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Author: Jill Winger

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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.
215 Episodes
Welcome to the very first episode of Old Fashioned On Purpose!  My name is Jill Winger, and on today's episode I'm thrilled to share with you my very unlikely foray into homesteading.  You'll hear why growing up as city kids didn't prevent my husband and I from achieving our goal of owning milk cows, cultivating our own gardens, building our own farm, and so much more.  If you've ever had any interest in homesteading, don't miss your chance to peek in on my journey.   Before you know it you'll be starting your own!Some key highlights from today's episode:  How horses sparked my interest in homesteading  Purchasing our first property  How a compost pile sparked our foray into homesteading  The importance of teaching yourselfClick here to check out photos of our homestead makeover! complimentary access to my full library of resources for homesteaders like you at
Have you ever wondered if raised beds were the answer to your garden issues?  When Christian and I started our first garden on our homestead, we began with a traditional in-ground garden.  After a somewhat comical mistake involving manure, we quickly had a yard growing in our garden.  Certainly not an ideal situation.  Though a temporary solution worked for a while, we discovered a deeper issue as a result of previous pesticide use. Enter raised beds.  Listen today to find out if raised beds are the right solution for your homestead. Some key highlights from today's episode:     •  How I poisoned my first garden    •  How deep mulch saved my garden     •  Why raised beds can heat the soil faster     •  The benefits of a timed drip system Click here to access your very own raised bed guide! complimentary access to my full library of resources for homesteaders like you, head to
It’s summertime, and beyond the beautiful weather, it means that all of the amazing fruits are in season.  What does in-season fruit mean?  Jam of course!  While I love to make jam, I’ve always found that most jam and jelly recipes are loaded with added sugar.  If you’re anything like me, you want to use as little added sugar as you can.  Today I’m going to teach you how to easily create incredible tasting jams with having to overload them with white sugar. Some key highlights from today's episode:     •  Ways to make jam without overloading them with sugar     •  The incredible science of pectin     •  Why I like to use honey as a sweetener     •  Click here for my favorite pectin! here to get access to my series of FREE videos demonstrating the process that I detailed in today’s podcast. complimentary access to my full library of resources for homesteaders like you, head to
One of the most common concerns I hear from people looking to get into homesteading is what happens when you need to leave or take a vacation?  While we want all of the joys that a homestead provides, certainly there can be issues when needing to be away for a prolonged period of time.  Fear not my friends, I'm here to explain how you can leave your homestead without a great deal of worry.  Listen today to find out how we prepare for trips away from the homestead.  This episode is sure to inspire some ideas of your own.Some key highlights from today's episode:     •  The best times to leave the homestead      •  How to find someone to watch your place     •  How to cut down on chores to make things easier     •  Why an automatic watering system is great no matter the situation. If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path!
By far the number one fear I hear the most in regards to canning concerns food poisoning.  Better known as botulism, this phenomenon has the potential to cause some very serious health problems.  While botulism has the can be extremely dangerous, I’m here to provide some guidance to help you mitigate any possible risk.  From acidity to temperature to different types of canning, listen to find a comprehensive guide on canning safely.   Some key highlights from today's episode:     •  The importance of acid in home-canned foods     •  Why you should use a pressure canner for low acid foodTo get my comprehensive canning e-book, visit https://www.learnhowtocan.comIf you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.
First and foremost, let me ease your concerns.  I’m not here to give you a recipe a special morning beverage made from compost.  Today you’re going to learn about a special fertilizer that is sure to produce miracles in your garden.  You’ll learn the difference between aerated and non-aerated tea, why non-aerated tea is my weapon of choice, and how you can make it for free.  Listen to find out why compost tea is one of the best ways to give your plants a 100% organic boost! Some key highlights from today's episode:     •  The easiest way to produce compost tea     •  My own personal compost tea recipe     •  The benefits of a soil drench vs. spray    •  Other ingredients you can add to your teaIf you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.
Hail is one of the most destructive forces when it comes to the health and well-being of your garden.  If you’re anything like myself, you can relate to the devastation of walking outside and seeing your garden in tatters following a hail storm.   Unfortunately, a recent storm crushed months of hard work, time, and money.  Even though I was bummed and initially wanted to quit gardening, it ultimately wound up creating a positive shift in my attitude.  Today I’m going to outline several strategies on how you can salvage, recover, and rebuild moving forward.  Don’t miss my idea on how to protect your plants from future storms. Some key highlights from today's episode:     •  What to do with a hailed out garden     •  Why you shouldn’t immediately rip out your garden     •  If and when you should re-plant If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.As mentioned in this episode, you can find the perfect compost tea recipe to help your garden recover here:
