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Episode-1450- TSP Homestead Lessons and Planning – Fall 2014

Three Bee Hives - One of Many Additions to the Homestead in 2014

Three Bee Hives – One of Many Additions to the Homestead in 2014

This is a great time of the year to look back at 2014 and begin fall/winter planning as well.  2014 was a big and very active year at the TSP ranch.

It also saw the launch of PermaEthos, AgriTrue, the TSP Wiki, SchoolStupidity.com and now we will soon be releasing  GenForward.com.

While I will talk a little bit about those things today I really want to focus mostly on the on the ground homestead improvements and lessons.  We now have a very large flock of chickens and a pretty good sized group of ducks.  The exciting part is our ducks are now laying eggs and I am absolutely in love with fresh duck eggs.

I also broke down and installed some “conventional garden beds” but I have already decided on a intensive polyculture model for them.  I have completed my sorghum trials and selected a variety to attempt to naturalize on the homestead and more.

Join Me Today As I Discuss…

  • The rise of the red pharaoh chicken
  • Ducks the gentle on the land birds still do some damage
  • The ducks also seem to lay enough and grow fast enough to be a good meat source
  • Geese these guys might all be legs up in an oven by years end, except for Buddy
  • Jute Mallow will self reseed in my climate, sowing is better though
  • The sorghum trials are in, Mennonite for the win, the contestants were
    • Black Amber – grows great, birds don’t love it though
    • Giant White African, huge yields but falls over
    • Tarahumara doesn’t self reseed as well as the others
    • Mennonite birds love it, compact, reseeds, coppices well for 2 crops
  • Plant propagation is like printing money
  • Don’t skimp on the “support trees” and get over the density concerns
  • Pop up green houses suck, time to build a real one
  • Wolf Berry is fricken tough as nails and easy to propagate
  • Dwarf Mulberry is awesome
  • My best trees and bushes to grow are
    • Apple
    • Peach
    • Plum
    • Mulberry
    • Jujube
    • Autumn Olive and Goumi
    • Elders in the right locations
  • Currants will grow in Texas in a “Goldy Locks spot”
  • If there are to be blueberries, they must be in a container
  • Some new things I am going to try
    • White clover as a ground cover
    • Sowing more vegetables in the food forest
    • Better irrigation systems
    • The beginnings of a full property “fedge” system
    • A controlled Red Pharaoh breeding program
    • Horse poop on contour (yes I am serious)
  • The biggest lesson, as soon as you find the “best way” you find a better way

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.

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Episode-1449- Seed Saving and Land Races with Justin Huhn

Learn more About Justin's Work at TheSeedKeepers.com

Learn more About Justin’s Work at TheSeedKeepers.com

Justin is an organic farmer & seed grower, and an impassioned gardening and seed-saving educator. He co-founded All Good Things Organic Seeds, a farm-based seed company in Ojai, CA.

Through the process of establishing an organic seed company, Justin became an expert in growing, harvesting, cleaning, and storing seeds of hundreds of different species. Now with his current project, The Seedkeepers, he is focused entirely on supporting and educating gardeners to grow more food and successfully save quality seed.

Justin is a long time TSP listener and community member and joins us today to discuss, the role of Hybrid seeds in a survival garden. Developing LandRaces and why every survivalist and homesteader should be doing it.  The importance of seed quality, starting with good seed, and why seeds you save yourself are the best.

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.

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Episode-1448- Listener Feedback for 10-20-14

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Today on the Survival Podcast I take your comments, questions and thoughts on Ebola, automation, politics, economics, precious metals, diet, anarchism and more.

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 Emails On

  • How long does Ebola stay contagious without a host
  • Things scarier than Ebola (some humor)
  • Chilies is moving forward with employee replacing automation
  • Michigan attempts to prevent free market sales of automobiles
  • Choosing who to buy silver and gold from
  • California rolls out mileage tax
  • Does being paleo mean you have OCD, yes says one researcher
  • GOP says Obamacare is here to stay
  • Estonia makes the virtual citizen concept a reality, what might it mean for virtual nations

Resources for today’s show…

This Monday’s Prepper Scenario

You’re on your way home and your car stalls out.  You are in the center lane at rush hour of a 4 lane one side of the highway.  Cars are rushing by, honking at you for being such a jerk as to have your car fail in their way.  How do you safely get yourself and your vehicle off the road.

Last Monday’s Prepper Scenario

A series of events has caused a food shortage. Food is available but many things are hard to come by and what is available is priced 2-3 times as high as current prices. A series of events has resulted in this. A bad crop year around the globe from multiple weather events and new pests/crop diseases. Compounding it has been an over reactive scare due to a potential Ebola pandemic, which has also damaged the economy. Prices are expected to remain high for at least a year. America is getting off easy in many third world nations food riots are now erupting. What do you during this period? How do you stretch your food budget? How much do you rely on your stored food? Of course the cost of animal feeds has at least doubled as well, so factor that into your plans.

