Episode-1424- Mike Cornwell on Building a Business from Scratch

Mike, "New Mike" Cornwell

Mike, “New Mike” Cornwell

Mike is a highly motivated Permaculture enthusiast who enjoys working with diverse living systems and attempting to invert problems into solutions. Michael is passionate about sharing the knowledge he has gained, and helping people with starting their own paths to happy and healthy lifestyles.

He specializes in the hot and humid climate transition between temperate and sub-tropical at 30 degrees latitude. He lives with his wife Christine on their 8.5 Acre homestead in South Eastern Louisiana. They started the transition of their homestead in early 2013 and has made great progress towards increasing bio-diversity and establishing a welcoming human habitat.

His homestead is now home to many animals, earthworks and over 100 different cultivar varieties of perennial edible trees and bushes. He maintains a permaculture and homesteading blog about his homestead at MikeCornwell.com.  Mike received his Permaculture Design Certificate from Geoff Lawton and another by Ben Falk from Whole Systems Design.

Mike joins us today to discuss, Starting your own business and passive income streams using niches as a focus. This includes any business idea to include permaculture.  Including the book he is writing and why it was chosen as his first project, the book is called, “Easy Chicken Tractors You Can Build Today”.

Resources for today’s show…

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PermaEthos First Annual Fall Festival Now Open to All

We have had ticket sales to the PermaEthos Fall Festival open only to members of Class 001 and Founders since Sunday.  We have now opened the event to all.

This is going to be an incredible time at the PermaEthos Farm in Walton West Virgina.  There will be classes by Jack Spirko, Josiah Wallingford, Nick Ferguson, Michael Jordan and more.  Full details are available at,

http://events.permaethos.com/pe-event/permaethos-fall-festival/

Episode-1423- Developing the Skill of Teaching

Geoff Lawton is one of my Greatest Teachers

Geoff Lawton is one of my Greatest Teachers

I put out a simple post on the TSP Facebook page yesterday, it simply said, “Hey TSP Nation, what do you want tomorrow’s show to be about“?  I was kind of blown away but how fast so many great ideas came in.  Frankly I think I am going to busy for months now.  Some of the requests are great but I need more than one day to put them together.

There was one though that I realized I have never done, simply how to become a teacher.  Now not a school teacher, or even say a bush craft teacher but just a teacher in general.  What makes a great teacher?  What makes a student want to learn?  I will try to explain what I think about that today.  I will also explain my philosophy on teaching and why everyone should be both student and teacher.

Teaching is a skill, that is great, it means teachers are not borne they are made.  It is true that some people have natural talents and that makes them better teachers but we can all develop the skill to be a good teacher.  Teaching isn’t hard, it is learning something and helping someone else do what you already did.  We have been lied to here like in many other places, teachers are not heroes with magical powers granted to them by the state and university, they are just people, nothing more.

Again some individuals may be very talented story tellers, speakers, etc.  Said people will be great teachers but you should never see that is why you can’t teach.  What if you did that with running?  I can run, hell I can run very well.  I am sure a being without human legs would be quite impressed by my coordination and speed.  Yet by our standards I am slow, very slow, does this mean I should never run?  Does this mean I can’t run?  Does this mean I could not become a better runner?  Teaching is the same.

Join Me Today As We Discuss…

  • What do teachers mean when they say they want parents “involved in education”
  • Why you have to let go of the “academic teacher view” to be a great teacher
  • The formula to become a great teacher
    • Develop passion for things that are important to you
    • Develop knowledge and experience about those things
    • Show and tell others about them
    • Repeat
  • The formula to develop skills as a teacher
    • Learn to tell stories
    • Learn to use analogies
    • Learn to see connections and patterns
  • Why teaching is so beneficial to the teacher
  • How this concept can change the world for the better

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1422- Turn Off The Fricken News

Can it really be this simple?  Yep!

Can it really be this simple? Yep!

I have to tell you guys I have made the mistake recently of looking at main stream news for more than 10 seconds a day, it has my brain ready to ooze out of my eye sockets!  The level of ignorance the typical American is capable of is now at an all time high in my view.

