Ghost Fawn Podcast

Building a Homestead from Scratch in Connecticut's Quiet Corner

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Episode 19 – Doug Elliot Conversation


We are so excited to share this episode with you all.  We just love Doug Elliott around here, and we hope that after it’s over, you will too.  And if not, at least you’ll have fun listening to me get all fan girly.

Meet Doug here, in this nice video produced by UNCTV

Doug leading a foraging workshop, part one here, part two here.

Doug’s blog is here.  The article about fairy potatoes is here.

Online map to free, wild food is here.

A recipe for dandelion salve.

Doug’s online store is here.

Want to download Doug’s work as MP3s?  You can do that here.

A huge thank you to Doug Elliott, for allowing us to use his songs on this episode.  Featured were “Root Blues” and “Ain’t No Bugs on Me”, both from the album Bound for Carolina: A Musical Journey Celebrating the Plants, Animals, and People of the Southeast, available for purchase here.


We’re giving away a copy of Doug Elliott’s CD Raccoons and Possums.  To enter, you need to do two easy things.

  1. Leave us a ranking and review on either iTunes or Stitcher.
  2. Send us an email at to let us know that you did it, so we know how to contact you if you win.

That’s it!  Entries need to be in by December 18th, 2015.  We’ll draw the winner and send you out your CD, hopefully in time for any holiday road trips you may be taking.

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Episode 17 – Rosie Hill Conversation

Are “farm birth stories” and thing?  I don’t mean, like, giving birth on a farm (though those would certainly be rad.  I can’t wait until Suzie the Goat gives birth here on the farm, but I digress).  I mean stories about the journey people took to decide to make that jump and move out to a farm.

If it’s not a thing currently, it is now.  We talk this week with Rosie Hill, and she tells us the story about her family leaving D.C. behind and buying a farm in the Shenandoah Valley.

You can follow Rosie’s adventures at her blog, A Blog For My Mom.


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Episode 16: Daniel Stewart and World Hunger Relief, Inc.

This week, while catching our first whiff of colder weather, we interview Daniel Stewart, who left a steady job in Florida, sold most of his possessions, and moved with his wife and their three young children to a teaching farm in Texas.


Links mentioned in the show:

The Norwegian attitude toward winter.

The Greenhorns.

World Hunger Relief, Inc.

Daniel Stewart on Facebook

On Instagram

On his blog

Haley Stewart’s description of the composting toilets.


Episode 11 – Raising Turkeys with Mobumbum Farm

For twenty years of my life, I was a vegetarian.  That meant I either just ate the sides at Thanksgiving (which is delicious) or -shudder- a Tofurky.

Just don’t, y’all.

But I’ve left those ways behind me, and now our holiday tables are tofu-free.  All that we need to make them perfect is one of Jason and Sarah’s Mobumbum Farm turkeys.

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Get on with your commute, grab a bag of laundry, and get ready to talk turkey.

Have questions for Jason and Sarah, or live in Maine and want to get on their waiting list for a farm-fresh turkey?  Check out Mobumbum Farm on Facebook.

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Episode 9 – Tree Talk With Andy, The Tree Ranger

So we have this huge and dying silver maple in the immediate backyard.  One day, while I was talking to my mom on the phone, and suddenly there was a giant WHUMP!

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Yup.  A huge limb snapped off the tree, and crashed to the ground below.  Ken and his dad did some redneck tree maintenance, which I wholeheartedly do not endorse:

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Anyway, we thought it was time to call in the smartest tree guy we know, Andy Carter:

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Andy slayed this dragon fruit with his bare hands. (After growing the tree from a single seed he swam to Hawaii to receive from a revered kahuna.)

Andy talked with us about the benefits of using trees to landscape your yard, the best trees to plant in your yard, and smart places to find those trees.  He also talked about The Crooked Stick, the storefront for his natural wood art pieces.

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The Crooked Stick at the Ann Arbor Art Fair.

You can find Andy and The Crooked Stick here and here.

