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Welcome to the Old-Fashioned on Purpose podcast, where ambitious people master the art of returning to their roots.Have you found yourself disenchanted with society, wishing you could opt-out of the rate race? Perhaps you’re craving a life that’s meaningful and tangible— a life where you can create and produce instead of merely consume?I’m Jill Winger— best-selling author and long-time homesteader. Over the last 10 years, I’ve helped thousands of families create more connection, grow amazing organic food, and find the ultimate fulfillment through an old-fashioned lifestyle. If you're a trailblazer, maverick, homesteader, modern-pioneer, or backyard farmer, you've found your tribe. Join me every Monday and Thursday as we dive deep into topics that will help you launch your homestead, grow your business, and ultimately give you the purposeful lifestyle you've always wanted.
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While I’m the first person to trumpet consistency, sometimes a change is needed.  Lately, I’ve recognized I’ve been lacking a bit of inspiration.  While under normal circumstances I’d attempt to push through, I’ve realized that creativity and inspiration is actually a seasonal thing.  Because of this, I need a break.  Fear not my friends!  This isn’t the end of the podcast.  On the contrary, this is an opportunity to present a new format that will offer even more value and resources for everyone to grow on their homestead journey.  Listen today to find out what’s in store!Head to www.PrairiePlanner.com to get The Old-Fashioned on Purpose Planner now!To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.Visit my blog at www.theprairiehomestead.com for tons of FREE from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose hats & shirts at www.homesteadswag.comFollow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomesteadFollow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead
For quite some time, I felt with the physical work I did on the homestead, I didn’t need to set aside extra time to workout.  I thought the shoveling, the pitchforking, and the day-to-day activity was enough.  However, as I’ve got older and my metabolism has shifted my attitude has changed.  While I’ll never be one of the workout warriors you see on Instagram, I’ve realized that making the extra time to workout is not only important, but it’s essential for my long-term health and well-being.  In today’s episode, I explain how I got started, why working out doesn’t have to be intimidating, and how it’s already helped me in a very short time.  If you’ve ever been interested in working out, find out why I changed my mind and how easy it is to get started!Head to www.PrairiePlanner.com to get The Old-Fashioned on Purpose Planner now!To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.Visit my blog at www.theprairiehomestead.com for tons of FREE from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose hats & shirts at www.homesteadswag.comFollow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomesteadFollow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead
Recently I’ve noticed that something has been taking up more-and-more of my time, seemingly with each passing day.  Any guesses on what that might be?  (Hint:  it has nothing to do with homesteading).  Yes, that’s right my friends, I’m talking about social media.  Whether it’s been filling time while waiting for food to cook or mindlessly scrolling through Facebook, I realized that I’ve literally been wasting hours of every single day using my phone as a distraction.  In today’s episode, I’m going to explain to you what I did to free myself from the stress and anxiety-inducing world of social media, including (gasp!) deleting Facebook and email from my phone.  If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed lately and aren’t sure why chances are you’re dealing with this exact same issue.  Find out how to make a change today.Head to www.PrairiePlanner.com to get The Old-Fashioned on Purpose Planner now!To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.Visit my blog at www.theprairiehomestead.com for tons of FREE from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose hats & shirts at www.homesteadswag.comFollow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomesteadFollow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead
If you take a look around the internet, you will see that the homestead life is exploding at the moment.  All over social media, there’s growing evidence of people beginning a homesteading journey of their own.  However, as with anything new and popular on the internet, it can be difficult to tell the imposter “ influencers” from the true homesteaders.  So how do you know who to listen to?  In today’s episode, I'll share the advice you want to be sure to SKIP and providing three key action items that will help you get started on your homesteading journey immediately.  If you’ve been watching the homesteading trend grow and are ready to take the plunge but don’t know where or how to start, this is the episode for you.Head to www.PrairiePlanner.com to get The Old-Fashioned on Purpose Planner now!How to Sprout Seeds:  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2020/03/growing-sprouts.htmlBuy Seeds at True Leaf Market:  https://www.trueleafmarket.comTo begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.Visit my blog at www.theprairiehomestead.com for tons of FREE from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose hats & shirts at www.homesteadswag.comFollow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomesteadFollow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead
