Episode-1600- Owning Goats without Ruining Your Life

Nick Ferguson of Permaculture Classroom

Nick Ferguson of Permaculture Classroom

For most of the TSP audience Nick Ferguson needs no introduction, but he is an internationally traveled permaculture designer and consultant.  He is also one of the owners of PermaEthos along with being a long term member of the TSP community.

Nick states his best job is being “the husband of the sweetest and most patient woman alive, father of 3 crazy boys.”  After all of this, in his spare time he is working hard to develop a sustainable homestead in the piney hills of Louisiana.

Nick is also a member of the TSPC Expert council and a long time personal friend and beer drinking buddy of mine, though he still doesn’t know what a Saison is!

He is likely best known here as a plant propagation expert who developed the PermaEthos plant propagation course which has been successfully complete by several hundred people, however Nick is also an expert in many aspects of permaculture.

One of his real fortes is stretching dollars and doing a great deal with small livestock.  He has been keeping goat for most of his life and is well aware of the rewards and challenges of doing so.  He joins us today to discuss making a decision about goats and if you are going to do it, to do it with out hating yourself for doing so.

Join Nick and I Today to Discuss…

  • Why even keep an animal that has such a reputation for being a pain in the ass
  • How much land should I have before considering Goats
  • What kind of fence will keep them in
  • Lots of people say goats are impossible to train, how do you train a goat
  • What are the main health issues people run into
  • I heard goats taste awful, is there a trick to making the meat taste good
  • What should they eat and what should they not eat
  • What do I need to do to make sure the milk is safe and tastes good
  • Why is it necessary to keep goats in groups

Resources for today’s show…

Bob Wells Plant of the Week

arbequinaArbequina Olive – Cold hardy variety that has one of the highest olive production and oil yields. The soil should be well drained.

This tree has an upright habit.  It is recommended that you cover the tree the first winter if the temperature drops below freezing. Once the tree has been in the ground for a year and is well rooted, it then will begin to withstand the colder temperatures.

The older the tree gets the more, cold hardy it becomes.  The oil is of this olive is sweet, delicate and fragrant with intense fruitiness but low levels of bitterness and spiciness.  It is grown commercially for oil production is parts of California and Texas.  If you live above zone 7, you can grow it in a container and bring it inside during the winter months

Bob Wells Nursery specializes in edible landscape plants and trees including: Fruit Trees, Berry Plants, Vine Fruit, Nut Trees, as well as the hard to find Specialty Trees. Find this plant and more at BobWellsNursery.com

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Taking a Day Off

I have been gone a lot lately, we had a wreck, the wife and I didn’t get much time together this weekend, etc. etc. so I am taking a day off from work today.  We are actually doing a lot of work outside, but we are doing it together.

I will be back tomorrow.

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Episode-1599- Expert Council Questions and Answers 6-26-15

Get Answers Today From The Expert Council

Get Answers Today From The Expert Council

Today is Friday so it is time for our ask expert council show. To ask a question for a show like this, just send an email to me at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with “TSPC Expert” in the subject line.

In the body of your email first tell me the council member your question is for. Second ask your question concisely in one to two sentences maximum. Third provide any and all details after that. This is the formula to give you the best chance of getting on the air.

I do what I can to get as many of your questions as possible on the air but can’t always get to all of them. Our council is made of a wide variety of experts in everything from the tactical to the practical and everything in between.

To get more information on our Expert Council visit our “Meet the Expert Council Page” to learn more about them and their specific areas of expertise.

Join Me Today As Our Experts Discuss

  • Nick Ferguson on raising goats without hating yourself for it
  • Erica Strauss on lacto fermentation ins and outs
  • Michael Jordon on the flow hive
  • Ben Falk on the difference between sustainable and regenerative
  • Geoff Lawton on self governance and doing business locally outside “the systems”
  • Bryan Black on firearms drills without going to the range
  • Chef Keith on cooking quail and thoughts on “gamey flavor”
  • Steven Harris on risks of living close to a nuclear power plant
  • Gary Collins where to start, who to trust when it comes to primal and paleo
  • John Pugliano on the next bubble and potential market correction
  • Paul Wheaton with an update on the Dukedom of Wheatonville
  • Darby Simpson on Scottish Highland Cattle
  • Tim Glance altering surplus gear that is in ACU camo so it is useful as camo

Resources for today’s show…

Websites of the Expert Council Members

Additional Links Provided by the Council 

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Episode-1598- The Ins and Outs of Legally Owning Firearm Suppressors (AKA Silencers)

Lane Douglas graduated from UT-Martin in 1975 with an Engineering degree. After a few years as an engineer, he began working in Industrial Sales. He retired in 2011, after 32 years in sales management, the last 12 as Regional Sales Operations Director for MSC Industrial Supply.

