Episode-1558- Getting into Cattle Ranching on a Shoestring Budget

There is more than one way to grow a steak!

There is more than one way to grow a steak!

Lucas Branham is a 32 year old aspiring rancher from Taylorsville, KY. He has worked two jobs around 55 hours per week for the last 14 years. He has grown tired of the grind and wants to spend more time with family and work from a home based operation.

He’s started a small cattle operation on leased land with 14 head currently and soon to be 30. He ran a small csa and pastured broiler operation in 2014.

Lucas joins us today to provide advice on securing funds for start up cattle operation, securing leased land, running cattle on a shoestring budget, and how to start making the transition to self employed while keeping wife/family happy and involved.

We discuss how he got started, where he sought his funding, how he found land to lease and his future plans.  We discuss the funding that is available to ranchers, how you can use leased land operations to eventually secure a loan to purchase land and more.

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1557- The Responsibility of being Prepared

Today we take a look at basic emergency and long term preparedness from a stand point of why it is a basic action of responsible adults.  The truth is prepping has been sensationalized by both the pop culture media and the industry itself for the same basic reason, marketing.

The pop culture media likes to sensationalize anything from a butt lift to couponing to living off the land.  So the fact that they paint preppers as wide eyed extremists isn’t anti prepper, it is simply anti reality and par for the course with our modern garbage media complex.

Next the industry itself is guilty of similar hype, from the moderate to the extreme.  From bullshit emails telling you the FEMA camps will be filled with lobotomized and reeducated patriots to the next military training exercise will shut down the grid and you better buy some piece of shit solar generator to keep your beer cold.

The goal of both sides is to get you to pay attention and to effectively monetize their efforts.  Either by selling you a pallet of MREs in one case or getting you to watch advertisements for iPhones, insurance and credit card companies on the other.

This however is not preparedness.  Today we look at what is, why everyone should do it and flatly why being unprepared is simply irresponsible behavior.  We will look at why the unprepared should be considered the extremist, vs. the prepper as well.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • The basic American mind set in 1900
  • Why it changed, the good and the bad
  • Why preparedness is simply responsible behavior
  • The limits of your faith often exceed the limits of reality in mere seconds
  • The basic needs of all people
    • Food
    • Water
    • Shelter
    • Energy
    • Health and Sanitation
    • Physical Security
    • Financial Security
  • The common factors of survival needs
    • Each can be lost in seconds
    • Each can be set up with redundancies
    • In the end, when you don’t have one, you have a problem
    • Systems of support always fail at least for a time
    • Dead rescuers save no lives, hence they see to their needs first
  • Actions to take, really simple ones
    • 72 hour kit (mobile)
    • 30 days of in home prep minimum
    • Know your neighbors in good times
    • Have routes out of your area planned
    • Keep good documentation
    • Stay aware of local and national risks
    • Focus on the likely over the sensational
  • Final thoughts on being a responsible adult, when others depend on you

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1556- Toby Hemenway on Liberation Permaculture

Toby Hemenway - Author - Teacher - Anarchist

Toby Hemenway – Author – Teacher – Anarchist

Toby Hemenway is the author of Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, which was awarded the Nautilus Gold Medal in 2011, was named by the Washington Post as one of the ten best gardening books of 2010, and for the last eight years has been the best-selling permaculture book in the world.

Toby has been an adjunct professor at Portland State University, Scholar-in-Residence at Pacific University, and has taught over sixty 72-hour permaculture design courses. He has presented lectures and workshops at major sustainability conferences such as Bioneers, SolFest, and EcoFarm, and at Duke University, Tufts University, University of Minnesota, University of Delaware and many other educational venues.

His writing has appeared in magazines such as Natural Home, Whole Earth Review, and American Gardener. He has contributed book chapters for WorldWatch Institute and to several publications on ecological design.

After obtaining a degree in biology from Tufts University, Toby worked for many years as a researcher in genetics and immunology, first in academic laboratories including Harvard and the University of Washington in Seattle, and then at Immunex, a major medical biotech company. At about the time he was growing dissatisfied with the direction biotechnology was taking, he discovered permaculture, a design approach based on ecological principles that creates sustainable landscapes, homes, and workplaces.

