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Episode-1707- Using Logical Methods and Function Stacking for Decision Making

The Most Powerful Computer in the World, but Only if Used.

The Most Powerful Computer in the World, but Only if Used.

Yesterday’s show ran a theme of a penny saved is a tax free penny earned and how that compounds when invested outside the systems of taxation.  I love this sort of individual liberation thinking.  Then today I answered a question about a stove I mentioned last week.  You can read about that here on the Nine Mile Farm Blog.

The basic take away is often you can acquire multiple items instead of an “all in one item” in doing so you will reduce or keep your cost the same while gettting greater functionality, flexibility, performance and redundancy.

While some of this is common sense, it benefits us to look deeper than that.  The reason is common sense is the application of knowledge.   Most of us know it is common sense to use a Phillips screw driver on a Phillips screw, but if you didn’t know it existed, you would likely make best use of the most usable strait screw driver.

To apply common sense the knowledge in that situation must be sufficient for the question or problem.  And at times we can ask ourselves questions to remind us of what we know or help us to see what we do not know, so we know how to research the additional required knowledge.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Why common sense isn’t so common
  • How common sense is applied
    • Evaluate the situation
    • Consider the things you know
    • Extrapolate what you don’t know based on knowledge and experience
    • Proceed accordingly
  • The question of a stove top vs. a stove top and oven and where it leads
  • My new quail aviary and how it stacks functions but uses multiple components
  • How to apply this thinking in your life
    • Think before you act
    • Do an elements analysis for most decisions
    • Find ways that one thing or action can be multiplied
  • How this leads to liberty
    • Small actions alone are not enough to win the fight
    • Properly assembled several small actions multiply their effect
    • Waiting for a law to change may result in being old and dead first
    • There is always a solution to almost any problem, people just get mentally lazy
    • The fact that most are mentally lazy is an advantage for those who are not
  • Every person is smart, but that is not enough
    • Give three people a tool kit, compare the results
    • It is about motivation, desire and application
    • What you don’t design and control will be provided for you
  • Final Thoughts

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1645- Justin Rhodes on Modern Technology, Business and Permaculture

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Justin is an entrepreneur, permaculture homesteader, film producer, author and teacher.   In February, he successfully Kickstarted his latest project, “Permaculture Chickens”, which is an educational film about raising chickens with nature from hatching to the plate.  His efforts were successful enough to raise far more than his funding goal of 25,000 dollars, in fact he reached a total funding of just over 35,000 dollars.

Today he joins us to discuss his coming video product called “Permaculture Chickens”, but more to the point how he successfully developed a kickstarter campaign, professionally executed it and used that to fund a new product that is profitable before it is even released.

So trust me even if you have no interest in Permaculture you will want to tune in today.  This show is mostly about leveraging modern technology and opportunities to create successful business ventures.

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode 1609- Running a Profitable Permaculture Consulting Practice

Phil Williams is a permaculture consultant, designer, and author. He spent a decade in the landscape industry. After selling his business in 2007, he trained as a home energy auditor and building analyst. He began organic gardening in 2008, before learning about permaculture in 2010.

He’s since taken two PDC’s, and built a demonstration site in central PA where he’s installed 4 ponds, a gray water system, 1500 trees and shrubs, 2000 linear foot of swales, 80 linear feet of hugelkultur, and an apiary. Currently, he consults on local and remote projects as well as the business side of permaculture contracting.

He Joins Us Today To Discuss…

  • Getting a project started right
  • The limits of observation on a client site
  • The important details that need gathering that are often overlooked
  • The actual production of design documentation
  • The limits and value of “artistic ability” as a designer
  • Taking the design though to installation
  • Sourcing labor and remaining profitable
  • Weighing out hiring out labor vs. self provided client labor
  • Sourcing difficult to get or seasonal materials
  • Timing installations and plantings properly
  • The biggest challenges as a consultant and installer
  • Developing maintenance business, niche industries and more

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1588- Mint the Plant Anyone Could and Should Grow

Purple Bee Balm From a Singe Cutting at One Year

Purple Bee Balm From a Singe Cutting at One Year

Dorothy and I are about to begin work on a massive mint garden.  This will have over 20 mint and mint species, such as peppermint, lemon balm, bee balm and spearmint in it.  This simple garden will produce huge yields and add a new product, tea, to our farmstead items for sale.

