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Welcome to the Old-Fashioned on Purpose podcast, where ambitious people master the art of returning to their roots.Have you found yourself disenchanted with society, wishing you could opt-out of the rate race? Perhaps you’re craving a life that’s meaningful and tangible— a life where you can create and produce instead of merely consume?I’m Jill Winger— best-selling author and long-time homesteader. Over the last 10 years, I’ve helped thousands of families create more connection, grow amazing ...
 
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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. Who do I turn to? Today I'm thrilled to be joined by Dr. Eric Zielinski. Dr. Z is a national best…
 
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 to get through a difficult time. Over the past couple years Christian and I have made it a point …
 
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 and conserve for the long-haul. Today I'm thrilled to be joined by a real expert on this topic, …
 
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 medicine. Thankfully, today I'm joined by Amy Fewell. Amy is an author, entrepreneur, and the Founder of th…
 
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 with someone who really knew what they were talking about. Today I'm thrilled to be joined by a tr…
 
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, there are ways to counteract this problem. In today's episode I'm diving into my favorite form of heat.…
 
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 actual solution. Even worse, I continued making the same mistakes year-after-year without realizi…
 
I must admit, while I fancy myself as being quite knowledgable as a homesteader, there is one area in particular I didn't have the slightest clue how to tackle. Although I had a good grasp on heating and cooking without electric, I had no idea what to do when it came to getting water. Thankfully, my good friend Amber Bradshaw has returned to help u…
 
What do you do when the power goes out? For most of us, this is something we never think about and generally take for granted. However, the recent events in Texas and in some other areas of the country have re-enforced my interest in becoming self-sufficient when it comes to electricity. Today I'm thrilled to be joined by Amber Bradshaw. Amber is a…
 
Eggs and dairy are certainly no stranger to this podcast. However, even with all my experience, I've never been able to figure out how to keep things going year-after-year without heading back to the store. In order to help solve this very problem, in today's episode I'm bringing in my good friend Kate Schat. Kate runs her blog, Venison for Dinner,…
 
What if you could never buy meat at the grocery store again? When I ask that question, I don't mean that the grocery store stopped selling meat. I mean, what if you could create your own self-sustaining source of meat that continued to produce year-after-year? In today's episode, I take a deep dive on everything needed to get a better handle on you…
 
Whether it's toilet paper flying off the shelves or a historic winter storm in Texas, the past year has taught me that the systems society has created for us don't always work as designed in times of need. While us homesteaders already act outside the system by being homesteaders in the first place, I'm dedicating this season to building systems th…
 
While we're getting ready to hit spring time and there's all sorts of exciting things happening on the homestead, I thought now was a great time to hit on something I always receive a ton of questions about. When you look at what Christian and I have built for ourselves, it's easy to assume that we always had money and things have been smooth saili…
 
No matter how long you've been gardening, it's almost guaranteed that you've faced some type of epic failure with your garden. While it's easy to get down on yourself when you have a bad gardening season, I'm here to give you some encouragement to continue pushing forward. In today's episode, I'm joined by my right-hand woman Cris Daining. Cris and…
 
Winter gardening. No, I haven't bumped my head, and Christian and I didn't decide to pick up and move south. As crazy as it might sound, your garden is still a valuable tool no matter how cold it gets in the winter. While you might not be able to grow crops, today I'm going to explain how you can utilize your garden as additional storage to help yo…
 
Summertime is a garden season, right? I don't know about you, but that's how I operated for the longest time. To be honest, I couldn't even conceive of being able to do anything in the garden after the August harvest. While you might not be able to plant a full garden in the fall, there are some amazing benefits to growing vegetables from September…
 
Whether you're ready or not, there's nothing you can do to stop the coming harvest. Now that we know you can't stop mother nature, what can be done to prepare? I'm glad you asked my friend. In today's episode, I explain some of my favorite methods of preservation, how I let my harvest influence my meal plans, and how to deal with the current lid sh…
 
Have you ever had visions of a lush, bountiful garden complete with chickens pecking around perfectly ripe tomatoes? I know I certainly did, but I quickly learned that while chickens can be great for a garden, there are some things you must understand before you introduce them. Thankfully, today we're joined by a true expert in the field, my friend…
 
You've done all the hard work planning your garden and you finally planted the seeds. Now what? While we're waiting for our crops to grow, we can use this downtime to keep the garden clean and take care of some preventative maintenance. In today's episode, I cover watering, mulching, pest control, and so much more. If you want to make sure you cont…
 
