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You can learn all the things about permaculture and zones and planning and STILL get into bad habits.

For the past 17 years, the Holler Homestead kitchen garden has been in a place affectionately known as Sunshine Plot. Out of sight and behind my home, I try to remember to go up there every day to at least take a look at it. Because it is in such a weird location, we have tried to change where livestock was and other things to make my morning coffee roam pass through there.

The things I grow in my aquaponics system get the most care. The garden that Tactical built for himself outside his back door gets plenty of attention. Sunshine plot is managed through methods to help keep things going even if I don’t drop by – with heavy mulch to keep down weeds and automated watering.

Over the past seven years, we have worked hard to adjust the design of this homestead from its original layout to one that integrates zones so that it is easier to maintain and just flows. For seven years, we have oft discussed ways to stretch my zone one to include that garden. For seven years this approach has been just plain silly and it hasn’t worked.

Then Tactical asked the question: Why, after seven years, have we not just moved that garden into your zone one?

Sometimes on your own land, you stop seeing the big picture for the details and the fact is, that garden was there when I moved in. That is why that garden is there seventeen years later. Even better, that garden was there because it WAS in zone one for the original 1880’s era cabin that was first here. You could walk out its door into the kitchen garden which also integrated chickens. I had to take that cabin down due to termite damage which is why I know this.

So my garden, firmly in zone 2, is there because someone who built a one-room cabin in the late 1800s put it in THEIR zone 1 and no one ever moved it after my house was built.

When Tactical asked me this question, it was very clear where the garden should go.

Timing is everything.

He asked this before we were about to embark on a process of transforming my kitchen garden into raised beds so that they would be easier to tend in 20 years. After he asked me this, it was so clear where my raised beds should go it, that there wasn’t any debate on the topic. Just a plan for how many beds and in which configuration.

Which brings me to today. Having JUST become an affiliate with Vevor, I plan to test their $96 raised beds in that space. They have a $70 one too that is smaller. If you are interested in these beds and you use my links to them, I get a small cut. (Use coupon code VVPROMO for 5% off).

I plan to document the advent of this project as we go. Here’s to putting my kitchen garden in zone 1 where she belongs!

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Today we talk about trees coming down on fences and power lines, funky sheep ears, type 1.5 errors in design and more.

Featured Event: Haven Earth Trade School Homestead Bootcamp This Week

Sponsor 1: Kangen Water Collective

Sponsor 2: Self Reliance Festival

Forage

  • Berries
  • Elderflower
  • Day Lillies

Livestock

  • Lambs Ear
  • Escaping Dog
  • Dog Shed Issue
  • Rabbit Tractor No kill list
  • Broody Ducks
  • Baby Duck Fail
  • Goats Getting Out

Grow

  • Tomato Wall Update
  • Lower ap is back up and running
  • Garden is growing slow but steady
  • Garlic is near harvest time
  • Garlic scape issue

Holler Neighbors/Community

  • Chicken Class Update
  • Eversoles Found Land!
  • Homesteaders Alliance

Infrastructure

  • Trees
  • Type 1.5 error

Finances

  • Paying a tree guy

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Today I am joined by Aron Wagner of American Cloud to chat about digital matters.

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Sponsor 2: EMP Shield, Coupon Code LFTN

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Aron Wagner is CEO of American Cloud, a data hosting solution that cares about freedom of speech.

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Join me for a group discussion with John Willis of Special Operations Equipment and members of our community and beyond about building the life you choose, current events, building a durable life, community development, business, getting started, health and more. 

Each Tuesday, we welcome a different guest to tell their story, as well as take your questions live. 

Featured Event: The Self Reliance Festival, SelfRelianceFestival.com

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Join me today for a look at different ways to preserve food at home and ideas on how to make it work in your busy schedule.

Featured Event: Homestead Bootcamp at Haven earth Trade School: https://www.havenearthtradeschool.net/homestead-bootcamp-haven-village

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Sponsor 2: Holler Roast Coffee

Livestream Schedule

  • Tuesday, 12:30PM Live with John Willis and Bear Independent
  • Wednesday, 2:00PM Digital Sovereignty with Aron Wagner from American Cloud
  • Friday, 9:30AM Homestead Happenings with the Tactical Redneck

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Working through the rest of the pork, three meals a week
  • Smoked Pork Rib Roast
  • Bone Broth Overload as it gets hot
  • Drying herbal teas for winter
  • (Must harvest the mints)

Weekly Shopping Report from Joe

Our first stop was Hobby Lobby for some Velcro. Their sewing notions area looked well-stocked.

