Today we take a bit of a dive into finding like-minded people should mean, if it is a good idea, and how to make community work.

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Livestream Schedule:

  • Joel Ryals Live Tuesday at 2pm on my YT
  • No Wednesday Live this week
  • SRF Final Q & A Session Thursday at 7pm. SRF YT

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Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • FD Food is great for travel
  • Tomato wall is disconnected and we are letting tomatoes ripen on the vines
  • Auditing Pantry for On Site Food for SRF Staff

Weekly Shopping Report from Joe

We made this week’s trip on Sunday, with three stops. Traffic seemed a little heavy, but it must have been church traffic, because the store parking lots seemed relatively empty.

The first stop was Dollar Tree. Ginny on Homestead Corner said her Dollar Tree (somewhere in Maine) was running out of things, and holes were being masked by plastic items spread out on shelves, but I did not see that in ours. The Health aisle has still not been restocked, but everything else looks pretty full.

Next was Home Depot. A 2x4x8 remains at $3.98. The battery carrels at checkout are only 1/3 full, but I noticed some additional islands with batteries. They may be switching things around, as the carrels are mostly Duracell and Ray-o-Vac, but the islands are Ever-ready (Energizer). The store is otherwise well-stocked. While getting some 3-in-1 oil, I found a 26″ RainX wiper blade there for only $11, so snatched that up. If you need wiper blades, they don’t have a lot of them, but if your Home Depot has your size, that’s an excellent price.

Aldi was last. I don’t recall any notable price changes, but there seemed a lot less variety in the chips and snacks area. Produce looked good, the meat area had decent stock, and we found a couple of frozen turkey breasts which we had not seen there for a while. At $11 each, I’m glad we’ll get at least a few meals from each one.

At my last fill, untainted regular was still $4.199/gallon. 

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Operation Independence

SRF Might make a profit this time! 125% focused on the event. (Also tickets go up Wed after 12pm)

Today’s Sponsor: Paul Wheaton of Wheaton Labs and Permies.com

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Main topic of the Show:  On Like-Mindedness

Back to the Land and Like-Minded People

What do we mean when we say like minded?

What should we mean when we say like minded?

Thoughts about critical thinking skills

Trust the Science and asking questions

Creating communities of like-minded people

Don’t sweat the small stuff

Assessing if something is a CRITICAL difference or a small difference

None of my business

Landing: Like mindedness is very important if we break things down to core values, but our human tendency is to equate strong opinions on a variety of things with core values. However, when we reach further, we often find that the BIG differences of opinion that we have are other people’s talking points, or things grounded in the HOW not the WHY or the WHAT. 

We can do better and focus on real goals that make a real difference when we learn to look beyond the spin and work together on core outcomes.

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Today is a Sunday so we have an interview show and today’s guest is someone I have wanted to chat with for a long time: Survival Punk! His is a story of setting personal priorities early on in life and sticking to them – something I did NOT do! 

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Main content of the show

James takes a rational, creative approach to self-reliance, applying a punk DIY ethic to survivalism without any of the fear mongering or “tinfoil hattery” found in some other areas of the survivalist movement.

  • Why live in a tiny house
  • Who should live in one
  • How can you be a survivalist in one?
  • How can you live in a tiny house with a family
  • How can you afford one?
  • Problems with tiny houses

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Every Friday, we record our Homestead Happenings update, followed by a questions and answers session. Today’s podcast is the questions and answers session from yesterday’s podcast. We cover: disappearing sheep, the light at the end of the fencing tunnel, why you will lose livestock if you do not check in every day, and the transition to fall.

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Main content of the show

Replay of Friday’s Homestead Happenings from YT

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TO6dKzDqT_o

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Today we talk about disappearing sheep, the light at the end of the fencing tunnel, why you will lose livestock if you do not check in every day, and the transition to fall.

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Forage

  • Jerusalem artichoke
  • Persimmons
  • Watercress
  • Mint

Livestock

  • Duck Story
  • Sheep Story
  • Shoring up rodent proofness of the coop
  • Rabbit is due if she is pregnant
  • Final “clearing evolution” with Sheep

Grow

  • Winding garden down and not doing a fall garden
  • Ramping up indoor lettuce right after SRF
  • Green beans are poppin with watering and late season peppers
  • Pulling out the tomato wall after srf

Holler Neighbors/Community

  • Showing Eversoles how to do animals
  • Proposing a weekly Holler Neighbor Dinner after SRF
  • SRF!

Infrastructure

  • Can finally see how to set up sheep fencing better
  • Winter shelter strategies initiated

Finances

  • Let’s just say, we don’t buy meat: Chicken Tacos from the pterodactyl

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Join us as we talk to a revolving set of folks who will be coming to Self Reliance Festival in a week and a half! Ask us anything. Billy Bond, Ken Eash, Stephen Boone, Brian Norton.

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Today, we talk about working against nature and ask an important question: why?

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Every Friday, we record our Homestead Happenings update, followed by a questions and answers session. Today’s podcast is the questions and answers session from yesterday’s podcast. We cover: rat poison, sheep, Self Reliance Festival, the new Holler Neighbors, and more.

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Main content of the show

Replay of the Tuesday Live on Youtube.

Episode 620 – Homestead Happenings for Sept 16, 2022

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Fall is taking hold in the Holler. We still could use more rain, but it is much cooler. The second wave of plants is upon us and we are preparing for winter.

