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Episode-2205- Modern Homesteading as Modern Survival Living

Today’s show discusses the concept of homesteading as a lifestyle design component and how that relates to preparedness.  On the surface this seems obvious enough, most homesteaders grow food, food is a key component of survival so isn’t that enough.  Well, I actually do think free high quality food from your back yard is enough, but that don’t mean it is all that you get from homesteading.

Also today while I am not specifically talking about “urban homesteading” I am really going to confine my dicussion to things that will by and large work anywhere that you have even a typical postage stamp sized lawn.  That said I can’t make your spouse agree or your HOA blue hairs go away.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • One of the original TSP core concepts from home to homestead
  • Some methods of food production and the good, bad and ugly about them
    • Basic gardening
    • Edible landscaping
    • Aquaponics
    • Green house growing
    • Poultry
    • Rabbits
  • Expanding beyond your property
    • Foraging
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
    • Barter
  • Thoughts on preservation techniques
    • Blanch and freeze
    • Dehydration
    • Pickling with vinegar
    • Canning
    • Lactofermentation
    • Smoking and curing
    • All things with alcohol
  • The economics involved
    • Can you produce something for a strait profit
    • How much money do you save
    • How does it increase your property value
    • What is the value of the lifestyle and education
  • Why has homesteading grown so much in the last ten years
    • The internet
    • It works
    • People share food
    • It is in our nation to be horticultural beings

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Episode-2070- Challenges In Modern Homesteading and Solutions to Them

Many years ago, I can’t say exactly when but it would have been in the “Jetta Days”, when I still worked a full time job and was running a “regular company”.  So it had to be prior to 2010, I did a podcast on homesteading and said something akin to this….

The modern homesteading movement is here to stay.  Many are comparing it to the quickly passing back to the land movements of various flavors of the 30s, 50s and 70s but this time is different.

This time it won’t stop it will have decades or more of growth behind it, it isn’t a fad this time, no this time it is a return to being human.

I feel the past 6-7 years or whatever it is have proven me right.  Homesteading is more popular than ever, in fact most prepping and survival minded people today are really at heart simply homesteaders.  They run the gamete from urban folks making it happen on a 1/10th of an acre to people returning to large farms and ranches and earning a living with agriculture or agrotourism.

How popular is homesteading today?  Well a google search for the term homesteading brings up 28 million results and a youtube search for said same brings up over a quarter of a million videos.

And even with that the reality is the movement is so much bigger, as people who are homesteading are really more likely to be looking for content on specific subjects, like gardening, canning, aquaponics, plant identification and dozens of other terms.

Entire forms, facebook pages, etc are dedicated to the subject and the movement is attracting people from every part of the political spectrum, every income level and frankly ever race and faith from devote believer to atheist.   As I said, it is a return to being human, something we all need right now.

The focus of today’s show though is with so many interested the challenges are becoming more evident.  Growing up in the 80s I was a homesteader but no one called it that, just like I was a prepper an no one called it that.  Our methods were not the very best but they worked and every old timer knew them and could teach them to young folks.  Those of us that would listen anyway.  Many of us didn’t!

Today we have more options and choices than ever, it also seems we have more challenges and that is what we are going to discuss today, those challenges and ways to overcome them.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • How my last two days on my homestead led me to this topic
  • Why I feel homesteading has become so popular and will only get more so
  • Challenges to modern homesteaders and ways to get past them
    • Land Access
      • Use what you have
      • Understand even a half acre can feed you
      • Incorporate a “Hunter Gather” mind set
      • Be patient and “do the work”
    • Government
      • Design around the restrictions
      • Be creative in how you cheat the system
      • Avoid areas of high regulation if you can
      • Work to change regulations (least effective)
    • Knowledge
      • Use the internet (intelligently)
      • Design a system 4 ways before committing to it
      • Start with only one or two things, get them working
      • If you do nothing else with permaculture learn zone thinking
    • Unreasonable Expectations
      • Start out with a modest goal (10% of your food)
      • Be patient, you will get better with time
      • Forget about being “completely self sufficient”
      • Make the journey enjoyable, if you are miserable you are doing it wrong
    • Time
      • Again think in permaculture zones
      • Use automation
      • Perfect a system before adding another
      • Design in seasonal breaks
    • Money
      • Make more, save more, spend less
      • Become an adept scavenger (craigslist FTW)
      • Think maximum ROI starting out
      • Set and stick to a budget
      • Make some of your hobbies pay for themselves
    • Staying Motivated (significant results)
      • Microgreens and baby greens
      • Aquaponics hacks
      • Quail and or Chickens
      • Composting systems
    • Final Thoughts

