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Episode-1325- Taking the TSP Homestead Forward in 2014

Charlie and Ralph Nap after a Long Day on the Homestead

Time for a simple old school style TSP that is basically a chat with Jack.  Today we take a look a what 2014 has in store for life at the TSP homestead.  The first year here was mostly an infrastructure establishment phase.  We installed swales and hugul beds.  We also built facilities for our livestock, systems to move they though the land, etc.  We installed garden ponds and many other systems.

The entire first year of establishment is actually available in a 90 minute video we filmed that you can find here.  The key is the first year was like building the roads and bridges, 2014 is going to be more like when the houses, buildings and shops go in, metaphorically of course.

This year is going to be awesome, Josiah will be off building the flagship PermaEthos farm which will require at least one trip by me up there for a major earthworks course and installation.  Other than that though Dorothy and I will be back to it just being the two of us and frankly even though we love Joe like family we are looking forward to it.

We are moving into a new phase, one of tweaking, edge expansion and management.  Shifting from changing the landscape to working with it.  Dorothy is even considering starting a small homestead business or businesses of her own.

Join Me Today As We Discuss…

  • Once we plant 300 plus trees this week then what
  • Plans for more mobile chicken fencing and a mobile coops
  • Charly’s progress and the BS that a dog that kills a chicken must be beaten, etc.
  • The geese “herd” is being expanded
  • Ducks into the system
  • A new “pond” near the big hen house how it will add to our system
  • A new crop in the garden ponds, Chinese water chestnut
  • This year we go big on perennial medicinal herbs
  • Bees are coming, I have no idea what to do with them but I will figure it out
  • Dorothy is considering an egg business, perhaps a plant business too
  • Pasture restoration 2.0, one horse equals a LOT of poop and hay
  • Final decision on the west pasture has yet to be made
  • Plans for our future abundance

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Episode-1257- WranglerStar on Transitioning to the Homesteading Life

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See what Cody is up to at WranglerStar.com

Cody C., better known as WranglerStar has been making video’s on youtube about self reliance and homesteading for approximately three years.

WrangleStar’s Videos are about the importance of self reliance, and simple living.  Today we discuss Cody’s reasons for moving out of the city and leaving the good careers both he and his wife had behind for a simpler lifestyle.

We also discuss the physical, spiritual, and physical benefits of a country life style, along with the mental attitude a family must take to make the transition.  We delve quite deeply into many of the things that are just wrong in modern society and how taking things back a step or two is one way that solutions can be found.

We also discuss how it isn’t all sunshine and roses out in the country but how many of the sacrifices and hardships are well worth the rewards of a free life.

I Also Ask Cody Questions Today Such as…

  • What made you decide to move out of the city
  • Where does a family start with transition
  • What is the importance developing skills over acquiring stuff
  • The most important things to look for in property
  • How to make a living in a remote setting
  • Why he chooses to home school his children
  • How modern society is a trap and how to escape it

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Episode-1238- Jenna Woginrich from The One Woman Farm

Jenna Woginrich - Of The One Woman Farm

Jenna Woginrich – Of The One Woman Farm

Jenna Woginrich is an author, homesteader, archer, and falconer-in-training. Two summers ago she left her corporate office gig to focus on the farm full-time and now runs a 6.5 acre homestead by herself south of the Adirondacks in Washington County, NY.

There she grows most of her own food; raises her own meat, dairy, veggies and eggs with the aid of animal power. Horses pull firewood from the forest, a sheepdog manages the livestock, hawks are trained to take small game, and carts and saddles are used as much as her dented pickup truck.

She’s passionate about self-reliance, martial arts, hunting, tracking, horses, and traditional and country skills. She’s also the business owner of Cold Antler Farm, an educational homestead where people travel from all over the world to take classes in everything from beginner fiddle to herbalism.

Her new book, One Woman Farm, has been described as follows by Joel Salatin, “Read this book to learn why farmsteads need to be loved.  Jenna’s One-Woman Farm is a jewel: small and lustrous.”

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Episode-1236- Plans for the TSP Homestead and Upcoming Workshops

I am going to continue with some fun stuff that is informative and not so deep into the world of politics, economics, etc.  Today I am going to line out the planned projects for our 3 acre property and what they will be doing for us long term.

The first principle of permaculture in my mind is “observe and interact” and while interact is part of it, to me on a new property about a year of observation is really ideal for the planning process.  At this point I have been on my property for about 10 months.  I now know it intimately.  I know where the winds blow including when they don’t line up with the “official information” from the weather service.

I know where my soils are a foot deep and where they are only a few inches above the limestone reef that is under this part of north Texas.  I know where water flows and where it pools.  I know the species that do well here on their own in all seasons.  I  have seen the results of my work with my animals an I know it works.  Islands of deep green now exist in pastures that are tired and mostly brown.

