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MT Knives Add On Class for the TSP Workshop

Patrick Roehrman will be doing an add on knife making class at the 2017 fall workshop.  Interested students will need to sign up with him directly, you can find full details here.

This is a great opportunity, Patrick will be helping 10 students complete a knife that would easily sell for more than 300 dollars and the price of the class is 300 dollars.  In essence you can choose to decide how you look at it, you are either buying the knife and getting the education for free, or buying the education and getting the knife free, either one is a pretty sweet deal.

The way this will work is, Patrick will be our first instructor with a 1 hour session for all on the general principles of making a knife, this will be best for people buying pre made blanks and handle materials.  Every student will be part of this but it won’t be hands on.

Then for 2 hours a day, plus likely some down time and sessions some don’t wish to attend he will help those who purchase the add on complete an awesome custom knife, one you can’t even buy from him.

Please note this is ONLY FOR STUDENTS OF THE SPRING WORKSHOP who have already secured a seat to it, please do not sign up for this if you are not a student or instructor at the TSP 2017 Fun and Skills Workshop.

To learn more and claim one of the ten spots
go to this link at the MT Knives website.

PS – Please understand that this add on is being 100% run by Patrick, other than purchasing some tools for my shop so students can use them I am not involved, any arrangements, special deals, questions on it need to go to him, not me.  I will have my hands full today making sure all of my students get their info packets, questions answered etc.

Tickets for the Spring Workshop are Now on Sale

Update – As of 10:30 half of the seats have been sold, get yours before it is gone!

The 2017 Spring Workshop Tickets are now on sale.  They are available for the first 48 hours to MSB members only.  If they are not all sold out in 24 hours they are then available to any and all.  FWIW this almost never happens they almost always sell out in a few hours to say half a day at most.

To sign up now, go to the MSB and log in, in GIANT RED LETTERS it says,

The Link to Sign Up for the Fall Workshop is 

That is followed by giant blue letters with the link.  This is on the home screen when you log in, if you don’t log in you won’t be able to see it.  If you are not a member just to be clear, you can’t sign up until tomorrow if any seats remain, which they likely won’t.

This workshop is 500 dollar a student with a 100 dollar deposit today to hold your seat and balance due when you show up.

This workshop runs for three full days from March 23-25 and students can set up camp sites on Wednesday the 22nd and can camp until Sunday the 26th.  The best airport to fly into is DFW which is about 30 minutes from our home if you pay the five bucks and take the express lane on the way in, it is totally and I mean totally worth the five bucks.

This workshop will consist of 15 different sessions, subjects we will be covering this time are,

  • Knife Making
  • Small Engine Maintenance
  • Homestead Automation
  • Alcohol Infusions
  • Fermented Foods
  • Sous Vide Cooking
  • Building an AR15
  • Roasting Coffee
  • Raising Rabbits
  • The Trump Economic Impact
  • Aquaponics
  • High Density Food Production
  • Homesteading on a Budget
  • Cover Crop Seed Mixes
  • Solar Power
  • Wood Working
  • Special Unadvertised Bonuses

Again to sign up now go to the MSB and log in and come join us for one of the best workshops we have ever done.

Ares Tactical: TSP Business Directory Feature

Tactical Kydex Gear

Ares Tactical

Ares Tactical is our TSP Business Directory feature of the week. Since 2012 Ares Tactical has been manufacturing Kydex holsters, shot shell caddies, magazine pouches, and other accessories for your tactical collection. It all started with the Bodyguard IWB (inside the waistband). Ares was looking for a lightweight and comfortable holster that would also stand up to rugged field conditions. That inspired their first project, and since then they have expanded their line to include MOLLE, thigh, belt, chest, shoulder, and competition holsters and magazine carriers. Ares also has a popular ShotShell Caddy for field and competition use in both 12ga and 20ga.

Holsters by Ares Tactical

Ares offers direct sales from their website and also wholesale to other retailers who with to carry their product. In addition, they will custom design private label products. You can even submit your own design to have a custom printed Kydex holster. What’s even better is that Ares is offering some pretty steep discounts to TSP members and the Law Enforcement community.

Discounts on Kydex Tactical Gear

Ares wants to display your unit patch on the wall in their showroom. In a show of support to the LE/First Responder community, they are offering a 50% discount if you are the first person from your unit or agency to send in your unit patch. Just send Ares an e-mail to see if you are the first. If you qualify you’ll receive a huge discount on any holster in their inventory. TSP listeners can also get a great discount from Ares Tactical. Use the code tspbiz at checkout and show your support for a great TSP community vendor. Ares is owned by a listener and MSB member since 2011.

