Monthly Archives: April 2015

Episode-1568- 15 Underrated Plants for the Homestead

An Elder Planted From a Single Rooted Cutting in Its' Second Season.  The Bamboo Stake is 6.5 Feet Tall!

An Elder Planted From a Single Rooted Cutting in Its’ Second Season. The Bamboo Stake is 6.5 Feet Tall!

Yesterday we had a fascinating discussion on the Facebook Regarians page about Mulberry, I know it is awesome, I am growing a lot of varieties but I didn’t realize how much it could really do.   In fact I considered just doing a show today called something like Magnificent Mulberries, because they do so much.  I simply realized though that I can’t take in enough on them this morning alone to do them justice, so that might come at a later date.

I mean if you just begin to look into the above linked discussion the sheer volume of data is insane.  So I decided instead simply to include it in a list of really useful but underrated plants by homesteaders and permaculturists.

What I tried to do with this list is be highly variable.  To provide things a person might grow for cattle or goats on a large scale but at the same time provide things that you might grow on a small lot.   Most not all but most of these you will have heard of before.  It isn’t that they are unknowing just that their full usefulness is largely unknown.

Join Me Today As We Discuss…

  • The marvelous mulberry
  • The elderberry, it is for more than just wine
  • Lemon balm, stop trying to grow citrus grow the flavor
  • Blackberry, so many uses, it will shock you
  • Medlar, what, med what, you will really like this one
  • Wild garlic, wild onion and garlic and onion chives
  • Lavender it is more then just something that smells nice
  • Jujube tough as nails, storable, highly sought by some
  • Roses wild varieties and old varieties
  • Native persimmon not just for people
  • Jute Mallow edible, naturalizes, asks almost nothing in return
  • Lambsquarters eat it when it is small, mulch it when it gets too big
  • Amaranth the seed is one yield the leaf is often a better one
  • Bee Balm you get tea, you get beneficial insects and it won’t die
  • Mints come one come all, from tea to candy, to salads to good adult beverages

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1567- Curtis Stone on Making a Living of the Land, New Anarchism and Local Trade

Get ready and strap in today.  We are going to really blow things up with our guest Curtis Stone.  Curtis Stone is the owner/operator of Green City Acres (est. 2010), a commercial urban farm based out of Kelowna, BC. Farming under a half acre of land spread over multiple plots in the downtown core, they sell vegetables to some of the cities best restaurants, wineries, and a weekly farmers market.

Curtis also works as an educator, consultant, and writer on the subject urban farming throughout North America.  He joins us today to discuss three explosive topics…

  • 1. Implementation of quick cash flow based annuals into pasture and perennial based farms.
  • 2. The New Anarchist Front; escaping tyranny by using urban ag as a vehicle to build social equity in cities through production, education, outreach, and getting rich at the same time. Urban farmers as a decentralized unified front for State dissent from within the belly of the beast.
  • 3. Local trade economics; food production is like printing money. Leveraging what everyone needs to get what you need. Farmers sit at the center of a multi ring circle. Food production is central, value add food is next, then food services, and from there we have skilled labor and trades, and outside of that is specialized services and expertise. Farming is the backbone of the local economy. In this new decentralized local economy, farmers are the lynchpin to the whole system, not the indentured laborers.

When I met Curtis I was excited to talk to him knowing about his successful 6 figure business, that began on land he didn’t own, in the suburbs, in the back yards of others.   Basically he had set a high bar for himself, one he easily cleared.  There are few times that I meet a person and immediately feel I am talking to a true brother in spirit, Curtis is one such person.  Today’s show will absolutely rock!

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1566- What the Baltimore Riots Say about our Future

Many are shocked by what is going on in Baltimore, sadly I am not.  Many are even more shocked at the massive disconnect in opinions of Americans across the nation, how split they are and in many cases largely not divided on racial lines, I am not surprised by this either.

Right now in social media we have three primary responses

  • People calling for shooting all rioters, cloaked often with phrases like “crack down”
  • People cheering the rioters on as some sort of “freedom fighters” and encouraging attacks on the police
  • People delineating between “peaceful protesters” and “thugs” and calling for peace

Most people without charged emotions want to fall into the third category, the problem is things are not that simple.  My view is unless a series of serious discussions take place soon, more such riots will occur.  The follow additional things will occur as well.

