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CJ is Not The Farmers Wife! She's the farmer. She's also a mum and partner.

CJ discusses topics like homesteading and farming from the female perspective. She particularly like talking about her chickens, goats, bees, cows and horses. She is passionate about farm and homestead education, and teaches a backyard chicken keeping course.

She also wants to help people who want a "treechange" and move from an urban environment to a more rural setting.

She currently lives in the Southern Tablelands, NSW, Australia on 120 acres with her family and animals. After living "in town" for many years she brought her family back to the land, but she had to do it herself as her family didn't have land to gift her.

CJ's biggest wish is that farming and homesteading will become so popular that kids, hopefully girls, start listing "farmer" as what they want to be when they grow up.

Not The Farmers Wife CJ Steedman

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CJ is Not The Farmers Wife! She's the farmer. She's also a mum and partner.

CJ discusses topics like homesteading and farming from the female perspective. She particularly like talking about her chickens, goats, bees, cows and horses. She is passionate about farm and homestead education, and teaches a backyard chicken keeping course.

She also wants to help people who want a "treechange" and move from an urban environment to a more rural setting.

She currently lives in the Southern Tablelands, NSW, Australia on 120 acres with her family and animals. After living "in town" for many years she brought her family back to the land, but she had to do it herself as her family didn't have land to gift her.

CJ's biggest wish is that farming and homesteading will become so popular that kids, hopefully girls, start listing "farmer" as what they want to be when they grow up.

    Episode 67 - Winter Education

    Episode 67 - Winter Education

    Episode 67 - Winter Education

    Online Courses and Webinars

       - Exploring available online courses on sustainable living, permaculture, and 

          regenerative agriculture.

       - Benefits of attending webinars and virtual conferences.

       - Recommended platforms and organizations offering relevant courses. Freedom Farmers USA and Milkwood or Holmgren courses in Australia


    Winter Reading List (the links included are affiliate links to Amazon, so yes I will get some benefit if you click on these)

       - Essential books on homesteading and sustainable agriculture.


    Regenerative Agriculture

    Regenerative agriculture is a conservation and rehabilitation approach to food and farming systems. It focuses on topsoil regeneration, increasing biodiversity, improving the water cycle, enhancing ecosystem services, supporting biosequestration, increasing resilience to climate change, and strengthening the health and vitality of farm soil.


    You Can Farm: The Entrepreneur's Guide to Start & Succeed in a Farming Enterprise 

    This book offers practical advice for aspiring farmers on how to start and run a successful and sustainable farming business.


    Pastured Poultry Profits

    This book offers insights into raising poultry on pasture, providing practical advice on how to achieve profitability through sustainable practices.


    Holistic Management: A Commonsense Revolution to Restore Our Environment by Allan Savory and Jody Butterfield and the Handbook

    This foundational book introduces the concept of holistic management, a decision-making framework that helps manage resources sustainably. It covers principles and practices for improving land health and productivity.


    Dirt to Soil: One Family’s Journey into Regenerative Agriculture by Gabe Brown

    This book focuses on Gabe Brown’s personal journey and practical techniques in regenerative agriculture to improve soil health and farm productivity.


    Regenerative Agriculture: A Practical Whole Systems Guide to Making Small Farms Work by Richard Perkins

    Richard Perkins provides a comprehensive guide to implementing regenerative agriculture on small farms, with a focus on practical advice and case studies.


    One-Straw Revolutionary: The Philosophy and Work of Masanobu Fukuoka by Larry Korn

    This book covers the work and philosophy of Masanobu Fukuoka, a pioneer of natural farming and regenerative agriculture, focusing on sustainable farming techniques.



     Permaculture is an approach to land management and settlement design that adopts arrangements observed in flourishing natural ecosystems. It includes a set of design principles derived using whole-systems thinking. It applies these principles in fields such as regenerative agriculture, town planning, rewilding, and community resilience. The term was coined in 1978 by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, who formulated the concept in opposition to modern industrialized methods, instead adopting a more traditional or "natural" approach to agriculture.

    Permaculture: A Designer's Manual by Bill Mollison

    Often considered the permaculture bible, this comprehensive manual covers all aspects of permaculture design and principles, written by one of the founders of the permaculture movement.


    Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison

    A more concise and beginner-friendly introduction to permaculture concepts and practices, this book is great for those new to the subject.


