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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…

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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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Episode-1493- Adventures in Raising Ducks

Duck's Pack Like Behavior Makes Management Easy

A Duck’s Pack Like Behavior Makes Management Easy

Our duck activities have garnered a lot of requests for a full show on just ducks.  So today I will do my best.  I have been reluctant to do so for a few reasons.  The first is ducks are a new thing to me. I  grew up caring at least at times for chickens and geese.  I know their requirements well.

While I observed lots of semi wild muscovies in Florida, I was not responsible for their care other than feeding them surplus fishing bait.  As of right now my direct experience in duck husbandry is about 8 months long.  This spring we purchased our little ducks, we lost some but now we have 25 happy adults.  I have had good results but credit the ducks more than myself with that.

Leading me to the second reason, there just isn’t much to it unless you go out of your way to create work for yourself.  Rain and cold can kill a chicken, it makes a duck happy.  Ducks travel in groups, if you get one headed the right direction, pretty much everyone follows.  They forage, they eat, they poop, they quack and they lay eggs.  Unless you are breeding show quality birds or something there isn’t a lot to it.  At least that is how it feels at times.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Why the duck is much easier to care for than a chicken
    • Loves cold
    • Loves rain
    • Easy to fence
    • Light on land
    • Herding is possible
    • Hunts as a pack
    • Cool manure
    • Creature of habit and routine
  • The not so great side of ducks
    • Messy
    • Single minded stubborness
    • Noisy
    • Creature of habit and routine
  • Duck breeds I am working with
    • Cayugas
    • Hybrid Layers
    • Rouens
    • Runners (various)
    • Khaki Campbell
    • Swedish (may be?)
    • Muscovy
  • Best All Around Breeds (my opinion based on research)
    • Meat – Pekins or Grimaud Hybrid Pekin – Jumbo Pekin
    • Eggs – Hybrid 300 Layers (gold or white)
    • Self Propagating Dual Purpose – Muscovy
    • Dual Purpose – Buff (aka Buff Orpington)
  • Duck eggs and why they rock
    • Ducks are born with 1500 ovum vs. the 1000 of a chicken
    • Ducks are good layers for 3-4 seasons
    • 6x the Vitamin D, 2x the Vitamin A, of chickens
    • 2x the cholesterol in duck eggs vs chicken eggs (good cholesterol)
    • Higher fat and energy content (good fat)
    • Thick, viscus yolks (beautiful over easy/medium)
    • Better for baking if that is your thing
    • Less likely to break yolks, or accidentally crack one
  • The basics of raising and managing ducks
    • “Experts say space the same as chickens
    • 4 sf per duck in “coop” 10 sf per duck in “yard”
    • Ducks don’t “perch” except for muscovies (sometimes)
    • Fencing can be 3 feet high except for muscovies (sometimes)
    • I don’t use laying boxes because the ducks don’t seem to care
    • Generally most eggs are laid by 730ish am
    • Provide water, they shit it up FAST
    • A ducks personality tends to be the sum of its flock personality
  • Hatching young ducks
    • If you can get a mom to do it, let her do it
    • Incubation is the same as chickens, it just takes longer
    • Store eggs for up to 10 days, then start all of them together
    • Day 1-25 99.5 turn 7 times a day, Day 26-28 98.5 no turning
    • Day 1-33 99.5 turn 7 times a day, Day 33-35 98.5 no turning (muscovy)
  • Brooding young ducks
    • Expect to brood for 3-5 weeks depending on season
    • Provide heat on one end of brooder
    • Spend a lot of time with them if you want them “tame”
    • Feed them chick starter
    • They can go into a “tractor” in good weather as early as 2 weeks
    • Do not introduce them to the main flock until they are at least 60% grown
    • Develop a drain system for water
    • No “bathing water” until 2 weeks
    • They MUST be able to dunk their heads in water
    • Some will die, accept it
  • Final thoughts
    • If you incubate get a good incubator
    • Beware of “Tractor Supply Disease”
    • eFowl and Metzer are great places to order
    • Just do it, it isn’t hard

Resources for today’s show…

fuyuBob Wells Plant of the Week – Fuyu Persimmon - The Fuyu Persimmon tree is highly adaptable from zone 7 to zone 10.

They are medium size, flat shape, still crunchy when ripe, non-astringent.  This means “bletting” isn’t required.

Cool or hot climate. Hardy, attractive tree, practically pest free. It ripens in the fall and is Self-fruitful.

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-1490- 22 Low Capital Businesses You Could Start in 2015

If you feel like this, may be it is time to do your own thing.

