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Episode-1477- Kenton Zerbin on Permaculture, Crowdfunding and More

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Kenton Zerbin of PRI Barbados

Kenton Zerbin is an inspirational speaker, teacher & consultant who empowers others to repair degraded landscapes, grow food and build community. A teacher by training, Kenton specialty is in facilitating a quality education as a professionally certified Permaculture teacher.

He has spent the last 3 years studying, designing and teaching Permaculture across Australia and Canada, designing properties and guest speaking for gardening groups, conferences and Universities alike. He now serves as the PRI certified Permaculture Teacher & educational program planner for The Caribbean Permaculture Research Institute of Barbados.

Kenton joins us today to discuss the power of community funding and a brand new permaculture research Institute in Barbados.  We also discuss Self-sufficiency vs. inter-dependency along with our view of what permaculture really is all about.

We further examine the question of can humans be a regenerative force or are we a virus bent on paracitism of the planet.  We continue with why Kenton feels that “self-sufficiency” a commonly misunderstood concept.  From there we discuss the solutions offered by permaculture thinking.  We also discuss if there is any real escape from humanity’s current circumstance?

From there we discuss education and how it is both the problem and a potential solution to many of our issues.  We finish up with a discussion on Crowdfunding and how even a failed campaign ended up helping to fund the PRI in Barbados.  We also discuss why they built on in Barbados and how Barbados is actually in one way a bit like the famed Easter Island.

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Episode-1326- Peter McCoy on Mushroom Cultivation via Radical Mycology

Peter Teaching "Radical Mycology"

Peter Teaching “Radical Mycology”

Peter McCoy is a mushroom cultivation instructor and co-founder of the Radical Mycology project and co-organizer of the Radical Mycology Convergence.   The Radical Mycology Convergence is a weekend long event consisting of workshops, presentations, and various mycoremediation installations.

Peter has studied mycology for over 13 years with a focus on the uses of fungi for healing the minds, bodies, and ecosystems of the earth’s inhabitants.  He is pursuing a degree in media and mycology from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA and is the author of the upcoming book Radical Mycology.

Peter joins us today to discuss mushroom cultivation and answer questions like.  What is Radical Mycology?  How we can learn about mycology without it being complicated?  What is an overview of the mushroom cultivation process?

We continue with more in-depth questions such as, how much does it cost to grow mushrooms?  What is one way to grow a ton of mushrooms for about one dollar?  What are the nutritional and medicinal benefits of mushrooms?  Are there other ways mushrooms can be used in survival strategies?  How does mushroom cultivation fit into other aspects of food security such as growing fruits and vegetables?

Resources for today’s show…

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An Interview with Bob Wells

Hey folks I am literallly slamed hanging out with a huge group of TSP folks and attending some amazing workshops and presentations but we did get this video up for you guys.  This is from last week when Josiah and I went out to Lindale to meet Bob Wells.

Episode-1148- Tom Stearns of High Mowing Organic Seeds

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Tom Stearns of High Mowing Organic Seeds

Tom Stearns began gardening at an early age at his family home in CT.  Prior to completing a degree in Sustainable Agriculture from Prescott College in AZ, he began saving seeds.  A hobby was born in 1996 in Vermont, when Tom began sharing these seeds with others through a small seed flyer.

Today High Mowing Organic Seeds has since expanded into one of the leading organic seed companies in the U.S., supplying both home gardeners and commercial growers.  Tom’s vision has always been to create a company that would help support the re-building of healthy food systems, first in Vermont, followed by the rest of the U.S.

He has also taught numerous workshops since 1996 on many topics such as ag. education, economics, community supported agriculture, genetic engineering, plant breeding, local food systems, sustainable business, investing and more.  His informal, personal style, ability to explain complex issues and infectious enthusiasm makes him a popular and inspiring speaker.

In addition, he has served on the board of several agricultural organizations, most notably as the current President of The Center for an Agricultural Economy since 2008.  He lives on 50 acres in Vermont, with his wife Heather, and their two girls, Ruby and Cora.