Today is the day my friends! All of the planning and preparation is done, and the time has finally arrived to plant our seeds in the ground. However, before you toss everything aside and sprint out to your garden, there are a couple of things you'll want to consider. In today's episode, I detail why frost dates and garden zones are important and ho…
 
When it comes to planting a garden, your soil is similar to a house's foundation. You can buy the most expensive seeds you like, but if the soil you plant them in isn't right the whole thing is bound to fall apart. Listen today to discover the most common types of soil, how to get your soil tested, how your PH levels affect your crops, and some sim…
 
With the events of the past year, there have been certain items that have become even more essential for everyday life. While things like toilet paper and hand sanitizer flew off the shelves, one unforeseen item sold out quicker than expected. Due to both higher demand and restrictions on production, seeds have been selling out way ahead of schedul…
 
The foundation of any great garden depends on three things: Location, Location, Location. So how do we determine the proper location for a garden? I'm glad you asked! In today's episode, I'm digging deep into the best strategies and techniques for finding the ideal sunny spot, determining the proper size garden for your family, and deciding the cor…
 
Welcome back, my friends! I can't begin to express how excited I am for what we're tackling in season three of the Old Fashioned on Purpose podcast. This past year was wild, to say the least. I don't know about you, but I certainly never could've imagined that food shortage could be a topic of conversation in 2020. Because of this, I'm dedicating t…
 
It's hard to believe it, but we've already reached the end of the "first" season. As we bring this season to a close, it's time to turn an eye to the future. In today's episode, I go over some of the plans (both big and small) that Christian and I have been discussing for quite some time. I'm really thrilled to share some of this with you as we're …
 
Clarity is everything. In any area of life, gaining clarity on your goals and your vision is critical for success. This fact became even more apparent in my own life when it came time to write my cookbook. The entire process of writing my cookbook forced me to question everything about what I was currently doing in my life and where I wanted to go …
 
While I'm a major advocate for setting goals and making plans to achieve them, sometimes there comes a time when you just have to jump. The truth is, if you're waiting for the perfect time to do something it's never going to come. As you've learned in my own story up to this point, I don't know if I've ever been "ready" to do much of anything in my…
 
For as long as I can remember, network marketing was almost an evil phrase in my vocabulary. I held these limiting beliefs about network marketing that no one actually succeeded with it and they mainly just tread water. Thankfully, the reality was far different than my misguided expectations. In today's episode, I dig into why network marketing not…
 
Beginnings are always fun. For most of us, the start of a story is always the most relatable. It defines the "humble beginnings" that most successful people have to overcome. The end is always great because finally, you've realized the merits of your hard work. It's the middle that no one really talks about. I'm talking about the grey area that occ…
 
Creation can come in all forms. For us, it seems they all happened at the same time. With animals giving birth on the homestead, me getting pregnant with our first daughter, and a new blog on the horizon, my attention was pulled in several different directions. Looking back now, while it was a hectic time it was one of the greatest periods of growt…
 
My friends, we have arrived at my favorite portion of the entire story. Many people told Christian and I that our dreams were crazy. Looking back on it now, I can understand why some would have felt that way at the time. However, when we first bought our homestead there was no doubt in our minds that it was the right thing to do. We knew from the b…
 
Change is funny. Sometimes it pushes you to grow, while other times it can set you back. When I made the move to college after being homeschooled my entire life, many people questioned if I was going to be able to deal with the changes that came with transitioning into college life. When you face a difficult situation, it's easy to believe that you…
 
At the age of 14, I got my first horse. For a shy little homeschool girl, this wound up being a huge boost to my confidence and completely shifted my identity. In the years that followed, I joined 4-H, worked in the stalls, and eventually went to college to ride horses. What did I learn through all of this? Even if you're unable to live your dream …
 
After a short break to regroup, I’m thrilled to be back recording podcasts. While I loved recording the individual episodes, it’s time to make a change. Instead of recording single episodes on a topic, I’m going to be dedicating an entire season to a specific theme. Together we’ll take deep dives that build a broader depth of knowledge and allow yo…
 
While I’m the first person to trumpet consistency, sometimes a change is needed. Lately, I’ve recognized I’ve been lacking a bit of inspiration. While under normal circumstances I’d attempt to push through, I’ve realized that creativity and inspiration is actually a seasonal thing. Because of this, I need a break. Fear not my friends! This isn’t th…
 
