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose hats & shirts at www.homesteadswag.com
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Oct 05, 2020
165. How to Prepare your Homestead to go from Summer to Winter in 24 Hours
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No, my friends, the title of this episode is not a mistake.  Recently we experienced a weather swing so severe most people would think that I completely made it up.  What we went through was a 65-degree drop in just 24 hours!  Trust me, that is not a typo.  In today’s episode, I detail how we prepped for the oncoming snowstorm.  This includes pulling crops, covering plants, taking down some structures, and more.  While most of you will never have to deal with such an extreme shift in weather, this episode is sure to help when it comes time to transition seasons.

Head to www.PrairiePlanner.com to get The Old-Fashioned on Purpose Planner now!

Click here to access your very own raised bed guide!  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/raisedbedguide

Visit my blog at www.theprairiehomestead.com for tons of FREE from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose hats & shirts at www.homesteadswag.com
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Oct 01, 2020
164. It Took 10 Years, But We Finally Have a Greenhouse!
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While it seemed like this day would never happen, we finally have a greenhouse on the homestead.  Why did it take so long?  Truthfully, we didn’t make it a priority and we somewhat suffered from “paralysis by analysis.”  In today’s episode I explain how to determine which greenhouse is right for your climate, why there’s no one size fits all solution, and my long-term plans for making the most of the greenhouse.  If you’re ready to extend your growing season year-around no matter your climate, this episode is for you!

>> Head to www.PrairiePlanner.com to get The Old-Fashioned on Purpose Planner now!

>> Click here to access your very own raised bed guide!  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/raisedbedguide

>> Join my Homegrown homestead mentorship: http://yourhomesteadmentor.com
>> To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.
>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
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Sep 28, 2020
163. THE Tomato Episode: Hacks, Myths, & More
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For those of you in harvest right now, hopefully, you’ve already done your homework.  If you haven’t, today I’m going to provide a crash course in tomato preservation.  I talk about dehydration, food mills, sauce, what makes paste tomatoes different, and so much more.  I even cover a few tips and tricks to help get tomatoes to ripen.  This episode is a true tomato 101 and will have you getting the most out of your harvest in no time.

>> Head to www.PrairiePlanner.com to get the The Old-Fashioned on Purpose Planner now!

>> If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com 

>> Join my Homegrown homestead mentorship: http://yourhomesteadmentor.com
>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com
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Sep 24, 2020
162. How I use a Planner to Simplify Homesteading
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One of the most common questions I receive on a weekly basis is “how do you get it all done?”  First off, let me reiterate that no matter what social media might have you believe, I don’t have it all figured out.  What I have figured out is that writing things down greatly helps me with recalling information.  For this reason, I lean heavily on paper planners to keep me on track with goals and projects.  Listen today to find out how I use my planner along with time-blocking, food prep, and to-do lists to maximize my time and efficiency throughout the week. Also, be sure to listen all the way to the end for a very special surprise for my homestead planners!  

>> Head to www.PrairiePlanner.com to get The Old-Fashioned on Purpose Planner now!

>> If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com 

>> Join my Homegrown homestead mentorship: http://yourhomesteadmentor.com
>> To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
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Sep 21, 2020
161. Homemade Kraut & Fizzy Pickles: How to Make Your Own Probiotics
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Look, I get it.  Sauerkraut isn’t exactly the first thing that comes to mind when dreaming of your ideal homestead kitchen.  In fact, I went years swearing off sauerkraut.  It wasn’t until I made it myself that I actually enjoyed eating it.  In today’s episode, I explain why the change happened, how to make your own sauerkraut, and dive into the incredible benefits of kraut and other fermented foods.  While I’ve touched on fermented foods in the past, this is a special episode dedicated to fermented foods and the incredible probiotics they contain.

>> If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com 
>> How to Make Sauerkraut:  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2015/02/how-to-make-sauerkraut.html
>> How to Make Fizzy Pickles:  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2015/08/fermented-pickle-recipe.html

>> Join my Homegrown homestead mentorship: http://yourhomesteadmentor.com
>> To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.
>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

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Sep 17, 2020
160. A Lesson in Rolling with the Punches: Growing Fruit in Wyoming
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No matter what I was told, I wanted to grow fruit on the homestead.  Over-and-over again my attempts at growing fruit fell flat.  I soon realized I wasn’t a failure at growing fruit.  I was failing to embrace my surroundings.  On today’s episode, I go over what I’m growing in my garden, how to determine what will thrive in yours, and why you might need to change your expectations when it comes to fruit on the homestead.

>> If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com 

>> Join my Homegrown homestead mentorship: http://yourhomesteadmentor.com
>> To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.
>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
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Sep 14, 2020
159. Curious about Fermentation? This One's for You
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Outside of pressure canning, fermentation might be the most intimidating process to tackle in the kitchen.  For most of you it’s probably difficult to even name any fermented foods you enjoy eating.  Believe it or not, fermenting foods is much easier than you might expect, and this process creates some amazing foods like pickles, sauerkraut, and yogurt.  On today’s episode, I cover everything you need to know to get started with fermentation.  This includes jars, starters, step-by-step instructions, and so much more.  Also, discover the amazing health benefits of fermented foods and why they’ll help you kick that pro-biotic supplement to the curb.

>> If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com 

>> Join my Homegrown homestead mentorship: http://yourhomesteadmentor.com
>> To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.
>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
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Sep 10, 2020
158. My Garden Wins & Garden FAILS for 2020...
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While gardening season is coming to a close for most of us, there are a few important things to do as we head into cooler weather.  First of all, congratulate yourself!  Whether you’re a first-time gardener or a seasoned professional, it’s great to take time and look back at the things that went well.  Reflecting on your wins will only serve as greater motivation moving forward.  However, as much as we’d like to ignore it, we need to analyze what went wrong and why.  Praising your wins and assessing your failures is a sure-fire way to have a better gardening season next time around.  Listen to find out what worked and what didn’t in my garden this year.

>>Click here to access your very own raised bed guide!  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/raisedbedguide

>>Join my Homegrown homestead mentorship: http://yourhomesteadmentor.com
>> To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials. 

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag atwww.homesteadswag.com

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Sep 07, 2020
157. How to Maximize your Micro-Harvests
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While bringing in a giant basket of your favorite vegetable might be every homesteaders dream, for most of us it’s never the reality.  Instead, our harvests tend to look more like a smorgasbord of a small number of various vegetables.  Rather than let them go bad waiting for the rest of the harvest, today I’m going to explain several methods of utilizing and preserving your micro-harvests.  From pickling to stir-fry to soup, the options for maximizing your micro-harvests are endless.  What are some of your favorite tricks?

>>Join my Homegrown homestead mentorship: http://yourhomesteadmentor.com
>>My quick-pickled vegetables guide:  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2019/08/quick-pickled-vegetables.html

>> To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.
>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

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Sep 03, 2020
156. Getting Chickens for the First Time? This Is Your Episode!
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What can I say?  It’s no secret that my favorite thing about the homestead is without question the animals.  Whether you already have animals on your homestead or not, introducing something new can sometimes be intimidating.  Today we’re once again joined by my sister Jenna as she embarks on a chicken journey of her own.  We cover all of the basics including how many chickens you should buy, what you need to feed them, and the type of shelter they’ll need.  If you need to start from the ground up, this is the perfect episode for you.  If you already have chickens and just need a few laughs, Jenna and I are sure to keep you entertained. 

A big thanks to our August sponsor— Union Wireless! Union is a small-town Wyoming company that provides both rural and city folks alike with a landline, cell phone, and Internet options. If you are in Wyoming, northwestern Colorado, Utah, or Montana, head over to their website at http://unionwireless.com to check their availability in your area.

>>Join my Homegrown homestead mentorship: http://yourhomesteadmentor.com
>>Time management challenge: http://theprairiehomestead.com/getitdone

>> To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials. 

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
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Aug 31, 2020
155. What a (Sorta) Typical Day in My Life Looks Like
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While I’d like to tell you that I have a special schedule I follow every day, it’s simply not the case.  In what might come as a surprise to some of you, there are even some days when I’m not doing anything that most would constitute traditional homestead activities.  In today’s episode, I’m going to explain how I go through planning on a weekly and daily basis to ensure everything gets done.  I discuss why planning everything minute-by-minute is sure to lead to failure, why getting your kids involved in chores benefit everyone, and how to fit in time for passions that fill you up.  This has always been one of my most requested topics, so I know almost all you will gain some valuable information from today’s show.

A big thanks to our August sponsor— Union Wireless! Union is a small-town Wyoming company that provides both rural and city folks alike with a landline, cell phone, and Internet options. If you are in Wyoming, northwestern Colorado, Utah, or Montana, head over to their website at http://unionwireless.com to check their availability in your area.

>>Join my Homegrown homestead mentorship: http://yourhomesteadmentor.com
>>Time management challenge: http://theprairiehomestead.com/getitdone

>> To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials. 

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
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Aug 27, 2020
154. The #1 Thing That Will Improve Your Garden
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No matter what type of shape your garden is in or what type of soil you have, there is one thing that is guaranteed to help:  compost.  Sometimes referred to as black gold, compost can remedy nearly any issue in your garden.  In today’s episode, I detail some of the best options for creating your own compost.  This includes the four elements needed for compost, hot and cold composting, and what constitutes green and brown material.  Learn how easy it is to create and use this incredible organic material to take your garden to the next level. 

A big thanks to our August sponsor— Union Wireless! Union is a small-town Wyoming company that provides both rural and city folks alike with a landline, cell phone, and Internet options. If you are in Wyoming, northwestern Colorado, Utah, or Montana, head over to their website at http://unionwireless.com to check their availability in your area.

>> Blog post on making and using compost:  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2020/06/making-and-using-compost.html

>> If you have your own business or are looking to start one, this might be just the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.  I’m opening up a few slots in my mentorship program for people serious about growing their business.  If that’s you, email me at Jill@theprairiehomestead.com for more info.

>> To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.
>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
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Aug 24, 2020
153. The Homeschool Curriculum I'm Using This Year
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With the uncertainty that currently exists in school systems across the country, more-and-more people are looking at the possibility of homeschooling for the first time.  Though it can be quite confusing at first, I’m here to help make the transition as easy as possible.   Today I’ll explain how our curriculum has evolved from years past.  I’ll also go over all the books and tools we’re using for school this year.  Whether you’re looking to be a full-time homeschooler for the first time or you’re seeking some ideas to fill in gaps that remote schooling might leave, this episode will help you to make sure your kids don’t fall behind.

A big thanks to our August sponsor— Union Wireless! Union is a small-town Wyoming company that provides both rural and city folks alike with a landline, cell phone, and Internet options. If you are in Wyoming, northwestern Colorado, Utah, or Montana, head over to their website at http://unionwireless.com to check their availability in your area.

>> To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials. 

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
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Aug 20, 2020
152. Thoughts from a County Fair
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County fairs across the country have been canceled.  Thankfully here in Wyoming, we were still able to participate in this great tradition.  If you’ve never been to a county fair, it’s effectively a lot of sitting around mixed with moments of controlled chaos.  Why do we do it?  That’s the question we get asked most frequently by friends and neighbors.  With the significant amount of time and effort required to move our entire life to the fairgrounds for a week, on the surface it wouldn’t seem to make much sense.  However, the true gift of the fair and the homestead, in general, is the independence it teaches our children.  It fosters curiosity and accelerates their growth as children and sticks with them well into adulthood.  Listen today to find out why everyone in your family will greatly benefit from the county fair.

A big thanks to our August sponsor— Union Wireless! Union is a small-town Wyoming company that provides both rural and city folks alike with a landline, cell phone, and Internet options. If you are in Wyoming, northwestern Colorado, Utah, or Montana, head over to their website at http://unionwireless.com to check their availability in your area.

Free-Range Kids, How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children


>> To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
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Aug 17, 2020
151. This is Your Year for a Fall Garden!
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A fall garden can be an incredible way to extend your growing season and add extra food reserves for the long winter.  However, for quite some time I held the belief that a fall garden was something you started in the fall.  While I’d like to say I learned my lesson after missing it the first time, this definitely wasn’t the case.  In today’s episode I explain how to determine when you start planting your fall garden, when to harvest, and what types of foods will grow in your climate at this time of year.  If you’re like me and looking to squeeze every last drop from your garden this year this is the episode for you.

A big thanks to our August sponsor— Union Wireless! Union is a small-town Wyoming company that provides both rural and city folks alike with a landline, cell phone, and Internet options. If you are in Wyoming, northwestern Colorado, Utah, or Montana, head over to their website at http://unionwireless.com to check their availability in your area.

>> What to plant in your fall garden:  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2015/08/vegetables-fall-garden.html

>> To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
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Aug 13, 2020
150. What If My Kids Fall Behind?? (And other Homeschooling Questions)
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With the unprecedented nature of pretty much everything in the world right now, homeschooling is the one topic that has been coming up more frequently than anything else.  With the uncertainty of what’s going to happen in public schools, more-and-more parents are looking into the possibility of taking their children’s education into their own hands.  While I will be the first to admit that it’s not for everyone, in today’s episode I’m going to walk through some of the incredible benefits of homeschooling as well as some of the potential downfalls.  Find out some good sources for teaching materials, why homeschooling won’t set your kids back, and why you don’t have to have a degree in childhood education to make sure your kids are getting what they need.  Also, I discuss the elephant in the room for every homeschooler; socialization.  Whether or not you plan to homeschool, this episode is sure to offer some great tips on how to make sure your kids get through what is sure to be a strange year.

A big thanks to our August sponsor— Union Wireless!  Union is a small-town Wyoming company that provides both rural and city folks alike with a landline, cell phone, and Internet options. If you are in Wyoming, northwestern Colorado, Utah, or Montana, head over to their website at http://unionwireless.com to check their availability in your area.

>> The Gap Year by Erin Loechner  https://designformankind.com/2020/07/this-is-your-gap-year/?fbclid=IwAR3QrxJEo2IKu9r6LH0RnqNHSoP0cJMb5buCbyBl5TpNKaXPc5n1_73C_6Q

>> To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.
>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
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Aug 10, 2020
149. My 4 Favorite Ways to Preserve the Harvest
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While my garden is in a bit of a lull at the moment, I know in the back of my mind that harvest time is just around the corner.  Perhaps this year more than ever, I’m focused on preserving everything I possibly can.  In today’s episode, I cover the four primary methods that I use to make sure our family takes full advantage of our harvest:  canning, freezing, dehydrating, and fermenting.  Discover why a method of preservation could be great for one type of food but not good for another.  I also reveal my all-time favorite way to store foods for the winter (hint:  this should be pretty easy to guess for my long time listeners).

A big thanks to our August sponsor— Union Wireless! Union is a small-town Wyoming company that provides both rural and city folks alike with a landline, cell phone, and Internet options. If you are in Wyoming, northwestern Colorado, Utah, or Montana, head over to their website at http://unionwireless.com to check their availability in your area.

>> Nutrient loss in dried foods https://blog.outdoorherbivore.com/food-301/nutrient-loss-in-dried-foods/

>> To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
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Aug 06, 2020
148. The Ask Me Anything Episode!
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While I do my best to be thorough in my podcast topics, it’s inevitable some things fall through the cracks.  Most of the time these questions get raised in my Facebook groups, on Instagram, or Youtube, and I’m simply unable to address each and every one of them.  On today’s show, I’m thrilled to be doing my first ever ‘Ask Me Anything’ episode.  I’m fielding all of your questions from my Instagram post addressing anything from buying health insurance, my worst kitchen failures, the role of faith in my life, and everything in between.  Listen today to see if your question got answered!

A big thanks to our August sponsor— Union Wireless! Union is a small-town Wyoming company that provides both rural and city folks alike with a landline, cell phone, and Internet options. If you are in Wyoming, northwestern Colorado, Utah, or Montana, head over to their website at http://unionwireless.com to check their availability in your area.

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials. 