Next was Home Depot. The store was reasonably busy for a non-weekend day. There is still no price tag on the 2x4x8 studs, but online they have dropped to $3.48. Seems to me I’ve seen some stuff online suggesting the lumber market is “collapsing.” We’ll see…

Last was Aldi. We found everything we wanted. The 70% cacao chocolate was back in stock. It seemed there was more bread than there has been in recent weeks; more pork had returned to the meat coolers, and the cantaloupes were again decent. Staple prices were: bread (20 oz. white): 1.29; eggs: $1.54(-); whole milk: $2.83; heavy cream: $5.29; OJ: $3.29; butter: $3.59; bacon: $3.99; potatoes: $4.49; sugar: $2.99; flour: $2.35; and 80% lean ground beef: $4.09.

A gallon of untainted regular gasoline remains at $3.599.

Frugality Tip NOT from Margo

Quality cabinets are hard to find (ask me how I know). If you have a ReStore nearby, you can find some amazing buys. We were able to get a 14 piece set of wood build cabinets. It included 2 tall units and another one with glass doors. Total cost $1800 before taxes.

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LFTN Community Independence: Chicken Processing

Main topic of the Show: Home Food Preservation For Everyone

As we get into food abundance season, I thought today would be a good time to talk about various home food preservation methods, and how to fit them into your life. Anyone can preserve food and you dont have to invest in tons of infrastructure to do it if you are not yet ready to fully commit.

Growing food and foraging is like printing money when you do it right. Likewise, food preservation is your savings account for winter.

Why Preserve food (Healthier, Saves Time, Savings Account, Skills and resilience)

What are the methods of food preservation

  • Dehydrating
  • Fermenting
  • Curing
  • Removing Exposure to Air (oils, etc)
  • Canning
  • Keeping Cold
  • On the Hoof

TIME SLIDE

What Works Best Where?

How do I create my preservation plan? (The time money grid)

Preserving on a budget/supplies

Example Plan – store what you eat and eat what you store

Fitting it Into Your Busy Life

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Today we talk about observing your flock, transporting workshop chickens, freezer alarms and sensors, a not so great garden update and more.

Featured Event: Haven Earth Trade School Homestead Bootcamp Next Week

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Forage

  • Elderberry are flowering
  • Black Raspberry
  • Mint Harvest 1.0
  • Dandelion Flower
  • Red Clover
  • Jewel Weed
  • Yarrow
  • Queene Anne’s Lace
  • Lambs Quarter

Livestock

  • Observing your flock and the floppy ear
  • Hoof Trimming Challenge
  • Rabbit Update
  • Duck Drake Culling Season
  • Chicken Day
  • Broody Birds

Grow

  • Garden Slug Update
  • Runner Beans and the food forest
  • Fodder Tree Trimming
  • Weedmageddon
  • Volunteer Marigolds
  • Green Bean Challenge – not giving up yet
  • Duck Coop Compost

 

Holler Neighbors/Community

  • Holler Neighbor Chicken Class Help
  • The livestock trailer
  • Basecamp will be available some time in the next 6 months

 

Infrastructure

  • Camper Roof Update
  • Slab Estimates
  • Freezer and a yolink fail
  • Chicken Gut Compost

Finances

  • Nothing to report

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GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. It makes a great Christmas Gift!

 

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Today I am joined by Dalia Monterrosa of Welcome to Chickenlandia about chickens, finding your purpose and more/

Featured Event: June 8 Chicken Class at the Holler Homestead

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Chickenlandia Website: https://welcometochickenlandia.com/

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Dalia Monterroso is a chicken keeper and a popular teacher on the basics of backyard chicken keeping. She speaks and teaches classes on the joys of chicken keeping and is passionate about broadening the community of chicken keepers to be more diverse and inclusive. She is the creator of the website and YouTube channel “Welcome to Chickenlandia”, podcast “Bawk Tawk”, and an online course called “Chickenlandia’s Backyard Chickens 101”. She also hosted a TEDx talk titled “I Dream of Chickens”.

She is also the author of the book, “Let’s All Keep Chickens! The Down-to-Earth Guide to Natural Practices for Healthier Birds and a Happier World”, a comprehensive guide for both beginners and experienced chicken keepers. The book has also gained popularity among homeschooling families, who appreciate its educational value as part of their learning curriculum. Dalia lives in Bellingham, Washington, with her family, continuing her mission to share the joy and simplicity of chicken keeping to the world.

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

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Join me for a group discussion with John Willis of Special Operations Equipment and members of our community and beyond about building the life you choose, current events, building a durable life, community development, business, getting started, health and more. 

Each Tuesday, we welcome a different guest to tell their story, as well as take your questions live. 

Featured Event: The Self Reliance Festival, SelfRelianceFestival.com

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

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Join me today as I share some ways that we thrive through power outages learned by spending days without power over the years. Some of these tips are things no one thinks to tell you.

