Episode-1544- Listener Calls for 3-27-15

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

Today on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on ponds, fish, guerrilla gardening, fungus, amending soil, planting trees, buying a business 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…

  • How to stock a pond sustainably in Colorado
  •  Want, trees, spring is here, you are not ready to plan, what to do
  • Using oak leaves for mulch, a way to really get it going
  • Using rotting wood as a soil amendment
  • How to successfully guerrilla garden trees on unkempt land, brush piles are your friend!
  • How to plant perennials and still get short term yields
  • When does a pond need mechanical aeration, how do you provide it
  • How to buy a business if it is engaged in activity you want to change

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-1543- Matt Powers on Permaculture Based Youth Education

Permaculture Based Education an Idea Who's Time Has Come.

Permaculture Based Education an Idea Who’s Time Has Come.

Matt Powers was raised in New England ski racing, attended NYU and played in bands as a studio and touring musician for many years. Now he is a teacher, author, family guy, blogger & permaculturist living in the foothills of Central Valley California between Yosemite National Park and Fresno. He is focused on permaculture education, alternative schooling, intentional community building, farming, family, faith & music.

Matt teaches at a charter/public school, Minarets High School in O’Neils, CA, where all 10-12th graders have macbook laptops (less than 500 kids attend the school total). Almost everything is online save a few class sets of books like 1984 and Fahrenheit 451. It is a projects-based school that is student-centered and focused on choice.

He joins us today to discuss, Permaculture Youth Education (Pre-College) and how that can impact society for the better.  He is also the author of The Permaculture Student textbook series which is his take on why we need to have permaculture as the backbone of our education system.

Today we will be discussing his books and the need for there to be permaculture history, architecture and even coloring books. Discussing alternative schooling, the way the mind actually learns, how abstraction is bad for the mind, and how permaculture can fix it, even in a public school context (as long as it is non-compulsory public ed).

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 you can address your calls to. If you do this you should email me right after your call at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with expert council call in the subject line. In the body of your email tell me that you just called in a question for the council and what number you called in from. I will then give the call priority when I screen calls.

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3-28-15 Work With Jack Weekend Now Closed

Just a quick update that the 3-28-15 workshop is now closed, keep an eye out for future workshops.  We will likely do one on 4-11 but we are not yet taking registrations for that date.

I am closing this because we are now up to over 18 people, that is about as big as I can let these working weekends get.

We will do quite a few of them so you will get your shot if you want to come, frankly the first one was a blast!

Episode-1542- Starting, Running and Managing a Business

So Get Busy Doing Shit  ~ Jack Spirko

So Get Busy Doing Shit ~ Jack Spirko

I often say that people should start a business as part of a self sufficiency plan.  The truth is the majority of what I know is available for free at JackSpirko.com (warning the language is far more adult there than at TSP).

In fact I have been asked many times to do more podcasts over there and I have refused.

The reason is simple, I have stated many times the day a person does everything I have already given there, has implemented it into their business and still wants more, I will do another episode.  So far, no one has done so.

The truth is I really believe that the most important part of building a business is just getting busy getting shit done.  Planning, talking, thinking, brain storming all have their place but up front, hustle is the key.

I have been wary of doing general business podcasts for a few reasons here, they are…

  • Many who want to hear about starting a business are more interested in intellectual masturbation than actually doing it, I have no interest in that!
  • I cringe at the thought of someone not pursuing an idea just because I don’t personally think it is a good idea.  There are plenty of successful businesses out there that I would have said were not a good idea before they existed.
  • I cringe even more at someone going after an idea just because I think it is a good idea.  Ideas are not businesses, at all, in anyway, shape or form.  The execution is the key, not the idea itself.
  • Most of you refuse to accept these two things, a tax attorney and a CPA.  Every time I bring up business it leads to tax and legal questions, to be blunt, I DON’T Fing KNOW WHAT YOUR INDIVIDUAL ISSUES ARE.  I can’t and won’t give this advice.  Stop asking!!!

The truth is what I think of your business doesn’t matter, what you do with it is what matters.  I try to stick to principles, concepts and methods over ideas because that makes them universal.

Join Me Today to Discuss...