Unless you’re one of the lucky few, odds are most of you don’t have the luxury of a root cellar to store your harvest.  Fear not my friends, today I’m here to offer up some great alternatives to a root cellar that will help you preserve your vegetables through the winter.  Listen to find out why that drafty room in your house could be your best friend, when to turn to your fridge, and how long you can keep vegetables in the ground.Head to www.PrairiePlanner.com to get The Old-Fashioned on Purpose Planner now!13 Alternatives to a Root Cellar:  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2015/10/root-cellar-alternatives.htmlHow to Braid Your Onions:  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2015/10/how-to-braid-onions.htmlWays to Preserve Food At Home  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2020/08/ways-to-preserve-food-at-home.htmlTo begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.Visit my blog at www.theprairiehomestead.com for tons of FREE from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose hats & shirts at www.homesteadswag.comFollow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomesteadFollow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead
To say the least, our recent snowstorm was completely unexpected.  Unfortunately, the snow and the cold completely destroyed my garden.  Unlike years past, this time I decided to plant a fall garden.  In today’s episode, I discuss how I cleaned up my garden, what I planted for the fall, why I’m planting cover crops now, and what I’m doing with our brand new greenhouse.  Overall, this is an entirely new experiment for me, so it’s going to be interesting to see if I have any success come winter.  Are you planting a fall garden this year?  If so, make sure you let me know what you're planting!Head to www.PrairiePlanner.com to get The Old-Fashioned on Purpose Planner now!Garden cover crops:  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2019/10/garden-cover-crops.htmlHow to plant garlic:  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2015/09/how-to-plant-garlic.htmlTo begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.Visit my blog at www.theprairiehomestead.com for tons of FREE from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose hats & shirts at www.homesteadswag.comFollow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomesteadollow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead
No, my friends, the title of this episode is not a mistake.  Recently we experienced a weather swing so severe most people would think that I completely made it up.  What we went through was a 65-degree drop in just 24 hours!  Trust me, that is not a typo.  In today’s episode, I detail how we prepped for the oncoming snowstorm.  This includes pulling crops, covering plants, taking down some structures, and more.  While most of you will never have to deal with such an extreme shift in weather, this episode is sure to help when it comes time to transition seasons.Head to www.PrairiePlanner.com to get The Old-Fashioned on Purpose Planner now!Click here to access your very own raised bed guide!  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/raisedbedguideVisit my blog at www.theprairiehomestead.com for tons of FREE from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose hats & shirts at www.homesteadswag.comFollow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomesteadFollow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead
While it seemed like this day would never happen, we finally have a greenhouse on the homestead.  Why did it take so long?  Truthfully, we didn’t make it a priority and we somewhat suffered from “paralysis by analysis.”  In today’s episode I explain how to determine which greenhouse is right for your climate, why there’s no one size fits all solution, and my long-term plans for making the most of the greenhouse.  If you’re ready to extend your growing season year-around no matter your climate, this episode is for you!>> Head to www.PrairiePlanner.com to get The Old-Fashioned on Purpose Planner now!>> Click here to access your very own raised bed guide!  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/raisedbedguide>> Join my Homegrown homestead mentorship: http://yourhomesteadmentor.com>> To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials. >> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead>> Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead >> Follow Jill on Facebook:http://facebook.com/theprairiehomestead
For those of you in harvest right now, hopefully, you’ve already done your homework.  If you haven’t, today I’m going to provide a crash course in tomato preservation.  I talk about dehydration, food mills, sauce, what makes paste tomatoes different, and so much more.  I even cover a few tips and tricks to help get tomatoes to ripen.  This episode is a true tomato 101 and will have you getting the most out of your harvest in no time.>> Head to www.PrairiePlanner.com to get the The Old-Fashioned on Purpose Planner now!>> If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com >> Join my Homegrown homestead mentorship: http://yourhomesteadmentor.com>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials. >> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead>> Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead
One of the most common questions I receive on a weekly basis is “how do you get it all done?”  First off, let me reiterate that no matter what social media might have you believe, I don’t have it all figured out.  What I have figured out is that writing things down greatly helps me with recalling information.  For this reason, I lean heavily on paper planners to keep me on track with goals and projects.  Listen today to find out how I use my planner along with time-blocking, food prep, and to-do lists to maximize my time and efficiency throughout the week. Also, be sure to listen all the way to the end for a very special surprise for my homestead planners!  >> Head to www.PrairiePlanner.com to get The Old-Fashioned on Purpose Planner now!>> If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com >> Join my Homegrown homestead mentorship: http://yourhomesteadmentor.com>> To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead>> Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead >> Follow Jill on Facebook: http://facebook.com/theprairiehomestead