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.

Also remember we have an expert council you can address your calls to. If you do this you should email me right after your call at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with expert council call in the subject line. In the body of your email tell me that you just called in a question for the council and what number you called in from. I will then give the call priority when I screen calls.

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A Revolution is Brewing


Revo Brewing

TSP Gear Shop is going to be running a new batch of “A Revolution is Brewing” T-shirts. This is another great piece of artwork created by TSP community member, Nicodemus. This one has a coffee theme and the text “This is a Bold Podcast, brought to you by genuine people. The show is Deep and Rich in the knowledge of what it takes to live the good life “If times get tough or even if they don’t”

TSP Gear Shop hasn’t run this shirt for awhile, and it will likely be awhile before another batch. So if you have wanted this shirt, now is the time to order one. For most of these original shirts, TSP Gear Shop will likely move to batch ordering like this so they can focus resources towards creating some new items. The shirt ships for free. MSB Members always get 10% off their entire order.

Revo Brewing

Also be sure to check out the other recently released “Pierce Point” T-shirt, from the 299 Days Book Series by Glen Tate.

Episode-1447- Listener Feedback for 10-17-14

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Today on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on ebola, genforward, bitcoin, fodder, organization, energy, investing, paleo eating 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 TSP Fall Event has One Spot Open
  • A quick update and a little leak about GenForward
  • The real fear Ebola should put in the hearts of Americans has nothing to do with Ebola
  • How I feel about bitcoin as part of your investment portfolio
  • Problems with a barley fodder system
  • Thoughts about being an organized prepper
  • Steve Harris follow up on the question about golf cart batteries
  • Should you have concerns about mulch straw sprouting
  • How Ebola will be used to grow government and reduce liberty
  • A perfect example of why you should not put all your savings into “retirement”
  • Is “meat” really natural food for humans in a time before knives and fire
  • Why the suburban food forest is food security in even hard times

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.

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Episode-1446- Glen Tate on the 299 Days Audio Series

Glen is a TSP community member and TSP forum moderator. He secretly wrote the ten-book prepare novel series 299 Days in his spare time while maintaining a job that allows him to observe government corruption. His books mention TSP and Jack Spirko, and several of the characters in the books are based on real TSP members.

Today Glen and I discuss the role of the TSP community in the 299 Day series along with the launch of the audio books, which will be released on October 26, 2014 (pre-sales began August 5, 2014).

Join Glen and I Today as we Discuss…

  • The role the TSP community had in Glen’s my decision to write the books
  • The TSP principles that formed part of the story line
  • The TSP moderators that became characters in the book
  • How 299 Days is different from other prepper fiction
  • The details of the audio books availability

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.

Also remember we have an expert council you can address your calls to. If you do this you should email me right after your call at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with expert council call in the subject line. In the body of your email tell me that you just called in a question for the council and what number you called in from. I will then give the call priority when I screen calls.

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Episode-1445- Bow Hunting Deer Part One ~ The Kit

One of you guys asked about me doing some new podcasts on bow hunting for deer.  Today I will do a show on my “kit” for bow hunting and why I carry what I carry.  This will not include the basic items I carry for any trip to the woods, you know basic survival stuff like water, food, etc.

I am going to stick just to my kit for archery hunting, I will say a bit on the bow too, but most of that will be on a later show.  I will also talk about the type of knife I like for deer hunting, even though you always carry a knife.  Due to how flipping busy I am this week, todays show will be a little shorter than typical.

Join Me Today To Discuss…

  • Why bow hunting
    • Longer seasons
    • Less hunting pressure
    • Nothing else like it
  • My basic kit
    • A small pack, go for quiet
    • 35mm film canisters with deer lure
    • 6 feet of 1/2″ soft nylon rope
    • 25 feet of 1/4″ soft nylon rope with a “dog clip”
    • 4 – one gallon heavy zip lock bags, in a tight square with removable zip ties
    • A grunt/bleat call
    • Head net
    • Rattle bag
    • Toilet Paper – for that too but most for blood tracking
    • A good light, with a blue lens cover or blue option
    • A head light
    • Extra batteries for each
    • Pencils (2) stubby ones like for mini golf
    • Sometimes a very heavy duty contractors garbage bag
    • Nitrile Gloves
    • Trail Tacks – reflective thumb tacks
    • GPS
    • Compact Binoculars
    • Sent Eliminator – only because it can’t hurt
    • Pruning saw
    • Duct tape
    • A good knife for gutting/field dressing

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.

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Episode-1444- A Tuesday Chat with Jack

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Hey guys I am back.  I just spent 5 great days at PermaEthos in West Virginia.  What an awesome experience!  It was all capped off with a great concert by Andrew McKnight, who has a great gift not just for amazing music but amazing stories with his music.

I then had another round of Airline Fun to get home.  I should have been home by 12PM yesterday but didn’t make it till four, it involved flying to Dallas from Washington DC via flying over Corpus Cristi and before that sitting on the tarmac for about 2 hours.

