On Today’s Podcast Episode Harold and Rachel Have A Chat Over Coffee About Their Gardens, What’s New On The Homestead, What They’ve Been Up To, and What’s Coming Up.
The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 212 – July 17, 2023
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Reflecting on the Joys and Challenges of Homesteading: A Coffee Chat with Harold Thornbro and Rachel Jamison
A Relaxed Homestead Update
Join Harold Thornbro and Rachel Jamison in a laid-back conversation as they discuss their recent activities on their homesteads. This informal coffee chat offers a glimpse into the daily life of a homesteader, covering garden updates, learning experiences, and community events.
Gardening Updates: The Ups and Downs
Experiencing the Wonders of Rain and Challenges of Weeds
Both Harold and Rachel share their gardening experiences, highlighting the impact of rain on their gardens and the ongoing battle with weeds. They discuss the differences in plant growth with pond water, rainwater, and hose water, emphasizing the unique benefits of natural rainfall.
Harvesting and Preserving Garden Produce
The conversation shifts to the process of harvesting and preserving various garden produce like garlic, squash, and greens. Rachel and Harold exchange tips on making the most of their harvest, from fermenting to pickling, and explore different methods of preservation.
Homestead Livestock and Pest Control
Encounters with Wildlife and Pest Management
Rachel shares her struggles with rabbits and pill bugs in her garden, offering solutions like ethical fencing and alternative gardening techniques. Harold reflects on his efforts to protect his garden from pests and discusses the importance of sustainable pest management in homesteading.
Education and Community Engagement
Hosting Workshops and Attending Conferences
Rachel recounts her experience organizing a small conference with Nick Ferguson at Baker’s Green Acres and her participation in various workshops. The significance of continuous learning and community involvement in homesteading is emphasized.
Homesteading Innovations and Techniques
Exploring Biochar Production and Vermicomposting
Harold delves into his experiments with creating biochar and the benefits it brings to soil fertility. He also discusses his venture into vermicomposting, explaining how these practices contribute to a more sustainable and closed-loop system on his homestead.
Personal Reflections and Future Plans
Balancing Homesteading with Personal Life
Both hosts reflect on the challenges of balancing homesteading responsibilities with personal life, family, and work commitments. They share insights into managing time and resources effectively while pursuing their passion for homesteading.
Conclusion: The Ever-Evolving Journey of Homesteading
As the coffee chat wraps up, Harold and Rachel look forward to future projects, including preparing for upcoming speaking engagements and continuing to build their online presence. They express gratitude for the homesteading community and the opportunity to share their experiences with like-minded individuals.
What Else We’ve Been Up To
- The Event at Baker’s Green Acres
- The Modern Homesteading Membership
- Webinar Classes
- Indiana Homesteading Conference – https://www.indianahomesteadingconference.com/
- Webinar Class – https://www.modernhomesteadingmembership.com/closing-the-loop-on-soil-fertility
- Learn More About Our Membership – https://modernhomesteadingmembership.com
- The Anyone Can Farm Experience Tribe – https://theanyonecanfarmexperience.com/
- Simple Food for The Good Life by Helen Nearing- https://amzn.to/3Q034gk
- Podcast Episode with Nick Ferguson – https://redemptionpermaculture.com/fodder-tree-crops-for-a-more-resilient-homestead-with-guest-nick-ferguson/
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