55 episodes

Follow along on our journey of living off-grid on our 42 acre homestead in western Colorado as well as running a medicinal herb farm and creating seasonal herbal products to meet the needs of our community. Other topics discussed will include planning and goal setting for your best life, the importance of community building, and tons of DIY projects for the farmstead.

Help keep the show going by checking out our online farm store at foxandelder.com/shop. We appreciate your support so, so much!

Tending Seeds: Adventures in Gardening, Homesteading, and Herbalism Sara Schuster

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    • 5.0 • 60 Ratings

Follow along on our journey of living off-grid on our 42 acre homestead in western Colorado as well as running a medicinal herb farm and creating seasonal herbal products to meet the needs of our community. Other topics discussed will include planning and goal setting for your best life, the importance of community building, and tons of DIY projects for the farmstead.

Help keep the show going by checking out our online farm store at foxandelder.com/shop. We appreciate your support so, so much!

    Ep 54 - Our 2024 Goals

    Ep 54 - Our 2024 Goals

    Hi friends! Happy New Year! We're back with our first episode of 2024 where we reflect on what we accomplished in 2023, share some big life events that happened, and then dive into our goals for this coming year. We talk about goals for our land/homestead, the farm business, our tattoo studio, our health, and more. We'd also love to hear about your goals for this year as well! We think speaking our plans aloud helps with accountability and it's also fun to see the commonalities in goals across our whole community. This year is going to be AWESOME!
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    Please consider supporting the show by checking out our online farm shop! All of our seasonings, including our smoked jalapeno salt and smoked garlic salt, are back in stock and ready to ship.
    You can also follow us on Instagram and Facebook.
    Please share the podcast with a friend so we can reach more fantastic like-minded people!!

    • 23 min
    Ep 53 - Essential Tools for Your Homestead

    Ep 53 - Essential Tools for Your Homestead

    Hey friends! Mike is back on the podcast with me to discuss essential tools for your homestead. We start off by talking about hand tools and then progress to battery-operated power tools and corded power tools. Mike answers some of my questions and we share things we've learned over the years. We think this is useful info even if you aren't homesteading yet because it's great to have a basic toolkit no matter where you live! We'll be doing a second tool episode covering specialty tools and also answering any questions that you all send in, so feel free to message us through our social media if there's something you'd like us to cover!
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    Please consider supporting the show by checking out our online farm shop! Pre-orders are open for our quarterly seasonal box of herbal products. This box ships in time to receive it before the winter solstice, Yule, and Christmas -- so it also makes a great gift! It comes with our best-selling Winter Wellness Tea, elderberry syrup, and lots more. Check it out!! 
    You can also follow us on Instagram and Facebook. (You'll notice we've switched our farm name to Nordic Fox Farm -- we talk about this in the intro to the episode! New website coming soon!)

    • 52 min
    Ep 52 - Reflections After One Year Living Off-Grid

    Ep 52 - Reflections After One Year Living Off-Grid

    Hey friends! October 20th marks one year of us living off-grid on our land in Colorado, so we thought it would be nice to take an episode to reflect on everything we've accomplished so far! We also dive into how our lifestyle has shifted living so remotely, some of the unexpected challenges we've faced, what we really value and consider to be luxuries now, and lots more. At the end of the episode we also touch on some tough news regarding our pig herd.
    This episode is dedicated to Franklin, Clementine, and their piglets ~*~*~*~
    Please consider supporting the show by checking out our online farm shop! We've got loads of seasonal goodies stocked up there for the fall and winter.
    You can also follow us on social media as @foxandelder.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Alaskan Homesteading with Natalie, the Alaska Redhead

    Alaskan Homesteading with Natalie, the Alaska Redhead

    Hi friends!! I’m recording this intro on the summer solstice, looking out at the garden and just really loving life at the moment. This weather is absolutely amazing. We’ve gotten a TON of work done on the homestead recently and we’ll share about that in an upcoming episode. We’re also getting fun new summer herbal products listed in the Fox and Elder shop, including our summer solstice boxes which we have just a couple of left.
    Today I have Natalie, the Alaska Redhead, joining us on the podcast. I found her through a mutual friend and immediately knew I had to have her on the show. I’m so glad to have been able to strike up a friendship with her and convince her to come on and share her experiences with you all.
    Alaska is one of those homesteading destinations that has become more and more popular in recent years, but there are some big challenges to consider if you’re thinking about moving there! Natalie and I dive into those and she shares some of her challenges in living off grid in Alaska. She has some great insights to share and I hope you enjoy our conversation!
    I hope everyone is doing well out there and that your seedlings are healthy and happy. Be good to each other!
    Until next time, keep your hands dirty and your heart open.
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    Find Natalie on Instagram: @alaska.redhead and @nataliesoffgridkitchen
    Natalie's Alaskan Life blog
    Natalie's crochet Etsy store
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    Find Sara on Instagram: @foxandelder
    Check out our farm's herbal products: Fox and Elder shop
    Our newest seasoning blend: Herbs de Provence
     