  • Many people backing the protesters from afar will call for crack downs when it is their back yard
  • The crack downs will happen, HARD and likely spur more resistance in other locations
  • All of this will advance the police state agenda, no good will come of it
  • Eventually civilians will start intervening, this could spiral into an internal war (race not being the only core issue)
  • Then the bigger crack down will come, many cities may be damaged beyond repair and abandoned
  • Economic turmoil will be caused but not a “big crash” just another valley that profits the elite
  • As order is restored, more liberty will fall and many will cheer as it does

Notice that I said, “My view is unless a series of serious discussions take place soon, more such riots will occur.”  Well sadly that bullet point formula is why such conversations won’t occur, in fact it is why government has at this point made it almost impossible for them to occur.

Resources for today’s show…

Bob Wells Plant of the Week – 

chinquapin_fruitingChinquapin Nut Tree – The Chinqupin is adaptable from zone 5 to zone 9.  It is is a subspecies of the Chestnut family. It grows as a small tree or bush. Chinquapins are delicious eaten right out of the burr in the fall.

Chinquapins have a single nut in the burr, unlike chestnuts that have nut divisions. They are understory trees that grow in our native forests specifically in wet woodlands of the South East. However, heavy logging throughout the U.S has made finding native chinquapins harder than ever.  The chinquapin nut is excellent for fresh eating, roasting, or for wildlife food.

Bob Wells Nursery specializes in edible landscape: 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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Episode-1565- Listener Feedback for 4-27-15

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 media bias, cyber security, government abuse of power, chickens, minimum wage, severe weather, sociatial control 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

  • We all know the media is bias, here is a report on how bias
  • Here comes so called “cyber security”, the real story is bad on all angles
  • How would conflict resolution work with a virtual nation, let’s look at eBay
  • To tractor or to deep litter your chickens, what is gained, what is lost
  • More on what’s in it for the state (WIIFTS) in regard to minimum wage
  • A listener reports on his results with Dr. Steven and Janet Lewis
  • What do you think would happen to you if you did what Gen. Petraeus did
  • Fenced food forest “pods” to avoid deer and blue hairs
  • The new glyphosate test, what do you think about it
  • Thoughts on the “40 hour work week”, the 40 really isn’t the key

Resources for today’s show…

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Swales in North Texas Take on 2.5 inches of Rain and Preform Perfectly

tsp-youtubeThis morning we got 3 hours of pouring rain.  Then this afternoon we got hit with close to an inch in less than 30 minutes and it totally filled the swales and overflowed them all.  To really drive home how passive this water system is, this video was shot only 5 minutes after the storm stopped.

The other storm I mentioned did hit us as well and we got another 30 minutes of hard rain about 30 minutes after this video, everything continued to preform perfectly.

Episode-1564- Listener Calls for 4-24-15

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 bird flu, basic prepping, buying plants, raising ducks, battery banks, irrigation, tree propagation, just plant it, quirky facts 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…

  • What does avian flu really mean to small flock keepers
  • Mundane prepping is often the most important
  • What to do when mail order plants are poor quality or die
  • Dealing with mortality in ducklings
  • 10 ducks on a half acre of pasture, yep, not a problem
  • Steven Harris on home computer battery back up systems
  • The heck with Nike and just do it, instead f-it, just plant it
  • Putting in irrigation in remote locations without power
  • Why do horticulture systems result in higher percentages of male births
  • What to do with tree seedlings in the first year if you are not ready to plant them

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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PermaEthos Summer Workshop is Now Open for Registrations

Come Learn, Trade, Make Lifelong Friendships and Feast With Us.

Come Learn, Trade, Make Lifelong Friendships and Feast With Us.

From June 12-14 we are running an incredible workshop at the Elisha’s Spring PermaEthos Farm in West Virgina.  With a bonus one day workshop on the 11th.

The cost of the main workshop is 500 dollars.  There is a bonus workshop on the 11th that will cover chicken butchering, hog butchering, rabbit butchering and sausage making on the 11th, if you want to attend that it is an extra 100 dollars.

If you are simply setting up your campsite on the afternoon of the 11th, no need to pay the extra hundred.

Note – Founders your discount of 10% will be given to you at the door when you pay your balance due.

We are only requiring a 100 dollar deposit per ticket to hold your spot, the balance is due on the day you arrive.

Some things this workshop will cover…

This Workshop will include:

  • Feasting on Elisha’s Spring chicken, rabbit, duck and pork!
  • Constructing a segment of swales with the tractor and plow.
    • Laser level usage.
    • A-Frame level usage.
  • Planting annuals in the swales.
  • Grafting instruction from Nick Ferguson
  • Misting system overview and setup
  • Knife sharpening with Patrick Roehrman
  • Mike Vertrees will discuss compost and soils
  • Fishing! Bring your poles—we stocked over 500 fish in our silt trap pond last year
  • Some yet to be announced bonuses!  Some COOL ASS ONES at that!

