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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-2186- Homesteading, Side Hustles and More

The sent of Autumn Olive in bloom, is one of those homestead rewards, that must be experienced to be understood.

The sent of Autumn Olive in bloom, is one of those homestead rewards, that must be experienced to be understood.

So I jumped on Zello today to get some potential show topics, and the dominant vein was homesteading, finding a homestead and making it profitable in some way seemed to be the common denominator, so I am going to try to make a show about both of those things today.

Homesteading is a dream for many in the community, so I want to start out with a simple concept, “grow where you are planted”, there are some amazing examples of urban homesteading out there.

Additionally think long and hard about being “way out there” if you want to have some sort of revenue generating activity on your homestead.  That usually requires other people, so unless your product/service is easily delivered across great distances being somewhere near other people, is a great idea.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • What actually makes a home, into a homestead
  • What are the characteristics of a good homestead location
    • Freedom – as you define it
    • Climate – as you like it
    • Value – solid investments have exit strategies
    • Size – farms are not homesteads, remember that, an acre can wear you out
    • Remember the permaculture lens, water, access, structure
    • Neighbors – will they be a bother, can they be, see item one
    • Opportunity – for that day job, for your kids, spouse, etc.
  • Before we side hustle, may be we should self hustle
    • Grow what you can use or store, not much more
    • Determine all local resources that you can hunt/gather
    • Develop a lifestyle that maximizes your life, minimizes your costs
    • Automate, automate, automate
    • Go slow, one or two projects at a time, less done right is better than more done wrong
  • Some side hustle opportunities and how to think about them
    • Remember that we are outside the system, aka, agorists
    • Sometimes it is okay to loose money, usually it isn’t
    • Defining the goals of your side hustle/s
      • What to do with a butt load of hot peppers
      • Thoughts on livestock, eggs, etc.
      • Granddaddy made shine and Buddy Shoemaker made wine
      • If you are gonna grow crops, grow a specialty crop
      • Vacation cabins – solid idea!
      • Selling fertility
      • Plant propagation
      • Workshops – not as easy as everyone thinks
      • Crafting – build only what you can sell, use or use to sell
      • Bees – bugs are worth more than honey
  • Final thoughts

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Episode-2180- Growing Children in the Garden

No we won’t be talking about planting little Timmy and little Tammy seeds in the garden but rather how gardening can plant seeds of knowledge, compassion, resiliency and skills in our children.  One of my true heroes in the world is Geoff Lawton and Geoff made a statement that sounds almost absurd in some ways…

All the world’s problems can be solved in a garden!

Even I balked a bit at that statement at first, then stepped back and said well, metaphorically is how he means it.  But I realized when I looked at how he said it, he was dead serious.  So I stepped way back and said, is this statement true.

When I did so I realized you had to look at it though the right lens.  No one thing is generally sufficient to fix any major problem, so a true solution is one that sets things in motion.  It is that initial motion that creates inertia and that provides an opportunity for more things to be done, and in the end the problem is solved or mitigated as much as can be done at the time.  So true solutions are the catalyst, the spark of a solution, that create something akin to a trophic cascade.

What is a trophic cascade, it is when a small change creates powerful indirect interactions that can control or change entire ecosystems.  A classic example is how the reintroduction of wolves changed the course of rivers in Yellowstone.

So today we will ask the question, if a few packs of wolves can cause life to explode and a river to moderate and change its course, what might be the effect of teaching our children, how to do something as simple as grow a garden.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Can we really solve the word’s problem with a garden
  • What is a trophic cascade and how can we hope to create one
  • What happens when a child learns about gardening
    • They learn patience
    • They learn actions have concequences
    • They learn to feed themselves and others
    • They learn to recognize patterns
    • They learn to solve problems
    • They learn the value of hard work
    • They learn that all living things have a place in our world
    • They learn that everything in life is a cycle
    • They learn that some things are beyond your control
    • They learn to teach
    • They learn how to find answers from elders, literature, etc.
    • They learn a hundred more things
  • How can this create a trophic cascade?
  • The difference between solving a problem and setting a solution in motion

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Episode-2166- A New Look at Lifestyle Design

I got an email today that went like this about how one listener is using permaculture design to not just redesign his property but his life and health.   The abbreviated version is he was taking his “personal time” in the evenings.  That led to drinking too much, not enough time with the family, eating junk food, etc.

The solution as always is dramatically simple, he simply started getting up earlier and using the early AM for his personal time.  Instead of junk food his personal time is now full of getting shit done, and that alone time we all need as well.  The evening now are spent with family.

This is one of those easy changes that seems hard at first.  Its 0430 you don’t HAVE to get up for two more hours, it seems so hard.  But thanks to our friend circadian rhythm, do it for a few days and it gets easier and easier.

Today we look at many such changes and ways we can make our life run better.  Oh and this is a survival topic, the number one killer in America is stress.  Heart disease, cancer, etc. are all made worse by stress, not to mention in the end what destroys families always finds its roots in stress as well.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • The full email that sparked this show
  • Fifteen simple steps to a better designed life
    • Take a “Fakeation” once a month or at least once a quarter
    • Create lists based on priority, cross things off daily
    • Create some sort of prayer/meditation time in your life
    • Do some things ritualistically (on schedule), it doesn’t matter what
    • Get some sort of a “pure hobby” into your life
    • Maintain circadian rhythm even on days you “sleep in”
    • Cook something totally new and different at least twice a month
    • Strive for “location independence” as a goal
    • Have teachers and students in your life (the best people are both)
    • Journal and go back and read what you wrote
    • Take walks, especially off the pavement but anywhere
    • Spend time with dogs, yes I am serious
    • If something truly makes you unhappy, fix it or dump it
    • Plan some stuff well in advance just to look forward to it
    • Learn to DO something new frequently
  • Final thoughts

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Episode-2162- Can Anyone Be an Entrepreneur – It Depends

I recently got this question and realized at once this was a show topic not a show segment.  It is a complex question and like most such questions the answer is, it depends.

Let’s look at some other seemingly simple questions on the topic to start peeling the onion as it were.  How about this?  Is being an entrepreneur hard?  Well it also depends, on many things like.  How large do you want the business to be? What experience do you have?  How gifted are you?  Is this a side hustle or a full time business?

Now that should start to paint a picture for you, the answer to “can anyone be an entrepreneur”, is a definite yes with a lot of caveats.  Let’s answer a similar question to see how this works.  How about, can anyone be a basketball player?  The answer is clearly yes isn’t it, there is even wheelchair basketball leagues.  I would say if you can move and use your arms you can be a basketball player.

But can anyone be an NBA basketball player?  Can anyone be good enough to play college ball?  Can anyone and everyone make the high school team?  We can easily answer that with no, no and no.  There are only so many spots at that level and talent decides who gets them.

But anyone can get some buddies together and start an after work league, if you play basketball you are a “basketball player”, right?  With entrepreneurship there are even more opportunities, there are niches upon niches within other niches.  So the question isn’t can you be an entrepreneur, rather these questions you must answer to determine your path…

  • Do you want to be an entrepreneur?
  • Do you have any specialized knowledge or skills?
  • Do you have or are you willing to create the necessary time?
  • Is there something you are passionate about that you can leverage?
  • If you can’t do what you are passionate about right now, are you willing to do something to simply learn and earn?
  • What sacrifices are required and are you willing to make them?
  • How would you define success in your venture?
  • Does/will your family support you in this effort?
  • How badly do you want it compared to what you will get if you succeed?
  • Are you kidding yourself?  (mental masturbation)
  • Why are you not already doing this?

Today I will discuss these questions and ideas and concepts around them.  I will not answer them though for anyone other than myself.  I am not the guy who tells you to stand in front of a mirror and say, “I’m great, I’m wonderful and everybody likes me“.  Rather I attempt to give you a way to examine a path for yourself and determine if it is the right path for you.

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Episode-2143- Mark Herr from The Center for Self Governance

Mark Herr, Sr. is a U.S. Air Force retiree and holds a masters degree in business administration and is the president, co- founder, and Instruction Development Director for The Center for Self Governance, (CSG) a training institution specifically for citizens to teach how to exercise their civic authority, how to leverage self-governance, and how to hold local, state, and federal elected officials accountable.

At CSG, Mark researches and studies human governments, social tensions and stabilization theories. His innovations in and experimentation with social stabilization theory is hailed as ‘ground-breaking’ and ‘cutting-edge’.

Since 2011, he travels non-stop nationwide training, coaching, and mentoring CSG Trainees in the application of these theories. It is his hope that CSG will deeply cement the science and application of self-governance into the U.S. culture for generations to come.

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Episode-2139- Ryan Mitchell on Tiny Houses as a Step to Debt Free Living

A published author, full time blogger, and entrepreneur; Ryan Mitchell has been building exciting things all his life. His entrepreneurial ventures have been featured in the New York Times, Fast Company, Forbes, Associated Press, and many other outlets.

In 2009 he started TheTinyLife.com where he documented his journey to tiny house living and a debt free life. He published the number one selling tiny house book to date and has been living in his tiny house full time for over 4 years.

In 2015 he continued his entrepreneurial endeavors and founded Advent Coworking, where he built a community of like-minded entrepreneurs in a coworking setting. After being named the number one coworking space in Charlotte, NC three times in a row, he sold the venture to pursue new endeavors.

Ryan joins us today to discuss Tiny Houses as a step in an integrated plan to attain a debt free lifestyle along with self-employment as an entrepreneur.

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Episode-2134- Choosing Excitement and Abundance over Gloom and Doom

Given this will be the last “Just Jack Show” of 2017 I figured we should end on a positive note.  Preppers are often cast as the doomsday bunker type by many, not just the Hollywood crowd.  I remember not long ago a guy saw one of my TSP T-shirts at a local store, he said, so you are a prepper?  My response was, I sure am.

His next question was, “so when do you think its gonna happen”?  I knew what he meant but replied with, “when whats gonna happen”?  He responded with, “you know, it”?  I looked at him like he was crazy, he kinda was and say, “it what”?  Then he let it out, quietly of course looking around to make sure no spies were listening, “the big one, the collapse, when the entire thing crashes to the ground”.

I explained that is now what we do, he explained that he had started watching shows about stuff and was very concerned by hadn’t actually done anything about it yet.  I gave him the website address and went on with my day.  Such is the misunderstood life of a modern survivalist.   The reality is the true modern survivalist should be among the happiest and most optimistic people on the planet.

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  • A reminder about Liberty Forum
  • My thoughts on the Bitcoin ceiling and how it will be smashed
  • Why despite how screwed up things are, this is a great time to be alive
  • Just some of the reasons anyone can build resilience today
    • Building a business
    • Knowledge is practically free
    • Almost everything you need is “cheap”
    • There is a community for everything
  • On the other side of things what is your alternative
    • Bitch about problems?
    • Hope someone else will “fix it”?
    • Hold your breath and wait?
    • Blame others?
  • Why following  your passion really is great advice no matter what anyone says
  • What will you do in 2018?

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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-2060- Dealing with Darkness in Our Lives

After covering deeply the suicide texting case yesterday I have realized something I never said that I should have.  That being that suicide is a horrible thing no matter how it happens and it always stems from a darkness that one believes will never end.

I think something that should drive this home is that suicide is the 10 leading cause of death in the United States, averaging over 45,000 people a year.  Conversely about 15,0000 murders occur in our nation every year.  Translation is an average person is 3 times more likely to end their own life, than to be killed by another person.  Given this is The Survival Podcast, I think after over 9 years it is about time we discussed in depth the 10th leading cause of death in our nation.

However, today’s show isn’t only about suicide, it is about depression and darkness both of which often lead to suicide.  Though they quite often lead simply to unfulfilling lives or even shattered lives.  While I am not a professional counselor and nothing I say today should be taken as such, I am going to do my best to discuss dealing with darkness based on my own life experiences.

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  • Why we need to delve into this topic
  • The truth is most people would consider suicide in some circumstance
  • Some of my past I have alluded to but not fully shared on air
  • A friend of mine who I am surprised is actually still around
  • Why people really give up
  • How we can handle the hardship we will all face
  • Once you blame your parents for something, its up to you to fix it
  • How to deal with darkness
    • Develop routine in your life, alter it when needed
    • Develop skills, self educate, etc.
    • Set goals for yourself and make them happen (even small ones)
    • Develop a positive future vision
    • Learn to be happy when you are alone
    • Talk to people, friends, family, etc.
    • Avoid toxic people, friends, family, etc.
    • Don’t conflate responsibility and blame
    • Remember what you really are, spirit
    • Remember that what you do DOES matter
  • Final Thoughts – You Have So Much Opportunity, USE IT

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