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Creating Gaia’s Garden Early Bird Special

Register Now

Join best-selling permaculture author Toby Hemenway and over 100 students for a dynamic and practical course on creating your home ecosystem. Imagine living in a yard that overflows with food and other useful products such as medicine, fiber, and building supplies. Your yard can also shrink home energy bills, extend your growing season, and be a comfortable outdoor space year-round in all but the harshest climates.

It can also help provide income and reduce your dependence on money. In this 5-session course, you’ll learn how to do all this, but there’s more: That same yard that gives you food, energy, and income security can also enhance wildlife habitat, sequester carbon, and provide a beautiful, restful sanctuary for you and your partners or family. If you enjoyed reading Gaia’s Garden, this course will show you how to bring that book to life in your yard. Those who complete this course will earn a certificate from the Permaculture Institute (USA).

Early Bird Special 

PermaEthos and Toby Hemenway are offering a HUGE discount on the course. The normal price is $299. If you register before October 1st you will get $100 off making the course only $199. If you are a PermaEthos founding member you will receive an additional $25 off.
Get the Early Birds Special Now

Live Class Dates and Times

Each live class lesson will be recorded in case you miss it or if you are unable to attend live. These will also be available for download!
Our live classroom software is compatible with iOS and Android devices as well as on the PC (Mac, Linux, Windows).

  • Lesson 01 – 6pm Pacific on October 6th
  • Lesson 02 – 6pm Pacific on October 13th
  • Lesson 03 – 6pm Pacific on October 20th
  • Lesson 04 – 6pm Pacific on October 27th
  • Lesson 05 – 6pm Pacific on November 3rd

Permaculture Institute Certificate

PI-USA logoThose who successfully complete the “Creating Gaia’s Garden” course will receive a certificate from The Permaculture Institute USA, a 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 1997 by Bill Mollison and Scott Pittman, and will also receive 10 credit hours toward a Diploma in Permaculture. PI-USA is one of the principal certifying organizations of the international permaculture community, and Toby Hemenway is a Field Director for the Institute, which means that he can offer certificates sponsored by PI-USA, and can mentor students through the Institute’s Diploma Program.

The Diploma in Permaculture is awarded to individuals who meet certain education requirements, achieve excellence in permaculture practice, demonstrate their commitment to permaculture ethics, and submit adequate evidence of their work to a committee of peers (College of Diplomats) for review and recommendations.

A permaculture design certificate course (PDC) is a pre-requisite for the diploma, but the credit hours from the ”Creating Gaia’s Garden” online course can be applied toward the diploma regardless of whether the student has completed a PDC prior to this course or not. The credit hours from this course cannot be applied toward the PDC at the present time. More information about PI-USA’s diploma program can be found at http://www.permaculture.org/what/diploma/

Register for Creating Gaia’s Garden Now

 

PETV Presentation with Erika Block

PETV Presentations

You can find all of the recorded presentations on the PETV On Demand Page

This week on PETV Presentations

Tuesday, September 13
1pm Pacific
2pm Mountain
3pm Central
4pm Eastern
Episode 13 – Erika Block
More Details:
More details are available on the PETV Event Page
Topic: Resilient Homes & Homesteads
Register Now

Keep up to date with, and register for, all of the free live presentations here.

Did you miss a presentation? No worries, all of the presentations are available On Demand and every presentation’s Q/A sessions are available for free. Check out the PETV Presentations On Demand Page.

Local Orbit

Consumer demand is stimulating rapid change in the food system. Big food is losing market share to local food. Supply chains are in the early stages significant transformation, creating new opportunities for independent food producers.

Erika will discuss this shifting landscape, focusing on sales, marketing and distribution options for small farmers, as well as how to determine an appropriate scale and market focus based on both your personal and business goals – and how you can get there.

She’ll explore the benefits and challenges of both direct-to-consumer distribution models and food hub/aggregation models, with information about how producers can get involved with existing food hubs or launch their own.

She’ll also discuss the role of online platforms such as Local Orbit in the evolving food economy, and share Local Orbit’s vision to create the underlying supply chain infrastructure that supports local, collaborative and transparent food economies, with shared value for all participants.

Erika brings unique insight to this discussion, having worked with local food buyers, sellers and logistics providers across the country, with organizations that are growing, as well as organizations that are struggling or have failed. She has worked with more than 100 entrepreneurs in various stages of developing local food distribution businesses through Local Orbit’s Hub Camps localorbit.com/workshops. Erika also works with foodservice operators to integrate local food into high-volume procurement processes.