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Episode-1802- Your First Year on a New Homestead – Taking Actions without Regretting Them

Nine Mile Farm - Three Years Into It - We Didn't Get Here By Accident but we did Make Mistakes Along the Way

Nine Mile Farm – Three Years Into It – We Didn’t Get Here By Accident but we did Make Mistakes Along the Way

Today we continue our Tuesday shows selected by you the audience.  You can see the results of the voting for June here, and the new poll to vote on July’s show is already up and ready for voting here.

The winners for June are as follows,

  1. Four Years of Flux – The Rapid Changes Between Now and 2020
  2. Your First Year on a New Homestead – Taking Actions without Regretting Them
  3. Eating like a king on a Below Average Income
  4. The 12 Planks of Modern Survivalism – A Revisit 8 Years After I First Created Them

I decided to kick the month off with Your First Year on the New Homestead as a lot is fresh in my mind because Dorothy and I watched this video last night.  If you have seen any recent video of my property the differences are staggering.  That said there were a lot of things in this video that changed, some even failed and some we just decided not to do.

Why?  Observation, interaction, on the fly learning, adaptation, opportunity recognition and other things we will discuss today.

Join Me Today To Discuss…

  • The Urge to get shit done fast and why to hold back a bit
  • Start with infrastructure
    • Water – specifically irrigation/pluming
    • Access – don’t design it out
    • Structures – people, gear, animals
    • Containment – control of animals and humans
    • Mobile Housing – best bet in the first year
  • For food production start small and intensive
    • Intensive gardens or wicking beds
    • Rack housed livestock
    • Tractored livestock
  • Some big things to do not
    • Buying plants/trees without know where/when they will be planted
    • Adding livestock before you have means to control them
    • Put in isolated structures, features, gardens, etc
  • Some things to do
    • Walk your property daily take it all in
    • Keep a journal, notes, etc.
    • Observe neighboring property
    • See out cheap/free sources of materials (use caution)
    • Develop a composting solution
    • Get shit organized – I am personally weak at this
    • Finish one thing before you begin the next
    • Keep a record of things you have to do/fix often, develop a how to “manual”
  • The most important analysis – analyze yourself
    • What do you like to eat
    • Are you going to be okay killing animals or even having them killed
    • How much can you store
    • How much time a week do you have to do things
    • Can you honestly do basic maintenance every morning and evening
    • What do you really want from your homestead
  • Some very important things to consider
    • Just because it works for someone else doesn’t mean it will for you
    • Homesteading is NOT a competitive sport
    • Always remember you may have to sell a property some day
    • Admit, accept and correct mistakes FAST
    • Always be willing to take a step back
    • Understand most animals bind you to your property
    • Consider hiring part time help if you have the budget
    • Hire out stuff you will never get to if it is important
  • In the end, you will make mistakes just stick to ones you can correct easily

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Episode-1439- Gary Collins on Remote Homestead Scouting and Set Up

Gary Collins, Creator of the Primal Power Plan

Gary Collins, Creator of the Primal Power Plan

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.”

Gary’s love for all things primal has now led him to begin a new chapter in his life.  He recently purchased 20 acres in Washington state, nearly a thousand miles north of his home in California.  Today he joins us to discuss finding rural land, the challenges of building off grid and more.  We also delve a bit into entrepreneurial topics near the end.

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Episode-1321- Bitcoin, PermaEthos, Homestead Updates and Matt Miller on Vehicle Maintenance

Three of out 12 New Baby Ducks

Three of our 12 New Baby Ducks

Time for a four parter, as I said I am making it up to you guys for lost time during recent travel and I suspect at least one show will not happen next week as well with the workshop and all. So today here is what we have on hand.

First I am going to talk about why the “big news” about bitcoin is not big news in any negative way.  Of course I mean the IRS ruling that BTC is property and not currency.  Anyone running a business publicly collecting BTC should have greeted this announcement with a resounding duh, frankly, no shit is more accurate.

Let me break it to you bluntly, the IRS guidance is actually factual, accurate and consistent with all existing code and treatment of property and assets by the IRS.

Note I am not saying the IRS is fair, that taxes are fair or that taxes are okay and not theft.  What I am saying is based on current IRS code, historical treatment of barter and the trade of goods and the treatment of commodities, the new IRS guidance is fair and consistent in relation to historical IRS guidelines.