A career change followed, and Toby and his wife, Kiel (key-ell), spent ten years creating a rural permaculture site in southern Oregon. He was the editor of Permaculture Activist, a journal of ecological design and sustainable culture, from 1999 to 2004. He moved to Portland, Oregon in 2004, and spent six years developing urban sustainability resources there. Toby and his wife now live in Sebastopol, California.

Toby joins us today to discuss his emerging anarcho liberation view on permaculture.  How permaculture decentralizes resources, compels critical thinking and has yields almost impossible to quantify and therefore tax.  We discuss how the future of environmental sustainability and human freedom are largely linked and dependent upon one another.

Resources for today’s show…

cow2wartBob Wells Plant of the WeekCowart Muscadine Grape Vine The Cowart Muscadine is  adaptable from zone 6 to zone 9. The Cowart Muscadine Grape is a self fertile variety that produces a juicy and delicious muscadine grape that will be perfect for eating when fresh off the vine. Cowart Muscadines produce grapes with colors ranging from deep purple to nearly black. Cowart’s are grown in large commercial vineyards as a self fertile pollinator that is very productive and also ripens early. 

Female muscadines require cross-pollination to bear fruit, so don’t forget to plant a self fertile pollinator variety like the Cowart nearby to pollinate any female muscadines you plant. Due to the fact that the Cowart Muscadine is a native species in North America it is more disease resistant than the traditional European grapes, making them perfect for planting in your edible garden.

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

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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Episode-1555- Listener Feedback for 4-13-15

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 elections, welfare, drought, pattern recognition, homesteading, cover crops, permaculture, swales, duck eggs, apples, food hedges 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

  • How do you stay productive in the 2016 election cycle, don’t give a shit, that is how
  • Australia cutting welfare if you don’t vaccinate, why I don’t really care
  • More stupidity in regard to the California drought
  • Bitcoin now accepted as paypal payments, the good and bad of this trend
  • How to legalize chickens, let us count and share the ways
  • When planting Antonovka apple can you use rootstocks instead of seeds
  • Why can so many people allergic to chicken eggs can eat duck eggs
  • What we learn by amending soil and what we might to to be too clever about at times
  • What can you do with the space we call the “intra-swale space”
  • Thoughts on home shooting ranges and lead contamination issues
  • Plantain as a forage and cover crop

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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Episode-1554- Listener Calls for 4-10-15

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 crime, shipping containers, permaculture, plant propagation, pellet guns, self defense, poultry, shifts in society 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…

  • When to and when not to intercede in violent activity
  • On burying a shipping container, my view is simply don’t
  • How much water is too much water for growing apple trees
  • Nick Ferguson on growing bare root tree seedlings in pea gravel
  • Nick Ferguson on propagating citrus from cuttings
  • Why I would never use pellet guns for self defense, not why you might think
  • Do I recommend black solider fly for waste disposal, sort of
  • Thoughts on cohabitating ducks and chickens
  • Are edible plants becoming more common and if so what that mean

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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Episode-1553- Individual TEOTWAWKI and a Life of Freedom

Visit JillElisabeth.net to learn More About Jill's Journey.

Visit JillElisabeth.net to learn More About Jill’s Journey.

I say all the time that the end of the world as we know it (TEOTWAWKI) happens to many people at the individual level ever day, as it did one day four years ago for today’s guest Jill Elizabeth.

Indeed for some, the end of the world has already come and Jill is one of those who prepared but found herself starting over after losing her house, job, retirement, and desire to rebuild a life in the old system. What then happened has been an 8 year journey about survival, purpose, and meaning.

Having spent over 20 years as a licensed social worker was good preparation for living in a tiny trailer traveling the southwest and discovering real survival is more about who you are and working with others than the stuff you have with you.

Almost four years later survival has taken on a whole new meaning and the discovery that there is tremendous opportunity available for those who want to think outside the system and build something new – or old!

Jill has in the last few years shoveled more manure than she can weigh, built websites, made videos, started a podcast, written several books, counted cows, told her story a million times and worked with others to tell theirs as a key marketing tool. There’s a lot more, but a little mystery is a good thing!