Custom Kydex Holsters by Ares Tactical

Finding Discounts in the TSP Business Directory

Ares is just one of many businesses in the Directory offering audience members a discount. If you haven’t been to the Business Directory page on TSP in a while, spend some time browsing through the different categories. We’ve had a lot of new listings over the past two months in everything from financial services to news about cryptocurrency. Support small business and shop within the TSP community when you can.

In fact, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Why not get that special someone a unique gift from a cottage industry instead of spending your money at a big-box retail store? Lindsey, if you’re reading this, I’ll take the Bodyguard IWB V2 for the Glock G35. Be sure to select “lefty” and use the code tspbiz at checkout! Probably not happening, but it doesn’t hurt to dream right? Have a great week TSP Nation. I’ll be back next weekend with a feature article on Werkz LLC.

Dates Announced for the Spring 2017 TSP Workshop

We have selected our instructors for the 2017 workshop at Nine Mile Farm and are announcing today that the workshop will be March 23, 24, 25 with property open for camping from the 22nd to the 26th.

This workshop will consist of 15 different sessions, subjects we will be covering this time are,

  • Knife Making
  • Small Engine Maintenance
  • Homestead Automation
  • Alcohol Infusions
  • Fermented Foods
  • Sous Vide Cooking
  • Building an AR15
  • Roasting Coffee
  • Raising Rabbits
  • The Trump Economic Impact
  • Aquaponics
  • High Density Food Production
  • Homesteading on a Budget
  • Cover Crop Seed Mixes
  • Solar Power
  • Wood Working
  • Special Unadvertised Bonuses

Tickets for this event will go on sale on Monday, January the 30th at 9AM central time. As usual the MSB members will be given 24 hours to sign up before any tickets will be open to the general public.

Frankly there will be only 28 spots going up for sale, last time they all sold out in under two hours.  Translation anyone that really wanted one had time to get one, anyone that figured they could wait until lunch time to sign up, didn’t get one.

So set your reminders now and tune in today to get more information about this event.


TSP Directory Feature: Janice Gould Realtor in Arizona

Janice Gould Realty: Need an agent with a little kick?

An agent with a little kick!

This week I would like to feature a member of the TSP Business Directory from Arizona. Janice lives off-the-grid in Yucca, AZ. When she’s not busy with Jenny (pictured above) and her horses, Janice serves the Stagecoach Trails or Lake Havasu City areas. She is a licensed realtor who earned both the Graduate Realty Institute (GRI) and the Accredited Buyer Representation (ABR) Designation from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS (NAR).

More About Janice

20 years ago Janice and her family moved from California to their desert estate so they could enjoy the quiet lifestyle of a small desert town. They raise chickens, ducks, and tilapia on their ranch. Janice says she has also had success with vegetables and some fruit trees in the warm open desert climate of Yucca. You can reach Janice to learn more about properties in the area at 928-715-7871. Or visit her site to browse Yucca, AZ Properties.

What Her Clients Have to Say

I took a look at Janice’s site and right now she has about 13 properties for sale with a mix of developed single-family homes and raw land. It’s shocking to me to see just how affordable acreage is in her market. In fact, I don’t see any land on the site for over $1k an acre! If you’ve seen what Geoff Lawton did in “Greening the Desert” you know what the possibilities are…

After I scanned through the listings, I took a look at the testimonials section. Here’s what a few past clients had to say:

Thank you for all your help and for the great service which was above and beyond the call of duty.

-Tim and Carolyn Reese

Just a short note to tell you how pleased I was with your handling the sale of my house in Lake Havasu. You took some beautiful pictures inside and out. You put them on the internet as well as flyers on your realtor sign out front so that people that were interested could find out the pluses without having to go inside. Then you held an “open house” which really clinched the sale for those that were interested. I also thank you for going over all the paperwork and filling out so many forms that were necessary for the sale. I was very pleased with the detail and professionalism in which you handled all aspects of the sale. Then the extra signs you put up pointing the way to my house since it was on a cul-de-sac helped too. I thought the length of time it took to sell it was very short, so do believe you priced it correctly. I would recomend you to anyone who wants an honest, dedicated and experienced realtor.

-Larry Oldham

If you’re in the market to buy or sell in her area, get in touch with Janice and support a fellow TSP’er!