He opened Southern Silencers, LLC in 2014, a NFA Class 3, silencer business, selling silencers in the State of Tennessee.  His company provides suppressors and nothing else.  They are 100% customer focused and will work hard to help their customers make the right choice for their needs.

They also provide all the information you need to complete the necessary ATF paperwork for owning a suppressor and will even complete as much of the paper work for you as the law will allow, to help you make sure you get it done properly.

Join Lane and I Today as we Answer Questions Like…

  • Are silencers legal?
  • Do I need a permit or a license?
  • How effective are they?
  • How do silencers work?
  • Why is subsonic ammunition better?
  • Which caliber is the quietest?
  • How much paperwork is required?
  • How long does it take to complete the paperwork?
  • What is the cost of the paperwork?
  • What is an NFA Gun Trust?
  • What are the advantages of ownership through an NFA Gun Trust?
  • How do I clean the silencer?
  • Can I hunt with the silencer?
  • Do those oil filter things I see at gun shows work?

Resources for today’s show…

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

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NE Seeds Joins the MSB

MSB Now Get 20% off at NE Seed

MSB Now Get 20% off at NE Seed

I have been working very hard to bring you guys a new seed vendor partner for the MSB.  We have some great ones but here is what I was looking for.

~ First – I felt we needed at least one provider that does large bulk orders for your guys engaged in market gardening, full on vegetable farming, lager permaculture projects and urban farming initiatives.

~ Second – I wanted a company that guaranteed NO GMO, but that was not enough, I wanted a company that had the stones to take “The Safe Seed Pledge” assuring us that they stood for Non GMO and were committed to it, not just using it as a marketing buzz phrase.

~ Third – The pricing breaks had to be solid on larger orders of say a quarter of a pound to several pounds or more.  A discount is great but if you are discounting something highly over priced it doesn’t really matter.

~ Fourth – Service, shipping and inventory had to all be exceptional.  I didn’t want a company with two varieties of tomatoes for a company that took four weeks to ship your order or one that didn’t answer inquiries.

Well in those four areas NE Seed got four solid, A+ grades!  Many of you came to my fall event and saw me mixing large mixes of vegetable seeds, many of those seeds came from NE.  Many of the seeds we spread this summer on the work with Jack weekends also came from NE Seed.  High quality, good selection, good pricing and NO GMOS, check, check, check and check.

The final requirement, a REAL discount, not something tiny like 2% or even 5%.  I wanted someone who understood the value of being in our MSB and would earn your business.  So how is 10%, good?  Sure, but how about 15%, better?  I mean that would be good, but no dice guys, what I got for you was 20%.

Yep NE Seed now offers all MSB members 20% off order using the MSB discount at checkout. Founded in 1987, the goal of NE Seed is to offer a line of high quality seeds and provide them at a reasonable price to everyone. Conventional, Organic, Heirloom and Hybrid varieties are available.

NE Seed has provided farmers and home gardeners with the seed varieties they need at the farm and at the table. Through a partnership with DP Seeds, a traditional breeder for America’s farms, NE Seed is able to offer those same varieties to home growers. Take advantage of the benefits of hybrid seeds such as improved disease resistance, increased uniformity and higher yields.

NE Seed is a NoGMO company and a signer of the Safe Seed Pledge. From packets to pounds at a time, you can always trust NE Seed.  Learn more at www.neseed.com

The discount code for NE Seed has already been added to your members area.  Just log in and you will find it on the benefits page.

Log In or Join the MSB for this and Other Great Discounts.

Log In or Join the MSB for this and Other Great Discounts.

This is another example of my efforts to expand the diversity of the MSB. If you have a high quality company and would be interested in discussing a discount for the MSB please let me know and we can see if we can reach an agreement.

