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The Sustainable Food Trust Podcast

Patrick Holden

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The Sustainable Food Trust podcast questions current food production methods and sheds light on the future of farming. Chief Executive Patrick Holden hears from a range of voices, including policymakers, business leaders, food producers and campaigners, about some of the issues facing farming systems across the world.
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Do you feel like you never have time to cook from scratch the way you want to? Tried diving into the homesteading lifestyle only to end up feeling burnt out? Maybe you’re not even sure where to start. Are you ready to navigate the world of homesteading in a way that suits your modern life? In this podcast, you will find modern and practical solutions for your suburban homestead. I’m here to dish out quick and straightforward homesteading tips and home management systems, all geared towards i ...
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I think it is safe to say that we all go through different busy seasons. During those busy seasons, you may do more or less homesteading than you'd prefer- and that's totally okay! We need to release unrealistic expectations that we put on ourselves and know that every little bit of "homesteading" that we do in any given season is important, and en…
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Instagram can be a great source of garden inspiration, but also pressure! While growing native is WILDLY important (see what I did there), I don't think we need to feel bad about not doing it perfectly. Some things simply make us happy. And no, we cannot singlehandedly wipe out all of the invasives in our area either. It's all a lot. Like many thin…
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Whether you believe in folklore, wivetales, or garden myths or not, a lot of it is rooted in truth! I scoured the internet for some of te best gardening advice that has been passed down through the generations that are rooted in some science. Do you know of any folklore that has proven to be true in your garden? Links Mentioned: www.facebook.com/gr…
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As we plant our gardens this spring, we need to think about how we will be spending our time outdoors. If you want to eat or even hang out outside, you'll soon be bombarded by some pesky little friends. Whether you plant these herbs in container gardens around your patio or use them in a natural DIY bug spray, you'll be happy you planned ahead for …
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In today's episode, I talk about changing routines for household tasks (psst... join the Facebook Community and we are all going to share our favorite QUICK and easy summer recipes), family fun and adventures, and even a little self-care (not the woo woo kind, but the kind where you do stuff for "future you" and can thank yourself later). Tune in a…
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Companion planting is among the most popular homesteading and gardening goals from our community this year! Sure, we all know you should plant stuff with other stuff to make it grow better, but why? After researching companion planting, I was left with a few questions that I felt like no one was answering. Hopefully, this clears some of them up! Li…
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Happy Garden Season! Here are my top picks for relatively inexpensive (well, for the most part) Amazon finds for the garden that I have been LOVING this year as I build a garden in my forever city homestead. Get the links: https://amzn.to/47YMD9c Join the Facebook Community: www.facebook.com/groups/thehomesteadchallengecommunity/ Instagram: @britta…
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Oof! Regret is hard and hearing, "I told you so" is a hard pill to swallow. But if there is one thing I know for certain: the best way to learn homesteading is to learn by doing it and making mistakes. We are all human and we can change our minds whenever we want as we grow and learn. What is one lesson or regret that you learned the hard way? Epis…
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In this episode, I chat about contentment. But not just waiting around and being okay with where you are at, but still dreaming about your forever homestead. I mean LOVING where you are at, and not even wanting more (well, for the most part). Links Mentioned: https://bit.ly/homesteadchallengegoalplanner www.facebook.com/groups/thehomesteadchallenge…
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Today I talk about six of my favorite herbs for spring allergies and how to consume them (and how to get your kids to take them, too!). LINKS MENTIONED Starwest Botanicals: https://www.starwest-botanicals.com/?sscid=41k8_mmxwh https://thehomesteadchallenge.com/herbal-allergy-tea-recipe/ www.facebook.com/groups/thehomesteadchallengecommunity/ https:…
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We all start somewhere. I am not a beginner but also not an expert gardener. This is my first year building a full-on garden, and I was surprised to learn these things. I almost felt silly when I learned some of these things this year. Let me know a surprising thing you learned during your first year of gardening! P.S. Thank you for 10k downloads! …
