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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.

Amazing New Live Seminar Series from PermaEthos

PermaEthos is proud to announce a brand new seminar series that will be providing at least one free live presentation a week on an ongoing basis.  The PemaEthos team has reached out to some of the most knowledgeable people in the industry and have them already scheduled.  This will be an amazing opportunity to learn from the best of the best.

The seminars each run about 1 hour, with a half to full hour live questions and answers segment after the presentation.  If you miss a presentation they will be available for 2.99 each as an on demand download.  Additionally several of the presentations are available in full for free to give you a taste of just how awesome they are.

To see all the amazing people and subjects we have lined up just check out the announcement at PermaEthos.

Poll Posted for August’s Tuesday Shows

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I have added a few twists this time to the poll to make it more fun and more democratic. There have been some RAZOR thin margins of loss by a few topics so to make it interesting this time there are 10 choices for 5 shows but everyone gets 6 votes, as always the top 50% will make the cut.

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.

This should be fun, more fun that the 2016 Assclown Circus anyway!

Get on over to the forum and vote, in this election your votes really do count. I have 10 topics to pick from set up on the form and the top 50% will be produced on August 2nd, 8th, 16th, 23rd and 30th. This time here are your subjects to pick from,

  • Fun, Training and Family Time With Airsoft Guns
  • Understanding the Cutting Edge – Knives for All Uses
  • From Zero to 2900FSP – Hand Loading for the Newbie
  • Electric Canning for the Busy Family – Food Storage All Year Long
  • 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
  • How to Get Started with Bitcoin – Setting Up Accounts, Sending, Receiving, etc.
  • Growing Up In The Woods – My Story from the Florida Swamps to the PA Coal Region
  • The Future of PemaEthos – What Went Wrong, What Is Going Right

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

Last Chance to Get MSB at 50% Off Ends Tonight at Midnight

Join the MSB Today

Get the MSB 25 Dollars For Your First Year with Discount Code “heat”.

Today is the last day to get a year of MSB for only 25 bucks.  We are doing this to celebrate TSPs 8th year anniversary.  Yep episode one occurred on June 20th, 2008! So it seems only fitting that I run an MSB sale right now.

Have you been on the fence about giving the MSB a shot, how about 40% off the normal price for your first year to get you off the fence?

First the rules, this sale is for either new members or members with expired accounts. Not because I not willing to let active members renew early with it, simply because the payment system I use won’t allow it.

Right now all you need to do is use the discount code “heat” and you will get 50% off a 12 month membership. You can do this if you pay online with PayPal or if you pay by mail just write the code on the mail in form. That means the normal price of 50 dollars a year is knocked all the way down to 25 bucks.

You can Join the MSB at the Members Page

Note if you are an existing member with an expired account, do not set up a new account, just login to your account here, and follow the instructions to renew. Please note the discount code heat will apply to a 12 month term only.

Remember this Sale ENDS TONIGHT at Midnight Central Time, There Will Be No Exceptions.

If you have been considering the MSB now is a great time to join!

There are several benefits that are worth more than the entire first year cost alone. Such as…

  • A free LIFETIME Discount Membership to SafeCastle’s Discount club (value 49 dollars)
  • A free Premium Membership with Western Botanicals (value 50 dollars)

You can Join the MSB at the Members Page

Did You Know How Many Companies Give Discounts to MSB Members? Here they all are!

To Join the MSB today and Support TSP at only 9.1 cents an episode, just sign up for the MSB Now and use discount code “heat” and get your first year for only 25 bucks.

You can Join the MSB at the Members Page

 

 

Free Webinar at PermaEthos – Ducks for Fun, Profit and Land Development

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Sign Up Today for A Free Webinar

On Tuesday the 28th from 4-6 PM Easter Daylight Time I will be conducting a free live webinar at PermaEthos called, Ducks for Fun, Profit and Land Development.  This webinar is free and it is live, it will be about 1 to 1.25 hours of presentation and the balance of live Q&A.