There is but one goal of all this, divide the people and put them in a state of fear.  The lies are numerous.  Such as the upcoming election is critical, Isis is in Houston and poor little children will be deported if we don’t do something soon.

Of course now the congress is weighing in on the domestic violence committed by an NFL player.  If you think this is a good thing, let me ask you this.  How many scum bag men punch women in the face every day and these clowns don’t care about it at all?  Why do you think they care now?

Women do you think any of them would speak up for you if you were this victim but they could not grand stand it?  Further how many of the thieves in our government likely commit such abuses in their own homes?

Please listen today with an open mind, the entire media message right now is a simple coordinated effort to confuse, anger, divide and place our citizens into a state of fear and capitulation.  The worst part is it is likely to work, there is nothing to be done at this point to stop it.  So you much see it for what it is, understand it and design your future around it, vs. as part of it.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • No, ISIS isn’t coming to get you, here are a ton of reasons why
  • How important is the Ray Rice story, it isn’t, period, I don’t care
  • Why the 2014 elections are of zero importance
  • Why the border is being left open for now, and why it won’t close anytime soon
  • The Ukraine conflict absolutely will not start WWIII
  • The formula for control of a society
    • First make yourself look weak
    • Allow your citizens to feel helpless
    • Find an enemy or three, build them up
    • Look weak in front of this found enemy
    • Hope they attack you, create an attack if they do not
    • Divide your people on all possible issues
    • Call anyone who speaks out against government a terrorist, conspiracy nut, etc.
    • Wait until your people beg for “protection” and demand tyranny
    • Give them what they ask for
    • Repeat as necessary
  • The number one way this is currently accomplished is the news, turn it the hell off!

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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Bob Wells Plant of the Week

Navaho Thornless Blackberry – Highly adaptable zone 6 to zone 10. – It needs no trellis (self-supported) and is late producing, extending the blackberry season to July or August depending on your climate.  Since it is a late blooming plant, you don’t have to worry about losing your crop to a late freeze. Yields are high with large berries and above all it is thornless and great tasting. Order this Plant from Bob Wells

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PermaEthos First Fall Festival in West Virginia Announced

The first annual fall festival has been announced at PermaEthos farm in Walton, West Virgina.  The event will run from Oct 9-12, 2014.  The event is strictly limited to 50 people.  It is right now only open to PermaEthos founding members.  An email went out Saturday announcing this, one went out Sunday announcing the sale of tickets and that email will go out again today.

Again the registration right now is for Founding Members only, it will be that way until Tuesday morning.  We will then open it for a day or two to all members of the first class of the PDC, if any tickets are still available we will open it to any and all.

If for some reason you are part of the founders group and didn’t get the email, you can email me at jack @ thesurvivalpodcast.com and put “ethos founder” in the subject line.  I will make sure you get the link.  Any member of class 001 that doesn’t get the email tomorrow email me and I will get the link to you if any seats are still open.

We are doing exactly what we promised here, first consideration for any events to founders and first option there after to all members of Class 001.

This event will be very cool, it will also get larger in the future.  We capped it at 50 attendees for the first year as we don’t have infrastructure in place for more.  For 50 lucky folks though, you can attend the very first one, the very first year.

Again please only request the link if you are a founder and didn’t receive the email.  We will not be releasing full info about the event until it is either sold out or open to the public.

Episode-1421- Listener Feedback for 9-8-14

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Today on the Survival Podcast I take your comments, questions and thoughts debt,  automation, politics, virtual nations, electronic currency, our future 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

  • Some follow up to the Mark Shepard interview and his comments on debt
  • I said there would be a nation backed digital currency by the end of this year, its here
  • How Iceland ended up in debt prison to Europe and why it matters to virtual currency
  • Estonia is creating Virtual Currencies and Virtual Citizens
  • Why virtual nations will rise with no land association what so ever
  • Watch the divide as automation takes over
  • Why opting out is now different and so is “getting out”

Resources for today’s show…

This Monday’s Prepper Scenario

Today you walk into work, get called into HR, you are fired, there is no severance, there is only whatever your state pays in unemployment at your current status.  You call your spouse to break the bad news on the way home, they tell you the same just happened to them, what do you do now?

