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Pre Registration for the PermaEthos Phase One Plant Propagation Course is Now Open

Sign Up for the Pre Registration Discount Today!

Sign Up for the Pre Registration Discount Today!

From now until December 24th, you can pre-register for no cost and lock in a special Christmas per-registration sale price of $300. No payment required until the course is released on or around January 16th. This would be a fantastic Christmas or New Year’s gift for the gardener or permaculture fanatic in your life.

To sign up, follow this link to the pre-registration page and enter your information, an email response will follow with a certificate you can print and wrap up as a gift, as well as the discount code.

Once this Offer Ends the Course will sell for 350 dollars retail or 325 dollars for founders and members of class 001.  This 50 dollar discount is available to any and all, not just the founders or class 001 of the PDC.  But again it ends on Christmas Eve and all you have to do to secure it is fill out one simple form.

To do so just visit, The PermaEthos Pre Registration Page for the Plant Propagation Course at this link,

Trouble Downloading the Podcast?

techdiffEarlier this week the RSS feed that allows users to get our podcast with programs like the iPhone Podcast App, Stitcher Radio, the TSP Android App, etc. experienced a weird bug.

For some reason the feed just FUBAR’d and was pointing download apps to a place where there were no mp3 files.  This caused a few of the apps to get buggy as well.

As soon as I became aware of this I “rebuilt” the feed using the “nuclear option” (yes they really call it that) in Feedburner.  This fixed the bug.  It didn’t fix the problem in all apps though, some yes, some no.

In particular the Android App which is run by Jason at Droidworks had a bug revealed by the problem.  If you use that app you should get the latest version, Jason had it updated within 4 hours of hearing about the issue.

If you are using the iPhone Podcast App or Stitcher Radio all seems to be well now.

If you are using any other app and having problems with it these are the two solutions that have worked for almost everyone who reported trying them.

  1. Simply unsubscribe and resubscribe to the podcast in that app.
  2. If the first option doesn’t work, uninstall the app and reinstall it.

I am sorry for the inconvenience but it really isn’t anything we did wrong here.  And we took what corrective action we could as swift as we possibly could.

Meet Me and a Ton of the PermaEthos Team at Permaculture Voices 2

I will be at Permaculture Voices 2 this March in California.  Also attending from PermaEthos will be Josiah Wallingford, Kevin Keegan, Charlie Mitchell, Jesse Tegtmeier and Michael Jordan.  Michael Jordan and I will both be speaking during the event. Michael Jordan will be teaching the BeeDC on the PermaEthos Learning Center next year.

You can find a full list of speakers here:

If you act by the end of this weekend you can still get the early bird discount price on tickets here:

We will have a meet up during the event, check back later for more details.

We all look forward to seeing many of you at the conference.

Five New Companies Added to the MSB

New Stuff Has Been Added to the MSB

New Stuff Has Been Added to the MSB

I have been working hard to increase the value of the MSB and today am happy to let you know that 5 new partners have been added.

I am constantly looking for high quality unique vendors that offer things you would likely want to buy anyway.  I work with them to get my members significant discounts that you can’t just get anywhere else.

I personally vet each company and the products they offer by direct personal purchase or investigating the response of community members who have done business with them.  In most instances I have personally done business with many of these companies at full price before even discussing a discount with them.  Or I have heard enough good things from multiple community members to know they are solid and worthy of MSB inclusion.

In this round of additions here are five new great companies and products with big discounts for all members.

