Permaculture Velocity | Homesteading Skills You Can Use

Edible gardens. Chickens, geese, and ducks. Goats. Fruit trees. Fermented food. Pantry, root cellar, and freezer not grocery store. Slow food. Build it and fix it yourself. Connected communities. Permaculture by design transforms what was barren to productive.

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Sharing skills for the resilient homestead.
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2016-02-05 14:00
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Soir√©e-Leone: Gardening& Composting, Canning& Fermenting, Chickens& Ducks, Sustainable& Holistic author  
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The Best Breeds for the Backyard Flock - PVP44

Of all the chicken breeds, which are good choices for a backyard flock?Show Notes:

Understanding Seeds: Heirloom, Open Pollinated,& F1 - PVP43

So many seeds, so many misunderstandings!Show Notes:

Making Salves, Creams,& Lip Balms - PVP42

Some products require special equipment, fancy ingredients, and so forth. These simple products are easy and economical. Each can easily be made as fancy as you like!Show Notes:

The Best Pressure Canner for the Homestead - PVP41

Getting ready to preserve the summer's bountiful harvest means having the equipment on hand.What's the best pressure canner to get the job done?Show Notes:

The Best Grain Mill for the Homestead - PVP40

Unlike a food processor or a blender, a grain mill is essential if you are going to grind grains.But, with so many choices, how to select the right one for the homestead?Show Notes:

The Best Fruit Trees for the Backyard Garden - PVP39

What's not to love? Perennial. Easy. Relatively low cost. Beautiful. Fresh fruit.Adding fruit trees to the backyard garden can quickly had a bounty of terrific food.Show Notes: 

Making 2016 the Best Year Ever! - PVP38

New Years greetings come and go, resolutions are made, but another year seems to slip by! It's so easy to be distracted from our path. One day slips by, then another, then another. How can you alter this course?Show Notes:

Important Lessons from the Flock - PVP37

Right up there with "so what do you do when the chickens stop laying?" is "what to do when a chicken dies?" No one is really signing up to get the gory details yet at some level we all know that chickens die...even our most favorite pet chicken.But wha...

Making Our Homesteads Less Toxic - PVP36

Toxins suck! They make us, the soil, the air, the water, and the animals sick.So many of them are simply not needed for the job we are buying them for, yet, there they are! How can we step-by-step make our homesteads less toxic and maybe the world too?...

All About Canning Jars, Lids,& Rings - PVP35

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Is the Zero Waste Homestead Possible? - PVP34

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The Gift Economy: Absolutely Free - PVP33

What is the gift economy and how can it impact the homestead?Show Notes:

Stress-Free Holiday Meals - PVP32

Don't freak out! Here are some tips for stress-free holiday meals!Show Notes:

Toxic Free& Effective Cleaning - PVP31

It's easy to get sucked into the fancy packaging, promises of cleanliness not possible any other way, and germs killed on contact.But, how much do we really know and understand about the products that we are bringing into our homes? How can we make cha...

Maintaining a Healthy Chicken Flock - PVP30

Prevention, prevention, prevention. Let's get into some details to avoid problems with illness and disorder down the road.Show Notes:

Botulism& Unsafe Canning Methods - PVP29

Botulism is not something to take lightly and if you are new to home canning it can be a scary thing. Learn about what went wrong in home canning that made people sick.Show Notes:

7 Best Cool Season Vegetables - PVP28

Of all the cool season vegetables, which are the best to get started in the garden for the cool season?Selected for ease and productivity plus some surprises.Show Notes:

Chicken Manure Management Using Deep Litter - PVP27

How can you manage a chicken run without nuisance smells, flies, and tons of work?This simple and easy approach to managing the litter in a chicken run is healthier for the flock while being less work for the chicken keeper.Show Notes: PermacultureVelo...

Beyond Doomsday: Preparedness on the Urban Homestead - PVP26

Many people who live in the city are not prepared for brief interruptions in services such as water, gas, and electricity.Living the in the city with stores packed with goods for sale gives rise to a false feeling of security that everything will alway...

The 9 Best Ways to Lower the Food Bill - PVP25

There are plenty of lists of money saving tips. But, how do we reshape our thinking about buying, harvesting, preparing, eating, and storing food?Learn a few ways to rethink buying, harvesting, preparing, and storing food.Plus, why we all should be sau...

Avoid Common Home Canning Mistakes - PVP24

Whether boiling water bath canning or pressure canning let's be safe. Learn how to avoid common home canning mistakes.And news flash! The USDA recently (June 2015) approved steam canning! Steam canning is a fast, effective, and safe way to home preserv...

11 Tips for a Tiny Garden& Where to Start - PVP23

So many projects and tasks on the homestead and limited resources. Where to start? How to decide to pay for someone else to install a laundry-to-landscape system or DIY? Starting small, simple, and specialized can help. Then considering time, money, an...

Kombucha: Easy, Tasty,& Wild - PVP22

Kombucha can be expensive at the grocery store, coop, or farmer's market. Save a ton of money and make great kombucha at home. It's super easy and it is best wild!Learn about the "transformational action of the microorganisms" and getting started with ...