    RetroSuburbia: The Downshifter’s Guide to a Resilient Future by David Holmgren

    Co-originator of the permaculture concept, David Holmgren's book focuses on applying permaculture principles to suburban living, offering a vision for sustainable and resilient communities.


    Permaculture One: A Perennial Agriculture for Human Settlements by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren

    This foundational text, co-authored by the founders of permaculture, lays out the basic concepts and principles of permaculture

    • 52 min
    Episode 66 - Winter Wellness

    Episode 66 - Winter Wellness

    Week 1 - Winter Wellness

    Episode 66


    Warm and Nourishing Bone Broth Recipes

       - Benefits of bone broth: Nutritional value and health benefits.

       - How to make bone broth from farm-raised animals: Step-by-step guide.

       - Different recipes: Chicken, beef, and vegetable bone broth.

       - Using bone broth in meals: Soups, stews, and casseroles.

       - Storing and preserving bone broth: Freezing

       - Incorporating bone broth into children’s diets.

       - Bone broth as a remedy for winter illnesses.


    Winter Fermented Foods for Gut Health

       - Health benefits of fermented foods: Probiotics and digestion.

       - Easy recipes: Sauerkraut or pickled vegetables.

       - Fermenting dairy: Making yogurt at home.

       - Fermented drinks: Kombucha.

       - Using fermented foods in everyday meals.

       - Encouraging kids to enjoy fermented foods.


    Winter Gardening for Fresh Greens

        - Selecting cold-hardy vegetables 

        - Building and maintaining a cold frame or greenhouse.

        - Indoor gardening: Growing herbs and microgreens on windowsills.

        - Soil preparation for winter gardening.

        - Pest management in winter gardens.

        - Harvesting and using fresh winter greens in meals.



    Natural Remedies for Sore Throats

       - Honey, lemon, and ginger: Recipes for soothing teas.

       - Herbal gargles: Sage, salt water, and apple cider vinegar.

       - Steam inhalation with essential oils.

       - Restorative soups and broths for sore throats.

       - Creating a sore throat care kit.


    Boosting Vitamin D Levels in Winter

       - Vitamin D: Sunlight exposure and food sources.

       - Incorporating vitamin D-rich foods into meals. Fatty fish, eggs, liver and mushrooms

       - Safe sun exposure practices in winter.

       - Addressing vitamin D deficiency naturally through diet and sunshine

       - Importance of vitamin D for overall health. Bone heatlh is the big one


    Salves for Dry Winter Skin

       - Soothing, moisturizing, and healing.

       - Using salves for winter skin protection.

    Whole Family

    Off-Grid Heating Solutions for a Cozy Home

        - Wood stoves: Choosing, installing, and maintaining.

        - Solar heating options: Passive solar design and active solar systems.

        - Insulation tips: Keeping your home warm efficiently.

        - Safety tips for off-grid heating systems.

        - Reducing heating costs through sustainable practices.

        - Engaging the family in heating maintenance.


    Staying Active During Winter Months

        - Indoor exercises: Yoga, pilates, and bodyweight workouts.

        - Outdoor activities: Snow skiing, hiking, but also normal sports

        - Warm-up exercises to prevent cold-related injuries.

        - Incorporating physical activity into daily chores.

        - Encouraging children to stay active during winter.


    Off-grid Water Heating Solutions for Winter Baths

        - Solar water heaters: Types and installation.

        - Insulating water tanks and pipes.

        - Hot water bottle warmer.

        - Water-saving tips for off-grid households.

        - Family bath-time routines with limited hot water.


    Mindfulness and Meditation Practices for Winter Wellness

        - Benefits of mindfulness and meditation for stress reduction.

        - Simple meditation techniques for beginners.

        - Guided meditations and mindfulness apps.

        - Incorporating mindfulness into daily routines.

        - Family mindfulness activities: Breathing exercises and gratitude practices.

        - Creating a peaceful meditation space at home.

        - Encouraging children to practice mindfulness.


    Natural Sleep Aids for Long Winter Nights

        - Herbal teas for better sleep: Chamomile, valerian, and lavender.

        - Essential oils: Aromatherapy for sleep improvement.

        - Sleep hygiene tips: Creating a bedti

    • 49 min
    Episode 65 - Off-Grid - Other Options

    Episode 65 - Off-Grid - Other Options

    Week 4  Other Off-Grid Options 

    - Brief introduction to the main topic: Other Off-Grid Options for Power, Gas, Washing, etc.