Sustainable Business Planning

TSP Business Directory Feature of the week: Sustainable Business Planning

This week I am proud to feature another business from the TSP Community that focuses on helping the farm entrepreneur. Erin Martin resides in upstate New York on an 11 acre homestead. Erin’s venture came from a desire to help other homesteaders and farmers figure out the numbers side of running a successful business. Sustainable Business Planning gives farmers an online workshop to help with their accounting and strategic planning. Here are a few of the courses offered:

  • Can I earn a Profit With This Business
  • Business Planning
  • Using Quickbooks to Manage Your Business

Live Workshops

You can also purchase a bundle of all the courses offered at Sustainable Business Planning. These are live workshops, but you will get access to a recording after you finish. What inspired Erin to offer these courses? I’ll let Erin explain that:

My name is Erin Martin.
I grew up in Brooklyn and currently reside in upstate New York on an 11 acre homestead with my 2 dogs. I have a passion for gardening, horses, being outdoors and permaculture design. I have spent my career in corporate accounting, as the Corporate Controller for numerous small businesses (40-100 employees) with Revenues ranging from $15-$300M annually, and have close to 30 years experience in that field. I have a Bachelors Degree in Accounting. Over the years I have trained numerous employees in all aspects of corporate accounting, and I have a love of teaching. I had come to hate corporate life in general, not the accounting work itself, but the 9-5 of it, the 8 hours chained to a desk when I would rather be growing something. I still loved the numbers, and the story they can tell about the past, present and future of a business, but I wanted to do it on my own terms. The idea for this business came as part of that personal evolution.
The purchase of my homestead came out of a fierce desire to find liberty and self sufficiency in my life. I was tempted to throw caution to the wind and live the life of a vagabond woofer, but common sense prevailed and I decided to purchase land and try my hand at homesteading and see if I could make it profitable. Being a numbers geek, as soon as I started planning and analyzing what I wanted to do here on the homestead, I started building spreadsheets to use to run my numbers and look at different products and scenarios. That’s when it hit me! Why not leverage my years of experience helping businesses achieve their financial goals, into a business of my own?
Sustainable Business Planning was born. My goal is to help fellow farm entrepreneurs realize their dreams of profitable farming. Building a business is a journey, which begins with that first step.  I hope that you will allow me to join you on your journey and that you will join me on mine. Together, we can sow the seeds for success.

Erin has a great course that seems to be perfect for those contemplating a venture into farming. One of the things I like about this course is that she doesn’t require you to purchase two courses if a spouse or business partner wants to attend the workshop with you. You get a unique login that allows one device at a time into the workshop. So, plan accordingly if you want to work through the course material with someone else.

7-Weeks to a Financially Sustainable Farm

You can work through all the courses in about 7 weeks if you want to get the most value out of the program. In fact, Erin is offering TSP members a 15% discount at checkout by using the code 2016tspn15
You only need to purchase a one page business plan book and a copy of Quickbooks in order to attend the course. Payments are accepted through PayPal if you want to get enrolled in the next class. Speaking of, these classes are limited to no more than 30 attendees. So, expect the opportunity to ask plenty of questions and interact within a small group. Overall, I think this is an excellent opportunity for anyone considering farming or for the farmer looking to get a better grasp on their financials.
Sustainable Business Planning

TSP Business Directory

You can find Sustainable Business Planning and all the other businesses in our Directory here. Do business within the TSP community and support small business when you can. Listings start at less than $1 a month. Or, you can get a premium listing to get your business featured in one of these posts on the TSP homepage and Facebook feed. Thanks for your support and let’s make 2017 an outstanding year!

No show today

The charter cable idiots are still climbing all over the polls outside The Internet is still down so it looks like there will be no TSP today we will return tomorrow if the cable technicians can figure out the difference between a DC amplifier and their asses. I apologize for the interruption but we are all subject at times to the limits of technology.

The Great American Farm Tour

Chances are you feel a bit isolated. Not many of many of your friends or family are growing food.   Maybe you even feel a little “crazy” sometimes.  I’m thinking you’re gonna dig the farm tour. You’re gonna meet the coolest people (just like you) all over the country and see some of the greatest places.

I’m happy to say, that our farm, Nine Mile Farm is one of the farms to be featured on Justin Rhodes’ “Great American Farm Tour” this year.  So, if you’ve ever wanted a more intimate look at my day-to-day, this is your chance 😉

If you haven’t heard about Justin’s tour, his family of six has converted a school bus into an RV and will be showcasing the greatest sustainable yards, homesteads, and farms across America.  Justin will be creating daily Youtube Videos of the adventure and is currently crowdfunding for a feature length documentary.

