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Episode-42- TSP Rewind – From Home to Homestead

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

Today’s episode was originally, Episode-20- From Home to Homestead and was originally published on July 22nd, 2008.

The following are the original show notes from that episode.

Today in America despite the mortgage meltdown and other economic problems more people then ever own their own homes. The problem though is we have gone from a nation of Homesteaders to a nation of debt laden home owners, ownership is not even the correct term. Mortgage has turned into long term rental for many. In today’s show we discuss…

  • How to turn your home from a consumer to producer
  • How buying regional can lead to more independence
  • Elimination of debt as part of homesteading
  • The best crops to begin gardening with
  • How growing food can lead to freedom
  • How a mortgage was NOT part of the original homesteading process
  • Making your home provide for you vs. you having to provide for your home
  • How solar and green energy can help you be more independent
  • The salmonella scare and genetically altered plants are yet another reason to “grow your own”
  • How the Internet is helping us all reconnect and inspire each other
  • The “smaller home concept” and even how to adapt it to a large home
  • Tossing a bit of politics in, does the media favor Obama? What do you think?

Don’t forget to sign up for our listener appreciation contest and comment, suggest and let me know what you want to hear more about.

Links and Resources for this Podcast

Episode-2089- Mike Centex on Hurricane Harvey and CAC Teams

Mike is a PermaEthos founder and MSB member, a past presenter at TSP workshops and more recently a new Citizens Assisting Citizens team member when he found himself at ground zero of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, TX.

Upon hearing the “Get Out, Get Out, Get Out” warnings from Jack Spirko, Mike, knowing he was based in a high elevation, flood free area, set up the first CAC Team safe haven/FOB in Houston the Day Harvey made landfall. He and his entire family spent the next 10 days coordinating CAC Team efforts to direct rescuers, donations and supplies, safely, to the accessible locations in need around Houston and the Beaumont/Port Arthur area. Having lived in the area a lifetime, his knowledge of the area and roadways was extremely beneficial to CAC Team responders coming in from out of state.

With the assistance of Steven Harris and the entire CAC team nationwide, Mike and his family housed CAC responders, maintained constant contact on current needs and impacted areas, personally accompanied delivery of over 5,000 pounds of donated supplies to Houston area evacuation shelters.

Mike monitored flooding and road conditions around the Beaumont impacted area and he helped the CAC Team to guide additional tons of supplies to CAC responders on the ground in and around the flooded areas of Beaumont. At the same time, Mike’s Wife and children assembled 100’s of emergency hygiene and disaster cleanup kits on their dining room table, that were immediately distributed to flood victims in the Humble/Kingwood area of Houston.

Mike Video Chronicled the events from the day before landfall through the aftermath on his YouTube channel “Mike Centex Life”. Mike journaled extensively during the disaster and has learned many valuable lessons on how best to respond, communicate, and manage internal and external operations in the middle of an ongoing disaster area.

He also shows how clear communications with those coming into a disaster area can make the difference between delivering the supplies needed by victims and not showing up from a multi-state commute with prom dresses and winter coats for victims of a summer hurricane.

As Mike Tyson is famous for quoting, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face”.

When you unwittingly find yourself at ground zero of a disaster, you’re going to take some serious punching and plans will fall apart everyday. Mike’s current mission goal is to teach preparedness minded people on how to duck as many of those punches as possible, while in the operating in the eye of the disaster.

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-2088- Lessons and Planning from the first 3/4s of 2017

The Timber Frame Pond – AKA “Miyagi Pond” is the Nine Mile Farm Home Run of 2017

Here are Nine Mile Farm we have pretty much settled into our selected systems on a lot of things at this point almost 5 years into the journey.  Our ducks run on a clock work like system, feeding, paddock shifting, egg collection, etc are all quite fine tuned at this point.

The trees require very little maintenance and most of our desired infrastructure is now installed.  Still we are constantly trying and testing out new things.  This year we have found some really great gems of knowledge and we have also come up with some quite refined plans for our future.

A lot of the new stuff is going to be built in winter, because here in north Texas that is the most pleasant time of year for construction work and out door projects.  Today I am going to do an old school sort of “chat with Jack” episode on what has worked well this year and where we are taking that knowledge to in the future.

Join Me Today to Discuss….

