Monthly Archives: December 2015

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We are Fine, The Storms were Mostly East of US

While I have a full post coming on things we learned during the Dec. 26th tornadoes for now just know we were fine though the entire event. We did have a power outage likely caused by lightning but it was no big deal. There are far too many “are you okay” emails coming in to answer them all. Don’t take that the wrong way I am blown away but how many people are worried about us, but I figured one post would answer all concerns a lot easier.

Remember I am off for the coming week but in that time I will post a short article about these storms, our experience and what we have learned this time around.

The destruction that occurred just 30 miles east of us is dramatic and makes us once again count our blessings. Here are a few pictures of the damage to our east.

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Episode-1700- The Christmas Special for 2015

Most of today’s show is a recreation of 2008’s Christmas special. Today we pause and take a moment to reflect on Christmas and how it has become the Holiday we celebrate today. Many American’s have no idea just how Christmas became unique here in America, the role it played in bringing our nation together after two wars of independence and the civil war.

Christmas is special and a time to pause and reflect. Christmas is indeed a special time of year, today I will cover many aspects of it that may make this Christmas just a bit more special. There is also a full text transcription on of the non commercial portion of today’s show in the show notes below.

Tune in today to hear about…

  • Christmas was banned in England at one time and even parts of America
  • Early Americans didn’t really celebrate Christmas, (congress was in session on Dec 25th, 1789)
  • In the early 1800s Christmas was a rowdy holiday spurred by class conflict, turmoil and unemployment
  • In 1819, best-selling author Washington Irving wrote The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon bringing us many “ancient customs”, he simply invented
  • Leading up to the Civil War, Christmas was a “southern holiday” and Thanksgiving a “northern holiday”
  • How Christmas and Thanksgiving together helped to heal a young America
  • Today is a time to pause, reflect and just be, prepping, planning and stress will all wait patiently for you
  • Different ending music for today’s show! The most beautiful version of Oh Holly Night I have ever heard, just pause, listen and realize what really matters while it plays.

Resources for today’s show…

 

Episode-1699- Looking back at 2015 Forward to 2016

An acre that went from Brown to Green in 2015

An acre that went from Brown to Green in 2015

Today is the last full regular show of 2015 so I though we would take a look at all that we did this year and our plans as we move into 2016.  In some ways 2015 seemed to roll faster than any year I remember.  In other ways some of the things we did seem like they were a very long time ago.

In many ways I feel there are way too many things that I didn’t get done yet that need doing.  On the other hand when I look at what we did get done this was definitely a #getshitdone year as we say on the Regenerative Agriculture Facebook Group.

Lets Take a Look at Just Some of What 2015 Brought not in Order…

  • We launched The Duck Chronicles which became a YouTube Hit
  • We grew our duck flock and egg business to a profitable concern
  • We launched the PermaEthos Plant Propagation, Bee Intro and Soils Courses
  • GenForward became a reality, currently in further development
  • We ran a multiple events at Elisha’s Spring farm and planted thousands of trees
  • We participated in a major install with Mark Shepard in Arkansas for Alcoa
  • We crossed 1500 episodes, I crossed the 10,000 hour threshold at 1666
  • I spoke at PV2 and had an incredible response from it
  • We installed a ton of irrigation and have water on 75% of our property now
  • We planted hundreds of trees, ran both small and big events
  • We have our business plan for the tea business and 3 of 4 formulas worked out
  • We tratored quail, developed cage proto types and now have a egg flock going
  • We created a formal program for the Expert Council
  • More than 10 new supporting vendors were added to the MSB
  • We launched the Regenerative Agriculture Group on Facebook, it will hit 5,000 members in 2015
  • We transformed our west pasture from brown to green and planted 150 trees there
  • Thanks to Michael Jordan we now have hundreds of new cider/mead makers
  • I got to eat, turkey, quail, ducks and fruit from my property
  • Made my first ever batch of mead with EVERYTHING from my property
  • I acted as minister in my son’s wedding and we have a grand baby on the way
  • We installed a pond
  • We installed wicking beds
  • The duck area water problems are basically solved
  • We have the TSP Business Directory pretty much ready to go
  • Dana and Fox joined the team
  • There were also some hard times