    - Importance of exploring alternative off-grid solutions for sustainable living and self-sufficiency.


    Exploring Alternative Power Sources Beyond Solar

    Introduction to alternative off-grid power sources wind, biogas or hydro systems.
    Benefits and drawbacks of each alternative power source option.
    Choosing the right alternative power source based on location, resources, and energy needs.
    Practical tips for maximising energy efficiency and reliability with alternative power systems.
    Personal anecdotes or experiences with alternative power sources.


    Off-Grid Cooking and Kitchen Solutions

    Overview of off-grid cooking methods and kitchen setups.
    Benefits of off-grid cooking solutions such as wood-fired stoves, rocket stoves, & solar ovens.
    Tips for designing and organising an efficient off-grid outdoor kitchen.
    Creative cooking techniques for off-grid living, including preserving and fermenting.
    Addressing common challenges and misconceptions about off-grid cooking.


    Off-Grid Laundry Solutions and Water Efficiency

    Challenges of off-grid laundry and water management.
    Off-grid laundry solutions hand washing, manual washing machines, & pedal-powered.
    Tips for conserving water and maximising efficiency in off-grid laundry routines.
    Incorporating greywater recycling into off-grid laundry practices.
    Creative solutions for drying clothes without grid-tied appliances.
    DIY laundry detergent (soap nuts) and cleaning product recipes (vinegar) for off-grid living.
    Success stories or case studies of homesteaders implementing off-grid laundry solutions and water efficiency practices. Lehrmans in USA


    Off-Grid Lifestyle Hacks and Creative Solutions

    Introduction to off-grid lifestyle hacks and creative solutions for everyday living.
    Innovative off-grid hacks for lighting, entertainment, and communication.
    Tips for managing waste and reducing environmental impact in off-grid living.
    Practical strategies for simplifying and streamlining off-grid routines.
    Personal experiences from homesteaders embracing off-grid lifestyle hacks.


    • 50 min
    Episode 64 - Off-Grid - Heating & Cooling

    Episode 64 - Off-Grid - Heating & Cooling

    Week 3 Off-Grid Heating and Cooling - Brief introduction to the episode's main topic: Off-Grid Heating and Cooling. - importance of off-grid heating and cooling solutions for sustainable living and self-sufficiency. Insulation and Energy Efficiency in Off-Grid Homes 1. Importance of insulation and energy efficiency in off-grid homes. 2. Types of insulation materials suitable for off-grid (e.g., batts, foam, mud brick, straw bales). 3. Strategies for sealing air leaks and improving insulation in existing homes. 4. Incorporating passive solar design principles to enhance energy efficiency. 5. Tips for choosing energy-efficient appliances and fixtures. 6. DIY insulation and energy-saving projects for off-grid homeowners. 7. Benefits of investing in energy-efficient upgrades for long-term savings and comfort. Heating Your Off-Grid Home with Alternative Methods 1. Introduction to alternative heating methods for off-grid homes. 2. Benefits of using heating sources such as wood stoves, pellet stoves, and solar heaters. 3. Considerations for the right heating method based on climate, fuel availability, and home size. 4. Tips for maximising the efficiency of alternative heating systems. 5. Safety precautions and best practices for using alternative heating sources. 6. Personal anecdotes or experiences with alternative heating methods. 7. Budget considerations and cost-saving strategies for off-grid heating. Cooling Strategies for Off-Grid Living 1. Overview of cooling challenges in off-grid homes, especially in hot climates. 2. Importance of passive cooling techniques such as shading, ventilation, evaporative coolers and thermal mass. 3. Strategies for reducing indoor temperatures without relying on grid-tied air conditioning. 4. Use of natural cooling methods like evaporative cooling and geothermal cooling. 5. Innovative off-grid cooling solutions such as solar-powered fans and air conditioners. 6. Addressing common misconceptions about off-grid cooling. Year-Round Comfort Without Grid-Tied HVAC Systems 1. Challenges of maintaining comfort in off-grid homes throughout the year. 2. Importance of adopting a holistic approach to year-round comfort. 3. Strategies for managing temperature fluctuations in transitional seasons. 4. Utilizing natural heating and cooling cycles to your advantage. 5. Incorporating thermal mass and passive solar design for stable indoor temperatures. 6. Adjusting lifestyle habits and routines to adapt to off-grid living conditions. 7. Achieving a balance between comfort, sustainability, and self-sufficiency in off-grid homes. - Recap of key points discussed in the episode. - Emphasis on the importance of off-grid heating and cooling solutions for sustainable homesteading.