Look, I get it.  Sauerkraut isn’t exactly the first thing that comes to mind when dreaming of your ideal homestead kitchen.  In fact, I went years swearing off sauerkraut.  It wasn’t until I made it myself that I actually enjoyed eating it.  In today’s episode, I explain why the change happened, how to make your own sauerkraut, and dive into the incredible benefits of kraut and other fermented foods.  While I’ve touched on fermented foods in the past, this is a special episode dedicated to fermented foods and the incredible probiotics they contain.>> If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com >> How to Make Sauerkraut:  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2015/02/how-to-make-sauerkraut.html>> How to Make Fizzy Pickles:  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2015/08/fermented-pickle-recipe.html>> Join my Homegrown homestead mentorship: http://yourhomesteadmentor.com>> To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials. >> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead>> Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead >> Follow Jill on Facebook: http://facebook.com/theprairiehomestead
No matter what I was told, I wanted to grow fruit on the homestead.  Over-and-over again my attempts at growing fruit fell flat.  I soon realized I wasn’t a failure at growing fruit.  I was failing to embrace my surroundings.  On today’s episode, I go over what I’m growing in my garden, how to determine what will thrive in yours, and why you might need to change your expectations when it comes to fruit on the homestead.>> If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com >> Join my Homegrown homestead mentorship: http://yourhomesteadmentor.com>> To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead>> Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead>> Follow Jill on Facebook: http://facebook.com/theprairiehomestead
Outside of pressure canning, fermentation might be the most intimidating process to tackle in the kitchen.  For most of you it’s probably difficult to even name any fermented foods you enjoy eating.  Believe it or not, fermenting foods is much easier than you might expect, and this process creates some amazing foods like pickles, sauerkraut, and yogurt.  On today’s episode, I cover everything you need to know to get started with fermentation.  This includes jars, starters, step-by-step instructions, and so much more.  Also, discover the amazing health benefits of fermented foods and why they’ll help you kick that pro-biotic supplement to the curb.>> If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com >> Join my Homegrown homestead mentorship: http://yourhomesteadmentor.com>> To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead>> Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead>> Follow Jill on Facebook: http://facebook.com/theprairiehomestead
While gardening season is coming to a close for most of us, there are a few important things to do as we head into cooler weather.  First of all, congratulate yourself!  Whether you’re a first-time gardener or a seasoned professional, it’s great to take time and look back at the things that went well.  Reflecting on your wins will only serve as greater motivation moving forward.  However, as much as we’d like to ignore it, we need to analyze what went wrong and why.  Praising your wins and assessing your failures is a sure-fire way to have a better gardening season next time around.  Listen to find out what worked and what didn’t in my garden this year.>>Click here to access your very own raised bed guide!  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/raisedbedguide>>Join my Homegrown homestead mentorship: http://yourhomesteadmentor.com>> To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials. >> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag atwww.homesteadswag.com>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead>> Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead >> Follow Jill on Facebook: http://facebook.com/theprairiehomestead
While bringing in a giant basket of your favorite vegetable might be every homesteaders dream, for most of us it’s never the reality.  Instead, our harvests tend to look more like a smorgasbord of a small number of various vegetables.  Rather than let them go bad waiting for the rest of the harvest, today I’m going to explain several methods of utilizing and preserving your micro-harvests.  From pickling to stir-fry to soup, the options for maximizing your micro-harvests are endless.  What are some of your favorite tricks?>>Join my Homegrown homestead mentorship: http://yourhomesteadmentor.com>>My quick-pickled vegetables guide:  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2019/08/quick-pickled-vegetables.html>> To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials. >> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead>> Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead >> Follow Jill on Facebook: http://facebook.com/theprairiehomestead
What can I say?  It’s no secret that my favorite thing about the homestead is without question the animals.  Whether you already have animals on your homestead or not, introducing something new can sometimes be intimidating.  Today we’re once again joined by my sister Jenna as she embarks on a chicken journey of her own.  We cover all of the basics including how many chickens you should buy, what you need to feed them, and the type of shelter they’ll need.  If you need to start from the ground up, this is the perfect episode for you.  If you already have chickens and just need a few laughs, Jenna and I are sure to keep you entertained. A big thanks to our August sponsor— Union Wireless! Union is a small-town Wyoming company that provides both rural and city folks alike with a landline, cell phone, and Internet options. If you are in Wyoming, northwestern Colorado, Utah, or Montana, head over to their website at http://unionwireless.com to check their availability in your area.>>Join my Homegrown homestead mentorship: http://yourhomesteadmentor.com>>Time management challenge: http://theprairiehomestead.com/getitdone>> To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials. >> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead>> Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead >> Follow Jill on Facebook: http://facebook.com/theprairiehomestead
