Episode 647 – Lessons Learned from the Food Forest Workshop

Today is the first day of work after the Food Forest Workshop at the Holler Homestead. We had a great time with everyone and learned some unexpected things while here. Today is a recap of what we learned from trimming tree roots to shucking oysters.


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Livestream Schedule

  • 9:30 am Tuesday Live with Jack Spirko and John Willis
  • 9:30am Friday Homestead Happenings and Q & A Shop

A word on next week – LFTN: The Lost Episode

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Lamb, salsa, pickled things, squash soup, chicken, and so much more that was served at the workshop was produced here
  • Watercress is perfect and will soon hibernate for the winter
  • Another round of mint to harvest
  • Planning meals while away
  • What is in the freeze dryer: Chili and guacamole
  • The Mexican Restaurant by my house
  • Black Garlic

Weekly Shopping Report

  • None posted

Frugality Tip From Alan

My Frugal tip, that many, including myself often overlook, is simply when you have a problem, don’t assume it is too complicated or you won’t understand.

Google what you know or go to YouTube and search for it and then learn a little, the task or repair or remediation might be easier than you think.

Try asking the question with more and less details will sometimes help get you to an answer.

So when your dryer is making noise, or your refrigerator is not working or your mower is not starting or your faucet is dripping, you may find the remedy is simpler then you thought.

Or you may look into it and realize that you need help, but either way you will be better informed to make wise decisions.

Operation Independence

  • -2k, plus new relationships and 15 trees
  • Headed to Jack Spirko’s next week

Main topic of the Show: Food Forest Installation

  • Words Matter
  • Trust your gut
  • Start with the ends in mind
  • Root Trimming
  • Tree Trimming
  • Why a food forest might NOT BE installed on contour
  • Perfect = Failure
  • Perfect weather
  • Limited attendance yields closer contacts
    • New to permaculture seeking a path forward
    • Existing permaculture plan that needs feedback and not sure what to add or change
    • Seeking motivation to follow passions
    • Quest for a place in Tennessee
  • Install cost exactly what it would have as a stand alone, but there was much more benefit to doing it class style both from a learning standpoint and timeline of final planting
  • Plant guilds are not the end all be all
  • I miss rock n roll
  • How to shuck an oyster
  • Relationships in person are the foundation of all things

Also, Andy makes GREAT eggs benedict and Melissa can knock out some chili and German Chocolate cake.

Membership Plug

MeWe reminder

Make it a great week!

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


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