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It can be so hard when your friends and family just don't really get it. They might not be outright unsupportive... but when you are surrounded by people who don't get your desire to live a toxic-free, natural life (or want a homestead!), it can be a little exhausting. In this episode, I am going to explore some of the ways that you can deal with t…
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Bringing the fourth series of the SFT podcast to a close, Patrick Holden caught up with longtime friend and one of the pioneers of the UK’s organic farming movement, Iain ‘Tolly’ Tolhurst. “We need to bring farming back into society. It’s become completely divorced from society.” Tolhurst Organic, located on the Hardwick Estate between the Chiltern…
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It's time for change! But like, good change! Not scary change. The kind of change that we KNOW if coming... and we can actually plan for it if we just accept that it is going to happen. Whether it's a new season with new homestead tasks, your kiddos getting older, a new job, or something else, we all know change will happen indeed. Instead of getti…
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Y'all. This has been the WORST Flu of my life. Holy Moly. Here are 4 sports drink ideas that might be better options for you than Gatorade when you are in need of some serious hydration. Stay well! Link to my storefront with most of the products mentioned: https://www.amazon.com/shop/brittanylgibson/list/1MDAGD3YRJ6N5?ref_=aipsflist_aipsfbrittanylg…
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Being a wife and/or mama is AMAZING, but it can be a LOT. There are so many things on our plates. It got me thinking about ways I simplify remembering to do ALL THE THINGS. I am not perfect at this, but there are three specific triggers in my daily life that remind me to do other things that are easier to forget. These triggers have made a HUGE dif…
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In this episode, I dive into a crucial turning point in my homesteading life – the moment I finally found a raw milk herdshare near me. This wasn't just about choosing healthier milk; it was about taking ownership of my choices and realigning with my core values. 🌿 Why Raw Milk? Raw milk isn't just milk. It's a symbol of balance and natural wellnes…
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Bringing the fourth series of the SFT podcast to a close, Patrick Holden caught up with longtime friend and one of the pioneers of the UK’s organic farming movement, Iain ‘Tolly’ Tolhurst. Tolhurst Organic, located on the Hardwick Estate between the Chilterns and the river Thames, is a model of sustainability, and one of the longest running organic…
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Things have been a little out-of-whack around my homestead. But solid systems and an online community have truly been the things that have kept me going. I am eager to teach you these systems and create an online community so that no suburban homesteader ever feels like they don't have someone or something to fall back on. https://thehomesteadchall…
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Spring cleaning is ALL the rage on the interwebs, and there are a few buzzwords that go around this time of year. Mainly, "minimalism." Don't run away yet! I know... most of us homesteady types are NOT here for minimalism. But hear me out, I think minimalism has a few principles we can apply to better our homestead lives (and no, not that cold, gra…
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Starting a solid routine before the busy homestead season is crucial, especially if your kiddos will be out of school over the summer! Everyone is spring cleaning right now, but there is so much more to it than that! Getting these things out of the way now will ensure your homestead's success for the year and get you into a rhythm that will make th…
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I am so excited to share Field Prep Foundations, a FREE 5-day challenge to help you reclaim and realign your time. Over the course of five days, you will receive emails with a video challenge containing simple, actionable steps for you to move toward a homestead jam-packed with all of the things you want to do, and ditching the rest. Here's what to…
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Julius Roberts – a first-generation farmer and chef with a passion for seasonal cooking and self-sufficiency – joins Patrick Holden for this episode of the SFT podcast. After studying sculpture at university, Julius worked as a full-time chef in London before moving to a smallholding in Dorset where he now farms. He keeps a range of livestock, incl…
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In today's conversation, Caitlin of Homegrown Hopes shares some common misconceptions about homesteading, tackling the myths of homesteading and the importance of local community (something I am not always the best at!). It's all about finding balance, leaning on each other's strengths, and creating a supportive network. For those aspiring or curre…