Tom joins us to discuss beyond fighting GMO’s and moving past the things that we don’t like and how to start building the things we want.  We begin by discussing why seeds matter so much in the first place. How we lost control of our seeds as a socitety and how individuals, how can get started saving seeds easily.

We also discuss how seed self-reliance contribute to building healthy communities and individual sovereignty.   We also go beyond seed saving and discuss how to breed varieties for the food systems that we want.  We also do discuss some of the true dangers of GMO foods and how they actually contribute to bad agricultural practices and the destruction of soils.

 Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1043- A Look into the Reality of Violence

First today I take some time to do a follow up on yesterdays show/video where I discussed how the “lock down” plan most of our schools have does not “keep our children safe” as we have been led to believe.  Many people called it Monday morning quarterbacking (such people don’t know the real meaning of the term) and some brought up some very valid “what if” questions.

So today I will cover more on the subject.  I also want to be clear I was not advocating “the plan” should be evacuate and only evacuate, just that evacuate needs to be part of the plan.  Right now what most schools have seems to be a two stage plan, “Plan A” hide and wait for help, with no real Plan B, hence Plan B becomes by default, if Plan A fails everyone gets killed.

I also give some thought and ideas to improve the odds of survival in these situations, things that can start being done now, at little to no cost.  Lastly we do have some good news out of the CT shootings, one little boy at least who was in one of the rooms the shooter entered is alive and at least physically unharmed.  Why?  Simply put because he ran away.

Rory On Location in Baghdad

Rory On Location in Baghdad

Next we have Rory Miller as a guest to discuss a unfortunately applicable topic today, the reality of violence.  Rory Miller has been a Corrections Officer, a Sergeant, a Tactical Team member and a Tactical Team Leader.

Rory has taught corrections and enforcement personnel skills from first aid to physical defense to crisis communication and mental health.

His philosophy can be summed up this way…

“It is better to avoid than to run; better to run than to de-escalate; better to de-escalate than to fight; better to fight than to die.  The very essence of self-defense is a thin list of things that might get you out alive when you are already screwed.”

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 and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-1034- Glen Tate on Books 3 and 4 of the 299 Days Series

Book 4 in the 299 Days Series

Book 4 in the 299 Days Series

Today you get an opportunity to win a signed proof edition of the third and forth books in the 299 Days series. Not just by Glen but by me as well, make sure to pay attention to how to do that in today’s episode.

Glen Tate is the author of the ten-book prepper novel series “299 Days” published by Prepper Press. The books describe an average guy who prepares for, and lives through, a partial collapse of the United States.

Glen joins us today to discuss the plot lines of books three and four in the 299 Days book series.  Today we discuss what an initial collapse would look like and why Glen feels it is inevitable based on his close up insider seat within the walls of government.

We also discuss the newest changes Glen has made in his personal life, progress on “flipping his spouse” and the reality that many people within government are becoming receptive to both TSP and the message of 299 days.

The story line of 299 Days is as follows,

In it, the main character, Grant Matson, has a job that allows him to see what’s wrong with government. He realizes he needs to prepare for what’s coming and he does so. His wife, Lisa, is reluctant to prepare because she thinks things are just fine. When the civil unrest and political collapse hit in a dramatic way, it is undeniable that they need to leave their Olympia, Washington home and head to their cabin. But, Lisa is still reluctant; she desperately wants things to remain “normal.”

Out at the cabin, a collection of amazing–yet real–people assemble. They create their own community because the government isn’t functioning in their area. They have to work together and, as a community, they manage to achieve some impressive results. Unlike most prepper stories, in 299 Days America suffers a partial collapse. The utilities stay one (due to a spell-binding plot twist) and the government functions in larger cities. People in rural areas still get some food and services from the government, but must increasingly rely on themselves. There are no zombies or cannibalism; 299 Days describes a much more likely partial collapse scenario.

Grant’s friends, who work in government, describe how things continue to go down hill in the city and how the government is trying to maintain control. They describe exactly why the government, as big and powerful as it once was, cannot control things. Many in the military and law enforcement step in to stop the bad things; others in the military and law enforcement perpetuate the bad things.