While I’d like to tell you that I have a special schedule I follow every day, it’s simply not the case.  In what might come as a surprise to some of you, there are even some days when I’m not doing anything that most would constitute traditional homestead activities.  In today’s episode, I’m going to explain how I go through planning on a weekly and daily basis to ensure everything gets done.  I discuss why planning everything minute-by-minute is sure to lead to failure, why getting your kids involved in chores benefit everyone, and how to fit in time for passions that fill you up.  This has always been one of my most requested topics, so I know almost all you will gain some valuable information from today’s show.A big thanks to our August sponsor— Union Wireless! Union is a small-town Wyoming company that provides both rural and city folks alike with a landline, cell phone, and Internet options. If you are in Wyoming, northwestern Colorado, Utah, or Montana, head over to their website at http://unionwireless.com to check their availability in your area.>>Join my Homegrown homestead mentorship: http://yourhomesteadmentor.com>>Time management challenge: http://theprairiehomestead.com/getitdone>> To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials. >> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead>> Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead >> Follow Jill on Facebook: http://facebook.com/theprairiehomestead
No matter what type of shape your garden is in or what type of soil you have, there is one thing that is guaranteed to help:  compost.  Sometimes referred to as black gold, compost can remedy nearly any issue in your garden.  In today’s episode, I detail some of the best options for creating your own compost.  This includes the four elements needed for compost, hot and cold composting, and what constitutes green and brown material.  Learn how easy it is to create and use this incredible organic material to take your garden to the next level. A big thanks to our August sponsor— Union Wireless! Union is a small-town Wyoming company that provides both rural and city folks alike with a landline, cell phone, and Internet options. If you are in Wyoming, northwestern Colorado, Utah, or Montana, head over to their website at http://unionwireless.com to check their availability in your area.>> Blog post on making and using compost:  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2020/06/making-and-using-compost.html>> If you have your own business or are looking to start one, this might be just the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.  I’m opening up a few slots in my mentorship program for people serious about growing their business.  If that’s you, email me at Jill@theprairiehomestead.com for more info.>> To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials. >> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead>> Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead >> Follow Jill on Facebook: http://facebook.com/theprairiehomestead
With the uncertainty that currently exists in school systems across the country, more-and-more people are looking at the possibility of homeschooling for the first time.  Though it can be quite confusing at first, I’m here to help make the transition as easy as possible.   Today I’ll explain how our curriculum has evolved from years past.  I’ll also go over all the books and tools we’re using for school this year.  Whether you’re looking to be a full-time homeschooler for the first time or you’re seeking some ideas to fill in gaps that remote schooling might leave, this episode will help you to make sure your kids don’t fall behind.A big thanks to our August sponsor— Union Wireless! Union is a small-town Wyoming company that provides both rural and city folks alike with a landline, cell phone, and Internet options. If you are in Wyoming, northwestern Colorado, Utah, or Montana, head over to their website at http://unionwireless.com to check their availability in your area.>> To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials. >> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead>> Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead >> Follow Jill on Facebook: http://facebook.com/theprairiehomestead
County fairs across the country have been canceled.  Thankfully here in Wyoming, we were still able to participate in this great tradition.  If you’ve never been to a county fair, it’s effectively a lot of sitting around mixed with moments of controlled chaos.  Why do we do it?  That’s the question we get asked most frequently by friends and neighbors.  With the significant amount of time and effort required to move our entire life to the fairgrounds for a week, on the surface it wouldn’t seem to make much sense.  However, the true gift of the fair and the homestead, in general, is the independence it teaches our children.  It fosters curiosity and accelerates their growth as children and sticks with them well into adulthood.  Listen today to find out why everyone in your family will greatly benefit from the county fair.A big thanks to our August sponsor— Union Wireless! Union is a small-town Wyoming company that provides both rural and city folks alike with a landline, cell phone, and Internet options. If you are in Wyoming, northwestern Colorado, Utah, or Montana, head over to their website at http://unionwireless.com to check their availability in your area.Free-Range Kids, How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children>> To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials. >> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead>> Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead >> Follow Jill on Facebook: http://facebook.com/theprairiehomestead
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Shalom Acres