If you feel like this, may be it is time to do your own thing.

In episode 1487 I asked you guys what you wanted to hear about in the last regular episode of the year, the topic of low cost to start up businesses seemed most popular so, so be it.

I am a little leery of doing this show, because the what of a business is actually less important than the why, how, execution and passion of a business.  So I am going to ask you guys to do me a favor and use these ideas more as a think tank stye of things rather than, “Jack says these are good ideas”.

In the end a business is about trading value for value, one need only do that efficiently and one becomes profitable.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Exactly what makes a business successful
  • Why owning a business is the best way to earn a living
  • Deciding on a business based on 6 major attributes (abilities)
    • Scalability
    • Profitability
    • Referability
    • Marketability
    • Deliverability
    • Repeatability
  • Why in the end passion for success is so important, not necessarily passion for product
  • 20 Businesses you Could Start Cheap and Make Successful
    1. House Cleaning
    2. Child Care (rife with legal problems)
    3. General Handyman
    4. Pet Sitting/Walking
    5. Cooking/Catering/Home Meal Prep
    6. SPIN Farming
    7. Pooper Scooper – Yes I am Serious
    8. Organic/Local Food CSA Middleman
    9. Social Media Maniac
    10. Plant Leasing and Maintenance
    11. Pond Weeds to Compost
    12. Home Staging – Real Estate Consulting (not agent stuff)
    13. Back Yard Nursery
    14. Tree Pruning and Firewood
    15. Debt Collections – The Ethical Way
    16. Power Washing
    17. Pool Care (above ground is a great niche)
    18. Tour Guide – be creative, very creative
    19. Deck and Fence Cleaning/Staining
    20. eBay Consignment Trader
    21. Fishing – Hunting Guide
    22. Vacation Planner – (on the ground, not a travel agent)
  • In the end remember it is the why, how, execution and passion of a business not the product

Resources for today’s show…

pear_1Bob Wells Plant of the WeekWarren Pear Tree – The Warren Pear tree is highly adaptable from zone 5 to zone 9.

It is an excellent quality dessert pear and the tree is highly resistant to fire blight.  It produces medium to large, long-necked fruit with pale green skin, sometimes blushed red. Smooth flesh with no grit and it is juicy and buttery with superb flavor.

Cold hardy down to -20 degrees F and ripens early August.. It is a good keeper, requires only 600 chill hours and is self-fruitful. Find this plant and more at BobWellsNursery.com

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Episode-1482- John Pugliano on Small Business as a Wealth Building Tool

John Pugliano of Investable Wealth

John Pugliano of Investable Wealth

John Pugliano is a late blooming entrepreneur and the founder of Investable Wealth, LLC an independent fee only investment advisory firm. John served in the military for 7 years before starting a 20 year corporate career in sales and marketing of industrial products.

More importantly he followed his passion and honed his skills as an individual investor for over 25 years before becoming an investment adviser. Understanding the plight of the retail investor, he advises clients using the experience he gained while managing his own portfolio. John has recently launched the Wealthsteading Podcast.

John practices what he preaches. He believes in first being a disciplined saver, getting your preps in order, and then investing in the stock market. John is a long time TSP listener, he’s a MSB member, and a PermaEthos Founder.

Today he joins us to discuss small business ownership as a primary method of building wealth.  In this show John discusses getting mentors, developing entrepreneurship groups, funding your start up, building local and then reaching out nationally or internationally.

He then goes into why value add is a great entry method into business start up.  How you can gain insight by talking to local businesses and business owners.  John also explains the necessity of a simple business plan, keeping employee head count low or even to zero and learning from your mistakes.

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-1481- The Backyard Nursery

Goji Cuttings Rooted in 5 Days Flat!

Goji Cuttings Rooted in 5 Days Flat!

In the last two years I have planted over 400 trees, bushes, vines, etc. on my property.  Right now I have 150 small support trees (locust and autumn olive) waiting to be planted into my food forest.

The sheer variety of what will be budding out and going into full on growth mode in 2015 has me very excited.  There are over 20 varieties of apple, an equal if not higher variety of plumbs, 6 different low chill cherries and more.  I still have to find a home that will meet the needs of 10 bush hazels.

I have even found a spot I call current row and it is now planted with 7 currant varieties, this little sweet spot is perfect to help currants survive my harsh climate.  I have many varieties of autumn olive going like gang busters, three different mull berry species and comfrey nestled down for the winter everywhere.