To get full details and reserve your spot just go to the event page at the PermaEthos Blog.

Episode-1563- Gary Collins on Primal Living and Off Grid BOLs

Gary Collins, Creator of the Primal Power Plan

Gary Collins, Creator of the Primal Power Plan

After an exciting career in military intelligence Collins worked for the U.S. State Department, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a Special Agent. His career took him around the world and gave him a unique perspective on not only how the United States, but the world is affected by our food, drug and healthcare policies.

The highlights of his career took him from protecting some of the most powerful people in the world to investigations involving the biggest tainted pet food death case in the U.S. to the intricate dealings of one of the largest counterfeit prescription drug rings in the world. He has often said, “If American’s really knew what was going on in the area of healthcare and nutrition in this country, they would be appalled.”

Gary’s love for all things primal has now led him to begin a new chapter in his life. He recently purchased 20 acres in Washington state, nearly a thousand miles north of his home in California. Today he joins us to discuss finding rural land, the challenges of building off grid and more. We also delve a bit into entrepreneurial topics, the paleo/primal diet and life and more.

Resources for today’s show…

choctawpecanBob Wells Plant of the WeekChoctaw Papershell Pecan Tree – It is adaptable from zone 6 to zone 9.

This pecan tree produces early in the season, and the shell is medium to soft. The Choctaw pecan is perfect as a commercial orchard tree. It is also an exceptional shade tree, and makes an outstanding edible producing yard tree.

These trees produce a very large papershell nut when grown under optimum climate and fertilization conditions. They are loaded with a nutty flavor that is crunchy to the taste. This is the type of Pecan you see sold at stands in the rural areas often purchased by passing tourists when “Pecan country”

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

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-1562- On Being a Sovereign Human

Sadly a component of the “sovereign citizen movement” have actually ruined the word, “sovereign citizen”.  While many in the movement are peaceful and tend to operate via turning the state unto itself via the courts, enough idiots have committed acts of violence under the phrase to widely ruin what it was supposed to mean.

However, as so often is the case that which is ruined often leads to that which is better.  In this case I think the term “sovereign human” is a much better term.  Citizen denotes a state, and a state denotes control.  But no matter our state of residence or citizenry we are all humans on a floating island we call earth.

I am not the first person to use the term sovereign human or sovereign individual by a long shot, but I do think it is a better way to understand both the problems in front of us, and the solutions to them.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • One perfect example of why we need to increase sovereignty
  • What exactly is the concept of individual human sovereignty
  • Why this concept is perfectly constitutional and in keeping with the founders views
  • Why this view is more important right now then elections
  • A 1970s flash back with the entire concept summed up in one speech
  • Why being mad is only a good start and the anger must be quickly tempered
  • The mindset of the sovereign human
    • My rights stem from my existence/creation
    • My rights do not trump the rights of others
    • I am responsible for myself, then for my family, only then to others
    • A right is something you have a right to pursue, not to be provided with
    • All systems of theft and coercion are to be resisted intelligently and peacefully
    • An unfair system is not an excuse for inaction
    • I can’t change society but I can change myself
    • I am a human being, my life matters, I won’t waste it
  • Final thoughts

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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The Duck Chronicles Episode Thirty Eight – The Ducks Have Moved Across the Gate

We had a few weeks of no episodes but we have been busy.  The big move has come the ducks are now in a bigger house, with power and have a much larger holding area.

Barbie the adopted duckling now is roaming the grounds free range with he fellow ducklings and the three turkey polts.  They have been interacting with the mother ducks and new hatched ducklings with no drama.

Of course that means mother ducks have started hatching babies, we have a ton of them with more yet to hatch.  They just hatched what appears to be the first muscovy duckling, right at 35 days as projected.

The babies are venturing out already with the various “mothers” but almost all seem to be mostly bonded with the one muscovy girl you see them with in this video.

The girls and the other adults are loving the new paddock especially the wet weather pond, where they have spent most of their time since the move.  Moving them wasn’t easy, they were terrified to go though the gate because they never had done so before, so we pushed them though the much lager double gate on the north end and herded them around.

The new poop free waterer has been improved using an 80 cent rubber stopper from Walmart, I drilled a hole with a hole saw and it works great.