Small Home Farm Radio show

Small Home Farm Radio

Summary: Small Home Farm Radio is a half-hour podcast about how to increase self-sufficiency and have fun while doing it. About once a week Erin talks about small-scale farming, gardening, home-schooling, natural remedies, and… whatever else she finds interesting to talk about. Small Home Farming is a mindset. It’s getting back to our roots and becoming less dependant on others to take care of many of our basic needs. It’s about gaining competency in a variety of areas that can enhance your lifestyle and stretch your budget. It’s about paying ourselves instead of paying others to provide for us. Anyone can become a Small Home Farmer, whether you live in the country or in a high-rise apartment with nothing more than a balcony or windowsill to grow a few herbs or vegetables.

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 Episode #036: Harvesting Food Year-round | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 38:15

In this one-year anniversary episode, Erin talks with Market Gardener Tika Cowie about producing a lot of food, and harvesting all year long in even cold climates, among other things.  Join us as we talk about growing garlic, getting three … Continue reading →

 Episode #035: Vermiculture (Worm Composting) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 33:17

Last episode, Erin mentioned managing rabbit waste by suspending the rabbit hutches over a worm compost bed.  This week she talks about how to compost using worms, or vermiculture as it is known.  Did you know you can use cayenne pepper to … Continue reading →

 Episode #034: Raising Rabbits in the City, Suburbs, Woodlands, or Wilds | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 36:16

You really can raise rabbits almost anywhere.  Learn how you can raise up to 180 lbs. of meat a year with one breeding trio, in as little as 7 1/2 square feet.  Has the drought got your garden?  Learn how … Continue reading →

 Episode #033: Getting Started With Horses | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 46:54

If you have considered adding horses to your small home farm, you might have lots of questions about some of the basics.  What do horses need?  How do you find a good horse?  How much does it cost to keep … Continue reading →

 Episode #032: Amending Aspendale Farm | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 33:54

A listener shares a tip for making your own insulated livestock waterer.  Erin answers a listener question about what kinds of things she’d change about Aspendale Farm, then discusses how to apply these general ideas to the choices you make … Continue reading →

 Episode #031: Off-grid in the City | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 35:52

Just how self-sufficient can you get when you don’t live way out in the boonies?  Composting toilets, hand-cranked washing machines, bio-diesel auto fuel… It depends on how much you’re willing to take on. Erin talks about the change she made … Continue reading →

 Episode #030: A Day in the Life | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 33:06

What does your schedule look like when you live on a small home farm?  Erin talks about what sorts of routines are a part of life at Aspendale Farm to give you an idea of what it can be like.  … Continue reading →

 Episode #029: The Small Home Farmer Takes a Holiday | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 39:44

How can you take a vacation when you have farm animals to take care of?  Can you ever sleep in when you have animal chores waiting for you?  What can you do to get rid of the creepy crawlies that … Continue reading →

 Episode #028: Homegrown Beef | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 30:48

Have you ever thought about raising your own beef cow? Special guest Tom Trimmer tells you all you need to know to grow your own beef from start to finish. Do you have a medicine cabinet in your yard? This … Continue reading →

 Episode #027: Simple Farm Fixes and Business Leadership for Kids | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 37:45

This week Erin shares how to get multiple harvests from the same sowing of salad greens.  She explains a simple project you can do to control erosion around faucets and hoses by installing a french drain.  Want to know how … Continue reading →

 Episode #026: Strawberry Season | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 45:36

Strawberry season is descending upon us!  What to do with all those luscious strawberries?  From canning, to freezing, to fresh treats, Erin has some suggestions.  A listener wants to know how to preserve excess eggs to last throughout the year.  … Continue reading →

 Episode #025: The Foodie Show | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 37:52

Aspendale Farm is really hopping this week with the arena expansion project in full swing! Erin’s been working in her spring garden and she’s found a new favorite mulch for her garden paths. She discusses the considerations and merits of … Continue reading →

 Episode #024: Watering Options for Your Farm and Garden | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 35:31

This week:  Uh Oh! What happens when your freezer accidentally defrosts?  Erin found out the hard way! How can the average small home farmer cut their water bill, conserve water, and find or harvest “free” water for farm or garden … Continue reading →

 Episode #023: Beekeeping for a Small Home Farm | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 39:11

More affordable, more natural beekeeping? It’s doable with a Kenyan Top Bar Beehive.  A Google search will turn up easy-to-make top bar beehive plans and there are lots of info sites out there as well.  Find out why Erin chose … Continue reading →

 Episode #022: Critters in the Garden | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 6

How do you keep deer, rabbits, raccoons, gophers, birds, and other critters out of the garden?  Erin discusses a variety of methods you can try, and talks about which work better, and which are just plain more work!  A reader … Continue reading →


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