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The Definitely Not Simple Life

Author: Angela, Mandi and Renee

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A podcast created by three real-life farmers and homesteaders sharing their experiences, answering questions and talking about the glamour and the nastiness that comes with the simple life.

Angela, Axe & Root Homestead
Instagram: @AxeAndRootHomestead
Renee, Mountain Woods Farm
Instagram: @MountainWoodsFarm
Mandi, Wild Oak Farms
Instagram: @WildOakFarms
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Making Maple Syrup!

Making Maple Syrup!

2021-09-0331:04

Hi all!  Today we had the pleasure of chatting with Abby from The Gateway Farm @thegatewayfarm on Instagram- about all things Maple Syrup! Abby and her family run and live on a Maple Syrup farm in VT and ship the goodies all across the USA! We learned SO much and it was a joy talking with her! Enjoy! Hosts:Angela, Axe & Root HomesteadInstagram @AxeAndRootHomesteadMandi, Wild Oak FarmsInstagram@WildOakFarmsRenee, Mountain Woods FarmInstagram: @MountainWoodsFarmThis episode is sponsored by Mannapro Homestead@mannaprohomestead
Today we chat about hoof care for all types of species you might keep on your homestead! Any questions, you know where to find us! Hosts:Angela, Axe & Root HomesteadInstagram @AxeAndRootHomesteadMandi, Wild Oak FarmsInstagram@WildOakFarmsRenee, Mountain Woods FarmInstagram: @MountainWoodsFarmThis episode is sponsored by Mannapro Homestead@mannaprohomestead
Happy Friday you all! We are deep into gardening season right now, coming up on August! We chat today about some of the most common garden issues (pests/disease) that we all from time to time have or will deal with. Enjoy, and as always- reach out if there are more questions! Cheers! Hosts:Angela, Axe & Root HomesteadInstagram @AxeAndRootHomesteadMandi, Wild Oak FarmsInstagram@WildOakFarmsRenee, Mountain Woods FarmInstagram: @MountainWoodsFarmThis episode is sponsored by Mannapro Homestead@mannaprohomestead
Join us today as we cover the most common poultry ailments, sent in by you all! Hope you have the best day! Hosts:Angela, Axe & Root HomesteadInstagram @AxeAndRootHomesteadMandi, Wild Oak FarmsInstagram@WildOakFarmsRenee, Mountain Woods FarmInstagram: @MountainWoodsFarmThis episode is sponsored by Mannapro Homestead@mannaprohomestead
Happy FRIDAY!Come join us today as we dive into the basics on home soap making! Just like sourdough, we don't want this to be scary for you all. Cheers. Hosts:Angela, Axe & Root HomesteadInstagram @AxeAndRootHomesteadMandi, Wild Oak FarmsInstagram@WildOakFarmsRenee, Mountain Woods FarmInstagram: @MountainWoodsFarmThis episode is sponsored by Mannapro Homestead @mannaprohomestead
Hi you all! It's been a bit, we had a few big things happen during this past month... the biggest being Renee and her Farmers Husband had a sweet baby girl! Angela is releasing not one but TWO books,Mandi is about to have puppies on the farm and is planning a wedding!Come hang, friends. We have missed you. Hosts:Angela, Axe & Root HomesteadInstagram @AxeAndRootHomesteadMandi, Wild Oak FarmsInstagram@WildOakFarmsRenee, Mountain Woods FarmInstagram: @MountainWoodsFarmThis episode is sponsored by Mannapro Homestead @mannaprohomestead
Happy Friday! Kate, the pig queen, is baaaack! We had the opportunity to have Kate @themoderndaysettler back on the podcast to discuss breeding pigs and farrowing in more depth. She is such a wealth of knowledge on these topics! Have a listen and have a great day! 
Composting Made Simple

Composting Made Simple

2021-05-1434:27

Hi you all!Today we sat down with one another and discussed the basics of composting and the methods we all use here on our farms/homesteads. Composting can be confusing- today we hope to simplify it for you!Have a great one! Thanks for listening! 
Rachel on the Ranch

Rachel on the Ranch

2021-05-0735:59

Hi you all! Long time no talk! This week we had the opportunity to talk with Rachel-an amazing female farmer in Montana! You'll have to listen to her story to find out more! It involves taking big life leaps and little Wranglers. A lot of grit, even more laughter. Find more of Rachel at rachelontheranch.com and on Instagram at @rachelontheranch Hosts:Angela, Axe & Root HomesteadInstagram @AxeAndRootHomesteadMandi, Wild Oak FarmsInstagram@WildOakFarmsRenee, Mountain Woods FarmInstagram: @MountainWoodsFarmThis episode is sponsored by Mannapro Homestead @mannaprohomestead
Mandi's Birthday!

Mandi's Birthday!