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
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Aug 03, 2020
147. The Scoop on Growing Garlic
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Garlic is by far one of my favorite crops to grow.  It's easy to plant, easy to grow, requires almost no maintenance, and adds flavor to every dish.  In today's episode, I walk you through my garlic growing process.  I explain the difference between softneck and hardneck, what to look for when buying garlic seeds, how to harvest it, and some simple uses in the kitchen.  Listen today to find out how to add a serious punch to your cooking with minimal effort.  In all seriousness, you'll forget that you even planted garlic until it's almost ready to harvest in the spring.

I am so thrilled to have Mason Jars Marketplace as our July sponsor! I have been using their ReCap lids & mason jar accessories non-stop this year as I work on beefing up our pantry.  These lids come in a variety of styles-- flip top, pour spout, shaker inserts, and even sprayers and soap pumps. They’re the perfect way to reduce plastic waste and make your pantry more functional, all at the same time. Grab a 5-Piece Starter Set from Mason Jars Marketplace while they're at an introductory price-- and, bonus, you won't even pay shipping! Head over to theprairiehomestead.com/lid to have a look. 

>> >> To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials. 

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

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Jul 30, 2020
146. How to Eliminate Project Overwhelm Once and for All
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For any new homesteader, the mountain of tasks and to-do's can seem overwhelming.  Even a more experienced homesteader such as myself tend to have several projects in motion at once and about a hundred others waiting to be started.  While it'd be great to snap our fingers and have everything done at once, that's simply not realistic.  On today's episode, I'm joined by my sister Jenna as she continues to build her homestead.  We break down her goals, talk through short term and long term plans, and discuss how to chunk down goals into actionable steps.  If you've ever found yourself stuck and not accomplishing those lofty goals you set for your homestead, this episode is the perfect guide to jumpstart your productivity.

I am so thrilled to have Mason Jars Marketplace as our July sponsor! I have been using their ReCap lids & mason jar accessories non-stop this year as I work on beefing up our pantry.  These lids come in a variety of styles-- flip top, pour spout, shaker inserts, and even sprayers and soap pumps. They’re the perfect way to reduce plastic waste and make your pantry more functional, all at the same time. Grab a 5-Piece Starter Set from Mason Jars Marketplace while they're at an introductory price-- and, bonus, you won't even pay shipping! Head over to theprairiehomestead.com/lid to have a look. 

 >> To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials. 

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
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Jul 27, 2020
145. Why We Built a Circus Tent Over Our Garden
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Hail is easily one of the biggest enemies that exist on our homestead.  As some of you might know, last year a hail storm destroyed one of my gardens (and our trampoline).  While there are many different solutions to this problem, we had to be mindful of not only the hail but also the extremely high winds that occur in this part of the country.  Because of this, we knew we needed a heavy-duty, permanent structure, and not some of the lesser solutions that might be fine in other regions.  Listen today to find out how Christian and I put together our hail defense unit, and how you can prepare yourself if hail is an issue in your area.

I am so thrilled to have Mason Jars Makerplace as our July sponsor! I have been using their ReCap lids & mason jar accessories non-stop this year as I work on beefing up our pantry.  These lids come in a variety of styles-- flip top, pour spout, shaker inserts, and even sprayers and soap pumps. They’re the perfect way to reduce plastic waste and make your pantry more functional, all at the same time. Grab a 5-Piece Starter Set from Mason Jars Makerplace while they're at an introductory price-- and, bonus, you won't even pay shipping! Head over to theprairiehomestead.com/lid to have a look.

>>Oesco insect & hail netting:  https://www.oescoinc.com/smart-net-systems-row-crop-hail-insect-netting.html

>> To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
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Jul 23, 2020
144. Your Canning Questions: Answered!
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For anyone that’s followed me for some time, I don’t have to explain my long-time love for canning.  It's perhaps my favorite kitchen activity on the homestead.  However, there’s a lot of potential for error in the canning process, and for some, it can be intimidating to get started.  On this special episode that was recorded live on Facebook, I answer all of your questions and concerns when it comes to canning.  If you’ve ever had any questions in regards to canning, then press plays now.  No stone is left unturned.   


I am so thrilled to have Mason Jars Marketplace as our July sponsor! I have been using their ReCap lids & mason jar accessories non-stop this year as I work on beefing up our pantry.  These lids come in a variety of styles-- flip top, pour spout, shaker inserts, and even sprayers and soap pumps. They’re the perfect way to reduce plastic waste and make your pantry more functional, all at the same time. Grab a 5-Piece Starter Set from Mason Jars Marketplace while they're at an introductory price-- and, bonus, you won't even pay to ship! Head over to theprairiehomestead.com/lid to have a look.

>>Want to start canning but don’t know where to begin?  Head over to https://www.learnhowtocan.com for everything you need to get started today!

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

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Jul 20, 2020
143. Setting Goals & Chasing Dreams: How Big is Too Big??
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Dreams. Everyone has them, but not everyone achieves them. Why is that true? Believe it or not, a large number of people never even voice their dreams let alone create an actual plan to accomplish them. On today's episode, I'm once again joined by my sister Jenna. As she continues on her homesteading journey, we begin discussing Jenna's big goal for what's left of 2020 and the objectives she can hit to prepare herself for succes in 2021. My hope is that today's episode will serve as inspiration to aim high as well as a guide on how to start planning how to hit those lofty goals.

I am so thrilled to have Mason Jars Makerplace as our July sponsor! I have been using their ReCap lids & mason jar accessories non-stop this year as I work on beefing up our pantry.  These lids come in a variety of styles-- flip top, pour spout, shaker inserts, and even sprayers and soap pumps. They’re the perfect way to reduce plastic waste and make your pantry more functional, all at the same time. Grab a 5-Piece Starter Set from Mason Jars Makerplace while they're at an introductory price-- and, bonus, you won't even pay shipping! Head over to theprairiehomestead.com/lid to have a look. 

>> If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com 

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials. 

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
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Jul 16, 2020
142. I'm Growing Something New in my Kitchen: Kefir!
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While kefir might be the newest addition to the long list of things growing in my kitchen, it most definitely isn't new to my life. After taking a round of anti-biotics, I took to kefir to help repair the baceria in my gut. Upon discovering some of the incredible benefits of this tasty beverage, I started digging a little deeper. Incredibly I found out that keifer can be used to make cheese culture! While this might not be a huge deal for you, all my cheesemakers will soon discover why kefir is a true gift. On today's episode, I walk you through my own process of making kefir as well as share many of the other great uses of this product. 

I am so thrilled to have Mason Jars Makerplace as our July sponsor! I have been using their ReCap lids & mason jar accessories non-stop this year as I work on beefing up our pantry.  These lids come in a variety of styles-- flip top, pour spout, shaker inserts, and even sprayers and soap pumps. They’re the perfect way to reduce plastic waste and make your pantry more functional, all at the same time. Grab a 5-Piece Starter Set from Mason Jars Makerplace while they're at an introductory price-- and, bonus, you won't even pay shipping! Head over to theprairiehomestead.com/lid to have a look. 

>> If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com 

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials. 

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

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Jul 13, 2020
141. Why We bought a 100 year old House in a Forgotten Little Town
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Yes, you read that correctly. We bought a house. Rest assured, we haven't decided to abandon the homestead and head into the suburbs. On the contrary, we're making an investment in our future and and the future of our community. Join me today as I explain our plans to (hopefully) generate more income and jump start the growth of an old town. Follow along with our thought process of investing in tools over toys and how this can excel your growth in every area of your life. Don't get me wrong. Im still processing this whole thing as we speak, and it's taken overcoming some fears to get to this point. Listen to find out why learning to push past fear will take you wherever you want to go in life.

I am so thrilled to have Mason Jars Makerplace as our July sponsor! I have been using their ReCap lids & mason jar accessories non-stop this year as I work on beefing up our pantry.  These lids come in a variety of styles-- flip top, pour spout, shaker inserts, and even sprayers and soap pumps. They’re the perfect way to reduce plastic waste and make your pantry more functional, all at the same time. Grab a 5-Piece Starter Set from Mason Jars Makerplace while they're at an introductory price-- and, bonus, you won't even pay shipping! Head over to theprairiehomestead.com/lid to have a look. 

>> If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com 

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials. 

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

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Jul 09, 2020
140. How to Raise Your Own Freezer Beef
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Raising beef can seem like a difficult and daunting task on the surface, but suprisingly it's one of the easiest methods of producing food on the homestead.  While we've had issues in the past with other food sources, that's never been the case with beef.  In today's episode I cover the essentials you'll need to begin growing beef of your own.  Learn about the different fencing options, the differences bewtween heifers and steers, how to determine the type of animal you need, and so much more.  Also, if you happen to be one of those individuals that simply don't have the space to grow your own beef don't fret.  There's still a number of ways you can get into the beef game and stop relying on the mass producers.  If you've ever thought of raising your own beef, this is a podcast you won't want to miss.

I am so thrilled to have Mason Jars Makerplace as our July sponsor! I have been using their ReCap lids & mason jar accessories non-stop this year as I work on beefing up our pantry.  These lids come in a variety of styles-- flip top, pour spout, shaker inserts, and even sprayers and soap pumps. They’re the perfect way to reduce plastic waste and make your pantry more functional, all at the same time. Grab a 5-Piece Starter Set from Mason Jars Makerplace while they're at an introductory price-- and, bonus, you won't even pay shipping! Head over to theprairiehomestead.com/lid to have a look. 

>> If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com 

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials. 

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
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Jul 06, 2020
139. Starting a Homestead From-Scratch: Unexpected Side Effects of Buying Your First Property
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Starting a homestead can be a daunting task.  It can be even more overwhelming when you compare yourself to a seasoned homesteader such as myself.  While "how do I start a homestead?" is one of the most common questions I receive, after living the homestead life for almost 12 years I'm a little disconnected from the startup portion of the journey.  Today I'm happy to announce that my sister Jenna has come to save the day.  Recent life changes have driven her and her husband to buy a 10 acre property and begin their own homesteading journey.  Join us as we chronicle the building of Jenna's homestead from the ground up.  Today's focus is on the  feeling of becoming a first time homesteader.  Jenna realling the moment she realized the whole thing is real was a magical experience.  If you've wanted to start a homestead but had no idea where to start, start here!

I am so thrilled to have Mason Jars Makerplace as our July sponsor! I have been using their ReCap lids & mason jar accessories non-stop this year as I work on beefing up our pantry.  These lids come in a variety of styles-- flip top, pour spout, shaker inserts, and even sprayers and soap pumps. They’re the perfect way to reduce plastic waste and make your pantry more functional, all at the same time. Grab a 5-Piece Starter Set from Mason Jars Makerplace while they're at an introductory price-- and, bonus, you won't even pay shipping! Head over to theprairiehomestead.com/lid to have a look. 

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials. 

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

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Jul 02, 2020
138. What We're Eating for Supper this Summer
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No matter the time of the year, there's one topic that always remains in high demand. Whether you're on the homestead or in the city,  every single one of us has to eat.  While I'm definitely not a meal planner by any stretch of the imagination, over the years I've learned several great tricks to save countless hours in the kitchen.  In today's episode, I fill you in on what we're eating this summer.  Listen to find out some of my favorite ground beef recipes, why I love sheet pan dinners and some incredible options for crockpot dinner.

A BIG thank you to Remond’s Real Salt for being our podcast sponsor for the month of June! http://theprairiehomestead.com/salt Redmonds is my #1 go-to salt for cooking and food preservation. I love that it’s mined in the USA and contains 60+ trace minerals which makes it an easy choice for stocking your homestead pantry. During the month of June, use code HOMESTEAD to save 15% on your order. 

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com
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Jun 29, 2020
137. How I'm Simplifying Our Life This Summer
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If you've come to know anything about me over the years, you've likely recognized that the phrase "slow down" simply doesn't exist in my vocabulary. As summer began and nearly all of our planned events and obligations were cancelled due to Covid-19, I started to seriously investigate my life and how I'm spending my time on a regular basis. On today's episode I discuss the Pareto Principle, a surefire method to increase efficiency and free up more time to do exactly what you love to do. I also talk about the very real consequences of decision fatigue and ways you can avoid it. This episode also includes several very important accouncements, one of which belongs to this podcast. Listen in to catch the latest news!

A BIG thank you to Remond’s Real Salt for being our podcast sponsor for the month of June! http://theprairiehomestead.com/salt Redmonds is my #1 go-to salt for cooking and food preservation. I love that it’s mined in the USA and contains 60+ trace minerals which makes it an easy choice for stocking your homestead pantry. During the month of June, use code HOMESTEAD to save 15% on your order. 

>> To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
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Jun 25, 2020
136. Your Definitive Guide to Growing Potatoes
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Potatoes are by far my favorite food and it’s not even close.  This easy to grow vegetable is not only versatile in the kitchen, but they last long in storage and are fun and easy to harvest from the ground.  In today’s episode, I’m going to discuss how my potato growth has evolved over the years and provide my top tips for increasing your potato yield. If you’re looking to take your potato game to the next level you have come to the right place.

A BIG thank you to Remond’s Real Salt for being our podcast sponsor for the month of June! http://theprairiehomestead.com/salt Redmonds is my #1 go-to salt for cooking and food preservation. I love that it’s mined in the USA and contains 60+ trace minerals which makes it an easy choice for stocking your homestead pantry. During the month of June, use code HOMESTEAD to save 15% on your order. 

>> To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
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Jun 22, 2020
135. These 3 Tricks are Saving Me TONS of Time in the Garden
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Have you ever had garden amnesia?  It’s that time of year you get so excited about beginning your garden that you completely forget about all the time and hard work needed to make it happen?  That’s where I’m currently at right now.  Even with the well-documented struggles I’ve had, I’m ready and raring to go for this gardening season.  Why you might ask?  This year I’m armed with three secret weapons that I know will save tons of time and prevent many headaches throughout this busy summer.  Listen today to find out why working in zones helps you focus, how mulch reduces weeds, and why setting water to a timer will save your pantry.

A BIG thank you to Remond’s Real Salt for being our podcast sponsor for the month of June! http://theprairiehomestead.com/salt Redmonds is my #1 go-to salt for cooking and food preservation. I love that it’s mined in the USA and contains 60+ trace minerals which makes it an easy choice for stocking your homestead pantry. During the month of June, use code HOMESTEAD to save 15% on your order. 

>> Click here to access your very own raised bed guide!  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/raisedbedguide

>> Searching for a great cultivation tool to add to your tool kit?  Head to Lehman’s and grab one today!  https://www.lehmans.com/product/the-weedivator/

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

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Jun 19, 2020
134. How to Start Canning with ZERO Special Equipment
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A BIG thank you to Remond’s Real Salt for being our podcast sponsor for the month of June! http://theprairiehomestead.com/salt Redmonds is my #1 go-to salt for cooking and food preservation. I love that it’s mined in the USA and contains 60+ trace minerals which makes it an easy choice for stocking your homestead pantry. During the month of June, use code HOMESTEAD to save 15% on your order.

>>Do you want to start canning but don’t know where to begin?  Head over to https://www.learnhowtocan.com for everything you need to get started today!

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

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Jun 17, 2020
133. Salt: The Unsung Hero of Your Homestead Kitchen (with Darryl Bosshardt of Remond's Real Salt)
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Today I’m thrilled to be joined by Darryl Bosshardt of Redmond’s Real Salt.  Darryl is a true salt expert.  His grandparents founded Redmond's 60 years ago and they have been my salt of choice for as long as I can remember.  As we discuss today, salt is an essential mineral for our daily lives, but it’s often misunderstood and sometimes carries a negative connotation.  Darryl provides an advanced course in everything related to salt as we talk about the harmful use of dextrose, why sea salt isn’t always better, and how to identify the best sources of salts.  We also dive deep into why various types of salt have different colors, how this can affect the flavor, and how it should be used.  The incredible thing is what I just wrote barely scratches the surface of Darryl’s expertise.  Tune in today and be ready to take notes!

