Small Scale Life Podcast

Small Scale Life Podcast

Join your hosts Farmer Tom and Julie as we discuss living on our 10-acre farm in Western Wisconsin. We will grow vegetables (in Wicking Bed Gardens), flowers and community on our land. We will also interview other homesteaders, market gardeners, urban farmers and other interesting people who are serving customers and connecting to the land where they live. Learn, do, grow and be a little better everyday!

Episodes

July 28, 2022 13 min

In this 208th Episode of the Small Scale Life Podcast, I am looking back in time to June 2022 where I was talking about projects and efforts at our Driftless Oaks Farm. The projects featured in this episode are:

  • Removing Fence from the Blue and White Pens
  • Cutting Box Elder Trees
  • Building Wicking Beds out of 55 Gallon Food Grade Barrels
  • Working on Operation WW
  • Prepping to Plant Potatoes
  • My Farm Journal posts, videos and podcast episo...

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    In this 207th episode of the Small Scale Life Podcast, I introduce the Drifting to Driftless Series by focusing on my recent Adventure in Cedar Rapids, Mount Vernon and Decorah, IA.

    The Drifting to Driftless Series is where I share my adventures and wandering. It will be a regular feature on Small Scale Life.

    For pictures, videos and links from this "Drift," head on over to smallscalelife.com.

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    In this 206th Episode of the Small Scale Life Podcast, I am introducing two new efforts here at our Driftless Oaks Farm and on the Small Scale Life Podcast:

  • My Farm Journal
  • Operation WW
  • My Farm Journal posts, videos and podcast episodes will document our progress and our observations of life at our little Driftless Oaks Farm.

    Operation WW is focused on cleaning up the Weeds and Woods at Driftless Oaks Farm, starting with the o...

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    In this 205th Episode of the Small Scale Life Podcast, I have my good friend Mr. Tactical Jay back on the show to talk about the Modern Day Back to the Land Movement including gardening, homesteading and being more self-reliant.

    I have known Jay for over 10 years, and he and his wonderful wife are experiencing their own Back to the Land Movement as they develop their garden and create a homestead somewhere on the East Coast of the...

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    June 2, 2022 10 min

    After a long hiatus this Spring, Host Tom resturns to Restart Our Small Scale Life. This is a 10 minute episode that covers the following topics:

  • Host Tom introduces himself to the audience
  • Where the Small Scale Life Podcast has been over the past 6 years and where it is going in the future
  • Driftless Oaks Farm's projects and opportunities
  • For links and show notes, head over to smallscalelife.com!

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    March 31, 2022 82 min

    In this 203rd Episode of the Small Scale Life Podcast, I have a Chicken Chat with my good friend Amy Dingmann. Julie and I are chicken newbs, so we wanted to learn from someone who has done all things chicken!

    Amy Dingmann is from A Farmish Kind of Life where she talks about her life on a little 5-acre farm in Central Minnesota. Amy is a writer, podcaster, blogger, YouTuber, and also has a snail mail paper newsletter (called The...

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    March 24, 2022 67 min

    On this 202nd Episode of the Small Scale Life Podcast, Julie and Maria the Intuitive Energy Healer are back on the Small Scale Life Podcast to talk about How to Start a Small Business. Both Maria and Julie have owned their own businesses:

  • Maria owns and operates a dog grooming business and her intuitive energy healing business in Lake City, Minnesota.
  • Julie operated her own wedding floral design business in Minnesota and Illinois.
  • ...

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    February 23, 2022 58 min

    In this episode of the Small Scale Life Podcast, Julie and I talk with Maria the Intuitive Energy Healer about the Full Moon Energies, the importance of community, and our 2022 Guiding Words.

    Who is Maria the Intuitive Energy Healer?

    Maria the Intuitive Energy Healer has been practicing over 6 years and helps people heal naturally and coaches people to achieve their goals and live their best life. Julie and I have been meeting...

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    February 17, 2022 36 min

    For our 200th Episode of the Small Scale Life Podcast, Julie and I talk about the Top 10 Surprises Moving to the Country from the City/Suburbs.

    For links to the recent appearances and to learn more about Driftless Oaks Farm, head over to smallscalelife.com .

    As a reminder, you can now buy high quality grass fed meat (raised using Regenerative Agriculture protocols and principles) at the following site: https://www.amodernfron...

