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New MSB Only Video – Episode Two – The Nine Mile Farmstead

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I have started a new MSB Video series about our work with Nine Mile Farm which is Dorothy’s new farmstead business and the work we are doing, the results we are having and the way we are marketing and building a customer base.

We want to make these videos really cool for members of the Support Brigade, so after watching it please be sure to leave questions and comments for what you want to see in next weeks updates.

The purpose of these videos is to give MSB members a behind the scenes look at what we do at the the Spirko homestead and with the operations of the TSP business itself. This will generally be things that we are reserving for our private members only.

All the MSB Only Videos videos are posted to Vimeo and are password protected.

The pass code will be the same for all videos and it is prominently displayed on the main page of your MSB Private Area. If you ask for the password or tell me a you can’t see the video in the comments here, you comment will be ignored.  

You will see it as soon as you log in. You can’t miss it. It is in BOLD RED at the top of the page when you log in.

The video is located at https://vimeo.com/114987070

Remember you can always find all our MSB Only Videos at http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/tag/msbvids

Today’s video notes,

  • We had a very busy Two Weeks and we got our third Customer, and our first Repeat Duck Eggs (4 dozen eggs on a repeat order.)
  • I completed 60 feet of swale mulching, seed, etc. and completed the third swale main irrigation feed but had a failure of one of the pipe joints and have to now dig it up and redo it.
  • Sam got our second 1550 gallon tank installed and plumed to the other for equalization. The ¾ inch line going into the building is going to be plumbed into a filter and pump to pressurize the water for use in the nursery, zone one and several gardens.
  • We got signage from vistaprint.com and they are great but too small we have to order lager ones now.
  • Our duck eggs were hatched by two different friends both got about a 30% hatch rate. I think the ducks young age and the wet conditions during collection were the reason for the lower numbers.
  • I have begun research for a cider apple nursery and planning the layout for it.
  • Heard a great podcast at permaculturevoices.com/97 with the owner of kuffelcreek.com
  • Found a great book called Old Southern Apples you can find it at bit.ly/southapple
  • If you want Antonovka seeds for growing your own apple trees from seed, you can get them from Sheffield’s at bit.ly/antonovka

New MSB Only Video – Episode One – The Nine Mile Farmstead

I have started a new MSB Video series about our work with Nine Mile Farm which is Dorothy’s new farmstead business and the work we are doing, the results we are having and the way we are marketing and building a customer base.

We want to make these videos really cool for members of the Support Brigade, so after watching it please be sure to leave questions and comments for what you want to see in next weeks updates.

The purpose of these videos is to give MSB members a behind the scenes look at what we do at the the Spirko homestead and with the operations of the TSP business itself. This will generally be things that we are reserving for our private members only.

All the videos are posted to Vimeo and are password protected. The pass code will be the same for all videos and it is prominently displayed on the main page of your MSB Private Area. You will see it as soon as you log in. You can’t miss it. It is in BOLD RED at the top of the page when you log in.

The video is located at https://vimeo.com/113548241

Remember you can always find all our MSB Only Videos at http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/tag/msbvids

GenForward Video Update – 12-3-14

Since we launched our Indiegogo for Genforward.com we have raised almost 11,000 dollars thanks to you guys.  As the campaign continues I wanted to do a quick update and I also really wanted to explain more about where the concept came from and how it is just as beneficial to families right now today as it will be in the distant future.

To those  of you that have backed GenForward thank you.  If you haven’t done so yet please consider doing so.  Think about this at the 300 dollar level you get a three year membership plus you get three one year memberships to give away.  Please consider giving your friends and family this gift for Christmas this year.

While we won’t likely have the Beta ready by Dec. 25th I can get our developer Bobby to put together the certificates in advance and I am more than willing to do a video explaining GenForward and the gift to those you want to give a certificate to.

Remember to ask me any and all questions about GenForward and I will keep the answers coming.

To Learn More About GenForward and Back Our IndieGogo Campaign Just Click Here

Your Questions about GenForward Answered

We are off to a great start with the GenForward Indiegogo Campain but quite a few questions have popped up.  Rather then answer them one at a time in text I did a quick video answering them.

