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Nick Ferguson has Opened up 3 More Spots for his Earthworks Workshop Next Week

2015 Earthworks Workshop from Nick on Vimeo.

Nick has opened up 3 more spots for his Earthworks Workshop next week, so if you’ve been on the fence about signing up, you better get over to his website and put in your deposit before the last 3 seats are filled.
Nick Ferguson October Earthworks Workshop

As you all know, Nick really knows his stuff when it comes to Permaculture and setting up a homestead for success. So if you want a crash course in how to design and set up your homestead for function stacking success, you don’t want to miss this event!

We will be installing swales, small ponds, hugel beds, and a market garden space.

We will teach you Holistic Small Farm Design and Layout. You will learn where to place buildings and why, what to do with water, how to install earthworks to passively harvest water and use it to your advantage. How to use animals to improve and develop your property.

Instructors are:

  • Nick Ferguson (Permaculture Classroom)
  • Jack Spirko (The Survival Podcast) – The largest Modern Survivalism Podcast in the world!
  • Chris Prater (Jack of all Trades, Master of Most) – Beekeeper, Blacksmith extraordinaire!

Here is a walk though video of the work we plan to do

Property walkthrough before Earthworks Workshop from Nick on Vimeo.

What this workshop will cover

  • Mainframe Earthworks install of the Ferguson Homestead in Saline, Louisiana
  • Holistic Design of a small farm
  • Plant Propagation (so you can afford to plant your swales)
  • Bee Hive building with Chris Prater (a perfect winter project, get ready for bees in the spring!)
  • Q&A Sessions with Jack Spirko, Chris Prater, and Nick Ferguson
  • Great Food Barter, Community Building and More

Schedule – None of this is set in stone, we will adapt to any weather events and unforeseen circumstances.

Wednesday Oct. the 21st – Our Property will be open any time after 2PM. This time is mostly just for setting up campsites. We do always have a light meal and have a social gathering with beers and just getting to know each other as well. This is very informal and just hanging out for those who show up early.

Thursday Oct 22nd – (lunch and dinner provided, breakfast is a light continental style on the first day)

  • 8:00 – 9:00 – Coffee and Breakfast Bars, etc. and Property/Safety Briefing
  • 9:00 – 10:00 – Orientation – Walking the property and project goals
  • 10:00 – 12:00 – DIGGING! – We get dirty with equipment and instruct according to what is happening. Periodically we will take a break from excavation to explain what is happening, and why.
  • 12:00 – 1:30 – Lunch
  • 1:30 – 2:30– Class – Learn the basics of Holistic Design, we explain and go further into the methods you just observed before lunch
  • 2:30 – 3:00 – Break
  • 3:00 – 4:30 – Back to Earthworks: Put into action the methods and design ideas you just learned by either sketching, or using a rake and shovel, however you feel comfortable!
  • 4:30 – 5:30 – Q&A with Nick and Jack
  • 5:30 – 6:30 – Seed and Plant Exchange (First Day Happy Hour)
  • 6:30 – 7:30 – Dinner
  • 7:30 – ???? – Drinks, Music, Barter Blanket, etc.
    Friday (three meals provided)
  • 9:00 – 10:00 – Breakfast
  • 10:00 – 12:00 More earthworks with various methods. We show you how to implement your own earthworks from hand, with a two man shovel, tractor, on up to a rented excavator
  • 12:00 -1:00 – Lunch
  • 1:00 – 4:00 – Ponds, setting levels, connecting elements
  • 4:00 – 5:00 – Market Garden earthworks from mechanical implementation down to hand dug
  • 5:00 – 6:00 – Q&A with Nick and Jack
  • 6:00 – 6:30 – Break for Clean Up
  • 6:30 – 7:30 – Dinner
  • 8:30 – ???? – Drinks, Music, etc.

Saturday (three meals provided)

  • 8:00 – 9:00 – Breakfast
  • 9:00 –12:00 – Finish up Earthworks and illustrate any principles students had questions on
  • 12:00 -1:00 – Lunch
  • 1:00 -2:00 – Plant Propagation with Nick Ferguson
  • 2:00 – 4:00 – How to Build Beehives with Chris Prater
  • 4:00 – 5:00 – Gardening and Function Stacking with Nick Ferguson and Jack Spirko
  • 5:00 – 6:00 – Q&A With Nick, Jack, and Chris
  • 6:00 – 7:00 – Break and Clean Up
  • 7:30 – 8:30 – Dinner
  • 8:30 – ???? – Drinks, Music, Barter Blanket, etc.



  • 10:00 AM – Coffee, breakfast bars and left overs put out.
  • 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM – Goodbyes please consider helping us pick up before you go. (all guests to depart by 11:00 AM)


Two Quick Notes From Jack

Just a heads up that this week is an event week.  That means if you email me anything with more than two sentences and no lives depend on it it will likely end up in the deleted folder.  Sorry but that is just is how things are in an event week.

You can send show materiel and that will be filtered for follow up, you can send customer service and I will do my best to see to it but if you send me a request for doing discounts, some detailed proposal, etc. this just ain’t the week.  Please do try to be understanding.

Next Nick and I have been doing a lot of videos, 13 so far and one more uploading right now. In a bit I will be cooking sausage for the event and doing a q and a on all the questions posted to those videos thus far.  Again the play list is called, TSP Workshop Oct.

On the embedded video frame below up in the left upper corner you will see some lines, if you click those it will pull down a list of all the episodes published so far.  Again no notes or links with these vids folks, sorry we are just too busy to do more than publish them.

Sponsored Barter Blanket Items Received So Far

This event I am doing a program for small businesses to gain exposure on the barter blanket, if you want to know more see this post.

