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Tuesday, August 23
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Episode 09 – Philippe Choinière
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Topic: Branding and marketing sustainable farming and business.
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Branding and marketing sustainable farming and business

  • Value adding and transformation
  • image, branding and events
  • communication and marketing
  • selling direct to consumer
  • building a community/following
  • leveraging passion
  • joint ventures collaboration

About: Philippe Choinière
A former professional hockey player who graduated with an Economics degree, Philippe grew up on a large conventional apple farm. His love for the land combined with his refusal to accept chemical based commodity farming to be his future, he set out to build 2 sustainable brands that draws it’s resources from the family farms and forests. The herb farm is certified organic and the Oneka Brand is in the process of getting a Bcorp certification.

Poll Posted For September’s Tuesday Shows

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Time to vote on the shows for September.  I have a lot of great topics to pick from this time.  And remember, YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR VOTE! You can do that right up until the day the poll closes. This means if you have voted for a clear loser but want a topic that is close over those that are winning you can come in at the end and switch over.

Last month there was on topic that missed the top 50% by only 2 votes.  So unlike the Federal Elections your vote does count here.  By the way that show was the airsoft show, guys I kinda really want to do that one, just sayin.

I have 10 topics to pick from set up on the form and the top 50% will be produced on in September. This time here are your subjects to pick from,

  • Fun, Training and Family Time With Airsoft Guns
  • From Zero to 2900FSP – Hand Loading for the Newbie
  • Selling Your House in Any Market Under Any Circumstances
  • The Weber Kettle Grill – Things You Never Knew it Could Do
  • Building a Business on Public Resources – (Fishing/Hunting Guide, Foraging, Public Services, etc)
  • Growing Up In The Woods – My Story from the Florida Swamps to the PA Coal Region
  • Are We the Last Free Generation – Future Generations and Voluntary Servitude
  • Dealing with Predators on the Homestead
  • You Might Be An Anarchist If
  • The Truth About Money

Remember that all voting is on the forum, I have turned off the comments on this post to be sure there is no confusion.

To Vote Click This Link

P.S. – Comments are closed on this post, simply because last time people tried to vote in the comments.  To vote you must go do it on the forum.  I also read all the suggestions posted there for the next month and having it all in one place makes sure I see it all.

This Week on PETV Presentations

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Tuesday, August 16
Episode 08 – Toby Hemenway
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Topic: Creating Gaia’s Garden : Building Food, Energy, and Financial Security in Your Own Yard.
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Creating Gaia’s Garden
In this free webinar, Toby Hemenway will show you how to use permaculture design to turn your yard into a super-abundant food-producing landscape that can also reduce home energy bills and even help reduce your need to earn money. These landscapes can be great carbon-sequestering wildlife habitat too. This information-packed webinar we’ll cover creating the conditions for abundance to occur in your yard and your life, designing for optimal placement and flow, all-star plants for the urban and suburban yard, managing microclimates to save energy and produce fuel, building rich soil (the foundation of health and growth), and potential income sources from your yard. You’ll also have the chance to sign up at a big discount for our online course that goes into all these subjects in much more how-to detail.

About: Toby Hemenway
Toby Hemenway is the author of the award-winning Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, the best-selling permaculture book in the world, and a new book on creating urban sustainability, The Permaculture City. Toby lectures and teaches about regenerative design and permaculture at universities and conferences all over the world. He has been an adjunct professor at Portland State University, Scholar-in-Residence at Pacific University, and has taught over 70 permaculture design courses. He and his wife, Kiel, live in Sebastopol.

Wilderness Medicine Course in Birmingham, Alabama Sept 8-10.

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The Alabama Wilderness Medical Association is offering a three-day course in Advanced Wilderness Life Support (AWLS) on September 8-10 at Ruffner Mountain in Birmingham.  Developed at the University of Utah School of Medicine, the course provides substantial and practical coverage of all major subjects in wilderness/austere/expedition/environmental/field medicine.

Beginning with the initial assessment of the patient, we move onto field management of trauma, drowning, lightning strikes, hypothermia, envenomation, and more.  Extensive hands-on and simulation components occur each day in order to apply the skills and knowledge discussed in classroom sessions.  A full course description, schedule, and registration information is available at AlabamaWMA.org

Only a limited number of spaces remain available, and it’s first-come, first-served until the course is full. All course materials, supper on Thursday, lunches on Friday and Saturday, breakfasts, and coffee are included.  The course will go forward, rain or shine.

