Meet the Expert Council

Several years into the production of The Survival Podcast I began to assemble a group I refer to as the TSPC Expert Council.  These individuals have all demonstrated some key attributes before they were asked to join.

First – They are absolutely experts in their fields and have a track record of providing spot on, actionable and accurate advice.

Second – They are all community members and have all contributed to our community as members before being given a position on the council.

Third – They are all dedicated to helping others achieve individual freedom and liberty in their lives.

To ask a question of one of our council members, just send an email to me at jack at with “TSPC Expert” in the subject line.

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 provide 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.

The Members of our Expert Council Include…

Charles Sanville – – Charles can answer all your questions on cars, car repair, service, DIYs, and tools.  Charles has has spent most of his career as a full time dealership technician. He started at the dealership fresh out of mechanic school and quickly moved into a leadership roll. He holds a master level certification, and specializes in advanced engine and electrical system diagnosis.

In addition to being an automotive expert, he is an authority on tools. It takes a large amount of tools to be a professional technician. Charles has had the opportunity to use everything from the cheapest junk, to the most expensive brands in the world. If you are looking at buying a tool, odds are he has beaten one up.

Charles has also built a full time content creation business called Humble Mechanic. Born straight out of the TSP audience he built his web show from zero to well over 100,000 Youtube subscribers. His show focuses on teaching people about cars, helping them avoid getting ripped off, and mentoring new mechanics. Charles also teaches automotive repair to professional technicians and creates video content for some Fortune 500 companies.

LabCoatsBonesAmy(1)Doctor Bones and Nurse Amy – – Joe Alton, M.D. is a retired (due to extreme old age) but actively licensed medical doctor and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P. is an advanced registered nurse practitioner and a certified nurse midwife. They’re medical preparedness writers and are here to answer all your medical questions regarding just about anything, from disasters to epidemics to mass casualty incidents. Everything they write about assumes that some disaster has occurred and there are no doctors and no hospitals. Joe and Amy’s mission: To put a medically prepared person in every family.

The Altons are the No.1 Amazon bestselling authors of The Survival Medicine Handbook, NY Times bestselling authors of The Ebola Survival Handbook, designers of an entire line of disaster medical kits, plus a board game SURVIVAL! that was awarded the Teaching Preparedness Resource of the Week by the Prepared Family Blog.

You can find the Altons, as Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, at their top survival medicine website at, their YouTube channel at DrBones NurseAmy, Twitter at Preppershow, Facebook at Doom and Bloom, and on their podcast “The Survival Medicine Hour” on blogtalkradio.


benfalkBen Falk – Whole Systems Design – Ben can answer questions related to permaculture, site planning, energy efficient design and construction, modern homesteading and regenerative design.  He is specifically an expert in cold temperate climates.  Ben developed his landscape architecture studio Whole Systems Design, LLC to apply the productivity of farming and homesteading with the intelligence of ecology to home, school and public spaces.

Life as a designer, builder, ecologist, tree-tender, and backcountry traveler continually informs Ben’s integrative approach to developing landscapes and buildings. His home landscape and the WSD studio site in Vermont’s Mad River Valley align with his larger 175 acre silvopasture farm serve as a proving ground for the regenerative land developments featured in the projects of Whole Systems Design.

Ben has studied architecture and landscape architecture at the graduate level and holds a master’s degree in land-use planning and design. He has conducted about 250 site development consultations across New England and facilitated dozens of courses on permaculture design, property selection, microclimate design, and design for climate change. Ben is the author of the award-winning book the Resilient Farm and Homestead (Chelsea Green, 2013).  For more, see Ben Falk’s recent TEDx talk.


garycollinsGary Collins – Primal Power Method – Gary can answer your questions about health and nutrition and specifically as they relate to the primal/paleo diet.

Collins’ background is very unique and brings a much-needed perspective to today’s fields of both health and nutrition. He holds an AS degree in Exercise Science, BS in Criminal Justice and a MS in Forensic Science.

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.”

