A Self Serving Way I Can Help You Promote Your Business with the TSP Barter Blanket

The Dog Isn't Up For Trade But Anything Else Is Game

The Dog Isn’t Up For Trade But Anything Else Is Game

So we have TSP Workshops coming on at Nine Mile Farm on Oct 1st-3rd and Nov. 12-14 and one of the coolest things we do is the barter blanket.  I swear some people come just for that alone.   Here is how it works.

One person lays down an item for trade and describes it and what makes it cool or desirable.  Any other participant now can lay down any item to trade for it or any group of items.

We wait long enough that anyone that wants to “bid” with an offer has a chance.  The person who laid down the first item can then accept any offer or decline them and remove his item.  If the offers are declined the blanket is “open” so that anyone can lay down a new item.

If an offer is accepted the person who won the trade is granted the blanket.  He/She can now put something down for trade, including the item just won if desired.  If the winner doesn’t want to lay an item down they simply declare the blanket open and we proceed from there.

There have been nights that we have started this about 9PM by the campfire and it has run until 2AM.  It is a huge hit with students and instructors alike.  This time even if you are not coming it can help you promote your products.  How?  Glad you asked!  Remember I have said this is self serving for me, and it is.

What I am offering to do this time is as follows.

  1. Interested business owners should email me a description of items you want to have me barter on the blanket at our events.  I will consider them and get back to you with a yes or a no and shipping info if they are approved.
  2. During each event (hopefully just before they start) I will do a post on the blog listing all the items, with descriptions and links to your websites to buy them.
  3. During the actual event at the property the first day they will all be on a table for display, you can send business cards or what have you with them if you want.
  4. On Friday night when we barter I will barter your items and tell everyone about them, haggle with them, etc.
  5. I will record what I get in barter for them and as part of our after action review post another post stating what was bartered for your items, again with a link to them on your site.
  6. Like I said this is self serving what ever I get in return from bartering I keep.  Still this is a LOT of advertising value for what amounts to a product sample.

Here are some questions I know people will have and my answers in advance.

What items will work best? 

Just about anything but about half the people that come do some air travel, so items that you can pack in a suit case will have more people vying for them.  That said I bartered for a full military net set with poles and Bryan of ITS got a second one from the same event.  I have seen bee hives exchanged and frankly some things I won’t publicly mention, LOL.  Just send me your ideas and I will let you know what I think.

In the end for this the qualifiers are the item must be legal, you must be selling it online and it has to be able to be shipped to me in Texas and that is about it.  Items exchanged at past blankets range from silver coins to candles, to homemade soap, herbal salves, canned produce and other small low cost items.  I have also seen expensive items, including gold exchanged.  But in general low to mid priced items do best.

How do I apply?

Email jack@thesurvivalpodcast.com with TSPC Barter in the subject and describe your item, send me a link where I can see it online, photos, etc.  I will email you back and work out details, tell you if it qualifies, give you shipping info, etc.

Who can apply is this for sponsor and MSB vendors only?

Sponsors and MSB you guys are welcome at the blanket but any and ALL community members are welcome to apply.  This is for all of the TSP community, period.

How many will you accept?

Likely 10-12 per event if the interest is that high.  I don’t want to dominate the entire event and I want all supporters to get good mind share on the exposure.

Can I send stuff for both events?

Depends.  I have to gauge interest in this first.  If the first fills up an the seond doesn’t, I will open the second one to repeat sponsorship, otherwise to be fair I hope to get 20-24 companies some good exposure here.

Can I send like a case or multi pack or 5 items in a set, something like that?

Yes as long as it makes sense and will be something I can easily barter as a set or a case or what have you.  Note that I may break such things up on multi deals or sometimes bidders work together and split stuff.  One time two guys split half interest in 5 pounds of mushroom spawn.  So this is all flexible.

Can you video and publish the bartering?

Hell no, Vegas has nothing on what happens on the blanket stays with the blanket.  If you want to see it, you have to be at it.

Will you tell me what Talk to the Squirrel Means?

Nope, not unless you show up at an event.

Are Cash Trades Made on the Blanket?

Um any thing is acceptable in trade, including, cash, trade or promises to do something for someone.  Physical products will work best for this promotion though.

Here Are Some Photos of Past Events

Friction Fire? Ain’t nobody got time for that during a workshop!

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At the end, the memory of Ron Hood is honored as we pass a bottle of his favorite gin around. Everyone takes a nip, just a nip. Ron always has a bottle here, ALWAYS.

