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The homesteading podcast dedicated to the pursuit of self-sufficiency, self reliance, and sustainability. Brian is a 4th generation homesteader located in beautiful upstate NY. Along with his wife, Bonnie (also a 4th generation homesteader) and their son Brian Jr., Brian has been actively homesteading on a 2 acre piece of land since 2008. This podcast is dedicated to their journey and is a call for others to join them in pursuing self sufficiency, self reliance, and sustainability.
 
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On this podcast, I am joined by Meredith Leigh, the person who ran the charcuterie workshop that Jack and I talked about last week. We talk about her journey into teaching (which may surprise you) as well as why ethical meat is so important. Information about the upcoming charcuterie class in Maryland can be found here. http://www.mereleighfood.com…
 
Last weekend, I attended with Jack Pollner a charcuterie intensive course in Massachusetts. I also was privileged to spend a few nights with Jack, Jackie and Emma at The Mindful Homestead. And so, on this episode Jack and I talk about what we learned and enjoyed about the course that was taught by Meredith Leigh. We talk about two of her books: The…
 
On this episode I am honored to be joined by Carl from The Self Sufficient Hub Podcast. Carl is a homesteader living in the UK with his wife and young family. He hosts the self sufficient hub podcast and YouTube channel and is 3 years into working towards self sufficiency. This September he is undertaking a self sufficient challenge where he is onl…
 
Back on episode 46, I shared with you 10 things you can do now to set yourself up for success with next year's garden. Using those thoughts as a springboard, I share with you on this episode some of the lessons I've learned this year and things I'll be doing next year to achieve an even more abundant harvest. Enjoy!! Brian http://www.thehomesteadjo…
 
On today's episode we talk about lacto-fermentation. Can you believe that I am 100 episodes in, and I haven't dedicated an episode to this topic? I couldn't believe it myself. So, today we talk about what it is, it's benefits, and how easy it is to get started doing it. Enjoy!! Brian http://www.thehomesteadjourney.net/shop http://www.thehomesteadjo…
 
Sometimes I can get so focused on raising and growing food that I lose sight of other things. On this episode I talk about a big mistake I almost made and why sometimes, the homestead needs to take second fiddle to other things in your life. Enjoy!! Brian http://www.thehomesteadjourney.net/shop http://www.thehomesteadjourney.net https://www.faceboo…
 
This week was our county fair . And, for us, when it's fair time, nothing else matters..... And this year I was honored to be asked to speak once again on the topic of modern homesteading. And so this week's episode is all about our time at the fair and includes the talk I gave. Because this was recorded at the fair, the audio isn't as good as it u…
 
Sometimes we have a dream. It's something that you seemingly can't shake. It can start to consume you. You share it with other people. Instead of thinking you're crazy, they see the vision. And they buy into it. And it starts to consume them. And then it doesn't work out. That can be soul crushing. It can be demoralizing. And I think many, many hom…
 
On today's episode we talk about All-American canners. I have two (a 921 and a 930). On this episode I give my thoughts on both of them. I also mention Mirro and Presto canners. It is my opinion, that if you go that route, you should upgrade the "jiggler" from the generic one to one that can be set to different lbs of pressure. Here is the Presto v…
 
Back on episode 39, I talked about the fact that you CAN can. Many people are afraid to try. But, some people also don't fully understand the risks. On this episode I talk about 5 of the most common mistakes I see people new to canning make. My goal isn't to scold you; so if you've made this mistakes please don't take it that way. My goal is to hel…
 
This episode is a bit of a follow up to last week's episode. Last week I talked about a recent interaction I had with "a jerk" in the homesteading community. And it got me to thinking. If we're not careful, sometimes we can end up being "that jerk". And so today's episode is just a friendly reminder..... don't be "that guy (or gal)". Enjoy!! Brian …
 
On this episode I am joined by Holly Stockley from the Vintage Americana podcast. We talk about how having 2 special needs daughters lead them towards the homesteading lifestyle. We talk about how homesteading and animals have benefited them and how they are gradually moving from a suburban lifestyle to a homestead that they are building in the cou…
 
Today as I was scrolling through Facebook, I ran across a post in a meat rabbits group where someone was asking for some information. Instead of answering the question, someone else decided to make fun and belittle the person asking the question. And it got me to thinking; jerks are everywhere. And, if you're not careful, you can allow them to kill…
 
On this episode I give my thoughts on the Winstrip trays I trialed this spring. I tell you what I liked, what I didn't like and I give my recommendation on whether or not homesteaders should purchase them. If you're interested in checking them out, you can visit the Neversink Farm here. Enjoy!! Brian http://www.thehomesteadjourney.net/shop http://w…
 
On episode 92 of the podcast, I shared with you the fact that I am FINALLY able to grow zucchini after several years of not being able to. But, with great power, comes great responsibility. And I'm sure that I'm not the only one who wonders what to do with all of the abundance I am seeing. Now, I could turn it into eggs or bacon by feeding it to my…
 
A couple of weeks ago I ran into a friend from church. I don't think I had seen him since before the pandemic and if I had, it hadn't been for long. As we stood there catching up, he was asking me about some of the the things we had been doing on the farm that he had seen on Facebook. And then he asked me this question; "Brian, how do you get it al…
 