Who knew canning tomatoes was such a controversial subject? When you stumble across canning discussions on Facebook or in other homestead groups, this seems to be one of the most hotly contested topics. Why you might ask? Primarily because many canning organizations challenge certain traditions in terms of how foods should be canned. Fear not my friends. In today’s episode, I share a simple solution that will allow you to utilize any canning method you desire.  I also dig deep into the different factors that can affect the acidity, which ultimately effects the canning method you should use.  If you’ve ever wondered how you can stay true to whatever canning method you desire, then this is the podcast for you!Some key highlights from today's episode:     •  How decay and over-ripening affect the acidity         •  When to use water-bath canning vs. pressure canning     •  Why lemon juice, vinegar, or citric acid can be your best friend Kick your fears to the curb and learn everything you’ll ever need to know about canning at now! 
Yes, it’s that special time of year that we all love: Fly Season! For all of my fellow homesteaders currently in the throes of fly season and the ones about to experience it, I’m here to deliver my top four strategies on how to mitigate our pesky little friends. I provide in depth details on each strategy and all of the necessary links to access the tools mentioned in the episode.My Top Four Strategies for Natural Fly Control:  Fly predators:  “Good" bugs fighting “Bad” bugs.  Get your fly predators at Management:  Flies adore poop.  If you don’t keep it under control, you have no chance to control flies.DIY Fly Sprays:  Who knew essential oils were so effective? I rely heavily on my homemade sprays to help me survive the fly onslaught. Trap Them: Simple, yet effective. Get your complimentary copy of my Essential Homestead eBook, complete with my favorite DIY fly spray formulas! here for your free guide on how to create your own fly traps
Are you tired of dealing with soft, squishy pickles?   I’m sure I’m not the only one who has dealt with this problem.  After years of experimentation and fighting with different recipes, I’ve collected these 5 simple tips to take your pickles to the next level.  We’ll learn why small cucumbers are the best, why immediate canning leads to crunchy pickles, and why the blossom end might be our biggest enemy.  You’ll also hear about my favorite way to keep pickles fresh for the long-haul.Some highlights from the episode: Why you should always use small cucumbers  What is tannin and why you should use it How Tea can power up your pickles Do you want to start canning but don’t know where to begin?  Head over to for everything you need to get started today! 
Have you ever struggled to keep your weeds at bay?  It’s one of the most common problems for any homesteader.  I don’t know about you, but I sure don’t want to be spending three hours a day in my garden just to keep my weeds under control.  Over the years I’ve tried dealing with this issue in many different ways.  Today I’m here to share my most effective tips in weed control.  These will not only save you time, but they will also give you peace of mind.  Make sure to stay tuned for my favorite home made weed spray! Some highlights from the episode: Preventing weeds from seeding Why mulch is the best tool for preventing weeds How fire can be your friend If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.
As we’re approaching harvesting season on the homestead, it’s crucial to be prepared for the bounty of food that’s about to roll in.  Whether it’s coming from your own garden, a farmers market, or other local producers, understanding how to properly preserve the harvest will provide wonderful meals for months to come.  Today we’re going to focus on my favorite method of food preparation:  canning.  In particular, I’m presenting the 5 most common mistakes people make when it comes to canning.  Listen to find out why the “old fashioned” canning techniques can be harmful, which modern methods aren’t always safe, why acid is essential to safe canning, and so much more.  Some highlights from the episode: Different methods of preservation:  freezing, fermentation, dehydration, canning and more Bacteria and food safety Why you should always follow canning recipes as they’re written Do you want to start canning but don’t know where to begin?  Head over to for everything you need to get started today! 
We all make mistakes.  Let me tell you, Christian and I have made quite a few on our homesteading journey.  In today’s episode, I’m going to dive into the top 5 mistakes we’ve made over the last few years.  These learning experiences are sure to save you time, money, and headaches in the process.  No matter if you own a homestead, are interested in becoming a homesteader, or simply enjoy learning about the lifestyle, there are valuable lessons to learn throughout.Some highlights from the episode: Why doing it right the first time is always the best way to do it Why thinking bigger is better You can’t do it all at once, so don’t try If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.