  • There are rules to business, some of them are
    • Your market is more important than your desires
    • Passion is great, but passion in absence of substance equals stupidity
    • It is always more work than you thought it would be
    • No one will ever do it as good as you, EVER, EVER, EVER, got it?
    • Focusing on your competition is most often really stupid
    • No business can survive with out sales AND marketing
  • My thoughts on modern businesses
    • Part time first for MOST
    • If you go full time up front, don’t get comfortable
    • You will have one boss, and  he/she needs to be an asshole!
    • Nothing beats just telling people in the beginning
  • Thoughts on successful websites
    • Sites need to initiate a process
    • Sites need to make it clear how to do business with you
    • Sites should be “active”, brochures are dead!  Fing dead!  Do you get that?
    • A business is its customer base, an email list is a customer base
    • Your site is not designed to please people who won’t buy from you
  • In the end it comes down to abilities
    • MarketABILITY – the ability to tell your story
    • ReferABILITY – the ability for others to tell your story
    • ProfitABILITY – the ability to yield a surplus
    • RepeatABILITY – the ability to sell to a customer many times
    • AdaptABILITY – the ability to evolve and be sustained
    • ScaleABILITY – the ability to grow sufficiently
  • Simple basics
    • Have a core product/service
    • Get moving fast, long product development isn’t business
    • Listen to your customers (trends not individuals)
    • Excel never lies, you will lie to yourself, don’t
    • No marketing will every beat pure hustle in the beginning
    • Everything I say could be both right and wrong at the same time
  • Just do it, seek not my approval, seek the approval of paying customers

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 you can address your calls to. If you do this you should email me right after your call at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with expert council call in the subject line. In the body of your email tell me that you just called in a question for the council and what number you called in from. I will then give the call priority when I screen calls.

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Episode-1541- Reclaiming Our Sovereign Food Rights

Only in the Mind of a Statist Does this Make Sense!

Only in the Mind of a Statist Does this Make Sense!

Today a call to arms, it is time to draw a line in the soil!

Today we live in a world where the majority of our food contains known toxic substances.  Slowly even the establishment is admitting this.  Such as the WHO finally admitting that RoundUp (the most popular herbicide in agriculture) likely causes cancer, WHO Admission Here.   Keep in mind anything with soy as an ingredient in the US that is not certified organic likely contains significant amounts of Roundup, as soy is mostly now a “round up ready” crop.

Several years ago in a US Federal Court in Wisconsin a Judge ruled that you have no fundamental right to determine what food goes into your body.  This same oath breaking traitorous judge then promptly quit his judgeship and was rewarded with a high paying position working for a Monsanto supporting law firm.

As all this has continued to get worse, small farmer after small farmer is attacked by busy body yuppies who want to anamorphize cattle and hogs and politicians writing rules for animal husbandry that don’t know a cows utter from a cows ass!

I could go on but at this point it is clear, when one of the biggest names in sustainable agriculture has to write a book called, “Everything I Want to do is Illegal“, the problem could not be more evident.  Today we continue a multi part series we began last week with our show on education on reclaiming our sovereign rights as men and women in a world of ever increasing tyranny.

Join Me Today As I Discuss…

  • First do you believe you have a right to choose your own food if so
    • Act like it
    • Do it
    • Take control
  • Understanding the problem
    • One size fits all regulation
    • Federal interference on state level commerce
    • Stupid people in power, dumber people influencing it
    • Big food wants full control
    • Some people simply, think they’re helping but they’re not
  • The solution
    • Local politics
      • Create state and local coalitions
      • 10th amendment solutions
      • Local ordinance solutions
      • Make them fear loss of power, it all they understand
      • Find and exploit all loop holes
      • Shame and show the stupidity of assclowns in power
      • Phone and email bomb local media!
    • Action
      • Plant shit, grow shit, dare them to stop you
      • Feed your neighbors, give them a stake in it
      • Buy local and share local food/stories
      • Guerrilla garden, guerilla graft, etc.
      • Use weapons of mass creation (WMCs)
  • The reality we must accept
    • Those in power have targeted, food, water, shelter, energy, health and education
    • All must be taken back, none will be given back freely, ever
    • Food/water freedoms are the most fundamental of human rights
    • This is THE PLACE for peaceful civil disobedience on every level
    • Draw a line in the soil!

