Monthly Archives: November 2011

Episode-793- Zak Baker on Wilderness Survival, Survival Myths and Urban Reality

Zak Baker of BeFoundAlive.com

Zak Baker of BeFoundAlive.com

Zak Baker, founded BeFoundAlive.com in 2003, out of an insatiable love of the great outdoors, primitive cultures and self reliance. This love was kindled at an early age by his Grandparents, who were themselves a product of the Great Depression.

Zak would spend year upon year learning about local natives, searching for arrowheads and seeking out wild edibles, more importantly, he learned self reliance, integrity and a love of solitude from his Grandfather. This “dirt-time” set the course for a lifetime of learning and exploration.

Out of this experience BeFoundAlive.com was born, an instructional and consulting firm for Government personnel, educators, students, hunters, backpackers, executives, outdoor leaders, and others interested in mastering the skills of survival and self reliance.

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The December Guest Line Up Kicks Butt

This is what happens when a man’s “better half” gets involved in supporting his work, everything just gets better.  My awesome wife Dorothy who I love dearly became our official “Guest and Public Relations” person this fall.  She has been hard at work and is responsible for many of the bad ass interviews of the past few months but just look at the line up for December.

So there you go folks how is that for a guest line up in December.  Booking Matthew Stein, Joel Salatin and Robb Wolf alone in one month is pretty damn impressive.  That’s three best selling authors in one month folks and the rest of the line up is just incredible as well.   Please take a moment to say thanks to my awesome wife Dorothy for doing such a great job.  Working with me ain’t always easy!

Episode-792- Making Soap, Knives and Modern Homesteading with Patrick and Emily Roehrman

Patrick and Emily Roehrman

Today we are  going to have a first ever interview.  Patrick and Emily Roehrman came down to the Spirko homestead to do an interview about making soap, basic homesteading, knife making and home schooling with a large family.

Patrick of course is the knife maker that made my custom made mammoth tusk neck knife.  Emily maintains a website where they sell their soap at SimplyCleansing.com and you can learn more about Patrick’s knife making at MT Knives.

During the interview you will notice some “jingling” that isn’t Santa it is Max the dog hanging with us during the interview.

Join us today as we discuss…

  • Why make your own soap or buy naturally made soap
  • How to safely use lye in soap making
  • The basics of making your own soap
  • Herbs, oils and other things you can add to your soap
  • The importance of curing your soap for a minimum of 3 days
  • The value of glycerin for your skin
  • The difference you experience when you start using natural soaps
  • Why I say the soap industry is like “Monsanto for your skin”
  • The value of having a home business in the modern world
  • The challenges with raising a large family
  • The rewards of home schooling
  • What “working your way up in house” really means

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Episode-791- The Thanksgiving Special

Today one day before the great American Holiday we stop and pause to think about what we have to be thankful for.

The beginning of today’s show is new, most of it is rebroadcast of  the first year I did this show.

The beauty of this show is I feel it is something you can share with friends and family.  The real history of Thanksgiving is actually a lot more interesting and special then many of the myths.

Tune in today to hear…

  • I have found our group of soldiers to sponsor for Christmas this year
  • Why much of what we learn about Thanksgiving is wrong or at least inaccurate
  • How Thanksgiving was at one time considered a “damn yankee holiday”
  • How Thanksgiving became a way for our nation to heal and reunite
  • How the date of Thanksgiving has often been moved around and why
  • The truth about those big buckles the pilgrims wore and all that black clothing
  • What feasting meant 100 years ago to our prior generation that we have forgotten

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Photo Credit Above to Vicki’s Nature

Episode-790- Chef Keith Snow on Thanksgiving Dinner Survival

Chef Keith Snow of Harvest Eating

Tune in today for a special edition of The Survival Podcast with Chef Keith Snow.  Keith is the creator of HarvestEating.com which focuses on eating seasonally and cooking with food you can grow in your backyard of obtain locally.

He is also a daily listener to our show and shares many common ideals with the Survival Podcast audience.

So I thought who better to bring on the air in preparation for Thanksgiving then Chef Keith.

Whether you are going though having the “in laws” over for the first time or just want to have the best Thanksgiving meal you ever cooked, today’s show is for you.

Tune today to learn…

  • Simple steps to a perfect turkey
  • Why a fresh turkey beats a frozen one
  • The third rail of turkey cooking
  • Why consumer grade digital thermometers suck
  • Making great gravy
  • The secret to killer mashed potatoes
  • Jacks ultra simple green beans (not that crappy casserole)
  • Easy real cranberry sauce (not jello like crap)
  • Some of our recommendations for wine
  • Good ideas for desert

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Another Hugelkultur Project Update

I just got parts two and three of the Hugelkultur project uploaded to YouTube. These two videos are chock full of information that can help you build a more self sufficiency into your homesteading projects.