  • The aviary and aquaponics system has become a great asset in need of tweaking
  • The timber frame pond (Miyagi) is the most trouble free aquatic system I’ve built
  • Thai water spinach is an amazing and delicious plant
  • Peppers do fantastic at 60% shade here in Texas anyway
  • Tomato blight continues to be the bane of my existence
  • Elevated ponds and gardens are the way forward due to the ducks
  • Our in ground pond is pretty much a disaster, we may have to nuke it
  • Bluegill and other sunfish are about the most trouble free and economically viable protein here in Texas
  • Bullheads do not seem to be a good aquaponics option
  • A Steven Harris Battery Bank and a cooler make a great live well
  • Plans for this winter
    • Build a bigger, better Miyagi
    • Grow out koi for the Miyagi’s
    • Develop a large wicking bed system that is 100% duck proof
    • Design a planting plan for the new and old systems
    • Meat chicken run in 2018, no new ducks this time
    • Take another go at the orchard that failed
    • Duck Free Zones and an Outdoor Kitchen
    • Look to simplify systems and automate everything
  • Final thoughts

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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Episode-2087- Listener Feedback for 9-18-17

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your questions on farming, fruit trees, community, guns, mint, bureaucracy 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…

  • An update on Grant Shultz and Versaland Farm
  • Thoughts on buying “left over” fruit trees
  • More zello community feedback
  • Thoughts on the “Police Model” 870
  • Getting rid of a patch of mint
  • What is Gun Genie and why should you care
  • On the passing of Jerry Pournelle and his Iron Law of Bureaucracy
  • Can governments really “crush cryptocurrency”
  • Another build a rifle challenge – the 600 dollar all in “mountain rifle”

Resources for today’s show…

Sponsors of the Day

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.

Join the MSB Today

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Want Every Episode of TSP Ever Produced?

Remember in addition to discounts to over 40 vendors who supply stuff you are likely buying anyway, tons of free ebooks and video content, MSB Members also get every edition of The Survival Podcast ever produced in convenient zip files in blocks of 24. More info on the MSB can be found here.

Episode-2086- Expert Council Q&A for 9-15-17

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 vehicles, alternative health, plants, cooking, ETF investing, concealed carry, old guns 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

  • Choosing the correct oil for an older motor – Tim Glance
  • Using DE for health reasons – Doc Bones
  • Overwintering of potted perennials – Nick Ferguson
  • Cooking with wild mushrooms – Chef Keith Snow
  • Making buy and sell decisions with a silver ETF – John Pugliano
  • Duty to inform about concealed carry with LEO contacts – Dan Ohmann
  • Hunting with old shot guns and vintage hunting/fishing gear in general – Jack

Resources for today’s show…

Websites of the Expert Council Members

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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Episode-2085- Listener Calls for 9-13-17

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on cell phones, dogs, investing, communications, storm preps, hunting rifles 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…

  • Thoughts on a “back up” cell phone
  • Thoughts on the militarization of LEOs
  • Dealing with a dog having issues with house training
  • How to manage a life establishment fund for your kids
  • Should we select a TSP official CB channel
  • Setting up water catch for AC water drip
  • The value of storm preps during a hurricane
  • Keeping cash on hand safely for a disaster
  • Choosing a quality deer rifle set up for under 1000 dollars

Resources for today’s show…

Sponsors of the Day

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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Episode-2084- Doc Bones and Nurse Amy on National Preparedness Month and More

Connect with Joe and Amy at DoomAndBloom.net

Connect with Joe and Amy at DoomAndBloom.net

Joe Alton, M.D., aka Dr. Bones, is an M.D. and fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of OB/GYN. Amy Alton, A.R.N.P., aka Nurse Amy, is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner.

Together, they’re the authors of the #1 Amazon bestseller in Survival Skills and Safety/First Aid “The Survival Medicine Handbook”.

They are also well known speakers across the country, podcasters, and YouTubers, as well as contributors to leading survival/homesteading magazines. You will find over 1000 posts on medical preparedness on their website, doomandbloom.net.

Their mission is: To put a medically prepared person in every family for disaster situations. Today they join us to discuss medical preparedness, fish antibiotics, storm prepping, water storage, bugging out, herbal medicine and more.

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 (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

Join the MSB Today

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Want Every Episode of TSP Ever Produced?

Remember in addition to discounts to over 40 vendors who supply stuff you are likely buying anyway, tons of free ebooks and video content, MSB Members also get every edition of The Survival Podcast ever produced in convenient zip files in blocks of 24. More info on the MSB can be found here.

Reminder the Fall Workshop Goes on Sale Tomorrow

One last reminder the fall workshop goes on sale at 9AM CST tomorrow.  From then until 9AM CST Saturday the sale will be open to MSB Members only.  To order you will have to log into the MSB at that time.  A link to order will be in BOLD RED at the top of the main login page.  Again it won’t be there until 9AM CST Thursday Sept. 14th.