A BIG thank you to Remond’s Real Salt for being our podcast sponsor for the month of June! http://theprairiehomestead.com/salt Redmonds is my #1 go-to salt for cooking and food preservation. I love that it’s mined in the USA and contains 60+ trace minerals which makes it an easy choice for stocking your homestead pantry. During the month of June, use code HOMESTEAD to save 15% on your order. 

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

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Jun 15, 2020
132. Why We Bought a Milk Machine After a Decade of Hand-Milking
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After being hardcore proponents of hand milking for a decade, we finally made the decision to cave in and buy a milk machine.  So why is now the time to make a change?  As I’ve mentioned in recent episodes, we’ve committed to becoming producers for our community.  Simply put, in order to be able to produce milk in large quantities, it was no longer viable to milk by hand.  While I did have some reservations at first, I soon found out the time saved greatly outweighed any cost or additional clean up that came with the milk machine.  If you’re thinking about getting into home dairy yourself, listen to find out if and when a milk machine is right for you.

A BIG thank you to Remond’s Real Salt for being our podcast sponsor for the month of June! http://theprairiehomestead.com/salt Redmonds is my #1 go-to salt for cooking and food preservation. I love that it’s mined in the USA and contains 60+ trace minerals which makes it an easy choice for stocking your homestead pantry. During the month of June, use code HOMESTEAD to save 15% on your order.

>> If homesteading is definitely in your future, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/homedairyrecipes to access my Home Dairy Handbook.  This handbook will allow you to Skip the farm store and make safe, natural products for your milk cows & goats at home.

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

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Jun 12, 2020
131. How I'm (Attempting) to Improve Our Clay Soil This Year
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If you’re hoping to grow high quality plants, you must first dig deep (no pun intended) into your soil.  Much like the foundation of a house, your soil sets the tone for everything that follows.  In today’s episode, I’m going to cover a variety of tips and tricks to help you strike the perfect balance in your soil that will allow your crops to flourish.  Learn about the three primary components of soil, how to determine if you have clay in your soil, and why organic matter is your best friend.  Discover how cover crops can be used to mend your soil and how I’m using them in my own garden this year.  No matter where you are in your gardening journey, you are sure to find some information you can put to use immediately.

A BIG thank you to Remond’s Real Salt for being our podcast sponsor for the month of June! http://theprairiehomestead.com/salt Redmonds is my #1 go-to salt for cooking and food preservation. I love that it’s mined in the USA and contains 60+ trace minerals which makes it an easy choice for stocking your homestead pantry. During the month of June, use code HOMESTEAD to save 15% on your order.

>> Click here to access your very own raised bed guide!

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
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Jun 10, 2020
130. What We Did Differently for Our Best Meat Chickens Ever
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To put it lightly, this year has been one of revelations on our homestead.  As I’ve discussed in previous episodes, our goal to become producers for our community has necessitated some changes.  We’ve raised meat birds for almost five years now, but as you’ll find out today virtually nothing is the same from when we first started.  Listen to find out why we ditched the chicken coups,  how we sped up our plucking process, and discover the best $200 I’ve ever spent in my adult life.  

A BIG thank you to Remond’s Real Salt for being our podcast sponsor for the month of June! http://theprairiehomestead.com/salt Redmonds is my #1 go-to salt for cooking and food preservation. I love that it’s mined in the USA and contains 60+ trace minerals which makes it an easy choice for stocking your homestead pantry. During the month of June, use code HOMESTEAD to save 15% on your order.

Video of Chicken Processing:  https://youtu.be/_FHoMociC-g

>> If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com 

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

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Jun 08, 2020
129. How to Put a Instant Pot to Work in your Homestead Kitchen
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If you’ve watched any of my videos or have seen any pictures on my social media, it’s pretty easy to tell that I’m not a gadget girl when it comes to the kitchen.  I must say that this does come with one key exception; the instant pot.  Being the control freak that I am, I understand there is a bit of irony in me using an appliance I’m not supposed to touch.  On today’s episode, find out why the instant pot is the best way to make farm fresh hard boiled eggs, bone broth, beans, rice quinoa, and more.  Tune in to find out why this is one of the few gadgets I use in my kitchen and how it’s made certain aspects of my cooking a breeze. Purchase an instant pot HERE.

A BIG thank you to Remond’s Real Salt for being our podcast sponsor for the month of June! http://theprairiehomestead.com/salt Redmonds is my #1 go-to salt for cooking and food preservation. I love that it’s mined in the USA and contains 60+ trace minerals which makes it an easy choice for stocking your homestead pantry. During the month of June, use code HOMESTEAD to save 15% on your order. 

>> If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

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Jun 05, 2020
128. The Emotional Side of Raising Your Own Meat
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I don’t believe it’s any secret by now; we like to raise our own meat.  More than any part of the process, people question how we handle the butchering of animals.  While it isn’t always easy, I’ve come to recognize that butchering animals ourselves has only helped us to gain an even greater appreciation for the meat the we raise for ourselves and our community.  While some might find it inhumane or even try to convince us to go vegan, most would be surprised to know animals raised on the homestead tend to live vastly better lives than their industrial counterparts.  On today’s episode, I explain when and how we get our kids involved in the process, why I believe every meat eater should experience butchering once, and how we honor our animals in both life and death.     

A BIG thank you to Remond’s Real Salt for being our podcast sponsor for the month of June! http://theprairiehomestead.com/salt Redmonds is my #1 go-to salt for cooking and food preservation. I love that it’s mined in the USA and contains 60+ trace minerals which makes it an easy choice for stocking your homestead pantry. During the month of June, use code HOMESTEAD to save 15% on your order. 

>> If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com 

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

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Jun 03, 2020
127. The 7 Lessons a Homestead will Teach Your Kids
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Homesteading with kids isn’t for the faint of heart, but if you’re up for the challenge it will certainly make an incredible impact on their lives.  I know with our kids, life on the homestead has taught them the value of hard work, how to establish boundaries, and how to be creative.  More than anything, perhaps the most valuable lessons kids can learn is learning how to fail.  If you’v ever doubted your decision to raise your kids on the homestead, I encourage you to listen to this episode.  It’s sure to erase that doubt and help you understand why raising a prairie kid (as I like to call mine) is one of the best gifts you could ever give them. 

A BIG thank you to Remond’s Real Salt for being our podcast sponsor for the month of June! http://theprairiehomestead.com/salt Redmonds is my #1 go-to salt for cooking and food preservation. I love that it’s mined in the USA and contains 60+ trace minerals which makes it an easy choice for stocking your homestead pantry. During the month of June, use code HOMESTEAD to save 15% on your order.  

>> If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com 

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

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Jun 01, 2020
126. How to Find & Buy Local Food in Your Area
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Now more than ever, interest in locally grown food is booming.  Not only are people looking to support small and local businesses during this chaotic time, but they’re also coming to realize the high quality food that exists outside of their normal grocery store.  On today’s episode I’m here to help guide you on your journey of tracking down some incredible locally sourced food.  Believe it or not, the internet will be your best friend on this quest.  Facebook has become the most effective place to find local producers. Also, learn the surprising reason why choosing local food is always better than organic.  I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to help guide you down the path of supporting your local producers.  Buckle up and enjoy the ride! 

>> A BIG shout-out to our podcast sponsor this month— Lehman’s Hardware! https://bit.ly/PH-lehmans

They are your one-stop homesteading shop for EVERYTHING you need for an old-fashioned lifestyle. Use code JILLMAY for 10% all baking supplies! 

Don't forget to head on over to Lehman's and use the code JILLMAY for 10% off on their entire stock of baking supplies.

>> If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com 

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

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May 29, 2020
125. Why Your Grassfed or Pastured Meats are Tough
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For many different reasons, grassfed meats are all the rage at the moment.  While the incredible benefits are obvious, there seems to be one issue most people run into when preparing grassfed meats; if you’re not careful it can become extremely tough.  Don’t fret my friends, this simply means that grassfed meats tend to be much leaner due to more time in the pasture.  Listen today to learn best practices for defrosting, how to to season a good steak, how to use your grill and oven to cook a perfect steak, the art of the sear, and everything in between.  Beyond cooking tips, I explain why grassfed meats tend to cost more than grain finished products and why the method of finishing the meat can dramatically change the taste.  This episode is a must listen if you’ve ever had any interest in grassfed meat! 

>> A BIG shout-out to our podcast sponsor this month— Lehman’s Hardware! https://bit.ly/PH-lehmans

They are your one-stop homesteading shop for EVERYTHING you need for an old-fashioned lifestyle. Use code JILLMAY for 10% all baking supplies! 

Don't forget to head on over to Lehman's and use the code JILLMAY for 10% off on their entire stock of baking supplies.

>> If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com 

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

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May 27, 2020
124. Our Biggest Homesteading Failures
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The fear of failure can prevent even the strongest among of from pursuing dreams and passions that will lead to a truly fulfilling life.  I know Christian and I have had our own share of fear throughout the process of building our homestead and dealing with it hasn’t been easy.  Over the years I’ve actually come to see failure as my best friend.  Crazy, right?  On today’s episode I’m going to explain to you why fear will never disappear from your life and what you can learn to harness it and use it to your advantage.  You’ll also get to hear our six biggest homestead failures over the years.  Without a doubt, I know you’ll be able to relate to one of these failures. 

>> A BIG shout-out to our podcast sponsor this month— Lehman’s Hardware! https://bit.ly/PH-lehmans

They are your one-stop homesteading shop for EVERYTHING you need for an old-fashioned lifestyle. Use code JILLMAY for 10% all baking supplies! 

Don't forget to head on over to Lehman's and use the code JILLMAY for 10% off on their entire stock of baking supplies.

>> If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com 

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

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May 25, 2020
123. What to do When Your Friends & Family Don't Like Homesteading
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No matter how excited you might be about your homesteading venture, I can guarantee you not everyone around you shares this same excitement.  How do I know?  I’ve been there myself.  Sharing your passion with loved ones only to get instantly shot down is one of the most discouraging things that could ever happen.  The truth of the matter is when you do anything that is as far out of the norm as homesteading, you’re bound to get pushback from friends and family alike.  On today’s episode, I explain how I’ve dealt with this issue and how you can do the same.  What’s great about this topic is that this advice will benefit you in any sort of “weird” adventure you choose to take in life. 


>> A BIG shout-out to our podcast sponsor this month— Lehman’s Hardware! https://bit.ly/PH-lehmans

They are your one-stop homesteading shop for EVERYTHING you need for an old-fashioned lifestyle. Use code JILLMAY for 10% all baking supplies! 

Don't forget to head on over to Lehman's and use the code JILLMAY for 10% off on their entire stock of baking supplies.

>> If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com 

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

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May 22, 2020
122. Why We Milk a Cow & Drink Raw Milk
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Even amongst the homestead community, raw milk isn’t necessarily a common topic of conversation.  Maybe it’s a product of our current situation, but in our household we can’t get enough raw milk at the moment.  For the completely uninformed, raw milk is simply unpasteurized milk.  On today’s episode, I go well beyond the unpasteurized label and explain the phenomenal benefits of raw milk, including how it’s made, the incredible taste, and the wonderful cream.  While I cover the amazing benefits of raw milk, it’s also important to inform you of some potential risks that do exists and the steps you can take to mitigate them.  Most important, I explain how and where you can find raw milk where you live.   Tune in today to jumpstart your education on evrything raw milk.

>> PubMed Study about raw milk preventing asthma
>> CDC information on raw dairy  

>> A BIG shout-out to our podcast sponsor this month— Lehman’s Hardware! https://bit.ly/PH-lehmans

They are your one-stop homesteading shop for EVERYTHING you need for an old-fashioned lifestyle. Use code JILLMAY for 10% all baking supplies! 

Don't forget to head on over to Lehman's and use the code JILLMAY for 10% off on their entire stock of baking supplies.

>> If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com 

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

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May 20, 2020
121. 9 Things Your Non-Homesteading Friends Don't Understand
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It’s no secret.  The vast majority of the world considers us homesteaders to be a bit of an odd bunch.  If we’re being honest with ourselves, what we do on a daily basis is certainly abnormal in modern society.  Even my non-homesteading friends have a major misconception when it comes to why we actually do what we do.  I must admit, it certainly would be much easier to go to the store and buy a gallon of milk than it is to own your own milk cow.  It would also be much easier to grab a cheap loaf of bread than make fresh sourdough from scratch.  If we’ve learned anything over the years, easier is not always better and it’s a concept that some people will never understand.  Tune in today to see why shoveling manure is cathartic, why dirt under my nails is a badge of honor, and why the best time to mow the lawn is when you’re mad. 

>> A BIG shout-out to our podcast sponsor this month— Lehman’s Hardware! https://bit.ly/PH-lehmans

They are your one-stop homesteading shop for EVERYTHING you need for an old-fashioned lifestyle. Use code JILLMAY for 10% all baking supplies! 

Don't forget to head on over to Lehman's and use the code JILLMAY for 10% off on their entire stock of baking supplies.

>> If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com 

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

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May 18, 2020
120. Why Small Businesses Matter More Than Ever Before
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With the widespread quarantines across the country, we’ve witnessed disruption in nearly every single industry.  Perhaps has this been most apparent within the food supply chain.  Isn’t it incredible that we’re seeing both food shortages in areas at the same time farmers are dumping out excess crops?  It seems what we’re feeling at the moment are some of the repercussions of a shift away from small businesses over the last 10-20 years.  Today I’m going to dive into why I’m choosing to take the hard road in this chaotic time and make a commitment to support our small businesses.  Listen today to discover how you can take steps immediately to start supporting small businesses without ever leaving your home.

And enjoy this list of special coupons, just for The Prairie Homestead tribe, from some of the fabulous businesses I mention in today's podcast. Go right here--https://bit.ly/3e8fjBh

>> A BIG shout-out to our podcast sponsor this month— Lehman’s Hardware! https://bit.ly/PH-lehmans

They are your one-stop homesteading shop for EVERYTHING you need for an old-fashioned lifestyle. Use code JILLMAY for 10% all baking supplies! 

Don't forget to head on over to Lehman's and use the code JILLMAY for 10% off on their entire stock of baking supplies.

>>  Grab all of your homesteading needs at my shop at https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/shop

>> If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com 

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

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May 15, 2020
119. Why We Only Eat Grassfed Beef
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Even prior to our current situation, there has been an explosion of interest in local food production.  While we’ve always produced food for our own use, it wasn’t until this year that we chose to start producing for our community.  For our family, grassfed beef was an obvious place to start.  On today’s episode, I begin from the ground up with everything about grassfed beef.  Learn why every calf is typically grass fed but not always grass finished.  Discover the health benefits of grassfed beef, why the government can effect the taste of your food, and why your gut will appreciate grassfed animals.  If you're unsure of what exactly constitutes something as grassfed and what the true benefits are, this episode is sure to open your eyes.


>> A BIG shout-out to our podcast sponsor this month— Lehman’s Hardware! https://bit.ly/PH-lehmans

They are your one-stop homesteading shop for EVERYTHING you need for an old-fashioned lifestyle. Use code JILLMAY for 10% all baking supplies! 

Don't forget to head on over to Lehman's and use the code JILLMAY for 10% off on their entire stock of baking supplies.

Links to articles mentioned in the episode:

>> If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com 

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

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May 13, 2020
118. My Current Favorite Homesteading Books
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Recently I’ve been sorting through my library of homesteading books.  I’ve read countless books over the years, but the ones that still remain on my shelf today are the one’s that I truly cherish.  Finding great homesteading books can be a pretty difficult task.  Many books tend to be more of a broad brush rather than digging into specific topic.  Listen today to find incredible reference books for extending your seasons, organic gardening, beef cows, cheese making, cookbooks, and everything in between.  No matter where you’re at in your homesteading journey, you are sure to find a valuable source of information you can implement immediately!

>> A BIG shout-out to our podcast sponsor this month— Lehman’s Hardware! ... ThePrairieHomestead.com/Lehmans

They are your one-stop homesteading shop for EVERYTHING you need for an old-fashioned lifestyle. Use code JILLMAY for 10% off of all baking supplies!