Featured Event: SelfRelianceFestival.com

Sponsor 1: HollerRoast.com

Sponsor 2: The Wealthsteading Podcast

Livestream Schedule

Tuesday: 9:30am Live with Jack Spirko and John Willis

Wednesday: 2pm all about Chickens with Dalia Monterosso of Chickenlandia

Friday: 9:30a, Homestead Happenings with the Tactical Redneck

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Green beans are GONE!
  • Bone broth every day. Cant wait to get my jars back
  • Freeze drying eggs and other abundance
  • Air drying wild herbal teas
  • Might actually pick and freeze some wild raspberries this week. Might
  • Looking back at pulling the roof from the prepper pantry and redoing it so things are moisture tight in the next few months

Weekly Shopping Report

Our first stop on this Friday’s shopping trip was Home Depot, primarily for bird seed. There is still no tag on the 2x4x8 studs, but the online price is still $3.73.

Our only other stop was Aldi. They have run out of 70% cacao chocolate again. I saw more trays of salmon than usual, in lesser amounts per tray; it’s priced per pound, so that’s not “shrinkflation,” apparently just a packing choice. Other meat choices looked a little sparse, with no pork butts and not a lot of ribs; fewer trays of ground beef as well. Lunch meat remains in good supply. Over in Produce, there was a big box of cantaloupe, but they all looked sorry, so we passed on those. The bananas (and other fruits and Bidens) looked good. Staple prices were: bread (20 oz. white): 1.29; eggs: $1.79; whole milk: $2.83; heavy cream: $5.29; OJ: $3.29; butter: $3.59 (-); bacon: $3.99; potatoes: $4.49; sugar: $2.99; flour: $2.35; and 80% lean ground beef: $4.09.

A gallon of untainted regular gasoline remains at $3.599.

Operation Independence

Chicken Processing and the PURGE

Main topic of the Show: 

Seventeen years ago, when I came to the Holler Homestead, some of the first things we did to the place was get set up to thrive through power outages. Back then they were rare and often repaired within an hour or two but growing up in a place where ice storms blew through every few years and no one was really set up for them – well that had set a foundation for things I wanted to make certain were handled no matter where I chose to live.

So much has changed from the early days, including how much time it takes to get things up and running when the power goes out, frequency of power outages, and how gracefully we weather these times.

Yesterday, I sold off two inverters that I had. They were intended to turn my car into a generator in the event of a power outage so that I could cool things down in my fridges and freezers and not have to panic pressure can all the meats here. As I watched them find a new home, I realized that we have not done a show with tips on how to thrive (not just survive) through power outages. Especially the kind that last a long time.

This show is for folks who are on grid but who want to do better when the grid goes down.

  1. Embrace the suck (Which is that you will be putting more effort into comfort during a power outage)
  2. Emotional boosts: rechargeable light bulbs, lanterns, hot coco and a way to make it, story time or other entertainment, having a known plan
  3. Have a plan – make sure everyone knows the plan and their roles, be cross trained, bonus points if it is documented (Mine isn’t)
  4. Tips
    1. Reduce what you cool or heat (Why I have a wood stove)
    2. Use what you have: camping supplies, the propane grill outside, your tent for sleeping in the summer at night, etc.
    3. Inverter/generator is a game changer BUT
      1. While they are in use take everything from the fridge that you plan to use for the day and keep it in a small cooler
      2. Countertop ice maker is a game changer
      3. Consolidate fridges and freezers so they are full
      4. Use paper plates and dish bins bins and wash 1-2 times a day WHILE IT IS STILL LIGHT OUT
    4. Top off battery operated devices while driving if you will be driving (Cigarette chargers with multiple USB Ports). Bonus points if you have power bricks
    5. Fast to cook meals, or low and slow in an insulated bin (or rock pot)
    6. What can you function stack? Woodstove is a crockpot and water heater
  5. Some things to consider for long term resilience
    1. What do you have that ONLY works with electricity and which of these things need to be handled to keep everyone thriving? (HVAC, Cooking, Drying, Lighting, Internet Equipment, Entertainment, Medical Equipment, Animal Habitat like aquariums or ponds)
    2. Can you shift to an alternative? (Gas, Wood, Camping Gear, Regenerative technology, Hard copies, do without)
    3. Can you use a battery supply for the things that you NEED? (Built in battery (A rechargeable device), Power bricks, battery bank, solar device)
    4. Can you find a way to regenerate the things that take power? (Hydro, wind, solar, gases, wood, gravity, hooking up a bike, composting. Etc.

A word on communications.

Mostly make it fun.

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Join us for a spontaneous Homestead Happenings today. We talk about the glamper, gardens, food forest, duck cave and more.

Featured event: June 9 Poultry Processing Class

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Sponsor 2: HollerRoast.com

 

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GUYS! Don’t forget about the cookbook, Cook With What You Have by Nicole Sauce and Mama Sauce. It makes a great Christmas Gift!

 

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