Episose-1384- A LEO Tells Us About His Side of Current Issues

Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs) have come under a lot of fire recently.  Some deserve it, some deserve to be fired and hell some deserve do do jail time, still I feel most LEOs do their jobs with honor.  Today we have an active LEO who will discuss the view from  his side.  Explain how to interact with police intelligently and frankly admit that what some of his fellow officers have done ranges from wrong to down right criminal.

We will call this officer Tim O’Brian though that isn’t his real name.  He must use a false name to avoid potentially reprisal from his department for speaking candidly.  Given that nothing he said here was really out of line or even harsh to his own department, one must feel that his need to hide his real name is actually part of the problem.

Tim and I have a great discussion that goes almost two hours and I really didn’t realize that during the interview at all until right at the end.  He is a good guy, doing a hard job.  Tune in as we discuss everything from open carry activism to marijuana legalization to lawful vs unlawful detention and more.

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1383- The Forest Market Garden Concept

Last week I did Episode 1379- The Profitable Small Acre Homestead and it seemed to be a pretty big hit.  Today’s show continues on that theme.  The reason I bring this up is 1379 has some business components that apply here and I will not be rehashing many of them, so to get the most from today’s show you may wish to listen to 1379 first if you have not already done so.

With 1379 fresh in my mind I was turned on to a book called, The Market Gardner by Jean-Martin Fortier.  I am currently reading it but one thing that struck me was the constant need for bed prep, soil amendments, seed and plant starting, heavy irrigation, etc.  And this is a book that promises to reduce work by “going small and focusing on intensive production and quality”.  Frankly it still sounds like a ton of work to me.

My view is a perennial style system while taking longer to yield is a lot less ongoing work and requires a lot less ongoing expense and inputs.  So today I am examining this concept in a live thought expirment.  Many of the concepts you have seen developed at TSP came via this type of thinking and planning and many other ideas never made it though the tunnel to the other side.

Hence, today’s show is not a statement of what will work, or even well planned.  It is just what I claim a thought experiment with a lot of work left to be done, but it is one I believe is highly valid and may in fact empower many homesteaders in the future to become profitable on small blocks of land ranging between 2-5 acres.  Perhaps even less.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Why this approach
  • What is the downside
  • What are some of the biggest challenges
  • How might you reduce establishment costs
    • Establish a “beach head” with most planned varieties
    • Propagate and expand over time
    • Develop solid earthworks to reduce irrigation requirements
    • Use irrigation trays like IrriPan to establish, then expand with reuse
    • Thoughts on grafting including patented varieties
  • Thoughts on staggering harvest with fruit tree varieties
    • Apples (mid July to late Oct.)
    • Plums (mid May to early Oct.)
    • Cherry (early May to late June)
    • Apricots and Crosses (early May to early July, and Aug.)
    • Nectarines (late May to late Sept.)
    • Peaches (early May to late Sept.)
    • Pears (including Asian) (Late July to very early Nov.)
  • Thoughts on staggering harvest with berry varieties
    • Blueberries (May to July)
    • Blackberries (June to August plus late crop primacanes)
    • Raspberries (Mid June to July and Mid Aug. to Mid Oct.)
    • Currants and Gooseberry (mid June to mid July)
    • Strawberry (ever bearing and June bearing)
    • Grapes (August – September)
    • Wolfberry (Late June to first frost)
    • Elderberry (July to August)
    • Sea Berry (at least early Aug. to late Sept.)
  • Some cool value adds and how to incorporate them
    • Perennial herbs
    • Squash (winter and summer)
    • Dried berries
    • Mushrooms
    • Potentially reselling other local product in a cool way
    • Honey
  • Final Thoughts – this is viable but the design is still far away

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1382- Listener Feedback for 7-7-14

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  • Why we should stop thinking about things like swales vs. hugulkulture
  • Can a home with an unkempt appearance lead to more potential for break in
  • The Hobby Lobby nonsense and why it doesn’t really matter
  • So far by “legalizing it” Colorado crime is down and economics are up
  • A new and apparently effective deer repellant called Plantskydd
  • Florida passes the “Pop Tart Gun Bill”, more proof that idiots run our educational system
  • Florida joins the list of states with an online high school option
  • A teacher was fired for being too good at her job
  • Russia may legalize bitcoin
  • When to cull laying chickens
  • Thoughts on cities selling vacant lots and run down houses ubercheap

Resources for today’s show…

Today’s Conflicted Monday Scenario

In a world post-collapse, supplies that aren’t replenished eventually run out.  When things calm down to the point where a local economy can start flourishing, what type of business or venture would you like to pursue in order to help rebuild society and take care of your needs.

Last Week’s Conflicted Monday Scenario

If you could change one thing about the government today what would it be?  How would this change benefit your country and benefit it’s people?

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Show Will Be Late Today

Why will the show be late today?  In simple terms because I am an awesome husband!  Seriously though, I am sending Dorothy and her sister on a vacation alone together.  They have never been able to do this and I thought they should.

This now leads me to having to drive to DFW Airport this morning at the worst possible time, if I am lucky I will be back to start my day at about 10:30 vs. my typical 6:30-7:00 start time on a typical morning.

So the show will be published today just a great deal later than typical for a Monday.

Episode-1381- Lessons from a Revolutionary War Reenactor

The 5th CR In Drill.

The 5th CR In Drill.

Sam Samson is a revolutionary war reenactor and as such is a member of the Fifth Connecticut Regiment.  The Fifth Connecticut Regiment is made up of people who are interested in the history of this country and teaching others through living history.

It was formed as a family group, encouraging women and children to participate as well. This gives us the ability to teach about other aspects of colonial life beyond the military. A good number of our members have been a part of this regiment for many years, some members have been active with us since 1974, when citizens first gathered to re-form the Fifth Connecticut Regiment.