>> I list to all the books I mention in today's podcast at https://bookshop.org/shop/theprairiehomestead.

>> To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

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Don't forget to head on over to Lehman's and use the code JILLMAY for 10% off on their entire stock of baking supplies.

May 11, 2020
117. Tips for Growing Your Best Tomato Crop Yet
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Tomatoes are easily one of my favorite things to grow.  These versatile vegetables can be eaten off the vine, turned into pasta sauce, and so much more.  On today’s episode, I explain my preferred process for growing tomatoes and what I do to get the best yield.  Find out whether it’s best to plant your own seeds or buy them from the store.  Learn why you might be getting “leggy’ seedlings and what you should can do about them.  I also discuss some of the best companion plants you can put in your garden to boost the quality of both plants.

>> A BIG shout-out to our podcast sponsor this month— Lehman’s Hardware! https://bit.ly/PH-lehmans

They are your one-stop homesteading shop for EVERYTHING you need for an old-fashioned lifestyle. Use code JILLMAY for 10% all baking supplies! 

Don't forget to head on over to Lehman's and use the code JILLMAY for 10% off on their entire stock of baking supplies.

>> To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
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May 08, 2020
116. How We're Using Chicken Power on the Homestead This Year
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Just a few weeks ago, I made mention of our mission to increase our food production this year.  While I’ve already covered several topics regarding food production, chicken power is one we’ve never really utilized.  While this might be a foreign concept to some, it’s truly incredible how useful (and even entertaining) chickens can be on the homestead.  From disposing of food waste to pecking compost and even tilling sod, listen today to discover how these little birds are so much more than just efficient egg layers. 

>> A BIG shout-out to our podcast sponsor this month— Lehman’s Hardware! https://bit.ly/PH-lehmans

They are your one-stop homesteading shop for EVERYTHING you need for an old-fashioned lifestyle. Use code JILLMAY for 10% all baking supplies! 

Don't forget to head on over to Lehman's and use the code JILLMAY for 10% off on their entire stock of baking supplies.

>> To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
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May 06, 2020
115. How We Breed & Calve Our Milk Cows
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In one of the more exciting developments on the homestead over the past couple months, we have calves!  For many  of you, the idea of dairy producing animals might be completely foreign.  On today’s episode, I’m here to demystify the process of breeding milk cows.  I cover topics such as artificial insemination, when and how to begin the milking process, and how to ensure you wind up with heifers.   Listen to find out how were dealing with our new calves and discover why beef bulls can be used for breeding purposes, but it’s not the ideal solution in the long-term.  If you’ve ever been interested in adding dairy animals to your homestead but have no idea where to start, this episode is sure to get the wheels churning. 


>> A BIG shout-out to our podcast sponsor this month— Lehman’s Hardware! https://bit.ly/PH-lehmans

They are your one-stop homesteading shop for EVERYTHING you need for an old-fashioned lifestyle. Use code JILLMAY for 10% all baking supplies! 

Don't forget to head on over to Lehman's and use the code JILLMAY for 10% off on their entire stock of baking supplies.

>> Make safe, natural udder balms & teat sprays for your milk cows & goats at home with my free handbook! https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/homedairyrecipes

>> To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
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May 04, 2020
114. Cold Frames, Greenhouses, High Tunnels...Which Do You Choose?
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After nearly 10 years of talking about it, we’re finally taking the plunge.  As discussed in previous episodes about increasing food production, now is the time to put a greenhouse on our homestead.  In all honesty, I’ve been getting tired of the short growing seasons we have here in Wyoming.  On today’s episode I share the in-depth research I’ve performed over the past couple months on different ways to extend your growing season.  Whether it’s a cold frame, a greenhouse, a low tunnel, or a high tunnel, today’s discussion will help you determine what option is the best for you and your climate. 


A BIG shout-out to our podcast sponsor this month— Lehman’s Hardware! https://bit.ly/PH-lehmans

They are your one-stop homesteading shop for EVERYTHING you need for an old-fashioned lifestyle. Use code JILLMAY for 10% all baking supplies! 

>> Don't forget to head on over to Lehman's and use the code JILLMAY for 10% off on their entire stock of baking supplies.

>>To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
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May 01, 2020
113. What We Learned from Having our Garden Soil Tested
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If there’s one positive to come out of our current situation, it’s the incredible surge of interest in gardening.  Now more than ever, people are realizing the importance of growing and producing their own food.  As any veteran gardener knows. your soil is perhaps the most important factor when it comes to successfully growing your own food.  While it’s not necessary for everyone to get their soil tested, on today’s episode I explain when and why you should do it, where you can get it done, and what you should do with the results.  Finally, I explain what happens when you have high levels of nitrogen or carbon and what can be down without it.  Whether you’re a veteran gardener or a total novice, this episode is a must listen! 

Testing resources referenced in this episode:
Colorado State University Soil Testing Lab
Crop Services International
International Ag Lab

>> To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

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Apr 29, 2020
112. When Homesteading Kicks You in the Gut
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While most parts of homesteading are extremely fun and rewarding, it’s not all sunshine and roses.  Sometimes I make mistakes.  Sometimes Christian and I face serious challenges that simply aren’t pleasant to deal with.  If you’ve been listening to the podcast or reading the blog over the past couple months, you’d know that we’ve been working on breeding goats.  When my daughter Mesa went to check on the goats this week, she discovered something tragic.  It turns out our goat had given birth to triplets, but all three had passed away.  Listen to find out how we’ve been dealing with this horrible situation and how we’re going to ensure this doesn’t happen in the future. 

>> To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

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Apr 27, 2020
111. Plant These for a Quick Harvest
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For a long time, I’ve lived under the belief that gardening season in Wyoming runs from June to September.  In the midst of the Covid-19 epidemic I’ve been obsessively reading about new and different approaches to gardening that quite frankly have blown my past beliefs to pieces.  Today I’m dishing out my favorite new tips and tricks that I’ve learned over the past couple weeks and explain what I’m getting ready to implement in my own garden.  Learn how to always have a constant, quick supply of greens, root vegetables, and much more.  This is a great episode for anyone looking to bolster their food security for the coming months and beyond. 

>>The Ultimate Guide For Growing Sprouts:  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2020/03/growing-sprouts.html

>> To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
>> Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead
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Apr 24, 2020
110. How I'm Surviving Quarantine
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It’s a rather interesting time to be alive, isn’t it?  Even though I tend to spend a lot of time at home under normal circumstances, the current state of the world has made it even more extreme.  Even though I haven’t been going anywhere, it feels like I have even less time than ever before.  Are you feeling that way as well?  After getting too caught up in things I have no control over, I knew it was time to refocus and make a change.  Now I’m focusing on distancing myself from the devices and honing in on more productive activities like reading, cleaning, and tending to our calves.  If you’ve been feeling off because of everything going on in the world, tune in today to refocus and find clarity to push forward through these trying time.

>> To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
>> Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead
>> Follow Jill on Facebook: http://facebook.com/theprairiehomestead



Apr 22, 2020
109. The Inside Story on Getting Chicks
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Somehow, someway, more chicks have found their way onto our homestead.  In the name of food security and the uncertainty surrounding our current time, I broke a promise I made to myself just a couple weeks ago.  If you’re feeling that same itch or you have yet to purchase chicks this season, I’m here to give you a thorough rundown on the best practices when it comes to finding the right chicks to suit your needs.  Learn about some specialty items like heat plates, heat lamps, electrolyte solutions, and much more.  I promise, this is it for the chicks! 

>>  My homemade electrolyte recipe:   https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2017/02/homemade-electrolyte-recipe-chicks.html
>> To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
>> Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead
>> Follow Jill on Facebook: http://facebook.com/theprairiehomestead



Apr 20, 2020
108. What's Working for Blogs in 2020
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While this most certainly is a homestead focused show, the whole reason I’ve been able to sustain and grow my homestead is because I took the time to establish other businesses.  Whether you’re currently pursuing another business or have been thinking about venturing out on your own, growing an online presence is a necessity at this point.  Case in point, many of you listening arrived at my podcast only after following my blog, my website, or my social accounts.  On today’s episode I address the most important aspects of starting and growing a blog.  This means finding your purpose, deciding the type of blog you want to run, and what you share with the world.  If you’re ready to shift your blog into high gear, click play now! 

>> Are you interested in my mentoring program I mentioned on the show?  Email me at jill@theprairiehomestead.com to see if you’re a good fit!

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
>> Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead
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Apr 17, 2020
107. Flour Shortages, Grain Mills, & Whole Wheat
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Have you ever discovered a forgotten piece of equipment at just the right time?  With the madness going on at the grocery, I stumbled upon an old dusty grain mill.  While I’ve stuck to all-purpose flour for quite some time, our current circumstances have forced a slight pivot in terms of the grains I use.  If you’ve never used a grain mill and you find yourself running out of flour, this episode will help you find several options to fortify your wheat supply.  You’ll learn about the different types of grain mills, where to buy wheat berries, how to lengthen the life of your flour, when you can (and can’t) use whole wheat flour, and so much more. 

>> If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
>> Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead
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Apr 15, 2020
106. You're Not a Homesteader if You Have a Microwave
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What is and isn’t a homesteader?  If you’re anything like me, this question has weighed on your mind at one point or another.  To be honest, the deeper I dove into this topic, I quickly realized how difficult it is to define what homesteading is.  I’ve come to find that homesteading is less about certain behaviors or checking off certain boxes and more about living by a mindset and a lifestyle.  Listen today to find out what that is. 

>> Click here to get my special master-pack:  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/masterpack

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
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Apr 13, 2020
105. ALL Your Sourdough Questions: Answered!
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Time and time again, I get inundated with questions about sourdough.  On this very special episode (which was broadcast live on Facebook) I answer every sourdough question you could throw my way.  We cover everything from why sourdough starter separates, why it molds, how to tell if sourdough is active, and everything in between.  If you’ve ever had any questions as to why your sourdough isn’t panning out, then today is your lucky day! 

>> Click here to get my special master-pack:  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/masterpack

>> My sourdough recipe https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2020/04/sourdough-bread-recipe.html

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
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Apr 10, 2020
104. How I'd Boost our Food Security if I had NO Homestead
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During uncertain times, basic survival needs like food security become a topic of daily discussion.  While I realize homesteading is essentially preparing us for times like these, not everyone that listens to this podcast are on a homestead.  Many of you live in a city or in suburbs and don’t have a ton of extra space.  Today I’m here to lay out what I’d do if I had to start over in the suburbs.  Learn the essential vegetables to grow, why you need to own a grain mill, and how I’d stock my pantry.  Find out why one of the most important things you can do to boost your food security is developing and maintaining relationships with local farmers and food producers.   

>> Get complimentary access to my full library of resources for homesteaders like you at  http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow.

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
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Apr 08, 2020
103. We're Ramping Up Food Production This Year. Here's Why:
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Lately it seems Christian and I have been talking a lot about our dreams for the homestead.  More than anything, we’ve realized we share a strong desire to increase our food production this year.  Listen today as we take our vision well beyond just adding more chickens and cows.  We’re taking steps to further protect our crops from hail and other natural elements to preserve our final yield.  Most important, we’re taking steps to produce more food to help provide for our community.  During this uncertain time, find out why I think all of us homesteaders need to take a look at ourselves and ask how we can help our communities.

>> Get complimentary access to my full library of resources for homesteaders like you at  http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow.

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
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Apr 06, 2020
102. State of the Homestead: Spring 2020
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On today’s episode, I’m taking a bit of a departure from my traditional format to dive into the present state of our homestead.  I cover everything from prepping raised beds, meat chickens, what we’re doing with our milking setup, and so much more.  While we might still be waiting for the cold weather and the snow to pass, things are slowly starting to ramp up in our world.  Let’s get ready for spring!

>> Click here to get my special master-pack:  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/masterpack

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
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Apr 03, 2020
101. Is This Your Year to Raise Meat Chickens?
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The chicks are here!  Yes, it’s that time of year.  Last year we were a bit behind the eight ball and missed out on meat chickens.  Not this time my friend.  If you’ve ever wanted to raise meat chickens but have yet to take the plunge, this episode is for you.  I dive deep into what makes a great meat chickens, why you shouldn’t let your chickens grow too fast, what to feed your chicken, and so much more.  Listen today to get a jumpstart on your meat chicken journey! 

LINKS: 

>> How to Raise Meat Birds: https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2017/05/raising-meat-chickens.html,
>> How to Butcher a Chicken: https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2016/07/how-to-butcher-a-chicken.html

>> Click here to get my special master-pack:  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/masterpack

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
>> Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead
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Apr 01, 2020
100. How To Can Dry Beans
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With everything going on in the world today, it’s important to always check back in on some basics.  For everyone that has followed me for any period of time, you’d know canning is easily one of my favorite things when it comes to homesteading.  I know what many are you thinking right now:  why can dry beans?  On today’s episode I’m going to explain the many benefits of canning dry beans as well as share my favorite canning method.

LINKS:
>> Step-by-Step Tutorial: https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2013/04/how-to-can-dry-beans.html
>> How to Use a Pressure Canner: https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2012/08/how-to-use-a-pressure-canner-part-1.html
>> Canning Made Easy eBook: https://www.learnhowtocan.com/learntocan331463029

>> Click here to get my special master-pack:  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/masterpack

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
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Mar 30, 2020
99. What to do with an Excess of Eggs
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What do you do when everything goes as you hoped, or perhaps even better than you hoped?  While it’s great to be able to produce our own food on the homestead, sometimes we find ourselves with a perishable bounty that needs to be dealt with.  On today’s episode, I explain how I’m dealing with an excess of eggs.  While selling some is always an option, listen to find out how I use this abundance in order to inspire new dishes.  I also share some of my favorite preservation techniques so you can still enjoy your eggs when they’re off-season.  If you have chickens on your homestead, this episode is a must listen! 


Links from show: 

>> https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2016/03/ways-use-extra-eggs.html
>> Butterscotch Pudding Recipe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lu5bgXg0eo
>> Hard Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot: https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2016/04/instant-pot-hard-boiled-eggs.html
>> Homemade Pasta Recipe: https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2015/02/homemade-pasta-recipe.html
>> Puffy Pancake Recipe: https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2015/10/apple-puff-pancake-recipe.html
>> How to Freeze Eggs: https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2011/10/how-to-freeze-eggs.html


>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
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Mar 27, 2020
98. Strategies for the Unexpected Homeschooler
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Seemingly in the blink of an eye, the world became homeschoolers.  For some of you listening, it’s business as usual.  For others?  Full time panic mode has ensued.  Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a rookie doing this for the first time, I’m here to offer some guidance that anyone can use regardless of experience.  I explore some of the most common issues people have when it comes to homeschooling (hint:  you don’t have to be perfect) and offer solutions that are sure to ease some stress.  Rest assured, most of these ideas are extremely simple and require zero expense.  I’m excited to share these ideas with you, and I know they’ll have a positive impact on your homeschooling experience. 

Links from show: 

>> Click here to get my special master-pack:  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/masterpack

>>Click Here to order Janice VanCleave’s ‘Awesome, Magical, Bizarre, & Incredible Experiments’


>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
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Mar 25, 2020
97. What Covid-19 Means for Homesteaders
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To say the world is full of uncertainty is a bit of an understatement at the moment.  We’re living in some uncharted waters as a country and as humans in general.  I for one can say my mind has been spinning over the past couple weeks.  Even with the craziness in the world, the events of the past few weeks has reassured me the choice we made to begin the homesteading journey.  Not only are we in a position to produce for for our family, but if it’s needed, we can help the community and inspire others to adopt some of our ways.  As you listen today, I’d like for you to keep this in mind; we have a responsibility to help and share knowledge in this time of need.  How can you help? 


