Could you embrace the “Reverse Pioneer” Lifestyle?

On this episode of the Thriving Farmer Podcast, Michael is joined by Jill Winger, The Homestead Mentor of The Prairie Homestead. Jill has taught thousands of people how to cook nourishing homemade meals, grow food in their backyards, and find joy in a simpler, slower life. Her new book Old Fashioned on Purpose releases today and is a rallying cry for a less industrial, more intentional life.

Tune in to hear how Jill sees herself as a Reverse Pioneer and how you also could start to return to your roots. 

In this episode, you’ll hear…

  • Why Jill sees herself as a “Reverse Pioneer” 1:32
  • About what the homesteading movement is like right now 2:55
  • What it looks like to “return to our roots” 5:04
  • How consumer culture is harming society 10:18
  • About what the human zoo is 14:36
  • How the Chugwater Soda Fountain got started 17:03
  • What the biggest lessons and takeaways were from starting that business 19:48
  • About their beef business 25:25
  • More about her blog and new book 29:08
  • About what topics people are interested in right now 30:47
  • About the next frontier 40:03

About the Guest:

Jill Winger 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 new book, Old Fashioned on Purpose, is a rallying cry for a less industrial, more intentional 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 the best-selling Prairie Homestead Cookbook.


Her new book: Old Fashioned on Purpose
Their grass-fed & finished Beef Business – Genuine Beef Co (They ship nationwide!)

The Thriving Farmer Podcast Team would like to thank our amazing sponsor!

Conservation organizations play an important role in supporting local farms and food efforts nationwide. In the heart of the Ozarks, this land trust is taking land access for farmers one step further where they are offering affordable stable leases. 

Through the NWA Food Systems Initiative, NWALT is offering underserved farmers the opportunity to sublease certain designated tracts of farmland on a dedicated property to help support sustainable farming practices in Northwest Arkansas. The Farmland Lease Program is available to beginning and experienced farmers who are interested in fruit and/or vegetable production. Approved applicants will have access to water and electric utility infrastructure, shared access to farm equipment and harvesting facilities with neighboring participant farmers. In addition, farmers accepted into the program will have access to education, training, and other resources to help them succeed.

You can learn more about the program and the farm location in this podcast or contact 479-966-4666. Information is online at