We have not even heavily promoted it yet but already have more than 150 registered to attend it.  We can seat up to 500 so there is plenty of room but you must preregister to attend and can do that here.

We have been quiet about some changes at PermaEthos but working our asses off behind the scenes.  This new SERIES of webinars will be amazing and lead to many other great things to come.  As to the series, here are some people that  you will be seeing in the future they include,

  • Larry Santayo
  • Paul Wheaton
  • Toby Hemmeny
  • John Pugliano
  • Rob Avis
  • Marcin Jakubowski
  • Akisha Silver
  • And Many More

We are ramping it up and going to bring you incredible education in live free webinar format.  A lot more is coming as well, to see all the upcoming webinars, go here.

To sign up for my free webinar on Tuesday go here.

Join the MSB Today and Get a 50% Discount to Celebrate Eight Years of TSP

Join the MSB Today

Get the MSB 25 Dollars For Your First Year with Discount Code “heat”.

Today is the 8th year anniversary show of The Survival Podcast.  Yep episode one occurred on June 20th, 2008!  So it seems only fitting that I run an MSB sale this week.

Have you been on the fence about giving the MSB a shot, how about 40% off the normal price for your first year to get you off the fence?

First the rules, this sale is for either new members or members with expired accounts. Not because I not willing to let active members renew early with it, simply because the payment system I use won’t allow it.

Right now all you need to do is use the discount code “heat” and you will get 50% off a 12 month membership. You can do this if you pay online with PayPal or if you pay by mail just write the code on the mail in form.  That means the normal price of 50 dollars a year is knocked all the way down to 25 bucks.

You can Join the MSB at the Members Page

Note if you are an existing member with an expired account, do not set up a new account, just login to your account here, and follow the instructions to renew. Please note the discount code heat will apply to a 12 month term only.

This sale will run until Midnight Central Time, Monday the 27th of June.

If you have been considering the MSB now is a great time to join!

There are several benefits that are worth more than the entire first year cost alone. Such as…

  • A free LIFETIME Discount Membership to SafeCastle’s Discount club (value 49 dollars)
  • A free Premium Membership with Western Botanicals (value 50 dollars)

You can Join the MSB at the Members Page

Did You Know How Many Companies Give Discounts to MSB Members? Here they all are!

To Join the MSB today and Support TSP at only 9.1 cents an episode, just sign up for the MSB Now and use discount code “heat” and get your first year for only 25 bucks.

You can Join the MSB at the Members Page

 

 

If You Use Facebook, Consider Joining The Survival Podcast Facebook Forum

The TSP Facebook Forum Allows a Two More Interactive Experience

The TSP Facebook Forum Allows a Two More Interactive Experience

Over eight years I built up the TSP Facebook page to over 100,000 followers but there are two problems.  One big problems is my TSP Page is just that my page.  A place I can post stuff but you guys really can’t.  It is a one way street and you guys know not only do I want to hear from you, I want you guys to hear from each other.

Next up is Facebook more and more is basically holding page owners like myself hostage and making us pay an advertising fee, TO REACH OUR OWN followers.

Yea, not oh you can pay x per person and reach all these additional people for a fee.  Nope, more like if you want to reach the people who already said they want to follow you, you have to pay for it.    For instance I just published today’s show, and they are calling my FB post about it “engaging” and prompting me to sponsor it, it is engaging it reached 200 of my 112,000 followers oh joy!

Greater joy?  For just 400 dollars they will make sure about half my followers see it.

The solution?

Last year Aaron Bateen a long time listener started up The Survival Podcast Facebook Forum.  Rather than a page this is a group, this means not just I can post there but you can too.  You can talk to me and other community members.  Right now it only has 2400 members but I often reach more people there than on my page with over 100,000 followers.

The big thing though again is it is more interactive and I really like that.  So I will continue to post stuff to the page but if you use FB you really should join the group if you want to keep up to date with everything we have going on.  Since Facebook doesn’t sell advertising to group owners they have no extortion to extract.  Groups are run democratically with the posts that get more interaction getting more exposure.