This is a great episode! I've been feeling the same way. so much craziness going on right now. I think I'm going to replace my smart phone with a Gabb phone. It's made for kids but I think it would benefit the distracted adult! No internet at all on it! Thank you!!

Oct 22nd
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Rachel Purcell

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Aug 31st
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Carol Davis-Robinson

oh Jill, the speed with which you talk!!! Amazing. I think thats another way you get things done too, FAST! I love your content, your podcast & all the things, but I'm chuckling thinking some people's heads will be spinning. 😂😂

Aug 27th
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Katie Littlefield

I just loved this episode. I live in Maine and unfortunately our fairs were canceled this year. So it was so nice to hear about your family's experiences at the fair. I grew up on a farm here in Maine, we used to have over 300 sheep, around 40+ cattle, geese, ducks ect.. Never horses much to my disappointment. We ended up getting rid of the sheep. But my Dad still has around 40+ cattle. grass raised/ finished beef is the best. Last year I finally bought my fist home with my fiance and our daughter. she is now 6.5 its not a big spot only 1.3 acres. however we do have 2 streams that border our property and its just majestic. For the first time in years I was able to do a garden. My first since I've been an adult!! It has been so exciting and hard to manage it all with work and trying to keep up on weeding. But so rewarding when we get to eat fresh cucumbers, string beans, summer squash, zucchini, potatoes, chard,beets,carrots ect . The exciting part for me is having my hands back in the ground. I feel like getting your hands dirty with the earth is so healing. I've definitely enjoyed your podcast so thank you so much for sharing your experience.

