Episodes
While I love to use my dehydrator for preserving food, I can't even begin to claim to be an expert. If you're anything like me, you never really venture beyond the very basics. Well my friend, that's about to change. On today's episode I'm joined by my good friend Jessica Spiers. Listen as Jessica lays out all the necessities when it comes to dehydration. Discover the best foods to dehydrate, how you can dehydrate your food even if you don't have a dehydrator, the best ways to prepare foods...
Published 07/26/21
For many of us accustomed to the standard American way of food preservation, fermentation can be a strange topic to broach. Although it's a subject I've discussed before on this podcast, given the focus of this season I thought it'd be great to bring in a true expert. Today we're joined by my good friend, author and fermentation guru Wardee Harmon. In this episode we cover why fermentation is best for preserving nutrients, the benefits of probiotics, what to use for starter cultures, how to...
Published 07/22/21
When it comes to preserving homestead staples, there is perhaps none more confusing than the egg. If you spend time researching some of the methods used in the past, you're likely to question the validity and safety of the vast majority of them. Thankfully, today I'm joined by a true expert in egg preservation, Carolyn Thomas of Homesteading Family. In this episode we cover everything including liming, water glassing, oiling, freeze-drying, freezing, and much more. We even discuss some out of...
Published 07/19/21
Modern conveniences have made most of us accustomed to one primary method of long-term meat preservation. Without a doubt the freezer has become an essential tool on every homestead, but what happens if you run out of space or have limited access to electricity? Fear not my friends. Today I'm joined by my friend Derek Smiley, a veritable expert in all things regarding meat preservation. In this episode, we cover dehydration, smoking, canning, freezing, freeze drying, salt curing, and more....
Published 07/15/21
For most of us gardener's around the country, we're currently sitting in that honeymoon phase. It's that time where everything is starting to grow and looking beautiful, but nothing is ready to harvest. However, before we know it the time will be upon us. In this season of the Old Fashioned on Purpose podcast, I'm going to make sure you are able to maximize your bounty while discussing one of my favorite topics in the world; food preservation. Today I'm thrilled to be joined by an expert in...
Published 07/12/21
As we reach the end of this season and reflect on what we've learned, today I'm thrilled to be able to give you an update on how I've been applying these lessons within my own life. At the beginning of the season I told you that Christian and I bought a soda fountain in a neighboring town. Two months later I'm here to share our progress, the lessons I've learned in the process, and explain why you shouldn't try to make everyone like you. Make sure you stick around until the end because I have...
Published 06/28/21
Growing a business anywhere is a challenge, but doing so in a small town can seem almost impossible.   Whether it's a tiny population, a small amount of foot traffic, or a perceived lack of demand, the obstacles always seem to outweigh the opportunity.  Today it's time to bust that myth as I'm joined by my friend Dana Larson.  Dana is the founder of Rural Revival, a podcast dedicated to telling the stories if people like yourself who are building thriving businesses in small towns across the...
Published 06/24/21
While this entire season has been dedicated to generating additional income for your homestead, there's a good chance that you've already heard of or contemplated many of the ideas we've discussed. Today that's about to change my friends. In this episode I'm joined by Chloe Mackintosh of Boxwood Avenue. Despite living in a tiny town in California, Chloe has been able to support homestead by building an online store featuring handcrafted items by local artisans, antiques, and vintage finds....
Published 06/21/21
Have you ever sunk a TON of your valuable time, energy, and effort into something only to see little-to-no results on the backend? Despite what you might see on my YouTube page now, this was my experience on the platform several years ago when I first started. In fact, I got so frustrated I nearly gave up on it entirely. Does this describe your current circumstance? If so, fear not my friend. Today on the podcast I'm joined by the one and only Tim Schmoyer. Tim is the owner of Video Creators,...
Published 06/17/21
While social media platforms like Pinterest and Instagram might be all the rage right now, the trusty blog remains an extremely powerful tool for building your business and your brand. However, when it comes to monetizing a blog and actually turning it into a business, most people have no idea where to start. If that's you, don't worry my friend. My guest today is the incredible Julie Blanner. Julie was an event planner who started a blog to share decor ideas and recipes in the offseason....
Published 06/14/21
Without a doubt, Instagram is one of the best tools we have today to help grow our blog, business, or side-hustle. However, it can be daunting to even know where to get started. Fear not my friends, help is on the way! Today we're joined by Instagram marketing guru Ruthie Gray. Ruthie helps her clients by teaching them how to build an authentic following. She also hosts the Instagram Insider Hacks podcast where she shares weekly tips to leverage your Instagram marketing. On today's episode,...
