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In today’s episode, we replay a timely episode from last year. Because squash happens. And because Nicole Sauce is traveling.

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The Dog Days of summer are upon us and winter is coming. Are you ready for it? Today, we will talk about what you should can do now to prepare for the winter, whether you are in the city or on a homestead like we are.

Next week’s show will be a replay of a former episode because I will be out of town for my grandmother’s funeral.

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Eating Seasonally and Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • This is where we share what we are eating as it comes to us – and talk about ways to use what we store.
  • It got very very hot her: Tomatoes on hold but they will probably all ripen at once when I am at my grandma’s funeral. Alas.
  • So. Much. Squash.
  • “Where is the fruit?” I think the mild winter paired with a late frost has left us mostly fruitless around here.

What we are preserving this week
Where we share what we are preserving for winter storage

  • Nothing – headed out of town 🙂


Handy summer checklist for winter preparation in the summer:
Make a list of what you should be ready for

  • Higher heat bills
  • Snow
  • Higher food bills
  • Christmas
  • Getting stuck in your home with no power
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder

Audit your list – and take care of the things now that are better done when it is light out, warm out, and important. Here is my list:

Audit the food stored – pantry and freezers – because I am most likely to get iced in for a week or so
Use up the old and plan to replenish the new
The can of sauerkraut in the back
Animal feed and bedding

Maintenance on winter technology
Backup heaters
Winter equipment like snow shovels, blowers, etc
Anti-freeze set up for animal’s water

Do the chores now that are rough in a snow storm
Get your firewood going and stored
Water filters in the pump house and general pipe maintenance
Gutter check, paint, decks, etc
Clean out the clutter
Make it so you can easily access the important things

I know – winter seems so far away right now, but it is coming faster than you think. A little care now will help your transition into the cold, dark part of the year. And in Winter is when we catch our breath on the Homestead.

Make it a great week!

Song: Grandpa’s Song by Sauce

You’re in for a good show today, it’s a variety show! That’s right, today I will roll through feedback and questions sent in by you, our listeners!

  • A question on building a WordPress business
  • Getting a side hustle started
  • Stinging Nettle uses and recipes
  • How to make bacon
  • Holler Roast Update

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Today, we will explore ideas of how to squeeze extra value out of things you already have. Because the old model of having a J O B for your whole life, then retiring into a time of RVs and margaritas on the beach is not necessarily what the future holds with the basis of how our society functions economically changing so quickly.

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In today’s show, we will hear a bunch of reality checks for the homesteader. Summer has arrived, and there is lots to do. The animals can be grumpy when it is hot. My garden is in an interesting state. Plus we got two goats and they’ve been teaching me a ton, and, after years of offering, my sister trusted me with two nieces for Holler Homestead Summer Camp.

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Today we walk through the process of canning green beans along with tips on how NOT to contract botulism on accident, I’ll share with you how the power of social capital is moving our coffee business along, and we will have an update on Hey Hey, the orphaned baby chick.

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But before we do that: I wanted to share with you a new experience I had: Swarm.City.

  • What it is
  • Why you might care
  • The “Slack”

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Today, we are back on track with an episode about homesteading life. I will talk a little bit about going off grid, when it does and does not make sense, as well as share with you the analysis that my friend Shawn over at HackMySolar did here at the Holler Homestead. And no, he isn’t paying me to talk about this. But if you have not checked out his website HackMySolar.com and you are interested in solar and other off-grid things, check out his site.

I will share with you some of the chaos of raising both chickens and ducks and what happens when the duck hatches baby chickens. I’ve got a good question in about coffee roasters and what to consider when upgrading. Samantha the Savings Ninja has a special message you may want to listen to before Father’s Day. And finally, I’ll share a personal story of pain that ended well because my animal first aid kit and human first aid kits were well stocked.

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Happy Birthday to LivingFreeInTennessee.com. LFTN launched on May 21, 2016 with our first ever episode: http://livingfreeintennessee.com/2016/05/20/episode-1-living-free-in-tennessee/

With the pig roast, Holler Roast Kickstarter, and sudden influx of awesome visitors who descended and started knocking out our new coffee roasting room, I missed it!

Today, we will go over the third canning project just in time for Tennessee Berry Picking Season: How to make and can jam, and I will give you all an update on the Holler Roast Project.

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Today we have an interview with some folks who I have known for a long time, but who I never met until this past weekend. We talk about building resilience into your life on LFTN, but we don’t examine very closely how communities, real communities work. Communities of people willing to put aside small differences of opinion to help one another. Self reliance and taking care of yourself is important.  So we will talk about how a scrappy group of independent people who love homesteading, learning new things, and increase stability in their lives and in the lives of those around them found each other, built trust, and became a tight community despite having never really met. I’ll also give you an update on how the pig roast went and tell you how the Holler Roast Kickstarter went!

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Howdy everyone,

Exciting news! Jack Spirko over at The Survival Podcast interviewed me today! Check out the podcast, “Building Local Demand for a Niche Market.”

Let me know what you think.

Nicole Sauce