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    In this 199th Episode of the Small Scale Life Podcast, Adam Rick and I are talking about Creating Heritage Meals and Deep Roots in Central Wisconsin. I like to call this episode “All Roads Lead to Oxford, Wisconsin.”

    For links and show notes, head on over to smallscalelife.com

    As I mentioned in this Small Scale Life Podcast, you can now buy quality grass fed meat at the following site: https://www.amodernfrontier.com/

    Use cod...

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    January 20, 2022 69 min

    I talk with Adam Rick about his Grass Fed Farm Business in Wisconsin. Adam is a partner in and salesman for an Amish co-op. This co-op is beyond a grass fed farm: they are focusing on using principles and protocols of Regenerative Agriculture to raise chickens, pork and cows. Adam and his Amish partners are building soil on tired, played out farm fields one animal at a time, and this Small Scale Life Podcast episode is all about...

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    My guest on the Small Scale Life Podcast this week is Brian Aleksivich from the LOTS Project and our Fireside Freedom Podcast! We are talking about monetizing your homestead (making some money because….hey, we like money)!

    Brian started a lot of different business ventures since starting his Happy Hills Homestead 7 years ago, and I wanted to find out what worked, what didn’t and what other lessons he learned along the way.

    Chec...

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    January 6, 2022 49 min

    In our first Small Scale Life Podcast of 2022, Julie and I discuss our journey to Driftless Oaks Farm. We discuss Eagles Ridge, why we started looking for property again and finding Driftless Oaks Farm.

    Of course, it is also a special birthday episode for the Small Scale Life Podcast (7 years) and your humble host Tom!

    For more information and links, please head over to smallscalelife.com!

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    Last week on the Small Scale Life Podcast, I discussed my Daily Gratitude Practice and gave four tips to establishing your own daily gratitude practice. As a recap, the four tips were the following:

  • Take some time and think about what you are truly grateful about.
  • Make a list of people and things and challenges you are grateful for.
  • Keep those lists in a journal (brief bullet points only; don’t write a book – it isn’t sustainabl...
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    Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  Tis the season for having a Daily Gratitude Practice and giving thanks.  After all, how many of us had this conversation during Thanksgiving dinner last week:

    What are you thankful for?

    “What are you thankful for” is the usual question that people have and expect a response after grace.  How often were we caught of-guard by such a simple question when the piping hot feast is right in front of us?  W...

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    In this episode, I break my silence and restart the Small Scale Life Podcast! I talk about our new farm in Western Wisconsin and starting to live at our farm. I talk about the following topics:

  • Gratitude Practice - Shout Outs and Thank Yous
  • Driftless Oaks Farm a. Outbuildings b. Fruit Trees, Berries, Grapes and Perenials c. Pens/Paddocks d. The Blue Barn e. The Chicken Coop
  • Small Scale Life Podcast
  • "Harvest" by Osi and the ...
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    In this episode of the Small Scale Life Podcast, Tom talks about "going with the flow" and how he is developing a 10 step plan to navigate the rapids, waterfalls and log jams in life.

    We can spend a lifetime chasing dollars and cents, yet we don’t have the sense to take care of the Small Scale Life Basic 10 Core Principles. We have become addicted to consumerism, screens, and Modern Western Culture that pumps out garbage ...

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    In this Episode of the Small Scale Life Podcast, I provide an Eagles Ridge Update: Community, House Project and Stair Project Failure. I talk about 5 Lessons Learned from Our Stair Project that can be applied to our lives: relationships, jobs, money, tasks, DIY projects and even social media.

    April has come and gone, and we had a lot going on gearing up for constructing our Eagles Ridge Barndominium. The machine is MOSTLY in pl...

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    On this 189th Episode of the Small Scale Life Podcast, I am talking homestead hunting, Roberts Rules, grounding and gardening with Letti Loo from the Liberty All Day Blog, Podcast and Vlog.

    Letti is a busy person! She is married and has a busy little boy, and along with her own platform, she is a co-host on the 80’s Mom Podcast and has her own virtual assistant company called Parli Pro Consulting as well.

    Like Julie and I, Lett...

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    March 15, 2021 35 min

    Have you ever felt overwhelmed as you think about how to start gardening or kicking off a new garden season? There are so many questions, options and methods; it can feel like you are lost in a lush jungle of options and questions:

    • Do I start seeds or buy them from a store or a greenhouse?
    • Should I till up your yard and plant in native soil or build raised beds?
    • Should I use Square Foot Gardens, Rain Gutter Grow Systems, W...

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