Thank YouFirst and foremost, THANK YOU for coming to check out this page!! I really appreciate your interest in helping me to encourage our fellow human animals on the path back to nature.
Who I Am & What I'm About
I'm Sam Sycamore, a writer, homesteader, and farmer currently residing in rural southern Indiana, the heart of Amish country.
Yes, that's my "real" name, FYI. Not my "given" name, but the name that I gave myself with my former partner. It's a long story -- maybe I'll tell it to you one day if you're sweet to me. :)
I publish a podcast at least twice per month called Good Life Revival, along with a companion blog at thegoodliferevival.com.
I'm passionate about self-reliance, permaculture, rewilding, growing food, foraging, and learning all of the ways that we can better align our lifestyles with our landscapes.
The podcast is my attempt to facilitate a space to share stories, wisdom and perspectives from others on the path back to the land in the 21st century.
With many the interviews I share, I aim to shine a light on the "unknown" folks out there who are doing the hard work of fostering a more sustainable, regenerative culture in their neck of the woods.
Nothing wrong with heroes and rockstars -- we'll hear from some of them as well -- but I find so much inspiration in the everymen and everywomen who are making it happen with borrowed land and shoestring budgets, driven by a hunger and a passion that transcends the individual ego.
How do we live life on our own terms in this era?
Is it possible to heal our domesticated minds and bodies by healing our degraded landscapes?
What does a lifestyle that's closer to the land really look like, and how do we pull it off in a practical, realistic way?
How do we achieve "the good life"?
These are the kinds of questions that I aim to answer -- or at least to discuss in a compelling way!
Outside of my work with the podcast, I'm in my first year as a self-employed market gardener, growing vegetables on borrowed land and doing my best to minimize my need for money. I've spent the last several years busting my butt to learn the skills needed for a more self-reliant lifestyle, while also making efforts to network locally and regionally to help re-establish our culture's severely crippled social bonds.
What Is "The Good Life"?
Originally conceived as a how-to blog in July 2016, since then this project has pivoted slightly to become The Good Life Revival Podcast -- the name being a nod to Scott and Helen Nearing, early pioneers of the back-to-the-land movement in the Depression era.
"The good life" means something a little different to everybody, but I love discussing this topic with other people because I find that everyone does indeed have their own definition, and I derive great joy and inspiration from hearing the stories of others who've also chosen this path back to nature.
Here's how I like to define the good life: our days are self-directed, our meals are self-produced, our communities are self-sustaining and our landscapes are self-regenerating. A lofty goal indeed, but I know for a fact that it's achievable!
I created the podcast as a way to share my own stories and facilitate the kinds of discussions that I wish to have with other people who are on the same path as me, and to challenge and inspire others with big unconventional ideas. Due to the somewhat isolated nature of my lifestyle and the culture that surrounds me, my opportunities to connect with like-minded folks in person are pretty limited.
You Can Help This Thing Grow
Speaking of limitations, I am severely limited by a lack of time and money. (Who isn't, right?)
I earn essentially the minimum amount of money that we need to get by on a monthly basis, and what little extra I bring in that isn't hoarded away into savings is generally cashed in for experiential capital, in the form of travel, hiking, camping, and other outdoor activities. When I can afford to take a day or two off of work (not often), I love to hop in the car and ramble 'round the region to meet (and interview) interesting people.
How I Would Benefit From Your Contribution
I can only afford to expand the scope of this thing with your help.
I've really been stepping my game up in 2018 to connect with unique individuals around the world who I believe are doing exciting and inspirational work worth knowing about.
I do this as a labor of love first and foremost -- making the podcast is just the icing on the cake, a way for me to express my creativity and share cool stories with likeminded people: you!
But it's not without significant personal cost to me -- I don't exactly have much in the way of "playing around" money, ya feel me? And you wouldn't believe me if I told you how much time I actually invest in writing, researching, editing, promoting, and everything else that goes into this podcast.
Your support as a patron would greatly soften the burden on my side. Any amount you can spare on a monthly basis will go a long way, cumulatively speaking! I would love for this podcast to be a legitimate part-time (or possibly full-time) job, but that can only become a reality with your direct support.
I hope you’ll consider contributing to this project at any level that you are able to. Your support means the world to me. But more than anything else, I hope that my vision of "the good life" inspires you to take action to create the world that you'd like to live in. It is within reach.
(updated May 2018)