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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

S1E93 Product Review: Winstrip Trays

7/26/2021
On this episode I give my thoughts on the Winstrip trays I trialed this spring. I tell you what I liked, what I didn't like and I give my recommendation on whether or not homesteaders should purchase them. If you're interested in checking them out, you can visit the Neversink Farm...

Duration:00:28:32

FMF12 What Am I Gonna Do With All That Zucchini??!!

7/23/2021
On episode 92 of the podcast, I shared with you the fact that I am FINALLY able to grow zucchini after several years of not being able to. But, with great power, comes great responsibility. And I'm sure that I'm not the only one who wonders what to do with all of the abundance I am seeing. Now, I could turn it into eggs or bacon by feeding it to my chickens and pigs. Or I could annoy my neighbors by sneaking it onto their porches. Or, I can eat it. On this episode I share with you some of...

Duration:00:07:35

S1E92 My Dirty Little Secret

7/19/2021
A couple of weeks ago I ran into a friend from church. I don't think I had seen him since before the pandemic and if I had, it hadn't been for long. As we stood there catching up, he was asking me about some of the the things we had been doing on the farm that he had seen on Facebook. And then he asked me this question; "Brian, how do you get it all done????" And then, I had to share with him my dirty little secret..... I don't. Many times it is easy for us to get either an incomplete or...

Duration:00:21:59

FMF11 The Importance Of Understanding Your "Why"

7/16/2021
Do you remember "why" you started your homestead journey? Sometimes we need to reminder ourselves of that to help us keep putting one foot in front of the...

Duration:00:06:02

S1E91 Homestead Community

7/12/2021
This week I spent camping with my son's Boy Scout troop. While there, I was able to dive into Cathy R. Payne's book, Saving the Guinea Hogs. As I was reading the book, I was struck by the fact that the policies that lead to the near extinction of the American Guinea Hog were also responsible for the near extinction of homestead community. These are my thoughts on that. And here is a link to Cathy's wonderful...

Duration:00:24:26

FMF10 5 Homestead One Hit Wonders

7/9/2021
On FMF7 and FMF9 we talked about 9 items that are useful and versatile on the homestead. But, there are some products that while super useful, just don't seem to have more than their intended use. And that's ok. What they do, they do REALLY well. So, here are 5 of my...

Duration:00:06:32

S1E90 Homestead Independence

7/5/2021
This week, leading up to the Fourth of July, I was thinking about perhaps the most famous words from our Declaration of Independence. "We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness." I think for many people in 2020 homesteading epitomized those words. I think there were a lot of people who woke up in 2020 to the fact that our food...

Duration:00:23:33

FMF9 4 More Useful And Versatile Items On The Homestead

7/2/2021
Back on FMF7, we talked about 5 Useful and Versatile Items on the homestead. I asked your feedback with the promise that I would do a followup episode. So, as promised, here are 4 More Useful and Versatile...

Duration:00:06:44

S1E89 Product Review: Premier 1 PoultryNet 12/48/3 and IntelliShock 60 Charger

6/28/2021
This episode is the first in what will be a monthly feature here on the podcast; a homestead product review. On this episode we talk about my portable poultry netting setup that I purchased in 2018 from Premier 1. I talk about what I like, what I don't like and whether or not I'd recommend you'd buy...

Duration:00:38:53

FMF8 Sometimes The Homestead Needs To Wait

6/25/2021
This week was absolutely a crazy week on the homestead. Between a trip to PA to attend a family reunion, my parent's 45th wedding anniversary and a visit from my brother and sister in law and their family, I really didn't have much time for homesteading stuff. Instead, I tried to be in the moment, spending as much time as I possibly could with them. This FMF is my challenge to you attempt to find balance in life, EVEN IF that means allowing the homestead to take a backseat to other, more...

Duration:00:05:39

S1E88 A Conversation About Pole Barn Houses, Homesteading, Microgreens and The Cincinnati Reds w/Don Bradner from Little Mountain Life

6/21/2021
On this week's episode, I am happy to be joined by Don Bradner from Little Mountain Life. We talk about their journey into homesteading and how they are building a pole barn house. We also talk about growing microgreens and our shared love of the Cincinnati Reds. You can find out more about Don and Natalie's Journey at: https://m.youtube.com/c/littlemountainlife I hope you...

Duration:00:49:21

FMF7 The 5 Items I Find Most Useful and Versatile On The Homestead

6/18/2021
I love things on the homestead that are useful. But, I also love things that are versatile. And I really enjoy repurposing things. So, today I talk about 5 of the most versatile and useful items on our...

Duration:00:06:51

S1E87 How I Evaluate American Guinea Hog Piglets

6/14/2021
This week Basil had a litter of piglets. On Saturday, I did my initial evaluation and thought that it might be helpful for me to explain what I look for in a pig. So, on this episode I talk about the things that are important to me as a breeder. Here is a link to this week's Five Minute Friday. I also mention The Livestock Conservancy and The American Guinea Hog...

Duration:00:41:24

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