3-28-15 Work, Learn, Drink and Eat With Jack Free Workshop Announced

We are going to go ahead and do two of these in a row.  They should be a lot of fun.  Tomorrow we are doing our first one and expecting about 10 folks.  Today I am announcing that we will be doing another one on 3-28-15, which is next Saturday.

We are doing this because Dorothy and I have decided we don’t really have the time to do a workshop this spring so we will do two in the fall.  What we are going to do is a series of Saturday hang outs with the opportunity to learn and the best part is they are all going to be free.

The day will kick off about 10 am, we will work till about 1PM, have an awesome lunch (likely brisket tacos this time) and a beer or two, then work from about 2-5, hit up the left over food and drink a few beers and swap stories for a bit, then pack it in and call it a day.

In this one we will either be primary installing irrigation and living fences or planting support species and installing irrigation in the food forest.  This will depend on how much rain we got the week before and hence what they last group got done.

We figured this would be a great chance for folks that want to learn about what we do to get some dirt time, meet us and each other and do so at no real cost other then gas and a few hours of work.

If you want to attend Saturday, please email me and let me know you are coming, put “TSPC 3-28-15″ in the subject line.  Please bring shoes/boots and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and shovels if you have them.  Mark any tools you bring so they don’t get taken or left behind on accident.

I am not limiting the head count at all on this but I do need to know it so we have enough food.  I am limiting the vehicles to 12, so sharing rides, ect. can help with that.

To do that please use this thread on the region 5 board in our forum, http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=53942.0

So far the vehicle limit has not been a concern.

We probably going to take the next weekend off and do our third and possibly final one on April 11, but we might do one more this spring.  Stay tuned for more.

Episode-1538- Matt McDougall of 50 Ducks in a Hot Tub

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Matt McDougall of 50 Ducks in a Hot Tub joins us today to discuss humanely raising animals for food and sharing this educational experience online.  He does this in his words “for everyone that doesn’t even know yet they need to learn this valuable lesson, preparing for a nasty future on the face of this planet”.

Matt has faced many challenges in his life history and literally came to the decision to farm ducks and grow his own food because in his own words, “I knew if I didn’t start growing my own food my family and I weren’t going to be eating later that same year”.

Today he continues to learn and develop and share his system of self sufficiency based primary on ducks in a frigid part of Canada.  He joins us today to discuss just that, along with lessons learned, future plans and how others can emulate his efforts.

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1537- Homestead Project Management

pmSo today due to an interview where the guest flaked out on me for the last time I am willing to tolerate I have to do a stand alone show.  For some inspiration I jumped on the TSP Zello Channel and the first topic was “homestead project management”.

What followed was about 45 minutes of people discussing pain points, how they get past them, where they get held up etc.  I think it is amazing that I can go to the Zello group and get such quick, interactive and relevant feedback to what the community wants to hear about next, along with concrete suggestions to make it happen.

If you have not yet gotten on Zello, give it a shot.  The TSP Zello Group is one amazing community.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • My basic order of priority
    • #1 Priority – something will die if I don’t get it done
    • #2 Priority – it will cost me a lot of money or time set back
    • #3 Priority – critical to long term success of the whole
    • #4 Priority – something we really want
    • #5 Priority – something that will be nice to have
    • #1A Priority – something the wife wants after tolerating too much of the above!
  • The biggest problems with effective project management
    • Underestimation of time/money required use the 1.5 factor
    • Poor priority – wants before needs
    • Failure to hire or ask for help
    • Other things that break and must be repaired
    • Fear that you will do it wrong or not good enough
    • Perfect being the enemy of the good
    • Failure to recognize and accept type one errors
  • Solving the issues and getting things done
    • Hire to your weaknesses
    • Hire for the easy but time consuming
    • Finish every project before starting the next (unless life/money will be lost)
    • Develop a project list, manage by priority – time – money (use Excel)
    • Schedule fun/date/rest time as well, you need it
    • Develop monastic patience along with military mission thinking
    • Accept limitations but adapt around them
    • Always temper the want need ratio to the needs

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-1536- Reclaiming Education in Modern Society

It is 2015 folks, how about we act like it?

It is 2015 folks, how about we act like it?

I say it all the time and I will do so again today, do not confuse education with school.  I also though want to do all I can once again to point out that criticism of our educational system is not “teacher bashing”.

If people could get over the false belief that “teachers are heroes”, perhaps we can make some progress on that?  It is difficult to have a logical conversation when people cling to illogical ideals.

That is what is truly needed at this juncture.  An honest look at the problems with modern education and an acceptance of what can and can’t be fixed.  An acceptance that teaching 6 year old children their ABCs is very noble, but it isn’t heroic.