    • 45 min
    Episode 63 Off-Grid Water & Sewerage

    Episode 63 Off-Grid Water & Sewerage

    Week 2  Off-Grid Water Collection and Sewerage

    - Brief introduction to the episode's main topic: Off-Grid Water Collection and Sewerage.

    - Overview of the importance of off-grid water solutions for sustainable living and self-sufficiency.


    Exploring Rainwater Harvesting Systems

    What is rainwater harvesting and how does it work?
    Benefits of using rainwater harvesting systems on the homestead.
    Different types of rainwater harvesting systems (dams, tanks, swales etc.).
    Factors to consider when designing and implementing a rainwater harvesting system.
    Practical tips for maximizing rainwater collection efficiency.
    Regulations and legal considerations for rainwater harvesting in different regions.
    Personal anecdotes or experiences with rainwater harvesting systems.


    Implementing Greywater Recycling Techniques

    What is greywater and how can it be recycled for reuse?
    Benefits of greywater recycling for off-grid living.
    Different methods for treating and recycling greywater (biological filters, mulch basins, etc.).
    Best practices for safely and effectively recycling greywater on the homestead.
    Addressing common concerns and misconceptions about greywater recycling.
    Success stories of homesteaders implementing greywater recycling techniques.


    Off-Grid Toilet Options and Composting Toilets

    Overview of off-grid toilet options (septic, composting, dry, incinerating)
    Benefits and drawbacks of different off-grid toilet systems.
    Considerations for choosing and installing a composting toilet on the homestead.
    Other off-grid toilet options and their suitability for different homestead setups.
    Personal experiences or testimonials from homesteaders using off-grid toilet solutions.


    Sustainable Water Management Practices

    Importance of sustainable water management for off-grid living.
    Strategies for reducing water consumption on the homestead.
    Techniques for capturing and using greywater from everyday activities.
    Tips for preventing water waste and leakage in plumbing systems.
    Incorporating water-saving appliances and fixtures into the homestead.
    Rainwater catchment design considerations for optimal water management.

    • 48 min
    Episode 62 - Off-Grid Solar Power

    Episode 62 - Off-Grid Solar Power

    Off-Grid Homesteading 

    Week 1  Solar Power Solutions

    - Brief introduction to the episode's main topic: Solar Power Solutions for Homesteads.

    - Overview of the importance of solar power in achieving off-grid living and self-sustainability.


    Introduction to Solar Power on the Homestead

    What is solar power and how does it work? Battery versus grid feed
    Benefits of using solar power on the homestead. Costs, no grid connection, no outages etc
    Overview of solar energy systems and components.
    Common misconceptions about solar power debunked. Must be sunny, expensive, maintenance, unreliable, environmentally friendly
    Personal anecdotes or experiences with solar power introduction.


    Choosing the Right Solar Panels and Equipment

    Different types of solar panels and their pros and cons. Mono, poly or thin film solar panels
    Factors to consider when selecting solar panels for your homestead. Poly cheapest, mono slightly more efficient, thin film heavier and less efficient but really cheap.
    Other essential equipment needed for a solar energy system (inverters, batteries, etc.).
    Tips for assessing your energy needs and sizing your solar system. How many panels (which is really what size panels) and batteries.
    Budget considerations and financing options for solar power installations. $20K+ to have a power connection, and then monthly bills. Batteries between $250 up to hundreds of thousands


    Solar Power Installation Tips and Tricks

    Planning and designing your solar power system layout. Roof or ground, batteries
    Steps involved in the solar panel installation process.
    DIY vs. professional installation: Factors to consider.
    Troubleshooting common installation challenges.


    Maintaining and Maximizing Solar Power Efficiency

    Importance of regular maintenance for solar energy systems. Washing and checking batteries
    Signs of potential issues with your solar power system and how to address them. Batteries starting to go flat. 
    Strategies for optimizing solar power efficiency throughout the year. Understanding your household consumption, alternative energy in winter
    Incorporating energy-saving practices to maximize solar power usage. Not running things at night etc
    Long-term sustainability considerations for solar power systems. Plan and budget for batteries, look at a wind turbine to help, and be conservative with power.

    • 51 min

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