Category Archives: Homestead

Building a Profitable Homestead

how to build a profitable homesteadEvery man should have some form of homestead.  I have mentioned this in past podcasts ad nauseum.  However, if you were to take a few extra steps you could make the homestead or farm profitable.  This could afford to pay off some of your extra expenses or even so far as to be your full time income.  Even if you do not have land to farm on, there are ways that you can develop and profit from other’s land.  This is not rocket surgery, just laborious and backbreaking work.  However, think about the possibilities it could afford you if you could quit your full time job.

Today I am going to give you the resources to build a homestead that is profitable.  You can take this information and run with it to build the best business you can or just build a really nice landscape.


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How do you build a homestead that is profitable?

  • What you should be learning now in the winter
  • Finding some land to grow on
  • Learning your market
  • Getting creative with your products
  • Looking into longer term projects
  • Building this business even if you work a 9-5
  • Im going to give you a way to learn how I am building my business

I mentioned at the end of the podcast about my open source homestead.  You can use all of the information that I provide to build your own profitable homesteading business by checking out the Big Oak Homestead website.  You can also check out the social media accounts.

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Permaculture Principals- Accept Feedback

permaculture principals accept feedbackThere is a new video on YouTube that you must watch on how I am using Permaculture Principals in my own yard to accept feedback.  I have made some mistakes in this process and need to address this.  I am not going to pretend that I know everything which is why permaculture does such a good job teaching us.  My front yard is a complete mess and it is my job to fix that.  I have planted things in the wrong places and now have to make sure that I fix those issues.

The steps that you should follow to accept feedback:

  1. Understand that you are not infallible and can make mistakes

You can do this by taking a step back and looking at what is going on.  In my case when I stood back I realized that my vision for the land was not what was reality.  After I finished being mad about the whole thing, I was able to accept that there were mistakes.  This is where you have to be ready to accept feedback and ready to listen to the land.

2.   Understand why this was a mistake

In my particular situation I knew that my mistake started with the fact that my plants were dehydrated.  When the sun gets over the house it really starts to bake this part of the land.  I needed irrigation a long time ago, just failed to do anything about it.  I added irrigation and my peppers, tomatoes, and lettuces started looking so much healthier after that.

3.  Be prepared to do something about it

How are you going to do something about the feedback that you have gotten?  I mention how I am going to work over the next year to move plants around and what my plans are to not make these mistakes again.

4.  Plan for the future

In permaculture you have to be prepared to plan for the future.  The future holds a lot for Big Oak Homestead.  I am personally prepared to take my mistakes with pride and learn from those.

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Permaculture Design Principals – Sectors

Permaculture design principals sectorsMy new fascination with gardening is permaculture.  This set of principals and ideas are ones that make life easier.  I will encourage you and anyone that would listen to me to take permaculture teaching to heart and develop your yard and life around this concept.  Today we are going to talk about sectors.  Sectors in permaculture can be seen as how energy moves.  How does energy move through your property and how can you harness this for your own personal gain.  We are going to go through all of the sectors that I can think of so that we can get a good picture of how not only do these sectors effect your property but how they work together and in harmony.  If you have to ask the question of “why is this a Gentleman concerning topic” you really do not get it.  If you have to ask this question, you need to listen to the end of the podcast!



What are permaculture sectors and why should I care!?

  • What are sectors
  • What do sectors in my property do
  • Discussed sectors:
    • Wind
    • Sunshine
    • Water
    • Storms
    • Wildfire
    • Frost
    • Noise
    • Pollution
  • How is this a topic for gentlemen
    • a rant that most have already heard

Resources used in the show:

All information was learned through a few different resources.  The first one was a introduction to permaculture which was FREE through http://open.oregonstate.edu/courses/permaculture/.  Thank you to Jon Butcher for bringing this class to my attention!

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A Series Has Been Finished! Now Watch It!

If you haven’t already figured this out, Skilled Gentlemen Podcast has a YouTube channel.  I do videos on different subjects ranging from reviews to homesteading.  If you are interested please consider subscribing to keep up with what is going on around here.

I am finishing up a series that I have done on keeping chickens.  This series started from day 1 when they arrived to the homestead and goes through to where they are introduced to the big chickens in the paddock system.  Watch the video and subscribe!

 

The series can be found below!

What I learned from Intro to Permaculture

What i learned in permaculture classPermaculture can mean a lot of things to a lot of different people.  I have spent the past few weeks working on a class that was sent to me from a listener, offered through Oregon State University.  This course was an absolutely amazing course that showed me a completely different way of doing things around my property.  Throughout the month of May I have been learning all about the permaculture principals, ethics, design principals, and basically how to save the world!  Permaculture does not have to completely be the just about plants.  That is the beauty of a design process.  It can also be seen as how to run a business effectively and sustainability.