The course guide, preliminary schedule, and registration information are available at AlabamaWMA.org The Advanced Wilderness Life Support (AWLS) curriculum was developed at the University of Utah and conveys 20.5 hours of AMA category I credit to physicians and is pre-approved for full credit by the Alabama Department of Public Health Office of EMS for all state license-holders.

Their last class in May had a wide range of participants ranging from new EMTs to practicing physicians, from firemen to law enforcement medics; all were uniform in their enthusiasm for the course’s content, instructors, and facilities.  To quote a few of them,

“All instructors were definitely subject matter experts, very approachable, and provided more than one way to handle situations in the austere environment.”

“The simulations were a great way to reinforce the concepts–the best part of the class.”

“Very well organized! Great venue! Very knowledgeable instructors–enthusiastic and interesting! No criticisms! Hope you do this again!”

Regardless of weather, the class will go forward at Ruffner Mountain (RuffnerMountain.org), a wonderful facility very convenient to Birmingham that is still remote enough to add realism to the field simulations.  Presentations will occur indoors, and five meals are included in the price of the course.  Many of our instructors will be returning, as will a number of previous course attendees, eager to help and to refresh their skills.

Amazon Item of the Day for 8-10-16

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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 Matiz Gallego Sardines and you can get them in either a 5 count pack or a 25 count pack.  Oh dear friends the reasons these items are being featured are many, let us take a look at a few.

First I try to feature items not just of good quality but stuff I use, and I eat these a few times a week.  Due to the fact that I like them and that they are a good source of Omega 3 fats, which the average person is largely deficient in.  I eat them strait from the can, wrapped in lettuce with yogurt cheese, on Flax Crackers or as part of a lunch time salad.

Secondly lets talk about those Omega 3s.  Sardines and herring are about the best source of them on the planet.  Because these small fish are very low in the food chain.  So while fish like mackerel, tuna and salmon are great for Omega 3, they also carry a fair load of mercury and other toxins.   Not enough to never eat, you body can deal with some exposure to toxins, it it couldn’t’ we would all be dead.  But you need to eat something like this about 3-4 times a week for a good omega 3 vs 6 balance and you should not rely on large ocean predator fish that often.

Third is quality.  I am a sardine conscious, I love the little guys!  So I scoured the net for others reviewing sardines and one name constantly was at the top of most lists, Matiz.  When I tried them I found out why.  These are not your cheapo sardines that would be better as cat food.  There are only 3 to a can, because they are beautiful plump little guys!  Yes gutted and deheaded but skin and bones on as good sardines have.  Mild smelling compared to other sardines, caught in the waters off norther Spain and Portugal, where the best of the best come from.

Fourth, no junk!  No extra preservatives, no garbage, Here is the entire list of ingredients, sardines, olive oil, sea salt.  Fantastic.  Never and I mean never buy sardines with mustard sauce, soy bean oil, etc.  Packed in their own and olive oil is best, just like these guys.

Fith and finally this is a perfect prepper storage product!  Think about where preppers struggle to keep a good storage up.  That would be high quality fats and meats, with nutrient dense caloric yield.  Well the ones that just came in have an expiration date of 2022!  You know I say eat what you store and store what you eat, well with this even if you only eat them a few times a month, that is no problem.  In each can you get 228 calories, 130 in high quality fats and 98 from one of the best sources of protein on the planet.

So why not give Matiz Gallego Sardines a shot and whether you pick up a 5 count pack or a 25 count pack is up to you.  Do let me caution, these are the best sardines I have ever eaten but they are still canned sardines.  They are not magical, they don’t taste like chicken, they taste like small ocean fish.  So if you in general do not like sardines, you likely will not like these either.  However if you “sort of like them”, this may change your entire sardine world.  Far less fishy tasting, more clean smelling, nice firm flesh and man they go good with a bit of avocado.

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.

 

 

 

Dates Announced for this Fall’s TSP Workshop Oct. 26-30

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Dorothy and I have decided to go with only one fall workshop this year and it is going to be an awesome one.  This work shop will cover more subjects than any other single workshop we have ever done.

