Today, I will share with you how I go from seedling to plant in the ground, talk a bit about garden bed preparation, how to know when it is time and care of newly transplanted plants.

#HollerHatWednesday: Where is she and who is she with?

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Today we will go through several things you can to do get your head right and enjoy the darkest days of winter. Seasonal Affective Disorder is not a fake thing, but it is something you can take on and change your narrative. So, let’s do this!

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Introducing Discount Mylar Bags – a provider of food storage solutions, freeze dryers and so much more! They are offering LFTN Members a choice between a 10% discount, or free set of printed bags for any order over $50. You get to choose!

Storing your food in your Prepper Pantry is not always an easy feat. Many of us use basements and closets that sometimes let in more moisture than optimal and the occasional rodent. A great way to story your dry goods is in plastic buckets, but those are not always food grade. Enter mylar bags. They are great for storing not only food, but many other things.

And now we have a great provider for mylar bags as well as a bunch of other food storage and preservation items in the Membership area.

Tobias Johnson has long been in our network in Tennessee and when he found out I was selling coffee, he reached out to me to find out what kind of coffee bags I used at Holler Roast Coffee. Over the next few months, he was able to leverage his contacts to provide a coffee bag that was perfect for my coffee business and a much better deal than my former provider.

And the best part? Lightening fast shipping. I barely finish thinking that I have put the order in when the bags arrive at my door.

Discount Mylar Bags is a great company to support, their pricing is on point, and when you buy from them, you help a small business owner thrive.

We are pleased to partner with Tobias and his family run business. They stand for everything that folks in our network do.


This is a shorter episode where I share something that occurs to me while out on a walk. We focus so much on getting things done around here that sometimes it is easy to forget to make time for your mind to wander and a walk is a great way to do that. Today, I have some thoughts on the great tradeoff of control for other things such as reach, security, money and more. There is a constant pressure between these things and many folks do not assess their choices with this knowledge in hand.

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Today, I will talk about early spring plants, planting and the roulette game that many of us play as part of our gardening effort.

Holler Hat Wednesday: Latest photo is up and quite a few of you have figured it out!

Get your ticket for the Spring Workshop

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Today, I will walk through areas to address if you plan to host an event or workshop so that you set yourself up for success and I will share what I learned as a seasoned event planner from last year’s spring workshop.

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Register for the LFTN Spring Workshop!

Cost is $400, but we only need your $100 deposit when you register. Read more

Registration is open for the Spring workshop. As of this morning, we have 13 spots left. This year’s focus will be around building energy stability into your home or homestead, small business entrepreneurship, and fantastic food.

April 26-28

Location: 1 hour east of Nashville

Come see:

  • Sandor Katz, author of Wild Fermentation, to give us a demo and answer questions
  • Nicole Sauce, coffee roaster and homesteader, to show us how to make cheese and facilitate two project accelerators
  • Shawn Mills, from, will dive into energy and oversee the building of a rocket mass heater onsite
  • Jessica Mills (AKA Dixie) will walk us through building your personal brand online
  • Patrick Roehrman,, will cover razor sharp knife sharpening (and other homestead tools)
  • Brett Corrieri,, will cover charcuterie and help ensure great grub at the event
  • Dori Mulder, of 40 Acres and a Cave, will come talk about how to glean value from what you have
  • Kurt Dugger, FreedomPhotography, will talk about building a network before you need it
  • David Oswalt,, will show how to graft

Registration for the 2019 LFTN Spring Workshop is open for members! Here is the link.

This is not your grandaddy’s workshop – we will have great instructors, build a rocket mass heater, and cover many homesteading, off-grid and business topics throughout the weekend.

Better yet, you will get to spend quality time with the kind of people who get stuff done.

Other surprise sessions will occur and there may be some singin’ music one night if we are lucky.

  • How to build a Rocket Mass Heater Shawn Mills
  • Side-Hustle Mentality: Gleaning Value From What You Have Dori Mulder
  • Cheese Making Nicole Sauce
  • Developing Your Positive Community in the Modern World Tactical Redneck
  • Charcuterie Chef Brett Corrieri
  • Fermentation Sandor Katz
  • Off-Grid Cooking
  • Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty. Setting the stage for a future business launch Kurt Dugger
  • Beyond Razor-Sharp Knives and Tool Sharpening Patrick Roehrman
  • Building Your Personal Brand Online Jessica Mills
  • Learn Grafting and Build your Independence Fund David Oswalt
  • TWO Project Accelerators (People submit business ideas in advance and we brain storm them as a group)
  • How to Assess your Home or Project for an Energy Plan Shawn Mills

Dates: April 26-28 with camping the night before and after

Cost $400 ($100 deposit upon registration)

Today, we welcome back a friend of the podcast: The Tactical Redneck as he discusses his learning process in gardening from the first day he planted seeds to squeezing ever last ounce of fertility from poorly cared for soil where he is now.

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Today, I have a pretty short episode about family, making time for them, and why it matters. Why short? Because today, I am coming to you from California while visiting my family — and nieces — who I have not seen in over a year. And what a visit it has been. I will be here through Tuesday and fly home on Wednesday, which means that the podcast for Wednesday will be a replay because I have realized that flying across the country, and also recording a podcast is not going to work this week. But don’t worry. We will be back to normal on Friday…and the Holler Hat content post will go out as planned as it is the last one before Thursday’s drawing for a free membership!

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