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Join your hosts Farmer Tom and Julie as we discuss creating a U-Pick Micro Flower Farm from scratch in Western Wisconsin. We will also be growing flowers, vegetables, and community by holding events at our farm and by interviewing market gardeners, urban farmers and flower farms who are all connecting to the land and serving our customers. Come grow with us!

Small Scale Life Podcast Tom

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    • 4.8 • 25 Ratings

Join your hosts Farmer Tom and Julie as we discuss creating a U-Pick Micro Flower Farm from scratch in Western Wisconsin. We will also be growing flowers, vegetables, and community by holding events at our farm and by interviewing market gardeners, urban farmers and flower farms who are all connecting to the land and serving our customers. Come grow with us!

    Chicken Chat with Amy Dingmann

    Chicken Chat with Amy Dingmann

    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 Farmish Papers).


    During this episode, we discuss what is happening on our farms, all things chicken the chicken chat), gardening and her platform and plans at A Farmish Kind of Life. You can find more links and information at smallscalelife.com.


    Chicken stock photo by freeimages.com/cholin. Free Image used according to use agrement.

    • 1 hr 22 min
    How to Start a Small Business

    How to Start a Small Business

    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.


    We discuss a number of topics including the following:



    How to prepare to start the small business and side hustle
    Where do you start? What should you focus on?
    Mindset and narratives that hold you back
    Teamwork makes the dreams work
    Small business ideas (Hell Yeah's vs. Hell No's)
    What do you wish you had during the busiest times of your life?


    Hear more of our interviews with Maria and get show notes at smallscalelife.com!

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Full Moon Energy and 2022 Guiding Words

    Full Moon Energy and 2022 Guiding Words

    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 with Maria since the Fall of 2020, and she has helped us work through decisions and issues. In a way, Maria helped us see beyond Eagles Ridge and what was possible. Opening our eyes lead us to Driftless Oaks Farm...and we have been truly blessed for that decision.


    For all of the links described in the show and show notes, please go to smallscalelife.com.

    • 58 min
    Top 10 Surprises Moving to the Country

    Top 10 Surprises Moving to the Country

    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.amodernfrontier.com/


    Use code SMALL (in all caps) and you will get $25 off and beef, pork or chicken box. That’s right, use code SMALL (in all caps) and get $25 off!


    You can chat with Adam on the site if you have any questions, or you can email him at amodernfrontier@gmail.com.


    For full disclosure: this is not an affiliate for me or Small Scale Life. I want to help a friend get this business going. I receive no payments or percentages from any sales; I am just helping a friend out.

    • 36 min
    Creating Heritage Meals and Deep Roots with Adam Rick

    Creating Heritage Meals and Deep Roots with Adam Rick

    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 code SMALL (in all caps) and you will get $25 off and beef, pork or chicken box. That’s right, use code SMALL (in all caps) and get $25 off!


    Please note: I get no payments or affiliate income from any purchases or clicks; I am just helping my friend start his business.

    • 57 min
    Grass Fed Farm Business with Adam Rick

    Grass Fed Farm Business with Adam Rick

    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 meeting your farmer!


    You can now buy quality grass fed meat (raised using Regenerative Agriculture protocols and principles) at the following site: https://www.amodernfrontier.com/


    Use code SMALL (in all caps) and you will get $25 off and beef, pork or chicken box. That’s right, use code SMALL (in all caps) and get $25 off!


    You can chat with Adam on the site if you have any questions, or you can email him at amodernfrontier@gmail.com.


    For full disclosure: this is not an affiliate for me or Small Scale Life. I want to help a friend get this business going. I receive no payments or percentages from any sales; I am just helping a friend out.


    [For links, head over to smallscalife.com!

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

WikiWikiWildish ,

Great content

Listening to the Michael Bell interview got me inspired! Great content & interviews! Keep it up!

Aarcare ,

Enjoying the show

Really an excellent podcast. Tom covers many topics about life and how to live it more intentionally. Also great because it's recorded right here in Minnesota!

johhnynascar ,

What a great show!

Want to learn about gardening? Small living,? Man this is the show for you. Tom puts on a good educational, entertaining podcast!

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