This week on Christian Farm and Homestead Radio….
Join Scott Terry, Tony Konvalin and Richard Grossman for a conversation about husbandry. A word once synonymous with agriculture, husbandry is not common in the industrial vocabulary. Husbandry was once considered man’s highest calling (next to preaching the gospel). What is husbandry? Is there a Christian view of husbandry. How does animal husbandry differ from animal science? Join us on Friday March 7th at 8pm eastern, as we discuss these things and much more.
Here is the link to listen live. You can also use the same link to listen to the archived show after it airs.
Currier and Ives, American Farm Scenes
Spring time is coming and family milk cows will be freshening on homesteads across the land. Now is the time to talk about fresh cow health and management. Scott will talk about potential problems, ways to prevent them and how to treat them if they happen. If we have time, we will also catch up on email questions. There is also a chance that we might get an update on the Beyond Off-Grid film. Hope you can tune in to the live show Feb 21st at 8pm eastern. If you can’t, be sure to listen to the archived show at your convenience.
Here’s the episode link. Use it to listen live or use it to listen any time after the show airs.
Leigh Tate’s 5 Acres and Dream, The Challenges of Establishing a Self-Sufficient Homestead is one of the best things I’ve read in a while. As Leigh describes it, “It’s not a how to or why to book”. It is a wonderful story of one family’s journey of developing a self-sufficient homestead. Leigh’s writing style is clear, concise and a pleasure to read. Her honesty is refreshing. One thing that I really appreciated about this book was that it was a story about regular people, people like you and me, who didn’t have a lot of cash to work with and didn’t have their dream homestead fall into their laps. There is much wisdom to glean here for people who dream about homesteading but seem far away from the goal. The book is full of great ideas and the author shares her failures as well as successes. The topics of planning, gardening, water, livestock and more covered. My favorite chapter was chapter 10 titled “Obstacles”. Leigh has some great wisdom and insights into the topics of agrarianism and industrialism and how the industrial mindset is a stumbling block to homesteading. Lots of great stuff in this chapter! The book includes a list of resources and reading suggestions as well as a very useful appendix that includes how to use the Pearson Square to calculate feed rations. I really enjoyed reading this indie published book and I’m sure you will too.
On January 17th 2014, I interviewed Leigh Tate on my radio show. We talked about this book and her and Dan’s homestead for 2 hrs. Lots of great stuff in this interview. You can listen to it here.
Living life close to the land gives one the opportunity to notice the the seasons. Seasons are not merely a date on a calender, they are very much part of ones life. Our tasks and work are dictated by them and our survival depends on preparing for some and taking advantage of the blessings of others. In the north our life revolves around winter. All other seasons are spent preparing for the long brutal season. We grow and store crops for man and beast, store up firewood and pray we survive until spring.
Winter has a way of wearing one down. The darkness, the cold and the endless task of feeding, watering and hauling away manure from the livestock. The broken pipes and frozen everything. Wind and snow. Seemingly dead trees, with their twisted boney branches, that resemble the skeletal remains of a once living thing. The whole landscape is dead. We dream of green pastures and life as it should be. Reflections of winter remind the good farmer of our first parent’s crime and mankind’s fall in to sin and death. The thought of spring, the resurrection from the dead of grasses and trees and the restoration of life as it should be, points us to Christ at a time that we desperately need a reminder. At a time when the work and fatigue, the death and cold, have overwhelmed us and caused us to fall into despair… Spring offers hope. Even the seasons have spiritual lessons for those who have eyes to see.
Be sure to tune in to Christian Farm and Homestead Radio on Friday February 14th at 8pm eastern as we welcome back a favorite guest, Richard Grossman. Richard is good friend from western PA who is a life long farmer and great agrarian thinker. Listeners have been asking when the two of us would get back together again. Well, here you go. This week we are going to talk about farm power (draft animal/tractor/human and more). Those who are regular listeners probably know that when Richard and I get together, you never know what we will end up talking about. Hope you can catch the live show and log into the chat room this week!
Here is the episode link for the live show and also the same link for listening to the recorded version any time after it airs.
Here are some links to other shows I’ve done with Richard. If you haven’t heard them you will want to listen!
Richard Grossman on Kerry Cattle
Sheep Raising 101
Cities, Growing Old on the Homestead and More
Raccoon Recipes, Distributism, Chelsea Green Books, and Hard Cider
Some friends in Virginia have started a great little family business, called Seeds For Generations, that sells organic heirloom garden seeds. They have been sponsors of the radio show for a while now and I’ve had a chance to try out their seeds. We talk a lot in agrarian circles about home based economies and family cottage industry. Here is a fine example of some folks who are doing it and I hope you will check out their website and support them with your seed purchases.
All the seeds are packed and labeled by the children. As Jason says, “Our children have been gardening with us since they could walk, and now have the ability to help pack seeds and start seedlings, so we’re starting this family cottage industry to be able to work together, teach valuable skills to our kids, and bless others with great seeds and gardening advice.”
Here is Lydia Matyas hard at work…
All my seeds that I received last year were packaged by Lydia and she did a fine job! These folks are top notch and you will enjoy doing business with them. Do me a favor and give them a try this year.
Tune in Feb 7th at 8pm eastern for this week’s episode of Christian Farm and Homestead Radio. This week we are going to cover a couple of topics with a couple of my favorite young homesteader/farmer folks.
In the first hour Tracy Bunker joins us to talk about doing laundry off-grid. One of biggest challenges in off-grid homesteading is cleaning everyone’s clothing. Tracy will tell us how they get the job done on their off the grid homestead in central Texas.
In the second hour Peter Bartlett, of Bartlett Farms, joins us to talk about their small scale fodder growing system. Peter is sprouting fodder to feed his dairy cattle and other livestock. This topic is creating lots of buzz in the homesteading community. Here is a chance to ask questions to someone is doing it!
Here is the link to listen live. You can also use this same link to listen to the recorded version anytime after the show airs.
This week’s show…
This week on Christian Farm and Homestead Radio, Joshua Deel returns to answer your permaculture questions. You can email your questions to me before the show or log into the chat room and ask them during the live show at 8pm eastern on January 31, 2014.
Here is the episode link you can use to listen live or to listen to the recorded version after it airs
Next week (Feb 7th 2014), Tracy Bunker joins us in the 1st hour to talk about doing laundry off-grid. One of biggest challenges in off-grid homesteading is cleaning everyones clothing. Tracy will tell us how they get the job done on their off the grid homestead in central Texas. In the 2nd hour, Peter Bartlett of Bartlett Farms joins us to talk about their small scale fodder growing system. Peter is sprouting fodder to feed his dairy cattle and other livestock.
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Friday Jan 17, 2014
This week Leigh Tate joins me to talk about her new book, 5 Acres and a Dream. I am really looking forward to talking with Leigh and hope you can join us for the live show. I’ve read the book and I think its very good, I’ll be putting up an official review after the show.
Here is the episode link that can be used to listen live or to listen to the recorded version anytime after the show.