But the beauty of mint is if you have room for a few pots you can grow it, you can grow a lot of it and you can even propagate it for friends, family and even for sale to others.  You likely won’t pay your mortgage selling mint as it so easy to propagate but likely you can fill your gas tank once a month!

Mint is something largely misunderstood and even feared, it is going to take over!  Don’t get me wrong, you do not want this stuff in a vegetable garden because it will rule all, but it is easily kept in pots and on larger land, spreading is inhibited simply with mowing.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Why mint, of all things, why talk about mint
  •  The 4 Mint Family (Labiatae) Members Most People Grow
    • Bee Balms – Monarda
    • Lemon Balms – Melissa
    • Peppermints and Spearmints – Mentha
    • Cat Mints – Nepeta
  • Uses for mints
    • Teas
    • Mouth Wash
    • Hair Rinse
    • Minted Soft Cheese – Seriously Try It!
    • Salad addition (fruit or veg)
    • Ground Cover
    • Beneficial Insect Attractant
    • Biomass
    • Ease upset stomach
    • Clear sinuses
    • Foot or body soak
    • Suppress appetite
    • As a cleaner with vinegar
    • Dog/Animal wash
    • Insect repellent (monarda)
  • Some basics
    • When and how to harvest (partial and full, EOY)
    • Drying mints for long term storage
    • Tea, rules of thumb on quantities
    • Making Essential Oils
    • Making Simple Oils
    • Making a tincture
    • Strong Oils (poor mans essential)
    • Creating “Mint Prisons” – likely to escape anyway
    • Mint Propagation
    • Intensifying quality
    • Developing tea blends
    • Propagating mint – paying yourself to make tea
    • Why your mint is marketable, it is yours, and has your story
  • Why not just do it, get on with it

Resources for today’s show…

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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…

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-1548- Jon Dowie on Profitable Back Yard Ducks

A Mixed Flock of Brooding Ducklings at Dowie Farm.

A Mixed Flock of Brooding Ducklings at Dowie Farm.

Jon Dowie is a permaculturist that has been raising ducks for meat and eggs for 5 years now in Southern NH on a .6 acre lot. He has taken a small flock of ducks from a hobby to a flock of over 60 egg layers that turns a profit. He experiments with different tractoring methods and over-wintering techniques. In addition he started out as a traditional modern farming method flock and is transitioning his flock into a permaculture style system.

I first met Jon Dowie in 2013 when he came to the first ever TSP Workshop.   By that time I had talked myself out of doing ducks instead choosing to go with chickens and geese.  Jon was so ecstatic about his ducks though that it rekindled my interest, soon the first Spirko ducks were in the brooder, now two years later we are building our own thriving duck egg business.

Over the years Jon and I have both developed different methods for very different climates and different markets.  Today we discuss both of our approaches, that has worked well for each of us and frankly some things that don’t necessary work well in both New Hampshire and North Texas.  For instance my biggest challenge is keeping birds from getting too hot in our summers, his is keeping them watered and fed in the freezing cold New England winters.

Today Jon and I discuss feeding ducks and still making a profit, developing markets, fodder vs. sprouts, caging, predator issues, composting and more.  The more I work with ducks the more I begin to feel they are the perfect back yard poultry option, far superior to the chicken in a huge variety of ways.  I think Jon would agree, tune in today to hear why we feel that way.

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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Episode-1526- Luke Callahan on Building a Micro Greens Business

Luke Callahan of LocalBusinessPlans.com

Luke Callahan of LocalBusinessPlans.com

Luke’s mission is to help you become a successful entrepreneur. He understands that local, value driven businesses are the foundation of resilient communities. In order to create more successful businesses, we need more entrepreneurs like yourself. And, more importantly, we need you to succeed. Luke, is committed to helping you succeed.

Luke is the founder of Nightlight Farms, a purveyor of Microgreens in Portland, Oregon. His hands-on experience of growing and selling Microgreens at local farmer’s markets and restaurants has provided Luke with the knowledge and expertise involved in building a successful business. This success lead Luke to write the book “The Complete Guide to Growing and Selling Microgreens.”

Luke is also the co-founder of SeedWise.com – The marketplace for non-GMO seeds and plants. The mission of SeedWise is to facilitate the exchange of seeds and plants in order to increase our cultivated genetic biodiversity.

