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The homesteading podcast dedicated to the pursuit of self-sufficiency, self reliance, and sustainability. Brian is a 4th generation homesteader located in beautiful upstate NY. Along with his wife, Bonnie (also a 4th generation homesteader) and their son Brian Jr., Brian has been actively homesteading on a 2 acre piece of land since 2008. This podcast is dedicated to their journey and is a call for others to join them in pursuing self sufficiency, self reliance, and sustainability.

The homesteading podcast dedicated to the pursuit of self-sufficiency, self reliance, and sustainability. Brian is a 4th generation homesteader located in beautiful upstate NY. Along with his wife, Bonnie (also a 4th generation homesteader) and their son Brian Jr., Brian has been actively homesteading on a 2 acre piece of land since 2008. This podcast is dedicated to their journey and is a call for others to join them in pursuing self sufficiency, self reliance, and sustainability.

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The homesteading podcast dedicated to the pursuit of self-sufficiency, self reliance, and sustainability. Brian is a 4th generation homesteader located in beautiful upstate NY. Along with his wife, Bonnie (also a 4th generation homesteader) and their son Brian Jr., Brian has been actively homesteading on a 2 acre piece of land since 2008. This podcast is dedicated to their journey and is a call for others to join them in pursuing self sufficiency, self reliance, and sustainability.

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English


Episodes

S1E82 Should We Get Goats? Should You? With Special Guest Deborah Niemann

5/10/2021
On this episode I am pleased to be joined by two wonderful guests. My lovely wife Bonnie joins me as we talk to Deborah Niemann from thriftyhomesteader.com. Deborah is the author of several books, including Homegrown and Homemade and Raising Goats Naturally. She is also the host of the podcast, "For the Love of Goats". We talk about how goats can be great contributors to a homestead and how many times they get an undeserved "bad rap". Could Deborah convince Bonnie that we need goats on 3B...

Duration:01:32:51

FMF1 Introduction and the Importance of Soil Temperatures and Condition for Great Germination

5/7/2021
This is the first episode of our new series, 5 Minute Fridays. These episodes will be my answers to questions or take on a homesteading topic in 5 minutes or less. They will also include a motivational quote of the week to help you tackle your homesteading weekend. If you didn't catch my episode on The Urban Farm Podcast, you can hear it here: https://www.urbanfarm.org/2021/04/30/595-farmer-friday/ You can find the planting guide I referenced at https://www.almanac.com/ Homestead Journey...

Duration:00:09:34

S1E81 Homesteading Is Under Attack

5/3/2021
This week I learned of a ballot initiative in Colorado called PAUSE, "Protect Animals from Unnecessary Suffering and Exploitation". That sounds like a good thing, until you read the text (click here to do so). What you find is that it criminalizes normal homesteading practices with regards to raising animals and it places onerous burdens on the raising of livestock for meat. Activists are attempting to get a similar ballot initiative on the ballot in Oregon (you can read about that...

Duration:00:34:54

S1E80 Pigs 101: Why We Notch and Tag Ears and Cut Males

4/26/2021
On this week's episode we talk pigs; ear notching, ear tagging and my LEAST favorite chore of all time. I share with you why we do what we do, I explain a little about the Universal Ear Notching System and I explain why we castrate males on our farm. If you are up to castrating pigs yourself, these are the scalpels we use. Do NOT buy the crappy ones that Tractor Supply sells. It's an utter waste of money and will make a sucky job even suckier!! Enjoy this episode (as much as you can find...

Duration:00:31:57

S1E79 Will Homesteading Save Me Money On My Grocery Bill??

4/19/2021
This week as I was scrolling through Facebook homesteading groups, I ran across this post, "Is having meat chickens worth it to you??? We have about 28 currently and I feel like we’ve put so much money into these things. I thought this was going to be cheaper than buying store bought meat... I was very very wrong" On this episode, I address one of the biggest myths of homesteading; that it will save you money on your grocery bill. There is a REAL cost to raising REAL food. I explain why I...

Duration:00:28:08

S1E78 How To Make $$ On Your Homestead

4/12/2021
This week a listener by the name of Jeremiah reached out and asked me some questions about the best way to make money on your homestead. After I answered him, I got to thinking that this might be a good topic for an episode. And, upon further reflection, I felt that my original reply to Jeremiah was lacking. And so I have put together my thoughts on how to use your homestead to generate...

Duration:00:27:50

S1E77 Small Scale Permaculture and Food Forests With Farmer Greg Peterson of The Urban Farm

4/5/2021
On this episode, I am happy to be joined by Farmer Greg Peterson from theurbanfarm.org and host of The Urban Farm Podcast. Greg is a green living and sustainability innovator whose mission is to inspire people to embrace their own greenness, which he does daily by living what he speaks. As a resident of Phoenix for the last 48 years, Greg is well-versed in urban sustainability and food production in dry lands. He was first introduced to desert gardening at the age of 12. In 1991, he...