Links to the Supporting Vendors Websites

No Shows this Week but LOTS of VIDEO

Hey guys and gals this week we are getting ready for and conducting the TSP October Homestead Skills Workshop at Nine Mile Farm.  It is just way to hectic to do a show on a week like this but I will be uploading 5-10 or more videos a day all week.  The videos will be short, have NO NOTES at all, just a title like,

  1. TSP Workshops – Oct -#1
  2. TSP Workshops – Oct – #2
  3. And so on

These videos will be uploaded to a playlist called

TSP Workshop Oct

As of 11:05AM Central Time Monday there are two vidoes so far with a LOT MORE COMING

Will You Be Part of this Awesome Workshop

Nick Ferguson put together this little video to show you what students are going to learn at his 2015 workshop in Louisiana.  If you can make this one do so, we will send you home ready to rent your own machine and terraform your own property.  Trust me even if you have been to other earthworks events with us, this one will allow us to show you how to tie things together like never before.

To learn more about this event visit

How I Spent My Sunday

tsp-youtubeMaking food for the coming TSP Event, in addition to everything here I made another 8 lbs of hand made breakfast sausage.  All in all it was about a 12 hour day!  But a ton of work got done, a ton of meat is cooked for the Nine Mile Farm Workshop and about 17 meals worth of meat has been put up in the deep freezer.

A day well spent!

That morning I spent a bit of time talking to the ducks and learning something new about bees as it relates to sorghum.

And last weekend I made another 8 pounds of sausage for the coming event.

The Duck Chronicles Episode Forty – Time for a Mallard Sortie

Season Two of The Duck Chronicles will Begin Soon!

Season Two of The Duck Chronicles will Begin Soon!

Consider episode 40 a mid season teaser.  We will be bringing you what will essentially be “Season Two” beginning in about a month.  But don’t worry there is a lot to see today.

In The Duck Chronicles Episode Forty – Time for a Mallard Sortie the turkeys are now huge.  At only about 70 days of age the young males are already near 20 pounds in weight.  Also while I didn’t get it on video today, right after I shot this video one of the two gobblers started to gobble.

It is mid summer and the grasshoppers are at peak, so the birds are getting a ton of feed off the land and consuming about only half of the feed they were a few months ago.  We are dealing with “angel wing” on a few of the young muscovies.  This is a disorder that is supposed to be linked to nutritional issues, but I don’t think that is the case, the truth is no one knows what causes it or even if there is only one cause or serveral.  Sadly for these birds though I will not be letting them pass on their genetics.

We have a ton of girls brooding eggs with babies on the way anyway.  Mostly muscovies but a pair of cayugas have a nest together as well.  Additionally Pencil Neck the buff runner has been helping out, while not actually broody herself she is pitching in and giving the other girls breaks.

Lastly today we note that the ducks do have well formed social groups mostly based on who they were brooded with.  While not air tight you will observe most of the white layers stick together, so do the 18 young ducks that were part of our first clutch.  Barbie and her friends form a tight group of five even though Barbie can’t fly like the three baby mallards.

Mallards?  Yep you bet when Dorothy went to get friends for Barbie (now the most expensive free animal anyone ever “gave” me) the friends turned out to be one Cayuga and three mallards and of course two are fricken drakes.  They are fun to watch fly and you do get to see them do it in today’s episode, though a short flight I did manage to catch it on video for you.  Season two will be rolled out after our vacation! Stay tuned….


Swales in North Texas Take on 2.5 inches of Rain and Preform Perfectly

tsp-youtubeThis morning we got 3 hours of pouring rain.  Then this afternoon we got hit with close to an inch in less than 30 minutes and it totally filled the swales and overflowed them all.  To really drive home how passive this water system is, this video was shot only 5 minutes after the storm stopped.

The other storm I mentioned did hit us as well and we got another 30 minutes of hard rain about 30 minutes after this video, everything continued to preform perfectly.

The Duck Chronicles Episode Thirty Eight – The Ducks Have Moved Across the Gate

We had a few weeks of no episodes but we have been busy.  The big move has come the ducks are now in a bigger house, with power and have a much larger holding area.

Barbie the adopted duckling now is roaming the grounds free range with he fellow ducklings and the three turkey polts.  They have been interacting with the mother ducks and new hatched ducklings with no drama.

Of course that means mother ducks have started hatching babies, we have a ton of them with more yet to hatch.  They just hatched what appears to be the first muscovy duckling, right at 35 days as projected.

The babies are venturing out already with the various “mothers” but almost all seem to be mostly bonded with the one muscovy girl you see them with in this video.

The girls and the other adults are loving the new paddock especially the wet weather pond, where they have spent most of their time since the move.  Moving them wasn’t easy, they were terrified to go though the gate because they never had done so before, so we pushed them though the much lager double gate on the north end and herded them around.

The new poop free waterer has been improved using an 80 cent rubber stopper from Walmart, I drilled a hole with a hole saw and it works great.

The Duck Chronicles Episode Thirty Seven – The Beginning of a New Lesson

In The Duck Chronicles Episode Thirty Seven – The Beginning of a New Lesson we have what might look like a rewind, baby ducks.  Not from our broody girls though just yet.  We have adopted what looks like a young Pekin duck from a family that found her in their back yard.  But we have no other babies and a duck alone is a duck in stress, so Dorothy went down to the feed store and got 5 other babies so now we are brooding a small group of 6.

We figured while we are at it we might as well brood some turkey polts this year so we got three of them as well.  Believe it or not the tiny ducklings are slightly bullying the much larger baby turkeys.

I also show you all the irrigation we put in for the cider orchard, the broody girls are still sitting on their eggs and I have planted a large number of Nanking Bush Cherry and planned the installation of 300 plus fence feet of muscadine grapes.

I also show you the new poop free duck waterer made from 6 inch pvc and a simple hole saw.