The truth though is I am open to anything high quality that I feel my audience would benefit from and appreciate. Just email me at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with TSPC discount partner in the subject line and tell me a bit about your offering.

If you have been on the fence about MSB this is just another example of the high quality discounts I work to negotiate for members.

To learn more about the MSB or log in to get your latest discount just visit the Members Page.

Episode-1597- Managing Chaos and the Permissiveness Epidemic

Chaos will come, but it can also be managed.

Chaos will come, but it can also be managed.

I am joined today by Trevor Grice a licensed clinical psychologist who provides individual therapy and assessment services through a private practice setting in the Thumb of Michigan.

Since starting his voyage on preparedness and sustainability with his wife, Diana, and two sons, Dr. Grice has first hand experience on how this lifestyle can reduce anxiety and bring more happiness to one’s life. In addition, he has used this perspective to assist his clients in finding their own paths to happiness and acceptance, as well as to gain more insight into what is weighing down our society.

Trevor and Diana have started Dandelion Hills Farm on their two acre homestead. They raise turkeys, ducks and chickens, manage bee hives and are looking to grow their personal garden into a market garden

Trevor joins us today to discuss  Two main topics, first managing chaos because in his words, “controlling your life is about as easy as as snapping a picture of Sasquatch riding a rainbow farting unicorn”.  We also discuss what he calls, “The Permissiveness Epidemic”.  This is about how being too permissive with our children has created many of our current societal issues (i.e. also known as the “Douche Bag Epidemic”)

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1596- Bow Hunting Deer Part Two ~ Scouting and Setting Up

How not to set up your stand, we call this a lollipop on a stick!

How not to set up your stand, we call this a lollipop on a stick!

So it has been over a hundred and fifty episodes between part one and two of this series but I figured this would be a good time to pick it back up.  In Episode-1445- Bow Hunting Deer Part One ~ The Kit we discussed all the gear I carry when hunting deer, specifically on non guided hunts when you are completely on your own.

Today we discuss the use of that gear from finding deer, to setting up and right up to the kill.

Part three will be what do to from the point that you have made that good shot, to getting that deer home and at least basically processed.

Please note you will have to listen to this show to get all the details a ton will be covered that isn’t reflected in the outline below, specifically on stand set up and what NOT to do.  There is no way I can cover everything I have learned about this in 30 years of hunting in a 1.5 hour show.  These are what I consider the most important starting points.

No book, podcast, video, etc. can teach you to bow hunt, you have to get out and do it, period.   My real hope here is to first shorten your learning curve and second to simply inform you as to what this sport is all about.

Join Me Today To Discuss…

  • Some reality checks about bow hunting
    • Best to hunt close to home
    • Success rates are lower, period
    • Requires time, patience and more patience
    • Still nothing else like it
    • Consider some guided hunts
  • Scouting by the Seasons
  • Winter
    • Find bedding areas with ease
    • Look for sheds
    • Use snow for great tracking and visibility
    • South side of the hills is where to look a lot
    • Winter patterns are different but territories are small
    • Scrapes, rubs, funnels, etc in winter
  • Spring
    • Identify secondary trails – trails often that are not rubbed/scraped
    • Perfect time to find “funnels and pinch points”
    • Still a good time to find sheds
    • Good time to talk to farmers and land owners
    • Great time to find “the road less traveled” on public land
  • Summer
    • Deer move less in early summer so you can ID refuges
    • Great time to scout fields and edges at distance (break out the binos)
    • Wind patterns will be close to early fall patterns by EOS
    • Deer patterns will be well established until the rut comes
    • Another great time to make friends with land owners (shoot varmints)
    • Build permanent stands if allowed or repair existing
  • Fall Preseason
    • Select and create ambush sites
    • Clear shooting lanes
    • Set up hanging stands if you use them
    • Get in your stand or climb with it, test shooting ability
    • Mark trails with night tacks
    • Set up at least 3x the number of sites you think you will need
    • Set up game cameras – (beware of thieves)
    • Test and retest wind patters
    • Scout in early AM, late PM, and with lights if legal
    • Consider “mock scrapes” but not too early
  • The set up
    • Arrive 1 hour minimum before sun rise for morning
    • At least 2 hours before peak movement for afternoon
    • Set up as fast and quiet as possible, PRACTICE THIS
    • Getting on stand
      • Take a known path, follow your markers
      • Try to NOT walk on deer trails
      • Don’t touch anything you don’t have to
      • Have your personal routine down cold
        • Get ready to climb
        • Attach gear to pull rope
        • Get into your tree/stand
        • Pull up gear and “get set”
        • STFU, – absolutely NO NOISE
    • Dealing with an approach and making the shot
      • No eye contact EVER, period, infinity
      • Ignore the BS on “Outdoor TV”, you can’t talk
      • Determine if possible before an opportunity if you want the shot
      • Look over, around next to the deer, use your side vision
      • Wait for a chance to draw (in range only)
        • Behind a tree
        • Looking away
        • Looking over shoulder
      • Draw in one smooth motion
        • Make no noise
        • If you are caught, you are likely screwed
        • Wait for the opening, release the arrow
      • Getting ready to track – Part three picks up here!