The Fifth Connecticut Regiment was initially formed in May 1775, when the Connecticut legislature created six regiments in response to the hostilities begun at Lexington and Concord. The regiment was then composed almost entirely from officers and men of Fairfield County.

David Waterbury of Stamford was named first colonel. His fellow officers hailed from Greenwich, Stamford, Stratford, Fairfield, Norwalk, Ridgefield, Danbury, Greenfield Hill, Newtown, Ripton, New Fairfield, North Stratford and Redding.

In June 1775, the 5th was sent briefly to New York City, but by July began its northward trek along the Hudson River with town other Connecticut Regiments to invade Canada and secure Lakes George and Champlain. The regiment received its first hostile fire from a force of Indians just prior to laying siege to the British fort at St. John’s.

Together with New York troops they engaged in a long siege that eventually led to the capture of Fort St. John in early November. Brigaded under General David Wooster, the 5th then joined the van of American forces under General Richard Montgomery and marched to Canada ten days later.  These and other exploits form the basis for many of the units reenactments.

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Episode-1380- All About Cooking Fish

Today we complete our fishing series with a show on cooking fish.  Fish is dish best served well, “not ruined”.  If I were asked what are the two things that most often ruin fish I would say the following.  Over cooking fresh water fish and often bothering to cook some salt water fish at all.  Now don’t get me wrong I cook plenty of salt water fish, but some of it is best simply sashimi or ceviche!

Today I will go over some of my favorite ways to prepare and use fish.  The good news is you can do all of this even if you are not a fisherman with fresh fish from the market.  The key with fish is when done it should flake, not be mushy, you simply most not be afraid that you will “under cook it” this indeed is the most common way fish is ruined.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Some basic rules
    • Don’t overcook
    • Never eat raw or citrus cooked fresh water fish
    • Learn to clean fish and consider buying them whole
    • Learn to use what others throw away
    • Be creative and use recipes as a guide, not law
  • Some of my favorite ways to cook and eat fish
    • Shore lunch style fish fry
    • Almost paleo style fish fry
    • Catfish Steaks (works for salmon too, it is where I got the idea)
    • Plank Cooked Fish (salmon, catfish, tilapia, and many others work)
    • Two types of “fish chowder”
      • Simple Shore Lunch Style
      • Gourmet Cook Style
    • Make it fish stew, omit the corn and milk, add tomato paste
    • Cerviche – Some important thoughts
    • Sashimi – yes you can do this wrong or use an not so good fish for it
    • Fish on the half shell – great for camping
    • Sumac and dill infused fish
    • Fish for fish tacos
    • Smoked catfish – people will fight over this!
  • Final thoughts again don’t be a recipe Nazi!

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1379- The Profitable Small Acre Homestead

Homesteading is a dream for a lot of people, a some day idea.  Generally it is usually this way.  I need a job, so I need to be close to work, so we can’t afford a  huge place close enough, so ONE DAY I will have enough saved to make the move.

This can and does work, but one day has a way of becoming a moving target, a carrot before the horse that keeps the cart moving yet never is tasted for many.  So my view is for some at least, the homestead can at least in time become a significant income source.

Join Me Today As I Discuss…

  • Our basic plan and why it might not be right for you
    • Start with eggs, build a customer base
    • Sell other nice items, meal worms, candles, etc.
    • Begin selling plants, cuttings, fertilizers
    • Sell produce as it comes into production
    • Possibly at some point sell poultry
  • What I think you can learn from our plan and how you should build your design
    • Specialize in something that builds a customer base
    • Expand slowly over time
    • Develop DEEP relationships with your customers
    • Let them guide your development
  • What I would look for in a property
    • Close to a reasonable population center
    • Decent internet access
    • Good drive buy traffic
    • No restrictions (unincorporated if possible)
    • Deep soils with pond sites
    • Flat to relatively flat
    • As always it comes down to water, access, structure
  • Thoughts on different revenue elements
    • Paddock shift silvopasture poultry (eggs, meat)
    • Market gardening
      • raised beds of fixed length
      • heavy weed blocking
      • designed to the sun or shade by climate
      • Develop a CSA around it fast
    • Small nurseries
    • Small “orchards” for produce
    • Specialty craft products
    • Bees and bee products
    • Dairy
    • Other stock, cattle, sheep, goats, etc
    • Focus on value added products
  • Some final thoughts
    • It takes time, how much is based on how much you have
    • You can’t do everything so don’t even try to, do one thing then another
    • It isn’t for everyone, that is great!
    • It isn’t easy, but in reality it is simple
    • It is hard to do on your own, a multi family approach has a lot to offer
    • Making a living is better than working for a living

Resources for today’s show…

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And hey guys, what a great gift idea on a “just because day” for your wife or girlfriend.  Don’t get me wrong I like my house to smell great and honestly aroma therapy is great for all of us.  Scents can actually transport the mind in time.  I know every time I smell water hit a tomato plant I am back to being 12 years old and in my grandfathers garden with him when he was still around.  Still one can’t deny this new benefit should definitely appeal highly to the female portion of the TSP community.

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Episode-1378- Listener Feedback 6-30-14

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Today on the Survival Podcast I take your comments, questions and thoughts on education, trucks, permaculture, drug laws, nullification, decision making and more.

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  • The “nanodegree” has been created faster than even I thought it would be
  • Thoughts on buying a used truck and not getting “the shaft”
  • Does a permaculture system produce too much abundance, um no
  • The idiocy of “no guns” signs
  • The DEA has asked the FDA to remove marijuana from the list of schedule 1 drugs
  • A bit of satire from “The Onion” with a very serious really message

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