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Episode-1808- Darin Ward and Establishing a Business

destDarin Ward is founder of brand new company called Kids Double Desk, located in midwest Missouri.  Darin Ward, a telecommunications engineer by trade working a traditional 9-5 job for a large corporation. Prior to that, he service in the Navy for 5 years in the meteorology field. He is blessed with a wife of 14 years and 3 busy boys.

In his spare time, Darin coaches soccer and shuttles his boys to sports. He also enjoys hunting, shooting, gardening and building his new business.

Following a deep-rooted desire for more liberty, Darin has ventured out into the world of entrepreneurship to bring a family invention to the marketplace for the first time. Invented in the 1950s by his grandfather, this product is unique, fun and loved by kids and parents. It becomes a conversation piece whenever anyone sees it. Today, Darin joins us to discuss launching a business and bringing this physical product to the marketplace.

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Episode-1788- Finding the Right Property to Turn Into a Homestead

The Urban Rural Fringe is Often a Homesteading Sweetspot

The Urban Rural Fringe is Often a Homesteading Sweetspot

In case you have not be paying attention for the last 15 years, news flash, homesteading is once again very popular.  From tiny urban homesteads (sue me Dervaes family go for it!) to mid sized small acreages to properties with a “back 40” and everything in between.

Why?  America and much of the modern world is starting to realize how hollow what we call “progress” really is.  They are realizing that a house that eats up 30% or more of monthly income while giving nothing back as a status symbol, doesn’t really make your life better.

Our nation was founded as a nation of homesteaders, again from big to small properties but almost every American not so long ago was using their land to provide for them.  I feel we are returning to that mind set, at least a large number of us are.  Today we look at finding that right property, what to look for, how to evaluate it, how to approach things so you don’t get in over your head or make costly type one errors.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Everything I said about buying property in the BOL episode applies here
  • A quick update on a listener who was willing to walk away and what happened
  • What is the difference between a home and a homestead
    • Homesteads produce vs. consume your resources
    • Homesteads are multi functional
    • Homesteads are generally planned for long term ownership
    • Homesteads are created by their owners, not a “builder”
  • What to look for in a homestead
    • Size, its up to you but think hard about this
    • Locations
      • Urban/Suburban
      • Urban Rural Fringe (sweet spot)
      • Rural
      • Remote
    • Thinking about food production
      • Don’t be married to large numbers of livestock
      • Consider home scale animal solutions
        • Quail
        • Rabbits
        • Chickens
        • Ducks
      • Food production from plant sources
        • Annual gardens
        • Perennial plantings
        • Mushroom production
      • Consider your lifestyle
        • Working a job
        • Working from home
        • Home based business
        • Full time homesteader/homestead business
    • If you want freedom, define it
      • No HOAs
      • Check, double check, codes, zoning, laws
      • Evaluate the neighborhood with a critical eye
    • Economics
      • Things you almost always pay less for if they are already there
        • Outbuildings
        • Ponds
        • Fencing
        • Roofing
        • Almost all infrastructure
      • Things  you tend to pay more for if they are already done
        • Carpet
        • Paint
        • Kitchens
        • Bathrooms
      • Things you should usually not get into your head
        • Additions
        • Removing walls
    • In the end, you can do this almost anywhere, define your dream

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Episode-1749- Financial Preparedness the Modern Survivalist Way

It Would Be Funny If It Wasn't So Accurate

It Would Be Funny If It Wasn’t So Accurate

Tuesday shows are always stand alone, just Jack shows on a particular subject.  Today’s will be on financial prepping, next Tuesday will be on guns and the following will be on food storage and prep.  This was all due to the results of an informal Facebook poll.  You can see the post and results here.

To that end I will be doing more stuff like this in the future to let you guys tell me what topics you want covered.  Today we delve into financial preparedness in a way you won’t ever learn in school and almost no “financial adviser” will ever assist you with, except perhaps John Pugliano.