Part Two of the Hugelkultur Project has a lot going on. Some of the stuff I cover includes…

  • Dealing with the “nitrogen trap” effect
  • Turning in an existing warm weather cover crop
  • Planting a cold season cover crop
  • Success and failure thus far with the project
  • Using and inoculant for legumes
  • Damage by the neighbor’s dog
  • Why I used boxed in beds for this part of the project
  • Using many varieties of seeds for cover cropping
  • How legumes fix and share nitrogen
  • How one cover crop can nurse the next one
  • How winter kill can work for

Part Three goes into a lot of cool technical aspects and move on to some really cool simple technology such as…

  • Building an A-Frame level
  • How to calibrate you’re A-Frame level
  • Combining swales and Hugelkultur beds
  • The use of both rotted and newly cut wood for Hugelkultur
  • An update on the cover crops planted in part two
  • Part Two of The Hugelkultur Project

Project Three of The Hugelkultur Project

If you want to simply stay in touch with all my Hugelkultur Videos, I have put together a Hugelkultur Video Playlist.

Long Awaited Review of my Custom Made Mammoth Tusk Knife

Here is the long awaited review of my custom mammoth tusk neck knife.  This knife was made by Patrick Roehrman of MT Knives.  The handle materiel was purchased from KnifeKits.com

The blade is a laminated steel,with stainless steel outside and a high carbon steel core on the inside (HRC 63-64) blue super steel Presentation grade Mammoth Tusk handle with mosaic pins and a red vulcanized fiber liner.

There are some really great things about having something custom made and truly unique.  The mammoth tusk is absolutely high on the cool factor, it does have a few drawbacks as well.

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Episode-789- A Progress Report from the Spirko Homestead

Jack in overlooking his homestead 2009 - What was a dream is now a lifestyle.

It’s Thanksgiving Week!  Woot!  Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday.  Hang with my son, eat myself into a turkey coma with zero guilt, watch football, enjoy some scotch, watch football and snooze in front of a fire.  Thanksgiving is a “man holiday”, if such a thing exists at all.

Since this is such a great week, I wanted to keep things light and exciting so I figured it was a great time for a progress report on the Spirko Homestead instead of something heavy like a feedback show which always seems to have a lot of the economic mess in it.  So tune in today and I am just going to shoot from the hip and tell you whats going on and where we are going next.

Join me today as I discuss…

  • How one 25′ swale ditch changed how I see my property
  • How to build and use an A-Frame level
  • What is going on with Hugelkultur Project #2
  • Digging a ditch near trees, a sawzall is your friend
  • How to get your wife on board with major landscape changes
  • Keeping still ponds clean with reed beds and cattails
  • How a pond that doesn’t hold water can still fill up
  • Thoughts on Aquaponics, yea I think I am gonna do it
  • Frogs, pigeons, ducks and squirrel it is whats for dinner
  • Plans for the next Spirko dog, hoping it is a long time in our future
  • How Permaculture and survivalism are really the same
  • An awesome new DVD from Geoff Lawton

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Episode-788- Trevor Van Hemert on Composting

Trevor Van Hemert of PedalToPetal.com

Trevor Van Hemert of PedalToPetal.com

Trevor Van Hemert runs Pedal to Petal a company that picks up food scraps from all over the city of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. Pedal To Petal is a permaculture-based collective of bicycle loving food security activists who are taking direct action to reduce carbon emissions and landfill waste and to feed the soil and the city’s hungry.

They do all their pick up and transport via the use of bicycles with zero use of any fossil fuels. The finished compost is used to grow food in the same city where the components are collected and the compost is produced making Pedal to Petal a truly local business.

While most people would tend to expect Pedal to Petal to be a non profit business it is actually a very successful for profit enterprise proving that a business can be successful, profitable and still have a soul and a noble purpose.

Join Us Today as we Discuss…

  • What exactly is compost
  • What is compost useful for
  • How does nature make its own compost
  • What can and can not be composted
  • The science of composting
  • How long does composting take
  • Stages of the compost cycle
  • Carbon and nitrogen sources and ratios
  • Rat proofing compost bins
  • Composting with worms
  • Multi bin systems
  • Heating with compost
  • Aerobic vs anaerobic composting
  • Making bio gas
  • Composting humanure
  • Compost pit for water storage

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Episode-787- Paul Wheaton on Cast Iron Cooking, CFLs and Rocket Mass Heating

Paul Wheaton - Founder of Permies.com

Paul Wheaton from Permies.com

So Paul Wheaton is back for another interview that basically means when the two of us get together you might as well strap in for about 90 minutes of information, entertainment and insanity.  No guarantee on the ratios by the way.

Today Paul joins us to discuss cooking with and caring for cast iron cookware, his work to determine the effectiveness of CFS (or lack there of) and building and utilizing rocket mass heaters.

Additionally tune in to learn about an event where you can meet both Paul and myself along with one of our mutual heroes, Sepp Holtzer.

Paul is the author of many articles both online and in many off line publications.  He is a pioneer in Permaculture and taking techniques to another level.  He has published hundreds of videos on his YouTube channel and works tirelessly to teach how profit and sustainability are not mutually exclusive ideas.

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