Resources for today’s show…

miracle-fruit1_1Bob Wells Plant of the WeekMiracle Fruit – has a unique glycol protein that inhibits taste buds’ perception of sour taste for half an hour up to a couple of hours. They can make lemons taste like lemon candy. The fruit can be used to enhance the flavor of grapefruit, strawberries, and lychees. The fruit also acts as an appetite stimulant for chemotherapy patients. The effects of the glycol protein, masks the metallic taste that food tends to get after chemo treatment. The plants are best grown in containers, and they can remain in a seven gallon pot indefinitely.

Find this plant and more at BobWellsNursery.com – Bob Wells Nursery specializes in anything edible: Fruit trees, Berry Plants, 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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The Duck Chronicles Episode Thirty Six – Breakfast Sprouts for the Chicks

In The Duck Chronicles Episode Thirty Six – Breakfast Sprouts for the Chicks we have a lot of updates.  First we enjoy breakfast sprouts with the girls, I sprout three big scoops of sunflower seed every day for them, as you will see it is a big hit.

I show you my really simple set up for sprouting the seeds, if you want to see this system used for barley fodder and it used more in depth, you can see this older video.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbJwbnSrdT0

Then we check in on our two broody muscovy girls, they are doing well enough.

I show you the progress from our recent work with Jack weekend and we are getting very close to the “big move”.  The geese are going to the processor on Thursday.

Episode-1540- Listener Feedback for 3-23-15

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 global warming, permaculture, homesteading, government, politics, the media 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

  • Join me to have fun, drink beer and learn this Saturday (link)
  • AAR on this Weeks Work With Jack Weekend
  • Scum bags in New York attack small farm over frozen water
  • The reason you can’t ever expect to find, “the book” on permaculture
  • Get out of the plug and play mentality in Permaculture, or charge for it
  • Mandatory voting? What to do, turn off the fricken news again!
  • A Yelp for Teachers, hell how about a Yelp for all public servants

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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Patch AddictsDetails below on how to get 20% off at the TSP Gear Shop.

TSP Gear Shop has been working on a new project. Patch Addicts is the most awesome way to find the best patches.

Version 1 launched this past week as a newsletter that features profiles of top patch designers and their favorite patches.

Patch AddictsThe newsletter will also be a place to find discounts and sign up for Giveaways. Version 2 will be rolling out shortly and feature a market place to buy and sell patchces, quickly and easily.

To celebrate the launch of Patch Addicts, TSP Gear Shop will be releasing a 20% Off Coupon Code in an upcoming issue.

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TSP Gear Shop will also be giving away TSP merchandise to randomly selected subscribers.

About Tomorrow’s Workshop – Don’t Worry It’s On Like Donkey Kong!

Rain or Shine, Either Way, It's So On!

Rain or Shine, Either Way, It’s So On!

Just a quick note of reassurance that we will be rolling tomorrow with the workshop, rain or no rain.  If I canceled for rain, I’d never get a thing done anyway.

What we will be doing tomorrow though due to all the rain is planting support species in the food forest, then seeding cover crop and mulching with straw.  It is too wet to dig for irrigation at this point.  The good news is the support trees are small, so the work will be easy going, we have about 150 trees to plant.

Suggestions are to bring extra shoes and socks so if we call it done a bit early and retire to the garage for teaching and sharing you have dry feet.  Feel free to bring a change of clothes as well.  Something tells me we can knock out this work in about 3 hours and we might just have some extra hang out time.  Don’t worry I promise to make it fun and educational.

I just shredded about 9 pounds of smoked pork shoulder and stocked the fridge with an assortment of beer.  All of you by now should have received a document with directions and instructions in your email.  If not you will find info in the most recent post in this thread, http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=53896.0

Remember if you are not making this one we just announced another one for next week, http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/3-28-15-work-learn-drink-and-eat-with-jack-free-workshop-announced

Episode-1539- Listener Calls 3-20-15

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

Today on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on ducks, cover crops, food storage, erosion control, homesteading, generators, land purchases, investing 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…

  • When to move ducklings to regular feed and off chick starter
  • What is the best plant to integrate into lawns to make them more sustainable
  • Copy canning, when do you stop, how much is enough
  • Options for erosion control where swales are not an option
  • Steve Harris on the need or lack there of to ground portable generators
  • When do you own “too much land” how do you change that
  • How do you stake up blackberry with out getting “torn up”
  • How to prune back yard and small orchard style trees

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 you can address your calls to. If you do this you should email me right after your call at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with expert council call in the subject line. In the body of your email tell me that you just called in a question for the council and what number you called in from. I will then give the call priority when I screen calls.

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