Links from show: 

>> Click here to get my special master-pack:  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/masterpack

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
>> Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead
>> Follow Jill on Facebook: http://facebook.com/theprairiehomestead



Mar 23, 2020
96. How NOT to Re-Season a Cast Iron Skillet
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Have you ever tried to save a piece of cast iron and found yourself in way too deep?  This was my story just last week.  After staring at a skillet in my kitchen for years, I finally decided to do something about it.  After testing several  different solutions, most unsuccessfully, I stumbled upon something that finally worked!  Listen today to find out how coconut oil, lard, or flaxseed oil might be your savior when it comes to that old, beat up skillet. 

Links from show: 

>> My cast iron fix:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gYzcfEth34&t=331s

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
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Mar 20, 2020
95. How I Learned How to Homestead
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Contrary to popular belief, I wasn’t born into the homestead life.  If you go back and listen to some of my first episodes you can get the full story on how Christian and I caught the homestead bug.  In the end, learning how to homestead has been nothing more than an insatiable desire to learn and taking massive imperfect action everyday.  Listen today as I dig into some of my favorite places to gather information.  I know some of you will be inspired to take some action of your own.  

Links from show: 

>>Ready to start a garden of your very own?  Head to https://www.theprariehomestead.com/gardenplan to grab my comprehensive garden planning guide!

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
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Mar 18, 2020
94. Is it Possible to Grow Food in a Shady Garden Spot?
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While we’d all love an open, sunny spot to plant our garden, the reality of it is some things are beyond our control.  Rest assured, a shady spot doesn’t always mean a death sentence.  On today’s episode, I explain how it's possible to grow a garden even without ideal sunlight.   

Links from show: 

>>Blog Post: https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2020/02/vegetables-that-grow-in-the-shade.html

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.
>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com
>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead

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Mar 16, 2020
93. How to Start Your Own Seeds
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Have you ever jumped head first into starting seeds and quickly find yourself overwhelmed?  Trust me, when I first started expanding my garden I was right there with you.  The truth is that this will always be the case unless you build a system for planting seeds.  Well my friends, with the days getting longer and the air outside feeling a bit different, it’s finally time to start the seeds.  Today I’m going to walk you through my own system for starting seeds, complete with full instructions so you can tame this beast once and for all.  If you want to find out what coconuts and aluminum foil have to do with getting your garden ready for the spring, listen to this episode now! 


Links from show: 

>>https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2016/02/seed-starting-guide.html
>>https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2016/03/seed-starting-system.html

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
>> Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead
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Mar 11, 2020
92. How I Find Meal Inspiration When I'm in a Rut
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While I love to cook, at times it can become a drag.  With everything we have going on with the kids, our various businesses, and the responsibilities of running a homestead, at times I end to fallback on the tried-and-true recipes that my family has loved throughout the years.  While this might be easy and efficient, things tend to get stale over time.  On today’s episode I’m here to share some of my favorite ways on how to shake the funk and get the creative juices flowing.  Whether it’s finding new ways to cook old recipes, committing to cooking at last one new meal per week, or buying some new herbs you’ve never tried, there’s always a way to get yourself out of a rut. 


Links from show: 

>>If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com 
>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
>> Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead
>> Follow Jill on Facebook: http://facebook.com/theprairiehomestead


Mar 09, 2020
91. Whats the Best Method for Starting Your Garden?
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It’s no secret by now.  If you’ve been listening at all to the podcast lately, you’d know that I’ve got gardening on my mind.  I’ve said i many times before but I’ll say it once again; gardening is likely a close second on my “what I love about homesteading list”, trailing only the animals.  Wha’s the best news out of all this win it comes to gardening?  It’s far easier than you think.  Listen to today’s show to find out why and gain some valuable tips on how you can get started today! 

Links from show: 

>> DIY Seed Starting System: https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2016/03/seed-starting-system.html
>>My Seed Starting Guide: https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2016/02/seed-starting-guide.html
>>Seed Starting Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hN40KJ5Cp3E&t=2s

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
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Mar 06, 2020
90. How to Garden in a Cold Climate
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Between late frosts in the spring, early frosts in the fall, blizzards in the middle of May, and everything in between, Wyoming is one of the most difficult climates you’ll find to grow a garden.  So I do I combat this every year?  I focus on understanding the frost cycle and only grow what will thrive in our zone.  I start seeds inside to capitalize on prime growing season.  Learn why you should be leery of the big box stores and why working with local suppliers who know your zone is crucial.  If you’ve thought gardening was impossible in your area, this show is an absolute must listen!

>>Click here to access your very own raised bed guide!  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/raisedbedguide

>>Ready to kick your growing into high gear?  I’ve put together a comprehensive seed staring guide which can be found here:  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2016/02/seed-starting-guide.html

>>Garden Printables and My Favorite Vegetables. Find them here: 
www.theprairiehomestead.com/gardenplan  

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
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Mar 04, 2020
89. My 5 Favorite Ways to Use Up Sourdough Discard
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Believe it or not, many of the best ways to use up leftover sourdough starter have nothing to do with baking bread.  If you’ve ever wondered what to do with your leftover sourdough starter, then this is the episode you’ve been waiting for.  Join me on today’s show where you’ll learn my top 5 favorite discard recipes, including pancakes, waffles, and biscuits.  So slow your roll, don’t ditch that dough, and find out how to take advantage of that discard in this incredibly helpful episode.

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
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Mar 02, 2020
88. Is It More Noble to Be a Broke Homesteader?
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I’m not going to lie.  This episode is likely to ruffle some feathers.  However, this is a topic that’s been weighing on my mind for quite some time.  On various videos or social media posts, I’ve received a number of questions about how Christian and I have been able to afford our homestead.  Many assume we come from a wealthy background, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.  I’m here to explain how we found a small property, got out of debt, worked odd jobs, and built our homestead overtime.  Let me tell you, it’s incredible how creative you can get when you want it bad enough. 

>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.

>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com

>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead
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Feb 28, 2020
87. The Scoop on Horses for Your Homestead
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If you’ve been listening or following me for a while, you’d know that it was horses that actually spurred my initial interest in homesteading.  While most people wouldn’t consider a horse as a traditional ‘homestead’ animal, I’ve found that they hold a very special place in our daily lives.  On today’s episode, I explain how to make sure you’re getting the right type of horse for you and your family.  More important, I explain why a horse is NOT your dog. 

>>Get complimentary access to my full library of resources for homesteaders like you at  http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow.

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Feb 26, 2020
86. How I "Do It All"
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Thanks to social media, I might appear to be some type of super woman.  The truth of the matter is, Instagram and Facebook posts never tell the full story no matter how transparent I try to be.  I’m able to “Do It All” because I’ve become extremely efficient with time management and have realized that I simply can’t do it all.  On today’s episode, I explain how things like finding help, saying no, and blocking time have enabled me to not only become super productive, but also free up more time in order to pursue other things that fill me up. 

• If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com 

Feb 24, 2020
85. How to Care for Your Wooden Kitchen Tools
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Innovation and technology serve us in so many different ways.  Whether it’s making things more convenient, easier, or faster, new tools and techniques allow us to live our lives in different ways.  Needless to say, new isn’t always better.  When it comes to the kitchen, wooden kitchen tools still reign supreme on the Winger homestead.  On today’s episode, I expand on why these phenomenal tools deserve a place in your kitchen.  I explain what you need to do in order to properly clean and care for your wooden utensils.  I also discuss the most common myth with wood in the kitchen (hint: bacteria) and provide some information that’s likely to shock you. 

Links Mentioned On Podcast:
• Spoon Butter Blog:  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2018/01/homemade-spoon-butter-recipe.html
• Old World Kitchen: https://www.poldersoldworldmarket.com
• If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com 

Feb 21, 2020
84. What I'm Reading This Winter
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Winter on the homestead has become one of my favorite times of the year.  It’s that special time of year when I can come inside, cozy up next to the fire with a warm drink, and lose myself in good book.  On today’s episode I’m sharing what I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the winter.  I’m also sharing my favorite sources of reading material, including new and used books, audio books, magazines, and more.  What are you reading this year?  Drop me a comment and share what you’re excited to read in the coming months.  I’m always looking for new suggestions. 

Links Mentioned In Show:
My Scribd: https://www.scribd.com/g/xra4m
AbeBooks:  www.abebooks.com

Feb 19, 2020
83. The 4 Types of Homesteaders
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Personal development has been an essential tool over the years.  Looking back, I realize that some of the assesments I’ve taken have provided the biggest opportunities for growth.  They help point out common personality characteristics and their underlying tendencies.  On today’s episode, I’m proud to present a creation of very own.  See if you identiy with any of these 4 types of Homesteaders.  How can this information help you?

Get complimentary access to my full library of resources for homesteaders like you at  http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow.

Feb 17, 2020
82. 7 Practical Ways We Save Time on the Homestead
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Do you ever reach the end of the day and wonder where all your time went?  Do you look at your “to-do’s” and wonder how you’ll ever get it all done?  Fitting the homestead lifestyle into the speed of the modern day world can create some serious problems.  When it comes down to it, there’s little we can do to speed up the pace of mother nature.  This means as homesteaders that we need to focus on time management in the areas of life that we can control.  On today’s episode I share 7 of my favorite ways to save time both short-term and long-term.  Some of these tips will require a bit of setup but will make your life so much easier in the long-run. 

Get complimentary access to my full library of resources for homesteaders like you at  http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow.

Feb 14, 2020
81. What I'm Planting in my Garden This Year
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One of my favorite days of the year has arrived.  The seeds for my garden showed up!  If you’re anything like me, you’re in full-on garden prep mode.  On a recent episode, I discussed my long-term love for heirloom seeds.  On today’s episode, I dive deep into what I have planned for my garden this year.  From broccoli to peppers to spinach and everything in between, I explain why I’m planting each of these crops and why some may-or-may not work for you.  I also share an important lesson that I learned over the years:  plant what you eat, not what you think you should. 

Click here to check out my favorite organic pest control spray.
Click here to access your very own raised bed guide!   

Feb 12, 2020
80. How We're Staying Healthy This Winter
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Natural health remedies seem to share a certain distinction when it comes to health care.  While that may be the case, we’ve found many different herbs and essential oils to be a key component of maintaining good health.  On today’s episode, I explore the different tactics that I’m utilizing with my family.  This involves everything, including simple habits like getting more sleep and eating less sugar to how to maintain proper gut health.  You’ll also get my opinion on the ever important hand-sanitizer debate.  If you’re seeking some extra things you can do to help maintain the health of you and your family, you’ve come to the right place. 

LINKS:
My Essential Oil Ebook: https://bit.ly/39m3Sn4
LivOn Lipo-Spheric Vitamin C: https://amzn.to/2GWjlxS
The Digestive Ezymes I Use: https://bit.ly/39rYMpx
The Probiotic I Use: https://bit.ly/2UIvgHM
On Guard Products: https://bit.ly/37lCuEw

Feb 10, 2020
79. Why Canning Safety is Important
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Few things that strike greater fear into the heart of a homesteader than the word botulism. If you’re anything like me, you’ve come to have a healthy respect for canning safety due to the potential serious consequences of improper canning.  On today’s episode I detail why recipes that contain dairy, flour, and high levels of fat shouldn’t be canned.  You’ll also learn why canning is the one place in the kitchen where you don’t want to mess around with changing a recipe. 

•  Ready to take lap into the incredible world of canning?  Check out my in-depth canning course that will provide you will all the knowledge to do it right.  Click to check it out. 

Click here to join the Homestead Recipe’s & Heritage Cooking Facebook Group 

Feb 07, 2020
78. Why Aren't My Chickens Laying Eggs?
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I don’t know about you, but we are in the dead of winter out here in Wyoming.  Inevitably during this time of year, our chickens just don’t produce the same amount of eggs as they normally do.  While the weather is certainly a factor, the are a number of possible reasons why your chicken isn’t producing.  If you’re ready to figure out how light, age, molting, and so much more have the potential to dramatically shift the production you’re getting out of your chickens.  Don’t worry my friends.  I’m not here to just point out problems.  I’m here to offer solutions.  If you’re someone who’s dealt with the frustration of a broody hen, this episode is a must listen.! 

•  If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

•  Ready to dig into even more information on dealing with broody hens?  Click this link to head over to the blog post I wrote on this topic!  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2018/11/broody-hens.html

Feb 05, 2020
77. How Frugality Can Hurt Your Homestead
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Frugality is something that I’ve always seen as an admirable quality.  As most of you know, this is how I grew up and how Christian and I generally live our lives.  Believe it or not, there are times where frugality can hurt you.  Today I’m going to address two specific warning signs that frugality is getting the best of you.  While I’m not here to preach a right-or-wrong way of doing things, I am encouraging you to take a look at your own habits and behaviors to see if these warning signs are getting the best of you.  It’s incredible the amount of stress you can relieve with a few minor changes.  This is a must listen for all my frugal homesteaders out there. 

• To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

Feb 03, 2020
76. How to Start Your Very First Garden
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Have you ever dreamed of starting your own garden but have no idea on where to start?  You are in luck my friends.  Starting a garden can be extremely intimidating for any first timer.  This episode provides a ground-up plan that is so simple anyone can get into the game.  I cover key aspects like checking your gardening zone, what equipment you’ll need, types of seeds, and the benefits of soil testing. 

• To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

•  Check out my blog about soil testing and see how this can affect what you can grow in your garden https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2018/04/test-garden-soil.html

Jan 31, 2020
75. Should You Use Nitrates in Home-Cured Meats?
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For quite some time I was terrified of nitrates.  In all honesty, it was a big source of anxiety for a long time.  This didn’t relent until sometime last year when I started digging deep into the truth behind nitrates.  Come to find out, nitrates aren’t all that bad.  Many are even naturally occurring in our favorite meats.  Today’s episode is dedicated to busting nitrate related myths and reassuring you that they in fact are not carcinogenic.  Be sure to check out the links below for some incredible information I found regarding this very subject!        

•  If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com 

•  Chris Kresser: The Nitrate and Nitrite Myth Click to read
•  The North American Meat Institute: Meat Curing & Sodium Nitrite Click to read
•  Michael Ruhlman: The No-Nitrates Added Hoax Click to read

Jan 29, 2020
74. How Do I Afford To Buy Land
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Perhaps the biggest road block anyone faces on the homesteading journey is trying to figure out how to buy land.  It’s such a big issue that it prevents most people from considering the homestead life in the first place.  On today’s episode, I explain several strategies that we utilized in order to make our homesteading life work.  Beyond simple strategies like cleaning up debt and working extra jobs, I explain why the correct mindset can power your through any barrier keeping you from living the homestead life.  Today we’re going to focus on asking ourselves ‘what if’? 

• To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.



Jan 27, 2020
73. Why & How I Use Heirloom Seeds in my Garden
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 As a gardening fanatic, one of my favorite times of the year has arrived.  I don’t know about you, but when my seed catalogs arrive at the beginning of the year I find it hard to contain myself.  About seven years ago I started using heirloom seeds exclusively.  Why did I make the switch?  On today’s episodes I dive into many different reasons why I prefer heirloom seeds and the characteristics that make them different from traditional seeds.  I even provide my two favorite resources for heirloom seeds.  If you’ve ever been curious about heirlooms, this episode will give you everything that you need to know to get started on your journey.

• To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

My Two Favorite Sources For Heirloom Seeds:
True Leaf Market:  trueleafmarket.com
Rare Seeds:  rareseeds.com

Jan 24, 2020
72. How to Make Your Own Sourdough Starter
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I’ve failed in nearly every way imaginable attempting to make sourdough.  So why would you listen to me?  I’ve taken the lumps so you don’t have to.  On today’s episode, I’m walking you step-by-step through my favorite way to make a sourdough starter.  Not only have I found this method to be extremely effective, but you’ll be amazed at how simple this process really is.  I’m here to show you that heritage cooking doesn’t always have to be difficult. 

