Sustainable Business Planning

TSP Business Directory Feature of the week: Sustainable Business Planning

This week I am proud to feature another business from the TSP Community that focuses on helping the farm entrepreneur. Erin Martin resides in upstate New York on an 11 acre homestead. Erin’s venture came from a desire to help other homesteaders and farmers figure out the numbers side of running a successful business. Sustainable Business Planning gives farmers an online workshop to help with their accounting and strategic planning. Here are a few of the courses offered:

  • Can I earn a Profit With This Business
  • Business Planning
  • Using Quickbooks to Manage Your Business

Live Workshops

You can also purchase a bundle of all the courses offered at Sustainable Business Planning. These are live workshops, but you will get access to a recording after you finish. What inspired Erin to offer these courses? I’ll let Erin explain that:

My name is Erin Martin.
I grew up in Brooklyn and currently reside in upstate New York on an 11 acre homestead with my 2 dogs. I have a passion for gardening, horses, being outdoors and permaculture design. I have spent my career in corporate accounting, as the Corporate Controller for numerous small businesses (40-100 employees) with Revenues ranging from $15-$300M annually, and have close to 30 years experience in that field. I have a Bachelors Degree in Accounting. Over the years I have trained numerous employees in all aspects of corporate accounting, and I have a love of teaching. I had come to hate corporate life in general, not the accounting work itself, but the 9-5 of it, the 8 hours chained to a desk when I would rather be growing something. I still loved the numbers, and the story they can tell about the past, present and future of a business, but I wanted to do it on my own terms. The idea for this business came as part of that personal evolution.
The purchase of my homestead came out of a fierce desire to find liberty and self sufficiency in my life. I was tempted to throw caution to the wind and live the life of a vagabond woofer, but common sense prevailed and I decided to purchase land and try my hand at homesteading and see if I could make it profitable. Being a numbers geek, as soon as I started planning and analyzing what I wanted to do here on the homestead, I started building spreadsheets to use to run my numbers and look at different products and scenarios. That’s when it hit me! Why not leverage my years of experience helping businesses achieve their financial goals, into a business of my own?
Sustainable Business Planning was born. My goal is to help fellow farm entrepreneurs realize their dreams of profitable farming. Building a business is a journey, which begins with that first step.  I hope that you will allow me to join you on your journey and that you will join me on mine. Together, we can sow the seeds for success.

Erin has a great course that seems to be perfect for those contemplating a venture into farming. One of the things I like about this course is that she doesn’t require you to purchase two courses if a spouse or business partner wants to attend the workshop with you. You get a unique login that allows one device at a time into the workshop. So, plan accordingly if you want to work through the course material with someone else.

7-Weeks to a Financially Sustainable Farm

You can work through all the courses in about 7 weeks if you want to get the most value out of the program. In fact, Erin is offering TSP members a 15% discount at checkout by using the code 2016tspn15
You only need to purchase a one page business plan book and a copy of Quickbooks in order to attend the course. Payments are accepted through PayPal if you want to get enrolled in the next class. Speaking of, these classes are limited to no more than 30 attendees. So, expect the opportunity to ask plenty of questions and interact within a small group. Overall, I think this is an excellent opportunity for anyone considering farming or for the farmer looking to get a better grasp on their financials.
Sustainable Business Planning

TSP Business Directory

You can find Sustainable Business Planning and all the other businesses in our Directory here. Do business within the TSP community and support small business when you can. Listings start at less than $1 a month. Or, you can get a premium listing to get your business featured in one of these posts on the TSP homepage and Facebook feed. Thanks for your support and let’s make 2017 an outstanding year!

Episode-1930- Expert Council Q&A for 1-13-17

Today its Friday so it’s time for 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 gas storage, meat grinders, rock mass heaters, investing, hydrophobic soils, seed starting, canning, education 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

  • Storing gas outdoors and hiding it from thieves – Steve Harris
  • Choosing a hand cranked meat grinder – Keith Snow
  • Heating a home with russian olive and a rocket stove – Paul Wheaton
  • To invest in retirement or to prep – John Pugliano
  • Dealing with hydrophobic soils – Geoff Lawton
  • Starting seeds indoors – Nick Ferguson
  • The truth about pre sterilizing canning jars – Eric Strauss
  • Building a house by watching youtube – Jack

Resources for today’s show…

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Websites of the Expert Council Members

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Better Than Bouillon Organic Chicken Base – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is Better Than Bouillon Organic Chicken Base.  Specifically the link I provide today goes to a 3 pack of 8 ounce jars.  Now you can get a single 8 ounce jar to try it out, or you can get a 16 ounce jar.  However, if you do the math you will find the three pack almost amounts to getting 8 ounces for free compared to the other options.   And I like saving money!

