Episode 1609- Running a Profitable Permaculture Consulting Practice

Phil Williams is a permaculture consultant, designer, and author. He spent a decade in the landscape industry. After selling his business in 2007, he trained as a home energy auditor and building analyst. He began organic gardening in 2008, before learning about permaculture in 2010.

He’s since taken two PDC’s, and built a demonstration site in central PA where he’s installed 4 ponds, a gray water system, 1500 trees and shrubs, 2000 linear foot of swales, 80 linear feet of hugelkultur, and an apiary. Currently, he consults on local and remote projects as well as the business side of permaculture contracting.

He Joins Us Today To Discuss…

  • Getting a project started right
  • The limits of observation on a client site
  • The important details that need gathering that are often overlooked
  • The actual production of design documentation
  • The limits and value of “artistic ability” as a designer
  • Taking the design though to installation
  • Sourcing labor and remaining profitable
  • Weighing out hiring out labor vs. self provided client labor
  • Sourcing difficult to get or seasonal materials
  • Timing installations and plantings properly
  • The biggest challenges as a consultant and installer
  • Developing maintenance business, niche industries and more

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1608- The Next Recession or the One that Never Went Away?

This Applies to Many Things Today

This Applies to Many Things Today

Hold on boys and girls multiple recessions are on the way.  Multiple, yep, Canada is in Recession due to the “oil slump”, China is headed into recession as we speak, China’s recession will put Australia into recession and Greece and Spain will likely soon cascade all of Europe into one as well.

I can hear you now, quoting Ron White, “Close, I thought he was talking about me there for a second“.

Well, sorry to break the news to you guys but if you think Canada, Australia, the EU and China can all have recessions and not have a US recession to go with it, it ain’t going to happen.

Want more bad news, officially the recession of 08-09 ended in late 09, or 6 years ago, well, typically we never make it 10 years in the best of times with out at least a minor recession.  The questions at this point are not is a recession coming and will it effect us, they are when will it get here and how badly will it effect us.

Sadly, I don’t know, if I did I would make a few million with hedge bets and not care.  I would even tell you guys how and when to cash in too.  There may be some money to be made but I will leave advice on that to John Pugliano, what I can tell you is personally right now I am moving more and more to a conservative and cash heavy position.

The big question for most preppers is, “Is this the big one”.  My gut is no.  Keep in mind I said “the big one would be after after a false recovery, a marked drop in unemployment and likely to occur in late 2015 to mid 2016″, as long ago as 2009 when many were claiming that recession was “the big one”.  So why do I now disagree with myself, tune in today to find out, and to find out why not the big one, doesn’t really mean, “not so bad”.

Tune in Today to Hear…

  • Today’s show is about my instincts not charts and what economists say
  • What usually happens in a run up to an election after two terms
  • When stocks die, commodities fly and vise verse
  • China’s coming recession will suck likely not as bad as predicted
  • No good crisis will go to waste, more regulations coming
  • Private institutions will ramp up capital controls, no need for the government to do it
  • The trap has been set but we are still seen as dairy vs. beef cattle
  • Because this will be global no one can afford to not keep playing the game
  • Susie Orman will likely say something during this like, “well you will be working till your 75″
  • Immigration touted as saving the day by the time it seems to recover
  • There has been no recovery, there will be no recovery, this is the long slow economic black hole
  • Will they hit the “big red button”, I don’t think so, but who knows

Resources for today’s show…

Bob Wells Plant of the Week

LI JUJUBE TREE – this plant is adaptable from zone 5 to zone 9.

Also called the Chinese date. It is a round shaped fruit, reddish brown, dry and wrinkled, sweet and chewy (like dates) when fully ripe in early fall.

It is attractive, easy to grow tree: hardy, drought resistant, virtually pest and disease free. It is self-fertile, but if you want to boost production, plant a Lang Jujube along with it.

