Monthly Archives: May 2013

Lots of Pictures and Videos of The Wood Core Workshop

As promised the workshop was heavily photoed and videoed by many and we have set up both a flickr and youtube channel for all students to upload videos to.  And a ton have been uploaded already and I am sure more will come.

You can find the groups YouTube Channel Here

You can find the groups Flickr Channel Here

Here are some of the really info rich videos.

Episode-1140- Women of Prepping Series Episode Four

Former Macy's Addict, now "Queen of Tires, Dirt and Pallets!"

Former Macy’s Addict, now “Queen of Tires, Dirt and Pallets!”

After spending 16 years in the real estate business Tabitha Bettencourt changed course to become a 911 dispatcher in the 5th largest city in California.

After 9 working in law enforcement during which she met her husband and got married she began watching the economy slide and civilization decline.  Along the way Tabitha and her husband opted to restart their lives on 2 acres of bare land on a hill on the Oregon Coast.  The move was a major downsize in economy but in many ways a major upsize in living.

Tabitha now is basically retired from any sort job and instead stays home  in her own words “to build and dig and create while Hubby earns the money and supports me in the Lowe’s habit I have become accustom too”.

Tabitha joins us to discuss prepping from a woman’s point of view as the forth member of our female forum.

Today we discuss that and many of her projects and adventures such as…

Resources for Today’s Show…

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Episode-1139- Women of Prepping Series Episode Three

Paula Hradkowsky (rad cow ski) is a 60 year old semi retired former CPA that became a prepper only 5 years ago.  She was raised in a typical middle class household where self reliance was really considered something poor people did.

Here parents were both part of the WWII and Depression eras and had tough childhoods.  Like many such individuals they worked hard to make sure their kids had a better life then they did.

Fortunately for Paula the experiences of her parents childhood did get planted as a seed inside of her at an early age, though she never realized it until much later in life.  She listened to talk radio discuss problems for years, yet seldom discuss individualized solutions, only political banter.  In 2008 as a woman approaching retirement age she watched the financial recession do a ton of damage.  This woke her up and reconnected her with that seed planted in her by parents who had lived though it all before.

In the last five years she has flipped her spouse to the prepping lifestyle.  They now both have concealed carry permits, plenty of stored food and water, stored fuel, two generators and a small garden.  Paula has also been on a paleo style diet for 16 years now and it has been the only thing to help with a chronic health issue she has known as Lupus.

She joins us today as the third batter in our Woman of Prepping Series to discuss prepping from an woman’s view, with some amazing insights in how you can get your spouse on board.  Men the way she answers my final question is worth the entire episode three times over, tune in and get some wisdom on how to talk to your wife about prepping that will really hit home.

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1138- Low Input vs. High Input Permaculture Design

Contour Based Wood Core Beds from Today's Episode

Contour Based Wood Core Beds from Today’s Episode

I figured now would be a good time to discuss this subject as it applies to two major projects underway at the Spirko homestead.  Of course we just recently completed the contour based wood core garden beds at our first workshop.  Those who attended also got to see the area that will be our “showcase urban forest garden”, an area of 2700-3500 square feet depending on what we actually use of it.

The work involved in establishment of these two systems is dramatically different.  One required a lot of initial inputs, mulch, wood cores, heavy equipment, fungal and bacterial inoculation, organic fertilizer  and lots of manual labor.  The result is pretty much a turn key system.  While it will take a year to fully mature, it is a long term and very stable system.

The new project, the forest garden will be remarkably low input.  We did dig out one hole for a garden pond based out of a stock tank and a short trench to connect it to one upgrade.  But the work could have been done in a day with a shovel by one person.