So there is a lot to love about this stuff.  First and foremost it tastes great as do many other versions of the product, they even make a Fish Base, a Clam Base and a Lobster Base.  I mean if a food product doesn’t taste good you can’t really say much good about it after that right.  I am featuring chicken today because it is the most versatile, people use chicken stock in everything but all of them are wonderful.

One thing I love about the Chicken Base is the organic option.  I know organic isn’t perfect but it means a lot of things that are great like no GMO feed and no added artificial crap.  And there is almost no real extra cost for the organic version especially if you buy the three pack.

The other is the raw storage factor (RSF).  To me RSF is how much space does something concentrated take up compared to what it represented when reconstituted.  Each 8 ouch jar makes 9.5 quarts of broth.  So 3 jars at just under 20 bucks will make you 28.5 quarts of chicken stock.   That is 114 cups, but it only takes up the space of 1.5 cups in your pantry!  That is a 76-1 return on space!

Not to mention if you value organic chicken broth at say 2.50 a quart you have a 3.5 to one return on your money to go along with a 76-1 return on your space.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love home made stock, right now I have some amazing deep brown venison bone stock simmering on the stove, but there is a place for saving space, money and time and products like this do that in spades.

By keeping a few jars of a few varieties in your pantry you can literally store say 100 quarts worth of stock with no real effort for not much money.   Again with the chicken stock it is something you can use often so rotation is pretty simple.

Stated shelf life by the company is 2 years from date of manufacturer but I personally feel that it would last longer than that.  You do need to refrigerate them after opening though, so consider that with your planning.

Here is one way we use this stuff all the time.  About the only “grains” we eat with any regularity are quinoa and amaranth and alone they quite bland.  Basic directions for both are, put once cup of grain to two cups of water and bring to a boil.  Reduce to a simmer, simmer covered for 12-15 minutes stirring occasionally, remove from heat and let stand for about 5 more minutes covered.

Our slight modification is put two cups of water into the pot and heat until hot enough to dissolve one heaping teaspoon of Better Than Bullion.  Once dissolved add grain and cook as above.  The difference is night and day with flavor.

Lastly read the ingredients one of them is turmeric, now that is surely to give a great golden flavor, but more organic turmeric in your diet is never a bad thing.  So give Better Than Bouillon Organic Chicken Base a shot today.   Your pantry, your wallet, you family and your taste buds will all thank you for it.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

P.S. If you worry about salt, there are low sodium versions of most of their products available.

 

Episode-1929- Chef Keith Snow on the Food Storage Feast

Chef Keith Snow is the author of The Harvest Eating Cookbook-Running Press 2009, and host of Harvest Eating Radio, which has surpassed 350 episodes and continues to grow a substantial audience of devoted listeners, true friends and fans.

Keith joins us today to discuss his new online storage food cooking course, called Food Storage Feast.   In this course he teaches you to make gourmet meals with your preps, and integrate your food storage plan into your daily menu so you can really “store what you eat and eat what you store.”

Join Us Today to Discuss…

  • Why do people’s food storage plans fail
  • How to use grains and basics but not have meals end up like “prison gruel”
  • How cooking regularly from your storage food slash your grocery bill
  • Why learning to cook gourmet meals from storage food is a win-win survival skill
  • Why you should not rely on ready-made, freeze-dried, just-add-water meals
  • How Chef Keith’s course will work and how he interacts with his students

Resources for today’s show…

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The Hands-On Home by Erica Strauss – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is The Hands-On Home by Erica Strauss.  Erica of course is a member of our expert council so I realized man I should have featured her book long ago.   Her book is what you’d expect from Erica, fing fantastic!

Erica designed this book to be the ultimate guide on the DIY home.  There are over 100 recipes, tips, and inspirational ideas in this great book.  It coverss everything from cooking, canning and preserving to making your own nontoxic home and personal care products.

Over half of the book focuses on the kitchen with a wealth of information about how to organize and stock your kitchen to more effortlessly prepare delicious meals.  Erica is a former professional chef who knows how to build flavor into simple and delicious home-cooked meals.

She also includes details on Basic Food Preservation techniques such as water-bath canning, pressure canning, and lacto-fermentation along with a handy year-long food preservation calendar of what to put up when.

You guys know Erica from her appearances on the air, she is extremely knowledgeable and always super prepared.  So you just know her book has got to be awesome, how awesome, one review on Amazon is titled,

“The mayo recipe alone is worth it…but really, this book is amaze-balls.”

I am not sure what that actually means but if you read the full review by  N. Stoddard you will see that she was very excited about it.  In fact you won’t find a bad review on this book, not one, 99 reviews with 4.8 stars overall.  But what else would we expect from Erica.  So check out The Hands-On Home by Erica Strauss and if you have not done so yet add it to your kindle or your book shelf.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

 

No show today

The charter cable idiots are still climbing all over the polls outside The Internet is still down so it looks like there will be no TSP today we will return tomorrow if the cable technicians can figure out the difference between a DC amplifier and their asses. I apologize for the interruption but we are all subject at times to the limits of technology.