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Behold the master haggler, Nick Ferguson!

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Sorry, no closer with the camera sir on this trade!

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Chris Starr and I Both Working Side Deals at the Same time. Yes this does happen and yep it is legal. Anarchocapitalism at work.

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We call this “bundling” it works in some situations. Some times it results in multiple split offers.

 

Episode-1639- Expert Council Q&A for 9-4-15

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

  • Jack on what TSP is really all about
  • Ben Falk on natural swimming pools/ponds
  • Michael Jordan dealing with bees living in a house wall
  • Gary Collins on natural relief for heart burn
  • John Pugliano on investing windfall cash
  • Keith Snow on BBQ sauce and marinades with out all the sugar
  • Bryan Black on tactical awareness in public places
  • Nick Ferguson on Seaberry propagation
  • Erica Strauss on making best use of pecans
  • Paul Wheaton on updates from Wheaton Labs
  • Jack with a new way to see, “The Turning Away”

Resources for today’s show…

Websites of the Expert Council Members

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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Permaculture Classroom Earthworks Course – Now With Certification!

Sign Up for the Earthworks Course at Permaculture Classroom and Get Mid Scale Design Intensive Certification upon Completion of the Course.

Guys and gals, Nick Ferguson and I were just discussing his earthworks course running from Oct. 22-24 and we realized what it really is comes down to a practical mid-scale design intensive.   We also realized that the two of us hold multiple Permaculture Design certifications recognized by the PRI and that we should be offering our students as such a certification for this course.

Now it is not a full 5 day Earthworks Course heavy on academic material like the primary Earthworks Course is.  But it many ways it is far better for the average practitioner or consultant.  The scope of the design is in what you would call mid-scale design.  In other words about as large as you would want to go without bringing in some additional engineering knowledge.

Meaning of course the type of design you are likely to do on your own, either for yourself or as a consultant.  And a design of the size that is most practical for many members of the TSP community.  These are designs that fit beautifully into 1-10 acre properties.  That folks is a real sweet spot for design.  It is small enough that people can afford a property to develop and small enough that you can afford to develop and plant it.  It is also small enough to maintain in good form and production.

On the other side it is big enough to feed a family and run a small business.  As such we feel it warrants a certification for every student that successfully completes it.  To make sure that we are doing this properly I am adding blocks of testing to the course.  During the course I will be breaking students into small groups and giving an on the move oral examination of what you have learned up to specific points.

By the time work is finished, every student will be able to fully explain what was done, why it was done and most importantly the adjustments we had to make on the fly.  YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO DO THAT, ALWAYS.  To be blunt anyone that tells you any design involving earthworks will just go “by the book” if full of bull.  The adjustment thinking on the fly is the most valuable thing you learn in the field vs. in a classroom when it comes to earth works.

Upon successful completion each student will be able to claim a certification for “Mid-Scale Earthworks Intensive Certification”.  There will be an online verifiable certification at Permaculture Global and Nick Ferguson will be listed as your lead instructor and I as your co-instructor.

For those that just intend to use their knowledge for personal effort this is simply a nice to have option.  However for those that intend at any point to work as a consultant it is much more.  Coupled with a PDC this will be a great credential for those who are doing design work for others.  Nick and I are both well known in the industry and our credentials are easy to verify.

Just one more really great reason to consider attending Nick’s course.  More information can be found at PermacultureClassroom.com

Come Out To This course and let us show you how create something like this from bare dirt in only 4-5 weeks!

Episode-1638- Listener Calls for 9-3-15

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Today on The Survival Podcast I take your calls to 866-65-THINK

Today on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on earthworks, business ownership, ducks, ammo, finance, soils, relationships, homesteading and more.

Remember to be on a show like this one just pick up your phone and call 866-65-THINK. The best way to improve your chances of being on the air is ask your question or make your point up front, then provide details.

Also please do your best to call from a quiet area with a good connection and speak up so you can be well heard.

While I can’t put all calls on the air but I do my best to get as many of them on as I can.