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Forage

  • Someone else got persimmons
  • Mullein seeds we scattered are taking hold

Livestock

  • I hit a duck
  • Sick sheep (Bloat or obstructions)
  • 9 days ahead on paddock shifting
  • Still no babies
  • Goats are trained to electric and rotating
  • Need to move the bees

Grow

  • Steady flow of green beans
  • Tomatoes coming on the regular but close to done
  • Peppers coming on
  • Lots of basil and herbs to process
  • Preparing for the Food Forest Class in October

Holler Neighbors/Community

  • Eversoles moved egg layers into basecamp
  • Trained housesitters for SRF – STILL need someone for the Friday before

Infrastructure

  • Rebuilding the 4 wheelers
  • Upgraded goat pasture to be the hub for the whole property

Finances

  • Nothing to report

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Today we talk about building market share and defense dogs with Joel Ryals and John Willis.

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Living Free in Tennessee

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Main content of the show

Replay of the Tuesday Live on Youtube.

https://youtu.be/iZu5x12LAW0

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Today, we will talk about learning new things as you dive into homesteading or anything else. I realized over the weekend that we have many new listeners interested in growing food, cooking, prepping, starting a new business. Let’s talk about analysis paralysis and getting going!

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Livestream Schedule This Week

  • Wednesday Live at 12:30pm with Joel Ryals of FortressK9 and John Willis
  • Friday at 9:30 Central – Homestead Happenings (assuming my internet works!)

Self Reliance Festival

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Prepping food for the Food Forest Workshop, Oct 28 & 29
  • Green Beans are all canned
  • Less Salsa this year due to dearth of peppers
  • The Tomato Rat is gone

Frugality Tip

  • Get yours in!

Shopping Report: 09/10/2022

The entire weekend is likely to be dreary and rainy, so we went during light sprinkles, thinking it may be worse later. Traffic was moderate. We made three stops.

The first stop was Dollar [twenty-five] Tree. The Health aisle still looked rather picked, but other shelves, particular in foods, were stuffed.

Home Depot was next. A 2x4x8 remains at $4.48. The store was normal-busy, and I didn’t notice any holes. They have a good number of chest freezers now taking up space in at least a couple of aisles. I think $179 was the price for a 5 cu.ft. model. If we had the space…

The battery carrels were mixed. The coin-cells were fully stocked, but the more typical sizes (AAA up to D) had massive holes, such as only the center one of three columns being stocked on one side. If you need batteries, you’ll still find them, but levels are definitely declining. Many are made in China, so with very few cargo ships coming from there now, I expect them to run out. I saw a couple of end-of-season deals on a couple of the Ryobi One+ outdoor tools, and hope that is just starting and will spread.

Aldi was last. Canned cat food has jumped a whopping 14c/can, to 54c. Bacon has dropped to $3.99 (from $4.3?). They had plenty of TP. The meat selection was a little better; we added more pork, some of which will find its way into the slow-cooker by the end of the weekend. They had decent amounts of the canned tea I like, and the instant coffee that Sonia has been drinking. Produce was very well stocked and looked good.

I saw only a few face-diapers on this trip. At my last fill, untainted regular gasoline was $4.399. I’m seeing much lower prices on the corrupted stuff; I want to say as low as $3.199, which is a huge difference.

Operation Independence

Today’s Sponsor: Paul Wheaton of Wheaton Labs & Permies.com

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For only $5 bucks, you can check out the full movie that details the development of two different models of solar dehydrators at Wheaton Labs, and all the successes and challenges with each.

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Main topic of the Show: Learning New Things

Sometimes we forget how hard the things we do on an everyday basis were way back when we started doing them. As y’all know, LFTN hit a tipping point this year. We are growing faster than ever. In fact, if you want to help us grow – please share the episodes you find most helpful. The more people we bring into the LFTN community, the more of us there are who are building food savings account, becoming more financially stable, and learning new skills.

Which brings me to today’s topic: Learning New Things

  • Why LFTN is focused on what we are focused on
  • The basics: Sometimes we gloss over things that were hard years ago
  • Stepping back and re-explaining some things – so many ideas: 
    • Cook With What You Have series that starts with “How to use a knife” (Because if you grow the food, you must also prepare it)
    • Pantry Basics
    • Preserving Food: drying, freezing, canning, root cellar (And how this is done in NOT homestead environments)
    • Planning your day for success: Ideas for scheduling busy and not so busy days (Crockpot example)
    • Vampire audit
  • What learning new things feels like
    • Anxiety
    • Confusion (all the new terms)
    • Learning Iteration 1 – baseline concepts
    • Actually try the thing
    • Learning Iteration 2 – NOW some things make sense
    • Actually try the thing again – analyze it
    • Learning Iteration 3 – Deal with identified roadblocks/mental blocks (sometimes we call a friend at this point)
    • Actually try the thing again – analyze it
    • Learning Iteration 4 – I finally know WHERE to start learning the thing! When I talk about it, I lose people at learning iteration 1
      • Visual words vs conceptual words
      • Analogies
  • Call to action: 
    • LFTN Social networks (Mentors and newbys – it is all good)
    • No question that is based in learning something new is a stupid question (Ways to respond to questions) (PANTRY STORY)
    • Addressing the overwhelm: One thing at a time – sort of

What do you want to hear about that you are trying to learn?

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