Published 06/10/21
Throughout this season, we've been covering some extremely important concepts when it comes to building a business. However, much of what we've discussed has been broad in nature up to this point. Fear not my friends, today we're going to get tactical and practical. I'm excited to be joined by Laura Patterson of Hand-Grown Greens. Hand-Grown Greens specializes in growing organic, dense, micro-greens year round. Laura shares her story on how she got into microgreens, how growing them aligned...
Published 06/07/21
Whether you like it or not, your business is going to require some type of social media presence in order to maximize your potential. While the ever-changing landscape of social media can be daunting, with the proper tactics, knowledge, and execution it has the power to take your business to incredible new heights. Today I'm thrilled to be joined by my long-time social media manager Cris Daining. Cris has managed my Facebook and Pinterest accounts for longer than either of us can recall....
Published 06/03/21
Partnerships are an essential component of every business, especially if you're looking to grow an online presence. Anyone that's followed me for an extended period of time has without a doubt seen me leverage sponsorships and partnerships to grow my business. However, information on how to take advantage of sponsorships is rarely shared by the influencers benefitting the most from them. This is why I'm thrilled to be joined today by my friend Michelle Visser. Michelle is my marketing and...
Published 05/31/21
The world of selling things online can be intimidating. For some, the anxiety that comes when deciding where to sell their products is enough to make them quit before they ever really start. Today I'm thrilled to be joined by Nicole Gennetta. Among other things, Nicole is the host of the Backyard Bounty Podcast which features a specific segment on farm entrepreneurship.  Nicole caught the online fever after selling items on EBay at the age of 15. In today's episode we cover everything about...
Published 05/27/21
If you're still with me at this point, my guess is that you've decided it's time to start a business. Congratulations, you've done it! While it's certainly an important step in the process, it's merely the first domino to fall. In today's episode, I'm here to explain the benefits and pitfalls of all of the various types of business opportunities that could be available to you. Whether it's selling farm products, running an online business, network marketing, dropshipping, and everything in...
Published 05/24/21
When it comes to marketing experts, few are as savvy as today's guest. I'm thrilled to be joined by my good friend CeAnne Kosel. CeAnne is an expert product designer and is highly experienced in launching products into the marketplace. Along with her husband, the Kosel's founded Farmhouse Teas. Incredibly, what started as a fun project has now turned into a fill-fledged business. In today's episode, CeAnne and I cover everything from getting started to pricing to differentiating yourself in...
Published 05/20/21
1Welcome back my friends! While the past few seasons have been fun and have certainly been helpful, I'm thrilled to be addressing one of the most frequently asked questions in the history of my blog and podcast. It's no secret. If you've followed me for any amount of time, you know I've been able to leverage side businesses to build and grow our homestead. In season five of the Old Fashioned On Purpose podcast, I'm bringing in some of my very own business mentors and coaches to provide...
Published 05/17/21
If you've followed me for any period of time, you'd know that essential oils have been a crucial element when it comes to my physical and financial health. That being said, even someone with my knowledge and experience has questions that need answered....
Published 04/26/21
Although we've talked a lot of about forging our own path and carving out our own independence, community is an essential part of the human experience.  Not only is it impossible for us to produce everything we need, sometimes we just flat out need help...
Published 04/22/21
If you've been following along for the past year, food security has been a consistent topic of discussion. While I've talked a lot about planting gardens and how to produce vegetables, meat, dairy, and so on, I've only briefly touched on how to preserve...
Published 04/19/21
While modern medicine can provide tremendous benefits, it doesn't always provide the best or most helpful solution.  While I have some experience working with things like essential oils, I'm not what someone would call an expert in alternative...
Published 04/15/21
While Christian and I had dreamed of building a greenhouse for nearly 10 years, when it came time to plan for it the process was so overwhelming that we gave up. While we were able to eventually finish our green house, it didn't happen until connected...
Published 04/12/21
This might sound obvious to say, but most of us never even think about heat until the power goes out.  Feeling that winter cold starting to creep in can be a really unsettling feeling if your sole source of heat is from the power grid.  Thankfully,...
Published 04/08/21
No matter if you're a new gardener or a seasoned veteran, I can guarantee you've struggled with figuring out how much to actually plant. How do I know? I struggled with this problem for years. No matter how much I searched online, I could never find an...
Published 04/05/21