Do you remember "why" you started your homestead journey? Sometimes we need to reminder ourselves of that to help us keep putting one foot in front of the other. Enjoy!! Brian http://www.thehomesteadjourney.net/shop http://www.thehomesteadjourney.net https://www.facebook.com/TheHomesteadJourneyPodcast http://www.youtube.com/c/3BFarmandHomestead htt…
 
This week I spent camping with my son's Boy Scout troop. While there, I was able to dive into Cathy R. Payne's book, Saving the Guinea Hogs. As I was reading the book, I was struck by the fact that the policies that lead to the near extinction of the American Guinea Hog were also responsible for the near extinction of homestead community. These are…
 
On FMF7 and FMF9 we talked about 9 items that are useful and versatile on the homestead. But, there are some products that while super useful, just don't seem to have more than their intended use. And that's ok. What they do, they do REALLY well. So, here are 5 of my favorites. Enjoy!! Brian http://www.thehomesteadjourney.net/shop http://www.thehom…
 
This week, leading up to the Fourth of July, I was thinking about perhaps the most famous words from our Declaration of Independence. "We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness." I thi…
 
Back on FMF7, we talked about 5 Useful and Versatile Items on the homestead. I asked your feedback with the promise that I would do a followup episode. So, as promised, here are 4 More Useful and Versatile Items. Enjoy!! Brian http://www.thehomesteadjourney.net/shop http://www.thehomesteadjourney.net https://www.facebook.com/TheHomesteadJourneyPodc…
 
This episode is the first in what will be a monthly feature here on the podcast; a homestead product review. On this episode we talk about my portable poultry netting setup that I purchased in 2018 from Premier 1. I talk about what I like, what I don't like and whether or not I'd recommend you'd buy it!! Enjoy! Brian http://www.thehomesteadjourney.…
 
This week was absolutely a crazy week on the homestead. Between a trip to PA to attend a family reunion, my parent's 45th wedding anniversary and a visit from my brother and sister in law and their family, I really didn't have much time for homesteading stuff. Instead, I tried to be in the moment, spending as much time as I possibly could with them…
 
On this week's episode, I am happy to be joined by Don Bradner from Little Mountain Life. We talk about their journey into homesteading and how they are building a pole barn house. We also talk about growing microgreens and our shared love of the Cincinnati Reds. You can find out more about Don and Natalie's Journey at: https://m.youtube.com/c/litt…
 
I love things on the homestead that are useful. But, I also love things that are versatile. And I really enjoy repurposing things. So, today I talk about 5 of the most versatile and useful items on our homestead. Enjoy!! Brian http://www.thehomesteadjourney.net/shop http://www.thehomesteadjourney.net https://www.facebook.com/TheHomesteadJourneyPodc…
 
This week Basil had a litter of piglets. On Saturday, I did my initial evaluation and thought that it might be helpful for me to explain what I look for in a pig. So, on this episode I talk about the things that are important to me as a breeder. Here is a link to this week's Five Minute Friday. I also mention The Livestock Conservancy and The Ameri…
 
Every year, my goal is a weed free garden. And every year, I fail. This year, I have a plan. 3 easy steps that I am going to follow that I think you can follow too!! Japanese Sickle Hoe: https://amzn.to/3a53tH7 Wire Hoe from Never Sink Farm: https://www.neversinktools.com/collections/wire-hoes/products/proletariat-hoe-without-wood-handle Enjoy! Bri…
 
Have you ever felt like nothing is going right? That nothing is going according to plan? This spring has felt that way on our homestead. Starting with the leaky window sills that led to a mold issue in the master bedroom up through this past week where I had a visit to the ER, it has been a struggle to get things headed the right way on the homeste…
 
On this week's 5 Minute Friday, I encourage you to move beyond fruits when making jams and jellies. Did you know you can use flowers, herbs, veggies and even corn cobs to make jams and jellies? If you're new to all of this, you may want to start with the more standard fruit based jams and jellies (and there is certainly nothing wrong with that. The…
 
A lot of times, as we think about being a homesteader, we think about the short term. We think about raising and growing food. We think about preserving food. We think about raising animals and putting meat in the freezer and that's certainly important, but many times I think we lose sight of the fact that what we are doing is far more important th…
 
Many people would like to start canning but they aren't sure where or how to get started. Making jams and jellies is an easy way try it out. You can get started in many cases with things you already having in your kitchen (you'll need to buy jelly jars/lids/rings). But, if you have a stock pot, you have all you need to get started. Most jelly/jam r…
 
If you are considering relocation (in particular from an urban area to a rural area) there are 7 things you NEED to know to ensure you have success. 1. You ARE an outsider 2. No one cares about how great where you came from is 3. Leave the city in the city 4. You don't know as much as you think you do 5. There are local customs, foods, celebrations…
 
Don't ever give up. Don't stop trying. Don't give up. Push harder. Don't quit. These are things that we are told from a young age. But, sometimes the best thing we can do is be a quitter. I'm not talking about just turning tail and running when adversity comes. We are certainly going to face adversity on the homestead. But, there are some times whe…
 
