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Episode-27- TSP Rewind – The Why, What and How of Modern Homesteading

rewindToday is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.

Today’s episode was originally, Episode-1002- The Why, What and How of Modern Homesteading and originally aired on Oct 19, 2012.

The notes below are the original notes from that episode.

There is an old saying, “what’s old is new again”.  While a fashion minded yuppie may be referring to something like a brief return of the awful concept of bell bottom jeans or some such nonsense, there is a real meaningful component to the statement.

The Classic View of "Homestead" is not the Only Option

The Classic View of “Homestead” is not the Only Option

When we are unhappy, when we know something is wrong we try to think back to happier times and make part of what they had part of what we have today.  Why do you think “I Love Lucy”, “Andy Griffith” and even “The Three Stooges” enjoyed a lot of rebirth after 911? Why do you think one network plays “A Christmas Story” for 24 hours strait every Christmas?

This is particularly playing out today in the homesteading and back to the land movements.  Something is different this time though, people seem to be doing it for a new reason, while seeking the lessons of the past, they are actually looking to the future.  Rather then nostalgia driving a quaint idea, we seem to have realized, there is “a better way to do things”.

Join Me Today as We Discuss….

  • The Why of Modern Homesteading
    • Saving Money
    • Improving Health (mental and phyical)
    • Taking Control
    • Building Value in our Homes and Communities
  • The What of Modern Homesteading
    • Food Production
    • Animals That Have Jobs
    • Creation of Income
    • Development of Skills
    • Energy Independence (even by percentage)
    • Resource Identification
  • The How of Modern Homesteading
    • Gardening/Permaculture and Irrigation
    • Food Preservation Methods
      • Fermentation
      • Dehydration
      • Canning
      • Flash Freezing
      • Jerky/Biltong
      • Brewing/Vinting
    • Foraging
    • Barter and Buying from the Local Economy
    • Animal Husbandry
    • Tool Maintenance
    • Planning/Scheduling Activities and Upkeep
    • Record Keeping
    • Community Development

Resources for Today’s Show…

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-26- TSP Rewind – Steven Harris on Bio Fuels for Personal Energy Independence

rewindToday is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes.

Today’s episode was originally, Episode-707- Steven Harris on Bio Fuels for Personal Energy Independence and aired first on July 21st 2011 .

The notes below are the original notes from that episode.

Steven Harris is a consultant and expert in the field of energy. He is the founder and CEO of Knowledge Publications, the largest energy only publishing company in the USA.

Mr. Harris came to his current position to do full time work on the development and implementation of hydrogen, biomass and solar related energy systems after spending 10 years in the Aero-Thermal Dynamics department of the Scientific Labs of Chrysler Corporation.

Mr. Harris is currently working on Project Destiny, a solar hydrogen energy system and holds break through technology in the field of Solar Energy Conversion and Biomass Gasification. He is authoring an upcoming book, “The Positive Promotion of Hydrogen Energy a Model for Success in an Economically Driven Market” and the currently released book, “Sunshine to Dollars”, “Surviving the Blackout of 2003”, plus the author of 4 Hydrogen related DVDs and 2 other videos.

Join us Today as we Discuss…

  • What is Project Destiny?
  • What is the best REAL solar energy to use in a disaster?
  • Can a generator be run off biogas
  • Can a vehicle be run off biogas.
  • What is the history of cars running on biogas ?
  • How to run natural gas appliances on biogas?
  • How much biogas could be produced in a small backyard operation?
  • How to obtain material for making biogas for little to no cost
  • How to build your own wood gasifier inexpensively
  • How to stay safe when making bio gas
  • How do you safely store, compress, etc. biogas?
  • How much biogas already is working at a national level

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Episode-1958- Gary Collins on Off Grid Living

Gary Collins, MS was raised in the High Desert at the basin of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in a remote part of California. Gary enjoyed, and considers himself lucky to have grown up in a very small town experiencing fishing, hunting, and anything outdoors from a very young age.

He has been involved in organized sports, nutrition, and fitness for almost four decades. He is also an active follower and teacher of the self-reliant/survivalist/off the grid lifestyle.

After an exciting career in military intelligence Collins worked for the U.S. State Department, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a Special Agent.

His career took him around the world and gave him a unique perspective on not only how the United States, but the world is affected by our food, drug and healthcare policies.

It can be safely said no one in the health and fitness industry has the inside knowledge and background that Collins has. He is a hybrid of a high intensity health expert, self sufficiency advocate and an investigator rolled into one.

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1957- The Beginners Guide to Growing Food

I have done some really advanced stuff with agriculture and permaculture over the years but I realized it has been a long time since I have done something totally devoted to a true beginner.  The person looking at a patch of ground and a back porch and just wanting a garden and some of their own food on their own table.

This does not have to be complicated and it also doesn’t have to be expensive.  Our grand parents and great grand parents didn’t spend a lot of money to grow a garden, they didn’t have design certificates or gadgets either.  Still today we have a lot of options they didn’t, by combining their simple approach and some modern convience we can get off the ground running fast.