Join Me Today As I Respond to Your Calls and Discuss…

  • Nick Ferguson joins us to discuss his earth works course
  • Some reality about business ownership and development
  • Duck water and function stacking and willow trees
  • How much ammo is too much, how do you know what is enough
  • Can you beat the system with a 401K, yes, but it might beat you back and harder
  • What are the ability and limits of “just build healthy soil and all is well”
  • Advice for finding a person to live your life with, or just a date for Friday
  • Practicing with your gear with procedures and protocols in mind
  • Things to do and not to do when getting ready to move

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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Main Frame Earth Works Course Oct 22-24 with Pemaculture Classroom

Nick Ferguson and Jack Spirko Instructing Students in Oct 2014

Nick Ferguson and Jack Spirko Instructing Students in Oct 2014

Nick Ferguson of Permaculture Classroom and our expert council is implementing a major earthworks design for the Ferguson homestead and it is set to be held October 22-24, 2015, on his family farmsted in Saline, Louisiana.

Come and have a great time learning and visiting with new friends and old. There will be campfires and lots of time to visit and talk about everything under the sun. Come for the networking, to meet and greet friends from the TSP forum.

And yes I will be personally attending as Nick assistant instructor for this course.  During this course we will be installing and finishing off multiple ponds sites with main frame swale integration.

To Learn More Visit this Link

Those of you who have been to my farm know that such a complex installation is not possible at Nine Mile Farm, but Nick’s place is in sand and clay, 7 acres of scrub pine that is about to get a full on Geoff Lawton treatment with Ferguson special sauce.

If you want a crash course in how to design and set up your homestead for function stacking success, you don’t want to miss this event!

Students along with Jack and Nick at Nick’s 2013 Earth Works Course.

We will be installing swales, small ponds, hugel beds, and a market garden space. We will teach you Holistic Small Farm Design and Layout. You will learn where to place buildings and why, what to do with water, how to install earthworks to passively harvest water and use it to your advantage. How to use animals to improve and develop your property. You even get to see the screwups Nick has made through the years, and learn from his mistakes.

So if you have ever wanted to be part of a full on installation with interconnected ponds, swale systems overflowing to other swale systems and full on pond construction, come on out to Louisiana and Nick and I will give you an education you just won’t believe.

To Learn More Visit this Link

Episode-1637- Doc Bones and Nurse Amy on Fish Antibiotics for Collapse Medicine

Connect with Joe and Amy at DoomAndBloom.net

Connect with Joe and Amy at DoomAndBloom.net

Joe Alton, M.D., aka Dr. Bones, is an M.D.  and fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of OB/GYN. Amy Alton, A.R.N.P., aka Nurse Amy, is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner.

Together, they’re the authors of the #1 Amazon bestseller in Survival Skills and Safety/First Aid “The Survival Medicine Handbook”.

They are also well known speakers across the country, podcasters, and YouTubers, as well as contributors to leading survival/homesteading magazines. You will find over 700 posts on medical preparedness on their website, doomandbloom.net.

Their mission is:  To put a medically prepared person in every family for disaster situations.  Today they join us to discuss the truth about fish antibiotics for emergency use and myths about drug expiration dates.

Join Us Today To Discuss…

  • What is the difference between fish antibiotics and human medications
  • How we know that fish antibiotics are actually the same as human antibiotics
  • Are there animal antibiotics that can’t be used on humans
  • Why would anyone want to purchase fish antibiotics
  • A list of antibiotics that everyone should store for emergencies
  • What a few highly available antibiotics can be used to treat
  • The truth about expiration dates on drugs both prescription and OTC
  • The best method for storing antibiotics and other meds long term
  • How one can safely accumulate medicines that don’t have animal equivalents

Resources for today’s show…

strawberryBob Wells Plant of the WeekCHANDLER STRAWBERRY PLANT – Highly adaptable from zone 5 to zone 9.

The Chandler Strawberry has a very large, red, glossy finish, with a large conical to long wedge shaped. The fruit quality is excellent, and the Chandler Strawberry produces a high yield, which are excellent for coastal areas down to zone 9, yet are cold hardy enough to grow in zone 5.

If you live above zone 5 they have other varieties available. FYI, September is the time to plant strawberry plants. You plant them in the fall, so that they can establish their roots all winter long.

You can put pine straw or mulch around the plants to protect the roots during winter. After winter, they will leaf out and you can start harvesting the berries in late May.

Bob Wells specializes in edible landscape, including: Fruit Trees, Berry Plants, Nut Trees, as well as the hard to find Specialty Fruit 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.

Join the MSB Today

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TSP Nov. Work Shop Now Open to All

The TSP and Nine Mile Farm Workshop has about 12 seats remaining open and so I am now opening the workshop to any and all.  This is going to be an amazing workshop, so many skills crammed into three days it will make your head spin.

