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This is Season 2, Episode 24 of the Small Scale Life Podcast, and I have a great interview lined up for you today.  Yes, ladies and gentlemen, you will have a break from my monologues with this podcast.  I am SURE there is much rejoicing with that news.  In this episode, I am interviewing a husband, dad, teacher, small business owner, body builder, trainer, and urban farmer!  This gentleman’s name is Michael Bell.  He is a fellow kindred spirit from down in Texas, and in Part 1 of our two part interview, we are talking urban farming!

He is not only a mountain of muscle, but he also owns and operates Half Acre Farm.  Inspired by some of my heroes including Gary Vee, Curtis Stone and JM Fortier, Michael is carving out his organic footprint in a quiet spot six miles from down Downtown Dallas.  It is pretty cool talking with Michael, and I learned a lot from him.  Whether it is starting your own small business (not necessarily urban farming) or getting fit, I think there is something for everyone in these next two podcasts!


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An example of this week’s basket from Half Acre Farm – October 4, 2017

In this podcast, Michael Bell and I discussed the following:


  • Who is Michael Bell?
  • What was your first gardening experience?

Urban Farming

  • Why urban farming?
  • Influences and inspiration
  • Property
  • Crops
  • Business model and clients
  • Challenges and solutions
  • Future projects

In Part 2 of this interview, we discuss body building and the journey to develop a healthy lifestyle.

Links for Michael Bell

You can find Michael Bell with the following links:

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Aussie Flame Weeder

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Introducing Aussie Flame Weeders, a new friend of Small Scale Life!

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

To help promote this deal, Aussie Flame Weeders are offering all customers who purchase a custom manifold the chance to win Coolbot!  These are perfect tools for your urban farm!

To be in the competition all you have to do is:

  1. Order a manifold before the October 31, 2017
  2. Like the Aussie Flame Weeders Facebook page or share the page with fellow urban farming friends.
  3. Help by providing feedback in a short survey they will email to you if you agree to participating

To find out more:

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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