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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

FMF6 3 Steps To A Weed Free Garden

6/11/2021
Every year, my goal is a weed free garden. And every year, I fail. This year, I have a plan. 3 easy steps that I am going to follow that I think you can follow too!! Japanese Sickle Hoe: https://amzn.to/3a53tH7 Wire Hoe from Never Sink Farm:...

Duration:00:05:59

S1E86 When Things Don't Go According To Plan On The Homestead

6/7/2021
Have you ever felt like nothing is going right? That nothing is going according to plan? This spring has felt that way on our homestead. Starting with the leaky window sills that led to a mold issue in the master bedroom up through this past week where I had a visit to the ER, it has been a struggle to get things headed the right way on the homestead. So, today (at Bonnie's urging) I share with you some of the ways that we handle when things don't go right on 3B Farm and...

Duration:00:23:03

FMF5 Jams and Jellies: Beyond The Fruit

6/2/2021
On this week's 5 Minute Friday, I encourage you to move beyond fruits when making jams and jellies. Did you know you can use flowers, herbs, veggies and even corn cobs to make jams and jellies? If you're new to all of this, you may want to start with the more standard fruit based jams and jellies (and there is certainly nothing wrong with that. They taste GREAT!!) But, if you've done that, then I urge you to try something unique. You might just like...

Duration:00:06:10

S1E85 The Legacy of Homesteading

5/31/2021
A lot of times, as we think about being a homesteader, we think about the short term. We think about raising and growing food. We think about preserving food. We think about raising animals and putting meat in the freezer and that's certainly important, but many times I think we lose sight of the fact that what we are doing is far more important than just putting food on the table or food in the freezer. We are building a legacy. On this episode I share some of my memories of my legacy....

Duration:00:30:40

FMF4 Getting Started Making Jams and Jellies

5/28/2021
Many people would like to start canning but they aren't sure where or how to get started. Making jams and jellies is an easy way try it out. You can get started in many cases with things you already having in your kitchen (you'll need to buy jelly jars/lids/rings). But, if you have a stock pot, you have all you need to get started. Most jelly/jam recipes are very easy. They generally require three ingredients; fruit, sugar and pectin. My advice is to buy a box of Sure Jell pectin and follow...

Duration:00:05:35

S1E84 7 Things To Know Before Relocating To Homestead

5/24/2021
If you are considering relocation (in particular from an urban area to a rural area) there are 7 things you NEED to know to ensure you have success. 1. You ARE an outsider 2. No one cares about how great where you came from is 3. Leave the city in the city 4. You don't know as much as you think you do 5. There are local customs, foods, celebrations and mannerisms. Embrace them. 6. Change comes slowly (if at all) 7. No one expects you to stick around. Certainly this episode could be...

Duration:00:32:53

FMF3 Be A Quitter

5/21/2021
Don't ever give up. Don't stop trying. Don't give up. Push harder. Don't quit. These are things that we are told from a young age. But, sometimes the best thing we can do is be a quitter. I'm not talking about just turning tail and running when adversity comes. We are certainly going to face adversity on the homestead. But, there are some times when quitting is the best thing we can do for our homestead journey. On this episode of Five Minute Fridays I encourage you to be a...

Duration:00:06:55

S1E83 Trading Dollars For Hours

5/17/2021
On this episode we talk about when you may want to NOT do some homesteading things and instead, hire someone else to do them; in essence, trading dollars for hours. I also mention the Livestock Conservancy and the fact that this week is International Heritage Breeds Week. Episode with Cathy Payne https://www.livestockconservancy.org/ I also mention Beardsley...

Duration:00:35:12

FMF2 Grow Up! (Thoughts On Trellising)

5/14/2021
On this episode of Five Minute Fridays, we talk about trellising. We talk about it's benefits and my favorite way to trellis...

Duration:00:06:07

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