Episode 490: Living Off Your Homestead

Today, I share some thoughts about what life would be like if I lived completely off my homestead and network relationships – and why it is a good idea to think about that.

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Nashville Activation Tour – the day after Self Reliance Festival in Franklin, TN
Veterans Park (611 W. Main St), 12pm-6pm

Miriam Gomez, Ramiro Romani, Ryan Cristián, Derrick Broze 

Tuesday: 10am – Live with Dr. Ken Berry

Dr. Ken Berry just agreed to speak at the Self Reliance Festival! Get Early Bird Pricing Through Wednesday this week!

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Freeze drying the last of this year’s milk
  • Added lamb to the freezer
  • Last round of salsa may get processed this week – or maybe next week
  • Drying the late fall herbs and teas
  • 1st Woodfire!

Operation Independence

  • Considering adding sheep to the Holler Homestead – will keep everyone updated.

Main topic of the Show: Living Off Your Homestead

Last night I was up most of the night because Coyotes were too close for comfort. Every time they caught something in the woods, they would put up a cheer. My dogs would lose their minds barking in response.

Why was I disturbed by this? 

Well, we have a bunch of turkeys outside that we are raising for a friend and that are sleeping out in the open and they electro netting stopped working. It would take nothing for a Coyote to just push through that and eat all the turkey they want. I have already sold most of these turkeys and would have to refund the money, and would then lose that because it is already spent on turkey feed and infrastructure. 

That got me to thinking – we always talk about being prepared for the things most likely to happen such as:

  • Short term supply shortages
  • Tornado related problems
  • Ice storms
  • Loss of income
  • Illness

But what would happen if any of these things went on longer. Throughout the history of the US, at least every 100 years, we have ad something last longer than a season and cause difficulties in resupply.

Civil war – turkeys example

What would it look like if I ended up living off this homestead and existing relationships for five years?

  • Animal Feed And Animal Care
  • Imports: Distilled liquor, medicine, Asian and European imports, Seasonal eating, clothing and so forth, cleaning supplies, salt
  • Entertainment
  • Trade and Community (B 2 L update)
  • Repurposing
  • Keeping the land, energy, resupplying clothing and other odd items

Why would I even think this way?

Make it a great week!

Song: Wolf By Sauce

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


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