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Episode-1385- Fishing with a Air Cannon? Yep!

Reach Out 3 Football Fields with the Sand Blaster

Reach Out 3 Football Fields with the Sand Blaster

An avid shore fisherman, Dan Triano of New Ringgold, PA became frustrated with not being able to get his bait out past the sand bar where the big fish are. One day, he and his buddy were talking about how best to get their bait REALLY out there. That is when the idea for the, Sand Blaster Bait Caster was born.

This is a fishing apparatus that launches bait up to 300 yards out into the ocean from the shore. That’s right….that’s THREE FOOTBALL FIELDS!

I wanted to bring Dan on for a few reasons today.  First I just thought it was a cool and fun topic and unlike anything we have ever really talked about.  I also know many of you enjoyed the fishing series and this is kind of a bonus show for that series.  Lastly this is also the story of a person creating a business with an actual unique product from the ground up.

To be totally blunt, after this episode I want one!  Frankly I am buying one and I am going down to the Texas coast with it and filling up a chest with some awesome blacktip steaks!  Finally adding to it the fact the Dan lives about 15 miles from where I went to high school is just icing on the cake!

Join Dan and I Today as we Discuss…

  • Why did you come up with this idea
  • What is the benefit of this system compared to other systems
  • What is the larger goal of Dan’s company and product
  • Who is using this product and what have the results been
  • What kind of media coverage has this attacked
  • What kinds of fish can be caught with the Sand Blaster
  • Thoughts on tagging, catch and release and reasonable harvest
  • Where can you fish with the Sand Blaster Bait Caster
  • Is the Sand Blaster in bait shops

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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

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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

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Guerrilla Podcast – My Presentation from Permaculture Voices

So this is kinda sorta a guerrilla podcast.  The majority of the audio in today’s show is from my “run through” of the presentation I gave last week at Permaculture Voices.

It covers many ways to build a business in permaculture, some really sound and basic business concepts that many new entrepreneurs often overlook.

As for myself and Josiah we along with two yet to be named other folks are getting on airplanes today to go see to something that should have us officially launching the first PermaEthos farm and a very cool educational opportunity in about one month’s time.  More on that on Monday!

Episode-1318- Lessons and Stories from Permaculture Voices

What a week, I am tired, worn out and for a yet to be fully disclosed reason about to be on a plane again on Friday.  So I figure I better do my review of the happenings at Voices while everything is still fresh in my mind.

The people are Voices were awesome and I have to say even the few that are what Paul Wheaton calls “purple breathers” there were pretty cool as well.  In fact I have found that many of the “purple breathers” seem to be breathing less purple over the years.  Perhaps Obama has done some good, by being so lousy at his job?  It seems years of “getting what they asked for but not what they expected” may actually be pushing some folks from the left, not to the right but OUT of any belief in “the system” at all.

The overall tone of most of the conference was very entrepreneurial and very libertarian leaning.  There was actually almost no talk of actual politics, rather it was more here is where regs are in the way, this is how we are getting around them.

Join Me Today as I Discuss…

  • Flat out Diego Footer hit a home run with Voices!
  • If they do this again, I will go back, it was that well done
  • I think people put to much weight on single sentences of the “experts”
  • If there is a Voices 2, I would like to see some speakers “step it up” on the solutions side
  • The guys I want to go visit now are Greg Judy and Mark Sheppard, awesome!
  • Joel Salatin is a good farmer, and a brilliant businessman, think fiefdoms
  • If you want to speak at conferences, you might want to join toastmasters
  • Some big opportunities are out there, top ones I see now are
    • The nursery business (big or small)
    • Grazing cattle, sheep, chickens, etc on OPL
    • Alley cropping during “orchard establishment”
    • Taking education beyond the “PDC”
    • Taking an internship with an established farm
    • Developing new varieties (plants, trees, birds, etc.)
    • Urban design consulting
  • I think “transition” is taking on a new meaning and a new momentum

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Episode-1310- Nathan Love on Building a Permaculture Business from the Ground Up

Beauty and Permaculture Go Hand in Hand

Beauty and Permaculture Go Hand in Hand

Nathan Love is the founder and CEO of PermEscapes in Central Florida. He is an active member of the TSP community, and is also known as “flippydidit” on the TSP forum. After 10 years serving active duty infantry in the Army, he pursued a career in gunsmithing that took him to Iraq and Afghanistan many times. Besides being a soldier, his background is primarily as a civilian and military gunsmith, and as a manual machinist.

PermEscapes is a new business in the permaculture industry. It combines permaculture design and the permanence of concrete to create beauty, functionality and literally centuries of legacy. PermEscapes is a disabled veteran owned and operated business, with a passion for taking the homesteader from dreams and ideas to reality.

Nathan joins us to discuss his goal of building  a business based in the permaculture industry and blazing the trail into self-sufficient living.

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Episode-1301- Gary Collins on Primal Nutrition and Entrepreneurship

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What started out as a conversation on primal nutrition with Gary Collins also led to a pretty deep discussion on entrepreneurship.   Gary really is an awesome guy and has become a great friend.  I think you will really enjoy or discussion today.

Gary Collins, MS was born in Southern California and raised in the High Desert at the basin of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. He has been involved in organized sports, nutrition and fitness for over 30 years.

A self-declared sports junkie, he participated and excelled in various organized sports since the age of seven. He is extremely passionate about the pursuit of optimal health in mind, body and soul. Collins has two goals: To make being healthy as simple and enjoyable as possible and to give people the truth.