Meet Erika Block

Erika is the Founder and CEO of Local Orbit, the supply chain platform for people who are creating a new, connected food economy. Local Orbit enables institutions and restaurants to efficiently purchase from local farmers, food makers & aggregators, while maintaining complete supply chain transparency.

By enabling efficient, decentralized supply chains, Local Orbit saves money for foodservice buyers and enables them to meet customer demand for local, sustainably sourced food, while increasing market share for small and mid-size food producers.

Prior to Local Orbit, Erika co-founded and ran an entrepreneurial arts organization, producing cross-sector partnership events in the US, Great Britain and South Africa. She also co-created, directed and produced 15 plays. She led the renovation of a vacant building in Detroit into a theater, gallery and bar and worked with vendors to source local food for events.

Erika was inspired to create Local Orbit through a series of interviews she conducted for a project on the History of Eating.  She spent time with people in fields, barns, warehouses, processing facilities, delivery trucks, kitchens, offices, cafeterias and restaurants. She talked to policy makers, business owners, food writers and nutritionists.  And she identified the need for a platform that could support the new and evolving businesses and innovators who are transforming our food system.

She has also worked as a technology and business process consultant, focusing on strategic planning, collaboration, operational efficiency and communications strategy. Throughout her career, Erika has created collaborative environments that facilitate learning and action.

Erika is a graduate of University of Michigan, has an MFA from Columbia University, and studied Interactive Technology at NYU. She comes from a family of fruit peddlers, meat processors, restaurant owners and wholesalers. She is a PopTech Social Innovation Fellow. Other awards include Crain’s Detroit Business 40 Under 40.

 

PETV Presentation S01E12 – Rob Avis

PETV Presentations

You can find all of the recorded presentations on the PETV On Demand Page

This week on PETV Presentations

Tuesday, September 13
1pm Pacific
2pm Mountain
3pm Central
4pm Eastern
Episode 12 – Rob Avis
More Details:
More details are available on the PETV Event Page
Topic: Resilient Homes & Homesteads
Register Now

Keep up to date with, and register for, all of the free live presentations here.

Did you miss a presentation? No worries, all of the presentations are available On Demand and every presentation’s Q/A sessions are available for free. Check out the PETV Presentations On Demand Page.

Resilient Homes & Homesteads:
A Permaculture Engineer’s Perspective

Engineer, ecologist & permaculture designer Rob Avis shares the high-level process he uses with clients to design homesteads that leverage and interact with the environment in which they’re built, producing their own energy and food, harvesting and storing water, cycling nutrients, and restoring the surrounding ecosystems.

He’ll talk about how he combines goal setting, informed observation of the landscape, and appropriate innovative technology (such as building envelope design & annualized geo-solar) with environmental consciousness to create resilient, high-performance homes and farms.

With over 20 years of combined experience in engineering, project management, ecological design and sustainable technologies, Rob and his wife Michelle Avis own & operate Adaptive Habitat – a unique and leading edge property design and management company in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

As skilled Professional Engineers, they offer a depth of practical expertise in building science and appropriate technology (solar, wind, combined heat & power), as well as rainwater harvesting, agro-ecology, ecosystem engineering, soil regeneration and onsite wastewater treatment / septic design.

Their extensive project management experience includes site analysis, technical design, cost estimating and scheduling, through to commissioning and construction.

Both hold a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Alberta, interned at theFolkecenter for Renewable Energy in Denmark, and co-foundedVerge Permaculture in 2008, now an internationally-recognized & award-winning regenerative design, consulting, and education center.

Group Hotel Rate Info for the Oct. Workshop

The vast majority of students do camp but some like a hotel room so we always arrange a group rate for you guys.

Our best results have been with a local Holiday Inn, it is only about a 10-15 minute drive from our place.    Here is the hotel info…

Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suits
3541 N.W. Loop 820
Fort Worth, TX 76106
Phone – 817-744-7755Hotel Website

We have 2 queen rooms and 8 kings held.  The rate we got you is 87 dollars a night, which is a great rate for a nice hotel in this area.

To get this rate you need to call in your reservation, just tell them you are with The Survival Podcast and they will hook you up.  If you run into any issues our contact there is Property Manager Jennifer Camp, you can just ask for her and she will make sure you get the rate.  Anyone who answers the phone should be able to set you up so please only ask for Jennifer if there is some sort of problem.

These rooms are held for our group until September 26th.   After that I believe they will still honor the rate but the can’t guarantee availability.