Effective today all the TSP links to facebook are now going to the forum rather than the TSP Page on Facebook.  Please join us there if you are a Facebook user.

Visit the TSP Facebook Forum Page Here

Side Note – Every time I post something like this, there are a few people all out of sorts.  Why do you even bother with Facebook, why not just ignore them, they suck, it is wastebook, etc.  Well Facebook is the third most popular site on line behind only google and youtube.  I have thousands of followers that like it and want to communicate with me there.  That is why I don’t ignore it, because I respect and value my listeners that like communicating with me there.  Just as I value communicating with many of you via other means who choose not to use Facebook.

Poll Posted for July’s Tuesday Shows

Youdecide

I have added a few twists this time to the poll to make it more fun and more democratic.  There have been some RAZOR thin margins of loss by a few topics so to make it interesting this time there are 8 choices for 4 shows but everyone gets 5 votes, as always the top 4 will make the cut.

Another thing I have done this time is 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 looser but want a topic that is close over those that are winning you can come in at the end and switch over.

This should be fun, more fun that the 2016 Assclown Circus anyway!

Get on over to the forum and vote, in this election your votes really do count. I have 8 topics to pick from set up on the form and the top four will be produced on July, 5, 12, 19 and 26th. This time here are your subjects to pick from,

  • Building Resilient Children in a World full of Wusses
  • How to Get Started with Bitcoin – Setting Up Accounts, Sending, Receiving, etc.
  • Gearing Up On A Budget as a New Fisherman
  • 15 Cool Items for the Prepper Kitchen and How to Use Them
  • Anarchy – It Isn’t What You Think It Is
  • Getting Ready for Fall Gardening
  • 10 Mead Recipes from 2016 So Far
  • Power Tools on The Homestead

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

MT Knives promotion ends at Midnight

genesisTSP Gear Shop is closing down orders for this knife at Midnight tonight. This is your final chance to order a special edition knife featuring the TSP Logo for only $99.00. This is an amazing opportunity for TSP listeners! Artisinal knife crafters, MT Knives, produce impeccable, custom-made blades. Today TSP listeners can purchase a MT Knife of their very own, customized with the TSP logo you love!

Until Midnight, TSP Gear will still be taking orders for this special knife. The Genesis II knife will then be etched with the MT Knives logo on one side, and the TSP logo on the other. Knives should be ready to ship in 1-2 weeks. Visit TSP Gear today to find out additional details and place your order. Remember MSB Members can take 10% Off, and all orders Ship for Free! *NOTE: When looking up your discount code for MSB, you need to use the code for TSP Gear Shop, NOT the code for MT Knives.


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Note from MT Knives owner Patrick Roehrman: “Due to such a high demand for custom knives, and wanting to provide as many people as possible with the best cutting performance that money can buy, I have put together a small, light weight, minimalist design that will give you the best cutting performance for a price all can afford. If you want to experience an edge that will perform like nothing you have used before, at a fraction of the cost of a custom knife, or if you want something to hold you over while you wait for your custom knife, this is the knife for you! This knife is 100% American made, and its quality is not to be rivaled.”

My Pastured Turkey Model

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There was a post about this, on the facebook regen ag group, I thought I would do a standalone article actually saying what my model is, precisely vs. well intended attempts to describe it by others.  The key is I am not trying to be a turkey farmer here and this little micro income is only due to a quirk in polt pricing.

I sat looking at the pricing on Cackle Hatchery about 119 bucks for 15 polts shipped or 89 dollars for 5, I wanted 5, only 5 given the size they get that is about all the meat I want from them.  But this is the reality I could have either paid 17 bucks a polt for 5 or gotten 15 for about 7 a piece.  Well, you know what I did, I ordered 15.

Now I have done NO pre marketing because I had no plans to sell turkey this year.  I also have no state approved processor that will allow me to get them processed then resell.  I absolutely do not have the time to self process or any desire to do so.  There are loop holes but I don’t really have more time to jack around much.  So the process is simple, offer a low price, get the customer to do some work, make a small profit of money and nice profit of free meat.

