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7 years since their last podcast ,10 since the chicken video and over a million views. Regular deletion of hate and death threats about that video, although she did get about 40 marriage proposals. Now known as the chicken lady, she was an angry teenage vegan once, and mom still is vegan, but her goat cheese... her goats are happy. Conundrum.

Rented out house, while a roofed pizza oven with sleeping space became her house. Income from rent covered mortgage and expenses. Symbiotic relationship with property.  Look like paupers, eat like kings.

Beautiful produce but still something missing until she tried some mineral rich seaweed. Cravings have gone since mineralising soil. Polyculture wasn't enough. uses cleaner cultivation now - more people and horses to help. Cultivate personal and community resilience. Husband with similar values - tremendously helpful. Too much work on a homestead for one person alone. Not really a solo venture.

Paul says it’s all about community resilience, but how do you navigate this? See potential in a new property. Rich history of 200 different people, each throwing their shoulder in for something mutually beneficial. Tribal territory. Once pasture. Dairy farm. Cedar stumps, so once forest. Built for woman in wheelchair. Now has amazing abundance of edibles. Land calls her 'take care of ME!' conversation with the landscape. Important for humans relate well to each other, and to the landscape.

Should not be unusual to live in a place you love. Should be the norm. Gets richer and richer every year, and having a blast.  If she had to be there alone, it wouldn’t be so fulfilling. Sharing is what makes it worth it for her, 3/4 of the fun. Enjoys serving the people, including the humans. Grateful to have such a huge variety of species to eat.


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I was listening to the first part of this podcast earlier this morning, where Alexia talks about having food cravings while eating her own high-quality food until she ate some ocean kelp provided by a friend.  She concluded that her seemingly-excellent soil nonetheless was missing some minerals that she subsequently provided by amendment (although she was not specific about which ones, at least as far as I have listened so far.)  

I was thinking about that, when Facebook shoved an advertisement at me for kelp pickles from Alaska.  The company is Barnacle Foods but no link because I couldn't find the photo on their website and I don't think Facebook ads are linkable from outside.  I generally don't consider seaweed-type things appetizing (a bit of dried nori aside) but these bull kelp pickle rings look amazing!  
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This was a great 3-part podcast series.
Thank you Paul, pod team, and Alexia for the great content!
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