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Tuesday, August 23
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Episode 09 – Philippe Choinière
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Topic: Branding and marketing sustainable farming and business.
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Branding and marketing sustainable farming and business

  • Value adding and transformation
  • image, branding and events
  • communication and marketing
  • selling direct to consumer
  • building a community/following
  • leveraging passion
  • joint ventures collaboration

About: Philippe Choinière
A former professional hockey player who graduated with an Economics degree, Philippe grew up on a large conventional apple farm. His love for the land combined with his refusal to accept chemical based commodity farming to be his future, he set out to build 2 sustainable brands that draws it’s resources from the family farms and forests. The herb farm is certified organic and the Oneka Brand is in the process of getting a Bcorp certification.

Amazon Item of the Day for 8-22-16

micEvery day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Samson C01U Podcasting Pack.  Okay cutting the fancy sounding title it is a Samson C01U Microphone with cables and a desk top microphone stand.  If you just want the CO1U mic you can save some money and get it stand alone, but you will need a way to mount it and unless you already have stand gear, you will end up spending more money.

This is the mic I have used for 7 years now on TSP.  It is simple to set up, I don’t use a mixing board, it just plugs into the PC via a USB port, and it flatly like everything I settle on, just works, it always just works.

I recommend this mic as a starting point for anyone that wants to start a podcast or just make quality voice recordings.  It is also good for those of you who are frequent guests on podcasts or call in to radio shows and what have you via skype.  Or those that participate in online webinars as either a student or an instructor.

Are there better mics?  Yea sure, but you have to ask if they are worth the money or if you really need an expensive mixing board to do a one man podcast with say some skype interviews?  Is your voice so amazing as to rate encoding at 128 mbps so anyone can even here the difference, and hate downloading your audio files too by the way.  FWIW TSP is encoded at 32kbps which is FM quality audio.

The other type of person this mic is for is the person that does say screen capture Youtube videos and the like.  People will deal with a bit of out of focus video a lot more than they will with bad quality sound.  Anyway I mainly did this because I get questions about my set up for the show all the time, so in the future I will cover the other things I use.

Included with this “Podcast Pack” is a copy of Audacity software, look don’t be impressed it is free to download online and you can get it for PC or for a Mac.  The case is very nice though.  I like this set up enough that I have sponsored three different people into podcasting and gifted them this set up to get them started.  And that is a lesson as well.

I didn’t buy my first CO1U, a listener that wanted to help make the show better had one he wasn’t using and sent it to me as a gift.  So over the years when I have worked with a person who I believed in to get going I have given away three of them myself.  I think that really is how the best things come to be.

In any event that gift was over 7 years ago, and that same mic is sitting in front of me right now, ready to roll again with episode 1854.  So I recommend it on longevity alone.  If you need a good mic and don’t want to mortgage your house to pay for it, check out the Samson C01U Podcasting Pack it won’t let you down.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

 

 

Episode-1853- Expert Council Q&A for 8-19-16

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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 cuttings, cooking, knives, storing fuel, nuclear power, investing, zika, health and nutrition, future trends 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

  • Taking root cuttings and storing them over winter – Nick Ferguson
  • Making salads that don’t have greens in them – Chef Keith Snow
  • The right angle for your knife’s edge – Patrick Roehrman
  • Getting gas from can to car and nuclear safety – Steven Harris
  • Investing in Virtual Reality – John Pugliano
  • The long term effects of Zika – Doc Bones
  • The dangers of statins – Gary Collins
  • The rise of the robotic Uber – Jack

Resources for today’s show…

Sponsors of the Day

Websites of the Expert Council Members

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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Amazon Item of the Day for 8-19-16

incuviewEvery day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is IncuViewTM All-In-One Automatic Egg Incubator.  This is the absolute best incubator I have found without spending a fortune.  We have used it for hatching both chickens and ducks, with chickens our results were outstanding.  How about three batches of 26 eggs with a total number of hatched eggs of 76, that is 76 out of 78!

