Episode-1788- Finding the Right Property to Turn Into a Homestead

The Urban Rural Fringe is Often a Homesteading Sweetspot

The Urban Rural Fringe is Often a Homesteading Sweetspot

In case you have not be paying attention for the last 15 years, news flash, homesteading is once again very popular.  From tiny urban homesteads (sue me Dervaes family go for it!) to mid sized small acreages to properties with a “back 40” and everything in between.

Why?  America and much of the modern world is starting to realize how hollow what we call “progress” really is.  They are realizing that a house that eats up 30% or more of monthly income while giving nothing back as a status symbol, doesn’t really make your life better.

Our nation was founded as a nation of homesteaders, again from big to small properties but almost every American not so long ago was using their land to provide for them.  I feel we are returning to that mind set, at least a large number of us are.  Today we look at finding that right property, what to look for, how to evaluate it, how to approach things so you don’t get in over your head or make costly type one errors.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Everything I said about buying property in the BOL episode applies here
  • A quick update on a listener who was willing to walk away and what happened
  • What is the difference between a home and a homestead
    • Homesteads produce vs. consume your resources
    • Homesteads are multi functional
    • Homesteads are generally planned for long term ownership
    • Homesteads are created by their owners, not a “builder”
  • What to look for in a homestead
    • Size, its up to you but think hard about this
    • Locations
      • Urban/Suburban
      • Urban Rural Fringe (sweet spot)
      • Rural
      • Remote
    • Thinking about food production
      • Don’t be married to large numbers of livestock
      • Consider home scale animal solutions
        • Quail
        • Rabbits
        • Chickens
        • Ducks
      • Food production from plant sources
        • Annual gardens
        • Perennial plantings
        • Mushroom production
      • Consider your lifestyle
        • Working a job
        • Working from home
        • Home based business
        • Full time homesteader/homestead business
    • If you want freedom, define it
      • No HOAs
      • Check, double check, codes, zoning, laws
      • Evaluate the neighborhood with a critical eye
    • Economics
      • Things you almost always pay less for if they are already there
        • Outbuildings
        • Ponds
        • Fencing
        • Roofing
        • Almost all infrastructure
      • Things  you tend to pay more for if they are already done
        • Carpet
        • Paint
        • Kitchens
        • Bathrooms
      • Things you should usually not get into your head
        • Additions
        • Removing walls
    • In the end, you can do this almost anywhere, define your dream

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Episode-1787- Doc Bones Joins Me for Listener Feedback 5-16-16

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Today on The Survival Podcast I take your calls to 866-65-THINK

Yes this is a listener feedback show but it is atypical in that our good friends Doc Bones and Nurse Amy are staying with us for a couple days after wrapping up a local preparedness convention.

So I have both some topical content from Doc along with some of your questions and feedback that are specifically suited to Doc chiming in with me on them.

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 Doc Bones and I Today To Discuss…

  • Is the Zika Virus anything to really be concerned about
  • Is there any truth to the fact that vaccines may have caused the outbreak in South America
  • What are some good Items for a pandemic kit
  • What are some good considerations for basic pandemic preparedness
  • When does an epidemic become a pandemic, what is the true difference
  • Making FAK decision between highly mobile and a vehicle kit
  • All about the CRF foods recall, what you need to know

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Episode-1786- Expert Council Q&A for 5-13-16

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Expert Council Questions and Answers for Friday the 13th!

