Episode 181 | When Old-Fashioned Makes More Sense (How Vintage Ideas Can Make Modern Life Healthier & Happier) | Jill Winger of The Prairie Homestead

In our modern world, it is easy to accept all of the latest conveniences and innovations that are offered to us.  At face value, they may seem to make our lives easier or better, but at what cost?  Jill Winger has been asking these kinds of critical questions for many years, and this questioning is the basis for her upcoming book on how many of the old-fashioned ways may actually be superior.  Our discussion is nuanced (we don’t throw out all modernity!) and serves as an interesting conversation starter as you weigh the costs and benefits of modern ways in your own life.

In this episode, we cover:

  • A historical perspective on the recent popularity of homesteading
  • Weighing the long-term costs and benefits of convenience
  • Factoring in the unexpected benefits of doing things the old-fashioned way
  • Deciding which conveniences to embrace and which old-fashioned ways to preserve
  • How to begin learning new skills when you feel overwhelmed
  • Looking with hindsight at the history of modernization and its impact
  • What modern conveniences we choose to live without
  • Learning new skills and pursuing goals with children at home
  • How to prioritize when your plate is full
  • Our perspectives on the rise of aesthetically focused homesteading content

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About Jill

Jill is the founder of The Prairie Homestead, one of the foremost homesteading websites since 2010. She is dedicated to helping others learn how to grow their own food and live a more fulfilling, old-fashioned life. 

Her practical and authentic style of teaching and storytelling has won the hearts of hundreds of thousands of homesteaders across social media and through the top-ranked Old Fashioned on Purpose podcast and best-selling The Prairie Homestead Cookbook.

Resources Mentioned

Episodes of Jill’s podcast: My Long Road Back to Whole Wheat Flours, Down and Dirty Meal Planning with Lisa Bass, The Rise of the Farmfluencer

Cheesemaking resources: Venison for Dinner & Cheese from Scratch

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