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Today we talk about things catching on fire that should not be on fire, a surprise home invasion, a rabbit update, and more!

Featured Event: Seed Exchange and Potluck, Tomorrow 1-3pm

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Listener Feedback

Just listened to your podcast talking about your troubles with the dishwasher and oven. Don’t have any words of wisdom for the dishwasher, but the oven, if the igniter is glowing and the gas is not coming on, the issue still could be with the igniter. If it’s glowing more of a red orange then a white orange, it might be cracked or just not getting hot enough for the controller to bring on the gas. I don’t know if there’s a way to diagnose it other than just by the color or replacing it, but had that issue a number of years ago on my parents oven and replacing the igniter fixed it.

Hope that can be of help,

Andy

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I am listening to a rather new episode. 

So this is my pantry porn, it is sooooo bad. You know those Crates for traveling with cats on a plane? Well, when you unscrew them each half takes about 12 mason jars. And they fit under the couch. Lovely. I use screw top bottles – I am not in the States to use the lovely Ball jars, but am able to safely and efficiently pressure can with a canner I had to order in! 

These jars are a pint or a pint and a bit (720gr-ish).

The other photo is about managing stock. It is not 100% effective but does work. 

I got a template from somewhere and adapted it for us. The table has lines for the items, like tomato or cucumber or meat or whatever, and little empty jars. 

When I canned something it gets one line through. When it has been used, a cross. 

So this is my inventory (spelling?!) for what my husband and I use in a year (I started it in July last year, so I recorded what I still had. This year will be my second season using a pressure canner, so the volumes I can do at a time is already much higher than a silly 4 jars at a time in my small stock pot… Whoo hoo. 

Hope this may be useful. The pictures are horrible, like good pantry porn should be. 

 

Forage

  • Wild Mustard Flowers are here!
  • Watercress is still beat back from the flooding
  • Same early spring greens as last week

Livestock

  • Rabbit ear mite update
  • 3 am home invasion
  • Moving sheep
  • Still on lamb watch
  • Eggapalooza is on
  • Something’s on fire

Grow

  • Seeds germinated!
  • Still need to plant potatoes
  • Swiss chard and parsley
  • Murdering fire ants

 

Holler Neighbors/Community

  • Big boost from the Eversoles
  • Reupping the monthly homesteader meetups

Infrastructure

  • Fencing

Finances

  • No update

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Join me at 2pm CT for a live interview with the Canny Couple. We will talk about their move into building a life they want to live on their terms, freedom, homesteading and more!y to it all.

Featured Event: March 17-21, 2024, Self Reliance Voices: Lessons from Legends
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About Aaron and Julia
We are a small homestead family that has been slowly building our homestead for many years, merging homesteading and frugality. We work everyday on being more self-reliant on a budget. We have officially became 100% debt free, which has lead to some amazing changes for our homestead.

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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. 

et’s talk about building freedom through following your butchering passion with the guys from Hand Hewn Farm. Both Doug and Andy will join us to talk shop and take your questions live!

Want to grab one of the 8 remaining spots in their class April 4 & 5 in Camden, tn? Here is the link: https://selfreliancefestival.com/product/pig-processing/

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FREE WEBINAR! March 17-21 selfreliancefestival.com/webinar

Don’t miss the Hand Hewn Farm Processing Workshop, April 4-5

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Join me as I share with you three things about being on solar that I did not realize I would experience as well as our usual Monday segments.

Featured Event: Self Reliance Voices: Lessons from Legends

Sponsor 1: InvestableWealth.com

Sponsor 2: EMPSHIELD.COM, coupon code LFTN

Livestream Schedule

  • Tuesday Live with Hand Hewn Farms, 12:30PM CT
  • Wednesday Interview with The Canny Couple, 2pm CT
  • Thursday SRF Live: 7pm CT
  • Friday Homestead Happenings, 9:30AM CT

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • We’ve been eating lots of green beans because I lack motivation to make more effort
  • Makin Bacon
  • Still in a use it up phase and I canned so much more bone broth than w e need

Weekly Shopping Report from Joe

Dollar Tree

  • Drink coolers are partially empty i
  • Red Bull products for $2.50. 
  • Plenty of drinks on the shelves. 
  • The food coolers are mostly full too.

Aldi was rather crowded. Stock levels looked good, and we found everything we wanted. Staple prices were: 

  • eggs: $2.78; 
  • whole milk: $2.86 (-); 
  • heavy cream: $5.19; 
  • OJ: $3.29; 
  • butter: $3.69; 
  • bacon: $4.25; 
  • potatoes: $3.99; 
  • sugar: $3.09; 
  • flour: $2.29;
  • 80% lean ground beef: $4.59 (+).

Home Depot has  a lot of bulbs, vines, and onion starts in a row of islands in the front. The tool islands have lots of empty compartments. There are still specials going for Milwaukee 12V “Red Lithium” tools and batteries, with just a few of the Ryobi USB-charged tools left, and some 18V One+ items. Fire extinguishers area was full, including various smoke and CO alarms. 