Today is Friday so it is time for our ask 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 plant cuttings, alternative energy, fencing, homestead, livestock, snakes 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

  • The right way to cut everything vegetative – Nick Ferguson
  • Busting alternative energy mythology vs. reality – Steven Harris
  • Fencing for riparian areas – Darby Simpson
  • Setting realistic small homestead stocking densities – Nick Ferguson
  • Handling and relocating non venomous snakes without getting bitten – Jack

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Episode-1785- Listener Calls for 5-12-16

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Today on The Survival Podcast I take your calls to 866-65-THINK

Today on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on vaccines, terracing land, guns, hunting, mentoring, permaculture, government, anarchy, GMOs 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…

  • An interview you should listen to about the movie Vaxxed
  • Terracing sloped land on the cheap vs. the expensive
  • Off the shelf 308 ammo for Elk sized game
  • More on securing remote shipping containers
  • A possible mentorship program for the Granddaddy’s Gun Club
  • If you don’t till soil what is the alternative
  • Choosing between Non GMO and Organic why it isn’t that simple
  • Evac route planning in high density urban areas
  • Building public food forests, the good, bad and ugly
  • Parenting as an anarchist, no rulers does not mean no rules

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Jam Packed Workshop with Darby Simpson in June

darbyOn June 10th & 11th Darby Simpson will be hosting a jam-packed workshop on his farm.

Students will learn all about raising their own pastured poultry, pork and rabbit as well as how to butcher these animals on the homestead and the tools required to do so efficiently.

While aimed at the homesteader, all of the methods covered can be scaled to production level easily.

Instructors include Darby Simpson, Greg Burns (Nature’s Image Farm), Patrick Roehrman (MT Knives) and others.

In addition to the 16 hours of instructional time, students will receive a spiral bound book with a copy of each presentation given and full of color photos to take notes in and to reference at home later.

All six meals (made fresh with local and organic ingredients) are also included along with drinks and snacks in the workshop fee.  And of course, the two day event will be capped off with a barter blanket session hosted by Rob Kaiser (Deliberate Living Systems).

No matter if you are a homesteader, wanting to homestead or considering a for-profit farming enterprise you will not want to miss this opportunity!

 You can learn more and sign up for a seat at the following link:
Meat Production & Butchering Workshop! | Darby Simpson

Episode-1784- RV Living and Freedom From the Corporate Grind

joekaitJoe and Kait Russo are two 30 somethings who took a leap of faith to live their dream of leaving California and the corporate rat race to travel, work for themselves and live a healthier lifestyle.

This dream started almost 6 years ago when they realized California was becoming a very unfriendly place to live with increasing gun control, excessive taxes and limited freedoms. They also had jobs that made taking vacations difficult (and stressful) and found themselves spending more time at work than with each other and their dogs. So in 2015, they quit their jobs, bought a 29’ RV and sold almost everything they owned, including their home, to live life on the road with their Husky while traveling around the U.S. full time. (Their other dog passed away at the beginning of the trip)

Getting to this point took a tremendous amount of planning and discipline. The key for them was gaining financial freedom and the willingness to take a few well calculated risks. Though its not yet supporting them, Joe and Kait make money through their website and YouTube channel where they share their experiences and try to inspire others to make a positive change and take a step towards living the life that they want.

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Also remember we have an expert council that can answer you questions. If you have a question send it to jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with TSPC Epert in the subject line. Ask your question in one to two sentences so it is clear then provide any additional details. Make sure to tell me what council member the question is for. You Meet the Expert Council at this Link.

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Episode-1783- 20 Items to Add to Your Preps if You Don’t Have them Already

A Simple, Inexpensive and Versatile Item that Can Expand Your Preps!

A Simple, Inexpensive and Versatile Item that Can Expand Your Preps!

I want to be clear that this show is not meant to be a mandate, as in “Jack says to go buy this stuff”, but the following is true about every item on this list.

I own it, I use it, I have tried other options and these are some of the best you will ever find based on a cost to value ratio.

The real point of this episode is to help you identify where you may want to improve your day to day preparedness.  To expose you to some low cost high value options and really just to make you think about preparedness items that are also everyday use items.