Collins’ background is very unique and brings a much-needed perspective to today’s fields of both health and nutrition. He holds an AS degree in Exercise Science, BS in Criminal Justice and a MS in Forensic Science.

After an exciting career in military intelligence Collins worked for the U.S. State Department, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a Special Agent. His career took him around the world and gave him a unique perspective on not only how the United States, but the world is affected by our food, drug and healthcare policies.

The highlights of his career took him from protecting some of the most powerful people in the world to investigations involving the biggest tainted pet food death case in the U.S. to the intricate dealings of one of the largest counterfeit prescription drug rings in the world. He has often said, “If American’s really knew what was going on in the area of healthcare and nutrition in this country, they would be appalled.”

It can be safely said no one in the health and fitness industry has the inside knowledge and background that Collins has. He is a hybrid of a high intensity health expert and an investigator rolled into one.

An author and college professor, Mr. Collins advises specialist and is a consultant for high-level organized sports programs and gyms. He is currently an exercise and nutrition consultant for the San Diego City College Men’s Basketball team, one of the most successful Junior College sports programs in California. Some of his other clients include college football players for high profile programs, to include Purdue and Kansas State University.

In addition to his published articles and Primal Power Method Series, his total lifestyle reboot, Factor X: The Last Health Program You Will Ever Need, blows the lid off of conventional wellness expectations and is essential for every American seeking better health. Collins is also a contributor to the Brink of Freedom online magazine and Paleo Magazine.

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Episode-1300- Lisa Haywood on Prepping from a Legal Stand Point

Today is a two part episode.  We begin with a mini segment from me about PermaEthos and the new farm model.  All seems well until we look at investor “protections” and how that translates into tax consequences and eats into initial operation budgets.

Today in only about 15 minutes I will do two things.  First, I will tell you exactly how anti business this nation really is, how screwed up people really are and how completely off base business in America has become.  Second after defining the problem I think I will honestly blow you away with how we can use their own rules against them and still move forward, totally open with what we are doing and totally legal to boot.

Lisa Haywood is an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio. Her practice began as a personal injury (PI) attorney.  Yes, an ambulance chaser, but don’t hold that against her. PI gave her a great foundation in risk analysis and that is where she discovered “planning”, is not a matter of if something happens it was when.

Lisa has helped people recover from disaster from one of the more probable disasters that could happen to you … a car accident. She would resolve their case and hand them their settlement check, but she felt that was not enough.  She  wanted to teach her client’s from that point how to better prepare themselves to weather the storm if they got in another accident down the road. Her colleagues said she was crazy for that because it was essentially cutting off “repeat business”.

To many that seemed like such a backwards thought process yet Lisa knew it was a better way to do business.  So, she began offering to do a global risk analysis of her client’s lives to determine where the potential exposure was so they could plug the holes. That ultimately developed her practice into one of estate planning and legal education.

Today she joins us to discuss prepping from a legal stand-point. There are legal tools that you can implement to protect yourself, family, and your legacy. Being legally prepared involves not only planning your estate, but also preparing any businesses that you own for succession and disaster management, having legal experienced advisors on retainer in case of an emergency (this is especially important if you carry), and learning the state laws regarding self-defense, knives, and guns.

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Episode-1299- The Open Source Model and Modern Revolutions

Very seldom do real profound words come to me in a dream, last night though that happened.  The words were there but jumbled and as I sat in a half awake fog I knew they were important.  Don’t get me wrong, important to me, I don’t think I am the first to day them.  It was about running businesses in an open source model.  No patents save for an open source protection to prevent others from claiming sole ownership of it.

The words were clunky, something like, “cost greater then gain” and something like, “resources  used objective”.  I actually heard these words as I woke up and had a WTF moment at that point.  I sat still and formed the words in my mind, this is what I ended up with.

Running  a business in an open source model puts 100% of the businesses efforts into delivering what it promises and none into hiding how they do it.  The cost of operations is massively lower and the entire open source model is the greatest marketing platform anyone could ask for.

It has been a long time since I discussed founding or running a business on TSP.  So today we are going to do that.  If you don’t think understanding business is a survival topic, let me ask you how you pay for all the needs you nave in your life.
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Episode-1241- The Possibilities of Abundance in Spite of Modern Self Destruction

Today I am going to talk about permacutlure from an entirely different angle then I have in the past.  What I mean is the concept that really makes permaculture brilliant isn’t swales, food forests and biogas energy.  No it is the concept that we can do the following…

Take responsibility for our own existence and that of our children and do so while not harming others, not harming natural systems and generate sufficient surplus for it to work.

That of course is taking the prime directive of permaculture and the three ethics and making one goal oriented sentence out of them.  I would ask you this though, as a modern survivalist, is that not exactly what we should all be working for.

Notice the above says nothing about growing plants, digging ditches, raising chickens or planting gardens.  Notice also there is nothing political about it, it is all about self responsibility, self governance and self directed decisions.  It begins with two words, “take responsibility” and once spoken those words leave no room to blame others, call on a government to fix a problem or sit around and hope that things get better.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • The ethics and directive as a life philosophy, what is it closest to?
  • Why people don’t understand permaculture, it doesn’t “fit” our way of thinking
  • Why growing food is what permaculture is most known for, but perhaps should not be
  • How much wealth is in a swale, how much in a tree or a pond
  • Why we need to understand that all wealth originates from natural systems
  • What is the real value of an hour of human labor
  • Why permaculture values off grid living so highly, security!
    • Lack of systemic dependence
    • Requires the creation of redundancy
    • Eliminates huge amounts of interference
    • Results in a “balanced” system
  • What does it mean if permaculture isn’t possible?

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