I have had the great fortune to have my intern Josiah Wallingford of Bring of Freedom on property now for 3 months to aid in my planning.  We now have a much deeper understanding of many of our subtle contours.  Then we did an urban design workshop.  30 students received certification in Urban Design and we got amazing ideas for a small space design on the property.  Josiah and I have expanded these plans and it is all coming together.  Today I will do my best to explain our future plans and how this homestead is going to be transformed over the next year into a holistic system that is self supporting and will generate its own fertility.

Join Me Today As We Discuss…

  • The tactical greenhouse with a “climate battery”
  • 6000-7500 gallons of catchment tanks are going in, just for starters
  • Why we will use some pumps in our systems, yet we will not “need” them
  • Taking swales to an extreme level even on land anyone would call flat
  • Road catchment diversion, more water then we could ever need
  • Cell grazing of geese and chickens in our system, perhaps sheep next year
  • Building a 60,000 gallon pond where you can’t go below grade and making it self sustaining
  • Making hugul swales where we can only dig about 2 inches into the soil
  • Building top soil at a massive rate in the interswales
  • Berms, berms and more berms
  • A food forest going in this spring, 40 productive trees, 280 support trees
  • The contour beds are due to become a massive “micro food forest”
  • This is just the beginning!

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1234 – Women of Prepping Episode 8

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Rianna Stone – The Pagan Homesteader

Rianna Stone has been an RN for almost 20 years but her true passion is homesteading and Permaculture. Three years ago she and her family took the plunge and moved onto 6 acres in the wilds of Oklahoma to create their own homestead.

For the last three years this family of four has lived in 360 sq ft with no running water as they work on creating a sustainable lifestyle. This includes gardening, chickens, geese, and goats.

Rianna is also the host of The Pagan Homesteader Podcast, and she was recently named Survival Mom of the Month for the month of July on the Survival Mom Blog.  Today she and her family live with no running water in a 350 square foot tiny home.

Today Rianna and here family continue to develop their property and improve their lifestyle as modern homesteaders.

Join Rianna and I Today for  a Discussion On…

  • What brought her to the homesteading/prepping lifestyle
  • How they manage without running water
  • Living with a family of 4 in a 350 square foot house
  • Plans for further development of their property
  • How prepping has changed their family
  • The unique challenges and fun of raising geese
  • Earthbag home construction and using it for other needs
  • The reality of tornado season in the south and mid west
  • The response of friends and family with her families new lifestyle

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Episode-1210- Lessons in Homesteading by Taking a Big Step Backwards

Last Year's Abundance Won't Be Repeated This Year

Last Year’s Abundance Won’t Be Repeated This Year

Last year at this time, the wife and I were cutting up so many jalapenos that it took 3 days just to get them all ready for dehydration.  We had taken bag after bag of produce to the local church all summer long as the abundance was more than the two of us could us.

Neighbors who had previously shook their heads in slight mockery at our initial set up now shook their heads in awe at an abundance none had ever seen.  Into a rocky, granite ridden ridge top we had done something no one ever thought could be done.

Over 1,000 peppers in one harvest from 24 plants, yea we did that.  25 water melons from one 4×10 foot bed, did that too.  Trees rated to only zones 2-5 surviving in rock and granite in zone 7 with 100 degree days, yep, made it happen.

Yet as most of you know my wife was happy and unhappy at the same time.  The place was wonderful and she loved it.  Yet the separation from her family was more then she wanted to deal with.  So we made a decision to come to Texas.  Today a new challenge is unfolding in front of us.  Lots of work has been done, the foundation is largely set for next year but this year, well, it has been tough.  Today is about what that has taught me.

Join Me Today As I Discuss…

  • From abundance to starting over, the hash reality is mostly psychological
  • Why it is good for those who have done well to start over, it is called remembering
  • The unique challenges of our property and what they are teaching us
    • Less rain
    • Less soil in some ways
    • Damaged land is harder to work with
    • Everything doesn’t work everywhere
    • Animals are more work then I remember but more productive as well
    • You often don’t know as much as you think you do
  • The plans moving forward
    • Get the food forest main frame established in Spring 2014
    • Urban garden design in Oct. primary implementation over 6 months
    • 1500 gallon water catchment, done, expand by 1500 more
    • Develop permanent fencing for paddock shift of livestock
    • Develop large scale hugul systems on road frontage
    • Begin classes with better planing on more than just permaculture
    • Increase composting activities on all levels
    • When abundance is reached, don’t forget the reset challenges
    • In the mean time worry less about initial results

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1196- Updates on Future TSP Endeavors and Homestead Plans

A Lot Has Changed Since We Moved From Arkansas.

A Lot Has Changed Since We Moved From Arkansas.