What I love about this incubator is everything is automated.  All you really need to do is keep an eye on humidity and add a bit of water when necessary.  You program the duration of incubation and the machine knows when to stop turning, you can also set how many times a day the machine turns the eggs.  And don’t let the word “program” scare you if you if you are a techniphobe, I hate programming “gadgets” but this thing is really easy.  The instructions are on one page front and back.

We have successfully incubated goose eggs in it and others have told us they use if for quail with great success.  Due to how the turner works, one turner works for everything.  It has a digitally controlled thermostat, so when you set it for say 99.5, that is what you get all the time.

There are cheaper incubators but then don’t have all these features.  They certainly do not hold temperature as well.  In my reptile breeding days I hatched literally hundreds of eggs in the well known Hova-Bator Incubator, yes it works, and it costs less, but is is a fiddly pain in the ass.  In fact since I got my IncuView, the only thing I use my Hova-Bator Incubator for is starting seeds in cold weather.

If I wanted to hatch say 75 – 100 eggs a batch, I would honestly buy three of these before I would buy an expensive large commercial incubator.   Like most products I settle on, this one just works, it always works and that is what wins my endorsement.

I would also like to suggest the following, this thing is kind of light weight, it is durable and ships well.  It is not something most people would use all year long.  So some of you may form groups and do a share with this item, either locally or by shipping it back and forth as needed.  I personally sent mine to Nicholas Ferguson, he hatched duck and chickens with it and then shipped it back USPS Priority Mail for like 10 bucks.  Just a thought.

In any event if you are looking to incubate eggs check out the, IncuViewTM All-In-One Automatic Egg Incubator, by the way this is actually a great time to do this.  Say you put eggs in on Sept 1st.  You will have babies on Sept. 21 or 28 depending on say ducks or chickens.    These birds will be 6 months old and start laying in mid March, right when most people are getting brand new chicks.  Just a final thought.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

 

 

Episode-1852- Listener Calls for 8-18-16

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 comfrey, fatherhood, concealed carry, law enforcement, sharpening knives, cashless society, mob violence 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…

  • Growing comfrey over a septic field
  • Jason from PA gives some advice to new fathers
  • Thoughts on using a revolver as a carry gun
  • Thoughts on cops shooting citizens and a private police force
  • Thoughts on appendix carry for concealed carry
  • Tips on using the Work Sharp Sharpener
  • Selling electronic money to the people as tax reform
  • How would you deal with mob violence surrounding your vehicle

Resources for today’s show…

Sponsors of the Day

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.

Join the MSB Today

Join the MSB Today

Want Every Episode of TSP Ever Produced?

Remember in addition to discounts to over 40 vendors who supply stuff you are likely buying anyway, tons of free ebooks and video content, MSB Members also get every edition of The Survival Podcast ever produced in convenient zip files in blocks of 24. More info on the MSB can be found here.

Amazon Item of the Day for 8-18-16

kunEvery day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Kuhn Rikon Julienne Peeler.  I covered this item in my episode Episode-1820- 15 Items for the Prepper Kitchen and How to Use Them.  But it is an great item especially for those of you on the low carb lifestyle.  But I can tell you anyone will love the dish I am going to tell you how to make today with this peeler.

First I think any kitchen should have a good Julienne Peeler in it.  From Asian dishes, to making salads look and taste awesome and more they are just a great tool.  They do so much and cost so little.

But when it comes to making zoodles, they really shine.  What is a zoodle, a made up word meaning zucchini noodle.  They are simple to make but there is a right and a wrong way to do it.  There are also cool machines like The Sprializer that making them a bit thicker and in long sprials.  Those machines are not expensive but they are one more big item in your kitchen and a Julienne Peeler fits in a knife drawer.

So this is all you do, take a few zucchinis and just julienne them, turning them as you go.  As you get to the seedy part you are going to stop.  Toss that to the chickens, ducks or compost bin and go to the next one.  You can cut bit into the seeds it won’t hurt anything but you will notice a point that you have worn it out.