Resources for today’s show…

AvacadosCOLD HARDY AVOCADOS  Varieties include: Joey, Lila, Poncho, Brazos and Mexicola. –  Adaptable from zone 8 to zone 10

Medium sized avocados weighing approximately 6-10 ounces and are egg shaped. They have excellent rich flavor and are known to be heavy producers and require well drained soil. Cold Hardy Avocado trees that are mature, have withstood temperatures as low as 15-18 degrees.

We recommend covering the tree the first winter if the temperature drops below freezing. Once the tree has been in the ground for a year and is well rooted, it then will begin to withstand the colder temperatures. The older the tree gets the more, cold hardy it becomes. For those of you who live anywhere above zone 8, we have the Joey Avocado which is a semi dwarf variety that you can grow in a container, and bring it inside during the winter.

Find this plant and more at BobWellsNursery.Com – Bob Wells Nursery specializes in edible landscape plants and trees including: Fruit Trees, Berry Plants, Vine Fruit, Nut Trees, as well as the hard to find Specialty Trees. Find this plant and more at BobWellsNursery.com

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

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Episode-1595- Listener Calls for 6-22-15

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Today on the Survival Podcast I take your emails on fermentation kefir, fermentation, automation, tools, the 6x extinction, tree establishment, anarchy and more.

Make sure if you submit content for a feedback show that you put something like “comment for jack”, “question for jack” or “article for jack” in the subject line to assure proper identification for my screening process.

Please understand I receive several hundred emails a day and can’t get them all on the air.

I also do put out a lot of information on Facebook from emails that I can’t fit on the program though so keep em coming.

Join Me Today As I Respond to Your Emails On

  • Why doesn’t kefir become alcoholic with the milks sugar
  • The Robots are coming, more then you think they are
  • The low down on the rogue hoe
  • The “sixth mass extinction” real or fake or something else
  • Why do trees that don’t do well in a first year often come around in the second season
  • A Russian man creates a currency and it is called “anarchism”

Resources for today’s show…

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

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Episode-1594- Expert Council Questions and Answers 6-19-15

Get Answers Today From The Expert Council

Get Answers Today From The Expert Council

Today is our first Friday dedicated expert council show.  To ask a question for a show like this, just send an email to me at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with “TSPC Expert” in the subject line.

In the body of your email first tell me the council member your question is for.  Second ask your question concisely in one to two sentences maximum.  Third provide any and all details after that.  This is the formula to give you the best chance of getting on the air.

I do what I can to get as many of your questions as possible on the air but can’t always get to all of them.  Our council is made of a wide variety of experts in everything from the tactical to the practical and everything in between.

To get more information on our Expert Council visit our “Meet the Expert Council Page” to learn more about them and their specific areas of expertise.

Join Me Today As Our Experts Discuss

  • Ben Falk on pre land purchase evaluation
  • John Pugliano on the ins and outs of ETFs
  • Erica Strauss on making and flavoring yogurts and kefir
  • Keith Snow on roasting a whole pig
  • Geoff Lawton on high value perennial crops
  • Michael Jordan on the timing of removing honey
  • Garry Collins on modern disease and inflammation
  • Nick Ferguson on propagating roses and saving potatoes for eating
  • Tim Glance on military diesel generators
  • A weekly update from Paul Wheaton
  • Steven Harris on how not to make ice
  • Steven Harris on automation of a sump pump
  • Darby Simpson on preserving family farming

Resources for today’s show…

Additional Links

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