Here are some subjects we will be covering…

  • Aquaponics
  • Bee Keeping
  • Mead Making
  • Radio Communications
  • Soap Making
  • Knife and Tool Sharpening
  • Cooking
  • Composting
  • Join Land Purchases for BOLs, Hunting Clubs, etc.
  • Making Herbal Medicines
  • Making Biltong
  • And More

In fact I am still looking for instructors who will receive a 100 dollar discount in return for teaching a one hour class.  My goal for this workshop is 16-18 one our sessions over 3 days.  If you want to be considered as instructor just email me at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with “TSPC Instructor” in the subject line.

On top of this we will as always serve up amazing food, have an awesome barter blanket night, have great live music, an amazing mead tasting session and more.   Since we are doing only one this fall we are going with a seat count of 38 students, which is a bit of a push for our property but we want to be as inclusive as we can be.

Cost will be 500 a seat and if history repeats itself it will sell out fast.  Tickets will go on sale with a 100 dollar deposit to hold your seat and balance due upon arrival.  As always MSB members will get 48 hours to claim a seat before we open them up to the general public.  More details will come soon.

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This Week on PETV Presentations

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Tuesday, August 09
Episode 07 – Frank Golbeck of Golden Coast Mead
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Topic: Mead – What, how and why it’s the most regenerative libation on earth. Drink and heal the planet.
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AFrank Golbeck, Head Mead Maker and CEO Credit - Arpit Mehta www.iamphotog.combout: Frank Golbeck
CEO, Co-Founder, Head Mead Maker / UC Berkeley, Naval Officer

Frank’s love for mead started with his grandfather. He was an apple rancher in Oak Glen, California. He retired from apple ranching and stayed busy making fruit wine and hard cider, grape wine and some mead.

Frank’s first memory of mead was at 8 years old, peeking over the back of the bar while his grandfather poured samples of mead to people. They were laughing and having a great time.

As he grew older Frank read Tolkien and Beowulf. Shakespeare and Harry Potter… Mead kept coming up in these epic tales. Then, when he was home from college, his grandfather gifted him the last bottle of his mead. 12 years aged.

He took his grandfather’s mead to university and shared it with his friends and his now wife. Frank started making mead and discovered more about its magic, and the way it made people dance.

Frank was in the navy after graduating from UC Berkeley and was able to collect honey from all over the world. One day, his wife asked what he would do with all of the time, money and energy in the world. He told her he wanted to make mead and share it with people. He has done just that.

This Week on PETV Presentations

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This week PETV has two free LIVE Presentations

Tomorrow, Tuesday, August 02
Episode 05 – Brandon Williams of Iron Edison
Topic: Off Grid Battery and Solar Systems
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Thursday, August 04
Episode 06 – Heather Grove of Fleet Farming
Topic: The Fleet Farming business model
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About: Brandon Williams
Brandon Williams founded Iron Edison in 2010 with a passionate focus on high-tech batteries for solar, off grid and grid backup. As lead system designer at Iron Edison, Brandon has energized thousands of people about using Nickel Iron and Lithium Iron batteries. As CEO, Iron Edison has grown 200% for five straight years and now employs 12 in the Colorado-based sales, distribution and lithium assembly center.

About: Heather Grove
After interning with the USDA, researching food systems in Central Florida and abroad, Heather returned to her hometown to help rebuild Orlando’s local food system in 2011. Heather co-created Stetson University’s garden and farmers market and served as the founding Community Director of East End Market. She now works on sustainable agriculture and rural development projects abroad while helping to establish new branches of Fleet Farming around the world.

Amazon Item of the Day for 8-1-16

thermEvery 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 Famili Wireless Dual Probe Meat Thermometer.  If you BBQ, cook low and slow or even make a lot of slow cooked meats in your oven (like that Thanksgiving Turkey or Tuesday Night Chicken, you want one of these.  For the serious BBQ person though this is a must.

While one probe keeps track of your grill temps, the other keeps track of your meat temps, so you can cook to your desired temperature.  The best part is you are not constantly opening your grill, smoker, oven, etc, with this set up.  So temps stay consistent, and you don’t get flare ups from too much air getting into your slow gentle coals.