Pressure Canning: Not Bombs, Food! - PVP21

Corn, beans, okra, meats, fish, poultry, soups, broths, and other low acid foods must be pressure canned. Sadly, pressure canning has a bad rap and many folks shy away from it.Pressure canning low acid foods means that we have even more foods that we c...

Winter Egg Laying& Adding Light to the Hen House - PVP20

There are two solidly divided camps regarding light to the hen house as the days shorten.One: Adding light is inhumane, kinda seems like an industrial operation, so let's leave the natural rhythms alone.Two: Adding light means that there will be eggs o...

Homesteading is a Waste of Time - PVP19

Is homesteading just a glorified hobby or can it make an impact on your household and the community?Show Notes: 

Getting Ready for the Fall Garden - PVP18

School is starting soon, the days are getting shorter and cooler, and it's time to start getting ready for the fall garden.Show Notes:

How to Prevent Pantry Pests - PVP17

Panty pests can ruin hundreds and hundreds of dollars worth of food. Hours will be spent cleaning out containers and jars. Food will need to be replaced. It is just not fantastic to have a problem with pantry pests.It is less expensive in the long run ...

5 Must Have Homesteading Skills - PVP16

So many skills to learn and so little time. Here are a few skills that can make a difference on the homestead.Show Notes: 

Top 10 Easy to Grow Edible Perennials - PVP15

Edible perennials can be key to balancing things on the homestead. While they can take a bit more time, patience, and care to establish they pay off by needing less care when things get busy or you get sidetracked.Show Notes: 

Homemade Chicken Feeds& The Chicken Feed Workbook - PVP14

Bagged feeds are seemingly inexpensive but what are you really paying for? Homemade chicken feeds allow the flockster to control ingredients, protein content, and have the freshest food for the flock.Learn about how and why we formulate feeds for our c...

Organizers are Hoarders! How to Eliminate Clutter Forever Using KonMari! - PVP13

Keeping things orderly and tidy on the homestead can just make life easier.No lost tools or equipment. No closets overflowing with things you don't and wont ever use. Eliminate the stacks and piles! Have a place for all of your items that bring joy to ...

Native Bees& Answers to Your Homesteading Questions - PVP12

Learn what all the fuss is about mason bees and alfalfa bees. Listen in for a coupon code to grab a discount on gear to get all set up for hosting native bees.Questions--there are always so many questions. Here are a few answers.Show Notes: Permacultur...

How to be Ready to Home Can - PVP11

Being ready to can means that you have everything on hand in case of a windfall of produce from a friend or a great deal at the farmer's market.Having to run around looking for jars or lids or other equipment to can--just isn't fun. Being ready to can ...

No More Plastic Pots! Introducing Soil Blocks - PVP10

Plastic pots, plastic trays, plastic pony packs...plastic everywhere. How can you start seeds without little plastic pots? How can you avoid peat pots that never break down? Using soil blocks means no poop pots, no peat pots, no plastic pots. Yay! Nada...

15 Essential Tools in the Homesteading Kitchen - PVP9

A homesteading kitchen is a bit different from an ordinary kitchen. It can be overwhelming to decided which blender, food processor, canner, roasting pan, and so forth.There are so many choices but learn about a few things that are workhorses in a home...

What Do You Do When the Chickens Stop Laying Eggs? - PVP8

It's the toughest question! What do you do when the chickens stop laying? We have a flock management plan that includes having eggs on all of the days. See, I didn't say "it."Whether you consider your chickens pets or dinner--do have a flock management...

Kick the Big Box Shopping Habit! - PVP7

Routine: jump in car, head to a store that "has it all", buy products, return home, and use or consume products.There are other ways that include meeting and connecting with people in your community, saving money, saving time, and saving gas.Show Notes...

Why We Don't Buy Chicken Feed - PVP6

Bagged feeds are easy and quick. But, do bagged feeds yield the best results?Once upon a time we didn't rely on bagged feeds. Learn why we don't buy bagged chicken feed.Show Notes:

Avoid Common Gardening Mistakes - PVP5

Access to tons of information at our fingertips can be a lovely thing. But, there are some ideas that take off that are best avoided. Learn a few tips to set your garden up for success.Show 

49 Ways to Save Money& Live Better - PVP4

Live better is always a relative thing. What about saving time, money, resources, and having a great homestead along the way?Show Notes:

Conserve Water at Home - PVP3

There are big solutions that can cost big bucks. And there are small, simple solutions that can have an impact right now. Show Notes:

Bigger Chicken Coop, Less Space - PVP2

Urban lots can be small and bonus points are always awarded for creativity. Learn about why and how we designed a 3-level hen house for our happy, healthy flock.Show Notes:

No Water Toilets! - PVP1

Here's the deal--making often potable water dirty with poo and pee makes no sense. Then we spend a ton of money making it clean again. A dry toilet doesn't use any water. Dry toilets are bonus during an emergency or when a water main breaks!Listen to l...

What is Permaculture Velocity? - PVP0

Permaculture Velocity is about sharing skills and experience for the resilient homestead. Doing what we can, where we are!Show Notes: