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Episode-1597- Managing Chaos and the Permissiveness Epidemic

Chaos will come, but it can also be managed.

Chaos will come, but it can also be managed.

I am joined today by Trevor Grice a licensed clinical psychologist who provides individual therapy and assessment services through a private practice setting in the Thumb of Michigan.

Since starting his voyage on preparedness and sustainability with his wife, Diana, and two sons, Dr. Grice has first hand experience on how this lifestyle can reduce anxiety and bring more happiness to one’s life. In addition, he has used this perspective to assist his clients in finding their own paths to happiness and acceptance, as well as to gain more insight into what is weighing down our society.

Trevor and Diana have started Dandelion Hills Farm on their two acre homestead. They raise turkeys, ducks and chickens, manage bee hives and are looking to grow their personal garden into a market garden

Trevor joins us today to discuss  Two main topics, first managing chaos because in his words, “controlling your life is about as easy as as snapping a picture of Sasquatch riding a rainbow farting unicorn”.  We also discuss what he calls, “The Permissiveness Epidemic”.  This is about how being too permissive with our children has created many of our current societal issues (i.e. also known as the “Douche Bag Epidemic”)

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Episode-1592- Ben Hewitt on Nutrient Dense Food Production

Click Here to Buy a Copy of Ben's Book

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Ben and his wife, Penny, along with their two sons, have transformed a worn out Vermont hillside into a thriving homestead, which currently provides more than 90% of their food, along with most of their building materials, all their heating and cooking fuel, and many other essentials.

They call their style of homestead scale food production “practiculture,” reflecting the fact that they draw on many different methodologies while always striving to make this work “doable.” They are the authors of the recently-published book The Nourishing Homestead.

Ben’s previous book is Home Grown, which explores his experience with the public ed system (he’s a high school dropout) and his family’s experiences “unschooling” their two sons.

Ben joins us today to discuss Homestead-scale nutrient dense food production and what he calls practiculture.  To go into how to make your food nutrient dense, what that actually means and why it is important.  As well as discussing his new book, “The Nourishing Homestead“.

Join Us Today to Discuss…

  • What exactly is nutrient density and why it matters
  • The connection between soil health and human health
  • The relationship between big pharma and big food
  • What it’s like to grow and process 90%+ of your own food,
  • What Ben’s days and diet looks like
  • The difference between independence and interdependence
  • The essential role of livestock in a healthy homestead/farm eco-system
  • What the hell is “practiculture,” anyway do we really need another freaking word

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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.

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1523- Kevin Hauser on Growing Apples in Hot Climates

Kevin and Marty Hauser of Kuffle Creek.

Kevin and Marty Hauser of Kuffle Creek.

Kevin Hauser is an amateur Pomologist who specializes in growing apples in hot climates and the tropics. He grows over 100 varieties of apples at his home in Riverside, California and is the author of “Growing Apples in the City: Growing Apples in a Warm Climate.”

He is the proprietor of Kuffel Creek Apple Nursery, a mail order nursery that ships apple benchgrafts to hot climates in Southern California, Arizona to Hawaii of the United States, and Bangkok to Dubai internationally. He has lectured to garden groups in Southern California and Arizona, as well as New England.

Last year Kevin opened a branch of Kuffel Creek Apple Nursery in Uganda, East Africa, to better serve the rural tropic apple farmer. In conjunction with this, Kevin also released his second book, “Growing Apples in the Tropics: Growing Apples Where They’re Not Supposed To.”

His training materials are used to teach apple culture to farmers and government agriculture official throughout East Africa.

Kevin will be lecturing on apple culture for a warm climate, including suitable varieties, planting, training, fertilizing, thinning, and harvesting, as well as culinary uses of different varieties.

He will also provide an informative look into the world of how apples are grown in the tropics, with zero chilling hours and seasons governed by rainfall, not temperature or day length.

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1512- Professor CJ on History and Personal Liberty

Check out the Dangerous History Podcast

Check out the Dangerous History Podcast

Prof CJ has multiple history degrees and has taught college history for eight years. He is also the host of a podcast called Prof CJ’s Dangerous History Podcast, which covers a wide variety of historical and related topics from a skeptical, libertarian, anti-establishment viewpoint.

Prof CJ has been teaching college history since 2006, but he has been a smartass, iconoclast, and a cynical questioner and critic of authority since he was a little whippersnapper.  Naturally, these attitudes have influenced his take on history.

Prof CJ likes his teaching job and does his utmost to incorporate his radical critiques of the established narrative into the classes he teaches, but he still finds formal academia somewhat limiting at times.  He decided to start a podcast as an outlet for his revisionist rants.

Join Us Today to Discuss…

  • CJs approach to history and why is it different from most historains
  • Why he started a podcast and what he hopes people gain from it
  • How can learning history be empowering and liberating for the individual
  • What is the concept of the scholar-warrior and how does it relate to preparedness
  • What lessons can history teach us that have relevance to Modern Survivalism
  • What is true and what is false when it comes to the notion of American exceptionalism
  • Were there ever really ‘good old days’ in the past, or is that a delusion
  • Does history indicate we should be positive or negative in our outlook about the future
  • Thoughts on the current status of higher education in America

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1495- Ben Falk on Soundscapes within Homestead Design

Harvesting Ice at Whole Systems Design

Harvesting Ice at Whole Systems Design

Ben Falk 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 Whole Systems Design 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.

Ben 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 Ben joins us to discuss soundscapes, an often over looked component of permaculture and homestead design.  Soundscapes have a huge impact on the quality of our lives and actually on the performance of a homestead and farm.

Ben will discuss how in his design firm, IDs and maps soundscapes, and what considerations they take into account when designing to improve them. Also what’s worked well and what hasn’t here for them – what mistakes he’s personally made (like cutting down some pines far downhill that actually made the road noise reflected off a local cliff, considerably noisier) to working with water and co-location of buildings to enhance soundscapes

We also delve into a lot about proximity and line of sight between sleeping spaces especially and the barn yard and entry to deal with predators and also heightened awareness of when someone is coming into the property.

Resources for today’s show…

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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.

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 (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

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Episode-1434- Ben Hewitt on Unschooling aka Immersion Learning

Ben's sons Rye and Fin in a Real World "Classroom"

Ben’s sons Rye and Fin in a Real World “Classroom”

Ben Hewitt was born and raised in northern Vermont, where he currently lives on a 40-acre diversified hill farm with his wife, Penny, and two sons, Fin and Rye.

Fin and Rye sons are educated at home in the context of a life-learning process known colloquially as unschooling. The Hewitt’s believe that contemporary, institutionalized American educational expectations create “childhood deficit disorder” and do not allow for full maturity of mind, spirit, and skills. Nor do modern public educational options offer the practical, hands-on skills that reduce one’s reliance on industry. Fin and Rye are highly skilled woodsmen, proficient with firearms and bow. They also trap and forage extensively.

Ben is himself a high-school dropout and the author of five books, including The Town That Food Saved: How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food. His most recent book, is Home Grown: Adventures in Parenting Off the Beaten Track, Unschooling, and Reconnecting With Nature.

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 (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

Also remember we have an expert council you can address your calls to. If you do this you should email me right after your call at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with expert council call in the subject line. In the body of your email tell me that you just called in a question for the council and what number you called in from. I will then give the call priority when I screen calls.

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Episode-1425- Orion Martin of SideKik.co

Learn More at SideKik.co

Learn More at SideKik.co

Orion Martin is one of the founders of a new technology in development called SideKik.   What is Sidekik?  Sidekik is a mobile application which will perform two key actions simultaneously.

First, Sidekik will activate your smartphone’s audio and video recording devices and begin streaming the data to a secure facility in fact to multiple secure servers.  Next, Sidekik will initiate a video call and connect you with an attorney who will represent you in whatever situation you find yourself.

Why is Sidekik Important?  When you are in a critical situation, such as being pulled over by law enforcement, the balance of power is often against you. The fact is that most people don’t know their rights or how to enforce them. In addition, without a record of your encounter with law enforcement, the question of what happened during the encounter devolves into your word against that of the officer, which normally results with courts and public opinion in favor of the officer, regardless of what actually occurred.

Though many people have begun recording their interactions with law enforcement, the recording is stored on the recording device, which is sometimes confiscated.  Sidekik solves both of these problems. With the activation of the Sidekik app, your smartphone’s audio and video recorders will begin streaming to a secure server.

If the officer has behaved outside of their bounds and doesn’t want evidence of that misconduct available to you, there is simply nothing the officer can do. The audio and video has been stored and timestamped securely, and can be retrieved by you at your convenience.

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 (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

Also remember we have an expert council you can address your calls to. If you do this you should email me right after your call at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with expert council call in the subject line. In the body of your email tell me that you just called in a question for the council and what number you called in from. I will then give the call priority when I screen calls.

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Episode-1424- Mike Cornwell on Building a Business from Scratch

Mike, "New Mike" Cornwell

Mike, “New Mike” Cornwell

Mike is a highly motivated Permaculture enthusiast who enjoys working with diverse living systems and attempting to invert problems into solutions. Michael is passionate about sharing the knowledge he has gained, and helping people with starting their own paths to happy and healthy lifestyles.

He specializes in the hot and humid climate transition between temperate and sub-tropical at 30 degrees latitude. He lives with his wife Christine on their 8.5 Acre homestead in South Eastern Louisiana. They started the transition of their homestead in early 2013 and has made great progress towards increasing bio-diversity and establishing a welcoming human habitat.

His homestead is now home to many animals, earthworks and over 100 different cultivar varieties of perennial edible trees and bushes. He maintains a permaculture and homesteading blog about his homestead at MikeCornwell.com.  Mike received his Permaculture Design Certificate from Geoff Lawton and another by Ben Falk from Whole Systems Design.

Mike joins us today to discuss, Starting your own business and passive income streams using niches as a focus. This includes any business idea to include permaculture.  Including the book he is writing and why it was chosen as his first project, the book is called, “Easy Chicken Tractors You Can Build Today”.

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 (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

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