Looking to 2016

  • Quail Aviary is designed and construction to begin next week
  • Our tea business will be launched and help a lot of small producers
  • A new webinar model is coming for Permaethos
  • Full automation of most of my irrigation by spring
  • New water garden system will be developed
  • We will begin cultivation in earnest of ground nut, Jerusalem artichokes, comfrey
  • We are going to establish a major under-story of Hanson’s cherry and mint this coming year
  • We will be building a floating island
  • Should be a pretty solid fruit harvest this year
  • Electric fencing is being installed for the duck holding area
  • I hope to start two new anarcho groups, Sovereign Scouts and the Grand Daddy’s Gun Club
  • I am thinking about a version of Chip.in for leaves
  • Who knows, I am just going to keep following the credo of #getshitdone

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-1698- Listener Feedback for 12-21-15

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 rumptopf, ducks, bullying, investing, politics, cider making, free speech 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

  • What is Rumptopf – it is deliciousness
  • Raising ducks when you have more pond than land
  • Fining bullies, am I for it no, but what should we do about this issue
  • Another edition of Jack was right, move over 401K
  • Is there any need to ever refrigerate hard cider, no, but you may want to
  • What is the meaningful and function different between 50%, 70% and 91% rubbing alcohol
  • Yale Students Sign Petition to Repeal the 1st Amendment
  • Thoughts on gift giving, gift based economies and more

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-1697- Expert Council Q&A for 12-18-15

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.

Today the expert council answers questions on, bee hives, cooking geese, battery jump packs, Permaculture Training, fungal meds, concealed carry, dietary sugar and more.

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 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

  • When and how to divide hives for the very small keeper – Michale Jordan
  • The low down on cooking the perfect Christmas Goose – Keith Snow
  • Thoughts on the new Li-Ion Battery packs popping everywhere – Steven Harris
  • Thoughts on PRI Permaculture Teacher Certification – Geoff Lawton
  • How to stock up on antil fungal meds for SHTF – Doc Bones
  • Ultra covert deep concealed carry options – Bryan Black
  • The skinny or not so skinny on cabs vs. refined sugar – Garry Collins
  • Leaning to not be too serious about yourself and chill – Jack

Resources for today’s show…

Websites of the Expert Council Members

Links Provided by the Council

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Episode-1696- Rob Kaiser on NRCS High Tunnel Grants

robRob Kaiser is the founder and owner of Deliberate Living Systems, LLC.  Rob holds an Applied Science degree from The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute, where his studies focused on Landscape Contracting & Construction and Nursery Management.

He completed an internship in Colorado, and remained there for several years, working for two different tree farm operations. During this time, he was very involved in outdoor recreation and was an active member of the Colorado Mountain Club.

During his twenties, Rob transitioned into residential and commercial landscape design, installation and maintenance. He gained experience working and living in Colorado, Ohio, and North Carolina. While In Ohio, Rob began studying Landscape Design at Cleveland State in 2004 while employed at Cahoon Nursery. After moving to Western North Carolina, Rob earned the title of Certified Plant Professional. He actively hiked the Blue Ridge Mountains and ran his first 10k Trail Run at the Bent Creek Classic in 2005.

At the age of 30, Rob shifted towards career growth and development and began working in the field of forestry consulting. His work began with Geographic Information System (GIS) based Utility Vegetation Management, and led to include Urban Forest Inventories, Wildfire Mitigation Grant Compliance Inspections and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Storm Debris Monitoring program operations. Rob traveled all over the United States and gained experience working in a variety of biomes and ecosystems.

He currently resides in Medina County, near Litchfield. Today, he applies his extensive experience in the green industry several different ways. Rob works as a Nursery Sales Representative, Market Gardener, Permaculture Designer and Consultant, Author and Community Organizer. His goal is to work with others to share the knowledge and skills needed to live a healthy, positive and beneficial life.