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I am feeling the clean and declutter bug. Big time. I think that is totally normal for this time of year. More and more people move toward non-toxic cleaners every year, and I wanted to give you my favorite recipes (without essential oils... well... sometimes) in case you are looking to do the same in your own homestead. I have a complicated relati…
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Discover how to efficiently tackle your homestead tasks! Today, I'm chatting about how I managed all my homestead tasks in just 45 minutes by using the critical path method. Streamlining tasks to overcome the chaos of jumping from one task to another can help boost our productivity while actually making us feel LESS busy. Transitioning from the str…
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Seed organizing sounds like a daunting task, but it is actually kind of fun! Hear me out... you get to see what else you still need to buy and then go seed shopping! What could be better than that? I've learned that if I get organized in a way that works for my brain before the peak of garden season, I will set myself up for a lot more success (and…
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In this episode of the SFT podcast, Patrick Holden sat down with John and Alice Pawsey, pioneering organic farmers of Shimpling Park Farm in Suffolk. As well as farming 650 hectares of arable land and 1,000 New Zealand Romney breeding ewes, Shimpling Park also farms an additional 980 hectares of land for neighbouring farmers, all of which are manag…
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Whether you're daunted by the prospect of failure or success, homesteading fears can be REAL. I received a thought-provoking question from a Facebook follower and I couldn't resist talking about this topic right away (because I think it hits home for all of us). In this episode, I explore the complex emotions that come with change – from the unsett…
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People have some seriously strong opinions online over homesteading things. Whether it be politics, sustainability, health claims... the list goes on and on. Don't get me wrong! I AM HERE FOR THAT! I am here for homesteaders speaking out about things no one else is talking about. What I am not all about? YOU thinking that you have to die on all of …
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I don't know how it got us again, but the family has gone through another round of colds. I thought we were done for the season! Alas, I wanted to think of things I could check off my homestead to-do list from the couch. In today's episode, I am going to chat about 5 ways you homestead while you are sick, so all of your systems don't crumble, you s…
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Join me as I prepare to make this spring gardening season the best one yet! Remember, a little planning today leads to a lush, thriving garden tomorrow. Why is now the perfect time to start garden planning? So you don’t get overwhelmed this garden season! HELLO! There is actually so much you can do right now. Today I am going to share my top 7 ways…
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For this episode of the SFT podcast, Patrick Holden travelled to the Cotswolds to catch up with Dame Prue Leith – renowned restaurateur, cook, novelist and judge on the hugely popular Great British Bake Off. Prue recounts the incredible life she has led, from growing up in South Africa during Apartheid, to living in France where she discovered her …
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Before you add anything else to your homestead task list, you MUST get your home management systems in order. Chelsi Jo of the Systemize Your Life podcast is here to help us do just that. She walks through her systems as a crunchy mama and talks about where you can start to organize your own life and say goodbye to the overwhelm through a flexible,…
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We often appear busy, but are we truly productive? Let’s discuss the dilemma of wanting to learn and implement new homesteading techniques but often failing to take action. In this episode, I will discuss: The Perfectionist Trap: Understanding how the fear of imperfection can lead to inaction. The Learning-Implementing Gap: The cycle of endless lea…
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Canning is still a thing! We can and preserve food in order to make healthier choices, save a little cash, and have FUN! So why in the world did I find myself crying over canning during my first canning season? I made a few mistakes that definitely made things harder on myself. Canning really is NOT hard! And it is not scary. Listen to this episode…
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I want to help you conquer the clutter and create a kitchen that works for YOU (not the way Pinterest tells you it should look). In this episode, I uncover: Why tackling your kitchen now is key before the busy spring/summer season hits. Forget one-size-fits-all solutions: Learn how to design a system that reflects your preferences and lifestyle bas…