Take part in the adventure by supporting his Kickstarter campaign, HERE.

In Doing So You Can Get Some Exclusive Kickstarter Rewards:

  • Deeply discounted prices on the documentary
  • Kickstarter exclusive BONUSES
  • Inside scoop on the adventure
  • Enjoy a sense of community when you join with others to support the effort

NOTE: Justin has been known for giving REALLY good deals to his Kickstarter backers. And, with his feature film selling for just $15, I think it’s a steal. I’d buy one even if I wasn’t in the film.  So check out The Great American Farm Tour and consider backing it today.

Great Interview with Vin Armani

Yesterday I did a live streaming interview on Facebook with Vin Armani, it was a great time with a really cool guy.  I really didn’t know anything about Vin when he contacted me for the show but it sounded like a good opportunity so I said sure.

During about the one hour I spent on the show I realized this is one of the guys on our side in a big way.  Deeply concerned with real environmentalism rather that political bullshit pandering.  Huge advocate of self sufficiency and self reliance and a real passion to help and inspire people to build their own businesses and futures.

I have already been invited back on Vin’s show and agreed to do so and extended him an invite if he would like to come on TSP and discuss his views on liberty, voluntarism and entrepreneurship.

Vin’s show is a new show but he now has about 12 weekly episodes under his belt.  They do a great job on the video side and the show is also available as an audio only podcast.

In any event Vin is definitely worth checking out and subscribing to.

P.S. – Just found out the interview is now on YouTube so I am embedding it here.

TSP Directory Feature of the Week: The Wealthsteading Podcast

The Wealthsteading Podcast

This week’s featured member of the TSP Business Directory is Expert Councilmember and Podcaster John Pugliano. John wants you to manage your wealth by first managing your life. He is a proponent of preparedness and saving before you invest. What does that mean? To put it simply, the gains you would get from investing less than $50,000 are probably not worth the time and effort spent making an investment decision. Instead, you might consider saving that money in a safe place and focus on increasing your income. A gain of 10% on $5,000 is only $500. Is it worth the risk to invest such an amount? However, once you reach $50,000 it might make more sense to invest because a 10% gain yields $5,000. It’s all about risk versus reward. So, consider following John’s advise: EARN then SAVE and finally INVEST in that order.

TSP Directory Feature of the week: The Wealthsteading Podcast

Common Sense Analysis

If you’re looking for easy to understand, yet detailed analysis of current market conditions, tune into John’s podcast. You can listen on iTunes or your Android device. John usually publishes at least one podcast each week with timely topics related to investing and the overall economy. You won’t find any get-rich-quick schemes or outlandish strategies, just common sense analysis.


Wealth Management

Another service John offers to the TSP community is active portfolio management. If you visit Investable Wealth you can learn more about this service. Here’s what John has to say about his portfolio management:

We offer fee-only concierge advisory services. Clients work directly with the founder & portfolio manager, not a salesman. We sell NO products – no annuities, no insurance, no mutual funds, no hidden fees…nothing. We simply act as a fiduciary and manage our clients’ wealth as we do our own…with care & caution.

Some of his ideal clients are disciplined savers who are seeking growth beyond traditional bonds and dividend investments. John is completely transparent with his management fees and investment direction. If you’re interested in learning more about his recent strategies, you should check out his observations and commentary blog. He posts up to date information about recent trades and provides his general reasoning behind investment choices. John is an active member of the TSP community and a wealth of knowledge.

About the TSP Business Directory

The Wealthsteading Podcast and all the other outstanding businesses that joined the TSP Business Directory can be found here. The purpose of our directory is to allow the TSP community to exchange value for value within the community. You will find a diverse mix of small businesses on the directory. Categories range from guns and tactical gear to gardening or HAM radio equipment providers. Shop within the TSP community and support small business when you can. Be sure to provide an honest review on the directory when you do so. If you want to list your business for less than a dollar a month, go ahead and sign up today. It only takes about five minutes, and you get exposure to Jack’s growing audience. Premium listings get featured in one of these posts which gets blasted out to the TSP Facebook community as well. Listing in the directory is also great for your site’s ranking in the search engines. So, consider joining our growing list of TSP community businesses.

This post is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a solicitation, offering advice or recommendation of any security. This website does not intend to provide investment, tax or legal advice.