•  If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com 

Jan 22, 2020
71. Homesteading with Kids: How We Do It
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While I thought that some people might question how we pull off homesteading with kids, it turns out this is one of the most-asked questions among listeners.   The truth is, it has everything to do with our parenting style.  While I’m sure there are people who will disagree with some of our ideals, this is just me explaining what works for our family on the homestead.  It’s not perfect by any means, but our ultimate focus is to get our kids comfortable with being uncomfortable, teach them how to deal with challenges, let them learn how to entertain themselves, and so much more. 

• To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

Jan 20, 2020
70. Are the Old Ways Gone Forever?
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With the rapid evolution of technology and modern conveniences in our society, it’s easy to ask if the old ways are falling to the wayside.  While it’s true that some things are bound to disappear, it’s also true that from the hustle of New York City to the calm of the Wyoming countryside, more-and-more people are discovering homesteading each and every day.  It might not be a full-on homestead as you and I know it to be, but people are growing their own food and raising animals despite their location and climate restrictions.  Even with the growth of society at large, today I discuss why I don’t see the old ways disappearing anytime soon. 

• To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

Jan 17, 2020
69. Your First Cast Iron Pan- What You Need to Know
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Cast iron can be intimidating.  With all of the misinformation floating around, it’s easy to understand why some avoid it all together.  Cast iron is by far my favorite way to cook, but it can present some real challenges for any new user.  Today we cover the difference between standard cast iron, enamel coated cast-iron, when you should and shouldn’t season your pan, what to do with a pre-seasoned pan, some brands to check out, and so much more.  I explain what to look out for with garage sale and Goodwill finds, and I also go why you basically can’t go wrong with any cast iron.  If you’ve been wanting to get into the cast iron game but didn’t know where to start.  This episode is specifically for you. 

•  If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com 



Jan 15, 2020
68. How I Shop for Organic Food in a Rural Area
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While I absolutely LOVE living in the country, there are certainly some challenges you have to deal with.  One of the biggest challenges is grocery shopping.  While we do grow and produce many different food items on our homestead, due to our growing seasons and climate restrictions it simply isn’t possible to produce everything we need on our own.  So how do we cope?  I’m glad you asked!  On today’s episode I’m going to layout my method for supplementing our own produce with market and store bought items, big box stores, online marketplaces, and much, much more. 

• To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.



Jan 13, 2020
67. I'm Not Sure I Like the Name Homesteading Anymore
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Yes.  I said it.  I don’t like ‘homesteading' anymore.  When I first got involved with ‘homesteading’, the word carried a certain endearing quality.  It somehow encompassed the animals, the open fields, the freedom, and the community.  Most of all, ‘homesteading’ represented being a bit of a maverick.  In the very beginning there weren’t that many homesteaders.  Today, it seems everyone is taking their shot at homesteading.  No longer is what we call homesteading confined to the farm in Wyoming.  All across the U.S. and all around the globe people are diving into what I’m now referring to as an old-fashioned lifestyle.  Listen today to find out exactly what I mean by this and how you can get involved now. 

• To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.



Jan 10, 2020
66. My Non-Fancy Homeschool Routine
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On previous episodes, I’ve discussed how homeschooling has reaped massive benefits in my life.  I’ve even discussed how my children are benefitting from the exact same practice.  On today’s episode I’m here to pull back the curtain on how Christian and I homeschool our children.  I discuss everything including schedules, books we use, the main differences between homeschooling and public schooling, and so much more.   

• To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

Jan 08, 2020
65. What's In My Everyday Preparedness Pantry
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When it comes to homesteading, one of the most overlooked essentials is a well-stocked pantry.  Whether it’s an unexpected road closure, a blizzard, or a few additional guests, planning for the unexpected is sure to save you time and stress.  On today’s episode, I walk you through the absolute must-haves from my very own pantry.  Learn why to buy meat in bulk, what fats I always keep on hand, and so much more. 


• To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

Jan 06, 2020
64. The Most Important Thing I've Taught My Kids
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It seems that today that many kids lack one of the most important skills that leads to long term success in every area of life.  This of course is creativity.  It seems that creativity could be getting stifled by the evolution of technology.  As things become easier and easier to access at the push of a button, we’re filling our free time with mindless activities that don’t allow for precious boredom to set in.  Creativity essential to develop is because it teaches us how to solve problems, how to deal with failure, and how to overcome obstacles.  Listen today to find out how I’m personally developing my own creativity and how my kids are as well. 


• To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

Jan 03, 2020
63. I'm Not Hiding Anymore
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Intentionally or unintentionally, sometimes we can hide parts of ourselves that others would really like to see.  If you follow me on social media or any of the other places my brand shows up to the world, it might be easy to assume that I always live some perfect curated life.  The truth is, we all have things about ourselves that might surprise other people.  On today’s episode, I’m here to share some things about myself that I’ve never openly talked about.  I’m sure that this episode will turn some people off and that’s fine.  today’s all about releasing things that you’ve been suppressing and shifting into the truest version of yourself. 


Jan 01, 2020
62. My End-of-the-Year Rituals
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Once again we’ve arrived at that magical time of the year.  The special time where hope springs eternal and a new year is upon us.  I’ve always loved this last week of the year because it gives me the opportunity to reflect on the past year and plan what’s to come.  On today’s episode, I layout the steps I always take to ensure I’m ready for success going into the new year.  

• To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.


Dec 30, 2019
61. Do You Need a Heat Lamp for Your Chickens?
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One of the most common questions when it comes to homesteading is “What do you do to keep the animals warm in the winter?”  Naturally, our first instinct is to grab lamps or other forms of heating elements.  The thing that most of us forget is that the vast majority or animals are designed to withstand the cold own their own.  Above anything else, animals just need a way to get out of the wind and a way to stay dry.  On today’s episode I’m going to explain what we do in our coop and provide the essential elements need for ever coop. 

•  To grab Harvey Ussery’s book 'The Small-Scale Poultry Flock’ that was mentioned in the episode, click here!


Dec 27, 2019
60. How I Grew my Homestead Blog into a Full-Time Income
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Looking back on how things started, it’s truly quite incredible to reflect on how I arrived at the point.  For anyone that has followed for any length of time, you’d know that my entire venture into entrepreneurship started with a blog.  When I first started, I had no intention of making money.  All I really wanted to do was tell my story.  It wasn’t until a friend reached out to me asking for advice that I realized the possibilities that were in front of me.  If you’ve ever wondered where I got my start and how I’ve progressed in the business world, this is the episode you’ve been waiting for.  I can only hope that this inspires you to start a journey of your own. 

•  If you have your own business or are looking to start one, this might be just the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.  I’m opening up a few slots in my mentorship program for people serious about growing their business.  If that’s you, email me at Jill@theprairiehomestead.com for more info. 

Dec 23, 2019
59. Choosing Hard But Good
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Modern life is convenient, but is this always a good thing?  Generally speaking, if something is becoming easier, quality is likely being sacrificed in the process.  As things become easier, we become more-and-more comfortable.  We become complacent and eventually stop growing.  While I’m not here today to bash technology and all of our wonderful modern conveniences, today I’m here to explain why taking on a challenge is essential for our long-term growth.  For me, it’s chopping firewood in the cold.  What is it for you?  

•  If you’re ready to start cooking and eating like a farmer no matter where you live, head to http://www.heritagecookingclass.com to get three of the best videos from my Heritage Cooking course.




Dec 20, 2019
58. How & Why We Heat Our Home with Wood
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Winter in Wyoming means frequent trips outside to grab firewood for our wood stove.  So why heat with wood in the first place?  Economy, efficiency, and independence highlight the incredible benefits of heating your home with a wood stove.  While I do profess the use of wood, there are a number of things you need to consider before jumping in and installing a wood stove in your home.  Man sure to check out the link below for even more information! 

• Want to see how Christian and I installed the wood stove on our homestead?  Check out this link to see the whole process!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhXSfmX-URg

• To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.






Dec 18, 2019
57. Homesteading in Wyoming: Pros & Cons
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Although I was born in Idaho, I still call Wyoming my home.  Wyoming is an incredible place, but before you pack up the chickens and head this way, I’m here to explain the good, the bad, and the ugly about homesteading in Wyoming.  In today’s episode I describe why your diet can affect where you choose to establish a homestead, why weather needs to be a serious consideration, and how to determine the ideal situation based on your needs.  If you’re still sitting on the sidelines when it comes to homesteading, this episode will provide a number of important things to consider before jumping in. 

• To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

Dec 16, 2019
56. How We Care for Our Livestock in the Winter
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Depending on the part of the country you’re in, you’re likely finding yourself in the thick of winter.  While I’ve learned to love some of the winter moments, there are several keys you must keep in mind to ensure your animals stay safe throughout the cold months.  On today’s episode, I layout how we stay prepped for the rough weather.  This includes anything from shelter, watering systems, adjusted feeding schedules, and so much more.  No matter if you’re a seasoned pro or a homestead newbie, you’re sure to take a lot of value from this podcast. 

• To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

Dec 13, 2019
55. My No-Fuss Cast Iron Care Routine
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As I detailed in a past episode, there’s a lot of misinformation and folklore when it comes to cast iron.  This incredible cookware is a staple in my kitchen and it deserves a special place in yours as well.  For anyone who has been intimidated by cast iron in the past, this episode will not only ease your fears, it’ll give you the confidence to use cast iron on a regular basis.  I even explain how I cook scrambled eggs in cast iron!  Tune in to find out how to start utilizing this amazing tool in your kitchen. 

•  If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com 

Dec 11, 2019
54. How I Learned to Love Winter
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Are you dreading the oncoming winter nights?  For quite some time, winter really got me down.  More than anything, I was bored.  After spending almost all of my time outside in the spring and summer months, I felt sequestered to my house as the frosty months passed by.  I’m happy to say this has drastically changed over the years.  By picking up new hobbies, learning to appreciate the change in seasons, and generally getting outside my comfort zone, I’ve learned how to shake the cold-weather blues. 

• To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.


Dec 09, 2019
53. What I Learned from Making 27 Freezer Meals in 4.5 Hours
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Are you struggling to keep up with an increasingly busy schedule filled with 4-H, homeschooling, tending to the milk cows, and all of the other wonderful things that come with life on the homestead?  I’m in the thick of it right now and let me tell you, it ain’t no joke ya’ll!   Like most of you listening, I’ve always felt a certain way about freezer meals.  My first association had always been bland, lifeless casseroles.  As a proud homesteader, they always felt like cheating to some degree.  It wasn’t until I took a serious deep dive into into meal prep that I realized the power and convenience of well thought out freezer meals.  On today’s episode, I explain how and why my mindset shifted around freezer meals.  I also offer up my favorite tips and tricks to maximize flavor and make efficient use of your time.  Let’s get cooking! 

• If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com 

•  Click here to check out my favorite way to plan and prep for freezer meals. 

Dec 06, 2019
52. 4 Ways to Make Money on Your Homestead
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This is what we all dream of, right? Of course our love of the homestead life is why we get involved in the first place, but the idea of actually making a living off the homestead (or even just a little extra money) can seem far-fetched. Today I’m not just here to explain why this is entirely possible, but I’m also providing 6 proven ways to start making money off your homestead. From selling animal products to creating homestead experiences and everything in between, I know one of these ideas are sure to spark something in your mind. Have you done anything to make money on your homestead? If so, be sure to share!

• For more ideas and inspiration on growing a profitable homestead on your own, be sure to grab my free ebook at https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/income

Dec 04, 2019
51. Behind the Scenes of Writing a Homestead Cookbook
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Have you ever dreamed of publishing your own book? I can tell you from experience, it is one of the most challenging and rewarding processes you can ever undertake. On today’s episode, I’m drifting a bit from the traditional podcast. Come with me as we take a journey from initial idea to published book. We’ll talk literary agents, the difficult editing process, the computer crash that nearly broke me, and everything in between.  Whether you're interested in writing a book or not, you'll gain immense behind-the-scenes insight on how my cookbook was actually assembled!

• If you haven’t grabbed a copt of the cookbook yet or you just want to take a peak inside, head to https://www.homesteadcookbook.com

Dec 02, 2019
50. The 5 Most Annoying Myths about Cast Iron
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The word 'cast iron’ exudes strength in-and-of itself.  For some reason, the internet might have you believing these types of pans are delicate little flowers. No matter what you think at this point, I’m here to bust some common cast iron myths that will have you converting in no time flat.  Listen today to learn how to properly season your pan, how to save rusty pans, and hear me bust the largest, most common myth when it comes to cast iron. 

• If you're ready to start your home dairy journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/cheese to access the guide mentioned in the episode.

• If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com 


Nov 29, 2019
49. 3 Home Dairy Recipes You Need to Make ASAP
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Milk is magic.  It’s an incredibly versatile liquid that has the ability to morph into so many amazing things.  Today I’m focusing on three of my all-time favorite milk recipes that will leave you coming back for more.  Specifically I’m talking about yogurt, ricotta, and buttermilk.  These three recipes are not only delicious, they’re also easy to make!  Want to make these phenomenal recipes in your very own kitchen?  Follow the link below to get a detailed guide on how to do just that! 

• If you're ready to start your home dairy journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/cheese to access the guide mentioned in the episode.





Nov 27, 2019
48. 5 Meal Planning Tips from a Non Meal Planner
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Time is by far our most valuable asset.  While I love cooking delicious, healthy, and wholesome food, it can be an extremely time consuming task.  I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve wasted in the kitchen on a daily basis Today I provide my favorite tips and tricks to save time every single week.  Find out the staples that are always in my kitchen and on the shopping list, how to batch, and why it’s important to keep a list of easy-to-make meals on hand.  If you’re spending too much time in the kitchen on a daily basis, this episode is a must listen. 

• If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com 

• If you're ready to start your home dairy journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/cheese to access the guide mentioned in the episode.

•  My favorite place for spices and other kitchen essentials http://www.thrivemarket.com



Nov 25, 2019
47. How to Homestead in Suburbia
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Do you ever dream of the homestead life, but shutter at the thought of living so far away from town?  I can’t even begin to count the number of people that’ve voiced this exact concern over the years.  Don’t worry.  I get it.  The full-on homestead life isn’t necessarily for everyone.  Don’t fret my friends, today I’m here to offer up ideas on how you can get a taste of the homestead life without ever leaving suburbia.  On this episode I cover everything from gardening to keeping your own animals.  This is a must listen for anyone that wants to get a taste of the homestead life! 

• If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com 


Nov 22, 2019
46. My Fool-Proof From-Scratch Thanksgiving Menu
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My Fool-Proof From-Scratch Thanksgiving Menu

Are you tired of the same old processed foods you’ve been eating at Thanksgiving?  I’m here today to show you why cooking Thanksgiving the homestead way is the absolute best way to go.  On today’s episode I’ll explore my favorite way to cook a turkey, why mashed potatoes are the best, my ideal way to prepare cranberry sauce, and so much more.  This episode will provide the blueprint for crafting the most incredible home-cooked Thanksgiving ever! 

Follow this link to gain access to your Free Mini Heritage Cooking Masterclass

• If you're ready to start your home dairy journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/cheese to access the guide mentioned in the episode.

•  Find the entire from-scratch menu with recipes here:   https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2015/11/from-scratch-thanksgiving-menu.html

Nov 20, 2019
45. How to Cook the BEST Thanksgiving Turkey
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How to Cook the BEST Thanksgiving Turkey

Yes my friends, it’s that wonderful time of the year.  Thanksgiving is upon us and for most of us that means one thing:  turkey.  On today’s episode, I’m thrilled to share my favorite way of cooking a turkey.  Brining offers the best combination of deep flavor and juiciness.  Beyond brining, I’ll share some of my favorite turkey related stories.  If you’re stressed out about the big day, fear not.  This show will provide all the information you need to make cooking your turkey a breeze. 

Follow this link to gain access to my Heritage Cooking Crash Course 

• If you're ready to start your home dairy journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/cheese to access the guide mentioned in the episode.