It can be safely said no one in the health and fitness industry has the inside knowledge and background that Collins has. He is a hybrid of a high intensity health expert and an investigator rolled into one.


chef picKeith Snow – Harvest Eating – Keith can answer all your cooking questions, food prep, methods of food storage and more.   Chef Keith Snow is author of The Harvest Eating Cookbook  Running Press 2009, and host of Harvest Eating Radio,  and The Harvest Eating Youtube Channel that focuses on teaching people how to make local and seasonal cooking a way of life. In The Harvest Eating TV Show aired every Tuesday on RFD TV available to 55 million homes in the US.

In 2008 Chef Snow was awarded The National Restaurant Association’s Youtube Hot Chef.  An all expense trip to Chicago and a chance to give a live demonstration at the largest restaurant trade show in the US.

Chef Snow recently created a new food brand called Thoughtful Harvest which uses local US grown ingredients to make exceptional food products. All suppliers are highlighted on the website so consumers KNOW where their food is coming from and who grew it.


darby-simpsonDarby Simpson – – Darby can answer all your questions on full time farming for profit and livestock management.  Specifically on pastured poultry, pork and beef.

Darby grew up on his family’s seventh generation farm located in Central Indiana, just 25 miles outside of Indianapolis.  However he never learned anything about the family business.  He began his own farming enterprise in 2007 after reading “Pastured Poultry Profits” by Joel Salatin as well as several other sources of information pertaining to small scale pasture based meat production.

The operation produced 150 pastured broilers that first year that were quickly sold and generated a base of avid customers who were left clamoring for more.   In 2008, the enterprise grew to 1,000 birds while pastured pork was also added, with the hogs all being spoken for thru successful marketing to the existing customer base.

By 2012, the farm was producing up to 3,000 pastured broilers, 125 turkeys, 60 hogs and 12 beef per year while using less than 20 total acres.  The farm now financially supports Darby and his wife Brandy, along with their two young boys, Ethan and Zach.   His success shows it is possible to build a business from scratch with little or no knowledge of what Joel Salatin affectionately calls “lunatic farming”.


harrisSteven Harris – – Steven Harris holds the record for the most appearances by a guest on TSP.  He can answer all your questions on energy, alternative energy, back up power systems, radios and is a hell of evaluator on any and all electronic products and basic prepping gear.  To be blunt if something is “Harris Approved” it works, period.  Steve is also a HAM Radio operator.

Steven Harris is a consultant and expert in the field of energy. He is the founder and CEO of Knowledge Publications, the largest energy only publishing company in the USA. Mr. Harris came to his current position to do full time work on the development and implementation of hydrogen, biomass and solar related energy systems after spending 10 years in the Aero-Thermal Dynamics department of the Scientific Labs of Chrysler Corporation, where he was a pioneer member of the group that developed and implemented successful Speed to Market development concepts.

Mr. Harris has become a nationally recognized expert in the preparedness field.  He is the #1 all time appearing guest on The Survival Podcast with Jack Spirko. His hands on, no-nonsense approach to DIY home energy for disasters and family preparedness has helped hundreds of thousands of people in times of trouble.   His energy books can be found at   His free preparedness classes are at


jordanbeesMichael Jordan – A Bee Friendly Company – Michael Jordan can answer all your questions about bees, their care, use of bee products and other pollinating insects. Michael has been teaching the art of bees and beekeeping for over 15 years. He has studied bees in my many travels over the world. Bees and Beekeepers are different all over the world. The style of beekeeping used is up to you. There are over 20,000 types of bees and 1500 of them are a type of honey bee.

Michael is one of the few called a “Bee Activist”; his teaching on beekeeping has been heard all over the world. He has worked with Worlds of Wonder, Discovery Channel, Bee’s Without Boarders, The Pearl Foundation, Boys & Girls Scouts, various 4-H groups, The Rotary Club, and many youth programs

His absolute passion is teaching the lost art of beekeeping. His travels and stories of how biodynamic beekeeping and growing your own food can change the world will make you smile and cry. With his new type of bee hive, Michael hopes to put a bee hives everywhere. Mike has said, “when people tell me about green technology jobs and products, I laugh, because there is nothing greener then what I am. A beekeeper.”


nickfergNick Ferguson – Permaculture Classroom – Nick can answer all your questions about permaculture and plant propagation.  While he has extensive experience in all walks of permacuture he is a specialist on plant propagation, small livestock such as rabbits and goats and south eastern and north eastern climates.  Nicholas received his Permaculture Designers Course certificate from Geoff Lawton, course teacher for the Permaculture Research Institute Australia.