It has all been a ton of fun, but let me tell you what I have learned during this time…

1.  Plants are trees are fascinating
2.  The variety of what is available in any climate is staggering
3.  Even small spaces can be planted with dozens or hundreds of trees
4.  For every tree you are going to want 10 or more other perennial plants
5.  Finding what you want is often difficult and highly seasonal
6.  The big one, plants and trees are expensive!

This has led me to begin the planning and development of my own back yard nursery.  Today I will discuss that and the things are are currently building and installing.

I will also discuss the opportunity that exists in this space for running your own business and the various ways you can get started.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • My current plans (phyical build happening now)
    • Intermittent Misting Beds
    • Tree seedlings and grow out beds
    • Nursery work station
  • Future plans
    • High quality green house
      • Highly Insulated
      • Rear wall solid, no glass
      • Lean-to style roof
      • Power and automated watering
      • Really a small house with plants in it
      • Will use a thermal battery (earth based)
      • Delayed until next season (wife is getting her kitchen first)
  • Why this makes a good business model
    • Value creation – product production
    • Current demand exceeds supply
    • Allows for story based marketing
    • You are selling an appreciating asset
    • Countless niches
      • Cider Apples
      • Medicinal Plants
      • Regional Specific
      • Build a Guilds
      • What Can You Think Of
    • Creates repeat and referral business
    • Legal hurtles are small (nursery permit)
    • Product can be sold local, shipped or both
    • Good margins, room to cut deals
    • Easily started, not easily replicated
    • Many small producer advantages over the “big guys”
  • Some Plants I am Excited to Work With
    • Goji Berry
    • “Designer Autumn Olive” and Goumis
    •  Various “seedling” and “spitter” apples
    • Bush Cherries
    • Elders
    • Plums
    • Figs
  • Final Thoughts

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 (866-658-4465866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

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Episode-1460- The Effective Marketing of a Permaculture Farm with Stefan Sobkowiak

Stefan Sobkowiak  of Miracle Farms

Stefan Sobkowiak of Miracle Farms

Twenty years ago, Stefan Sobkowiak bought a commercial apple orchard with the intention of converting it to an organic orchard. He did just that, but eventually understood the limitations of the organic model originating from monoculture.

He then decided to tear out most of the trees and replant in a way that would maximize biodiversity and yield while minimizing the amount of maintenance required. Inspired by permaculture principles, the orchard now counts over 100 cultivars of apples, plums, pears, cherries, and countless other fruits and vegetables.

Today’s Steven returns to TSP to discuss the multidimensional harvest of a permaculture farm or orchard and how to effectively market the production profitably.

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-1433- Developing an Online Business

It has been a long time since I have really dug deep into this topic.  Our mission at TSP is to help people become more self sufficient.  The reality is the biggest systemic dependency most people must deal with is economic dependence.

Economic dependence also leads to a required acceptance of many things you don’t want in your life.  Trading time for dollars is what the labor force is based on.  Yet the entire concept of “labor” is actually disdained by most business owners, even those that treat people very good.  In the end a labor force is an massive expense and a massive source of frustration.

Every business, no matter how well they treat employees is always looking to improve efficiency, at least if it is to survive it is.  Every time I improve efficiency I reduce my need for labor relative to my production.  This means quite literally that business is and has been seeking to design out labor to the highest degree possible for a very long time.

So all while we are told about “job creation” the entire system is based on systemic job elimination.  To be brutally honest, if I am employing 500 people and improved efficiency will let me get rid of 50 I will do so.  Why?  Beyond the capital return, it will let me purge the 10% of the lowest performers from my company.  In the end the 450 will actually be a lot happier.

There is nothing wrong with a job and being an employee, just understand the above is the reality of your existence.  You are employed only because you are either necessary or perceived necessary.  That alone should make most people at least consider either building a business or learning to at least market themselves more effectively.

Join Me Today As We Discuss…

  • The entrepreneur mindset is for everyone, even employees
  • The entrepreneur mindset is infectious, just warning you
  • Business ownership is easy, successful business dev and operation is hard
  • You are likely to fail, so what, that’s great
  • How the internet should really be seen and what is an online business
  • The two types of products, there are only two, no more
    • Needed
    • Desired
  • There are three primary reasons people buy, only three
    • Entertainment
    • Profit
    • Life Changing
  • Define the market in simple terms
    • Who are they (BE SPECIFIC)
    • What do they want (BE VERY SPECIFIC)
    • How do they want it delivered (BE LASER PRECISE)
  • Thoughts on getting started, why just do it works
  • Remember if you are just starting no one is paying attention
  • Success comes with time, if the work is done and a system is followed
  • Many times it is best to develop a market and make the market develop the product
  • Why I suggest above all, follow your passions

 

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