Items from this Episode

  1. RAVPower Portable Charger 3-Port External Battery Pack
  2. UTG Ranger Field Bag
  3. Maglite 3 D Cell Flashlight
  4. Gerber EAB100 Pack of Blades
  5. Wahoo Killer Knives (get a dozen)
  6. UST BASE Case Titanium
  7. Releasable Cable Ties
  8. Camp Chef Ranger II StoveSmall Bottle Adapter
  9. Oregon Self Sharpening Electric ChainsawCordless Version of this Chainsaw
  10. VIAIR 300P Portable Compressor
  11. Victor Tire Plug Kit
  12. CMI Tarred Bank Line
  13. Hose Repair Kit
  14. Extra Pairs of Glasses
  15. Israeli Battle Dressings
  16. Benjamin 392 Pellet Rifle in 22 CalScope Mounts for this Gun
  17. Corsair Survivor Drive
  18. American Boy’s Handy Book
  19. Tea Lights
  20. Big Buddy HeaterLarge Tank Adapter

mayhaw_1Bob Wells Plant of the Week -The  Mayhaw Tree is adaptable from zone 6 to zone 9.  The Mayhaw tree is a small native fruit tree.

This showy tree is primarily found in bottomland and along the river’s edge. It is known for its love of water but will grow well in your yard or home garden, as well.

The Mayhaw produces best in partial to full sun locations and is self-fertile. The small cranberry-like fruits are highly prized for making the best jellies, preserves, and syrups. Eaten fresh, it tastes like a crabapple.

Mayhaw jelly has been a delicacy in the southeast for generations and a Mayhaw tree will make a fine addition to your landscape. Plant your Mayhaw tree in a prominent spot to show off its beautiful pure white early blooms and attractive red berries that appear in May.

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

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TSP Meetup Friday 13th at Nine Mile Farm

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Come Meet Fellow Listeners at Nine Mile Farm on Friday.

I was contacted by long term listener Karim who moved recently from Chicago to Austin as part of the walking to freedom movement.  He and quite a few others are going to the Self Reliance Expo in Irving on Friday and they wanted to have me come meet them for a drink.

I decided to instead host a TSP meet up for them and any and all other audience members.  We will just be hanging out at the farm, I will be providing beer and brats and sausages from the grill.  Officially the time is from 5-9 PM, and about 9 indeed to be clear we will be sending everyone home.

If you are coming just email me at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with TSPC Meetup in the subject line.  I will send you directions to the farm.  Again any and all listeners in the area are invited not just SRE attendees, just make sure to give me the head count so I know how many to expect.

Also please note we have plenty of duck eggs in stock if you want to pick some up at this event.

Episode-1782- Listener Feedback for 5-9-16

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, vaccines, third parties, fishing, remote storage, business, economic, investing, guns 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

  • Why you owe it to yourself to see the movie Vaxxed
  • Why the two party system is so afraid of a third party
  • A great rebate on the Mitchell reel I told you about last week – (link) expires 5-30-16
  • Considering water when assembling a BOB
  • How to stump a thief when doing remote storage with a shipping container
  • Thoughts on “making your own website” and why I love word press
  • Are their risks when it comes to investing in treasury bonds
  • How do you handle push back from those who don’t believe in your goals
  • Universal health care is coming, now even doctors are calling for it
  • Would a Mosin Nagant make a good “elk rifle”
  • Lay offs are up, the next “leaning out” is on the way

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Episode-1781- Expert Council Q&A for 5-6-16

Get Answers Today From The Expert Council

Get Answers Today From The Expert Council

Please Note – The wrong audio was initially linked to in today’s show for about 15 minutes, if you got that one you may have to delete it and redownload the episode, it has been fixed.

Today is Friday so it is time for our ask 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 home schooling, gardening, bee pollen, farming, investing, paleo nutrition, fishing 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

  • High school transcripts and college entry for homeschoolers – Mike and Sue Laprise
  • Choosing the best garden plants from a nursery – Nick Ferguson
  • Bee pollen collection and health benefits – Michael Jordan
  • Modifications to Joel Salatin’s pastured poultry methods – Darby Simpson
  • The ins and outs of precious metal ETFs – John Pugliano
  • What alternatives to corn products are there with Paleo/Primal – Gary Collins
  • What is a good travel fishing set up for under 150 dollars – Jack

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