After a while out at the cabin, some important visitors arrive and present Grant with a difficult choice. Eventually, the Patriots–the side Grant is on–are forced to take on what’s left of the former government. There is a huge battle. In the end, Grant has an important job at the beginning of the rebuilding.

Glen is a moderator on the TSP forum under the name “Heavy G.” He lives and works in Olympia, Washington where he has a front row seat to the corruption in government. Much like the main character in the series, the author is a forty-something resident of the capitol of Washington State, Olympia, and is a very active prepper. He grew up in the remote logging town of Forks, Washington.

“Glen” keeps his identity a secret so he won’t lose his job because, in his line of work, being a prepper and questioning the motives of government is not appreciated.

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Episode-1029- Jack Jones on Bee Keeping

While it Can Appear Frightening to Some, A Swarm is Easy to Work With and Non Agressive

While it Can Appear Frightening a Swarm is Easy to Work With and Non Aggressive – Photo Credit to sean cumiskey via flickr

Jack Jones is a small business owner in Ardmore, Oklahoma.   He is a 3rd generation owner of his family’s plumbing business.  Currently 33 years young and the proud father of 3 beautiful children.

Jack and his family live on their family farm and raise chickens, beef, and pigs.  He also enjoys gardening, hunting, shooting.  He’s been member of his towns local volunteer fire department for 7 years.

He has now been involved in beekeeping about 3 years.  At one time he had 21 hives but last year but lost 15 hive because of colony collapse disorder (CCD).

Even with that set back he has now built his hives back up to 15 and done so at no real cost by catching swarms and splitting hives.  Today he joins us to discuss how you can begin bee keeping and some ways to get started easy.  He covers how to process your own honey and the basics of hive care.

Jack Joins Us Today To Discuss…

  • Why Jack became a beekeeper, it’s different reason then many have
  • The difference between real/raw local honey and grocery store “honey”
  • How do you process honey
  • What are some current threats to honeybees
  • What to do if you think your hive is “Africanized”
  • What do words like “super” and “nuke” mean
  • How to “catch a swarm” and why it is very safe to do
  • Why your first step should be reading, reading and reading
  • How to start a new hive from square one the EASY way

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 and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-414- Jack on the Baldy and the Blonde Show

Well even though I am on the road today I do have a show for you today.  Today I am playing a rebroadcast of the Baldy and the Blonde Show from WGSO 990AM in New Orleans, LA.

They gave me a great interview discussing the first five tenents of the Modern Survival Philosophy and Modern Survivalism as a method of early retirement.

Please Note – There may not be a show every day this week because I will be traveling working on the next edition of the martial arts DVD series of Ballistic Striking – With Val Riazanov

I really recommend checking out Baldy and the Blonde’s website and you may even want to listen to the entire show from the date of my interview.  They covered a new Senate bill

Additional 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 and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-291- An Interview with Dave Canterbury

Today we have Dave Canterbury on The Survival Podcast.  Dave is most widely known for his amazing videos on YouTube where he has about 250 videos posted.  Watching his youtube videos is like getting a college degree is like getting a college degree in bush craft with both primitive and modern methods.   In fact he will soon be appearing in series on The Discovery Channel about wilderness survival thanks to all his hard work.

Dave is also the owner of Wilderness Outfitters Archery and “The Pathfinder School”  He is an amazing resource and has worked tirelessly to help people learn to reconnect with their roots by spending quality time in the wilderness.

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-290- An Interview with John McCann

Today on The Survival Podcast I have the privilege of interviewing John McCann, owner of Survival Resources and the author of, “Build the Perfect Survival Kit”.  John has appeared on the Martha Stewart Show and been published in the New York Times.

John has a long history in the survival industry and you talk to him and read his work you quickly realize that he really loves what he does for a living.  He has spent years in the bush out of a pure passion for the outdoors and over those years experimented with various components, configuration and construction techniques for making survival kits.  He continues to this day to refine the process and personally train students.

Resources for today’s show…

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