•  Find my favorite brine recipe here:  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2015/11/cook-pastured-turkey.html


Nov 18, 2019
44. How to Start Using Einkorn Flour
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Have you ever used ancient grains in your cooking?  If you’re new to the game, you’ll likely realize that using Einkorn flour produces a much different experience when it comes to cooking and baking.  Today we’re going to explore the health benefits of using Einkorn and other ancient grains.  We’re also going to dig into different uses and what to expect when you first go to use ancient grains in your cooking. 

Some highlights from the episode: 

  • Substitution guides for recipes 
  • A special gift from me to you! 

•  Check out my favorite source for pantry items at https://www.thrivemarket.com
Follow this link to gain access to my Heritage Cooking Crash Course
• If you're ready to start your home dairy journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/cheese to access the guide mentioned in the episode.
• To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.
•  Check out https://www.jovialfoods.com for my favorite place to order einkorn flour. 

Nov 15, 2019
43. Where to Start if You've Never Homesteaded Before
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There is no shortage of information out there when it comes to homesteading.  The unfortunate thing is that most of it is just fluff.  Today I’m here to provide you a quick start guide so that you can get on the correct path on your journey.  Learn why food is always the top priority on the homestead and how you can start weeding out poor choices immediately.  Find out why the most important part of starting a homestead will always be taking action. 

•  Check out my favorite source for pantry items at https://www.thrivemarket.com
Follow this link to gain access to my Heritage Cooking Crash Course
• If you're ready to start your home dairy journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/cheese to access the guide mentioned in the episode.
• To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

Nov 13, 2019
42. How to Make Homemade Butter for Your Holiday Meals
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If you’ve followed me for any period of time, you’d certainly know my deep love for all things butter.  It’s by far my favorite dairy-made product.  Today you’ll learn the process of making your own butter at home and the incredible advantages it provides over store bought butter.  To be honest, you’ll be shocked at how easy this really is to do.  I hope this inspires you to start making butter of your own today! 

Some highlights from the episode: 

  • Equipment you’ll need to make butter 
  • A special gift from me to you! 

If you're ready to start your home dairy journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/cheese to access the guide mentioned in the episode.

Nov 11, 2019
41. 3 Common Home Dairy Myths that are Holding you Back!
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Home dairy is a bit of a status symbol in the homesteading community.  However, there are three very big myths that prevent most homesteaders from even getting started.  In today’s episode I expound on these myths as well as outlining many incredible uses for home dairy  (hint:  it’s not just milk). 

Some highlights from the episode: 

  • My foray into banned milk products 
  • My favorite home dairy products 

If you're ready to start your home dairy journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/cheese to access the guide mentioned in the episode.

Nov 08, 2019
40. A Day in My Life
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What’s it like to be a homesteading, homeschooling, entrepreneur, from-scratch-cooking, mom-of-three?  I’ll be the first to admit, it can be exhausting.  While I work to keep a set schedule, depending on the seasonal duties I have I need to keep things a little fluid.  Fair warning, my schedule isn’t to be used as a template for everyone.  I’m simply here to show you how I manage my busy life with the hope that you can take some bits and pieces to improve yours. 

Some highlights from the episode: 

  • Why simple is best when it comes to breakfast 
  • One special secret to gain time as an entrepreneur 

If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

Nov 06, 2019
39. All About Broody Hens
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When push comes to shove, I always prefer to let a broody hen hatch her eggs rather than getting chicks from the feed store.  However, sometimes it’s just not that simple.  If you’ve ever been curious about broody hens or have dealt with this yourself, this is the episode you’ve been waiting for.  What I have for you today is a crash course on everything you need in order to successfully deal with a broody hen.  Keep your pen and pad handy.  This episode is full of useful gems. 

Some highlights from the episode: 

  • What’s a broody hen? 
  • How to spot a broody hen 
  • Downsides of broody hens 

If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

Nov 04, 2019
38. How Being Homeschooled Helped Me Later In Life
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As I sit here today, it’s very clear to look back and see how homeschooling gave me the tools needed to succeed.  The disciplined instilled in me at young age allowed me to build the habits that let me excel in college and in business. It gave the me the freedom to explore passions that I never would’ve been able to if I attended public schools.  To be very clear, I’m not saying homeschooling is the only way or that public schooling is bad.  I’m here to relay my experiences and explain how homeschooling can be beneficial in the long run. 

Some highlights from the episode: 

  • Why homeschooling gave me time to play 
  • How my passions in high school became my living 

If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

Nov 01, 2019
37. Why We Have Dairy Goats Again After an 8 Year Hiatus
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No, the title isn’t a mistake.  After gaining a reputation online as “the milk cow” girl, once again we have milk goats.  Why do we have milk goats again after all these years?  Our daughter Mesa decided to use some of her fair money to buy two Paper Nigerian Dwarfs.  Listen today to find out why I’m excited to once again have goats on the homestead and what we could be doing with them in the future.  

Some highlights from the episode: 

  • Uses for raw goat milk 
  • How these goats could become a 4-H project 

If homesteading is definitely in your future, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/homedairyrecipes to access my Home Dairy Handbook.  This handbook will allow you to Skip the farm store and make safe, natural products for your milk cows & goats at home.

Oct 30, 2019
36. 5 Things I Learned as a First Time 4-H Mom
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4-H played a pivotal role in my life growing up.  Because of this, I have been counting downs the days until my daughter was able to start participating.  Though I had experience of going through 4-H as a kid, it’s entirely different going through it as a parent.  In today’s episode, I’m here to share the most valuable tips I learned from my first go-round as a 4-H parent.  My goal with this episode is to prepare you and your family for success with 4-H. 

Some highlights from the episode: 

  • Why you should hang out outside your club 
  • Why you should be ready to learn at all times 

If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

Oct 28, 2019
35. How to Use Essential Oils for Cooking
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Cooking with oils tend to be looked at as a no-no in the culinary world. However, with a little practice and some care, essentials oils have become a vital addition to my kitchen cabinet. Today we’re going to investigate how to asses any dangers with essential oils, the efficacy of cooking with them, and the incredible flavor benefits from good oils. Most important, you’ll learn how to separate the good oils from the bad so to ensure you’re putting quality oils in your food.

Some highlights from the episode: 

  • Why ingesting oils and cooking with oils are two different things 
  • My favorite oils to use in my cooking 
  • Why using herbs and oils is the best bet  

If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/essential-homestead-ebook to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

Click here to find out why Doterra is my one and only source for all things essential oils.

Oct 25, 2019
34. How & Why to Cook with Maple Syrup
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Have you ever wondered how you can eliminate sugar from your recipes replace it with 100% natural sweetener that’s actually good for you? This might seem like something made I just made up, but I promise you this is a real ingredient that you can start using immediately. Today I’m joined by homesteader, author, photographer, and maple syrup expert, the incomparable Michelle Visser. Michelle walks us through the incredible process of how to make syrup from beginning-to-end. She also digs deep into why homesteading matters and why she initially had a difficult time with the transition from suburbia.


To taste the wood-fired, single-sourced syrup Michelle always recommends first to her friends go here: https://www.bearmountainmaple.com/?ref=3

For a sneak peak into Michelle’s new book (including a few delicious recipes): soulyrested.com/order

To download Michelle’s conversion chart, for baking with maple syrup: https://soulyrested.com/2019/07/14/substituting-maple-syrup-for-sugar/

To download Michelle’s comparison chart, comparing maple to refined sugar: https://soulyrested.com/maplesugar/

facebook: https://www.facebook.com/soulyrested/

ig: https://www.instagram.com/souly.rested/

pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/soulyrested/

Facebook group “Maple Syrup Making”: https://www.facebook.com/groups/136771923048656/

Oct 23, 2019
33. The 3 Fats You'll NEVER Find in My Kitchen (and what I use instead)
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For many health conscious individuals out there, fat might as well be a four letter word.  The sheer thought of using fat to cook might even send chills up your spine.  Fear not my friends.  Not only do the right fats add a ton of flavor, but many are even good for you.  I did a ton of research while building my ideal homestead kitchen, and fat was the common ingredient tying the best recipes together.  Listen today to find out all of my favorite fats and receive an incredible offer on my favorite olive oil! 

Some highlights from the episode: 

  • Why vegetable oils are a non-starter 
  • Why you should avoid any fat that is heavily processed 

Visit Fresh Pressed to get your $1 bottle of olive oil  https://www.getfresh23.com 

If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com 

Oct 21, 2019
32. 5 Kitchen Tools I Can't Live Without
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Let’s face it.  The modern kitchen isn’t built for the homestead lifestyle.  Even after several renovations, my relatively small kitchen requires several key tools to create maximum functionality.  If you’ve ever wondered the key items I simply can’t live without, well today is your day.  From dutch ovens to wooden spoons and everything in between, load up on these simple tools to make your daily food preparation a breeze. 

Some highlights from the episode: 

  • Why cast iron is a must have 
  • Spoon Butter:  What it is and why you need it 
  • The true workhorses of my kitchen 

For my exclusive spoon butter recipe, click the link below.
https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2018/01/homemade-spoon-butter-recipe.html

If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com 

Oct 18, 2019
31. How We Found Animals for Our Homestead
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It’s no secret.  Out of all the aspects of homesteading, the animals are the one thing I can’t live without.  Today I’m going to walk you through everything you need to consider prior to adding your first animals to your homestead.  You’ll learn where to buy, what to look out for before buying, why quality is always the best route, and so much more.  Discover why bloodlines not only lead better animals, but also more dollars in your pocket.  Even if you currently have animals on your homestead, this is an episode you won’t want to miss! 


Some highlights from the episode: 

  • Why zoning laws can determine what animals you can have 
  • Can you afford to feed the animals? 
  • Why impulse buying isn’t the way to go 

If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

Oct 16, 2019
30. Why Homesteading Matters (The Homestead Manifesto)
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Without a doubt, by far the question I get asked the most is how I got started in homesteading.  In reality, the better question to ask is why does homesteading even matter in the first place?  In today’s episode, I take a deep dive into why homesteading serves such an important purpose in today’s ever increasing technological world.  The truth is, no amount of convenience can replicate or replace the satisfaction that comes from homesteading. 

Some highlights from the episode: 

  • How soil can have anti-depressant effects 
  • Why working with your hands can create a sense of accomplishment 

If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

Oct 14, 2019
29. 4 Things to Consider Before You Buy a Homestead
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If you’re on the verge of stepping into the homestead life, this episode is a must listen.  Today I’m diving into the most important issues to consider before making an investment in a property.  Find out why thinking small can leave you stuck, why climate considerations matter, and why overall lifestyle is important to keep at the front of mind.  No matter if you’re purchasing your first homestead or if you’re on the lookout for an upgrade, you’ll find plenty of information to help you make a more informed decision. 

Some highlights from the episode: 

  • How to spot hidden HOA fees 
  • Why there’s no such thing as a perfect homestead 

If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.


Oct 11, 2019
28. How to Use a Crock for Fermenting
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Fermented foods can be a polarizing topic.  For quite some time, they literally left a bad taste in my mouth.  Have you ever experienced this yourself?  It wasn’t until I ventured into the world of crocks that I finally cracked the fermentation code.  No matter what side of the fermentation fence you sit on, today’s episode will provide a thorough guide to help you get started.  

Some highlights from the episode: 

  • Different kinds of fermentation tools 
  • Why food should stay below the brine 
  • How to properly prep vegetables 
  • Want to download the special bonus videos  I mentioned in the episode?  Head to https://www.homesteadcookingclass.com
  • Click here for my blog post on fermentation crocks. 
  • Follow this link to gain access to my Heritage Cooking Crash Course 
  • For all of your homesteading equipment needs, head to Lehman’s Hardware https://www.lehmans.com/


Oct 09, 2019
27. How to Extend Your Growing Season
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Winter is slowly creeping up on us, especially here in Wyoming.  After our first frost last week, I knew it was time to start prepping for the season ahead.  That being said, we don’t have to give in and close up shop at the first sign of winter.  There are a number of different tactics we can utilize to squeeze the last bits of life from our gardens.  In fact, the tips I’m outlining in today’s episode have the potential to extend the life of your garden by 6-8 weeks!  Pretty incredible, right?  Tune in today to discover there easy and relatively inexpensive ways to keep your garden producing into the early stages of winter.  

Some highlights from the episode: 

  • Hoop houses:  what are they and why do they work? 
  • How to build a cold frame 

Click here to access your very own raised bed guide!  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/raisedbedguide

Oct 07, 2019
26. Cover Crops: Your Garden's Best Kept Secret
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Today I’m here to provide you a very organic, extremely affordable way to fertilize your soil, suppress weeds, increase organic matter, and prevent erosion.  I know what you’re thinking-- This sounds way too good to be true!  I’m happy to tell you, this is very, very real.  On this special episode I’m joined by Parker from True Leaf Market, the non-GMO seed company that is literally a dream come true for homesteaders like you and I. I've ignored cover crops for YEARS because I had a hard time getting straight information on when and how to plant them-- that changed after this interview. Join Parker and I as we dig deep into cover crops and how they can transform your garden.

Some highlights from the episode: 

  • What is a cover crop? 
  • The easy solution if you're confused over which type of crop to plant
  • Exactly WHEN and HOW to plant your own cover crops
  • Cover crops options for a no-till garden

Check out True Leaf Market: http://bit.ly/2ViiP3U

Grab the Cover Crop Printable: https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/cover

More Cover Crop Info on The Prairie Homestead Blog: https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2019/10/garden-cover-crops.html

Oct 04, 2019
25. How (& Why) to Can Apples at Home
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Apples hold a special place in my heart.  This incredible fruit is the very first thing I ever canned on my own.  In today’s episode I detail my favorite way to preserve apples for the long-haul.  Find out which apple varieties are the best for canning and why naturally sweet apples are always the best choice.  Today’s episode will teach you how you can create incredibly tasty, crispy apple slices with minimal use of sugar.  

Some highlights from the episode: 

  • The best types of apples for canning 
  • The proper equipment needed for canning apples 

Do you want to start canning but don’t know where to begin?  Head over to https://www.learnhowtocan.com for everything you need to get started today! 

Oct 02, 2019
24. How to Prep Your Garden for Winter
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The seasons are changing.  Depending on the part of the country you’re in, winter can mean vastly different things.  While it’s great to enjoy the current harvest, a homesteader always has to plan ahead with the upcoming season in mind.  On today’s episode I dig deep into my favorite tactics on preparing for winter, including amending your soil, cleaning up your plants, adding compost, and so much more.  Use this episode to get prepared for the cold weather so you can make it through winter with your peace of mind.

Some highlights from the episode: 

  • Why tidying your plants with help future yields 
  • Why soil tests helps you spot problems with current crops 

Click here to access your very own raised bed guide!  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/raisedbedguide

As mentioned in the episode, head to https://www.trueleafmarket.com for all of your seed and garden needs. 


Sep 30, 2019
23. How to Dig Up & Store Potatoes for Winter
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Potatoes are by far my favorite vegetable.  I’d imagine it’s pretty safe to say I’m not alone in my affinity for spuds.  No, it’s not even due the fact I was born in Idaho, better known as the home of the potato.  My favorite part of harvesting potatoes is the act of digging them up.  It’s like treasure hunt every time.  Today’s episode is dedicated to everything potatoes.  From harvesting to storing to preparing and everything in between, this will prepare you and your family for the coming harvest.

Some highlights from the episode: 

  • The best tools for removing potatoes from the ground 
  • Why you should abstain from washing your potatoes 
  • The optimal way to cure your potatoes 
  • Which potatoes store the best 

If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.


Sep 27, 2019
22. How to Preserve Fresh Herbs for Later
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Herbs have always seemed to be hit or miss for me.  While I love the flavor fresh herbs bring to my cooking, I tend to either have more than I know what to do with or none at all.  If you’v ever experienced this problem, this is the episode you’ve been waiting for.  I detail my four favorite methods of preserving herbs for the long haul.  Many of you are likely aware of dried herbs.  While I do cover dried herbs, I dive into three other techniques that are less common but just as effective.  If you want to prepare tasty meals through any season you don’t want to miss this episode.

