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We have a great podcast for you today.  Today’s show is an interview with Doneil Freeman, who is a husband, father (a Regenerative Dad), permaculturist, farmer based on regenerative agriculture principles, beekeeper, teacher and a fellow podcaster.  Doneil Freeman operates Freeman Family Farms located in Calhan, Colorado.  Doneil has experience beekeeping, rebuilding soil in arid places and regenerating overgrazed pastures using principles from regenerative agriculture and permaculture.  He has run a successful CSA program, and he has a lot of advice for those of us who are starting small businesses which includes market gardens, urban farms CSA programs and even a blogs and podcasts.

This will be a two part interview.  In this podcast, we cover a lot of topics including attending Hogtoberfest, beekeeping, starting and running a CSA program, and regenerative agriculture including rebuilding soils in arid environments.  Part 2 will include a discussion about Doneil’s wicking beds and the Regenerative Dad’s podcast.

Topics – Regenerative Agriculture with Doneil Freeman

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Freeman Family Farms – Wicking Beds

Doneil and I discussed the following topics in Part 1 of our two part interview:

  • Hogtoberfest 2017 with Greg Burns, Drew Sample and Michael Jordan
  • Origin Stories
    • My Story
    • Doneil’s Story
  • Doneil’s Bees
  • Regenerative Agriculture, Restoring the Land and Farming
    • Boom to Bust CSA Program
    • Freeman Family Farm


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Beekeeping with Doneil Freeman

Doneil and I covered a lot of ground in this podcast including the following links:

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Hogtoberfest 2017, tribe, small community, homesteader, homesteading

Drew Sample from The Sample Hour recently published Episode 171 where the Drew Sample, Greg Burns, Michael Jordan, Doneil Freeman and others summarize their experience at Hogtoberfest 2017.  If you want to hear people talking about coming together as a group, processing hogs, celebrating life and developing a community based on building skills, old ways, and Pabst Blue Ribbon beer.  This year’s message is: be the lighthouse!

Natures Image Farms

While we are on the subject of Greg Burns at Nature’s Image Farm, Greg has a number of products for sale including”

Use discount code SSL and get 10% off and free shipping.  Make sure you tell Greg that he is Captain L:umbersquatch and that you are a Small Scale Life follower.  Order today!

Aussie Flame Weeder

Photo courtesy of Aussie Flame Weeder

Aussie Flame Weeders makes stainless steel flame weeder manifolds.  They are making manifold set available this month, and they expect to start shipping them all by the start of November.  The manifold set up will contain:

  • Custom manifold to suit 30-inch bed
  • Five stainless steel German made burners that can removed to be cleaned, changed or replaced
  • LPG equipment to suit a standard propane bottle
  • Flint lighter

This a perfect tool for your urban farm, market garden and regenerative agriculture-based homestead.

Check Aussie Flame Weeder out using the following links:

A FREE short e-book about flame weeding is available at the website if you sign up to the email list!

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