The MSB 30-30-30-30 Sale is Live Until 3PM Friday

msbOkay guys here it is, a great deal on the MSB, 30 dollars a year and you have 30 hours to take advantage of it.

All you have to do to get this great price is use discount code “skullcrusher” when you sign up and join the MSB today.

The MSB is already an amazing value with over 60 great companies providing discounts on things you are already spending money on.  Even at 50 dollars a year most members who use the benefits find the membership profitable, but now at 30 dollars a year, the benefits are amazing, but only for the next 30 hours.

Remember that just two of of the benefits alone are worth 99 dollars.  First you get a free one year membership to Western Botanicals which gives you 25% off all of their products.  Second you get a free lifetime membership to Safecastle’s discount club valued at 49 dollars.

Oh but I am NOT DONE!  So far we have only covered the first two 30s, here are the second two.  Jason Davis at Lenwood Leather has released the “Blunt Force Trama” belt, and it is so bad ass I have personally renamed it the “skullcrusher” and remember that is your discount code to save big on MSB.

Well once you do you have 30 days to get 30 dollars off this amazing survival tool.  First his belts alone are amazing, I mean you can literally tow a truck with a Lenwood belt.  Now with the addition of the skullcrusher buckle you have a weapon you can take anywhere, because it is well, “just a belt”.   Yea a belt that does this!

Of course all MSB Members can get this great deal on the belt, not just new ones.  So if you want a skullcrusher, either join the MSB or log into your account.  When you log in on the front page you will see a headline in RED BOLD letters, it will say.  The Discount Code for 30 Dollar off a Skull Crusher is ____.

Just do that and when you order your belt at Lenwood Leather use the special code.  Remember that code is only for the skullcrusher belt.  Lenwood is one of over 60 vendors that offers discounts to you in the MSB, their standard discount is 20%.  That code and the other 60 plus codes are on the benefits page.

In any event if you have been thinking about joining the MSB, now is the time.   To do so just click here to sign up and use code skullcrusher for 30 dollars a year.

This offer is open to new members only who pay online, because of system limitations.  However those that pay by US Mail can renew early if you want to and get this great rate.  The form to renew or join by mail is available at the bottom of the sign up page.

P.S. – I guess I should point out the following, if you join the MSB, then order a Lenwood Belt at 30 dollars off, you membership is paid for itself on day one.

The MSB 30-30-30-30 Sale Starts Tomorrow at 9AM

msbSo for over a week now I have said on air, do not sign up for the MSB because a big sale is coming.  Now you know for me to do that it had to be something special well here it is!

I am calling it the 30-30-30-30 sale.  30 dollars a year for 30 hours with a special promotion on the new Lenwood Leather “Blunt Force Trama Belt” where you can get 30 dollars off one for the next 30 days.

Jason Davis of Lenwood calls his belt the “Blunt Force Trama”, I call it a skull crusher and when you watch the video at the end of this post you will see why.

Starting tomorrow at 9AM here is what you can get…

  • MSB For 30 Dollars a Year
  • That Sale Will Run for 30 Hours
  • 30 Dollars Off the New “Skull Crusher” Belt from Lenwood Leater
  • The 30 Dollars Off on the Belt Lasts 30 Days

At 9AM tomorrow I will post the discount code and as always  you can sign up via PayPal online, or you can use the form to pay by mail and just write the code on the form.  Those paying with silver will get 3 extra months per two ounces.

Then you can log into the MSB, there will be a special code for the Belt Sale on the home page of the members area, it will be in bright red bold letters.  This code will ONLY be for 30 dollars off a belt from Lenwood.  The normal discount for all other Lenwood items will be on the Benefits Page as always.

I worked on this idea with Jason for quite a while because I wanted to do it justice, when I say what his belt could do I realized at some point it will likely save more than one life.

And of course this discount on Jason’s belts will be for any and all MSB members, not just those taking part in the 30-30-30-30 sale.

So what is the deal with this belt?  Check it out here, or just check out the YouTube Video Below.

Happy Labor Day – Hope You Have the Day Off

Labor-Day

We are taking this day “off”.  For us that will mean finishing up cooking over 44 lbs of chicken and making another 12 pounds of Dorothy’s meatballs to put up for the Oct. Workshop.  But for us, well that is kind of like a day off.

Have you ever wondered what labor day is?  Basically it is a day to celebrate how hard Americans work but taking a day off of work.  Irony at its finest.

