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Follow along on my journey of living and growing on 13 acres in Tennessee, starting a medicinal herb farm, and becoming a practicing clinical herbalist. Other topics discussed will include the importance of community building, planning and goal setting for your best life, and tons of DIY projects for the farmstead.

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

    • Leisure
    • 5.0 • 53 Ratings

Follow along on my journey of living and growing on 13 acres in Tennessee, starting a medicinal herb farm, and becoming a practicing clinical herbalist. Other topics discussed will include the importance of community building, planning and goal setting for your best life, and tons of DIY projects for the farmstead.

Support the show and receive snail mail from us every month! https://www.patreon.com/foxandelder

    Self-Sufficient Herbalism with Lucy Jones

    Self-Sufficient Herbalism with Lucy Jones

    Today I'm bringing you a lovely conversation with herbalist and herb grower Lucy Jones. We dive into the incredible story of how she got started down the plant path, training in two different herbal modalities and then integrating them into her clinical practice, and why she chooses to grow and gather the majority of her herbs rather than purchasing them from other growers. She also shares loads of knowledge with us from her book Self-Sufficient Herbalism, covering topics such as proper harvesting,

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Seed Saving with Quin Shakra

    Seed Saving with Quin Shakra

    Today we have Quin Shakra to talk to us all about seed saving! Quin is the farmer and seed grower behind the Plant Good Seed Company. Quin gives us an overview of how he got into growing for seed and walks us through the seed saving process. We also dive into his favorite tools for farming and seed saving, refining his process over the years, being in community with other growers, how to store your precious seeds after you’ve cleaned them, and so much more.

    • 55 min
    Indoor Plant Care with Tyler Thrasher

    Indoor Plant Care with Tyler Thrasher

    I'm so excited to bring you a fun conversation with Tyler Thrasher! We dive into how to care for your indoor plants over the winter, the inspiration for Tyler’s beautiful plant journals, his thoughts on the state of the plant market today and plant Instagram, why he no longer talks about plants being “rare,” how to get started propagating your own plants, how learning to propagate plants increases accessibility, encouraging plant diversity, and more.

    Connect with Tyler on Instagram or his website.

    • 44 min
    Herbal Support for Your Body Systems with Leah Larabell

    Herbal Support for Your Body Systems with Leah Larabell

    I'm so thrilled to share this conversation with Leah Larabell of High Garden Tea. As we head into cold and flu season during an on-going pandemic, it's natural to wonder what we can be doing to fortify ourselves this winter. Leah walks us through an in-depth explanation of how Covid impacts our different body systems and then offers ways we that we can work to support and nourish those body systems before getting sick in the first place. She also gives suggestions for caring for ourselves during an illness

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Put It to Bed

    Put It to Bed

    Today I'm bringing you a short solo episode reflecting on all of the things that are being put to bed here on the farm, the homestead, and in my life. I also talk about why it's so important to have seasons where we tie up loose ends so that we can move forward with new things and fresh energy. And I talk a bit about how we put the gardens to bed for winter here, and prep new areas for planting.

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    • 18 min
    Flower Essences with Nan Moak

    Flower Essences with Nan Moak

    Nan Moak of Dandelion and Crow joins us today to share her work making flower essences. She explains what a flower essence is, how we can all make them at home, and how she creates her offerings using her intuition and the cycles of the moon.

    Make sure to come on over for the handout on making your own flower essences, how to get in touch with Nan, and the episode transcript.

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    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

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53 Ratings

53 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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