The Duck Chronicles Episode Twenty Eight – Ain’t Winter Great

The Muscovie will Pump You Up

The Muscovie will Pump You Up

On The Duck Chronicles Episode Twenty Eight – Ain’t Winter Great we skipped yesterday due to a lot of work we had to get done this weekend but we are back today and the snow, sleet and ice is with us.  In spite of the winter weather the ducklings don’t really seem bothered.  They are rocking on and seem to be enjoying the snow.  One more example of how much tougher ducklings are compared to chicks.

We have also selected names for the two additional Muscovy drakes from all the suggestions from viewers.  Since the big drake is Arnold (as in Schwarzenegger) one viewer suggested Hans and Franz from the Saturday Night Live skit “Pump You Up” http://bit.ly/1EICYAq

Taking a Day Off

Sometimes You Just Got to Take a Day Off!

Sometimes You Just Got to Take a Day Off!

Guys and Gals, today is being termed a Jack’s Mental Health Day.  I have been putting in 12-14 hour days since the new year began.  Nick Ferguson and I worked though this weekend and I just need to plug in the smart charger and not use the machine for a day.

It is also iced in here, cold as hell, the birds need some extra care.  The plan is to see to them, then the wife and I are going to camp out on the floor in front of the TV with the dogs and cats and do absolutely nothing.  Hopefully it will be everything I have dreamed that it could be like Peter Gibbons above.

There will be an episode of The Duck Chronicles coming out soon, but after that, I am disappearing for a day.  I shall return to tomorrow for an ass kicking version of TSP, you have my word on it.

The Duck Chronicles Episode Twenty Seven – Name A Muscovy Kevin

In The Duck Chronicles Episode Twenty Seven – Name A Muscovy Kevin we have our baby limper in the hospital pen again with some of her sisters.

I answer some of your questions that have been coming in and I leave it up to you guys to name two of the Muscovy drakes.

Lastly we have a broody momma duck sitting on about 18 eggs.

A full print with the initial design plan (lot of updates not included) can be found here.  http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/docs/3-4-acre-ff.pdf

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The Duck Chronicles Episode Twenty Six – The Weeds and Pest Fix

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Today on The Duck Chronicles Episode Twenty Six – The Weeds and Pest Fix we start with a weight gain report.  I weighed a few of the girls and got an average of 26.9 ounces or right at 1.7 pounds.

So just over a half a pound gained in the last 6 days when they weighed in at 1.14 pounds on the 14th.

Keep in mind that 23 days ago they weighed about 1.8 ounces each!  That means in 23 days they grew 13 fold their original size.  My hope is to get them to about 2.5 pounds before full flock integration.  Keep in mind the adult weight of this breed averages slightly less than 5 pounds.

Also our little limping gal has been placed in a chicken tractor to rest along with 3 sisters to keep her clam.

Mostly today I cover the topic of weed and pest control and browse utilization in a permaculture system using paddock shift grazing.

Episode-1524- Keith Snow on Old School Food Preserving Cooking Techniques

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Check Out Harvest Eating for More Great Stuff from Chef Keith Snow.

Chef Keith Snow left a multi 6 figure income in one of Aspen’s most exclusive restaurants to follow his passion of health eating, seasonal cooking, country living, gardening and preparedness.

Today he joins us to discuss cooking with your preps including using your whole grains, legumes like beans and lentils, pastas, canned foods and more.

Armed with a complete set of resources to make the locavore movement inviting, accessible and easy for the home cook, Chef Keith Snow has spent the last four years using web 2.0 to propel his mission. In 2006, Keith developed and launched Harvest Eating, a unique social network dedicated to seasonal cooking.

Subscribers to his website receive weekly newsletters and visitors to the website gain access to an ever-growing library of over 325 cooking demonstration videos and over 800 categorized recipes.

Today he joins us to discuss old methods of food preparation that were used before the dawn of refrigeration, freezing and even canning.

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1523- Kevin Hauser on Growing Apples in Hot Climates

Kevin and Marty Hauser of Kuffle Creek.

Kevin and Marty Hauser of Kuffle Creek.

Kevin Hauser is an amateur Pomologist who specializes in growing apples in hot climates and the tropics. He grows over 100 varieties of apples at his home in Riverside, California and is the author of “Growing Apples in the City: Growing Apples in a Warm Climate.”

He is the proprietor of Kuffel Creek Apple Nursery, a mail order nursery that ships apple benchgrafts to hot climates in Southern California, Arizona to Hawaii of the United States, and Bangkok to Dubai internationally. He has lectured to garden groups in Southern California and Arizona, as well as New England.

Last year Kevin opened a branch of Kuffel Creek Apple Nursery in Uganda, East Africa, to better serve the rural tropic apple farmer. In conjunction with this, Kevin also released his second book, “Growing Apples in the Tropics: Growing Apples Where They’re Not Supposed To.”

His training materials are used to teach apple culture to farmers and government agriculture official throughout East Africa.

Kevin will be lecturing on apple culture for a warm climate, including suitable varieties, planting, training, fertilizing, thinning, and harvesting, as well as culinary uses of different varieties.