Keep the questions coming and I will answer them about once a week.

For More Visit GenForward.com

New Video of the Red Pharaoh Chickens

Quick little video here for those who haven’t seen it.  This shows a Red Pharaoh Rooster and two Hens at the age of about 15 weeks.  The girls are laying, they lay very lightly tinted brown eggs.  They are about the size of a typical medium sized chicken egg, much larger than a pure Fayoumi.

The Red Pharaoh Chicken is a cross of a Egyptian Fayoumi Hen and a Rhode Island Red Rooster.

Two Quick New Homestead Videos

First one is just a bit of after action review on processing two cull roosters. Both were RIRs and both were starting to get the hell beat out of them daily by UPPGRAYYEDD.

Next is an overview of the Red Pharaoh Chickens so far. SADLY the night this was filmed something got into our brooder and killed all but one of the chicks.

Note this was our brooder in a closed and locked building not the little chicken tractor you see in the video.

I have some “have a heart traps” set but when I catch the killer, a heart for it I will not have!  What ever it was chewed though metal screen and left a hole about the size one would expect of a large rat.  It also though left some turds about the size of my thumb, I don’t know I am thinking opossum or may be weasel.  Either way it is dead when I get it, and get it I will.

So I lost all three of the Red Pharaoh chicks.  It is a bit late to incubate more this year.  So I will just see how the two gals and one little cockerel I do have work out.

Every Morning with the Birds at the TSP Ranch

What is life like at the TSP Homestead?  Well, every morning I get up, get the coffee going and this is what I see to next.  Yep, I don’t miss the old life one bit!

Quick Easy Bruschetta from the TSP Garden

Making Bruschetta is a great use of those garden tomatoes, fresh garlic and all the basil that is in excess this time of year. It is beyond simple and tastes awesome. This is the most basic recipe you can add other things. Some people use sweet peppers as an addition and I do too at times. Others use sweet peppers but fire roast and peel them first, that is REALLY GOOD TOO.

I have seen other additions like corn and even some black olives, but when it comes to traditional simple Bruschetta this is the way. The one addition to the traditional recipe is the dehydrated onions, that is my secret to my Bruschetta. I guess it is a secret no more!

Watch this video How to Make Bruschetta directly on YouTube

New Video Series Dedicated to Comfrey – Episode One

The sheer number of questions about comfrey since I did episode 1371 has been pretty amazing.  I haven’t had as much follow up questions on an episode in a LONG TIME so I decided to do a whole series on comfrey.  Here is episode one.  The Basics of Comfrey Propagation with Root Cuttings.

Here is a link to the seller I bought from on eBay but now the huge quantity makes sense, apparently I bought a quantity of 2 packs of 10, there was still a SHIT TON of comfrey there, far more than 20 crowns and cuttings.  This is one of the best deals I have found on Comfrey.

Some Videos About Comfrey

Comfrey - A Proven Medicinal Herb, With a Undeserved Bad Reputation.

Comfrey is an Amazing Plant.

Did you know that TSP Workshops has its own Flickr and YouTube channels?  The fact is there are thousands of photos and hundreds of videos on them all from students of workshops at the TSP homestead.

I figured I would share a few videos with you about comfrey to help answer some questions that have come in since I did my episode on Comfrey.  These are all from the most recent workshop.  If you like these consider coming to our Food Forest Extension workshop this fall.

The first one covers the comfrey tractor concept that I have pretty much given up on and also covers stuff other than comfrey.  The next two are better videos for those specifically interested in just comfrey but I included this one because it shows the pots the comfrey cuttings you see in the other videos were grown in.  The reason I want to move fast with the pot is it had been colonized with fire ants and was absolutely full of them!

The plant in this video was one of the ones from the fire ant pot.  Just one of the three.

In the last video I show some other root cutting I got from a similar part earlier in the year and show some of the plants and crowns I bought from Coe’s Comfrey and how I take additional root cuttings from his plants before planting them.