The cost of this event is 500 dollars for three days of world class instruction, incredible food, top notch real world instructors and some of the best bonding and networking you can imagine.  Add to it a ton of good times, mead and beer tastings, live music and you have a TSP and Nine Mile Farm Workshop.

To Learn More and Sign Up, Visit this Link

To give you a feel for how jam packed this event is, here is the current schedule, subject to revisions due to harsh reality of course. In this case there absolutely will be revisions to the schedule but at least the subjects on it will be covered, we may cut back on silvo pasture to add more.

You Just Never Know what will Happen at a TSP Event!

What this workshop will cover

  • Silvopasture Establishment in Harsh Environments
  • Irrigation Installation
  • Raising Quail for Meat and Eggs
  • Processing Quail and Cooking Quail
  • Sketch Up Based Design
  • Nine Mile Farm Operational Walk Though
  • Green House Set Up
  • Micro Greens Production and Business Start Up
  • Investing and Financial Management
  • Plant Propagation
  • Honey Bee Management
  • Q&A Sessions
  • Live Music
  • Great Food
  • Barter, Community Building and More

Join us for a fun learning experience. For this event we have a strict limit of 34 people.

To Learn More and Sign Up, Visit this Link

Schedule – None of this is set in stone, we will adapt to any weather events and such.

Wednesday Nov. 11thOur Property will be open any time after 2PM. This time is mostly just for setting up campsites. We do always toss some brats or sausage on the grill and have a social gathering with beers and just getting to know each other as well. This is very informal and just hanging out for those who show up early.

Thursday Nov. the 12th Lunch and dinner provided, breakfast is a light continental style on the first day)

  • 8:00 – 9:00 – Coffee and Breakfast Bars, etc. and Property/Safety Briefing
  • 9:00 –12:30 – Class – Installing Silvopasture and Irrigation
  • 12:00 -1:30 – Lunch
  • 1:30 -4:30– Class – Installing Silvopasture and Irrigation
  • 4:30 – 5:00 – Break and Clean Up
  • 5:00 – 6:00 – SketchUp Based Design
  • 6:30 – 7:30 – Dinner
  • 7:30 – ???? – Drinks, Music, Barter, etc.

Friday Nov. the 13th (three meals provided)

  • 9:00 – 10:00 – Breakfast
  • 10:00 – 12:00 Quail Processing and Cooking Prep
  • 12:00 -1:00 – Open Hour for Work Ins and Arounds
  • 1:00 – 2:30 – Lunch and Break Time
  • 2:30 – 3:30 – MicroGreens Part One
  • 3:30 – 4:30 – Finance and Investing Session One of Two
  • 4:30 – 5:00 – Break
  • 5:00 – 6:00 – Plant Propagation with Nick Ferguson
  • 6:00 – 7:00 – Seed and Plant Exchange
  • 7:30 – 8:30 – Dinner
  • 8:30 – ???? – Drinks, Music, Barter, etc.

Saturday Nov. the 14th (three meals provided)

  • 9:00 – 10:00 – Breakfast
  • 10:00 –12:00 – Beekeeping with Michael Jordan
  • 12:00 -1:00 – Finance and Investing Session Two of Two
  • 1:00 -2:30 – Lunch
  • 2:30 – 3:30 – Greenhouse Set Up Walk Through
  • 3:30 – 4:30 – Microgreens Part 2
  • 5:30 – 6:30 – Q&A With Nick, John, Jon and Jack
  • 6:30 – 7:00 – Break and Clean Up
  • 7:30 – 8:30 – Dinner
  • 8:30 – ???? – Drinks, Music, Barter, etc.

Sunday Nov. the 15th.

  • 10:00 AM – Coffee, breakfast bars and left overs put out.
  • 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM – Goodbyes please consider helping us pick up before you go. (all guests to depart by 11:00 AM)

To Learn More and Sign Up, Visit this Link

Accommodations

  • There are local hotels within 15 minutes of our property; we are getting a group rate, details to follow after you reserve space.
  • We have large steel frame buildings with large bay doors that open for a breeze. If you want to bring a cot or such and claim a spot inside for sleeping space is unreserved and first come first serve, no reservations necessary. No charge. We are suggesting our outer building for this as others may be using the TV and such in the 3 Bay Garage attached to the house, but the choice is yours.
  • If you want to tent camp on the property, space is first come first serve, no reservations needed. No charge. We will let you know what areas are open for this though.
  • We have about 8 locations with trees suitable for those that want to hammock camp, first come first served. We have never had a space issue for hammock campers.
  • NO RVS AND NO TRAILERS OF ANY KIND ON PROPERTY AT ALL NO EXCEPTIONS there is a near by RV Park if you want to sleep in your RV.

