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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

  • 2019 Year in Review: Top 10 Podcast Episodes and Blog Posts

    January 8th, 2020  |  56 mins 49 secs
    diy, gardening, homesteading, how to

    In this episode of the Small Scale Life Podcast, I share a 2019 Year in Review: Top 10 Podcast Episodes and Top 10 Blog Posts of 2019. I will finish this post by talking about what is on tap for 2020.

  • 11 DIY Christmas Gifts

    December 18th, 2019  |  38 mins 31 secs
    diy, do it yourself, homesteading, simple living, small business

    With Christmas right around the corner, chances are that you have missed critical shipping dates for gifts. It is time to pull out one or more of these 11 DIY Christmas Gifts for family and friends on your list! We also included 4 Bonus DIY Christmas Gifts that would be excellent, but they take some

  • A Long Road Home - Giving Thanks

    December 4th, 2019  |  24 mins 35 secs
    building community-, gardening, homesteading

    In this podcast, I am going to talk about my November travels, and then we are going to talk about the future of Small Scale Life. As a Life Alchemist, I am mixing together equal parts of my own content, content from people in our community, content I find interesting and some good old fashioned fun.

  • Kombucha and Importance of Mentoring

    November 4th, 2019  |  15 mins 35 secs
    kombucha, simple living, small business

    I took a great kombucha class on Saturday from a gentleman who's great tasting kombucha got me interested in making the drink back in late October 2018. Taking the class highlighted the need and importance of mentoring. I also talk about recent posts on Small Scale Life.

  • 10 Kitchen Thrifty Thursday Tips

    October 30th, 2019  |  50 mins 47 secs
    budget, debt free, financial freedom, financial freedom renew you

    In this episode, I am going to discuss 10 Kitchen Thrifty Thursday Tips provided by our Small Scale Life Facebook members, and hopefully you can use some of these tips to take back control of your life and budget while saving some money in the process.

  • It’s Your Life: Do Something Positive

    October 24th, 2019  |  42 mins 46 secs
    building community

    Our time on this earth is limited. It’s your life; do something positive with it! I am going to talk about some people doing positive things in their community, and I am going to talk about a new project and direction for the Small Scale Gardening project.

  • SSG: 6 Lessons Learned from the End of My Garden Season 2019

    October 17th, 2019  |  22 mins 38 secs
    diy, gardening, homesteading, how to

    In this episode, I am going to talk about the 6 Lessons Learned from the End of My 2019 Garden Season, and hopefully you will pick up a thing or two that you can use in your own garden!

  • SSG: Frost is Coming: How to Extend My Garden Season

    October 13th, 2019  |  38 mins 6 secs
    diy, gardening, how to

    Frost is coming this weekend, and I don’t want the party to end.  I am wondering how to extend my garden season?

  • 10 Tips to Successfully Plan and Host an Event

    October 3rd, 2019  |  38 mins 17 secs
    building community

    In this podcast episode, I am going to tell a tale of those two events and give you 10 Tips for How to Successfully Plan and Host an Event. 

  • Happy Fall Equinox 2019!

    September 24th, 2019  |  30 mins 16 secs
    community building, inspiration, spirituality

    In this episode, I discuss a great Fall Equinox weekend including: Danny and David's Toughest Mudder Race in Dallas, TX; exploring River Falls, WI; canning and preserving the harvest; and a special lantern lighting ceremony at Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN.

  • SSG: How to Grow 1 Million Meals with Drew Demler

    September 10th, 2019  |  1 hr 6 mins
    aquaponics, community building, gardening, homesteading, self-watering systems, urban farming

    In this episode, I sit down with Drew Demler from Big Tex Urban Farms and discuss various aquaponic systems and mobile garden beds used to grow 1 million meals in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

  • Back to School - Preparing for the Next Phase of Life

    August 27th, 2019  |  24 mins 2 secs
    goals, mindset, planning, preparedness

    In this episode, I discuss sending our young adults back to school and preparing for the next phase of life. Some of our friends are sending their young adults off to college for the first time, and Julie and I have some advice for parents who are feeling that sense of loss. What do you do?

  • Small Scale Gardening Podcast: Start with the Why

    August 19th, 2019  |  15 mins 35 secs
    gardening, homesteading, podcast, self-watering systems, wicking beds

    In this episode, I am trying something new. This is the pilot episode of the new Small Scale Gardening Podcast. In this podcast, I am focusing on gardening and food preservation, which are my passions. As I learned from my good friend Greg Burns, I need to "Start with the Why" as I begin this effort.

  • Finding Folk - July 2019

    August 2nd, 2019  |  28 mins 37 secs
    building community, family, finding folk, friends

    July was a great month full of time spent with family and friends. We need to be part of our community and strengthening existing relationships while making new ones. It isn't always about the money; it's about building social capital!

  • 9 Steps to Creating Your First Budget

    July 31st, 2019  |  52 mins 7 secs
    budget, debt free, financial freedom, financial freedom renew you

    In this podcast, Julie and I talk about How to Budget Your Way to Financial Freedom. We unpack the 9 Steps to Creating Your First Budget (with an additional bonus step at the end).

  • How to Dream Big, Set Goals and Take Steps to Achieve Them

    July 14th, 2019  |  27 mins 22 secs
    budget, debt free, financial freedom, planning, vision

    Do you have dreams and goals? Are you making progress towards achieving those goals? For some people, it is difficult to dream. Others have big plans and goals, but they do not execute and take steps towards making those dreams a future reality. In this podcast, Julie and I discuss How to Dream Big, Set Goals and Take Steps to Achieve Them.