Show Delayed Today

Due to an internet outage TSP will be delayed significantly today. Just a friendly PSA.

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The Great American Farm Tour

Chances are you feel a bit isolated. Not many of many of your friends or family are growing food.   Maybe you even feel a little “crazy” sometimes.  I’m thinking you’re gonna dig the farm tour. You’re gonna meet the coolest people (just like you) all over the country and see some of the greatest places.

I’m happy to say, that our farm, Nine Mile Farm is one of the farms to be featured on Justin Rhodes’ “Great American Farm Tour” this year.  So, if you’ve ever wanted a more intimate look at my day-to-day, this is your chance 😉

If you haven’t heard about Justin’s tour, his family of six has converted a school bus into an RV and will be showcasing the greatest sustainable yards, homesteads, and farms across America.  Justin will be creating daily Youtube Videos of the adventure and is currently crowdfunding for a feature length documentary.

Take part in the adventure by supporting his Kickstarter campaign, HERE.

In Doing So You Can Get Some Exclusive Kickstarter Rewards:

  • Deeply discounted prices on the documentary
  • Kickstarter exclusive BONUSES
  • Inside scoop on the adventure
  • Enjoy a sense of community when you join with others to support the effort

NOTE: Justin has been known for giving REALLY good deals to his Kickstarter backers. And, with his feature film selling for just $15, I think it’s a steal. I’d buy one even if I wasn’t in the film.  So check out The Great American Farm Tour and consider backing it today.

MSB Updates 1-10-17

I have made some updates to the MSB that I wanted everyone to be aware of.

First – The High Mowing Organic Seeds code had expired.  The new code is now in the MSB, and High Mowing is a great long term supporter.  This is the time of year to be ordering seeds for the coming season, so check out High Mowing and remember to get your MSB discount visit the Benefits Section of the MSB before you make your purchase.

Second – Chef Keith Snow has an awesome new course on cooking with your preps called Food Storage Feast.  It is 199 dollars and that is a good deal but I got him to do a HUGE discount of 70 dollars for MSB Members.  To get the discount just use the special link for Chef Keith in the benefits section of the MSB.  By the way Chef Keith will be on air tomorrow to talk about this new course so tune in.

Third – I got with Dave Duffy and his team at Back Woods Home and said, hey man, do you guys want to do a discount for MSB for your new Self Reliance Magazine?  His answer was you bet, so I now have that code in the benefits section of the MSB as well.  So check out Self-Reliance.com today and if you sign up you get a great discount as an MSB Member.

Fourth – Just a quick reminder that all the videos form the TSP Fall 2016 class are now uploaded to the Downloads Page of the MSB Website.  They are hosted on Vimeo with a password because they are for MSB only.  The pass word is provided with the links to them.  There is over 10 hours of high quality instruction in these videos from 20 different classes.

To join the MSB and get all of the great benefits just click here.

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Episode-1928- Do People Really Want Freedom

Most People Willing Put On Their Own Chains

The word freedom has almost been risen to holy status in our society.  You see people absolutely lose their minds if someone say burns a dime store flag that they personally paid for, because, “that flag symbolizes our freedom”, etc.

Our nation is touted as “the freest nation in the world” and anyone questioning the claim is shouted down and told nonsense like, “well then move to Somalia”.  I am sorry but a person point out discrepancies and concerns about liberty is not told to just move to Somalia in a society that actually loves freedom.

In the end I don’t think the question is so easy to answer.  On the surface, sure everyone yearns to be free, but do they really and how is freedom defined by those answering the question.  We will examine this today and more.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • First let us acknowledge the places where we do tend to have more freedom
    • Speech
    • The Right to Bare Arms
    • Ability to Build a Business
    • To Practice or Abstain from Religion
  • Now let us define freedom
    • What is pure freedom
    • How do most people actually internally define freedom
    • Understanding the conflict
  • What real freedom means
    • You have no right to anything rightfully acquired by another person
    • No one should ever take away anything from anyone against their will
    • You are solely responsible for your own needs
    • You have no right to interfere with others actions unless they harm another
    • So do you really want freedom?
  • Proof that most people do not want freedom
    • HOAs
    • Legislation of subjective morality
    • The most tyranny happens at low levels of government
    • Massive support for compulsory education
    • Over reaction to every tragedy
    • How people act when you say, “I am not going to vote”
    • Violent defense of the system they claim to hate
    • The absolute rejection of Ron Paul
  • Final thoughts

Resources for today’s show…

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