After all that I decided today to just do a chat with Jack type of show.  I will tell you some stuff about the event, I will also talk about the recent “upping” of the Ebola scare propaganda, some other homesteading stuff and more.

Join Me Today To Discuss…

  • Music that tells a story from Andrew McKnight
  • Ebola, it is spreading, well not really, here is why
  • Jack is going to Wisconsin, to see Mark Shepard but plans have “shifted”
  • There are still 2 seats for the Nov. TSP event, why you should come
  • What is SchoolStupidity.com and how you can help with it

Resources for today’s show…

Bob Wells Plant of the WeekISSAI COLD HARDY KIWI Adaptable from zone 5 to zone 9 some say on the cold side it is actually hardy to zone 4.

It will bear long, sweet fruit. Does not require a pollinator, but will produce larger and more fruit if you plant a Meador Cold Hardy Kiwi with it. If you live above zone in shorter growing season areas you can grow it in a container  –  Order this Plant at Bob Wells Nursery

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-1443- Jeff Yago on the Vulnerability of our Electrical Grid

Author and Consultant Jeff Yago

Author and Consultant Jeff Yago

Jeff Yago has over 30 years experience in the solar and alternative energy field and has appeared on this show before. His hundreds of solar and emergency preparedness articles have been published by Backwoods Home, Home Power, Energy Users News, and Mother Earth News.

In addition to Jeff being a licensed professional engineer, and certified energy manager, he is also NABCEP certified as a solar professional and a licensed electrician. Jeff lives with his wife Sharon in a solar hoem they designed and built in 1994 near Richmond Virginia.

The current Sept issue of Backwoods Home Magazine features his article about the concerns for national electric grid reliability and why we should not rely on emergency generators.

Jeff feels that there are far more problems related to grid reliability than the public is being told, and few electric utilities are doing anything to harden their systems even though they are well aware of the increased risks.

Join Jeff and I Today as we Discuss…

  • What has changed that has increased  concerns over grid reliability
  • How is the U.S. grid organized and administrated – who is in charge
  • What have recent congressional committees done to address this issue
  • What types of risks are there these days have there been any attacks already
  • What can we do, why should we not relay on just a generator

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.

Also remember we have an expert council you can address your calls to. If you do this you should email me right after your call at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with expert council call in the subject line. In the body of your email tell me that you just called in a question for the council and what number you called in from. I will then give the call priority when I screen calls.

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Episode-1442- The Reality And The Hype of Ebola

ebolaToday we will look at the Ebola situation and discuss prepping for epidemic/pandemic in general.  I have received so many emails expressing concern and fear about Ebola, I must do this show.

The reason I have hesitated isn’t because we can’t learn from this situation.  It also isn’t because it poses no threat to the US at all.  Nor is it because Ebola isn’t a terrible disease.  No it is simply that there is so much hype, fear and bullshit going on about Ebola that I don’t want to add to it in anyway!  So perhaps I can mitigate it today.

Ebola is a serious life threatening illness.  It has the potential to do a lot of long term harm, even in the US but not by infecting millions as the hype would lead one to believe.  The reality is the biggest threat Ebola represents to developed nations is economic.

Join Me Today To Discuss

  • How long have we known about the virus called Ebola
  • How is Ebola spread
  • Are we “sending troops to fight Ebola”, yes but this phrase is misleading
  • Some statistics as of 10-3-14
    • Guinea, Liberia & Sierra Leone – 7470 cases
    • Guinea, Liberia & Sierra Leone – 3431 deaths
    • Guinea, Liberia & Sierra Leone – Combined population 22 million
    • Current percent of infection in these three nations .03%
    • Current percent of death in these three nations .0156%
    • Motor vehicle fatalities in the US in 2012 33,000 were .01% of the total population
    • Total deaths from all accidents in the US in 2009 was .04%
    • Malignant Tumors killed .18% of the total population in 2009
  • Why the greatest threat to the US is economic
    • Media hype
    • Over reaction
    • Legitimate concerns
  • Why the threat is minimal
    • Quarantine is very effective for Ebola
    • It must be spread by bodily fluids
    • The disease is not contagious until symptomatic
    • Ebola patients go from well to a little sick to extremely sick, very fast
    • If you have been exposed it is likely that you will know it
  • What to do about this threat
    • The same common sense preps as always
    • Minimum 30 days of food and essentials, 60 days is better
    • Be prepared to work remotely if possible
    • Good storage of essentials for animals as well
    • Be medically prepped, not so much for the disease as for any illness/injury
    • Relax, don’t worry, have a homebrew, seriously.

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.

Also remember we have an expert council you can address your calls to. If you do this you should email me right after your call at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with expert council call in the subject line. In the body of your email tell me that you just called in a question for the council and what number you called in from. I will then give the call priority when I screen calls.

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