Here are several reason this ruling is meaningless…

  • Anyone with a brain taking in lots of bitcoin into a business was likely already doing the accounting as the guidelines state.
  • The IRS still can’t track person to person bitcoin, they don’t have that ability, if they ever acquire it, the system will take it away from them in an “update”.
  • New software to maximize tax advantages of this ruling is likely being coded RIGHT NOW.
  • Likely the IRS is going to have to change their guidance when BTC becomes a recognized currency anyway, it will then function like any currency on the FOREX, this is going to happen.

Second we move one to a bit more on PermaEthos and a few questions that have come up since my big announcement yesterday.  I will also again explain that YES the MSB will get a discount code for Geoff Lawton’s PDC and the code will be in the MSB likely today or tomorrow but definitely before the PDC goes on sale.

The new Ethos model has been extremely well received!  I want to talk just a bit more about it.  I will be updating the PermaEthos site soon to reflect the new model and start creating a true virtual community around it.  It will be important that Ethos function both as an extension of the TSP community and yet function on its own merits to those who have no clue what or who a TSP is.

Then I have some “homestead updates” for you guys.  Yes an MSB only video will come out this week by the way, showing a lot of what I am going to talk about.  There is some cool stuff though, today our homestead population grew by yet another dozen with 12 ridiculously cute ducklings!  I’ll tell you also how they and the geese are going to get some “ponds” that will almost be actual ponds.

Then I am joined by Matthew Miller who is a long time listener to TSP and an MSB member.  . In an effort to continue building resiliency and self-sufficiency in his life he wanted to learn how to maintain his own vehicles. Inheriting his late grandfather’s 94 Ranger was the final push needed. A 20 year old truck with 80k miles on it was a great starter project to get his feet wet.

He has documented all of his repairs and progress on the TSP forums for others to learn and gain encouragement from. Since starting he has gained a basic working knowledge of autos and has no fear when he hears a knock or rattle. Through his desire to do things himself he has inspired friends and family members to do their own work and offers to help when he can.

Matthew loves watching his kids play in and on his truck or car when he’s working on them. They’ll jump in with tools and ‘help’ daddy out. Knowing that he is teaching them positive values, resiliency, and self-reliance is the greatest reward he’s gotten since learning this new skill-set.

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Episode-1130- All About Urban Homesteading

Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen authors of The Urban Homestead and the blog Root Simple

Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen authors of The Urban Homestead and the blog Root Simple

Given the announcement I made today about SilverBulletSilverShield.com it seems this is also an appropriate topic, I imagine some will get that aside and some won’t.  Today indeed we will discuss urban homesteading or as is often the more accurate term, suburban homesteading, but I just really feel like calling it urban homesteading today.

Today I feel like I am somewhere in the middle, I am certainly not in the urban homestead camp nor even the suburban homestead camp as I sit on 3 acres in a quite rural and unincorporated area.  I did have an urban homestead not long ago in Arlington, TX.

From there we went to a true mountain homestead and now we have what is more accurately a mini ranch.  All of this though has taught me a great deal about the advantages that exist in everything from large holdings to small lots.  The entire thing is a system of checks and balances, for everything you gain with one property, you loose the advantages of another.

Join Me Today As We Discuss…

  • What really makes an urban homestead “urban”, size, location, what?
  • What are some unique challenges and concerns for the urban homesteader?
  • How much land do you really need to have a true homestead feel?
  • What things must you avoid 100% if you are to have a enjoyable urban homestead?
  • How do animals fit into the equation, how do you pacify neighbors and avoid issues?
  • What are some things you can do to increase self reliance even in the city?
  • What are some real advantages of urban homesteading?
  • How might a group pool resources and buy property with common property lines?
  • Why I feel restoring the homestead in all locations is the solution to many of America’s problems

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Episode-924- Lessons Learned on the Arkansas Homestead

Hugelkultur Was a Success at the Homestead

Hugelkultur Was a Success at the Homestead

As many of you know we are now looking to purchase a larger piece of land in Texas.  That will balance well with the apartment we keep in Arlington providing us living quarters both in the city and the country.  The new land in Texas will become our primary residence.

We are not sure about what to do with the Arkansas property right now.  On one hand it is very inexpensive on the other it would generate a lot of cash if we sold it at this point.  Many listeners who have watched me grow TSP from the early days have expressed a desire to hear exactly why we are not going to make Arkansas our permanent home when we put so much work into getting to a point were we could.   The reality is our property has a LOT going for it, it also has a lot missing from what we currently want.