Aug 23rd
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Liz

We have begun our 4th year of homeschooling. I have 2 girls, one in 6th grade and one in Kindergarten. It will be an interesting year trying to incorporate both. This is the first year of full homeschool for the kindergartener (she went to 2 years of preschool because she can't sit for very long and needed an activity). This year we are using Math - CTCMath online. We used it last year and it was great! Kids can move at their own pace. We will also do Economics (I bought the game Pay Day to help reinforce it) Language Arts - Growing in Grammar, Soaring with Spelling, etc. Simply laid out but hits everything well. Kindergarten is 4 weeks to read curriculum. History - Mystery of History. This is our first year using this but it looks amazing so far! Science - My 6th grader is very STEM oriented. We are doing a 6 week study of Marine Biology online and then doing some STEM stuff and hopefully Astronomy later in the year. I would also like to squeeze on a short study about US government Constitution and elections. Some of this is new to us and some we have used before. I am taking it one step at a time and one day at a time. I am finally feeling more like a seasoned homeschooler and am not as stressed about it this year. I hope to encourage my kids to have fun with learning and teach them how to learn on their own. Thank you for your encouragement and suggestions in this podcast!!! I appreciate hearing about how others do life and glean ideas from them 🙂

Aug 22nd
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Shawneen Hogg

I so agree. I haven't been to Walmart in over 9 years. after seeing so many small bakeries close due to Walmart, I decided, "as for me and my house..." we can shop elsewhere.

May 26th
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Aimee Nelson

This is so interesting. We have been drinking raw milk from a local farmer for 4 years now. My husband is "lactose intolerant". Turns out the pasteurization process removes lactase, the enzyme that helps breaks down lactose. So if you don't have enough lactose in your body, they deem you lactose intolerant. Ever since we made the switch, he has had no problems at all! One day we hope to have our own milk cow.

May 23rd
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heidi miller

Jill, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this episode! I am with you 100%. We try to use our local feed & seed, hardware and grocery stores. But like you, I was avoiding thinking about Amazon too long & hard. THANK YOU for doing this somewhat harder but better thing, because that's usually what homesteading is all about!

May 16th
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Shawneen Hogg

We seem to be on the same page in dealing with our pantry abundance and garden goals. We are doubling our garden size so that we can share this year as we do every year. It is our belief that our community will need it. My pantry fed over 50 folks every night for days after Hurricane Michael. We are currently feeding college kids who cannot go home during this pandemic. True homemakers share from their abundance... hoarding isn't in our vocabulary

Apr 6th
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Kim Knuteson

I LOVED this podcast. I am a social worker and I enjoy learning about other people and what makes them who they are and how they function within the community! Very enjoyable Jill!

Feb 18th
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Jessica Tolver-Banks

I just love this podcast. I am from suburban Australia and live 15 mins from the beach. I have my vege patch outside in my backyard and I love listening to this podcast as I dream of my own farm. Have followed Jill for 7+ years and I really enjoy this new form of learning x

Feb 16th
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Tasha Brown

This podcast can be taken past homesteading. so much useful and thoughtful information.

Feb 7th
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Craig N Carrie Nellis

Could you do a podcast on what you do with your whey?

Jan 31st
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Suzy.effinhomemaker

girl, thank you! I really needed to hear it's okay not to do it all ♡ I'm really enjoying your podcasts!

Jan 8th
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lovemygirlsen

I was worried that you wouldnt cover soap, but so glad you did! 🙋‍♀️ soap user here too!:) fun episode!

Dec 9th
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lovemygirlsen

awesome episode. love all the info you give, thanks!!

Dec 9th
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ElizaBeth Marshall-Smith

Would you consider talking about miniature cows, and the butter fat content in the milk of various cow breeds? LOVE the cast!

Sep 21st
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Julianne Johnston

This one's about gardening rather than milking I think! Just listening to the first couple minutes that's what I deduced.

Sep 11th
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Lori Hurley

excellent as always

Aug 27th
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Kat Craze

Jill never disappoints when she tells a story, shares her knowledge or dives into the, sometimes not so pretty, realities of homestead life. This podcast is a breath of fresh air in the podcast world and I highly recommend it.

Aug 14th
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