Today I will contrast these two systems and discuss the permaculture concept of an “energy audit” and why it is critical to our long tern sustainability.  Specifically if the SHTF, we will immediately go into a scenario where what comes out must at least equal what we put in.  Today this is measured in money with no concept of the damage done to the system long term.  Tomorrow that likely won’t be an option.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Contour based wood core beds
  • Initial materials
    • 12 yards of wood mulch
    • About 5 tons of wood core
    • 30-40 lbs of blood meal
    • 15-20 lbs of bone meal
    • 5 lbs of cover crop seed
    • 4 days of heavy equipment usage
    • 20 gallons of gasoline
  • Work required and system output analysis
    • One man 2 months 110 feet by hand
    • 20 men, one machine 160 feet in 1.5 days in the rain
    • System life time, annuals 10-15 years, perennials infinite
    • Required ongoing inputs, planting, weeding, fertility, mulching
    • Primary attributes, water harvesting, nutrient retention, erosion resistance
  • 3000 Square Foot Forest Garden
  • Initial Materials
    • Landscaping timbers (20-35)
    • Large spikes (40-70)
    • 2 galvanized stock tanks 6 ft by 2 ft (capacity 840 gallons)
    • 1 galvanized oval end tank 2 x 1 x 6 ft (for reed bed)
    • 4 polyethylene barrels for aquaponics system
    • Gravel for the aquaponics system
    • Pumps for the aquaponics system
    • 1 Polyethylene tank, capacity 1,500 gallons
    • PVC pipes and fittings
    • Hardwood mulch (20-25 yards)
    • Rain gutters for out building
    • Electrical wiring
  • Work required and system output analysis
    • 1 Person, time required unknown but work load is easy
    • Aquaponics system is an add on
    • Required ongoing inputs, planting, weeding, fertility, mulching, pruning
    • System life time infinite for most components
    • Primary attributes, water harvesting, nutrient retention, erosion resistance, protein production, energy conserving
  • Final analysis
    • Forest garden will take longer but require less phyical and machine labor
    • Wood core system is more conducive to row crops
    • Both systems require many initial inputs, the list grows
    • Both systems are true long term systems developing their own cycles
    • The forest garden is more energy conserving and easier to maintain
    • On a larger property the two systems provide for each other
    • Planting and plants must be calculated based on final designs and are not really suited to direct comparison

Resources for Today’s Show…

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TSP Mint Launches Sales for The Sentinel Proof Coin at Midnight

Tonight at midnight, you can purchase your limited edition Sentinel Proof coin through http://tspmint.com.  And we are running two special promotions to get off to a great start.

If you purchase one of the first 1,500 coins and receive your coin(s) in a special, commemorative packaging, individually numbered and signed by me or be one of our first 50 customers to purchase 5 oz and receive a free 12×18” “Sentinel” poster, signed by me.  This offer is for the proof sentinals only, purchase of the brilliant uncirculated editions will not count toward the quantify of 5 requirement.

Just a few hours to go!

Jack

 

Episode-1137- Listener Feedback for 5-28-13

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Today on The Survival Podcast I take your questions and emails on the BRICs, the first TSP Workshop, economic shifts, the Census, permaculture, food storage and more.

Yes it’s Monday so it is time for another round of your feedback, questions and commentary sent to jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com.

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

  • A brief AAR of the first ever TSP Workshop at the new homestead
  • One very creative way to respond to a long form census request
  • Yes the energy boom is coming, wait till you hear this
  • Long term storage of fresh grapes (lesson from the Victorian Era)
  • Looking for free permaculture training, we have a source
  • The new sentinel proofs are coming tonight
  • Yet another nation to drop the dollar  in trading with China, this time New Zealand
  • My view on real vs. phoney “American Exceptionalism”

Resources for Today’s Show…

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Episode-1136- Livestock Grazing Management with Chris Stelzer

Chris Stelzer has been working as an intern on ranches for the past year. Chris has completed three internships on two different continents giving him grazing and livestock management experience in three different ecosystems.

He is passionate about sustainable agriculture and providing people with positive and real world solutions to agriculture’s problems. Chris also maintains a website devoted to sustainable agriculture with a focus on grazing management called “Agricultural Insights.” Grazing management is an art form that Chris has spent the past two years of his life trying to perfect and he is open to sharing all of his experiences.

Chris is currently exploring different grazing enterprises in Colorado. He also has experience with on-farm sales, direct marketing for small farms and commercial livestock marketing.

