Ep 3: Patrice Lewis | Rural Revolution | Woodcraft Entrepreneur | Homesteading [PODCAST]

The Traffic Jam That Sparked a Rural Revolution

Welcome to Episode 3 of Self-Sufficient Life! In this episode, you’ll hear the story of how a monster traffic jam in Sacramento sparked a rural revolution in Idaho.

Patrice Lewis sat in a monster Sacramento traffic jam and reached her tipping point. Patrice was a project coordinator for an agricultural research firm in Sacramento.Her husband, Don, was a geologist with a geo-engineering firm.

They entered their respective fields because they loved the outdoors.But, as they sat in traffic with the heat waves rising from the asphalt, they realized the truth.They rarely got to be outdoors.

It had begun to gnaw at them. The commute. The flickering fluorescent lights. The cubicles. And the crowds.

They reached the tipping point–and fled. First to Oregon, but later deeper into the wilderness to an Idaho homestead.

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EP 2: $250K/Yr Blogging | Lisa Steele | Backyard Chickens [PODCAST]

FRESH EGGS DAILY: OR HOW TO EARN $250K/YR WITH 12 CHICKENS

Welcome to Episode 2 of Self-Sufficient Life! In this episode, you’ll hear the story of how Lisa Steele escaped the concrete jungle surrounding Wall Street and built a lucrative brand around backyard chickens.

Lisa Steele made Gordon Gecko proud, living the high-life on Wall Street during the go-go ’80s. But when terrorists bombed the World Trade Center for the first time in 1993, Lisa reached her tipping point and began looking for a simpler life. It was many years later when boredom and necessity motivated her to start writing about her passion; chickens.

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Homesteading Giveaway – Over $1,200

Alright, alright, alright (best Matthew McConaughey voice), my new podcast, Self-Sufficient Life, is now live! 

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Self-Sufficient Life Launch Giveaway!

My passion is inspiring people to become more self-sufficient, and I’m really excited about this new podcast! So much so that I want to spread the word far and wide, but I need your help. But first, here’s what’s in it for you!

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EP.1: Little Seed Farm | Goat’s Milk Soap | Beginning Farmer | Homesteading [PODCAST]

THE AMERICAN DREAM RETURNS TO THE FARM

Welcome to Episode 1 of Self-Sufficient Life! In this episode you’ll hear the story of how an investment banker and a fashion designer traded the glamour of Manhattan for goats and brambles in Tennessee.

Imagine being a young couple living the good life in New York. One’s an investment banker, the other’s a fashion designer and both are on their way to the top. Then, they get this wild idea–“Hey, let’s quit our jobs and move to the country to milk cows and make artisan cheese.” Only when they find their farm, it’s not what they imagined. One obstacle after another confronts James and Eileen Ray as they struggle to give birth to Little Seed Farm.

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Homestead Income Critical to Success

Several years back, Steve Maxwell wrote an article in Mother Earth News. In it, he shared his experience with the imporance of homestead income. It began like this:

I had the good fortune to meet a young man who recently moved from the city to a country property not far from me. He bought 100 acres of decent land and he’s been bouncing technical ideas off me about building and growing things. One thing that didn’t come up spontaneously is economics, and that’s why I raised the topic with this guy.

As a homesteader, economics are much more important than I realized when I started out nearly 30 years ago. This same oversight is one reason I regularly see new homesteaders fall into a sad scenario that often goes remarkably like this:

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When to Start Marketing Your “Future” Farm or Small Business

Perhaps you’re planning a move down the road to a homestead. Or a home-based business to support a more self-sufficient lifestyle. You haven’t pulled the trigger yet, but you’re committed to leaving the rat race and producing your own income. If you’re curious when to start marketing your “future” farm, homestead or online business, here’s the answer.

Now.

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Homestead Income Opportunity: Agritourism & Farm Events

Agritourism is an area that has been growing. I expect this to continue even if economic conditions are soft, for it is not only YOU who is being called to the land. We are all becoming more aware of how disconnected we are from our natural world, a problem exacerbated daily as each old pasture morphs in the night to become a morning sub-division or parking lot.

Can you not imagine a soon-to-be-married couple wanting to have their wedding overlooking your beautiful pastures, ponds, and happy animals? I
can, and they will pay well for it, because competitive alternatives also charge good money for the service. But ask yourself if this is a one-time, seasonal or continuous opportunity? Perhaps it is seasonal, but you could use the same facilities for corporate retreats and other events as well.

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Multi-Species Rotational Grazing to Maximize Food and Income, Part 2

This is part two of a two-part series on rotational grazing. In part one I made the case for multi-species rotational grazing and described the benefits of it. 

What is Multi-Species Rotational Grazing?

Rotational grazing is simply moving the animals from one paddock to another to allow the previously grazed paddock to recover. In that way, the grazed plants, such as the clover, can grow sufficiently until it can be grazed again. The time for this rest varies greatly, depending on local climatic conditions, time of the year, and forage in question but is often anywhere from three weeks to two months. Very intensive rotational grazing, or mob grazing, is when a large number of animals are put in a small paddock for a very brief period of time (hours). While this can be an effective tool today, you will unlikely practice such an intensive method in a TEOTWAWKI scenario.

Very intensive rotational grazing, or mob grazing, is when a large number of animals are put in a small paddock for a very brief period of time (hours). While this can be an effective tool today, you will unlikely practice such an intensive method in a TEOTWAWKI scenario.

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