Eating fruits and vegetables fresh off the vine is always the preferred method for optimum nutritional value.  Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to consume our fresh foods before they go bad.  So what’s the best way to preserve the harvest?  Research shows that proper canning is the best way to ensure nutrients remain locked in your foods as long as possible.  Listen today to discover everything you need to know about the shelf-life of nutrients when it comes to preserved foods.Some highlights from the episode: Tips on the best recipes for preserving nutrients Canning, freezing, or dehydrating? How not to preserve your food Do you want to start canning but don’t know where to begin?  Head over to for everything you need to get started today! 
Greetings friends and family!  Back in episode 3 I explained the benefits of raised garden beds and why we chose to use them on our homestead.  Today I’m going to talk about several different options on how you can create raised beds on your own.  You’ll also get a detailed explanation on how we built own very own, incredibly unique raised beds made out of steel.  I’m hoping this episode will make it clear that there’s no right or wrong way to build a raised bed, it simply comes down to finding something that fits your specific needs.Some highlights from the episode: How to build a raised bed garden on any budget Learn why it’s always better to invest more for durability and longevity Tips for minimizing weeds in your raised beds Click here to access your very own raised bed guide! complimentary access to my full library of resources for homesteaders like you, head to
Today I’m going to be taking a deep dive into one of the more controversial topics on the homesteading front.  Although both dairy goats and milk cows are viable options, find out why Christian and I eventually moved to milk cows and sold our goats.  Learn the main differences when it comes to cost, pasture space, transportation, and overall taste of milk.  If you are considering entering the world of home dairy or contemplating making a switch, this episode will provide everything you need to make an informed decision.  Some highlights from the episode: The pro’s of owning dairy goats Why zoning is important to consider Why goats are a challenge to keep fenced in For everything you need to about getting into the dairy game, head to to download your complimentary guide. 
When Christian and I first started out, we were relying on his single income as an electrician.  By staying out of debt and focusing on doing anything we could do to earn extra money, it allowed us to build our homestead piece-by-piece.  Regardless of where you’re at financially, it’s possible to get into the homestead game.  Before you begin on your journey there’s some key things you should know.  First and foremost, it’s going to take a serious amount of discipline along with rock solid intent.  Second, there’s no right or wrong way to do this.  Listen today to find out how Christian and I managed to make our dream a reality and learn some tips and tricks so you can do the same.Some highlights from the episode: Why staying out of debt is key for success Why you should buy everything used DIY everything you can If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.
Whether or not you are currently a homesteader, I’m willing to bet that we both share this common problem.  Time is our most valuable commodity, and usually the first and easiest thing to sacrifice is a good home cooked meal.  Today I’m here to not only explain why you don’t have to sacrifice cooking from scratch but also provide the tools you need to make your home cooked meals a reality.Some highlights from the episode: Why humans are born to create Why menu planning will save you time and money Why big batches are your friend The  best tools for prepping meals 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 
When is the “simple life” not always simple?  For those of you transitioning into the homestead lifestyle, it’s pretty much all the time.  From barn construction to dairy goats to him baked bread and so much more, it’s a never ending cycle of building and improving.  How do I know?  I’ve been there.  Even with all the homesteading experience Christian and I now have, we still find ourselves overwhelmed at times.  Today I’m going to demystify the process of starting a homestead and provide every tip and trick you need to take action today.Some highlights from the episode: Why a planner can cure all anxiety How to prioritize your action items Why action always cures fear Comparison derails progress If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.
On today’s episode, you’re going to learn how Christian and I are managing to raise old-fashioned kids in the modern technological world.  How our we accomplishing this?  Mostly by providing our kids with unstructured time.  It turns out that allowing time for your children to be bored will actually increase their creativity.  Who knew?  Listen to find out why letting go of your kids is actually the best thing you could ever do as a parent.Some highlights from the episode: How and why we limit screen time Why letting go helps your kids with problem solving Why giving kids responsibility helps them grow If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.
Comments (21)

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

Rachel Purcell

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Aug 31st

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tasha Brown

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

Feb 7th

Craig N Carrie Nellis

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

Jan 31st


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

Jan 8th


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

Dec 9th


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

Dec 9th

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

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

Lori Hurley

excellent as always

Aug 27th

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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