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Journey your way back to nature with host Megan Gilger. Weekly Megan will talk about gardening, cooking, seasonal living, eco living and more. Enjoy a judgement-free and grounded perspective on being a modern human finding your place in the greater web of the natural world. New episodes released every Wednesday to continue your curiosity. 
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Fresh Exchange Megan Gilger

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 21 Ratings

Journey your way back to nature with host Megan Gilger. Weekly Megan will talk about gardening, cooking, seasonal living, eco living and more. Enjoy a judgement-free and grounded perspective on being a modern human finding your place in the greater web of the natural world. New episodes released every Wednesday to continue your curiosity. 
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    My 2020 Garden Recap and Looking Toward 2021

    My 2020 Garden Recap and Looking Toward 2021

    The long awaited 2020 garden recap is here! In today's episode on Fresh Exchange we will be recapping the last year in our garden in the midst of a pandemic. We fell for the bigger garden and build a chicken coop trends of 2020 and I am here to share everything I learned through the process.
    We begin the episode discussing seed shortages and I suggest checking out this blog post if you would like more info on it and what to expect but as a quick note. If you are beginner don't feel rushed to buy seeds and in fact I suggest buying them from local nurseries and farms instead this year just to take the load off if you can. Then for advanced gardeners it is best to buy what you need solely. Don't get to excited and start hoarding seeds.
    Lastly I suggest looking into seed exchanges. We will be offering a section of our community that will focus on this, but there are plenty of options to help you find seeds. Scarcity shouldn't cause fear in us, just to be identified as an opportunity instead to make a connection to others who we can learn from. Living in a mindset of abundance is a much more gratifying way to perceive our life.
    Getting into the meat of the garden recap, we talk about garden journals and how I perceive them when it comes to my garden. Another thing we will be covering in our community site beginning in March and I will touch on within an episode here as well.
    I then disclose everything we tackled, what surprised me, what I learned, and the biggest failures I had.
    We head into the plan for 2021 and talk about what my main plan is and then eventually finish up by discussing HOW I plan my garden and though it sounds super calculated you may be surprised by the way I perceive the garden planning process.
    Next week we will dive deep into how I thrive in a season that takes me far from the garden and how winter is the season I have learned is less about surviving and more about healing and coming home. Yes! This means I will teach you how to actually live really well in winter. It is easier than you may believe.
    See you out there friends!
    Blog Posts Referenced:
    How to build a up a soil bed
    How to fill a raised bed box
    All About our Steel Raised Beds
    My 2020 Garden Recap
    Reading suggestions:
    Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
    Visit my Pinterest page for ideas to help with Companion Planting and Guilds
    Thank you for listening to Fresh Exchange's podcast where we talk about connecting and grounding ourselves to seasonal rhythms, simple gardening techniques, and curiosities on becoming more connected to ourselves through nature.
    Follow Megan on the Fresh Exchange blog
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    If you want to follow more of Fresh Exchange you can sign up for the FREE newsletter right here. You will receive a weekly, monthly, and seasonal email to meander your way through intentional living with the cyclical rhythms of nature.
    You can find Fresh Exchange's Beginner Garden E-book and a plan for A Simple Raised Bed Garden right here in the online store

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    • 35 min
    Intentionally Approaching an Unpredictable Year

    Intentionally Approaching an Unpredictable Year

    We begin today's first podcast by asking you to breathe! Just to take a few breathes. The beginning of this year hasn't been easy. My gosh has it not. But did we really believe that when 2021 arrived at our door everything that hung within 2020 would simply disappear? No. We knew better.
    That said, before we dive into the conversation about approaching intentions this year. I want to to identify where we are right now in our world. Not just in terms of the weather out the window, though if you need that you can have that with this conversation, but instead I want to discuss the cultural season we are in right now. We currently are enduring a hard winter in our culture and most likely you may be experiencing a hard winter of the soul as well.
    We discuss together what it means to experience winter in a culture and how nature teaches us everything we must know about the hard times we may face right now. I discuss lessons I have learned from the years of living in the north and even what I learned about running from winters.
    The importance of this is key when we dive into this podcast because we cannot set intentions without understanding where we are beginning.
    And when I say intentions, I do not mean goals. Instead, I am talking about the undercurrent we place to our year that gives us permission to arrive at our deepest longing and desires.
    Maybe you thought we would be discussing the garden in the episode and though we will next week, this week we must begin with setting these intentions and I explain why this contributes to how I personally plan and work in my garden.
    So how do we set that intention particularly in a year when it feels there is nothing we can count on? How do we do this when we are weary?
    Jump in today to learn just how I do this and the key question I ask, which seems simple but I promise the answer isn't that easy.
    My goal is by the time we end these 25 minutes in today's podcast that you feel a sense of grounding, purpose, direction, and even realize space you didn't even know you had.
    Books I suggest right now:
    Wintering by Katherine May
    Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown
    Thank you for listening to Fresh Exchange's podcast where we talk about connecting and grounding ourselves to seasonal rhythms, simple gardening techniques, and curiosities on becoming more connected to ourselves through nature.
    Follow Megan on the Fresh Exchange blog
    Follow along on Instagram
    See what Megan is loving right now on Pinterest
    If you want to follow more of Fresh Exchange you can sign up for the FREE newsletter right here. You will receive a weekly, monthly, and seasonal email to meander your way through intentional living with the cyclical rhythms of nature.
    You can find Fresh Exchange's Beginner Garden E-book and a plan for A Simple Raised Bed Garden right here in the online store.

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    • 24 min
    Introducing: Fresh Exchange

    Introducing: Fresh Exchange

    Welcome to the Fresh Exchange podcast!
    Every week I will discuss topics that range from my own gardening experiences and things I am learning to how I work with seasonal rhythms to connect the dots of life experiences and we will even chat about parenting at times as well. Some weeks I will bring in amazing guests who inspire and challenge me as I ask questions to learn from them myself in hopes that by sharing our conversation we connect through a similar curiosity.
    My goal is that together we will lean into these conversations to learn and grow in our pursuit of coming home to our selves in nature.
    My hope is these conversations inspire you to find a sense of grounding, purpose, humility, and growth in all sorts of new ways. 
    If you are excited about this and ready to head out on this adventure with me go ahead and subscribe!
    I cannot wait to learn and connect together here! 
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    See you out there friends!

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Hugo+Delia ,

Exactly what I need

Very well written and read, great pace and I’m excited for what she has in plan for the year! If it’s anything like this first episode I know it might become my favourite podcast.

michele.szew ,

Just what I needed to hear

I wasn’t three minutes into listening before I wanted to start making notes of quotes to share! Beautiful words, amazing wisdom, can’t wait to continue learning and growing!

MG designer ,

So Excited

I’m so excited to hear more, the trailer is exactly what I am looking for

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