In the end Cackle sent me 17 polts, one died the day of arrival the rest are doing great, if they made it this long likely I will raise 16 to adulthood.  A very conservative average dressed weight on these birds will be 30 lbs.  I raised three birds last year and they dressed at 37, 34 and 28 pounds, the 28 pound one was a hen.  This means you are looking at live weights closer to 40 pounds.

So the reality is that in a few months I will have 600-700 pounds of live giant birds to deal with, I will have no way to process them myself (no time) and if I did process them all I do not have freezer space.  My processor is not state approved for resale he can only process for the consumer.  I would need additional crates and to rent a trailer to take all of them there anyway.

My solution is to sell 11 this way, you come get your birds, you take them to the processor, you get them processed for 8 bucks a bird, you weigh them, you pay me 3 dollars a pound on the honor system.

This gives both my customers and myself a pretty wide window to have them harvested.  It is clean and above all it is legal and involves very little work for me.  Many want to point out that pastured turkey sells for a lot more.  Well, sure it does, in a package all nicely processed of course.  That is NOT an option for me.  I don’t have the time, this is not a key business unit, I just want ease of sale, no extra work, to provide a great product at a really great price and to get a lot of great quality meat at no real cost to myself.

So here are the all-important numbers

Expenses…

Polts $119.00

Feed (estimated) $400.00 this is high by the way.

My Personal Processing Fees for my 5 birds $40.00

My labor is irrelevant I was going to raise 5 for myself anyway.  There is not much work as you will see anyway.  There is certainly no more work for me to raise 16 vs. 5.  If I was raising 500 this would be quite different.

Total Expenses $599.00

Income based on average weight of 30 pounds dressed, again this is VERY conservative.

11 Turkeys at 30 lbs avg – $990.00

5 Turkeys for personal meat 150 pounds of meat.

Now many say 3 dollars is too low, I totally 100% agree.  Pastured birds go for 5-10 dollars a pound or more but let us go low, 5 bucks a pound.  So my meat profit is $750.00 worth of meat to my family.

Total income – $1740.00

Total Expenses – $599.00

Profit $1141.00 However only 391 of it is taxable as income (cash), there is no tax on me eating my own birds!  And again all my numbers are very conservative.

I get 5 birds and about 400 bucks in my pocket, had I not done this I would spend the same amount of time, gotten my five birds and paid about 200 dollars in cost for them.  This is not really a business model what it is amounts to NOT LEAVING MONEY ON THE TABLE.

Now as to why this is so little work.  My property is divided into 4 paddocks, we have almost no predator pressure, one time and that one is DEAD.  Once the birds are about the size of a duck, they go out no tractor, no electro net, no nothing.  They sleep on the ground; I just make sure they have a feeder and water source in their paddock.  Once a week we move them to the next paddock, they get so tame they just follow you so this takes opening a gate and leading them.

There is nothing else, no more, that is all.

Again this is called not leaving money on the table.  People that win with money do this many times every year.  Where and how can I take what I would do anyway and make it profitable?  400 bucks here, 750 dollars in meat there, and it just adds up over the year and over your life time.

Now if I was farming turkeys for a living, even part of one, I would

  1. Charge more
  2. Not try to do it on this small piece of land
  3. Have to locate a state or federally approved processor

But I don’t have to charge more and want them all sold the end, no muss no fuss.  I don’t have a bigger piece of land and farming is a side income for me and there isn’t a facility that can do this within 5 hours of me.  So I can sit and pout and not raise turkeys or I can raise 5 for myself and pay to do so, or I can raise 16 total and be paid to raise 5 for myself.

I wrote this article to explain not really how to raise 16 turkeys and make a profit but how to think as a small homesteader and small producer.  How to feed yourself the best quality food you can, give people a really fair deal and make a bit of money.  There are many ways to do so.  Likely many of you don’t have the land and lack of predators I do and this won’t work for you, the key is, what will?  You must determine that for yourself, but next time you have a price point break on anything, THINK and see if you can figure out a multiple win scenario and don’t leave money on the table.