Today’s Small Scale Gardening Podcast episode is a real treat. When I started Small Scale Life Podcast, my good friend Mr. Tactical Jay was my initial cohost on the show. We have remained friends for a few years, and he is our guest on the Small Scale Gardening Podcast! In this episode, Mr. Tactical Jay and I discuss growing mushrooms and gardening in Virginia.

Even though the homestead appears to have a lot of space, the property is on the side of a mountain and slopes away from the house. Mr. Tactical is looking at different approaches to growing food on his 2 acre homestead. Some of these method include growing mushrooms, microgreens and a ton of food in his 3 wicking beds.

It’s all about wellness and sustainability, and Mr. Tactical Jay is looking to improve his skills while using everything his property has to offer: from berries to gardens to mushrooms. My hope is to inspire you to look at your location to find ways to use your resources effectively and grow food.

This was part of a 2 hour interview, and I am breaking it down into bite-sized chunks. We discuss a lot of different topics, books and blogs, so check out the show notes for this podcast on the article titled “Growing Mushrooms and Gardening in Virginia” on!

Who is Mr. Tactical Jay?

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Mr. Tactical “Jay” (the guy on the left above; the “other guy” is Tim Kennedy) is no stranger to the Small Scale Life Podcast, he has been on the show a number of times to discuss gardening, developing a healthy lifestyle and starting a homestead. As a paramedic and firefighter, Mr. Tactical wanted to get away from the city to a more quiet location.

About two years ago, Mr. Tactical and his wife purchased a new house on a 2 acre lot and they moved their condo in a sprawling urban area to a quiet mountain homestead in rural Virginia. He has been working on completing some projects around the house and setting up a homestead on this property since.

It is a pleasure to have Mr. Tactical Jay on the Small Scale Gardening Podcast, as part of the Small Scale Life Media Network!  Thank you, Jay, for taking the time to be on the show!

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 Gardening and Growing Mushrooms in Virginia

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