A 2x4x8 remains at $3.38.

Untainted regular has dropped a dime to $3.599/gallon.

Frugality Tip from Margo without a t

Ever tried a new recipe and it ended up not what you thought it was going to be? Don’t throw it out, do something else with it. I recently tried a new humus recipe and it turned out like a soup. 

So I made some pasta, poured this roasted red pepper chickpea sauce on it, added some roasted tomatoes and a little homemade Italian salad dressing and boom, it is now a pretty darn good pasta salad. Maybe add some roasted chicken to it. The possibilities are endless… And now after writing this, I could have made a soup too. 

It can be frustrating to make something that doesn’t turn out like you want, but to me it’s more frustrating to throw good food away. Get creative, who knows you might accidentally make something you will make again one day. 

Operation Independence

  • Avoiding the need to buy a new appliance through appliance repair
  • Mechanical appliances and helpful video – NEED LINK FROM T – Sorry guys i will update it here when he sends it!!

Main topic of the Show: 3 Lessons Learned after 1 Month of Solar

Reference: HackMyHomestead.com

Background on the solar system and how we sized it. 

How long it took for it to work right and barriers to functioning that we ran into.

The lessons:

  1. Know Your Why, Don’t Be Rosy Eyed About The Savings, Choose Wisely
    1. Sized based on budget for resilience
    2. Developed to be scalable as in we can add batteries and panels if we like
    3. Reputable companies for equipment means we got a free upgrade when a new model came out
  2. Installing solar into an existing home will teach you things about the wiring that you had no idea about. 
    1. Found Bad Wiring
    2. Found Bad Grounding
    3. Needed to get some other things up to code for safety not just because of codes
  3. Access to the real time data helps you make wiser decisions
    1. Time of day to use water and why I have changed
    2. The clogged spin down filters
    3. Cloudy days make me even less happy than they used to
    4. Trimming Trees and the Big Picture
    5. Frosty mornings
    6. Snow and dust and panel cleaning

Bonus observation: Knowing the why and how it fits into my long term energy resilience plan has really helped me embrace the system, learn more about solar, and not have dispatched expectations. Also, batteries are WAAAAAAAY more important than panels. You do get a tax credit FWIW.

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Today we talk about fencing decisions, the training center, a seed exchange next week and more with the Tactical Redneck.

Featured Event: March 16 seed exchange and potluck: https://www.livingfreeintennessee.com/event/seed-exchange-and-potluck/ 

Sponsor 1: https://bit.ly/3MBBELx, Coupon Code LFTN

Sponsor 2: Harvest Right Freeze Dryers: https://affiliates.harvestright.com/1095.html 

Forage

  • Lots of chickweed and deadnettle
  • Watercress has been wiped out by flooding (But it will be back)
  • Dandelion flower and greens (Bitterness)
  • Plantain is up
  • Violet greens (A word on stems)

Livestock

  • Rabbit ear mites and ivermectin
  • Baby lambs are due so we keep expecting to see some
  • Duck coop daily hoe
  • 1 dozen chicken eggs for sale – just one 
  • Eggs are back at enough volume for T’s second dinner
  • Sheep look skinnier than we would like – increased their pellet
  • Goats looking for a new home

Grow

  • Seedlings are in
  • 15 minute homestead: Microswale 1 is fully prepped for mulch application and half way mulched
  • Round 2 of seedlings will happen this weekend/early next week
  • Longevity Spinach is putting off shoots for planting

Holler Neighbors/Community

  • Steve helping with the ac foundation
  • Shooting day and holler neighbor dinner

Infrastructure

  • Pond fencing
  • AC Foundation
  • Rabbit coop

Finances

  • We finally have eggs for sale which means I need to make a sign
  • Time to launch to processing class

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Join me for a group discussion with John Willis of Special Operations Equipment and Jack Spirko 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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Today we talk about how to prepare for, plant and cultivate garlic because a listener sent a note in saying that she had struggled with this. We will also cover our usual Monday segments. And I have something to say about disappointing people and the word no.

Featured Event: March 16 Seed Exchange and Potluck, 1pm-3pm, FREE, https://www.livingfreeintennessee.com/event/seed-exchange-and-potluck/ 

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🎙️ Monday, 2pm, How to Plant and Cultivate Garlic

🎙️ Tuesday, 9:30am, First Tuesday Coffee Chat with Jack Spirko, The Survival Podcast, and John Willis, Special Operations Equipment

🎙️ Wednesday, 2:00pm, Interview with Jessica Kraft

🎙️ Thursday, 7:00pm, SRF Live

🎙️ Friday, 9:30am CT: Homestead Happenings with the Tactical Redneck

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Ky Sustainable Living Expo Presentation: Power Pantry Method
  • Phases of homestead pantry management: Beginning | Intermediate | Advanced | Pro
  • Curing Pork Bellies into bacon – see videos
  • Basturma update
  • Freezer Update

Weekly Shopping Report 2/26

We took our usual trip on Saturday, skipping Home Depot again. We really need our Santa Fe back from the shop to carry large or long loads, like 8′ wood, 10′ PVC, or a half dozen bags of garden soil in addition to our groceries.