  • Doctor’s Nutrition - I first had Doctor Lewis and his wife Janet on TSP a bit over a year ago, and then a second time about 6 months later, you can hear those interviews here.  Many of you gave their science based, results oriented approach a try and the feed back has been 100% positive.  My wife started working with them as well and has had amazing results.  I have now negotiated a discount on all their supplements for the MSB.   The discount is 10% off all products except lab work.  The discount code is already in the MSB on the Benefits page.  You can use it when you order on the web or when you call in an order.  Please note that Doctor’s Nutrition only sells supplements to registered users and they prefer to work with lab results before making recommendations.  I can personally tell you their approach works!  Learn more at
  • Pretty Loaded – Beth Warford is the founder of  A company that provides training specifically targeted to women on firearms, concealed carry, self defense, situational awareness and more.  They have released their first video based seminar series on situational awareness and it is outstanding.  It may be targeted to women but men can learn just as much from it.  I am confident that this seminar will save lives and it is something you should make sure the women in your life see.  The course is 99 dollars and I got the MSB a discount of 20% discount and the code is already in the MSB.  Learn more at and you can hear Beth on TSP at this link.
  • Andrew McKnight - I met Andrew McKnight at the first ever PermaEthos Fall Festival and fell in love with his music at that time.  His music tells amazing stories based on the joy and pain of life in rural Appalachia.  As the son of a coal miner and of a solider who did a bit of both professions myself this music speaks to me directly, but I think Andrew’s music will speak to you as well.  I have negotiated a 15% discount on all of Andrew’s music for you guys.  Just use code that is in the MSB at check out.  Learn more at I really hope to have Andrew  play at the TSP Homestead some day during one of our events.  You can hear me talk about his music and play one of his songs in this episode of TSP.
  • Lenwood Leather - You don’t want to be let down when depending on your gear, you want (and need) the very best. Lenwood provides the highest quality hand made equipment possible. Lenwood products are built with pride right here in these USA by Americans who know the value of a hard day’s work. Lenwood offers a 20% site-wide discount at just use the code from the MSB benefits page at check out.
  • – Provides unique storage solutions for Ford F150 owners. These hidden truck boxes are mounted under the hood, and discretely keep your tools safe from the prying eyes of thieves. Take back you truck bed, and get a Hidden Truck Box. MSB members receive an additional 10% OFF with discount code from the MSB Benefits page at

Also Dan Malone who is the ownere of set up a Community Business Directory on the TSP Wiki. TSP Community Members should add their side businesses in preparation for holiday shopping.

If listeners are going to spend money this holiday season, what better way than within our community.

This directory should be for dedicated listeners and friends of survival podcast, not just random links to other survival websites that don’t care about our us.)

It also serves another purpose.  Many times people with new businesses inquire about an MSB discount opportunity.  To protect my listeners and members I only take established companies as partners.  This directory can become sort of a launch point and a proving ground.  Once you have a few dozen happy customers or so if you provide something unique we can talk about getting you into the MSB.

So there you go 5 new and 5 totally different and unique new supporting vendors for the MSB.  If you haven’t signed up yet consider doing so you can do that here.

When I say that I am constantly trying to improve the MSB value this is what I mean.  New and unique companies with great and proven products at real discounts.

GenForward is Here

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Help Us Fund the Platform, We will Help you Create your Legacy

Today is a big day for me.  Today I officially launched a company based on an idea I have carried around since, get this, 1998.  The company is called GenForward.  I carried the idea behind GenForward right though the .com boom and bust, carried it in my head even when I was building companies in the technology sector and even though 6 years of successfully building The Survival Podcast.


Everyone I told about this idea loved it, everyone understood it, everyone encouraged me to do it.  This is generally not the reaction a entrepreneur gets with an “idea”.  Generally you have to explain things because the mind of the entrepreneur sees a bigger picture that is why he/she is an entrepreneur.  Not this though, 5 sentences of explanation and “wow, that’s great, do it.”    Yet still I didn’t do it, I waited.


Something told me to, something always said the time isn’t right, I had no idea why but now it seems clear.  The ability today to leverage a platform like Indiegogo is amazing and most don’t even get why.  Raising funds is one thing but what is bigger is building a community of people that believe in what you do right from the ground up.

Today you have the ability to do what no corporate giant would ever DARE TO DO, bare the very soul of your company and right from the beginning commit to doing only good things, tell people what you promise to do for them and hold yourself by that very action accountable to deliver!

This is what we have done in the GenForward Pledge, it represents the very soul of our company.  You can see the pledge in this video…

So what exactly is GenForward?

GenForward is a new web based platform that creates a record of your family history and life’s lessons going forward.  In other words it is like “genealogy forward”.  With a GenForward account your family will be able to access information you journal for them in an simple and easy format.

Our platform will be seeded with hundreds of questions that we know people have about their families and life lessons from their past.  Those questions will make it easy for members to spend as little as 2-10 minutes a day building and preserving a history for their children and for future generations.