We can have a great harvest in our first year and lay the ground work for a garden that gets better and better over time.  We can also do things in a way that shortens the learning curve and makes us feel good about what we are doing, rather than demotivated and frustrated as many first year gardeners become.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • An example of why the “green thumb” is a myth to be ignored
  • What is the goal of a family garden
    • Produce food
    • Save money
    • Improve quality of life
    • Provide better healthier nutrition
  • Should you go with “raised beds”
    • What is the ground like
    • What is your climate like
    • Can you either automate or simply irrigation
    • Are you going to want “borders” if so why
    • Where are you going to get your material and how much will it cost
  • Why I recommend buying plants your first year, at least some of them
    • Plants I recommend buying
      • Peppers
      • Tomatoes
      • Broccoli/Cauliflower
    • High success rate
    • Very broad availability of varieties now
    • Cost is not bad, and this is a learning year
  • Plant I recommend planting from seed in the ground
    • Peas/Beans etc.
    • Beets
    • Radishes
    • Arugula
    • Dill
    • Squash
    • Melons
  • Plants I recommend starting in containers even in your first year or buying
    • Chard
    • Lettuce
    • Basil
    • Parsley
    • Chives
  • Why everyone should grow sweet potato
  • Bed establishment
    • Double dig, sheet mulch or both
    • Bring in material – yes till/turn it in
    • Mulch with wood chips
  • The things that will make your plants successful almost no mater what
    • Dr. Earth 1014 Premium Gold Organic All-Purpose Fertilizer (balanced NPK) – Link
    • Garrett Juice Plus (foliar feed) – Link
    • Blood and Bone Fertilizer – Link
    • GS Plant Foods Liquid Kelp – Link
    • Hydro Organics Earth Juice Cal-n-Mag Plant Food – Link
    • Liquinox Iron Zinc Chelated Solution – Link
    • Endo Mycorrhizae Fungal Inoculation – Link
    • Azomite consider sourcing locally – Link
    • Green Sand consider sourcing locally – Link
    • Lava Sand – source this locally!
    • Expanded Shale – source this locally!
  • Going forward or doing more in the first year (composting-worms-etc)

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1956- Listener Feedback for 2-20-17

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your questions on business, automation, aquaponics, keyhole gardens, rats, guns, hunting and more.

Remember to be on a show like this one just pick up your phone and call 866-65-THINK.

Make sure if you submit content for a feedback show that you put something like “comment for jack”, “question for jack” or “article for jack” in the subject line to assure proper identification for my screening process.

Please understand I receive several hundred emails a day and can’t get them all on the air.

I also do put out a lot of information on Facebook from emails that I can’t fit on the program though so keep em coming.

Join Me Today As I Respond to Your Calls and Discuss…

  • Another TSP listener business success story
  • Why the plutocrats would be fine with taxing robots
  • A question on “thriving with Aspergers”
  • Doing small scale aquaponics indoors
  • Thoughts on keyhole gardens
  • Thoughts on monetization of fish ponds
  • Dealing with rats in the chicken coop
  • Carrying a gun when company you work with is anti gun
  • A lesson from the movie “Ground Hog Day”
  • Thoughts on choices for a “second job”
  • The truth about “trophy hunting” myth buster edition!

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1955- Expert Council Q&A for 2-17-17

Today its Friday so it’s time for expert council show. To ask a question for a show like this, just send an email to me at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with “TSPC Expert” in the subject line.

Today the expert council answers questions on pasture establishment, crohn’s disease, rate swaps, generators, military trailers, dehydrating mushrooms, jug fishing and more.

In the body of your email first tell me the council member your question is for. Second ask your question concisely in one to two sentences maximum. Third any and all details after that. This is the formula to give you the best chance of getting on the air.

I do what I can to get as many of your questions as possible on the air but can’t always get to all of them. Our council is made of a wide variety of experts in everything from the tactical to the practical and everything in between.

To get more information on our Expert Council visit our “Meet the Expert Council Page” to learn more about them and their specific areas of expertise.

Join Me Today As Our Experts Discuss

  • Planting forage for rabbits and chickens – Darby Simpson
  • Dealing with Crohn’s Disease – Gary Collins
  • The ins and outs of rate swaps – John Pugliano
  • Why you should consider a tri fuel generator – Steven Harris
  • The good and really not good on M101 trailers – Tim Glance
  • Drying mushrooms – Erica Strauss
  • Jug fishing for catfish – Jack

Resources for today’s show…

Sponsors of the Day

Websites of the Expert Council Members

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Episode-1954- Listener Calls for 2-16-17

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on guns, civil war, jerusalem artichokes, gardening, comfrey, content creation, trolls, jerky, teaching and more.

Remember to be on a show like this one just pick up your phone and call 866-65-THINK.

The best way to improve your chances of being on the air is ask your question or make your point up front, then provide details.