Full details about the workshop are here.

Cost as always is 500 dollars, a deposit of 100 is needed to hold your spot.  The balance is paid upon arrival.  Deposits are technically non refundable but my actual policy is, if you cancel and I can sell your seat, I refund the deposit, if I can’t you lose it.

I generally have a waiting list but when people cancel only a few days before the event, often the people on it can’t attend at that point.  I find this policy to be fair, I hope you guys do as well.

Episode-2083- Cooking Venison and Other Fish & Game

Property Trimmed Venison Flank Steak Seasoned With Salt and Pepper and Ready for the Pan

We are heading into the season of harvest and I figured for a fun show today I would talk about various ways to cook venison and a few other types of fish and game.

Cooking as many of you know is one of my passions, I love cooking becuase it is a special blend and a blend many don’t really think about.  Cooking when you think about it is a blending of….

  • Culture and Heritage
  • History
  • Science (mostly biology, chemistry and physics)
  • Practical Needs (we all have to eat and you have what you have)

I mean think about something like a classic Vietnamese cooking, one of the most sophisticated forms of cooking in the world.

Under Culture and Herritage you have a blending of classic south east Asian cultures and French Influences.  Which takes us right to history, as under French occupation that French influence came into being.  The science is there in many ways, but just examine the concept of all 5 flavors being present, salty, sweet, sour, bitter and spicy in every dish.  On practical needs, the main dishes consist of locally available food, much grown, raised and foraged by even the poorest residents.

This is true of all foods and in blending techniques, science, cultures, etc. we get what modern chefs call “fusion food” but Redneck Duck farmers like me simply call good eating.

Join Me Today To Discuss…

  • The rules of wild game specifically venison
    1. Don’t over cook it
    2. Gamey is not a flavor it means you screwed up
    3. If you are grilling or frying, cook hot and fast
    4. Use large piece if you are trying anything low and slow
    5. Ground venison and other game benefits from added fat
    6. Game is lean, see rule number one
  • Some ways to make venison many never even consider
    • Fried venison flank and breast meat with fried sun chokes
    • Braised venison shanks and fingerling potatoes – you will never grind one again
    • Smoked venison leg roast – better than prime rib
    • Chicken fried back strap
    • Grilled or fried deer heart
    • Biltong – the perfect survival food
  • Use that liver when you make sausage, or feed to dogs in MODERATION
  • Why I tend to not grind venison during butchering
  • Don’t discard bones, venison bone stock is amazing
  • Some other game and fish ideas
    • Simple fried bluegill or other panfish
    • Fish Tacos – really good with sandbass
    • Catfish Steaks – So Simple
    • Grilled Squirrel
    • Squirrel Stew
    • Ground Hog BBQ (try it, you will like it)
    • Duck and/or Goose Soup
    • Wild Hog Jalapeno Bacon Medallions
  • A bit on sauces, seasonings, marinades etc.

Resources for today’s show…

Sponsors of the Day

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.

Join the MSB Today

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Want Every Episode of TSP Ever Produced?

Remember in addition to discounts to over 40 vendors who supply stuff you are likely buying anyway, tons of free ebooks and video content, MSB Members also get every edition of The Survival Podcast ever produced in convenient zip files in blocks of 24. More info on the MSB can be found here.

Episode-2082- Listener Feedback for 9-11-17

jackspirkoToday on The Survival Podcast I take your questions on the hurricanes, The Red Cross, the coming TSP Workshop, 911, crypto mining 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…

  • A Reminder Tickets to the Fall Workshop Go on Sale Thursday
  • Grant Shultz needs our support for Versaland Farm – Because Government
  • The 911 Conspiracy Theory explained in five minutes
  • A Houston City Councilmen says what I have been saying for years, the Red Cross sucks!
  • Crypto Gulch is coming soon, here is the story on it
  • Thoughts on Hurricane Irma, hype vs. reality and the reality is still bad
  • Where were you on that September day?

Resources for today’s show…

Sponsors of the Day

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.

Join the MSB Today

Join the MSB Today

Want Every Episode of TSP Ever Produced?

Remember in addition to discounts to over 40 vendors who supply stuff you are likely buying anyway, tons of free ebooks and video content, MSB Members also get every edition of The Survival Podcast ever produced in convenient zip files in blocks of 24. More info on the MSB can be found here.