42 episodes

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

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    • 5.0 • 57 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

    Spiritual Herbalism with Josh Williams

    Spiritual Herbalism with Josh Williams

    I have Josh Williams on the podcast today to talk about his book, Spiritual Herbalism, and I’m so excited to share this conversation with you. I think this is one of my favorite interviews so far on the podcast! Before we dive in though, a little background about Josh:
    Josh Williams is an award-winning herbalist and owner of Salt Lake City's Greenthread Herbs apothecary. He is a lifelong student of the plants, and a graduate of several of the world's top herbal education programs including the rigorous East-West school. Josh has been in clinical practice since 2015 and opened the shop in 2018 with Bryan Lindquist. Josh has won Best Herbalist in Utah award since 2018 and the shop has won best of city and state in several categories since its opening.
    Josh's approach to herbalism and plant work is radically rooted in the spirit of plant people. He is a fierce animist and practices The Green Arte, a craft tradition of plant sorcery that honors the spirits of place, the old gods, and the ancestors.
    Josh’s approach to herbalism really resonates with my own beliefs and I highly recommend his book to new and seasoned herbalists alike. I really hope you enjoy this episode and then will pick up a copy of his book and check out his online course offerings.
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Pressing Seed and Nut Oils with Bevin Cohen

    Pressing Seed and Nut Oils with Bevin Cohen

    Today's guest is Bevin Cohen of Small House Farm. Bevin is an herbalist and educator who offers lectures and workshops across the country teaching about the many benefits of locally grown and wild harvested plants, seed saving, and oil production. Today we'll be discussing his latest book, The Complete Guide to Seed and Nut Oils. I hope you'll be inspired to try pressing your own oils at home after listening to this episode! This is a fun homesteading topic that we've never discussed on the show before. We also talk about Bevin's work creating an umbrella network to connect the many seed libraries in his home state of Michigan.
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    • 42 min
    Farm Finances with Brittany Peters of Sun and Soil Farm

    Farm Finances with Brittany Peters of Sun and Soil Farm

    Today's guest is Brittany Peters, one half of Sun and Soil Farm in Madison, North Carolina. We're talking about one of those taboo subjects: money! We might not like to talk about finances, but I think it's an aspect of farming for a living that needs to be talked about much, much more. I'm really grateful to Brittany for how open she is on social media about their farm finances and how that impacts their quality of life and decision making about working off-farm jobs or not. We dive into their debt-free journey and then the progress they've made financially over the last few years with their market garden.
    We also talk about some of the projects they're excited about, such as their composting service, the greenhouse they built, and the pond they're working on. I think there's so much great stuff in this episode and I hope you'll get a lot out of it!
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    Ana White DIY Greenhouse
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    • 58 min
    Regenerative Gardening with Stephanie Rose

    Regenerative Gardening with Stephanie Rose

    Today we've got our first interview of the year with Stephanie Rose, author of The Regenerative Garden: 80 Practical Projects for Creating a Self-Sustaining Garden Ecosystem. Stephanie talks to us about what brought her to gardening in the first place, what makes a garden regenerative, some of her favorite projects from the book, and about her work designing gardens for children. 
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    • 35 min
    The Upward Spiral

    The Upward Spiral

    The podcast is back! Season 3 is here and we're kicking off the new year with a deep dive into some techniques I use for goal setting, with examples related to the farm and homestead.
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    • 31 min
    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, drying, and storing of herbs and that there's no "one size fits all" approach to drying our plant material. I think you'll get so much from this interview and hopefully want to do some growing and gathering of your own!
    If you're inspired to dive deeper into Lucy's work and purchase her book, her publisher Aeon Books has kindly offered a 20% discount code for our listeners. That code is SH20 and is good through December 31st, 2020. If you are in the US or Canada, use that code to purchase through Red Wheel Weiser. If you are in the UK, you can use the same code to purchase through Aeon Books. 
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    Lucy Jones is a medical herbalist with a busy high street practice, Myrobalan Clinic, in Somerset, UK. She grows or gathers the majority of the herbs that she works with and is a passionate proponent of self-sufficient herbalism. Prior to qualifying in western herbalism, she studied Tibetan Medicine with the great master Khenpo Troru Tsenam. This experience deeply influences her approach to therapeutic practice as well as the way that she grows and processes her herbs. She originally trained in Agriculture and Forestry and has two degrees from the University of Oxford. Her book ‘Self Sufficient Herbalism’ is published by Aeon Books.  
    Connect with Lucy on Instagram, on Patreon, or her website.
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    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

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57 Ratings

57 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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