You Can Learn More at

I explain the concept in this video as well…

To Help Us Get GenForward Started Please Consider Supporting our Indiegogo Campaign

The New 2014 Ranger by Patrick Roehrman at MT Knives

Learn More and See My Video Review at

Learn More and See My Video Review at

Patrick Roehrman has released the third limited edition pattern of the MT Knives Stake Holder series of knives.

For those not familiar with the program there are 100 stake holders that bought numbered knives in the first edition.  Each stake holder is given first chance to buy their number in each limited edition of 100 knives.  Once that happens other stake holders can buy up any additional knives if they want more than one.

IF and it is a big IF any knives remain after that they are released to the public for purchase.  As of right now all but 21 of these are spoken for in the 2014 LE-03 Ranger.

The way Patrick his handling the knives that may go to the public for sale is with a raffle.  Each person drawn will get 48 hours to respond and make a deposit on the knife if they want to purchase it.  If they don’t do so within 48 hours the option to buy goes to the next person and so on.  If you want to get a shot at buying one of them just go to Patrick’s site and fill out the form for it.

To me this is the best knife Patrick has ever made, I was lucky to receive a prototype.  My video review of this knife and the form to get on the waiting list can be found here,

Gauging Interest in a Mini Workshop

We are considering doing a workshop on setting up a green house.  This would be mostly for locals, I doubt many would travel very far for this but you’d be welcome to if you wanted to.  This would possibly be around Dec. 6th and likely cost say 100 dollars.  It would be an all day class and hang out.  If anyone really wanted to crash here we likely would sort that out.

We would supply lunch and dinner that day, likely cap it at 12 and need at least 8 to make it worth doing.  We are not sure about doing this so right now we are just gauging interest.

We would likely have the green house partly assembled prior to the class.  The shop would be on pluming, setting up in house beds, running power and just a great day of hanging out.  Of course it will likely be cold as shit and rain or snow or ice or something we don’t want, but it will be fun anyway if we do it.



Mike “New Mike” Cornwell to Host a Free Permaculture Webinar this Week

Mike Cornwell, (aka New Mike in the blog comments) is hosting a webinar is titled “Getting Serious With Permaculture” designed for budding  permaculturists or those who are potentially interested in how to develop an action plan if they want to get serious in permaculture.

This webinar is  not necessarily just for people who might want to start a business, but also those who might want to become a “permaculture employee” as in gain employment in a field related to or directly in Permaculture.

Here is the link where you can find out more and find out how to sign up for the webinar

The webinar is at 7pm Central Time and will last about an hour or more depending on questions. When a person signs up, on the day of the webinar Mike will send out an email that will contain the URL that people can tune into it with.

No Show for the Next Two Days

Just a reminder that I will be teaching a class with 30+ TSP members at my home for the next three days.  Hence there will be no show today or Friday.

This would be a good time to use the “listen to a random episode” feature to find a show from the past that you haven’t yet heard.

Also keep an eye on the TSP YouTube Channel for small video updates of the class.  I posted this brief video on cooking brisket for the students yesterday.

What is

Learn More at

Learn More at is a revolutionary new company I am currently building with my past business partner Neil Franklin. It is actually an idea that has been in my head for over a decade.

Recently Neil and I got together and agreed the time was right for GenForward. That there is a reason we have talked about it since 2006 and have not done it till now. We will be funding GenForward with an Indiegogo campaign that will launch on Nov. 17th. But I am letting TSP members get little bits of behind the scenes information about it before then.

To get on our email list for that just go to and fill out the form. You will then get emails and behind the scenes info and you will even get the entire story a day or two before it goes public to all.

Here is the big news though, GenForward is going to be guided at all times by a 9 Point Pledge to our community. On Monday (that is tomorrow) I will send an email out about 9PM eastern time. That email will include the entire 9 Point Pledge. In many ways you will know 80% of the GenForward story from that pledge.

While I sent this pledge out before and was only going to do it one time, I continue to hear from folks saying they didn’t get it. Not sure if the spam monster ate it or what. In any event I will be sending out the pledge again tomorrow, so if you want an early peak at, get on the list today.

The big thing here is GenForward is something really special, it will help mend families, help future generations know where they came from and be a force for good things in the world. I will tell you this isn’t really a “prepper” or a “homesteader” type of thing. Yet, in many ways it is exactly what we need to be prepared for a better tomorrow.