To learn more about Luke, check out localbusinessplans.com

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1521- Can You Actually Earn a Living with a Permaculture Business

I was recently told by one listener that PDCs seem like a pyramid scheme, he basically stated, that everyone thinks they are going to take one and then teach them to others and so on.  I don’t know where that person got this idea from?  I have never sold a PDC on such an idea and I know of no one who has ever done so, ever.

Anyway he wanted to know also if I thought you could actually make a living on less than 1000 acres.  I find this laughable in some ways.  I mean Luke Calahan was making 2,000 a week selling micro greens, grown in his basement.  Jean-Martin Fortier established a micro farm in Canada on permaculture principles, he not only earns a living with it but employees several people.  Curtis Stone makes a great living SPIN farming about two acres and doesn’t even own the land, he uses small plots in other peoples back yards.

Michael Jordan makes a good income from just bees.  Stefan Sobkowiak has an orchard based business of only about 20 acres and it is rapidly becoming a very successful venture.  Just 35 minutes to my north is a small orchard likely you never heard of Henrietta Creek Apple Orchard.  They make a living the natural way, they don’t call it permaculture but looking at they way they do things that is what it is.

Notice you don’t see me dropping names like Sepp Holzer and Joel Salatin above.  I will acknowledge that these two guys have become so famous they likely make more from books than farming, but you know what, they both did it with farming first.

Today I Will Discuss Building a Permaculture Business with You

  • First it isn’t if you can do it, it is how you must do it
    • Focus on something that is a core product or service
    • Develop a market as local as possible
    • Don’t try to do too many things too fast
    • Be honest with yourself about time and money
  • Some ways you can make a decent living with Permaculture
    • Nursery – Plant Propagation
    • Pick Your Own Orchards
    • Micro Greens
    • Eggs – You have to be smart about it
    • Acting as a Sales Aggregator
    • Developing a “retreat/vacation” style property
    • Poultry
    • Pork
    • Bees
    • Design (small to large)
    • Teaching (focus on the local)
    • Edutainment (Podcasting)
  • Understand Reality
    • Everything will cost more and take longer than you will estimate
    • You will fail before you succeed
    • It is damn hard, then it becomes simply hard work
    • It helps to have help
    • Go big or go small, but go something
    • Four things you must be, to be a success
      • Marketable – Your Story
      • Referable – Your Story Retold
      • Repeatable – Customers Return for More
      • Adaptable – Develop What Your Market Craves
  • There is no guarantee of success if you try, but there is a guarantee of failure if you don’t

Resources for today’s show…

satsumaBob Wells Nursery “Plant Of The Week”Arctic Frost Satsuma – It is adaptable from zone 7 to zone 10. It is cold hardy down to (10 F.) degrees. This small, spreading tree has white flowers with a sweet orange fragrance.

In winter it produces juicy, nearly seedless and easy peeling fruit. It grows from 8 to 12 feet tall in the ground and 6 feet tall in a container.

If you have been wanting to plant citrus in zone 7 & 8 then this is the cold hardy variety for you. If you live above zone 7 you can grow it in a container.

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-1518- John Adam on Starting a Business Starting with No Experience in Business

To Learn More About John, Check out JMACPermaGardens.com

To Learn More About John, Check out JMACPermaGardens.com

John along with his wife Marj and two teenage sons live in the foothills of California near Sonora. John has spent the last 21 years working for the Department of Corrections while Marj has been a Registered Nurse for the last 24 years. In 2006 they began transforming their 5 acres into a modern homestead.

In July of 2008, John began listening to TSP and has been a dedicated supporter ever since. In 2010 John began studying sustainable food production. After reading Masanobu Fukuoka’s “sowing seeds in the desert” and avidly watching Geoff Lawton’s free videos, John decided to enroll in Geoff’s PDC and after certification opened a small business called JMAC Perma-Gardens.

John joins us today to discuss, the uncertainty of starting a small business with very little experience. Along with the challenges of balancing responsibilities to family along with a full time job and start up small business.  We also dicuss how his drive to be “prepared” led to a personal quest for liberty and why he feels permaculture is the ultimate expression of liberty.

We further discuss his successes and perhaps more importantly his failures that have happened over the years gardening, raising animals and overcoming less than optimal land challenges.

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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