Bob Wells Nursery specializes in edible landscape plants and trees including: Fruit Trees, Berry Plants, Vine Fruit, Nut Trees, as well as the hard to find Specialty Trees. Find this plant and more at BobWellsNursery.com

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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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Kydex Sheaths for Mora 2


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Due to a recent spike in requests, TSP Gear Shop will be running a new batch of the Kydex Sheaths for the Mora Classic #2

A member of the audience, who makes Kydex, has been producing sheaths for the Mora Classic Number 2 for the last couple of years. The Mora is loved for bush crafting and for good reason, it is a 13 dollar knife that you just look at and go, how the hell do they sell that for 13 bucks. One custom knife maker told us flatly, “I can’t buy the raw material in that knife for as low as they sell the finished knife”.

To get a sheath for one of these, place your order at TSP Gear Shop. You can also add any other items from the store, and your whole order will ship for free.

Episode-1607- Listener Feedback for 7-20-15

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Today on the Survival Podcast I take your emails on the loss of a great man, comfrey, biltong, hugulkulture, ducks, zoning  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

  • A tribute to Michael Adam “Scout” from Appleseed
  • A listener tell us of great results from comfrey
  • What type of salt to use when making biltong
  • Can you use _____ for hugulkulture – it is almost always a yes
  • Thoughts on “back yard” muscovies
  • Seattle considers removing “single family zoning” what that is all about

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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Remaining One Nation


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TSP Gear Shop has filled all the pre-orders for this old school t-shirt and has 21 shirts remaining. Sizes Medium-2xl are available. The One Nation Filled with Ants dates back to the original gear shop, and then early on, was added to TSPgear.com. Printed with the Val head on front chest and the ant flag on the back. And for good measure, we printed the rifle and hoe “The Revolution is You” shield on the sleeve.

To get in on the last of this final batch, place your order at TSP Gear Shop. You can also add any other items from the store, and your whole order will ship for free. MSB members can take 10% off their entire order.

And then there were 20


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TSP Gear Shop has filled all the pre-orders for the “A Revolution is Brewing” t-shirt and has 20 shirts left. Sizes Medium-3XL are available. If you thought you had missed out, now is your chance to pick one up. This coffee themed t-shirt with original ant artwork really sums up The Survival Podcast, featuring 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”

Why wear a boring shirt when you can wear something Strong and Bold! The perfect way to spread the word about The Survival Podcast.

To get in on the remaining shirts place your order at TSP Gear Shop. FREE SHIPPING. MSB members take 10% off entire order.

Vacation Until 7-20-15

The Sum Total of My Goals for the Next 10 Days!

The Sum Total of My Goals for the Next 10 Days!

For the next 10 days I will be on vacation.  Not a workshop, not a speaking engagement, not anything but fishing and spending time with a wife who doesn’t generally get enough of my time.

What this means.

Bluntly if you email me don’t expect a response, in fact if you have anything detailed it is best that you hold off until say the 21st to even send it.  I will check email once a day and shove stuff for show inclusions into a folder, shove some basic follow up into another and provide only necessary customer service during this time.

The honest to God truth is if you send an email with more than 3 sentences during this time, it will likely just get deleted.  We all need a break at times, this is the first actual true vacation I have taken in well over a year.  To put it in perspective Josiah was still interning here the last time I got away for more than a day to truly just relax.  Yea it has been that long.

The good news is you have over 1600 past episodes to listen to.  Try the search box for a subject you are interested in and I bet you will find it.  Check out the archives links, you can go all the way back to the car days of 08-09 if you want or use the listen to a random episode link in the center column.

In any event I and TSP will return on the 20th, amped up and ready to rock and roll!  Also do stay tuned to the TSP Facebook and Youtube Pages.  I will be posting random stuff while away.

Remember that we do have a MSB Sale going on while I am away.  One perk is every episode of TSP EVER PRODUCED in zip files is in the MSB.  So if you wanted to binge on old school TSP it would be just one of many benefits to taking advantage of our current sale.  Details on the current sale are here.

Three Cool New MSB Updates

I have three cool announcements for MSB Members today.  A new partner has been added, an existing partner now has a great deal on one of the coolest products for planting trees on the market and there is a limited amount of a knock your socks off variety of coffee.