Also please do your best to call from a quiet area with a good connection and speak up so you can be well heard.

While I can’t put all calls on the air but I do my best to get as many of them on as I can.

Join Me Today As I Respond to Your Calls and Discuss…

  • The future of song of the day, 96 WILL NOT HAPPEN
  • The advantages of a hammer less hand gun
  • Are we currently in a political civil war
  • Propagation of jerusalem artichokes
  • Using “forest soil” in a new garden
  • What exactly is a tow plow, why should we care
  • Comfrey’s role in garden bed establishment
  • The Sony Creative Cloud for content creators
  • How do you deal with trolls
  • The proper storage of jerky, why I don’t recommend vac sealing
  • A teacher quits for all the right reasons, and is still a teacher

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1953- Chris Coney on the Rise and Future of Crypto Currency

Learn more about Chris’ Work at Cryptoversity.com

Chris Coney (aka The Marketing Monk) is the founder of Cryptoversity, the online school for Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and block chains.

Cryptoversity exists to level the playing field when it comes to opportunities for economic prosperity, so that we can rebalance the distribution of wealth and close the enormous gap between rich and poor. Getting back control of the money system is critical to solving almost all human problems.

Chris joins us today to discuss how the rise of Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and block chains may seem like the beginning of the revolution, when in fact it’s simply the next logical step in an even bigger transition in the world.

This is the transition from vertically integrated organizations with hierarchical power structures into flat, peer to peer, networked organizations.

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1952- Before You Can Follow Your Passion – You Have to Find It

There is a divide among entrepreneurs on whether or now a person should, “follow their passion” in business.  We can table that today though, because whether you do so in business or just in life, I think we can all agree at some point you should fallow you passion.  If not what is the sense of living?

For me this was easy, my passions are and will always be first and foremost my family.  What I do I do to support them first.  But to be a good husband and father, a man must also follow his own path and have joy in his life.  So my other passions are nature, the outdoors, hunting, fishing, growing food, foraging, working with animals, solving problems, cooking and teaching.

And I have always known this, 20 years ago I might have explained it a bit differently but the list would have been the same.  Yet when I talk to many people I realize that often people do not know what their “lifestyle passions” are.  I mean most people are passionate about their family and friends, but when it comes to something of their own they often struggle with nailing it down.

Much like a gifted musician who can’t understand why a student can’t just learn four simple cords in a few minutes, I have always struggled with this concept, how the hell can anyone not know what their passions are.  When you do it, you feel it, you know it, that is why it is a passion!  Given that one of my passions is solving problems, I decided to look into this and today’s show is what I have come up with.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Why does this even matter, why is this so important
  • Before we start, a lesson from our friends the dogs
  • Reasons many do not know their passions
    • They have yet to experience it
    • They think it has to be something “big”
    • They misdefine passion
    • They are afraid to admit what they really want
  • Start with what you don’t want, what things do you not want in your life
  • What makes you angry, and of those things which do you have influence over
  • Define your lifestyle goals
    • What things do you do that make you most happy
    • What things do you do that you just don’t want to stop doing
    • If I gave you 10 million dollars, what would you do with it
    • Have you ever had a “personal perfect moment”
    • Pick 20 items to take to prison with you, yes I am serious
    • Who do you see as truly successful and why do you feel that way about them
  • Specific cautions
    • Just because it feels good doesn’t mean it is good for you
    • Just because it works for someone you admire doesn’t mean it will work for you
    • The number one thing separating people from their passions is fear
  • The road map
    • Be Peter Gibbons for a day, take a day and do nothing
    • The next day write an essay, called, “My Perfect Day”
    • Define the lifestyle you want to have
    • Build a path that matches your lifestyle goal as soon as possible
  • Final Thoughts

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1951- Listener Feedback for 2-13-17

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your questions on aquatics, herbal medicine, voluntarism, podcasting, BOB gear, business, freedom and more.

Remember to be on a show like this one just pick up your phone and call 866-65-THINK.

Make sure if you submit content for a feedback show that you put something like “comment for jack”, “question for jack” or “article for jack” in the subject line to assure proper identification for my screening process.

Please understand I receive several hundred emails a day and can’t get them all on the air.

I also do put out a lot of information on Facebook from emails that I can’t fit on the program though so keep em coming.

Join Me Today As I Respond to Your Calls and Discuss…

  • Alex Shrugged discusses his down time
  • Ben chips in on the Wiki and history segments
  • This weekend at Nine Mile Farm – a bit of GSD reporting
  • How I use Dr. Christopher’s Tissue and Bone Ointment
  • The voluntarist view of “National Parks”
  • Thoughts on podcast length
  • Why I prefer tarred line for wilderness kits to parachute cord
  • How I keep my file sizes small with high quality audio
  • Another listener getting shit done with his own business
  • Do I hate all GMOs or only some of them and why
  • Do enough people want true freedom to “restore the republic”

Resources for today’s show…

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Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

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