Some highlights from the episode: 

  • Drying herbs is simple, but is it most effective? 
  • How long dried herbs last 
  • Why ice trays are my secret weapon 

For my complete guide on how to eat like a Farmer even if you live in the city, head to http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com right now to get started. 


Sep 25, 2019
21. How to Pickle Any Vegetable
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If you’re anything like me, you’re always searching for different ways to maximize the yield from you harvest.  While I love canning, sometimes the volume of your harvest simply doesn’t warrant going through the process.  On today’s episode I’m detailing my favorite way of quickly preserving even the smallest amount of vegetables.  Listen to find out the entire process of quick-pickling, the tools you’ll need to pull it off, and some of my favorite recipes.  

Some highlights from the episode: 

  • A “canning-free” method of preserving vegetables 
  • Quickly preserve vegetables for several months in the fridge 
  • Why you should avoid pickling leafy veggies 

For my complete guide on how to eat like a Farmer even if you live in the city, head to http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com right now to get started. 


Sep 23, 2019
20. How We're Raising Our Kids Like It's 1955
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On today’s episode, you’re going to learn how Christian and I are managing to raise old-fashioned kids in the modern technological world.  How our we accomplishing this?  Mostly by providing our kids with unstructured time.  It turns out that allowing time for your children to be bored will actually increase their creativity.  Who knew?  Listen to find out why letting go of your kids is actually the best thing you could ever do as a parent.

Some highlights from the episode: 

  • How and why we limit screen time 
  • Why letting go helps your kids with problem solving 
  • Why giving kids responsibility helps them grow 

If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.


Sep 20, 2019
19. How to Start a Homestead When You Feel Overwhelmed
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When is the “simple life” not always simple?  For those of you transitioning into the homestead lifestyle, it’s pretty much all the time.  From barn construction to dairy goats to him baked bread and so much more, it’s a never ending cycle of building and improving.  How do I know?  I’ve been there.  Even with all the homesteading experience Christian and I now have, we still find ourselves overwhelmed at times.  Today I’m going to demystify the process of starting a homestead and provide every tip and trick you need to take action today.

Some highlights from the episode: 

  • Why a planner can cure all anxiety 
  • How to prioritize your action items 
  • Why action always cures fear 
  • Comparison derails progress 

If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.


Sep 18, 2019
18. How to Cook from Scratch When You Have No Time
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Whether or not you are currently a homesteader, I’m willing to bet that we both share this common problem.  Time is our most valuable commodity, and usually the first and easiest thing to sacrifice is a good home cooked meal.  Today I’m here to not only explain why you don’t have to sacrifice cooking from scratch but also provide the tools you need to make your home cooked meals a reality.

Some highlights from the episode: 

  • Why humans are born to create 
  • Why menu planning will save you time and money 
  • Why big batches are your friend 
  • The  best tools for prepping meals 

If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com 


Sep 16, 2019
17. How We Started a Homestead on One Income
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When Christian and I first started out, we were relying on his single income as an electrician.  By staying out of debt and focusing on doing anything we could do to earn extra money, it allowed us to build our homestead piece-by-piece.  Regardless of where you’re at financially, it’s possible to get into the homestead game.  Before you begin on your journey there’s some key things you should know.  First and foremost, it’s going to take a serious amount of discipline along with rock solid intent.  Second, there’s no right or wrong way to do this.  Listen today to find out how Christian and I managed to make our dream a reality and learn some tips and tricks so you can do the same.

Some highlights from the episode: 

  • Why staying out of debt is key for success 
  • Why you should buy everything used 
  • DIY everything you can 

If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.


Sep 13, 2019
16. Dairy Goats vs. Milk Cows: Which is Best?
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Today I’m going to be taking a deep dive into one of the more controversial topics on the homesteading front.  Although both dairy goats and milk cows are viable options, find out why Christian and I eventually moved to milk cows and sold our goats.  Learn the main differences when it comes to cost, pasture space, transportation, and overall taste of milk.  If you are considering entering the world of home dairy or contemplating making a switch, this episode will provide everything you need to make an informed decision.  

Some highlights from the episode: 

  • The pro’s of owning dairy goats 
  • Why zoning is important to consider 
  • Why goats are a challenge to keep fenced in 

For everything you need to about getting into the dairy game, head to  http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/homedairyrecipes to download your complimentary guide. 


Sep 11, 2019
15. How We Built Our Raised Garden Beds
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Greetings friends and family!  Back in episode 3 I explained the benefits of raised garden beds and why we chose to use them on our homestead.  Today I’m going to talk about several different options on how you can create raised beds on your own.  You’ll also get a detailed explanation on how we built own very own, incredibly unique raised beds made out of steel.  I’m hoping this episode will make it clear that there’s no right or wrong way to build a raised bed, it simply comes down to finding something that fits your specific needs.


Some highlights from the episode: 

  • How to build a raised bed garden on any budget 
  • Learn why it’s always better to invest more for durability and longevity 
  • Tips for minimizing weeds in your raised beds 

Click here to access your very own raised bed guide!  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/raisedbedguide

For complimentary access to my full library of resources for homesteaders like you, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow


Sep 09, 2019
14. Is Home-Canned Food Less Nutritious?
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Eating fruits and vegetables fresh off the vine is always the preferred method for optimum nutritional value.  Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to consume our fresh foods before they go bad.  So what’s the best way to preserve the harvest?  Research shows that proper canning is the best way to ensure nutrients remain locked in your foods as long as possible.  Listen today to discover everything you need to know about the shelf-life of nutrients when it comes to preserved foods.


Some highlights from the episode: 

  • Tips on the best recipes for preserving nutrients 
  • Canning, freezing, or dehydrating? 
  • How not to preserve your food 

Do you want to start canning but don’t know where to begin?  Head over to https://www.learnhowtocan.com for everything you need to get started today! 


Sep 06, 2019
13. Our Biggest Homesteading Mistakes
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We all make mistakes.  Let me tell you, Christian and I have made quite a few on our homesteading journey.  In today’s episode, I’m going to dive into the top 5 mistakes we’ve made over the last few years.  These learning experiences are sure to save you time, money, and headaches in the process.  No matter if you own a homestead, are interested in becoming a homesteader, or simply enjoy learning about the lifestyle, there are valuable lessons to learn throughout.

Some highlights from the episode: 

  • Why doing it right the first time is always the best way to do it 
  • Why thinking bigger is better 
  • You can’t do it all at once, so don’t try 

If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.


Sep 04, 2019
12. 5 Canning Mistakes You Can't Afford to Make
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As we’re approaching harvesting season on the homestead, it’s crucial to be prepared for the bounty of food that’s about to roll in.  Whether it’s coming from your own garden, a farmers market, or other local producers, understanding how to properly preserve the harvest will provide wonderful meals for months to come.  Today we’re going to focus on my favorite method of food preparation:  canning.  In particular, I’m presenting the 5 most common mistakes people make when it comes to canning.  Listen to find out why the “old fashioned” canning techniques can be harmful, which modern methods aren’t always safe, why acid is essential to safe canning, and so much more.  

Some highlights from the episode: 

  • Different methods of preservation:  freezing, fermentation, dehydration, canning and more 
  • Bacteria and food safety 
  • Why you should always follow canning recipes as they’re written 

Do you want to start canning but don’t know where to begin?  Head over to https://www.learnhowtocan.com for everything you need to get started today! 


Sep 02, 2019
11. Weed Control Tips for the Organic Garden
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Have you ever struggled to keep your weeds at bay?  It’s one of the most common problems for any homesteader.  I don’t know about you, but I sure don’t want to be spending three hours a day in my garden just to keep my weeds under control.  Over the years I’ve tried dealing with this issue in many different ways.  Today I’m here to share my most effective tips in weed control.  These will not only save you time, but they will also give you peace of mind.  Make sure to stay tuned for my favorite home made weed spray! 

Some highlights from the episode: 

  • Preventing weeds from seeding 
  • Why mulch is the best tool for preventing weeds 
  • How fire can be your friend 

If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.


Aug 30, 2019
10. 5 Tips for Making Crunchier Pickles
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Are you tired of dealing with soft, squishy pickles?   I’m sure I’m not the only one who has dealt with this problem.  After years of experimentation and fighting with different recipes, I’ve collected these 5 simple tips to take your pickles to the next level.  We’ll learn why small cucumbers are the best, why immediate canning leads to crunchy pickles, and why the blossom end might be our biggest enemy.  You’ll also hear about my favorite way to keep pickles fresh for the long-haul.

Some highlights from the episode: 

  • Why you should always use small cucumbers  
  • What is tannin and why you should use it 
  • How Tea can power up your pickles 

Do you want to start canning but don’t know where to begin?  Head over to https://www.learnhowtocan.com for everything you need to get started today! 


Aug 28, 2019
9. Natural Fly Control Strategies
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Yes, it’s that special time of year that we all love: Fly Season! For all of my fellow homesteaders currently in the throes of fly season and the ones about to experience it, I’m here to deliver my top four strategies on how to mitigate our pesky little friends. I provide in depth details on each strategy and all of the necessary links to access the tools mentioned in the episode.

My Top Four Strategies for Natural Fly Control: 

  1.  Fly predators:  “Good" bugs fighting “Bad” bugs.  Get your fly predators at http://bit.ly/2KUZhin
  2. Manure Management:  Flies adore poop.  If you don’t keep it under control, you have no chance to control flies.
  3. DIY Fly Sprays:  Who knew essential oils were so effective? I rely heavily on my homemade sprays to help me survive the fly onslaught. 
  4. Trap Them: Simple, yet effective. 

Get your complimentary copy of my Essential Homestead eBook, complete with my favorite DIY fly spray formulas!
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Click here for your free guide on how to create your own fly traps https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2015/07/homemade-fly-trap.html

Aug 26, 2019
8. The Surprising Truth About Canning Tomatoes
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Who knew canning tomatoes was such a controversial subject? When you stumble across canning discussions on Facebook or in other homestead groups, this seems to be one of the most hotly contested topics. Why you might ask? Primarily because many canning organizations challenge certain traditions in terms of how foods should be canned. Fear not my friends. In today’s episode, I share a simple solution that will allow you to utilize any canning method you desire.  I also dig deep into the different factors that can affect the acidity, which ultimately effects the canning method you should use.  If you’ve ever wondered how you can stay true to whatever canning method you desire, then this is the podcast for you!

Some key highlights from today's episode: 
    •  How decay and over-ripening affect the acidity     
    •  When to use water-bath canning vs. pressure canning 
    •  Why lemon juice, vinegar, or citric acid can be your best friend 

Kick your fears to the curb and learn everything you’ll ever need to know about canning at https://www.learnhowtocan.com now! 

Aug 23, 2019
7. How to Help Your Garden Recover from Hail
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Hail is one of the most destructive forces when it comes to the health and well-being of your garden.  If you’re anything like myself, you can relate to the devastation of walking outside and seeing your garden in tatters following a hail storm.   Unfortunately, a recent storm crushed months of hard work, time, and money.  Even though I was bummed and initially wanted to quit gardening, it ultimately wound up creating a positive shift in my attitude.  Today I’m going to outline several strategies on how you can salvage, recover, and rebuild moving forward.  Don’t miss my idea on how to protect your plants from future storms. 

Some key highlights from today's episode: 
    •  What to do with a hailed out garden 
    •  Why you shouldn’t immediately rip out your garden 
    •  If and when you should re-plant 

If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

As mentioned in this episode, you can find the perfect compost tea recipe to help your garden recover here: https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2016/07/compost-tea-recipe.html

Aug 21, 2019
6. All You Ever Needed to Know About Compost Tea
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First and foremost, let me ease your concerns.  I’m not here to give you a recipe a special morning beverage made from compost.  Today you’re going to learn about a special fertilizer that is sure to produce miracles in your garden.  You’ll learn the difference between aerated and non-aerated tea, why non-aerated tea is my weapon of choice, and how you can make it for free.  Listen to find out why compost tea is one of the best ways to give your plants a 100% organic boost! 

Some key highlights from today's episode: 

    •  The easiest way to produce compost tea 
    •  My own personal compost tea recipe 
    •  The benefits of a soil drench vs. spray
    •  Other ingredients you can add to your tea

If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.



Aug 19, 2019
5. Canning Safety: What You Need to Know about Botulism
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By far the number one fear I hear the most in regards to canning concerns food poisoning.  Better known as botulism, this phenomenon has the potential to cause some very serious health problems.  While botulism has the can be extremely dangerous, I’m here to provide some guidance to help you mitigate any possible risk.  From acidity to temperature to different types of canning, listen to find a comprehensive guide on canning safely.   

Some key highlights from today's episode: 

    •  The importance of acid in home-canned foods 
    •  Why you should use a pressure canner for low acid food

To get my comprehensive canning e-book, visit https://www.learnhowtocan.com

If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.



Aug 16, 2019
4. How to Take a Vacation When You Have a Homestead
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One of the most common concerns I hear from people looking to get into homesteading is what happens when you need to leave or take a vacation?  While we want all of the joys that a homestead provides, certainly there can be issues when needing to be away for a prolonged period of time.  Fear not my friends, I'm here to explain how you can leave your homestead without a great deal of worry.  Listen today to find out how we prepare for trips away from the homestead.  This episode is sure to inspire some ideas of your own.

Some key highlights from today's episode: 

    •  The best times to leave the homestead  
    •  How to find someone to watch your place 
    •  How to cut down on chores to make things easier 
    •  Why an automatic watering system is great no matter the situation. 

If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path!



Aug 14, 2019
2. How to Can Jam Without Using Tons of Sugar
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It’s summertime, and beyond the beautiful weather, it means that all of the amazing fruits are in season.  What does in-season fruit mean?  Jam of course!  While I love to make jam, I’ve always found that most jam and jelly recipes are loaded with added sugar.  If you’re anything like me, you want to use as little added sugar as you can.  Today I’m going to teach you how to easily create incredible tasting jams with having to overload them with white sugar. 

Some key highlights from today's episode: 

    •  Ways to make jam without overloading them with sugar
    •  The incredible science of pectin
    •  Why I like to use honey as a sweetener
    •  Click here for my favorite pectin!  https://pomonapectin.com/

Click here to get access to my series of FREE videos demonstrating the process that I detailed in today’s podcast. https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/jam

For complimentary access to my full library of resources for homesteaders like you, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow

Aug 12, 2019
3. Why We Chose to Garden in Raised Beds
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Have you ever wondered if raised beds were the answer to your garden issues?  When Christian and I started our first garden on our homestead, we began with a traditional in-ground garden.  After a somewhat comical mistake involving manure, we quickly had a yard growing in our garden.  Certainly not an ideal situation.  Though a temporary solution worked for a while, we discovered a deeper issue as a result of previous pesticide use. Enter raised beds.  Listen today to find out if raised beds are the right solution for your homestead. 

Some key highlights from today's episode: 
    •  How I poisoned my first garden
    •  How deep mulch saved my garden 
    •  Why raised beds can heat the soil faster 
    •  The benefits of a timed drip system 

Click here to access your very own raised bed guide!  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/raisedbedguide

For complimentary access to my full library of resources for homesteaders like you, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow

Aug 12, 2019
1. How 2 City Kids Became Homesteaders
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Welcome to the very first episode of Old Fashioned On Purpose!  My name is Jill Winger, and on today's episode I'm thrilled to share with you my very unlikely foray into homesteading.  You'll hear why growing up as city kids didn't prevent my husband and I from achieving our goal of owning milk cows, cultivating our own gardens, building our own farm, and so much more.  If you've ever had any interest in homesteading, don't miss your chance to peek in on my journey.   Before you know it you'll be starting your own!

Some key highlights from today's episode:

  •   How horses sparked my interest in homesteading
  •   Purchasing our first property
  •   How a compost pile sparked our foray into homesteading
  •   The importance of teaching yourself

Click here to check out photos of our homestead makeover! https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2016/05/wyoming-prairie-house.html

Get complimentary access to my full library of resources for homesteaders like you at  http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow

Aug 07, 2019