To Learn More and Sign Up, Visit this Link

Frequently Asked Questions about TSP Events.

  • Question – Where is this event?

  • Answer – After you sign up you will get a document with all event details. The address is only given to students who have paid a deposit. But for your planning purposes we are near Azle Texas. That is just north of Fort Worth.

  • Question – What is the best airport to fly into?

  • Answer – The best bet is Dallas-Fort Worth International (DFW) it is only about 35 minutes assuming traffic isn’t at peak from our home. The only other viable option is Dallas Love Field (DAL) this may save you money if Southwest Flys direct from your airport but it is a longer drive. I would plan on an 1 hour and 15 minutes or more despite what google maps will tell you if you fly into Love Field.

  • Question – What type of food is served at these events?

  • Answer – The key word is meat but we have other stuff too. Generally we serve eggs (from our own flock) for breakfast with bacon and sausage and tortillas for breakfast with awesome local salsa and fixings. We also include a selection of fruit, breakfast bars, etc. Lunch is deli meats, chicken salad, left overs from dinner the night before and other things. This year we are planning some new things for lunch including awesome shredded chicken from our own birds and Dorothy’s amazing meat balls. Sometimes we have soups or other similar items for lunch. Dinner is usually rotisserie chicken one night, brisket another night and smoked pork shoulder the other night. Generally some awesome sausage finds its way into our menu as well. A full lunch and dinner are provided all three course days. We provide only coffee, fruit and breakfast bars on the first day for breakfast. We provide full breakfast on Friday, Saturday and Sunday we provide coffee, breakfast bars, fruit and left overs.

  • Question – What are the camping conditions like?

  • Answer – The key word is primitive. We allow tent camping on site just about anywhere on our property. We have an outbuilding that we let people put a cot or air mattress in but it usually gets pretty full and it is first come first served. There are plenty of trees for hammock camping as well. Most folks enjoy camping because you can have adult beverages and not worry about driving and the people are just awesome to hang out with. Most nights people end up staying up late talking and having a lot of fun playing pool, darts, spending time at the camp fire etc. November is usually pretty comfortable temperature wise especially at night but it rains often so be prepared for that. And be prepared for some cold nights! Average Nov. Temps are 66 for the High and 43 for the low, but we have seen Nov. Temps in the high 80s and occasionally lows in the 20s or lower!

  • Question – Is there a good hotel near by?

  • Answer – There is a great holiday inn, we get you a group rate and it varies but it is very nice hotel and we have normally gotten a rate of about 82 dollars in the past plus tax. When you sign up just indicate if you want a hotel so we have a head count for group rate info.

  • Question – Can students share a rental car, a ride to the airport, a hotel room, etc.?

  • Answer – Sure but to be blunt we do not get involved in that. We have way too much work to do so that you guys have a good experience when you get here. I view it this way from the time you get on my land till you leave it is my responsibility to make sure you learn, have fun and are well fed. Off site I leave it to you to deal with things. However, we have a private email list and many students work out things like this between themselves on it. Make sure to join it as soon as you get your instructions packet as their will be information on it.

  • Question – I have a question that isn’t answered here, should I sign up, I don’t want to loose my deposit?

  • Answer – When I send out the instruction document you have 48 hours to review the document, if something is a deal breaker you can cancel with a refund in the first 48 hours. After that this is my refund policy and I think it is as fair as I can be with it. My events always sell out but the closer we get the harder it is to back fill a no show. If I can sell your spot I give you a refund, if I can’t sell your spot due to it being to close to the event date, I don’t refund it.

  • Question – Will you take bitcoin for this event? What about silver?

  • Answer – I have a huge capital outlay on these events so I can’t take silver. I can only take PayPal for the deposit (you can use a credit card without a paypal account) but I will take bitcoin by special arrangement for the balance due but it will have to be at least one week prior to the event. If you want to do this, email me for arrangements.

Episode-1636- The Evolving Nine Mile Farm Plan

ninemilelogoRGB01When Dorothy and I moved here in January 2013 the plan was simple.  There was never going to be a Nine Mile Farm.  Put in a few hundred trees, get a small flock of chickens, put in a pool and just enjoy being close to family and having room to practice full scale permaculture.