Time for a good old fashioned chat with Jack style show today.  I am going to provide some more thoughts on the concept of an eco centric libertarian community.  I even have a name for it, PermaEthos, I’ll tell you about the name today.

I will also tell you about some projects I and Josiah have planned on the TSP homestead and some successes and failure thus far for the year.  Additionally I want to lay out a true vision for where TSP is headed.  Some things have become a lot more clear to me lately about the untapped potential of the TSP brand and community.

Join me Today as we Discuss…

  • More on the potential PermaEthos Community (I don’t have all the answers yet)
  • Progress on the aquaponics system that is turning more toward a aquaculture system
  • Planned workshops, what we are leaning and how that relates to PermaEthos
  • Report thus far on the Freedom Ranger Chickens
  • Our need for a livestock guardian dog, making peace with the wife on an “outside dog”
  • Our biggest weakness, water, and what I plan to do about it
  • The true power of the TSP community and what it could lead to

Resources for Today’s Show…

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Episode-1195- Ben Falk on The Resilient Farm and Homestead

Ben Falk of WholeSystemsDesign.com

Ben Falk of WholeSystemsDesign.com

Ben developed Whole Systems Design, LLC as a land-based response to biological and cultural extinction and the increasing separation between people and elemental things.

Life as a designer, builder, ecologist, tree-tender, and backcountry traveler continually informs Ben’s integrative approach to developing landscapes and buildings. His home landscape and the WSD studio site in Vermont’s Mad River Valley serve as a proving ground for the regenerative land developments featured in the projects of Whole Systems Design.

Ben has studied architecture and landscape architecture at the graduate level and holds a master’s degree in land-use planning and design. He has conducted nearly 200 site development consultations across New England and facilitated dozens of courses on permaculture design, property selection, microclimate design, and design for climate change.

Today he joins us to discuss his new book “The Resilient Farm and Homestead” along with subjects like  wood heat, property evaluation, integrating grazing animals with perennials, permaculture design course, drought and flood proofing, cold climate strategies, ponds and swales.

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1172- Aaron Esch on Urban Logging and Using Rough Cut Timber

Did you know in the past few decades a entire new industry has been invented, one called urban logging.  Joining us today is Aaron Esch of BarnGeek.com to tell us all about it.

Imagine a system where trees in urban and surburban areas can be felled and then milled just a few feet from where they are dropped.  The resulting lumber can then be used on site or in another local area.  In most cases these are trees which need to be removed regardless of their use.

With infestations occurring like the ash borer and pine beetle there are many trees that are sick and dying and needing to be replaced, this method is a great way to insure the 20-50 years of time it took to grow them isn’t wasted.  For every tree used this way, a few less need to be cut down in the forest and less “pine farms” need to be planted creating sterile stands of evergreen monoculture.

Much of the timber that can be harvested this way is of amazing quality.  Wood that homeowners and homesteaders could never afford to buy via conventional channels.  This is an exciting new way to build and conserve resources at the same time.  Tune in today to learn more.

Resources for Today’s Show…

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Episode-1171- The Bright Future of Homesteading in America

In the 70′s there was a very large back to the land movement that just didn’t last.  Many are calling the current boom in gardening and small livestock keeping something similar, but that is quite short sighted.

To begin with the current boom in such things really began about 2006 and was in full swing by 2008, it is now 2013 and things are moving faster then ever.  That is a total of 7 years so far, the 70′s back to the land movement only lasted about half a decade before fading into oblivion.

So what is different this time and why is this new multi generational group of homesteaders different and what does the future hold for us.  That is today’s subject.

Join Me Today As We Discuss…

  • The 70′s movement was yet another cycle of things that occurred in the 60′s and the 30′s
  • The 30′s were driven by survival and the 70′s by an escape mentality
  • Both movements had some urban components but were mostly rural
  • Today’s homesteaders are working land from 1/10th to 100 acres and more
  • Today’s movement is driven by multiple factors
    • Concern about the future
    • The quality of our food
    • The environmental damage of big agriculture
    • The concerns about GMOs
    • Regaining what was lost in Generations X and Y for everyone
    • A change in the fundamental understanding of wealth
    • An understanding of what is actually “beautiful”
    • A desire to regain control in our lives
  • What will sustain the modern homesteading movement
    • The I can do this almost anywhere mentality
    • The internet and info sharing
    • Opposition will strengthen the movement
    • It is being done BEFORE an economic crisis
    • The problems of modern society are more evident then ever
    • Automation and technology will make doing it easier
    • The biggest reason, it is simply becoming accepted by most people
  • Why I believe almost everyone will do at least a bit of homesteading in coming years
  • What decentralizing even 25% of the food system would mean for society

 

Resources for Today’s Show…

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