Well really that is the second best thing!  The best part is sitting on the couch watching a game with the remote and not worrying one bit about over cooking that chicken.  Or sitting by the pool without a worry that you are going to obliterate that easily over done rack of ribs.

The other thing I love is how easy this thing is to use.  I am not big on the timers and alarms and all, though they are useful of course.  What I like is the simple set up, put your probes in the meat and on in the cooking chamber, take the remote turn it on, hold down the power button to sync the two, and you are off and cooking.

You can see me using this set up while cooking ribs on my new Slow ‘N Sear here.  Also note that while this is great thermometer it is for roasting, BBQ and things like that.  It does not replace a fast instant read thermometer for your steaks and chops, but that will be the subject of another review.

On a final note I chose the Famili Wireless Dual Probe Meat Thermometer because I wanted an accurate, easy to use, well built set up, without forking out close to 100 bucks.  This one has 80 reviews and 92% are 4 or 5 stars.  Why?  Like most stuff I recommend it just works and does so without a lot of headaches.  And for 50 bucks shipped free on prime, all I can say is in preventing one ruined brisket or pork shoulder, it pays for itself.

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. –  This item, made by Thermopro is the EXACT SAME thermometer set up.  It is just marketed under two different names.  The only different is it is orange, same price and also free shipping on prime.  So if for some reason you prefer orange to blue, well, you can get this one instead.

 

A Call for Presenters for the TSP Fall Workshop

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Almost all our workshops up till now have been mostly permaculture related.  Planting trees, earthworks, building greenhouses, etc.  This fall (either Oct. or Nov.) we are doing one workshop.  Two was too much for us last year.

This time we are doing basically a Fun and Skills workshop.  Our goal is a lot of variety and almost no real phyical work for our students.  Some of our typical instructors will be teaching along with some new ones.  Right now some examples we have planned are…

  • Making Soap – Mindy and Josh of Honey Locust Home
  • Setting Up Joint Property Ownership for a Gun Club, Hunting Club or other Uses – John Pugliano
  • Aquaponics with On Site Demo – David Seigler
  • Making Mead Like a Viking – Jereme Zimmerman (not fully confirmed)

Other instructors that are offered an open invitation include Michael Jordan, Nick Ferguson, Patrick Roehrman and some others you know and love.  I will be doing something with outdoor cooking, what yet I don’t know, perhaps we may even have a huge community grill and do some grill your own stuff.

Today though I am throwing out a call for any and all that want to come and teach a one hour class or perhaps two one hour classes.  My plan is 6 one hour classes a day, over three days is 18 classes.  The class can be demo, hands on or power point, or a show and tell but you must be able to pull it off in one hour to keep to schedule.

Doing six hours a day also gives plenty of time for socializing, catching a nap, what have you.

You can get creative and use your own time to get a project fully set up or partially done.  Then present on it for an hour so you still make the time cut off.  So think outside the system.   Understand this though I can’t pay this type of instructor or even let you come for free.  As any who have been here know we stack the traffic and can only take so many.

Teaching a workshop will result in a discount on the cost which is always 500 dollars.  I am thinking 20%. You will still have to either camp on site (which most do) or get a hotel room.  I can’t provide indoor lodging as that space is already claimed.

So what type of classes am I looking for?  Anything homestead related, I don’t even want to give examples because I am interested in the ideas you guys have.  If you want to suggest a subject do that below, but if you want to apply, send me a BRIEF email with the basic idea to jack@thesurvivalpodcast.com with TSPC Event Instructor in the subject line, and I will consider you.

The most likely days right now will be Oct. 20-22 with set up for campers on the 19th.  The second most likely would be Nov. 3-5 with set up on the 2nd for campers.  There is a 99% chance it will be one of those two times, and I would say 90% it will be Oct 20-22.

This is going to be an amazing workshop and with only one it will sell out likely in 48hours or less when I open sales.  As an instructor you will know  you have a spot locked down.

As always we will have amazing food, live music, barter blanket, beer and mead tastings and more.  Before anyone asks, no you can’t reserve a seat now, no you can’t pay me early and we won’t likely open reservations and lock down final dates until about August 31st.