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Small Scale Life

Resilience through Simple Living, Gardening, Homesteading, and Community Building

About the show

Join your hosts Tom and Julie as we discuss developing Resilience through Simple Living, Gardening, Homesteading and Building Community. As we leave the city behind, and we are going back to the land to build a Barndominium at our Eagles Ridge Homestead in Western Wisconsin. Let’s learn, do, grow and be a little better everyday!

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Episodes

  • Wrapping Up Christmas 2016 - S1E23

    December 26th, 2016  |  19 mins 51 secs
    christmas, difficult times, family, tradition

    In this episode, I wrap up Christmas 2016. This was a lost track that I am posting as a listener appreciation podcast.

  • Twas the Night before Christmas - S1E22

    December 24th, 2016  |  13 mins 41 secs
    christmas, family, tradition, twas the night before christmas

    When I was young, my dad used to read "Twas the Night before Christmas" to our family on Christmas Eve, so in that fine tradition, I read and recorded it for you and your family on this episode.

  • Winter Driving and Survival Tips - S1E21

    December 21st, 2016  |  44 mins 30 secs

    This episode is titled Winter Driving and Survival Tips, and is Part 2 of last week's podcast on Winter Tips which focused on preparing yourself and your house for the winter. I did some research about driving and surviving in the cold, and figured it would be helpful to pass this information along to you.

  • Winter Tips - S1E20

    December 13th, 2016  |  34 mins 51 secs
    do it yourself, frugal living, homesteading, life lessons, mindset, prepardness, prepping, sustainable life, tribe

    Winter is here, and it is time to talk about some key winter tips for preparing yourself, your equipment and your house for this kind of cold and these kind of conditions.

  • Mind Games - HELP 8

    December 6th, 2016  |  31 mins 11 secs
    accountability podcast, biking, fitness, fitness challenge, health, lifestyle, weight lifting

    After taking the month of November off, I am back for a "Just Tom" Healthy Lifestyle Podcast.  I have to admit that we all play mind games with the holidays, and as I post this podcast, I can probably record a Part 2 to this podcast for surviving the madness and family mind games that rear their heads during the holidays.

  • Happy Birthday, Small Scale Life! - S1E19

    November 15th, 2016  |  53 mins 3 secs
    do it yourself, frugal living, gardening, homesteading, life lessons, mindset, permaculture, sustainable life, tribe

    Happy birthday, Small Scale Life!  In this episode of the podcast, I talk about why I started blogging, what we have accomplished this year and what is ahead in the next year. 

  • Rebooted Body with Kevin Geary - HELP 7

    October 31st, 2016  |  1 hr 40 mins
    accountability podcast, biking, fitness, fitness challenge, health, lifestyle, weight lifting

    Drew Sample and I recently interviewed Kevin Geary, blogger, podcaster and creator of Rebooted Body.  As he states on Rebooted Body, Kevin is a "leading authority on the psychology of eating. He and his team have helped men and women in over 30 countries around the world get a body and life they love." 

  • Hogtoberfest and Tribe - HELP 6

    October 21st, 2016  |  37 mins 9 secs
    do it yourself, frugal living, gardening, homesteading, life lessons, mindset, permaculture, rural property, sustainable life, tribe

    Drew Sample and I discuss a gathering of good people at Nature's Image Farm in Ohio. Hogtoberfest was about learning the old ways and rituals and adopting them.  It was about sharing the experience, learning skills and breaking bread (and drinking meads, ciders and beers).  Most importantly, it was about forging new relationships and building a small community, a tribe, of homesteaders, urban farmers, beekeepers and their families. 

  • Debt and Real Estate Part 1 - S1E17

    October 19th, 2016  |  28 mins 42 secs
    do it yourself, frugal living, gardening, homesteading, life lessons, mindset, permaculture, rural property, sustainable life, tribe

    Speaking of planning and focused execution, our friend Jay Dolan from the Condo to Compound Blog is back to update us on his progress towards purchasing rural real estate.  Jay and I talked about his dream of buying a homestead back in Episode 7 of the Small Scale Life Podcast.  Since that podcast, Jay developed the Condo to Compound Blog and has been focused on paying down his debt.....for the most part anyway.

  • Tribe, Ritual and Debt - S1E18

    October 16th, 2016  |  1 hr 8 mins
    do it yourself, frugal living, gardening, homesteading, life lessons, mindset, permaculture, rural property, sustainable life, tribe

    Jay and I ended up furthering our discussion about tribe and small communities, as well as a number of other topics.  As a head's up to you, Jay does make an announcement about his blog towards the end of the show, so if you have been to his site, you will understand what he is talking about.

  • Failing Forward: Losing Weight, Gaining Muscle, Having Discipline - HELP 5

    October 6th, 2016  |  51 mins 38 secs

    In this Episode, Drew and I start by discussing losing weight and gaining muscle.  We both have been struggling in our weight loss challenges, and we discussed perfectionism and discipline (or lack thereof).  Drew brought our friend Scott Hebert into the conversation about half way through the podcast, and we has a great discussion about journaling, meditation, routines and discipline.

  • Vertical Gardening with The Plant Charmer Part 2 - S2E16

    October 1st, 2016  |  1 hr 14 mins
    do it yourself, frugal living, gardening, homesteading, life lessons, mindset, permaculture, rural property, sustainable life, tribe

    This is Part 2 of my epic interview with The Plant Charmer.  If you are wondering who The Plant Charmer is, his name is Khaled Majouji, and he is an urban farmer in Canada.  Khaled grows an incredible amount of vegetables in vertical garden systems, and he inspired me to build my vertical garden systems this year.

  • Heathly Lifestyle with Chazington Alloucious - HELP 4

    September 28th, 2016  |  28 mins 35 secs
    accountability podcast, biking, fitness, fitness challenge, health, lifestyle, weight lifting

    Drew Sample returns to the Small Scale Life Podcast to talk about working out, weight loss, mindset, podcasting, urban farming, growing hops and a HenWay machine.

  • Spinning Salad - HELP 3

    September 20th, 2016  |  22 mins 5 secs
    accountability podcast, biking, fitness, fitness challenge, health, lifestyle, weight lifting

    I record a brief solo podcast while I am whipping up a salad for a family gathering at William O'Brian State Park on the banks of the St. Croix River.  The salad and company were fantastic as we went to the park and took an almost two mile walk along the river.

  • Vertical Gardening with The Plant Charmer Part 1 - S1E15

    September 14th, 2016  |  48 mins 26 secs
    do it yourself, frugal living, gardening, homesteading, life lessons, mindset, permaculture, rural property, sustainable life, tribe

    In this episode of the Small Scale Life Podcast, I interviewed The Plant Charmer.  You might be wondering: who is The Plant Charmer?  This is a gentleman named Khaled Majouji, an urban farmer from the Montreal area in Canada who grows an incredible amount of vegetables in vertical gardens!

  • Labor Day Reset - HELP 2

    September 8th, 2016  |  19 mins 23 secs
    accountability podcast, biking, fitness, fitness challenge, health, lifestyle, weight lifting

    In this episode, I talk about the Traveling in Colorado and Wisconsin and Resetting for Labor Day (goals, working out, and diet)