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1552- The Long Slow Socioeconomic Emergency

The Very Picture of Unsustainable

The “long slow emergency” is something often discussed in regard to peak oil.  Well friends, peak oil may be real but there will be no peaking anytime in the next few decades.  No the real long slow emergency is much more complicated.

This is largely a socioeconomic issue and it is also indeed a resources issue.  The problem while extremely complex can still be summarized as follows.

The governments of the world have created a monetary system where debt is money and all money is debt.  This system flawed though it is, actually works quite well as long as the social contract that gives our money value remains stable.  Put pressure on it though and unlike a true “fiat currency” a debt backed currency begins an implosion cycle.

As debt is defaulted on, money disappears.  Bailing out losers only fills holes, it doesn’t replace what is lost and you can only fill so many holes before the system breaks. Additionally for every loser bailed out, 20 other people still lose.  As society begins to feel the loss, because it is always handed down to the so called “middle class” the stability of the social contract begins to falter.

Adding to this issue is the fact that our current system is built on perpetual growth.  To pay today’s bills the economy and productive population must be larger than yesterdays, and this must go on forever when growth stops, the entire system begins to fail.

Next we are entering a time where automation and technology are eliminating jobs faster than any time in history.  We now live in a world where less than 50 percent of society are truly employed, and likely only 20% are actually gainfully employed, meaning what they do is necessary for society.  This is because many jobs are not really necessary or provide nothing people really need or even want.

Combined with this is a population with more people alive today that were ever even born and died in the majority of human history.  This population is taking resources from the planet far faster than they can be replaced.  In the end we are headed for a slow collapse of the economy, our resource base and the social glue of society itself.

Technology can help with this problem, but it alone can’t solve it.  In fact if sufficient technology is created that can sweep the problem under the rug for say a few more decades, the resulting collapse will be far more catastrophic and swift in decline then what we can currently expect.

The problem will have to be solved by massive paradigm shifts of economics, labor, resource use and land management.  The bad news is at the government and corporate levels, there are no plans for this, because  no effective play will currently work well for those in power.

Today I will discuss this reality and what can be done about the fact that it simply isn’t going away and we as a people are going to have to adapt to this reality on our own for at least the initial stages.

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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Episode-1551- Eric Escobar on Automation

Eric Escobar is a 26 year old software engineer. Eric graduated in 2011 with BS in civil engineering, followed by a MS in civil engineering in 2012. After spending a year in the corporate world of environmental design, groundwater remediation, and groundwater modeling he got burned out with regulation, red tape, and permitting.

He’s always loved computers and programming, but didn’t want to make a hobby into a career in college. As chance would have it though, in 2014 Eric received a job offer he couldn’t refuse in computer/network security. Now he works his own schedule, breaking into computers and networks before the black hat hackers do.

In his spare time he builds automation systems out of cheap hardware to run his chicken coop, bee hive, moisture sensors, waterers, temperature sensors, feed stations, and anything else he can hook wires to.

He has a ton of other interests too such as backpacking (JMT this year!), keeping bees, programming, ham radio, model rockets, aluminum forging, anda billion other things.

Eric Joins Us Today to Discuss

  • What you an automate
  • Tools for automation
  • How to learn about techniques and equipment for free
  • The things he has automated in his home
  • Future plans for additional automation of his homestead
  • How we already use a lot of automation and what that means for us
  • How to keep automation projects cheap and effective
  • Where you can take a full course on automation for free

Resources for today’s show…

blackspanishBob Wells Plant of the Week – Black Spanish Grape – The Black Spanish Grape is a reliable producer in most areas from USDA Zone 6-10.  This plant produces a juicy grape with blackish-blue skin that is good for juice, jelly or wine.

It is a heavy and regular producer that is resistant to Pierce Disease and mildew. The Black Spanish grape is often considered the “best” variety for growing in the deep South due to its unparalleled disease resistance.

The wine produced by the Black Spanish is similar to a Merlot or Cabernet wine. Ripens August to September and benefits from cane pruning.

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

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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