The Dollar Tree drink coolers were in much better shape. Will they stay that way? Cue the theme from Jeopardy; they have not been consistent. Other aisles looked good; Sonia found a couple of minor things in there, the typical craft stuff or organizing accessories.

Although we did not go in, the online price of a 2x4x8 at Home Depot is still $3.38.

Aldi has larger crowds than previously, but still not too bad. There was plenty of Masaca, and more of the chocolate I like than I’ve been seeing. Staple prices were: eggs: $2.78; whole milk: $2.93; heavy cream: $5.19 (+50c); OJ: $3.29; butter: $3.69; bacon: $4.25; potatoes: $3.99; sugar: $3.09; flour: $2.29; and 80% lean ground beef: $3.99. The egg price is correct; same as last week, a full dollar higher than the week before.

Untainted regular gasoline is still $3.699/gallon.

Frugality Tip from Justin

I don’t normally think of it in saving money, more about using it all up. Which ends up being very similar in the end.

This tip is for the bars of soap some people use for the shower or at the sink. When the little piece is getting so slim it is getting hard to hold on to it, I don’t throw them away.

I use the technique of scoring from pottery to attach the little piece to a new bar of soap. It will stay there and wear down completely without breaking off and being wasted if done properly.

I get both the new bar and the small sliver nice and wet and soapy (perhaps use them in the shower). Then I use a comb to put scratch marks in both pieces where they will press together. Anything hard and pointy enough to make marks in the soap will probably work for this.

Next I press them together very firmly. I try to use my palms to press them together with no gaps. I also try to not let them slide around at this point, I want them to start welding together. After they have bonded a bit, I will add some more score marks around the seams of the two pieces. 

Once the pieces have been scored and pressed together I set them down on the soap dish to dry. The next day they are bonded as if they were made that way at the factory and the different colored piece of the last bar will simply wear down until nothing remains but the new bar. And the new bar will be welded onto the next ad infinitum.

Community Highlight: 

What to do when you disappoint people.

Sunshine Prepper

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Operation Independence: Let things go when you need to

Rams and goats oh my.

Main topic of the Show: Planting and Cultivating Garlic

Why we are doing this

How to choose your garlic: Hardneck vs soft neck

Sourcing Seed Garlic: Baker’s Creek, Seed Savers, RareSeeds

Example: https://www.rareseeds.com/garlic-music-1-2-lb

  • Seed versus bulbs

Preparing your planting area

When to plant

Mulching practices

Watering needs

When Are they Ready to harvest?

Processing Garlic After Harvest

Storing fresh garlic

Other ways to store garlic

Choosing garlic for replanting

A garlic business idea

 

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Today we talk about changing our approach to sheep, mindset in assessing homestead finances, egg influx, the power of community and more.

Featured event: Last change for early bird pricing: https://selfreliancefestival.com/?aff=nicolesauce 

Sponsor 1: DiscountMylarBags.com

: 400;”>Sponsor 2: Mastersingers of Cookeville Unity in the Community Concert Sunday at 3pm, https://mastersingersinc.com/product/unity-in-the-community-viii/ 

Forage

  • Stinging nettle
  • Dandelion
  • No mushrooms this week but morel season is upon us

Livestock

  • The priority talk
  • The ram decision
  • Catching the baby ram
  • 5 eggs a day on the ducks and 4 a day on the chickens
  • Time to reset the coop

Grow

  • Seedling shelves are in – seedlings are not
  • Peas have not yet germinated
  • Swiss chard is starting to come on
  • IMO week

Holler Neighbors/Community

  • Chasing sheep as a neighborhood activity
  • Community connections through MAGS
  • 1 Million Satoshi give Away

Infrastructure

  • Fence Posts and Fencing
  • Pond fencing
  • Failed dishwasher and repairing vs replacing

Finances

  • Currently measuring in terms of not needing to buy food rather than generation profit

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Today, we help Ken Eash find ways to accelerate his coaching business. This is a flash mob of the best kind and YOU may be the key to it all.

Featured Event: https://www.livingfreeintennessee.com/event/self-reliance-through-permaculture/ March 2 in Crossville, TN $25

Sponsor 1: The Wealthsteading Podcast: https://bit.ly/3oPLTmr 

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About the Accelerator Program: https://www.livingfreeintennessee.com/2024/01/30/accelerator/

Apply to be accelerated: https://www.livingfreeintennessee.com/2024/01/29/accelerator-application/

The Experts

Shawn Mills, Hack My Homestead https://hackmyhomestead.com/ 

Toolman Tim Cook: https://www.toolmantim.co/ 

Nicole Sauce: https://www.nicolesauce.com/ 

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Find Ken Eash: https://www.empoweringforwardmomentum.com/membership-8916

A brainstorm discussion with Ken as he developes the next phase of his business

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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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