Duration:01:12:32

S1E76 Why I Plant Hybrid Varieties and Why I Think You Should Too

3/29/2021
On this week's episode we head back to the garden to talk about hybrids varieties of vegetables. Many times, in homesteading and gardening circles, hybrids get a bad rap. People love their heirlooms and open pollinated varieties (and so do I) and treat "hybrid" like it's a dirty word. Now, certainly hybrids at times have fairly earned a reputation as not being very tasty. And I understand why some people have an issue with them with regards to seed patents. But, not all hybrids have patents...

Duration:00:45:58

S1E75 The Lumber Prices Are Too Darn High. What Should Homesteaders Do?

3/22/2021
Currently lumber prices are through the roof. A friend I work with told me the other day that the trusses that she had ordered last year for $8,000 (and then had to cancel) were going to cost her $24,000 this year. If you go to Lowes (or Home Depot or your local lumber yard) you'll find that 2x4's that used to cost $2 or $3 are going for $6 or $7 each. Plywood that used to cost $15 now costs over $30 each. So, as we head into springtime when many homesteaders are looking to make improvements...

Duration:00:33:12

S1E74 Should Your Homestead Make Money?

3/15/2021
For some reason, it seems that many people in the homesteading world think that in order to be a "real" homesteader, you shouldn't work an off homestead/farm job. Is it possible to be a full-time homesteader? I don't think so. And on this episode, I explain...

Duration:00:22:48

S1E73 How To Properly Harden Off Seedlings

3/8/2021
This is the fourth and final episode in our three part series on starting seeds. When I started this series, my plan was to only do three episodes: one on What to start, when to start, how much to start. The second would cover 6 basic things needed for seed starting. And finally I planned to wrap up the series by talking about how we start seeds on 3B Farm and Homestead. But, this week as I was scrolling through some of the Homesteading and Gardening groups on Facebook, I saw many people...

Duration:00:29:01

S1E72 How We Start Seeds On 3B Farm and Homestead

3/1/2021
On this episode, we talk about the seed starting system we use here on 3B Farm and Homestead. I share with you the things we have tried that didn’t work so well as well as the things that have worked very well for us. Keep in mind that this is a work in process and what I do next year may differ from what I do this year. I certainly don’t claim this to be the world’s BEST seed starting system. But, it has worked well for us and I think that it will work very well for most home gardeners....

Duration:00:39:29

S1E71 The 6 Basic Things You Need To Successfully Start Seeds Indoors

2/22/2021
Last week we talked about what to start indoors, when to start it and how much to start. This week we are moving on to the nuts and bolts of starting seeds; the basics that you need to be successful in starting seeds. On this episode we talk about the 6 basic things you need: 1. Seed starting mix 2. Containers 3. Water 4. Light 5. Seeds 6. Proper environment Here is the link to the LED lights from Amazon that I...

Duration:00:42:05

S1E70 Seed Starting 101: What, When, and How Much You Should Start

2/15/2021
It's that time of the year; the time when we turn our attention to the spring and we think about getting our gardens started. For some of us, that means starting some seeds indoors. Maybe you are new to gardening and you're confused as to what should be started indoors, what should be direct sown, and what can go either way. Maybe you're unsure of what varieties you should grow (after all, if you've been buying your transplants, there are usually only a handful of varieties to choose from....

Duration:00:37:46

S1E69 Don't Forget The Perennials!!!

2/8/2021
I am calling this episode "don't forget the perennials" Now, the idea for this episode came from a conversation I had last Sunday evening with the father, his name is James, of one of the scouts in my son's troop. You may recall that I recorded last week's episode on Saturday because we were planning on going tubing with the scouts at the mountain where my son and I work. While the scouts continued to tube, I went into the lodge to have a cup of hot chocolate to warm up and Jim and I got to...

Duration:00:31:35

S1E68 How To Become More Sustainable This Year

2/1/2021
Sustainability is a word that can mean many things. But, many times when people use the term, they use it as a synonym for environmentally friendly. In my opinion, that's a very narrow view of the word. Google defines sustaininabilty as: * the ability to be maintained at a certain rate or level. * avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance. Because people have a tendency to look at sustainability primarily from an environmentla perspective,...

Duration:00:42:25

S1E67 How To Become More Self-Reliant This Year

1/25/2021
Today's episode is the second in a 3 part series as we talk about becoming more self-sufficient, self-reliant and sustainable this year. I take you back, almost to the beginning (Episode 2) to talk about how I define those terms. We also take a look back at Episode 3 where I talked about some great resources you can use to help learn homesteading skills. I then talk about 6 barriers that can keep us from being successful in learning those skills and things you can do to overcome those...

Duration:00:37:04

S1E66 How To Become More Self-Sufficient This Year

1/18/2021
Today's episode is the first in a 3 part series as we talk about becoming more self-sufficient, self-reliant and sustainable this year. I take you back, almost to the beginning (Episode 2) to talk about how I define those terms. And then we dive into the first steps towards becoming more self-sufficient this...

Duration:00:26:26

S1E65 Should I Quit...... Social Media??

1/11/2021
What a crazy week this has been. We are a little over a week into 2021 and I think some of us are already starting the countdown to 2022. For those of you listening to this podcast in the future, I am recording this the Sunday after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building in DC. This week also had some Senate runoffs in Georgia to determine control of the next congress. We are still in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic and it seems that the vaccine roll-outs are not going as smoothly...

Duration:00:23:29