I know now everyone gets to participate, but if you do I hope it is a good day of down time for you and yours.  For those out there working today to make sure the rest of us can get things we want, or protecting us, or making sure we can get medical care if something bad happens, thank you.

Oct Workshop at Nine Mile Farm is Now On Sale for MSB Members

From now until 9AM Saturday the 3rd, the Oct Workshop at Nine Mile Farm is now open for reserving with your deposit.

We are selling 32 seats and they will likely sell out pretty fast.  To sign up go login to your MSB account now.  The link to sign up is in BOLD RED LETTERS on the welcome page of the MSB, you can’t miss it.

If you are a couple and buying two seats you will have to complete the sign up process twice to get two tickets.

For full info on this workshop see this post.

Update as of 9:16 AM Only 10 Spots Remain!

Update as of 9:20 AM Only 8 Spots Remain!

Update as of 9:50 AM Only 4 Spots Remain!

Update as of 11:20 AM We have Sold Out!

New PermaEthos Course Creating Gaia’s Garden course with Toby Hemenway

Register Now

Join best-selling permaculture author Toby Hemenway and over 100 students for a dynamic and practical course on creating your home ecosystem. Imagine living in a yard that overflows with food and other useful products such as medicine, fiber, and building supplies. Your yard can also shrink home energy bills, extend your growing season, and be a comfortable outdoor space year-round in all but the harshest climates.

It can also help provide income and reduce your dependence on money. In this 5-session course, you’ll learn how to do all this, but there’s more: That same yard that gives you food, energy, and income security can also enhance wildlife habitat, sequester carbon, and provide a beautiful, restful sanctuary for you and your partners or family. If you enjoyed reading Gaia’s Garden, this course will show you how to bring that book to life in your yard. Those who complete this course will earn a certificate from the Permaculture Institute (USA).

Early Bird Special 

PermaEthos and Toby Hemenway are offering a HUGE discount on the course. The normal price is $299. If you register before October 1st you will get $100 off making the course only $199. If you are a PermaEthos founding member you will receive an additional $25 off.
Get the Early Birds Special Now

Live Class Dates and Times

Each live class lesson will be recorded in case you miss it or if you are unable to attend live. These will also be available for download!
Our live classroom software is compatible with iOS and Android devices as well as on the PC (Mac, Linux, Windows).

  • Lesson 01 – 6pm Pacific on October 6th
  • Lesson 02 – 6pm Pacific on October 13th
  • Lesson 03 – 6pm Pacific on October 20th
  • Lesson 04 – 6pm Pacific on October 27th
  • Lesson 05 – 6pm Pacific on November 3rd

Permaculture Institute Certificate

PI-USA logoThose who successfully complete the “Creating Gaia’s Garden” course will receive a certificate from The Permaculture Institute USA, a 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 1997 by Bill Mollison and Scott Pittman, and will also receive 10 credit hours toward a Diploma in Permaculture. PI-USA is one of the principal certifying organizations of the international permaculture community, and Toby Hemenway is a Field Director for the Institute, which means that he can offer certificates sponsored by PI-USA, and can mentor students through the Institute’s Diploma Program.

The Diploma in Permaculture is awarded to individuals who meet certain education requirements, achieve excellence in permaculture practice, demonstrate their commitment to permaculture ethics, and submit adequate evidence of their work to a committee of peers (College of Diplomats) for review and recommendations.

A permaculture design certificate course (PDC) is a pre-requisite for the diploma, but the credit hours from the ”Creating Gaia’s Garden” online course can be applied toward the diploma regardless of whether the student has completed a PDC prior to this course or not. The credit hours from this course cannot be applied toward the PDC at the present time. More information about PI-USA’s diploma program can be found at http://www.permaculture.org/what/diploma/

Register for Creating Gaia’s Garden Now

 

Tickets for the Fall Workshop Go On Sale Friday Sept 2nd.

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Here is how it is going to go.  On Friday at 9AM central standard time I will add a special link to the home page of the Member’s Area of the MSB.  You can log in and click on that link to reserve your spot.  When I do that I will post here that registration is open.   Spots will be reserved for MSB members only for the first 24 hours.

On Saturday at 9AM if and it is a big IF, any seats remain I will open it to any and all to sign up.  So if you are an MSB member you may want to log in now and make sure your account is in current standing, that you have the right password etc. before Friday morning if you want to come.

Dates – The class dates are Oct. 27-29 but most students choose to set up camp on the 26th.  You can arrive on property any time after 2PM on the 26th.  Most students, especially those who camp on site, will stay over until the 30th.  We request everyone off property by 11:30 AM on the 30th.