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As we reach the halfway point in this current series of the SFT podcast, Patrick Holden becomes the interviewee in a conversation with Dave Chapman on all things organic. Dave is the co-founder of the Real Organic Project, a farmer-led movement based in the US which aims to strengthen people’s understanding of the organic movement, including the tr…
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Today, we have a special guest – Emily from Faithful Family Farmer, a powerhouse who's successfully navigating the realms of homesteading, motherhood, and running a thriving skincare business. Curious about ozonated skincare? Emily breaks it down for us, explaining what it is and how it stands out amongst other natural skincare. Moving through the …
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Now, before you start questioning my homesteader credentials, let me share my Azure Standard story and talk about why I still shop on Amazon sometimes. Don't hate me for shopping on Amazon – I've got some valuable insights to share! We ALL know we should be shopping locally first. But sometimes, ya girl just needs a good deal or I need something FA…
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Today, I'm listing 10 habits to seamlessly integrate homesteading into your everyday life. Instead of thinking of homesteading as all of these "BIG" things to learn like canning, sourdough, or even chickens, let's start with a few things that we can incorporate immediately that will lead to success in our homesteads. There is huge value in creating…
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This episode is a reminder not to fall into the comparison trap that can easily steal your joy and lead to guilt. Everyone's homesteading journey is completely different, and I am all about homesteading that is tailor-made to fit YOUR modern life, no one else's. Don’t force homesteading activities you don't enjoy. Don’t let others steal your joy wh…
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Phones aren’t inherently bad. Instead of mindless scrolling, let's make our phone time count. Phones are seriously cool tools! We need to use them to our advantage and make the most of our screen time to help achieve our homesteading goals. Featured Apps for Modern Homesteaders Thrive Market, White Oak Pastures, Local Grocery Store App Ovia (Cycle …
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Feeling overwhelmed with the daily grind and convinced you don't have time for DIY cleaning products and researching natural alternatives? I get it. But is that really true? I am not an expert, but we can all agree that minimizing toxic chemicals in our homes is a step towards a healthier lifestyle. Do your own research before making changes in you…
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Kicking off the new year and marking our fourth episode in the latest SFT podcast series, Patrick Holden meets with Ian Wilkinson at this year’s Oxford Real Farming Conference. Ian is the Managing Director of Cotswold Seeds which boasts a bespoke seed catalogue, supplying 15,000 farmers across the UK with green manures, cover crops, herbal leys and…
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Welcome to the first episode of Homestead Confessions, where I bare it all about the mistakes I've made on my homesteading journey so you can avoid them. Today, we're diving into the world of homestead shopping – a battle between consumerism and frugality. Got those holiday gift cards burning a hole in your pocket? Before you splurge, listen up! Th…
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Make Your Homestead Goals HAPPEN in 2024! In this episode, we ditch resolutions and jump into action. No more setting vague goals; it's time to make your homesteading dreams a reality in 2024. Crafting a plan that sticks is the key. Spend less time planning, and more time doing. By setting actionable plans, we can avoid constantly thinking about wh…
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Is herbalism part of your New Year's Resolutions this Year? In this episode: Learn about incorporating herbalism into daily routines as a resolution in ways that are easy (and not scary!) Discover the easiest herbs to get started with, proving that popular choices can indeed be effective. The New Year marks a fresh start, and what better way to emb…
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Are you looking to further your homesteading journey on the go? In this episode: This quick and actionable episode gives three tips on how we can use our time on the go to further our homestead goals! Whether you are waiting in the school pick-up line, for grocery pick-up, or on a commute, let's make use of our time! Instead of scrolling, let's lea…
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What homesteading things do you ACTUALLY want to do? In this episode: We will hone in on the homesteading things that we actually want to do, and let go of everything that doesn't align with our goals. We cannot do it all, and let's be honest, we don't even want to! Let's make more time for the homestead things we love, and ditch the rest. 2024 is …
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