It is a job and if it can be done better and more efficiently by other means, it should be considered and implemented where it works.  I want to come at it academically today, let us for the sake of arguement say the following is true…

  • The current educational system is an A+ for the needs of 10% of our students
  • It gets a B for the needs of 20%
  • It gets a C for the needs of another 20%
  • It gets a D to an F for the other 50%

Frankly GPAs nation wide alone sort of match this but that isn’t what I mean.   I was a “good student” on paper, graduated in the top 15% of my class, with a little real effort I would have been in the top 10 of students overall, easily, but I didn’t give a shit.  Nothing could have changed that in the current system.  I didn’t care because I knew 80% of what I was tested on would never apply to my life.

Now look you might say the average teenager can’t make that determination, but now as a quite successful person in my 40’s, time has proven that I was correct.   Less than 20% of what I learned in high school, is applicable to my current life and career.

So the above numbers are likely kind to the current system.  Plenty of A and B students are bored to tears in school.   Plenty are also bullied, picked on and ridiculed.  All this while eating state provided lunches that are little better than what prisoners get at Federal Prison.  And if you share your lunch with a fellow student that is hungry, you are punished!

I have to say that while I feel the educational system of the 1980s was flawed and largely a waste of my time, it has only gotten worse over the years.  Things that were encouraged when I was a kid like standing up to bullies, sharing food and helping others are now not only not encouraged they are actively punished.

This is not the fault of the teacher, teachers don’t write policies, hell they barely even write a lesson plan now.  Politicians now largely set policy and write curriculum.  They are themselves victims of the same system.  Want a raise in pay, go take another course in education, get your masters etc.  Seriously how much education does one need to effectively teach 2nd grade?

Not that second graders are not a challenge but that is a lot more of a social skill then an academic one.  The good news though to be blunt is solutions abound.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • First lets have an honest discussion about the nature of the problem
    • Schools are a one size fits all solution presented to 50 million children
    • Even if we hit a home run for 50%, we fail the other 50%
    • School doesn’t resemble “real life” at all, so lets be honest about that
    • School is now preparing children for jobs that no longer exist
    • Conformity never leads to innovation
    • Formulaic learning doesn’t create self directed learners
    • Teachers do not have control over what they teach
    • Teachers don’t have control over how fast or slow they advance
    • Teachers want parents teaching obedience, not academics
    • They system punishes both creative students and teachers
    • School is seen mostly as state provided day care
  • The solution?  Stop trying to repair 1880s technology!
    • Create cloud based learning
    • Emulate 1850s teacher, student teaching other students
    • Ignore all rules and only comply with laws when you have to
    • Do not engage in emotional arguments
    • Identify the real opportunities in the coming decades
    • Create inter-generational learning communities
    • Focus on actionable knowledge first
    • Allow individuals to select what they learn about “soft knowledge”
    • Stop feeding the beast
    • Create our own certifications and standards bodies
    • Do everything for a low of a price as possible
    • However recognize the truly talented teachers
    • Get on board, because the train is leaving with or without you
    • Accept that education is about learning, not teaching
    • Accept that almost every problem is solved by removing the state

Resources for today’s show…

gojiberryBob Wells Plant of the WeekPhoenix Tears Goji Berry – It is adaptable from zone 5 to zone 9.  Also known as Wolfberry Vine, these sweet and nutritious berries are eaten fresh, juiced or dried like raisins. The berries are a popular medicinal herb. Among the highest in protein and antioxidants, they have more carotene than carrots, and contain all the essential amino acids and many minerals.

Grow this attractive Chinese native on a trellis to more than 10′ tall or trim it as a bush and keep at 4-6′ tall. Light purple, bell shaped flowers bloom in May and continue throughout the summer. The third year and thereafter, flowers are followed by orange-red berries.

The plant is self-fertile, drought resistant, and likes a half to full day of sun and well-drained soil. It prefers warm summer days and cool nights prefers neutral or somewhat alkaline soil.

Our plants are grown from cuttings and a superior cultivar.  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.

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The Duck Chronicles Episode Thirty Five – New Babies Might Soon Arrive

Today on The Duck Chronicles Episode Thirty Five – New Babies Might Soon Arrive we have two Muscovy girls that seem to really want to hatch out a brood.  Both are broody and don’t want to leave the nest.  I may let them raise up some babies.

I also spent yesterday putting in over 100 feet of trench and getting water at lest to the fence.  That project has just begun.

We also take a walk around and see many of the trees are starting to bloom and how green the pastures are starting to look.  It really amazes me how brown this property was when we moved in and how far it has come in a few years.

We find the Girls bathing in the back corner of the property as well.  I think it is time to stop referring to them as “babies”

Episode-1535- Listener Feedback for 3-16-15

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Today on the Survival Podcast I take your emails on grills, overcoming the past, leadership, lifestyle design, the mileage tax, vertical farming 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. Today’s show is a bit different then the typical TSP, I hope you enjoy it.