So we hit it hard, swales, huguls, small gardens, etc.  The Texas heat and harsh alkaline and limestone soils quickly put us in touch with reality.  Half of what we planted died, we added irrigation and now do more like 25% on losses.  Hail defoliated things one year, rain drowned the land the next, soon followed by drought.

During this time our friends the chickens became the biggest enemy we had.  On ever escape tearing apart earth works, ripping up beds, etc.  In the summer we added ducks, 22, because that was the number Dorothy gave me on a dare were added to the 4 Tractor Supply survivors we had bought already.  Late that fall, I tasted my first duck egg in over 10 years, I was in love with eggs again.

We started to sell eggs to pay the growing feed bill.  With chickens we were competing with everyone, with ducks we had an incredible niche market.  I learned you could sell a chicken worth about 3 dollars as meat for 20 dollars if it was a laying bird, all the chickens were sold off, a few special ones adopted to listeners.

The duck flock grew from 28 to well over 130 now, 60 more females are shipping next week from Metzer farms and Nine Mile Farm has eggs on the dinner, ya dinner table at one of the hottest new restaurants in Dallas.  The egg count is growing as young birds reach maturity but still we can’t keep up with demand.

A site redesign for our brand was just redone, new ideas are flowing and Nine Mile Farm has become an honest to God productive and profitable small farm, almost by accident.  So what’s next?  Tune in today to learn.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • How we became accidental duck farmers
  • The units we are considering adding
    • Herbal Teas
    • Quail Eggs
    • MicroGreens
    • Extensive herbal plantings
    • Pre Mixed Fertilizer (Compost Tea – Comfrey Tea)
  • What else could be done
    • A true market garden
    • A full on nursery and live plants
    • Land expansion and tiny houses
  • What isn’t going to ever work here
    • A profitable orchard
    • Large sale ponds
    • More than about 200-250 ducks
  • Non enterprise additions
    • A Greenhouse
    • Self Watering Container Gardens
    • Quail for Meat
    • Heavily Treeing as Much as Possible
    • A Pond Hopefully – Looking Good Right Now
  • The Lessons
    • Get in the game, remain adaptable
    • What you think is best may not be
    • There is always a way
    • Don’t let fear hold you back
    • Mistakes happen, roll with it

Resources for today’s show…

strawberryBob Wells Plant of the WeekCHANDLER STRAWBERRY PLANT – Highly adaptable from zone 5 to zone 9.

The Chandler Strawberry has a very large, red, glossy finish, with a large conical to long wedge shaped. The fruit quality is excellent, and the Chandler Strawberry produces a high yield, which are excellent for coastal areas down to zone 9, yet are cold hardy enough to grow in zone 5.

If you live above zone 5 they have other varieties available. FYI, September is the time to plant strawberry plants. You plant them in the fall, so that they can establish their roots all winter long.

You can put pine straw or mulch around the plants to protect the roots during winter. After winter, they will leaf out and you can start harvesting the berries in late May.

Bob Wells specializes in edible landscape, including: Fruit Trees, Berry Plants, Nut Trees, as well as the hard to find Specialty Fruit 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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Mora Classic 2 and Kydex Sheath Combo


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TSP Gear Shop will be running a new batch of the Kydex Sheaths for the Mora Classic #2 but this time around you can also get the knife. TSP Gear Shop is now a MORAKNIV dealer, and able to bring you the Mora Classic #2 made in Sweden combined with the robust Kydex sheath made by a member of the TSP audience.

M2B has been producing sheaths for the Mora Classic Number 2 for the last couple of years. The Mora is loved for bush crafting and for good reason, it is a knife that you just look at and go, how the hell do they sell that for that cheap. One custom knife maker told us flatly, “I can’t buy the raw material in that knife for as low as they sell the finished knife”.

To get a sheath AND knife, place your order at TSP Gear Shop. You can also add any other items from the store, and your whole order will SHIP FOR FREE. MSB Members take 10% off their entire order

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Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Today on the Survival Podcast I take your emails on guns, concealed carry, tools, contracting, banking, gun control, employment 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

  • Tick-tock, August is gone, fall is coming, get busy with life
  • The “scout rifle” concept
  • How to get started building a website, don’t, learn to edit and market instead
  • Thoughts on a “minimum toolkit” for daily needs and for EDC
  • The spouse that opposes concealed carry, what to do about it
  • The concept of “something must be done” syndrome in regard to gun violence
  • Wage theft from contractors, well the state considers it theft from the state
  • The banks don’t like large withdrawals (duh)
  • Getting a job when work history or other issues are preventing it

Resources for today’s show…

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