Rob joins us today to talk about his recent experience in procuring a grant for the purchase and installation of a High Tunnel via the NRCS, his venture into market farming and other NRCS programs that can help new farmers get off the ground.

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.

Also remember we have an expert council that can answer you questions. If you have a question send it to jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with TSPC Epert in the subject line. Ask your question in one to two sentences so it is clear then provide any additional details. Make sure to tell me what council member the question is for. You Meet the Expert Council at this Link.

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Episode-1695- Ten Ways to Live Free in an Unfree World

True Words Unless You Moderate Being Right With Both Wisdom and Cleverness

True Words Unless You Moderate Being Right With Both Wisdom and Cleverness

Yep this show is about active anarchy, didn’t put that in the title so it would not immediately shut down people that do not know what real anarchy is.  Anarchy is not spoiled young adult children living in the parents basements, listening thrash music and playing games while wearing a black shirt with an A on it.

Anarchy is not burning down buildings, demonstrating in the streets or being a non conformist by getting the same tattoo 5,000 other people have.  It isn’t hating everyone who is a cop or works for “the system” while you yourself take advantage of the same “system” every day.  It to be blunt isn’t even dominantly a political view, it is more an ethics based view that drives a political philosophy.

The ethics I am talking about are things like the firm belief, that cohesion, theft and force outside of defensive force are wrong, all the time, period the end. We accept that society is currently a bunch of spoiled children not ready to step up and be moral. We also accept that our way won’t be the dominant way in our own lifetimes. Yet for us, living against our ethics is simply not an option.

We think 7-8 generations out; we live accepting the interactive edge we must tolerate with the State.   However, we adapt and we worry first about what we do, how we handle conflict and what positive change we can make before we worry one bit about what anyone else does, says, thinks or doesn’t do.

This show is actually based on an article I will be releasing around the first of the year. I feel that an article will reach many people who don’t normally listen to podcasts.  But I also wanted to share this with you guys before the year ends.  I think many of you will be surprised to learn, you may have been actually practicing anarchy for quite awhile without even knowing it.  In fact many of you are far more real anarchist then people who claim to be anarchists.

Join Me Today to Hear…

  • What is freedom, what does it have to do with anarchy
  • What the real goal of anarchy is
  • What the limitations currently are for anarchists
  • How anarchists must cope with the interactive edge
  • The Ten Ways to Actively be a Modern Anarchist
    • Write contracts that exclude the state
    • Attempt to resolve all differences in absence of the state
    • Create or find a non profit truly consistent with your views
    • Make your own alcohol
    • Avoid using the “states money” when possible
    • Start a business
    • Form a group that gets positive things done
    • Be at least a “basic prepper” and step up when the state falls down
    • Grow your own food
    • Self educate constantly and follow your passions
  • 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.

Also remember we have an expert council that can answer you questions. If you have a question send it to jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with TSPC Epert in the subject line. Ask your question in one to two sentences so it is clear then provide any additional details. Make sure to tell me what council member the question is for. You Meet the Expert Council at this Link.

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Episode-1694- Small Batch Mead, Cider and Fruit Wine Q&A

My Go To Bottling Solution for Small Batch Bottling. 32 oz, Growlers.

My Go To Bottling Solution for Small Batch Bottling. 32 oz, Growlers.

Today I am doing a follow up to Episode-1684- Making Dead Simple Ciders, Meads and Fruit Wines because I have been blown away by how many went out and gave it a shot.  I have also gotten a lot of questions about it.  I put out requests for questions on that episode and efforts so far and got a huge response, today I will attempt to answer most of those questions.

I do want to lead off with something to put everything here into context though.  These quick simple small batches, especially the dump and pitch ciders are more like cooking a steak on the grill on a Wednesday night than say, making a fabulous full length roasted tenderloin, topped with onion and pepper oil along with an accompaniment fit for a Mongolian warlord!  I’ll have to tell you guys how to do that some day.