On this episode we talk about when you may want to NOT do some homesteading things and instead, hire someone else to do them; in essence, trading dollars for hours. I also mention the Livestock Conservancy and the fact that this week is International Heritage Breeds Week. Episode with Cathy Payne https://www.livestockconservancy.org/ I also mention…
 
On this episode of Five Minute Fridays, we talk about trellising. We talk about it's benefits and my favorite way to trellis vegetables. Enjoy, Brian http://support.thehomesteadjourney.net http://www.thehomesteadjourney.net/shop http://www.thehomesteadjourney.net https://www.facebook.com/TheHomesteadJourneyPodcast http://www.youtube.com/c/3BFarmand…
 
On this episode I am pleased to be joined by two wonderful guests. My lovely wife Bonnie joins me as we talk to Deborah Niemann from thriftyhomesteader.com. Deborah is the author of several books, including Homegrown and Homemade and Raising Goats Naturally. She is also the host of the podcast, "For the Love of Goats". We talk about how goats can b…
 
This is the first episode of our new series, 5 Minute Fridays. These episodes will be my answers to questions or take on a homesteading topic in 5 minutes or less. They will also include a motivational quote of the week to help you tackle your homesteading weekend. If you didn't catch my episode on The Urban Farm Podcast, you can hear it here: http…
 
This week I learned of a ballot initiative in Colorado called PAUSE, "Protect Animals from Unnecessary Suffering and Exploitation". That sounds like a good thing, until you read the text (click here to do so). What you find is that it criminalizes normal homesteading practices with regards to raising animals and it places onerous burdens on the rai…
 
On this week's episode we talk pigs; ear notching, ear tagging and my LEAST favorite chore of all time. I share with you why we do what we do, I explain a little about the Universal Ear Notching System and I explain why we castrate males on our farm. If you are up to castrating pigs yourself, these are the scalpels we use. Do NOT buy the crappy one…
 
This week as I was scrolling through Facebook homesteading groups, I ran across this post, "Is having meat chickens worth it to you??? We have about 28 currently and I feel like we’ve put so much money into these things. I thought this was going to be cheaper than buying store bought meat... I was very very wrong" On this episode, I address one of …
 
This week a listener by the name of Jeremiah reached out and asked me some questions about the best way to make money on your homestead. After I answered him, I got to thinking that this might be a good topic for an episode. And, upon further reflection, I felt that my original reply to Jeremiah was lacking. And so I have put together my thoughts o…
 
On this episode, I am happy to be joined by Farmer Greg Peterson from theurbanfarm.org and host of The Urban Farm Podcast. Greg is a green living and sustainability innovator whose mission is to inspire people to embrace their own greenness, which he does daily by living what he speaks. As a resident of Phoenix for the last 48 years, Greg is well-v…
 
On this week's episode we head back to the garden to talk about hybrids varieties of vegetables. Many times, in homesteading and gardening circles, hybrids get a bad rap. People love their heirlooms and open pollinated varieties (and so do I) and treat "hybrid" like it's a dirty word. Now, certainly hybrids at times have fairly earned a reputation …
 
Currently lumber prices are through the roof. A friend I work with told me the other day that the trusses that she had ordered last year for $8,000 (and then had to cancel) were going to cost her $24,000 this year. If you go to Lowes (or Home Depot or your local lumber yard) you'll find that 2x4's that used to cost $2 or $3 are going for $6 or $7 e…
 
For some reason, it seems that many people in the homesteading world think that in order to be a "real" homesteader, you shouldn't work an off homestead/farm job. Is it possible to be a full-time homesteader? I don't think so. And on this episode, I explain why. Enjoy! Brian http://www.thehomesteadjourney.net/shop http://www.thehomesteadjourney.net…
 
This is the fourth and final episode in our three part series on starting seeds. When I started this series, my plan was to only do three episodes: one on What to start, when to start, how much to start. The second would cover 6 basic things needed for seed starting. And finally I planned to wrap up the series by talking about how we start seeds on…
 
On this episode, we talk about the seed starting system we use here on 3B Farm and Homestead. I share with you the things we have tried that didn’t work so well as well as the things that have worked very well for us. Keep in mind that this is a work in process and what I do next year may differ from what I do this year. I certainly don’t claim thi…
 
Last week we talked about what to start indoors, when to start it and how much to start. This week we are moving on to the nuts and bolts of starting seeds; the basics that you need to be successful in starting seeds. On this episode we talk about the 6 basic things you need: 1. Seed starting mix 2. Containers 3. Water 4. Light 5. Seeds 6. Proper e…
 
It's that time of the year; the time when we turn our attention to the spring and we think about getting our gardens started. For some of us, that means starting some seeds indoors. Maybe you are new to gardening and you're confused as to what should be started indoors, what should be direct sown, and what can go either way. Maybe you're unsure of …
 
I am calling this episode "don't forget the perennials" Now, the idea for this episode came from a conversation I had last Sunday evening with the father, his name is James, of one of the scouts in my son's troop. You may recall that I recorded last week's episode on Saturday because we were planning on going tubing with the scouts at the mountain …
 
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