Economics and the reality of unfunded liabilities, the national debt along with everyday financial worries is the number one reason people get into the preparedness lifestyle.  Sometimes it is from a practical approach but just as often it is panic and fear based.  Today we set aside panic and establish a base of common sense and pragmatic techniques to build, preserve and protect wealth.

Join Me Today To Discuss…

  • The number one wealth killer – poverty consciousness
  • The number two wealth killer – consumer age thinking
  • Why the two are actually related and not as oppositional as you’d think
  • The lesson of the game Monopoly
  • Why debt is cancer and must be eradicated
  • Why saving is more important than investing for most people
  • The lessons of alternative energy
    • Start with increasing efficiency (income)
    • Reduce losses (spending)
  • My rules for truly becoming financially resilient
    • Increase your economic IQ – daily for a year at least
    • Save money, determine what you can save, then do a bit more
    • Reduce expenses in small ways, put at least half of it away
    • Create additional income (business, second job, more hours)
    • Save money (cash on hand, cash in bank, CDs, bonds)
    • Become a land owner on some level
    • Put some money into silver/gold (5-10% of NW)
    • Put some money into bitcoin (a little each month or quarter)
    • Become a producer of food, yes, really
    • Plant trees
    • Buy the best you can afford once vs. cheap twice
    • Become highly skilled at fixing your own problems
    • See opportunity everywhere because it is everywhere
    • Become a great cook
    • Invest in only what you understand and only when it makes sense
    • Get out of the way of telegraphed punches, yes time the market
    • Pay off all debt asap, I know I said it before and I will keep saying it
  • Final thoughts – The game is rigged, it is a big club, you are not in it!

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Episode-1737- 10 Businesses You Could Start with Very Small Investments

You Can Get Shit Done or Watch Others Get Shit Done.

You Can Get Shit Done or Watch Others Get Shit Done.

I hear from people all the time how they want to start a business.  Many times the reason they don’t is they are being to complex rather than just getting shit done.  They start off trying to launch a business that looks like it is 5 years old and successful on day one.

Don’t get me wrong I am not talking about marketing here, you absolutely do want to market a business to its vision, vs, looking tiny.  No what I mean is people are trying to find a warehouse before they sell a single product or even figure out if they need one, that sort of thing.

Today you can have a business up and going pretty fast, today I am going to just toss out some ideas and try to do it more from a business model stand point than “go into ____ business and sell _____s for ___ dollars each.

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  • Real business is first the creation of value
  • Follow your passion is the best advice no matter who shits on it
  • Spending about 500-2000 dollars to start a business is a VERY small investment
  • Ten Businesses You Could Start with Very Small Investments
    • The 52 week infomercial – “of the week business”
    • The weekly delivery business – food coop style
    • The niche service business – above ground pools, beekeeping, etc.
    • Pressure wash and stain/paint business
    • Spin Farming – Urban Farming
    • Airsoft based realistic tactical training (this actually needs a warehouse)
    • Nature walk specialist – yes I am absolutely serious
    • Fishing guide – easy because most can’t market for shit
    • Independent Sales Manager – (broker stuff for others)
    • Pet sitting, mobile grooming, etc.
  • Marketing and sales platforms people don’t get
    • Pinterest – pin your ass off
    • Facebook – build a group not a fan page
    • Youtube – market yourself, make them ask for your product
    • Blogging – have consistency or don’t bother
    • Email – boring but the one you have total control over
    • The Phone – yes it still works
    • Cold Calling – works better than it ever has
    • Google Local – the fact that people don’t do this is crazy
    • Basic SEO – simply optimize for your city, town, metro area
  • Final thoughts
    • No one can do it for you
    • It isn’t easy but it is simple
    • You always have to prime a pump
    • When you’re in charge you are also responsible

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The tree is vigorous and easy-to-grow. Originated from Santa Rosa, California in 1906. It is heat-tolerant, ripens in mid-July and is self-fruitful.

Bob Wells specializes in edible landscape, including: Fruit Trees, Berry Plants, Nut Trees, as well as the hard to find Specialty Fruit Trees. Find this plant and more at BobWellsNursery.com

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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