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Episode 906 – Why Homesteading and Coffee?

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Today we celebrate eight years of Living Free in Tennessee with a look back at where we started and why homesteading, why coffee, why community.

Direct Download for episode 1: https://traffic.libsyn.com/nicolesauce/NicoleSauce_Podcast_May_20_2016_-_52016_6.52_PM.mp3 

Featured Event: Haven Earth Trade School Homesteading Bootcamp, June 14-16 in Old Fort Tennessee (Nearish Cleveland and the Ocoee River).https://www.havenearthtradeschool.net/homestead-bootcamp-haven-village 

Live we did yesterday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwreK9qPVKI 

Sponsor 1: EMPShield.com

Sponsor 2: DiscountMylarBags.com 


Livestream Schedule

BIG Week This week! Spicy Sisters are Back This Wednesday at 2pm, Joel Ryals will share his story about moving from Florida to Ohio on the Tuesday Live and we have our usual Homestead Happenings episode this Friday.


Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Harvest Right Freeze Drier is back up and running and helping with a plethora of eggs
  • Affiliate Link For Harvest Right: https://affiliates.harvestright.com/1095.html 
  • Designing the final part of the house to include pantry storage, a pool, and an outdoor kitchen 
  • Ground Beef Discussion
  • Time to finish curing the SRF Pork
  • Garden is finally coming together


Operation Independence

  • Reduced projects that I am focusing on and as a result finds have also reduced. We are assessing the homestead in terms of what brings value now more than ever. With the extra time, the home is almost back to a source of support rather than a drain. There is a lesson in this.


Main topic of the Show: Why Homesteading and Coffee


May 20, 2016 – an excerpt

Nine years ago, we started on an adventure in the country. What began as a weekend getaway quickly changed into a small homestead with chickens, gardens, laughter, neighbors, and sometimes the opposite of laughter.


The Holler Homestead is known in our area for our home roasted coffee (it takes less time to roast your own than drive to the store), elephant garlic, stone ground flour and hand rolled oats. We also help people learn how to preserve food and are keenly interested in self sufficient living.


Y’all, I have not listened to episode one since about a week after recording it to figure out how I could be a better podcaster. It feels like so much has changed, and it has. But the core, the mission, the motivation is still the same as it was on day one. Do you know how good that makes me feel? Also a bit surprised.


Back in 2016, this podcast was my only creative outlet. It was an attempt to reach more people who were interested not only on homesteading but it taking whatever steps in their life that they could to build something for them, outside the system, to live as they saw fit, without buying into the societal expectaitons – and without asking permission.


>>GexX on Tiktok and the FIFO approach to life<<

  • Fearlessness
  • Hypothesis, test, conclusion
  • Culture to support others who take that same approach 


We live in a time where everything is at your fingertips and some people think that is the problem, but it isnt. The problem is that because everything is at our fingertips, people mistakenly think that theoretical learning replaces practical application. And as we like to say around here: Sheep don’t read books.

The book learning is helpful. In fact, I am 1 lesson in on Spirko’s composting course and that theoretical knowledge will greatly impact how we make compost at the Holler Homestead, but just nerding out on bacteria and fungi on the internet will not make the plants outside my back window thrive.


Today, in celebration of eight years, i wanted to look at some of the reasons why LFTN, and the Holler Homestead have become what they are today – 


Why homesteading?


  • Homesteading Mindset teaches us to create value with what we have so that we set a foundation of bringing value to others and can tap into the value that others bring to us. It is NOT a piece of land. 
  • The threat of our society and economy – Back to the land and preserving heritage skills.
  • Homesteading’s natural offspring is freedom – like the true kind of freedom you build by no longer GAF about what you used to think you could not live without (which creates weakness)
  • Your health is the biggest gift you were given and the commercial food system is poison
  • Heals your spirit through seasonal connection, sun light, bacterial connection and more


As I think back on the past eight years of this podcast, I started out by wanting to share my personal planner with yall. That was the beginnings of My3Things. And the most surprising thing that happened was the community that we have become and that grows as we share episodes, help one another, get together to do GSD weekends and so much more.


8 years ago, I did not think we would become a counter economy and underground network (Explain more about this).


8 years ago, I was lucky if one person would come to Chicken day and new we fill event venues, sell out a spring workshop every year, and keep finding more people who want to opt out of the current “normal” and create a better life for themselves and their families.


Eight years ago, I had no idea I would talk this long, and I only have because of yall. 


Why Community

  • Homesteaders were never alone
  • It is easy to attack one, but hard to attack many and remain in power (Raw milk story)
  • We all need to learn to keep building and we cannot do that without one another


Health | Community | Wealth


8 years. 






The biggest surprise I had when listening to that old episode was the coffee. In 2016, I sorta did coffee roasting as a side hustle to earn a few hundred dollars. That Nicole did not think she could fin 15-20k to get a commercial roaster. That Nicole still thought that changing policy in our current political structure from the inside would work. That Nicole had no CLUE that she would earn the bulk of her income in just eight years from selling coffee through the mail all over the world. 


That Nicole already LOVED coffee she just did not see a way to tap into that love.


But that Nicole took a step, started a podcast, set a vision, and walked a little bit each day. And Holler Roast Coffee went from sometimes at the farmers market to what it is today. One steep at a time.


Some of you may wonder why I get a glazed over look when you talk to me about your idea that you are excited about only to tell me why you can’t go for it. In those moments, I am trying to decide how to best give you a little push. Some people love to be tied to the back of a truck on a skateboard and taken for a fast ride around the block. Others will back further away from their dream because it was all they could do to talk to me about it to begin with.

They are almost sorry to admit that they love whatever it is that they are telling me they love. As if it is not OK for them to yearn for a slower, simpler way of life. Or it is not OK for them to love knitting, soap making, bone broth, building things with their hands, and so many other things.


You love what you love and the truly sad thing is that we got programmed to think that loving something as physical as farming, or carpentry, or a gagillion other “non intellectual” pursuits is somehow less.


That is the biggest beast to overcome is that misplaced belief that non intellectual jobs are less. If you are going to spend most of your time building a future based on something you hate because it fits someone elses definition of what is a worthy pursuit, you miss your chance to do something you love. You miss the change for your job to not feel like a job.


Someone once asked me if I thought I would be satisfied just being a coffee roaster. They insinuated that being a coffee roaster was not worthy of my smarts.


To which I answered: yes.


So why coffee? Because I LOVE coffee, plain and simple. I love finding beans, roasting them. I dont love packing and shipping them which is why the new Kcups are done by a copacker.


But the idea that roasting coffee is somehow now worthy as a valid pursuit? Absurd and the day you realize your passion is worthy of your time no matter what anyone else thinks, is they day you choose freedom over programming.


Here’s to 8 years, almost 1000 episodes, and to what comes next.


Make it a great week!


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