If you’re in Michigan, you can find Andy’s work at Art Is In Market,  Artisan’s Bench and The Pear Tree Gift Shop.  The Crooked Stick is also a featured artist at the Ann Arbor Art Fair.

You can find your local county extension office here.

Don’t forget today is the last day to enter Ghost Fawn Podcast’s launch giveaway.  To enter:

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Episode 8- Rent-A-Chicken with Leslie Suitor

In our never-ending quest to convince everyone to get a couple chickens in their backyard, Ken and I found Rent-A-Chicken, one of the “chicken rental” businesses popping up all over the country.


Rent-A-Chicken is headquartered in Traverse City, Michigan, but they serve a number of states, and are expanding at a rapid pace.

Rent-A-Chicken Oregon is here.

Rent-A-Chicken Sacramento is here.

And photographic proof that a wet hen is not, in fact, mad:


Don’t forget to enter the giveaway.  Entry rules are here.

If you’ve subscribed, send an email to to let us know and we’ll throw your name into the hat.

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Episode 7- Beekeeping 101 With Mark Spencer

This week we had our very first guest on the show, Mark Spencer of Spencer Apiaries.  He was kind and patient and answered all our questions, and some of yours, too!

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We covered time requirements for beekeeping, how much land you need, and the possibility of both urban beekeeping and tending bees if you have an allergy to their venom.

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Handy diagram for understanding today’s show.

Beekeeping laws and ordinances, state-by-state.

Varroa destructor, the mite that is devastating honeybee populations.  (Aside, ever since Mark said that the size of these mites in relation to bees would be analogous to us having a parasite the size of a dinner plate stuck to us, I have had nightmares.  Thanks, Mark.)



Tattoo addiction– it’s a real thing!

Neonicotinoid pesticides, another factor cited in the decline in honeybee populations.

Sources for beekeeping supplies, recommended by Mark:

Better Bee

Kelley Beekeeping Supplies

While Wicker Man was a terrible movie that never should have been remade, and the Nicholas Cage remake stripped the only interesting theme from the original, I’m still including the bee clip, because this is pretty much how I envision the beekeeping shaking out over here.


Thanks for hanging out with us this week.  If you liked what you heard, leave us a ranking and a review on iTunes.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the show, either here on the website, on iTunes, or now on Stitcher.

Also, a reminder to enter our giveaway (details here).

Can’t get enough of Ghost Fawn Homestead?  Come talk to us!

On the Farm’s Website

On Facebook

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If you listen to the podcast on iTunes, we’d really love it if you rated us and left a review.  If you’re on an Android device, you can find us on Stitcher, and would love a review over there, too.

Episode 6 – The Kids Take Over

So in a shameless attempt to keep the kids quiet while we record, we told them that they could be on a future episode.  Turns out the future is now, and we sat down with all six of our progeny to ask them about life here on the homestead.  Prepare yourself for some hard-hitting journalism, friends.

  • Lotus, being a delightful teenager (this is a sincere statement- teenagers are the best), dissolves into an odd chant about “Cari is 40”.  She’s referencing the birthday present Ian Cartwright (the composer of our show music), made for his sister Cari.  It would be hilarious and amazing- if only it were true.  Cari isn’t 40.  Cari is 32.



“That’s the best picture you could get?” “yeah, why?” “Because it’s all blurry.” “Meh. My selfie-with-cat game isn’t very strong this morning.”

  • If you have an iPhone, check out  The Night Sky app .  We love using it when we go stargazing.  You literally point your phone at the sky, and it’ll show you what’s up there, from planets to stars to satellites.  The kids love it (and listening to them shriek when they run across Draco or some weirdo snake/dragon/fanged constellation is hilarious).

Pointed out the living room window- that’s what we could see if the sun wasn’t up.

Don’t forget to enter our Launch Giveaway.  Prizes include:

-$50 gift certificate to St. Clare seeds

-$25 gift certificate to Murray McMurray hatchery

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