NOW COMES THE IMPORTANT PART, you Do NOT COOK THEM THIS WAY.  Put them into a strainer and sprinkle kosher salt on them.  How much?  Not a lot just enough to coat the top, toss them around, give them a bit more and leave them to drain into the sink or a bowel.  In about 10 minutes they should be very wet, if not add a tiny bit more salt.  After a few times you will know how much to add.  Over the next 30 minutes turn them by hand 2-3 times.  Make sure they drain at least 30 minutes.

Now put down a couple layers of paper towel and spread them out (don’t be all fussy about one layer, but just spread them out).  Let them sit that way, perhaps flip a few times.  This is less work to do than to read and write about.

I generally do this all when I start cooking, once they are on the paper towels they can sit there an hour if you need them too.  When everything else is about ready, heat up some olive oil (I like garlic infused for this) in a skillet, toss in your zoodles with any other seasonings (no salt though of course) toss them at medium heat for a minute or two.  Finish with some real butter melted in and serve.  This is a go to side dish for grill steaks at my house.

The salt is the key, zucchini squash have a huge amount of water in them.  The salt draws it out and they taste like and have the texture of an actual noodle.  I won’t say they taste just like spaghetti, what I am saying is if you ate them blind folded you would swear they are a type of thin noodle.  Omit the salt treatment and they are fine but they taste like well zucchini rather than a noodle.

Pasta is one thing I really have missed going back to low carb living, until I found these.  Once I did it isn’t even an issue any more.  And here is a big bonus!  If you have a garden you likely grow zucchini and get a lot of them.  Miss a day of picking and you end up with big zucs, they start to get tough, way too seedy, etc.  Well when you julienne them, that issue is not a problem and you discard the big seeds anyway.  In fact we have found zucchini about twice the size you find in stores make the best zoodles.

So give zoodles and the Kuhn Rikon Julienne Peeler a shot.  If you already have a julienne peeler you are happy with by all means just try the zoodles.  But that being said if you need one or a new one, get the Kuhn.  It is the highest quality tool of its kind I can find.  Kuhn Rikon is a Swiss Based company, think Swiss Army Knives, they make some of the best cooking tools on the planet.  Besides with this tool being under 11 dollars, why wouldn’t you buy the best?

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

 

 

Episode-1851- Chris Haynes on Off Grid Tiny Homes

offpowerChris Haynes is an electrical and software engineer. He moved from a full size grid connected house to an off grid tiny house located on a rural lot. He has built a very small (66sf) tiny house and a code compliant 252sf tiny house where he currently lives.

He has been living off grid for over 4 years using a very simple and inexpensive solar system. He shares his experiences in tiny house living at conferences held in the northeast US.

He just released a new book called “Tiny House Engineers Notebook: Volume 1, Off Grid Power”. Its written in a style that is suitable for folks with no electrical knowledge.

Chris originally joined us at TSP on Episode 1365 that is almost two years ago, he now has a lot more experience actually living the Tiny House way.  He has been though Snowpocalypse and a hell of a Heat Wave for a summer as well.  So we will discuss somethings he has done to make his home more livable.

Resources for today’s show…

Sponsors of the Day

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 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.

Join the MSB Today

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Want Every Episode of TSP Ever Produced?

Remember in addition to discounts to over 40 vendors who supply stuff you are likely buying anyway, tons of free ebooks and video content, MSB Members also get every edition of The Survival Podcast ever produced in convenient zip files in blocks of 24. More info on the MSB can be found here.

Amazon Item of the Day for 8-17-16

realmonstorEvery day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is JSB Diabolo Jumbo Monster Pellets which can be had in both 22 Caliber and 177 Caliber.  At about 15 bucks for 200 pellets they are not cheap by any measure but these are not “plinking pellets”.  Rather these are designed to turn your pellet gun into a sledge hammer.

