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Small Scale Life Podcast

Learn, do grow and be a little better everyday!

About the show

Join hosts Tom as he discusses adventures in homesteading and in Nature as he develops a sustainable wellness practice, garden, homestead and backyard bird sanctuary on the banks of the Willow River in Western Wisconsin. We will build resilient mind, bodies, spirits and communities as we learn, do, grow and be a little better everyday! And THAT, my friends, is a good thing.

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Episodes

  • Midweek Motivation - 4 Tips to Keep Going

    March 1st, 2018  |  7 mins 30 secs
    4 tips to keep going, goals, healthy lifestyle, keep going, life lessons, midweek motivation, mindset, new years resolutions, small scale life podcast

    How many of you set your New Year’s Resolutions and gave it up already?  You need to keep going.  Results are not guaranteed, but you will be better off in the long run for trying.

  • Reviewing Top Seed Sources for Your Garden - S3E12

    February 23rd, 2018  |  35 mins 51 secs
    compost, garden, grow what you eat, homestead, rain gutter grow systems, raised beds, reviewing top seed sources for your garden, saving seeds, seedlings, seeds, soils, square foot gardening, trellis, urban gardening, vertical gardening, wicking beds

    Now that you have developed your Garden Plan, it is time to gather seeds! This can be confusing and overwhelming. In this post and episode, I am reviewing top seed sources for your 2018 garden.

  • Midweek Motivation: The Greatest Showman - Friends, Creativity and Drive

    February 21st, 2018  |  8 mins 2 secs
    adventure, creativity, drive, friends, healthy living, midweek motivation, podcast, pt barnum, the greatest showman

    This episode is all about the lessons learned from the life of PT Barnum and the movie “The Greatest Showman.” There are some great lessons learned about friends, creativity and unstoppable drive from the life of PT Barnum, and Tommy Cakes tells you some of those lessons in his own unique way.

  • Four Lessons Learned from Starting Seeds – S3E10

    February 19th, 2018  |  33 mins 6 secs
    compost, garden, grow what you eat, homestead, lessons learned from starting seeds, rain gutter grow systems, raised beds, seedlings, seeds, soils, square foot gardening, starting seeds, trellis, urban gardening, urban homestead, vertical gardening, wicking beds

    In this episode of the Small Scale Life Podcast, I am going to discuss Four Lessons Learned from Starting Seeds in my basement last year.

  • Midweek Motivation: Super Bowl Spectacular - S3E9

    February 8th, 2018  |  16 mins 46 secs
    authenticity, healthy living, midweek motivation, mindset, new england patriots, philadelphia eagles, simple life, small scale life podcast, st. paul winter carnival, super bowl, tom brady, winter carnival

    This episode is all about the Super Bowl Spectacular that was held here in Minnesota. Did you watch the Super Bowl? Here are some thoughts and observations from Tommy Cakes.

  • How To Develop A 2018 Garden Plan - S3E8

    February 6th, 2018  |  34 mins 27 secs
    compost, garden, grow what you eat, homestead, rain gutter grow systems, raised beds, seedlings, seeds, soils, square foot gardening, trellis, urban gardening, urban homestead, vertical gardening, wicking beds

    In this episode, I am going to discuss 2018 Garden Plan: what I am going to grow and how I am going to grow it.  I am making some adjustments to my planting strategy, and while I am not going to grow commercially, I am adopting some urban farming concepts and principles to make my garden very productive in 2018. 

  • Midweek Motivation: Overcoming Dread - S3E7

    February 1st, 2018  |  8 mins 52 secs
    dread, goals, healthy living, midweek motivation, mindset, overcoming dread, small scale life podcast

    This episode is focused on overcoming dread. Are you spending all your time and energy worrying about something?  Are you afraid to tackle tasks?  Perhaps you need to change your perspective and mindset, and Tommy Cakes is here to help overcome your dread.

  • Midweek Motivation: Preparedness

    January 25th, 2018  |  7 mins 1 sec
    frugal living, homestead, midweek motivation, prepared, preparedness, prepping, rural life, rural living, small scale life podcast, sustainable life

    This episode is focused on preparedness and the recent short-lived Government Shutdown. Do you prepare for life's disasters?

  • BellCast: Winter Urban Farming Blues - S3E5

    January 21st, 2018  |  1 hr 26 mins
    bellcast, friends, garden, gardening, instagram, mindset, podcast, small business, small scale life podcast, tribal, tribalism, urban farm, urban farming, urban homestead

    Michael and I discuss urban farming in cold weather and high winds, and we will discuss the effect on his crops and his plan moving forward.  We discuss some future projects and building soil using Regenerative Agriculture techniques discussed in a recent seminar by Gabe Brown.  We also discuss the NFL games last weekend including the Minneapolis Miracle.

  • Midweek Motivation - Keep Your Eye on Target - S3E4

    January 18th, 2018  |  3 mins 16 secs

    Midweek Motivation is a new weekly episode featuring the wisdom and stories of host Tommy Cakes. This episode is focused on the big lesson learned from the Viking's Minneapolis Miracle in their game against the Saints.

  • Thank You for 20,000 Downloads!

    January 16th, 2018  |  7 mins 51 secs
    about, adventure, blog, gardening, healthy lifestyle, podcast

    We wanted to say thank you for hitting 20,000 downloads since starting this podcast a couple years ago! As we kick off 2018, it is great to take a brief look at how 2017 compared to 2016.

  • Stoic Farming and Tribalism with Scott Hebert - S3E2

    January 9th, 2018  |  1 hr 19 mins
    beard, friends, garden, gardening, healthy living, mindset, small business, stoic, stoic mettle podcast, tribal, tribalism, urban farm, urban farming, urban homestead, vlog

    In this podcast, we discuss a number of topics including farming, stoicism, his podcast Stoic Mettle, launching his Vlog, developing a tribe and growing and maintaining his beard.

  • Happy Birthday Small Scale Life - S3E1

    January 4th, 2018  |  11 mins
    about, appreciation, happy birthday, podcast, small scale life podcast, thank you

    The purpose of this post is to thank you all for all the love and kind word's yesterday on my and Small Scale Life's birthdays.

  • Twas the Night Before Christmas

    December 24th, 2017  |  23 mins 15 secs
    carols, christmas tradition, family, friends, heritage, holiday, tradition

    We are establishing our own tradition on today’s episode of the Small Scale Life Podcast! For the second year in a row, I am reading “Twas the Night Before Christmas” for you and your family.

  • Our Five Christmas Traditions - S2E33

    December 23rd, 2017  |  47 mins 43 secs
    carols, christmas tradition, family, friends, heritage, holiday, tradition

    As we ramp up for the holidays, family and friends gather together to celebrate the holidays. Out of ideas for something to do? How about trying one of our Five Christmas Traditions this year?

  • Doniel Freeman: Wicking Beds and Regenerative Dads S2E32

    December 11th, 2017  |  44 mins 15 secs
    do it yourself, garden, gardening, podcast, raised beds, regenerative agriculture, regenerative dads podcast, wicking beds

    In this episode, we discuss Doneil Freeman’s wicking beds and the Regenerative Dad’s podcast. This is launching a new wicking bed series on Small Scale Life.