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 and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-1135- Prepping from a Teen’s Point of View with Austyn Lehman

Austyn Lehman is a eighteen year old prepper and self described urban homesteader.  I is also a writer but says it is really a hobby more then a profession.  I has been working with urban preparedness for about 4 years now.  His projects have included gardening, chickens and he is currently completing EMT training.

He joins us today to discuss prepping from a teen’s point of view and why he feels other young people should be considering the homestead and prepping lifestyle.  We will discuss how he got interested in preparedness and how young people can get started.  How to get your parents interested and get your friends involved as well.

We also discuss school prepping and what you can do to put together a disaster kit that is school friendly.  We will finish up with what it is like to be an aware 18 year old today looking out at our current economic future.

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 and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-1134- Understanding and Investing in Silver

Custom Medallions a Just One Option for the Silver Investor.

Custom Medallions a Just One Option for the Silver Investor.

I’ll promise right  up front that this will not be a TSPMint.com infomercial.  In fact I will spend the majority on the show on other types of silver, why silver is a great investment and why many “fears” and “concerns” with buying silver are not worth worrying about.

I also want to talk about the real and false reasons behind the recent drop in precious metals pricing.  There are two things going on here, prices should be coming down but not as far and not as fast as they are.  Just as speculation can drive up a commodity (especially when it is going up some via real market forces) so too can speculation drive a commodity down.

Additionally I want to really discuss why I suggest only 5-10% of your wealth in silver and gold and why I don’t recommend platinum and palladium in that number.  I will also discuss why I don’t recommend jewels or even really jewelry in that number, though jewelry can be one great way to increase metal holdings.

Join Me Today As We Discuss…

  • Why I focus on silver over gold
    • The delta still favors silver
    • Silver has many uses that use it up
    • Silver is the common man’s currency
    • Silver is more widely available and for now incurs less oversight
  • Types of silver and what makes each unique
    • Generic bars and rounds (ounce and fractional)
    • Custom medallions and pieces (ounce and fractional)
    • Collectable silver (numismatic, affinity, etc)
    • Bars (5 ounces and up)
    • American Silver Eagles
    • International Government Issued Silver (Aussie, Canadian, Mexican, etc.)
    • U.S. Pre 65 Silver Coinage (90%)
  • Methods of storing your silver
    • In slab floor safe
    • Fire proof safes
    • Private storage
    • Bank safety deposit box
    • Silver banking (why I don’t like it yet)
    • Paper silver
    • Buried in the ground (don’t do this!)
    • The multi cache method (a little of all)
  • Inventory and audit
    • Don’t think you know, know
    • Don’t think in dollars (it will make you happy and sad about nothing)
    • Do inventory types, not just ounces
    • Do photograph items in type stacks (for insurance)
    • Do update your inventory often
  • Final thoughts
    • If you don’t think you can afford silver right now you can’t
    • Take a balanced approach
    • This is not likely to make you rich, but it might, who knows
    • Selling silver is never as smart as trading it
    • Don’t worry about confiscation, really don’t do it

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 and you might hear yourself on the air.

No Show Today – Getting Ready for the Workshop

We are running our first workshop this week and are really jammed up with last minute preps for it.  We are picking up the machine Wednesday and I will be working all day getting rid of the existing garden beds so we have a clean slate when students arrive.

There will also be no show on Friday this week.  But we will have two great interviews this week.  One will be with a young listener who is 18 years of age and  has been into the prepper movement for a few years already on prepping from a teen’s point of view.

There other will be with Chris Stelzer on grazing and grazing management.  Chris has actually interned with noteworthy folks like Greg Judy and a few others.  His interview ran 90 minutes, I would play it today but he asked that I hold off on it until Thursday while he cleans up some issues on his website.

I am sorry for the interruption in programming but I have added a cool feature to the site to help you pick a “blast from the past”.  You can now easily Listen to a Random Episode.   When you click that phrase in the center column just to your right just above the TSP Gear Shop Logo.  Try it and enjoy an old episode.

If there is graphics artist out there that wants to put together a cool image with the Text Listen to a Random Episode on it, send it over.  If I use your image I will give your site and business a recommendation to others.