Location – for those who have not been here before our property is located near Lakeside Texas, which is just north of Fort Worth.  If you are flying in, DFW Airport is the best bet to fly into.  It is about a 30 minute drive from our house, if you take the toll express lane, trust me, pay the five bucks or it is an hour of hell instead!  You don’t even need to pay the toll, just take the express lane and they will send you a bill in the mail if you don’t have a toll tag.  Big brother at his finest.

Cost and Payment – Cost is 500 dollars per student.  We take a 100 dollar deposit to hold your spot with balance due when you show up.  You need to pay your deposit with paypal but you don’t need a paypal account.  You can use a major credit/debit card to make your deposit payment.

Couples and Families – Due to the extreme limited spots in this event couples will have to pay for both parties and will have to complete two separate forms to do that.  Kids under 18 are free if accompanied by an adult, limit two per family.  Conditions for your kids include the following.

First you are 100% responsible for your kids, they are expected to be part of the event, not running around messing with our animals or breaking things.   Please do not drag your kid to this event, bring only older children that considers attendance an opportunity.

Second, this is an adult event, there will be drinking, “adult words spoken” etc, if you are not okay with this, do not bring children to this event. People will be up late, making noise, you get the picture.

Third I get final approval, if you reserve a spot and intend to bring a minor, email me with details to make sure it is going to be okay.  I am going to want to know age, maturity level, etc.  I don’t mean to be a hard ass about this but we have a LOT going on in taking care of everyone.  My rule used to be no kids but the few we have allowed in have been really great, so I am doing this on a case by case basis.  If I end up saying no and that is a deal breaker for you I will happily refund your deposit.

Refunds on Deposits – I have what I think is a very fair deal on this.  If you decide in 48 hours of locking in your spot you want to cancel, I refund you no questions asked.  After that if a true emergency occurs like a death or illness in the family, something involving work you can’t get out of, I refund 100% of your deposit.  Otherwise this is my rule, if I can sell the spot, you get a refund, if I can’t you don’t.  This is because sometimes people cancel a day or two before the event, when that happens it is hard to sell the spot which would have otherwise sold and been filled.

This is going to be the most awesome workshop we have ever done, just check out the schedule.

Day One

  • Breakfast 930-1030
  • Session One –1030-1130 – Long Range Backpacking Gear – Jessica Mills
  • Session Two 1130-1230 – Scythes Restoration and Use – Chris Prater
  • Session Three 1230-130 – Sharpening Tools and Knives – Patrick Roehrman
  • Lunch 130-230
  • Session Four 230-330 – Aquaponics Part One – David Seigler
  • Session Five 330-430 – Airsoft for Practical Training – Jack Spirko
  • Break 430-530
  • Session Six 530-630 – Dealing with Predators – Chris Prater
  • Seven 630-730 – Radio Communications – John Pugliano & Triple Kocurek
  • Dinner 730-830

Day Two

  • Breakfast 930-1030
  • Session One – 1030-1130 – Building a Vaccucanner – Jake Robinson
  • Session Two 1130-1230 – Aquaponics Part Two – David Seigler
  • Session Three 1230-130 – Soil and Composting – Mike Vertrees
  • Lunch 130-230
  • Session Four 230-330 – Vermicomposting – Tim Flood
  • Session Five 330-430 – Mead Making – Jack Spirko
  • Break 430-530
  • Session Six 530-630 – Finishing Wood like a Pro – Jeff Dheer
  • Seven 630-730 – Shop Tools – Bryan Stout
  • Dinner 730-830

Day Three

  • Breakfast 930-1030
  • Session One – 1030-1130 – Michael Jordan Bee Keeping
  • Session Two 1130-1230 – Buying Land on Your Terms – Mike Centex
  • Session Three 1230-130 – LLP Property Ownership – John Pugliano
  • Lunch 130-230
  • Session Four 230-330 – Soap Making – Mindy and Josh Crandall
  • Session Five 330-430 – Building Soil in the First Year – Nick Ferguson
  • Break 430-530
  • Session Six 530-630 – Escape from Illegal Detention – Bryan Black
  • Seven 630-730 – Mental Prep for Combat – JR Haley
  • Dinner 730-830

On top of this we will as always serve up amazing food, have an awesome barter blanket night, an amazing mead tasting session, a beer tasting and more. Since we are doing only one this fall we are going with a seat count of 40 students, which is a bit of a push for our property but we want to be as inclusive as we can be.

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