A Little Self Reliant

A Little Self Reliant

In our busy modern world, many people are interested in becoming more self-reliant, but have no idea where to start. Join first-generation homesteader and passionate gardener Ashley Constance for soul-centred and attainable conversations around growing your own food, sustainability, self-sufficiency, and everything in between. Whether you're on a farm in the country or in a house in the city, there is something for everyone in the world of self-reliance.

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August 31, 2022 47 mins

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Food safety and safe preserving practices are your own personal responsibility, and this podcast is for informational and entertainment purposes only.  In this conversation, we point to many trusted resources for further information and research you can do on the subject of pressure canning.  Always follow tested recipes, the manufacturer’s directions from your specific pressure canner, and up-to-date canning ...

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Purchasing a full, half, or even quarter of an animal through the farm-to-table model can be a bit intimidating, but this week's guest is here to help  break it all down for you.  Join me as I talk with Charlotte Wasylik of Chatsworth Farm in Vermilion, Alberta, all about the process of purchasing meat in bulk direct from a local farm.

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July 27, 2022 18 mins

Most people tend to think of canning or root cellaring when they consider food preservation, especially in the homesteading community.  In this episode, I'm kicking off a 5-part food preservation series by shining light on the most well-known and convenient modern food preservation method - freezing!

Preserving food is a huge part of self-reliance, and in this episode, I share 10 things that we like to freeze as well ...

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Learning to save your own seeds is one of the most valuable skills you can have as a gardener, and on this week's episode, I'm joined by Erin Colborn of Green Witch Seed Co. and The Northern Grower Podcast to talk all about how to get started.

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If you're a gardener, then you already know that home compost is garden gold - but the problem is, we can never seem to make enough of it!  Join me while I chat with this week's special guest, Karin Velez, all about home composting for beginners.

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June 29, 2022 37 mins

Bringing new animals home to the homestead or even just your house can be incredibly exciting, but something I don't think we talk about enough is how nerve-wracking and anxiety-inducing it can be, as well.  This week, we're talking all about "New Animal Anxiety", plus six tips to help you navigate the stress that comes along with caring for the new livestock or pets in your life.

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Foraging - or Wildcrafting - has exploded in popularity in recent years, but for the absolute beginner, it can seem a bit intimidating.  Join me with guest Jessica Mose of Prairie Soap Shack as she shares her tips and tricks for first-time foragers.

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June 15, 2022 18 mins

Growing your own herbs to use for tea is so easy and incredibly rewarding!  In this episode, we discuss my top 5 must-have tea herbs in my garden, plus helpful tips for harvesting, drying, and storing them.

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Living A Little Self Reliant Facebook Group

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Here in Zone 3, we only have around 100 frost-free days to grow the majority of our garden plants.  Obviously, this can present some very specific challenges.

This week, I'm interviewing Krista Green of Zone 3 Vegetable Gardening all about ways to approach and maximize growing in a short-season climate.

Krista has been gardening most of her life along with working at a greenhouse for many years. She lives on ...

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If you're homestead dreaming, but want to work on building some essential homesteading skills while you're still living in the city, this is the episode for you.  Even if you're not planning to move to a farm or homestead, or if you're already living on one, this episode will be full of 90 different ideas for skills that you can begin to build and hone, no matter where you're living.


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This episode is an Interview with Erica Leniczek, all about mental health, not only on the homestead but also in all walks of life.  Erica is so knowledgable about the many facets and struggles related to mental health, and she totally gets that "just taking a day off for self care" isn't always an option.

Erica is a first-generation rancher on her spouse's 5th-generation commercial black Angus cattle o...

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This episode is an Interview with Erica Leniczek, all about mental health, not only on the homestead but also in all walks of life.  Erica is so knowledgable about the many facets and struggles related to mental health, and she totally gets that "just taking a day off for self care" isn't always an option.

Erica is a first-generation rancher on her spouse's 5th-generation commercial black Angus cattle o...

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May 2, 2022 17 mins

This episode covers everything you need to consider when hardening off your seedlings and transitioning them into your vegetable garden.  For the full schedule, blog post and all resources mentioned, visit the show notes linked below.

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This episode is an Interview with Kimberley Allan, all about supporting local growers through CSAs (Community-Supported Agriculture) and Farmer's Markets.  If you're looking to embrace a life of more self-reliance, but you can't grow a large garden, supporting local growers is an excellent option.  We discuss the many benefits of CSAs for both producers and consumers, some of the challenges that small growers face, a...

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April 18, 2022 19 mins

Potatoes are the unsung hero of the vegetable garden.  They are versatile, calorie-dense and so easy to grow!  With a few basic steps and a little extra knowledge, you will be well on your way to growing your best potato crop yet.

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In part four of the "Before You Get Chickens" series, we are talking all about baby chicks!  What they need, how to care for them, how to keep them healthy and happy, and how to transition them to living outside.

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In part three of the "Before You Get Chickens" series, talking about essential chicken-keeping supplies, sourcing and transporting your birds, stocking a basic first aid kit, and more.

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In part two of the "Before You Get Chickens" series, we are diving into everything you need to consider before you build or buy a chicken coop.

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Chickens are a fun and rewarding addition to any backyard or homestead, but jumping in to any kind of livestock can be super intimidating in the beginning.  This episode is here to help you make smart considerations before you commit to bringing home your laying hens.

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February 28, 2022 23 mins

Do you want to start cooking drool-worthy meals from scratch, but have no idea where to begin?  Whether you're a beginner cook or a well-seasoned home chef, this week's episode is full of tips for taking the overwhelm out of cooking from scratch.  Don't let the fact that you're a newbie scare you - home cooking is a totally attainable and super rewarding self-reliance skill, whether you're on a homestead or...

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