The point is in one of those models you are just feeding yourself a damn good meal, you paid a fair price for a decent cut of meat, you grill it, done and you enjoy it that way.  In the other you just dropped 200 bucks on one of the finest cuts of meat known to man.  You are going to spend a lot more time and effort to make sure your meal comes out in a beyond blow your mind way.

These are simple quick ciders and wines, they serve two purposes…

  • One – Daily drinkers, something to kick back on the porch with, enjoy the evening, or drink with buddies in the garage watching a game.  Just like making burgers or steaks on the grill.
  • Two – as ways to tweak a recipe, select a yeast, etc. before making a larger batch.  Or to find an awesome recipe for yes, that very high end product.  They key is with the same volume of ingredients that I could make a 5 gallon full run with I can make 5 test batches, in the very bottles they come in.

What this means is that making ciders and meads like this can either lead to full on bad ass to the bone home vinting, mead and cider making.  Or a path to really easy and fast daily drinkers, either bottled or kegged.  Or just be a fun way to make and enjoy a few batches a year.  It is all up to you.  Just understand that is the angle my answers come from today.

I have been brewing beers, ciders, fruit wines, meads and blends there of since 1994, so that is 21 years.  I have even produced a few award winning beers in my time.

I rank my experience as a brewer at a 8 of 10, mainly only because I have never done full mash.  Cider I would rank as a 8 as well, mainly because I have never worked up to proper blending or real cider apples, something very hard to even get today.  I would also give myself an 8 as a mead maker, only because I have seen what a 10 is and that isn’t it.

The point of all this isn’t I am awesome, it is more that this level of making ciders, wines and meads doesn’t qualify to me anyway for some of the higher levels of concern as producing the very best you are capable does.   Again think of it as grilling steaks or good burgers or say chicken, vs. cooking a full on gourmet blow you away meal for a dinner party.

Final note on real wines, as in made from pressed grapes that are grown for the purpose of making wine, I would rate myself perhaps a 4!  I know what to do, but it doesn’t interest me so I don’t do it, never have done it, have no real plans to do it.  Hence all the little tricks and adjustments you learn by actually doing this stuff, I have no experience with in the “proper” world of wine.

Join Me Today As I Answer Questions Like…

  • Can you use frozen juice concentrate for cider
  • What sugar to use for carbonation
  • Can you use bread yeast, if so what happens
  • What if fermentation never begins
  • What effect does cold crashing have on bottle carboniation
  • What about methanol – DON’T even worry about it
  • How long is too long in a primary fermenter
  • What is involved with racking off or fruit
  • Is there such a thing as medicinal ciders and meads
  • Flavoring ciders etc with extracts at bottling/kegging time
  • Making a ginger beer or ginger cider
  • Why is my fermentation bubbly but not foamy
  • The good apple debate about fresh pressed juice and why it is over hyped
  • Making wine from store bought grape juice
  • What about store bought honey
  • Why I hate back sweetening but why you should not care
  • What is the difference between beer, wine, cider and mead
  • Can you make an alcohol free mead
  • How do you know when a fermentation is done
  • Why some recipes call for raisins and what they do
  • What is the difference between priming sugar and table sugar
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of staged fermentation
  • What are some of my favorite yeasts for dry higher gravity cider
  • How big should a balloon get during fermentation
  • Where to get products like racking canes and yeast
  • Why are my bottles not carbonating

Resources for today’s show…

 

purpfigBob Wells Plant of the Week L.S.U. PURPLE FIG – The LSU Purple fig is adaptable from zone 7 to zone 9. It is very reliable, prolific producer of early to late delicious figs.

One of the best figs to come along for some time. Very acclimated to the fluctuating weather of the South. Very sweet, does not require a pollinator and best to pick a few days after the fruit turns purple.

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.

Also remember we have an expert council that can answer you questions. If you have a question send it to jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with TSPC Epert in the subject line. Ask your question in one to two sentences so it is clear then provide any additional details. Make sure to tell me what council member the question is for. You Meet the Expert Council at this Link.

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