Nick’s grandfather and father were both heavily involved in alternative health. His grandfather Jerry Fridenstine taught at many Acres USA conferences and did agricultural consulting in the USA, England, Germany, Mexico, and several other countries. He worked closely with icons of sustainability like Charles Walters (Acres USA), Dr. Arden Anderson, Dr. Phil Callahan (Secret of the Ghost Moth), Dr. Reams (soil health & radionics), Dan Skow (Reams soil analysis), Dr. Christopher Bird (The Secret Life of plants, and The Secret Life of Soil), and many others.

Nick was home educated with a heavy emphasis on biological systems and ecology. His first garden was started by him and his grandmother when he was 7. He grew up involved in farm life on the 280 acre family farm in Ohio, taking care of goats, cattle, electric fences, building barns, putting up hay and swimming in each of the farm’s many ponds.


pugJohn Pugliano – The Wealthsteading Podcast – While I personally manage my own investments, I consider John to be my most trusted financial adviser, period.  He is a true professional, fully switched on and on top of it as a prepper himself that knows your preps are part of your life long financial stability.

John is a long time individual investor and late blooming entrepreneur.  He is the money manager and founder of Investable Wealth LLC.  Investable Wealth LLC. is a hands-on investment advisory firm that specializes in helping clients build wealth with active portfolio management.  Their primary investment philosophy is tactical in nature, taking advantage of current market conditions with trend trading methodologies.

On top of all this, John is an all-around great guy with a cutting view into modern business and economics along with being a licensed HAM Radio Operator.


wheatonPaul Wheaton – – In general Paul is such a busy guy and is doing so many things that we just simply have updates from him weekly on his progress at “Wheaton Labs” in northern Montana.  But he is also able to answer questions about all things permacutlure and specifically related to cold climates, north western climates, rocket stoves and hugulkulture.

Paul calls himself the bad boy of Permaculture and was proclaimed by Geoff Lawton in 2012 to be the Duke of Permaculture. He is the creator of two on-line communities. One is about Permaculture,, and one is about software engineering,

He is a powerful advocate of Sepp Holzer’s techniques for which a recent study showed they have the ability to feed 21 billion people without the use of petroleum or irrigation. He also promotes the use of hugelkultur, which sequesters carbon and eliminates the need for irrigation, and polycultures, which reduces the need for pest control and improves the health of plants. He wrote several articles about lawn care, raising chickens, cast iron and diatomaceous earth. Paul regularly uploads permaculture videos and permaculture podcasts.


geofflawGeoff Lawton –– Geoff Lawton is “the man” when it comes to permaculture in all climates and indeed all over the world.  I personally consider Geoff to be my greatest mentor in the world of Permaculture and consider him responsible for my full indoctrination into the discipline.

In October 1997 Bill Mollison, upon his retirement, asked Geoff to establish and direct a new permaculture research institute on the 147-acre (0.59 km2) Tagari Farm. Lawton developed the site over a period of three years and established The Permaculture Research Institute as a global networking center for permaculture projects. The institute is a non-profit company limited by guarantee. It is currently located at Zaytuna Farm at The Channon in Northern NSW, Australia where Lawton is managing director

At his website Geoff provides opportunities to take his PDC to a limited number of students annually and some of the most incredible free permaculture videos ever produced.


ericaErica Strauss – North West Edible Life – Erica Specializes in and can anwer all questions on small scale and suburban homesteading.  From getting the most out of your land, to cooking, to preserving food, making fermented foods, working with small livestock and more.

Erica calls herself an urban homesteading fanatic on a mission to teach 10 million people how to be thoughtful producers instead of mindless consumers! At her popular website Northwest Edible Life, Erica shows people how to garden, keep poultry, preserve food, cook from scratch, and manage a productive, vibrant, natural home.

The key she has discovered especially on small properties is focusing on “productive homekeeping work”: everything has to feed something else. In this way, a rhythm and a sustaining cycle gets established and the gardener becomes an orchestrator of bounty instead of a slave to endless chores.


timglanceTim Glance – Old Grouch Military Surplus – Tim Glance can answer all questions bout military surplus gear, military vehicles and equipment, bug out vehicles, alternative fuels and HAM Radio communications.