He will also provide an informative look into the world of how apples are grown in the tropics, with zero chilling hours and seasons governed by rainfall, not temperature or day length.

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Rocket Mass Heaters 4-DVD Set from Paul Wheaton

paulstovesOver the years I have done lots of stuff with my buddy Paul Wheaton. He has been a huge supporter of TSP and is constantly doing innovative things to push permaculture further.

His latest project is a kickstarter for a new set of Rocket Mass Heater DVDs. I have seen his previous rocket mass heater DVDs, and let me tell you, these new ones look like a huge improvement. Much more information, better video quality, and the rewards for the kickstarter are pretty damn cool.

The four videos will be:

  • DVD 1: Cob Style – A cob style rocket mass heater is “the old reliable”. It is the most popular style of rocket mass heater and this video will show one being built in a log home, and one being built in a tipi.
  • DVD 2: Pebble Style – A pebble style rocket mass heater is the variant that Paul has done tons and tons of experiments with. The video will cover building three different kinds of pebble style rocket mass heaters.
  • DVD 3: Shippable Core  – Over the past few years, Paul has released a variety of information on how to make your own shippable cores, and now, in this video, he supplies the “how to” video for a variety of those techniques.
  • DVD 4: Innovator’s Event  – A few months ago, Paul hosted a rocket mass heater innovators event out at his land. This video will cover all of the quite revolutionary things they built there.

If you are new to rocket mass heaters, they may be THE cleanest, cheapest way to heat your home so getting this information out to world is pretty huge.

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On The Duck Chronicles Episode Twenty Five – The Food Forest is about to Thrive

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On The Duck Chronicles Episode Twenty Five – The Food Forest is about to Thrive  today we start out by checking the progress of my baby ducklings who are doing just great.  One little girl still is dealing with a limp but she appears to be getting along okay.

I have also filmed Adjunct Five, to explain why we are not forcing the Muscovy Duck out to pasture just yet

I also take you on a tour of a couple areas of the property showing you some of the plantings we have put in and are waiting on to come around this spring.

A full print with the initial design plan (lot of updates not included) can be found here.  http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/docs/3-4-acre-ff.pdf

Some of the plants I show you today include

  • Methany Plum
  • Bruce Plum
  • Shipova
  • Fruiting Rose
  • Rosa Rugosa
  • Hansons Bush Cherry
  • Elderberry
  • Spring Satin Plumcot
  • Apricot
  • Autumn Olives
  • Currants
  • And more

A full print with the initial design plan (lot of updates not included) can be found here.  http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/docs/3-4-acre-ff.pdf

I have also filmed Adjunct Five, to explain why we are not forcing the Muscovy Duck out to pasture just yet

Episode-1522- Debt, The Good, The Bad and The Evil

Did Jack Spirko just acknowledge there is such a thing as good debt?  Yes I did and I always have.  It ain’t consumer debt though and it ain’t student loan debt.

Today I have to admit something though, in my early days I was totally anti credit card, and adamant that there was no justification for using one.  My opinion on that hasn’t changed, I still think it is true in 2008, but it also is no longer 2008, much has changed, so my opinion in 2015 is different.  Today I need to do this long over due episode.

Now the WARNING LABEL – Debt is like a gun, a tool, it can be used for good purposes and bad.  You can hurt others and/or yourself with it.  Every situation is different, I don’t think anyone should take on any debt without careful consideration.  I consider some debt bad but at times necessary and some debts to be evil and never to be entered into.  Call it muzzle discipline with debt!

Join Me Today As I Discuss…

  • What has changed that has caused me to change my opinion
    • Rental car policies
    • Mortgage policies
    • Auto loan policies
    • Land financing policies
    • Overall bank underwriting
    • It will likely only get worse from here
  • The rules before assuming a debt
    • Can I service the debt
    • What other opportunities does servicing the debt cost me
    • Is there any other option, is it better if it exists
    • What is my exit strategy if I can’t pay
  • Debt is good when
    • It pays for real property that is a good investment
    • It makes you money, it is profitable
    • It pays for an asset that increases in value
    • The underlying liquid asset value exceeds the loan value
    • There are any additional options for discharge that mitigate your damage
    • The debt increases the value of an existing asset by more than the loan value
    • Most importantly you know what the F you are doing
  • Debt is bad when
    • It pays for a commodity that decreases in value but does hold value
    • It is difficult but not impossible to service
    • It buys things you don’t really need but instead simply want
    • Discharging it is difficult and comes with serious damage to your life
  • Debt is evil when
    • Any loss of income will render servicing it impossible
    • It is impossible to discharge (student loans)
    • The underlying commodity rapidly sheds value, becomes worthless
    • You don’t know what the F you are doing and/or why you are doing it
  • Building credit today
    • Buy something with good to not so bad debt
    • Use bad debt to pay for the better debt
    • Essentially pay for everything with “cash” using the debt only as a funnel
    • Pay for stuff you’d have to buy anyway, insure payment with automation
  • This is not a permission slip to get into debt, your your effing brain folks!

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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