One quarter of the world’s population has no access to electricity. An even greater percentage has only sporadic access to it. How would things change if everyone had access to free or very inexpensive energy? And who are the visionaries working to make this happen? Marianne and Jenise are joined by surprise guest Mark Proffitt of Predictive Innovation on a live-streamed Blab video chat to discuss this important topic. Think free energy is just a pipe dream? You may change your mind after hearing this podcast. For links, check out our show notes.
Drier climates have people the world over seeking ways to make the most of the water they have. Brook Sarson of H2O-ME provides an important resource in Southern California. In this interview she talks about rainwater catchment and grey water recycling.
How do we create the world we want if we can’t envision it? The inability to imagine something drastically different is a huge stumbling block for many of us. This week Marianne and Jenise are joined by homesteading blogger Brad Rowland of Highly Uncivilized to discuss the practice of envisioning and its importance in improving our current situation. Brad summarized the key points brilliantly, here.
“My whole refrigerator is full of fish. Come and get some!” That is the kind of phone call which only happens once in a great while. But when it happens, there are only two options:…
Marianne recently got a windfall of tuna and, like the master homesteader she is, she decided to can it. In this episode she outlines the steps she used for pressure canning the fish and what she did to make sure none of the fish went to waste. For details including a step b-by-step guide, check out Marianne’s “Gift of Fish” post.
Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you didn’t have to “make a living?” For a growing number of folks, this dream is becoming a reality. Vicki Highfield shared her progress toward this goal recently on the social media platform Tsu. Jenise took the opportunity to ask her to share more of her story in this interview.
Natural building methods are rising in popularity these days due to their often simpler designs, affordability and eco-friendliness. This week, Marianne interviews natural building expert and sustainable living aficionado Patrik Schumann who shares his knowledge and experience on the topic.
Thinking about raising chickens? In this episode, Marianne a seasoned chicken raiser and Jenise, a newbie, discuss the basics of raising backyard chickens. You may also want to check out our previous podcast, “Getting Started with Raising Backyard Chickens.“
With September just around the corner, we decided it would be a great time to take a look at some of the alternatives to public school. So we went straight to one of the biggest names in alternative education, Jerry Mintz of the Alternative Education Resource Organization, to get the scoop on some of the options available to parents.
Chickens are near and dear to our hearts. Both Marianne and I are raising our own. But I’m a newbie and Marianne has been doing it for a while.
In this episode we discuss getting started with backyard chickens. What does it take? What’s the time and cost commitment? We answer a few of these questions. But chickens are a big topic, so we reserve the right to explore it further in future episodes