The 22 Caliber JSB Diabolo Jumbo Monster Pellets weigh in at 25.39 Grains compared to a typical 22 Caliber Pellet that will weigh in at about 14-15 grains.  The 177 Caliber JSB Diabolo Jumbo Monster Pellets weigh in at 13.43 grains vs. a typical 177 caliber pellet weight of 7-8 grains.

It isn’t just energy we are talking here either it is also penetration.  If you open any ballistics manual and start looking at bullets, you will see a specification called “Sectional Density” usually abbreviated as S.D.

If you start looking at various bullets of a caliber you will see that as weight goes up, bullets get longer and S.D. goes higher.  So what is S.D.?  Simply a rating on an objects ability to penetrate.  And logically something longer and heavier is more “dart like” will penetrate better.  Imagine two nails, the same weight, one long and thin, the other short and stubby, which is easier to drive with a hammer?

So while the rest of the airgun world is trying to make lighter pellets for extreme velocity, JSG and a few others are going “Elmer Keith” on things.  Bigger, heavier, a little slower but more impact.  And it works.

I tested the 22 Caliber ones in my Benjamin 892.  Using a column of my covered porch as a vertical rest (not exactly a sand bag) they gave me a dime sized group.  Shooting at 40 yards they fully penetrated some old T-111 siding like it wasn’t even there.  Keep in mind this is from a classic variable pump 22 (about the only one left) with a modest maximum muzzle velocity of about 685 FPS.  I can only imagine what these will do in a top end break barrel or PCP gun!

The key is I don’t try to shoot pigs with a pellet gun.  I use mine for quite elimination of pests like rats, invasive pond turtles, raccoons, etc.   I also occasionally shot a squirrel if Charlie trees one and we share grilled squirrel that day.  Um, is there a better evening than grilled squirrel with your best friend and a beer?  For these uses these are the best I have found.  I did find a few heavier but none of those gave me really good groups, at least in my Benjamin 892.

I have not yet tested the 177 version but based on my experience I would expect they would serve the small bore airgunner very well for similar purposes.  Remember don’t go plinking with these, use them for hammering pests and small game.  You can get them here

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

P.S. If you have been thinking of picking up a Benjamin 892 or any Benjamin stuff this may be a good time to do so.  While working up this article I noticed that Amazon has a whole bunch of Benjamin Stuff on Sale at 20% Off.  I don’t know how long that lasts so if the link above doesn’t work assume the sale is over.

 

Free Episode of Advanced Ballistic Striking – Episode One

In 2010 I co produced a 5 DVD series with Neil Franklin called Advanced Ballistic Striking.  This was done with Val Raizanov as the key instructor.  Val was a member of the Russian Olympic Judo Squad in the 1980s and later served in the KGB prior to the break up of the USSR.

Today he serves as a trainer to the Royal Guard of the Royal Family of the UAE.  He is an amazing guy you have heard me talk about on the show at times.  One of my greatest teachers.

Well I just realized that long ago Neil put this first entire DVD online for free.  If you have ever wanted to really know what Systema is all about this is a great start and it is free. Hope you enjoy it.  You will also see no less than Bryan Black from ITS Tactical in this video.

Amazon Item of the Day for 8-16-16

rodEvery day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Spincast Youth Combo.  Recently I answered a question about taking kids fishing on the podcast, three different listeners told me about this combo.  Got to say I am impressed.

This is what you have, a GREAT rod and and okay reel.  Let me expand on that.  Keeping in mind this is a combo for a kiddo!  The cost of this combo is about 36 dollars and that is about the value of the rod itself.  The reel is worth about 10-12 dollars, in time it is going to wear out.  And that is okay!

Because as your kiddo gets older and that reel wears out but their skill and willingness to care for things goes up, you just get a better reel for them and keep that great quality rod.  I just ordered one for my grandson, it is a rod that will grow with him.  And to be blunt if you ever break an uglystick, you have done something very bad wrong.

So if you have a young one you want to get started fishing consider the Shakespeare Ugly Stik GX2 Spincast Youth Combo as a great place to start.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.