My hope is today’s show will help others learn from both our successes and failures so they can make better choices about purchasing property, homesteading, raising livestock, etc.

Join Me Today As We Discuss…

  • Leaving family far behind may be harder then you thought
  • The importance of feeling “vested” in the larger community
  • As your view of the world changes so does your view of “perfect property”
  • 5 acres may be enough, it might not be, how does the land lay
  • Mountain land may not be all it is cracked up to be, or it might be
  • Why I feel so strongly now about putting a lot of a property into water structure
  • Why I am now more interested in daily self sufficiency and less in “buggin out”
  • Thoughts on having an ability to “house” additional people
  • Land that provides the opportunity to really teach others
  • Livestock I want to work with and why it won’t work in Ark
  • Deals are now available that just were not before
  • Some general principles we have learned
    • Always have an exit strategy
    • Invest in property to make it at least 1% better then its class
    • Mobile homes are fine for what they are
    • Having no real restrictions rocks
    • See a property for what it can be but count the cost
    • You really can’t go to low on an offer, you really can’t
    • The community is as important as the property
    • Useable land is more important then total land area

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Episode-824- Dan Vamos from Homestead Dividends

Dan Vamos is many things.  A father, an English teacher, a homesteader, a DIY enthusiast, a prepper and a patriotic American.  He has also been listening to The Survival Podcast for a very long time, all the way back to the podcasting from the car days.

Along the way he founded a website called, “Homestead Dividends”, designed to help the average person transform their home into a true homestead and get more out of their homes both while living in them and when it comes time to sell them.

Join Dan and I Today as we Discuss…

  • What are some ways to get the most out your house or residence
  • What should you do to make your house start working for you
  • What are some ways to waterproof a basement
  • What are some common mistakes people make when working on their house
  • Why should I start planting permafood right away
  • Why start with small trees and plants
  • How a three-ring binder can help in selling your house
  • How you can have a “pick-up truck? without owning one
  • Why Dan cashed in a retirement accounts to buy a home

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Episode-311- Things to Consider When Buying Rural Land

Well I still have country living on the brain after our recent trip to our BOL and soon to be primary residence in Arkansas.  I have also gotten a tremendous number of requests lately to evaluate property listings as potential BOLs, retreats and homesteads.  It is honestly almost impossible to really know a property from just a listing, they are simply starting points.  So I decided to do this show with some general things to consider when making such a personal decision such as purchasing land or a  home.

Tune is Today as I Discuss…

  • Remote is a relative term
  • Water, got it, don’t got it, what’s it gonna cost
  • The advantages of unimproved and unincorporated land
  • Service from a government comes at a cost, which is more valuable to you freedom or “services”
  • Who is going with you, you can’t be happy if your family is miserable
  • Gates, the simple solution to BS excuses like “I was lost, not trespassing”
  • The value of good neighbors
  • Talk to neighbors BEFORE you buy
  • Pick a community you fit into, don’t try to change one

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Episode-287- Advantages of Homesteading Small Land Tracts

This is the first time I have ever fully covered the topic of homesteading small land tracts (1-2 acres) and many of their inherent advantages.  I think today will be a great show and get you thinking and may be rethinking that “place in the country”.

I also wanted to let you know about a new product from Ready Made Resources called the LIFESAVER® Bottle 4000 which is the only filter that can filter all bacteria and virus from water.  While you are at Ready Made’s site make sure to sign up for their drawing to win a free Columbia River M21-14SF M21 Special Forces- Combo Edge Knife

Tune in today as we discuss…

  • The ease of small land management
  • Improving soil on poor land is much easier on a small scale
  • Smaller tracts have lower tax burdens
  • Small tracts are easy and inexpensive to fully fence or mostly fence in
  • 1 Acre can provide more food then most people can use
  • It is easy to install “impactful surface water”
  • You quickly can learn the “pulse of your land”
  • Small land tracts are easier to defend if necessary
  • In a rural area under some circumstances small may still feel big
  • Consider buying land that borders conservation land, state forest or land that is not suited for development
  • Consider how the land lays out, a narrow strip is not as useful as mostly square plot
  • Consider the direct and indirect community before you buy
  • No HOAs, ever they are the Devil!  I am not kidding
  • Seek land unlikely to be annexed or effected by imminent domain

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