How do you feed your family when you’re as poor as a churchmouse?
To help celebrate the holidays, today we have a very special throwback episode for you with my grandmother Nan.
When I first started this show, almost 13 years ago, I bought a cheap little video camera and interviewed Nan at her house because she’s pretty much my favorite person in the universe.
As many of you know, Nan’s wisdom is ever present in our work, and especially my book, The Wild Diet. But who is Nan anyway?
Well, Marion Bascom, affectionately known as Nan was a nurse, a Second Lieutenant in the US Army, and a city girl who married my grandfather, Horace, a dairy farmer, and took on the challenges of tending to a dairy farm, organic garden and homestead while raising 7 children.
After living the good life for almost a century, Nan passed away a few years ago at the age of 97. And I’m very happy to be able to share some of her wisdom with you here today. We could all benefit from listening to a few words from the elders these days.
This interview is very dear to my heart, and I hope this show with Nan brings a smile to your face and warms your heart, too.
Get ready to smile. In this conversation with my grandmother, we’re chatting about:
- Incredible stories from raising 7 children on a farm with almost no money
- The low cost of food when you grow it yourself
- Family meals, gardening, canning and foraging for wild edibles behind the house
- What Nan did when she thought one of the kids was on drugs
- How to make homemade bread, ice cream, yogurt, jellies and pickles… she even made her own root beer
- Nan’s secret to a good long life
- And tons more…
Alright, let’s go hang out with Nan.
If you’re watching the video version, you can see that it’s Christmas time when we filmed this.
Nan’s rockin’ her Christmas tree sweater and I’m in the room with her along with my dad who is her son, and my mom is there with us, too.
And be sure to stay on to the end of this episode for a very special musical performance where we’re singing and playing music in an old-fashioned way with the whole family in celebration for Nan’s birthday.
I hope you dig it.
Before You Go…
Here’s a review that came in through Apple all the way from Venice, Italy. It says…
“Authentic and quality. I’ve listened to Abel since 2012. A solid podcast and a solid man. I love how he is unafraid to go against the mainstream in an age that makes that exceedingly more challenging.
Much love to you, Abel.”
Hey, thank you for the review and the kind words. You’re right, it’s definitely more challenging than ever.
I had an interesting comment come in recently where someone said, “Abel, I’ve been following you for a long time, and it seems like you’re being painted as a rebel in this crazy world of alternative health, when you’re passing on the knowledge that came from your grandmother that used to be common knowledge.”
And I just can’t help but giggle at that. It’s a unique perspective that I think is very relevant right now.
The things that we used to think were normal, like being self-reliant and having your own garden and being able to tend to your own animals, make your own food, build things, fix things, create things, all the rest of it, now it’s the exception.
And if you are willing to ask questions, then you could be under attack or even de-platformed for asking the wrong questions.
So you’re right, it’s exceedingly more challenging.
But I assure you, we’re in this for the right reasons and we’re here to stay and we’re going to keep on chugging ahead no matter what the outside forces do.
So thank you once again for the kind words.
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I hope you enjoyed this conversation with Nan, and I hope you’re spending time with family and loved ones this year.
Also, it’s really important to remember that we’re all a part of a large family, whether we share blood lines or not.
My grandmother is your grandmother. She has lots of wisdom and insight and perspective that will hopefully be very useful to you, no matter where you are.
What did you think of this conversation with Nan? Are you spending time with family and loved ones this holiday? What homemade goodies are you whipping up in the kitchen? Drop a comment below to share with us. ❅⋆🎄₊❆