Tim is the owner of Old Grouch Military surplus and a veteran of the US Army where he served for 18 years as a Construction Equipment Mechanic, Wheeled Vehicle mechanic, and now as a Warrant Officer Engineer Equipment Repair Technician still serving in the Army Reserve.

In addition Tim is an ASE certified diesel technician and he collects and restores vintage military vehicles as a hobby. He has been helping people investigate alternative fuels and survival vehicles as for several years.


bryan blackBryan Black – ITS Tactical – Bryan can answer all your questions on everything tactical.  From guns, to gear, to skill sets and more.  Bryan founded ITS Tactical in 2009 with the help of brothers in the Naval Special Warfare Community. While never completing BUD/s and becoming a SEAL, he made it through the large hurdles of Hell Week and Pool Comp with Class 251.

After being rolled post Pool Comp in 251 from a torn hip flexor, he sustained a service ending Draeger Dive Injury in 2nd Phase with Class 254. Throughout his time in the Navy and his love of gear and the outdoors, the idea for ITS Tactical was born.  After leaving the service in ’05 and with the help of the GI Bill, Bryan picked up where he left off with his Associates degree in Computer Science and finished his Bachelor’s at the University of Texas in Communication Technology with a Journalism minor.

Using these skills coupled with his Military Service, a Web design background and work at a commercial photography studio; he pooled his resources with the advisors below and started ITS.


About Photo (1)Michael and Sue Laprise –

Sue and Michael are here to answer all your questions about homeschooling and family relationships. They have been married since 1985. Their homeschool journey has covered more than 25 years with five grown children, ages 18-29, who’ve graduated to adulthood and they’re currently homeschooling the youngest two who are 9 and 10. The three youngest are a sibling group they adopted seven years ago and as of this writing they have their name into the state of Texas for a sibling group of 7 that are up for adoption.

While Michael, the sixth of seven children, grew up in a triple decker North East environment where you were taught to do what you’re supposed to do, from an early age he worked in his dad’s butcher shop/grocery store on the first floor, Sue, who was the youngest of seven children, was brought up with rural gardens, chickens and ponies from Malibou Lake to Oregon, learning from a “let’s try this” lifestyle. While they make an interesting couple what they share is freedom, loving learning and strong families.

Their Homeschool Adventure Learning Opportunities grew out of a desire to help families learn together by establishing homeschool co-ops, family scout troops and organizing many adventures with friends. If you’re looking to “Design a Life You’d Love to Live,” and understand that it’s a process, you’ll want to check out what they’re doing at

10 Responses to Meet the Expert Council

  1. thanks for all that you do, my family, thanks from the kiwi. all the best and please keep up the good work……….

  2. Does anyone here know what happened to the Americas Voice Now .org site. I can still find there older videos on YouTube, but nothing current. Go Daddy shows that the site name in now available… I really enjoyed his video’s on YouTube, but can’t seem to find them.

    Thanks in advance.


  3. This question is for jack spirko. I saw your online fodder video and was wondering if you know of anywhere in Arkansas to buy non gmo barley to use for fodder. Thanks!!

  4. This question is for John pugliano and/or jack. How can I work from home online as a second job and supplement my income well? I am young and in debt and more than anything seek liberty and freedom as Jack has inspired me so well to do, and I would like to start with financial freedom. Whether data entry, add insertion, or survey filler outer (haha) I could not find a credible place to actually make any kind of second income on my own time and at my leisure. Any advice? Where can I go? Thank you.

    • Depends on what your skills are. What kind of value can you bring to people? Do you do graphics design? Are you a good writer? There are hundreds of ways to make money online, or online supplementing type income. My wife and I started a side business selling things on Amazon that is now a full time job for us. You can make a profile on and do different things for some cash, you can drive for Uber or Amazon instant delivery. Literally the sky is the limit. What do YOU want to do, cause what Jack or I do might not be right for you

  5. Richard Hauser

    What is the website for the couple who do homeschooling?

  6. I think it’s amazing that almost none of them look the way you imagine they do when you are listening to them on the podcast. The only one who looks like I imagined he would is Paul Wheaten.. Maybe I saw him somewhere and just didn’t remember or what..

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