Join Me Today As I Respond to Your Emails On

  • Join me to have fun, drink beer and learn this Saturday (link)
  • To fix or replace a grill, and what does really quality cost
  • How can we reach out to minorities and let go of the past
  • What does it really take to live life on your own terms
  • Why you have to see yourself as an equal to effectively lead people
  • The mileage tax officially comes to Oregon, next will be the nation as a whole
  •  A new vertical farm in Wyoming
  • The worlds largest vertical farm is now being built in Newark, NJ

Resources for today’s show…

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A Series of Work and Lunch and Drink and Learns about to Launch

Saturday the 21st is the Spring Equinox, if you are local to the Dallas-Fort Worth area consider coming on out to Nine Mile Farm to pitch in and help with developing our property.

Dorothy and I have decided we don’t really have the time to do a workshop this spring so we will do two in the fall.  What we are going to do is a series of Saturday hang outs with the opportunity to learn and the best part is they are all going to be free.

The day will kick off about 10 am, we will work till about 1PM, have an awesome lunch (pulled pork this time) and a beer or two, then work from about 2-5, hit up the left over food and drink a few beers and swap stories for a bit, then pack it in and call it a day.

On the first one we will either be installing irrigation and living fences or planting support species in the food forest.  This will depend on how much rain we get this week and how wet the ground is.

We figured this would be a great chance for folks that want to learn about what we do to get some dirt time, meet us and each other and do so at no real cost other then gas and a few hours of work.

If you want to attend Saturday, please email me and let me know you are coming, put “TSPC 3-21-15″ in the subject line.  Please bring shoes/boots and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and shovels if you have them.  Mark any tools you bring so they don’t get taken or left behind on accident.

I am not limiting the head count at all on this but I do need to know it so we have enough food.  I am limiting the vehicles to 12, so sharing rides, ect. can help with that.

To do that please use this thread on the region 5 board in our forum, http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=53896.0

We are likely to do the following weekend of 3-28 as well but I need to clear that with Dorothy first.

The Duck Chronicles Episode Thirty Four – A New Home in Store

In The Duck Chronicles Episode Thirty Four – A New Home in Store, we see how much the “babies” have grown since I went to California.  The reality is these girls are now teenagers.  No more peeping, all quacking now, white feathers filled in, I am such a proud duck daddy!

I also take you to see their soon to be new digs.  I got their fencing redone in that area now.  The new area is going to be a lot better density wise an the chickens will soon be gone along with the barnyard mafia.  Buddy and Joe will stay on board as guard geese.

Lastly I explain how sealing a pond with duck poop works and why the same thing doesn’t happen with swales.

Episode-1534- Listener Calls for 3-13-15

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Today on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on business, podcasting, pastured pigs, tires, anarchism, DWI, no till ag, fire in permaculture, generators, paleo, the millennials 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…

  • Advice on starting a podcast?  Um go do it!
  • Uses for a ton of tires
  • Darby Simpson on pastured pork
  • Why no till with herbicide isn’t even a step in the right direction
  • The anarchist and minarchist views on DWI
  • Can fire be a legitimate tool in permaculture systems
  • How to rehab old cast iron and why you should
  • Is sprouted grain paleo, or more accurately how “sprouted” does it need to be
  • Steven Harris on rugged lights for your kiddos that won’t cost a fortune
  • Steven Harris on generators and step up transformers and well pumps
  • In defense of the millennials, well in defense of us all

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-1533- 12 Guideposts to Lifestyle Design

free-libertySome people say that The Survival Podcast could be called the Homestead Podcast or even The Permaculture Podcast, but I don’t agree.  We talk about a lot more than those topics.  Those are just two tools we use to accomplish the goal of individual liberty.

Today I am giving you 12 guideposts to lifestyle design.  I was going to call them 12 rules but since I am such a fan of breaking rules that seemed incongruent.

Each of us wants things in our life, most of us also want things OUR of our lives.  Survival is just the start, most get into prepping due to perceived dangers about threats to our way of life, but what about our way of life itself.  If we are to preserve it, should we not also seek to make it something worth preserving.

 Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Know why you believe what you believe
  • Know that you might be wrong
  • Live to never regret that you were not your one true self
  • Know that what you do matters in ways you will never know
  • Know your destination and then chart your course
  • Break rules smartly and effectively
  • Look for opportunities in every obstacle
  • Never confuse education with school
  • Develop income streams independent of employment
  • Stay true to your moral principles but understand reality
  • Realize the only person you control is you, and that is by design
  • Give all you have, leave nothing on the table, make your dash matter

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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