Episode 146

Chicks or Hens?

Chicks or hens? What is the better option to get started with chickens? That is a question many wanna-be chicken owners are asking themselves. In this podcast, Marianne will explore the pros and cons of both options of starting out on the wonderful adventure of chicken ownership. Continue reading

Episode 134

Diana MacDonald is Introducing Herself

I have been a professional photographer since 1993, and have been shooting stock photography since 1996 when I moved to Florida and landed a job as an in-house stock photographer for SuperStock, a stock agency in Jacksonville. In 1998 I left the agency and branched out on my own, shooting what is known as macro stock for a company called Eyewire, which had previously been owned by Adobe, and was bought out by Getty Images. I shot exclusively for Getty for many years, but with the advent of microstock agencies, the business changed drastically, so I now shoot for 5 micro agencies as well as for Getty and for Alamy (a UK based macro stock agency.) Continue reading

Episode 131

The New Voices on The Sustainable Living Podcast

As you know, there are new voices at The Sustainable Living Podcast. When Jenise decided to give up podcasting for now, I got excited about the idea of adding a variety of new voices to our program. Sustainable Living is such a large topic and many of us are trying our best to become knowledgeable about the many aspects of creating a more sustainable life. Continue reading

Episode 120

Joel Salatin

If you don’t know who Joel Salatin is, let me quote here a short bio I received from Joel.

Joel Salatin and his family own Polyface Farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley.  Featured in the iconic foodie book Omnivore’s Dilemma and award-winning film FOOD INC., the farm’s moniker is “healing the land one bite at a time.”  A prolific author (12 books to date) and speaker, he promotes local food systems, freedom of food choice, and farming systems that build the commons.

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Episode 109

Are homesteaders just moochers living off of “civil” society?

A recent opinion piece in Forbes magazine suggests that they are. And a brilliant homesteading blogger named Daisy Luther of The Organic Prepper blog, articulately countered the argument on Zero Hedge.

I read Daisy’s article and thought it would make for an interesting discussion on our latest episode of the podcast.

But first Marianne and I share a little bit about how we are “mooching” on our respective homesteads!

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Episode 100

The Sustainable Living PodcastOur journey on the sustainable living path led Marianne and I to create a weekly podcast a little more than two years ago.

This episode marks 100 times we’ve recorded and shared our thoughts, interviews and tips via the podcast.

In celebration of this milestone, Marianne traveled to my Big Bear homestead last weekend to brainstorm about our future plans and to record this episode.

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SLP 95 – Healthy, Handmade Food

Healthy, handmade food was hard to come by when I was a child.

My mom would be the first to say that cooking was not her forte’.  But, lucky for her,  Mr. Swanson, Mrs. Stouffers and many others provided pre-cooked meals that could be bought at the super market and stored in the freezer until needed.

So, for many of us, cooking amounted to opening a package and heating a frozen or canned meal up on the stove or in the oven.

Hey, it was the “modern” way, wasn’t it?

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Episode 92 – Jennifer Osuch of Self Reliant School

self-reliance and parenting

Jennifer Osuch

Jennifer Osuch discovered the art of self-reliance through parenting.

As the mother of two children with asthma, she wanted to do whatever she could to reduce toxins and support their health. Through her research she learned techniques and skills that really made a difference.  She began to make healthy meals from scratch using old-fashioned techniques like canning and food dehydrating that also saved her time and money.

Jennifer  and her husband Bill teach people how to do these things and more on their website, Self Reliant School.

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