2021-04-2327:14

Little did Mandi know, but Angela and Renee had a special episode idea- and we did a fun get to know Mandi episode! Hope you all have the best day! 
Hi you all! Welcome back! This week we had the pleasure of talking with Kate at The Modern Day Settler all about raising pigs on your homestead. She is basically the pig farrowing queen! She sat down with us and provided so much information and insight for those who are interested in raising or might be in the future. Thanks for tuning in! Find Kate on Instagram at: themoderndaysettler Be sure to go say hi! Hosts:Angela, Axe & Root HomesteadInstagram @AxeAndRootHomesteadMandi, Wild Oak FarmsInstagram@WildOakFarmsRenee, Mountain Woods FarmInstagram: @MountainWoodsFarmThis episode is sponsored by Mannapro Homestead @mannaprohomestead
Hi you all! Join us today as we "debunk" some of the most common homesteading and farming myths with you! Enjoy! Hosts:Angela, Axe & Root HomesteadInstagram @AxeAndRootHomesteadMandi, Wild Oak FarmsInstagram@WildOakFarmsRenee, Mountain Woods FarmInstagram: @MountainWoodsFarmThis episode is sponsored by Mannapro Homestead @mannaprohomestead
Hi friends! Here for another episode loaded with great information about Homesteading?This week we had the opportunity to talk with Kirsten from Hostile Valley Living (Instagram)about raising geese on the homestead! We cover things from different breeds, purposes, and needs! Kirsten is a wealth of information on this topic and had even written a book! Check it out! Happy listening. Hosts:Angela, Axe & Root HomesteadInstagram @AxeAndRootHomesteadMandi, Wild Oak FarmsInstagram@WildOakFarmsRenee, Mountain Woods FarmInstagram: @MountainWoodsFarmThis episode is sponsored by Mannapro Homestead @mannaprohomestead
This week we had the pleasure of talking with Annaliese from Modfarmchick/Modern-day Farm Chick. She and her family are dairy farmers from Wisconsin! Annaliese is such a great AGvocate for the industry and is here with us to talk about her families farm and the dairy industry as a whole! Enjoy! Hosts:Angela, Axe & Root HomesteadInstagram @AxeAndRootHomesteadMandi, Wild Oak FarmsInstagram@WildOakFarmsRenee, Mountain Woods FarmInstagram: @MountainWoodsFarmThis episode is sponsored by Mannapro Homestead @mannaprohomestead
This week we had the pleasure of talking with Chris from the organization Mane in Heaven! This wonderful therapy program brings so many smiles to children in the Chicago area! We won't spoil it, but bring your tissues to this short (pun intended) episode! Please check out Mane in Heaven on Instagram, Facebook and their website is maneinheaven.org You can make a donation there!  As always, thank you for tuning in! Hosts:Angela, Axe & Root HomesteadInstagram @AxeAndRootHomesteadMandi, Wild Oak FarmsInstagram@WildOakFarmsRenee, Mountain Woods FarmInstagram: @MountainWoodsFarmThis episode is sponsored by Mannapro Homestead @mannaprohomestead
Are you new to poultry? Are you interesting in hatching your own eggs? Just need a refresher on a few things? We are here to help! We cover the basics when it comes to hatching any poultry, but dive a littler deeper into chicken, duck, and goose! Happy Hatching! Enjoy! Hosts:Angela, Axe & Root HomesteadInstagram @AxeAndRootHomesteadMandi, Wild Oak FarmsInstagram@WildOakFarmsRenee, Mountain Woods FarmInstagram: @MountainWoodsFarmThis episode is sponsored by Mannapro Homestead @mannaprohomestead
This week we had the lovely Annette from Azure Farm on with us! Annette is a new mother and an amazing homesteader! She joins us to talk about farm-life balance, how she had to pivot, and where she is now with her little one! You can do both, my friends. :)You can find Annette on Instagram at - azurefarm Enjoy! Hosts:Angela, Axe & Root HomesteadInstagram @AxeAndRootHomesteadMandi, Wild Oak FarmsInstagram@WildOakFarmsRenee, Mountain Woods FarmInstagram: @MountainWoodsFarmThis episode is sponsored by Mannapro Homestead @mannaprohomestead
Do you grow food with preserving for the next year in mind? Do you have a local farmers market you can buy in bulk from? Do you grow for beauty or for bounty? We all crave those big, beautiful slicing tomatoes on the table come summertime- but- they might not be the best for tomato sauce. Do you feel overwhelmed with garden planning, we are here to help! Hang with us today while we chat with Ann about preserving a garden harvest, choosing the right varieties to do so, and how to outsource if you want to put away something you don't grow well, or grow at all! Thank you for listening! Hosts:Angela, Axe & Root HomesteadInstagram @AxeAndRootHomesteadMandi, Wild Oak FarmsInstagram@WildOakFarmsRenee, Mountain Woods FarmInstagram: @MountainWoodsFarmThis episode is sponsored by Mannapro Homestead @mannaprohomesteadEpisode is LivePublished: Feb. 12, 2021 @ 1AM EditUnpublishAdd a TranscriptGet episode better indexed by search engines.Add Chapter MarkersListeners can tap through & see what’s coming up.Create a Visual SoundbiteBest way to share to social media for engagement.Share Episode On FacebookTwitterLinkedInMore OptionsEmail Link to EpisodeDirect Link to MP3Embed this ONE EpisodeView Episode Stats
The most crucial member of any farm, the LGD. Today we chat about how to start a puppy, fencing, and raising a good livestock guardian dog for your farm. They might not always be easy, but they will always be worth it. Hosts:Angela, Axe & Root HomesteadInstagram @AxeAndRootHomesteadMandi, Wild Oak FarmsInstagram@WildOakFarmsRenee, Mountain Woods FarmInstagram: @MountainWoodsFarmThis episode is sponsored by Mannapro Homestead @mannaprohomestead
Get to Know Us!

Get to Know Us!

2021-02-0547:36

We mixed it up a bit this week! We asked you all on Instagram what you wanted to know about us.. and here you go! We hope this gave a little more insight into who we are as individuals and not just farmers. Cheers! Enjoy!Hosts:Angela, Axe & Root HomesteadInstagram @AxeAndRootHomesteadMandi, Wild Oak FarmsInstagram@WildOakFarmsRenee, Mountain Woods FarmInstagram: @MountainWoodsFarmThis episode is sponsored by Mannapro Homestead @mannaprohomestead
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Cyndy Simpson

I listened to this twice now. So much to learn. You three are the best teachers of all things Definitely not simple!

Feb 19th
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