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What is Permaculture and what can we learn from it?

  • What is it
  • What are the Design Principals
  • What are the Ethics
  • How does permaculture work in both business and in gardens
  • What are the general principals
  • How are trees more useful to us than an annual garden

Resources used in todays show were from what i learned from the course that I took free of charge from the University of Oregon

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How To Start Homesteading

how to start homesteadingHomesteading is no easy task.  Of course no one ever said that homesteading would be easy work.  I started my research and started my journey to this about 5 years ago.  It began with my desire to be more self reliant and to be able to provide for my family.  If you ever wanted to do any homesteading, now is the time to start.  Spring is in the air and the plants are waiting to be put in the ground.  Now is the time to start getting sweaty and no is the time to start getting dirty.  Consider this though, what happens when you want to put in chickens over here and it turns out that area floods?  What if you wanted to put your garden in this area but the wildlife hangs out in that area?  You have to think this through, otherwise you are going to resent listening to this podcast and stop trying to grow something.  Today you are going to get MY blueprints on how I planned out my homestead and the steps for you to do the same.

Join me today as I instruct you on how to start homesteading.

  • Getting our semantics straight
  • Why you can do this in an suburban area or 90 acres
  • Reasons why you want to start a homestead
  • Planning stage
  • Plotting stage
  • Planting stage
  • Building stage

No resources were used in How To Start Homesteading

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Getting Ready For Spring Part 2 of 2

getting ready for springThis is part 2 of the show.  I apologize for any confusion, however the website will not allow a file larger than 64 mb.  This is part 2 where I finish up talking about the other things you should do to get ready for spring.

This is part 2 of the 2 part series of getting ready for spring

You can find the first part here at Getting Ready For Spring Part 1 of 2

Getting Ready For Spring Part 1 of 2

getting ready for springWe have a total of 110 days until last frost date.  What does this mean to us?  It is time to start getting ready for spring time.  Before you know it, spring will be upon us and we will be scrambling to get seeds in the ground, start spring cleaning, getting some house maintenance done, and getting ready for summer break with the kids.  With all of that said, are you going to be prepared?  Today is going to be a mixed bag of subjects related to getting ready for spring.  There is a lot to get done around here and right now when it is 20 degrees Fahrenheit outside, now is the time to prepare.  This is not a hard thing to accomplish, but you have to have your own will to do it.  So what are you going to be getting done for the next 100 days?  Sitting on your couch or getting started on your productive 2016?  Remember when you said you were going to do better this year?  Now is the time to get started on it.

What should we do to get ready for spring

    • Planning the garden
    • Maintenance to house
    • Planning for kids summer vacation
    • Spring cleaning
    • Get ready for allergies
    • Start cardio plan
    • Get yard ready

Resources used in the show:

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Modern Day Homesteading

Modern Day HomesteadingHomesteading is an art that keeps the family healthy.  Modern day homesteading is doing the same thing, but by yourself and continue to have a career.  This is important for people like us in this time and day.  It is also important for the small scale homesteader living in urban areas.  If you are anything like me, you have less and less time but want more done in your day.  With all the small things that will end up adding up in a total day our day will slowly be completely filled.  With this problem in mind we can start modernizing our homesteads.  Everything get engineered to work by itself and your animals and crops get their needs met.  Now you have plenty of food and your small business can run, almost by itself.  Do I have your interest peaked?

What is modern day homesteading and how to we do it

  • How does modern day homesteading streamline work
  • how can modern day homesteading make you money
  • the upfront work involved in modern day homesteading
  • why this all matters

Remember that I am taking the last 2 weeks off of December from the podcast.  I will still have Email service, and I will be on the Facebook page.  I am just taking time away from the show.  The reason is because I need to do some reflection and figure out where I want the show to go next year.

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Raising Chickens

raising chickensChickens are essential to the homestead.  From their bug eating skills (yes they have skills!) to their ability to turn unwanted scraps of food into awesome fertilizer, chickens are very useful to us.  Today I am going to talk about raising chickens from a chick to the dinner plate.  To most of us, chickens have a useful life span.  Once they get outside of that lifespan they graduate to the freezer.  There are good ways for a first time butcher and ways that I do not agree with, but can be done.  The reason why I am doing this show today is because I am culling a few chickens tomorrow.  This will end up being an emotional time because I am not heartless, but to keep true to the homesteading way I am going to go through with it.

if you have ever thought about raising chickens, today is your show!

  • Why keeping livestock is a very important piece in the homestead
  • Having the homesteader mindset
  • What do you need for a chick to come home
  • Preparing an area for chickens
  • What to feed them
  • How long before they produce anything
  • Culling them
  • How to use everything
  • How to keep a rotating stock

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast:

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