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The Home Sustainable

Lisa Breaux

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As a busy mom, it can be overwhelming to navigate the world of eco-friendly home solutions. But what if I told you in just 10 minutes a week, you could learn practical tips and make tangible swaps to create a more sustainable home for you and your family? Introducing The Home Sustainable podcast, your go-to source for all things eco-friendly home solutions. From simple changes to significant changes, we'll give you the knowledge and tools to make your home not just more sustainable but also ...
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In a world facing an environmental crisis, more and more people are turning to homesteading as a way to live more sustainably. Broken Shovel is a podcast for homesteaders, aspiring homesteaders, and anyone who is interested in learning more about sustainable living. Each week Lucas & Eric discuss global policies and their impact on climate change, how to create a sustainable homestead and how to affect change in your own back yard. Whether you’re just starting out on your homesteading journe ...
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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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This is the podcast of Dr. Monique Adu, "Sustainable Living for Family Health and Home". She is a Pediatrician, turned Homeschool mom and Keeper of her home. In this podcast, she will go over multiple topics in sustainability, traditional life-giving practices that build longevity, and concepts that help us to fulfill our purpose in life, with simple steps. From topics concerning the family, intentional living, home, gardening, homeschooling, health, nutrition, and so much more. Dr. Adu is h ...
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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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Ever dreamt of a life less ordinary, one filled with fresh eggs, homegrown veggies, and the satisfaction of self-sufficiency? You might be considering homesteading or diving into the gardening world, but what's the difference? This week Eric & Lucas pull back the curtain on both practices.โดย Lucas Daniels
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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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Join Eric and Lucas as they harvest the rich history of farmers' markets! They'll explore how these marketplaces, bursting with fresh produce and local goods, first took root and blossomed into the vibrant community centers they are today. But that's not all! Digging into the fertile ground of Vermont, Eric and Lucas will dish the dirt on the excit…
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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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Join Lucas and Eric as they dive into all things tornadoes! Get the latest forecast for 2024's tornado season, including areas at risk, and peak months, Is it global boiling or El Nino? Join the conversation on R/eddit, TikTok @BrokensShovelFarm, Facebook, or email us at BrokenShovel802@gmail.comโดย Lucas Daniels
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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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In this episode of Broken Shovel, Eric and Lucas get their hands dirty (and maybe a little green) as they delve into the exciting world of spring and summer foraging in Central Vermont! Join the conversation on R/eddit, TikTok @BrokensShovelFarm, Facebook, or email us at BrokenShovel802@gmail.comโดย Lucas Daniels
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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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This week Eric and Lucas discuss climate anxiety. How they feel about it, how they deal with and ways you can get support if you need it. 24/7 Crisis Line: 1-877-493-6216 (This is the number to call if you need to speak with someone urgently about anything related to farming life) Main Number: 802-318-5538 (This number is staffed during business ho…
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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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In this episode of Broken Shovel, Lucas and Eric explore how homesteaders can make a big impact on climate change through small-scale actions. They'll delve into the benefits of planting native trees and shrubs for erosion prevention, a critical step in protecting our precious soil. Ever feel overwhelmed by the climate crisis? Lucas and Eric will a…
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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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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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This week on the show, Eric and Lucas get down in the dirt (well, maybe not literally) with a Vermont forecast unlike any other. We're ditching the 7-day outlook and diving headfirst into the long term! El Niño might be packing its bags, but La Niña's moving in. What does this mean for the Green Mountain State? Will Eric be right about the last fro…
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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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Join Lucas and Eric as they gear up for the astronomical spectacle of the year: the total solar eclipse happening right here in Vermont on April 8th, 2024! They break down the science behind a total solar eclipse and what Vermonters can expect to witness during this rare event. Our hosts emphasize the crucial role of safe eclipse viewing. They'll d…
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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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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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Ready to ditch the dirt on traditional farming? Buckle up, because Lucas & Eric are getting down and dirty with regenerative agriculture! This week, we're talking about a revolutionary approach that goes beyond just "sustainable." We're diving into practices that heal our soil, boost yields, and even fight climate change. Think farming that's good …
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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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This week on Broken Shovel, get ready for a deep dive into the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) history! Eric takes the reins, guiding you through the agency's triumphs and tribulations – from tackling environmental disasters like flaming rivers to the ongoing fight for a cleaner future. But wait, there's more! Spring is approaching, and the g…
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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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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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This week Eric and Lucas discuss composting! Ever toss banana peels and eggshells down the garbage disposal with a pang of guilt? Well, fret no more, composting comrades! This episode is your one-stop shop for turning kitchen scraps into garden gold. We'll delve into the fascinating world of browns and greens, the dynamic duo of successful composti…
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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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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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In this episode of The Home Sustainable, Lisa explores a simple yet impactful tip for reducing personal and home carbon emissions: choosing ground shipping over next day delivery. Delving into the environmental implications of shipping methods, the episode discusses why ground shipping is a more eco-friendly option and how it contributes to lowerin…
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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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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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Looking for a unique take on flowers for a Valentine's Day gift? I offer dried flowers as your token of love this year! Whether you're crafting a DIY bouquet or adding a touch of designer charm to your home decor, dried flowers offer a timeless and sustainable alternative to fresh blooms. Don't miss out on this romantic and eco-conscious Valentine'…
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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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Join Lucas and Eric on "Broken Shovel: Homesteading for a Sustainable Future," as they dive into an intriguing conversation on the evolution of solar energy in Vermont. Unraveling the state's solar voyage since the 1950s, this episode unfolds Vermont's commitment to innovation, environmental consciousness, and community spirit. It highlights how th…
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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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