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Episode-1420- Listener Calls for 9-5-14

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Today on The Survival Podcast I take your calls t0 866-65-THINK

Today on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on permaculture, cattle, fuel storage, community, stupid people in large numbers 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…

  • Permaculture Christmas trees, can it be done, YOU BET!
  • Why cattle will heavily graze one area when they have acres and acres they ignore
  • Thoughts on 15 gallon containers for fuel storage from Steven Harris
  • Communities, properties, neighborhoods and community defense
  • Can taking anti oxidants actually be harmful, Gary Collins weighs in
  • Cold smoking meats, a variety of solutions are pretty easy to come by
  • More on laws being required now for freedom to be restored
  • More on Ferguson MO and when good LEOs speak out
  • 15 vs 30 Year Mortgages
  • Mason Jar Beehives, Michael Jordan weighs in

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1419- Mark Shepard on Restoration Agriculture

Mark Shepard Forest Agriculture Pioneer

Mark Shepard Forest Agriculture Pioneer

Mark Shepard is the CEO of Forest Agriculture Enterprises and runs New Forest Farm, the 106-acre perennial agricultural forest considered by many to be one of the most ambitious sustainable agriculture projects in the United States.

New Forest Farm is a planned conversion of a typical row-crops grain farm into a commercial-scale, perennial agricultural ecosystem using oak savanna, successional brushland and eastern woodlands as the ecological models.

Trees, shrubs, vines, canes, perennial plants and fungi are planted in association with one another to produce food (for humans and animals), fuel, medicines, and beauty. Hazelnuts, chestnuts, walnuts and various fruits are the primary woody crops. The farm is entirely solar and wind powered and farm equipment is powered with locally produced biofuels that are not taken from the human food chain.

Trained in both mechanical engineering and ecology, Mark has developed and patented equipment and processes for the cultivation, harvesting and processing of forest derived agricultural products for human foods and bio fuels production. Mark was certified as a Permaculture designer in 1993 and received his Diploma of Permaculture design from Bill Mollison, the founder of the international Permaculture movement.

Mark is founder and board President for Restoration Agriculture Institute and serves on the board of the Southwest Badger Resource Conservation and Development Council. He teaches agroforestry and Permaculture worldwide. Mark is a farmer member of the Organic Valley cooperative, the worlds largest Organic Farmer’s marketing co-op, and is the founder and chief Cydermaker for the Shepard’s Hard Cyder winery in Viola, Wisconsin.

Resources for today’s show…

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Today’s Show Won’t Be Live Until about 3PM

That is the bad news, the good news is it will be because I am interviewing Mark Shepard today and decided to run the show as soon as the interview is over.  This means I won’t get into post production until about 2PM today.  So look for the show to be live about 230-300.

This is also the last call for questions for Mark, I can’t promise to ask everyone’s question but if you post one here and there is time I will ask him.

Two Quick New Homestead Videos

First one is just a bit of after action review on processing two cull roosters. Both were RIRs and both were starting to get the hell beat out of them daily by UPPGRAYYEDD.

Next is an overview of the Red Pharaoh Chickens so far. SADLY the night this was filmed something got into our brooder and killed all but one of the chicks.

Note this was our brooder in a closed and locked building not the little chicken tractor you see in the video.

I have some “have a heart traps” set but when I catch the killer, a heart for it I will not have!  What ever it was chewed though metal screen and left a hole about the size one would expect of a large rat.  It also though left some turds about the size of my thumb, I don’t know I am thinking opossum or may be weasel.  Either way it is dead when I get it, and get it I will.

So I lost all three of the Red Pharaoh chicks.  It is a bit late to incubate more this year.  So I will just see how the two gals and one little cockerel I do have work out.