For quite some time, I felt with the physical work I did on the homestead, I didn’t need to set aside extra time to workout. I thought the shoveling, the pitchforking, and the day-to-day activity was enough. However, as I’ve got older and my metabolism has shifted my attitude has changed. While I’ll never be one of the workout warriors you see on I…
 
Recently I’ve noticed that something has been taking up more-and-more of my time, seemingly with each passing day. Any guesses on what that might be? (Hint: it has nothing to do with homesteading). Yes, that’s right my friends, I’m talking about social media. Whether it’s been filling time while waiting for food to cook or mindlessly scrolling thro…
 
If you take a look around the internet, you will see that the homestead life is exploding at the moment. All over social media, there’s growing evidence of people beginning a homesteading journey of their own. However, as with anything new and popular on the internet, it can be difficult to tell the imposter “ influencers” from the true homesteader…
 
Unless you’re one of the lucky few, odds are most of you don’t have the luxury of a root cellar to store your harvest. Fear not my friends, today I’m here to offer up some great alternatives to a root cellar that will help you preserve your vegetables through the winter. Listen to find out why that drafty room in your house could be your best frien…
 
To say the least, our recent snowstorm was completely unexpected. Unfortunately, the snow and the cold completely destroyed my garden. Unlike years past, this time I decided to plant a fall garden. In today’s episode, I discuss how I cleaned up my garden, what I planted for the fall, why I’m planting cover crops now, and what I’m doing with our bra…
 
No, my friends, the title of this episode is not a mistake. Recently we experienced a weather swing so severe most people would think that I completely made it up. What we went through was a 65-degree drop in just 24 hours! Trust me, that is not a typo. In today’s episode, I detail how we prepped for the oncoming snowstorm. This includes pulling cr…
 
While it seemed like this day would never happen, we finally have a greenhouse on the homestead. Why did it take so long? Truthfully, we didn’t make it a priority and we somewhat suffered from “paralysis by analysis.” In today’s episode I explain how to determine which greenhouse is right for your climate, why there’s no one size fits all solution,…
 
For those of you in harvest right now, hopefully, you’ve already done your homework. If you haven’t, today I’m going to provide a crash course in tomato preservation. I talk about dehydration, food mills, sauce, what makes paste tomatoes different, and so much more. I even cover a few tips and tricks to help get tomatoes to ripen. This episode is a…
 
One of the most common questions I receive on a weekly basis is “how do you get it all done?” First off, let me reiterate that no matter what social media might have you believe, I don’t have it all figured out. What I have figured out is that writing things down greatly helps me with recalling information. For this reason, I lean heavily on paper …
 
Look, I get it. Sauerkraut isn’t exactly the first thing that comes to mind when dreaming of your ideal homestead kitchen. In fact, I went years swearing off sauerkraut. It wasn’t until I made it myself that I actually enjoyed eating it. In today’s episode, I explain why the change happened, how to make your own sauerkraut, and dive into the incred…
 
No matter what I was told, I wanted to grow fruit on the homestead. Over-and-over again my attempts at growing fruit fell flat. I soon realized I wasn’t a failure at growing fruit. I was failing to embrace my surroundings. On today’s episode, I go over what I’m growing in my garden, how to determine what will thrive in yours, and why you might need…
 
Outside of pressure canning, fermentation might be the most intimidating process to tackle in the kitchen. For most of you it’s probably difficult to even name any fermented foods you enjoy eating. Believe it or not, fermenting foods is much easier than you might expect, and this process creates some amazing foods like pickles, sauerkraut, and yogu…
 
While gardening season is coming to a close for most of us, there are a few important things to do as we head into cooler weather. First of all, congratulate yourself! Whether you’re a first-time gardener or a seasoned professional, it’s great to take time and look back at the things that went well. Reflecting on your wins will only serve as greate…
 
While bringing in a giant basket of your favorite vegetable might be every homesteaders dream, for most of us it’s never the reality. Instead, our harvests tend to look more like a smorgasbord of a small number of various vegetables. Rather than let them go bad waiting for the rest of the harvest, today I’m going to explain several methods of utili…
 
What can I say? It’s no secret that my favorite thing about the homestead is without question the animals. Whether you already have animals on your homestead or not, introducing something new can sometimes be intimidating. Today we’re once again joined by my sister Jenna as she embarks on a chicken journey of her own. We cover all of the basics inc…
 
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