    • 38 min
    Ep 50 - Our Off-Grid Infrastructure

    Ep 50 - Our Off-Grid Infrastructure

    Today is our 50th episode!! I have Mike on the podcast with me again and we're diving into all of the different parts of our off-grid infrastructure. We share what has worked, what hasn't, and things we wish we had known ahead of time. Some of the topics we cover include:
    road access to your land hauling water septic vs composting toilets generators camper batteries battery tenders solar power off-grid internet options We hope this episode will be really helpful to you if you are considering homesteading at some point, or are already homesteading and looking to possibly change up some of the things you're doing! We are definitely not even close to being experts, but always happy to share whatever knowledge we can in the hopes it will save you from some of our own mistakes!
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    If you’d like to support the podcast, please spread the word about it by sharing it on your social media!
    You can also support us by checking out our online farm shop. We have lots of great herbal offerings in stock and pre-orders for our summer solstice box will be opening up soon.
    Until next time, keep your hands dirty and your heart open.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Ep 49 - Small-Scale Homesteading with Michelle and Stephanie

    Ep 49 - Small-Scale Homesteading with Michelle and Stephanie

    Hi friends! I hope the month of May has been treating you well! Things here are looking great – it’s finally warm enough that we have some seeds started and sprouting, and we were invited to vend at a local market for a spring event last week. Our farmers' market also starts up at the end of this month and we’re looking forward to being there every Saturday!
    Today’s interview features two awesome guests who I’m excited to introduce you to:
    Stephanie Thurow is a Certified Master Food Preserver and Master Gardener Volunteer from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is a homesteader, author of bestselling cookbooks Can It & Ferment It, WECK Small-Batch Preserving, and WECK Home Preserving. You can find here on the Minnesota from Scratch blog, or on Instagram under the same name. Stephanie hopes her experience with homesteading will help others reach more of their goals. When she isn’t in the kitchen preserving, she can be found in the garden with her hens, teaching food preservation classes, or at the lake with her family and friends.
    Michelle Bruhn homesteads in suburban Minnesota. She's a local food advocate, Master Gardener Volunteer, writer, garden educator, and farmers' market manager. As the founder of ForksInTheDirt.com, an information hub for garden and farm-to-table living, her passion is helping folks "dig" their food. She can also be found at ForksInTheDirt on Instagram. When not in the garden, Michelle enjoys spending time with her backyard flock, family, and friends while immersing herself in nature (usually with a foraging basket in tow).
     
    Their book Small-Scale Homesteading covers topics such as:
    Gardening tips and tricks: from composting, soil health and what plants thrive best during the different seasons. All things preserving: Canning, curing and how to keep your vegetables last year round.
    Raising chickens: how these feathered friends can inhance your homestead.
    DIY products and recipes: healthy alternatives to everyday cleaning products, lotions and soaps.
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    If you’d like to support the podcast, please spread the word about it by sharing it on your social media!
    You can also support us by checking out our online farm shop. We have lots of great herbal offerings in stock and pre-orders for our summer solstice box will be opening up soon.
    Until next time, keep your hands dirty and your heart open.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

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60 Ratings

60 Ratings

Zenobiasurfaces ,

Really helpful ideas, even for not (yet) homesteaders!

I found this podcast when I was searching for more gardening podcasts. Listened to a few past episodes, and then I stumbled onto “Building Your Homesteading Skills Now.” Wow. I think a lot of us have an interest in being a homesteader or being more self-sufficient someday, but it feels very “all or nothing,” like we don’t have land, so how can we homestead? Well, she is so right that you don’t want to wait until you actually have land to start acquiring skills, because you’ll have way too much to do all at once then. This was such a good list of ideas of things you can start learning about now, ideas and skills that will be useful to you even if you never own your own homestead. This was such a fresh perspective, and it made me feel very empowered to learn and grow right now! This is the episode that really sold me on this podcast, and now I can’t wait to listen to the rest of them. Thank you!

flower_Chloe ,

Such great knowledge and inspiration!

Absolutely love this podcast. It’s been my goal for a while to be more self-sufficient and more efficient with growing a garden and general homesteading. This podcast is so great, and she provides such great action plans and information. I can’t wait for the next episodes!

wise.blood ,

Nourishes the herbalist heart

I love this podcast!! It is such a great resource and so inspiring. I often listen while I am working in my garden and it’s like having a conversation with a friend. I also really appreciate that Sara addresses social justice issues and is antiracist. I only wish it came out more often!

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