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ninjaprepFirst – Ninja Prepper has joined the MSB.  MSB members are now eligible for a 10% discount on Ninja Prepper products. Ninja Prepper is a family owned business that manufactures titanium survival gear including insulated mugs, sporks and carabiners. Find their products at NinjaPrepper.com and use the discount code that is now on the benefits page of the MSB when purchasing through Amazon. All products ship free with Amazon Prime.

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irripanSecond – About two months ago March Creek Comfrey joined the MSB and a ton of you guys have gotten one of the best deals on the planet on comfrey cuttings.  But now they have added one of my favorite products on the market to their line up.  The IrriPan!  You can learn about the IrriPan here.  They offer a great discount on this product.  To get the discount click on the TSPC.co tab on their site, the password to access the special pricing is in the MSB benefits area.

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honeyprocessThird – Matthew at Mai Thai Coffee just sent me something called “Honey Processed Coffee“.  In it was a letter telling me that no honey is involved, it is just a unique way to process coffee.  A special roast where water bath stage is skipped which allows the coffee to take on a unique flavor. This coffee features a smooth and melow flavor and it is a low acidic coffee compared to conventional coffee.

Okay I don’t know what the water bath stage is, but let me tell you this.  Right now I am on the first cup of my second pot!  Fan freaking tastic!  Mellow, smooth and smokey.

He also told me they only have 48 pounds of this stuff for this year.  Now if you want to know what I really think I ordered 10 14oz packages for myself BEFORE I posted this.  It is that awesome.  Of course all MSB Members get 10% off everything at Mai Thai Coffee including the new Honey Processed and my other favorites Full City Roast and Butter Rum.  Of course anyone can buy this awesome coffee but only MSB Members get 10% off.

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tspmsblogoAs always I work hard to make sure I continue to build value in the MSB and now is a great time to join.  Right now I am running an MSB Sale for 20 dollars off your first year.  That makes an already great deal even better.

To learn more about the MSB and our current summer sale on the membership rate, you can see this post about the MSB Sale.  But the short version is use code hotjuly on sign up and get 20 dollars off your first year of membership.

Summer Sale on MSB – Discount Code – HOTJULY

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Join the MSB Today and Get 20 Dollars Off Your First Year with Discount Code hotjuly

Hey guys and gals, it is Jack and I am about to leave for a week and a half on vacation.  To keep things rolling while I am gone, I decided to run a sale.  From now until July 19th you can get your first year of MSB for only 30 dollars.  To get this rate just go to this link

www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/members-brigade and use discount code hotjuly during sign up.

You can of course use the code to join by mail if you pay by cash or check.  This discount doesn’t apply to those paying with silver as the silver option is already stupid cheap.

You can Join the MSB at the Members Page 

Remember to Use Discount Code hotjuly to get 20 dollars off your first year.

I mean if you want to talk about value just look at all the partners I have arranged discounts for you with as an MSB member.

As you can see I work very hard to insure there is a tremendous value to the MSB and I keep working to increase the value for my members. In the end it is also a way you can help support the show.  Most members find their memberships profitable even at the full price.

At 30 dollars for your first year that works out to only 12.5 cents an episode to support the show.

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Episode-1606- David Haight on Strategic Relocation

David Haight stated when he asked to do this show that, “once upon a time, I prided myself on my ability to be content anywhere.  Over time though I realized I was lying to myself.  This led to a though and carefully planned and executed strategic relocation.  I am now in a place that I love above all others”.

Today David will tell you his story of how he is transitioning from urban living and a full time job to 40 acres of permaculture promise and self-empjoyment.  He will also share a personal example as to why he feels that TSP style modern survival thinking outweighs the advice of most “experts” on Strategic Relocation.

Join Us Today to Discuss…

  • Davids motivations for relocation
  • Finding the right property
  • The most important factors of enjoyment as to where he moved to
  • What he is doing now and why he feels that shows he made the right choice
  • Internal and external pitfalls that he encountered in his relocation
  • The tenets of modern survival helped him transition
  • His biggest lessons in the process of moving
  • The use of good debts and bad debts to your advantage
  • How has exiting full time employment changed his world view
  • How permaculture thinking applies to developing income streams

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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