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Episode-1339- 21 Things I Planted this Year and Why

Things Have Changed a LOT in a Year!

Things Have Changed a LOT in a Year! Click for a Full Sized Image.

The last few weeks have been a wirlwind of activity at the Spirko homestead.  We had a workshop where over 30 students planted about 200 or more trees and bushes.  But it didn’t stop there.  Since that time I have been busy as hell so I can take the next ten days off and soak my butt on the beach in Florida.

Before I jet out in the AM, I figured a quick little recap of some of the more unique things I planted this year and why I planted them might make for a fun and more lighthearted show then we have recently had.

The goals I have had for the TSP homestead are really two fold.  One of course is simply a diverse and heavily producing system.  To accomplish this I planted a lot of the usual suspects, peaches, pecans, pears, apples and plums for instance.  These plants are proven producers in my climate.  The other goal though was to have an average person come on site during peak season and be able to actually eat a half dozen in season items that they had never even heard of.

The reason is that really opens up peoples mind as to what is possible.  Some of this unusual stuff is really hardy for my climate and we know it will do.  Others are marginal and we are using select micro climates to try to establish them.

Join Me Today As I Tell You About These Plants…

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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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Guerrilla Podcast – My Presentation from Permaculture Voices

So this is kinda sorta a guerrilla podcast.  The majority of the audio in today’s show is from my “run through” of the presentation I gave last week at Permaculture Voices.

It covers many ways to build a business in permaculture, some really sound and basic business concepts that many new entrepreneurs often overlook.

As for myself and Josiah we along with two yet to be named other folks are getting on airplanes today to go see to something that should have us officially launching the first PermaEthos farm and a very cool educational opportunity in about one month’s time.  More on that on Monday!

Episode-1318- Lessons and Stories from Permaculture Voices

What a week, I am tired, worn out and for a yet to be fully disclosed reason about to be on a plane again on Friday.  So I figure I better do my review of the happenings at Voices while everything is still fresh in my mind.

The people are Voices were awesome and I have to say even the few that are what Paul Wheaton calls “purple breathers” there were pretty cool as well.  In fact I have found that many of the “purple breathers” seem to be breathing less purple over the years.  Perhaps Obama has done some good, by being so lousy at his job?  It seems years of “getting what they asked for but not what they expected” may actually be pushing some folks from the left, not to the right but OUT of any belief in “the system” at all.

The overall tone of most of the conference was very entrepreneurial and very libertarian leaning.  There was actually almost no talk of actual politics, rather it was more here is where regs are in the way, this is how we are getting around them.

Join Me Today as I Discuss…

  • Flat out Diego Footer hit a home run with Voices!
  • If they do this again, I will go back, it was that well done
  • I think people put to much weight on single sentences of the “experts”
  • If there is a Voices 2, I would like to see some speakers “step it up” on the solutions side
  • The guys I want to go visit now are Greg Judy and Mark Sheppard, awesome!
  • Joel Salatin is a good farmer, and a brilliant businessman, think fiefdoms
  • If you want to speak at conferences, you might want to join toastmasters
  • Some big opportunities are out there, top ones I see now are
    • The nursery business (big or small)
    • Grazing cattle, sheep, chickens, etc on OPL
    • Alley cropping during “orchard establishment”
    • Taking education beyond the “PDC”
    • Taking an internship with an established farm
    • Developing new varieties (plants, trees, birds, etc.)
    • Urban design consulting
  • I think “transition” is taking on a new meaning and a new momentum

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TSP Homestead First Year in Review on Video

So it seems crazy but we have been on our new homestead about a year at this point.  In that time we lost our friend Blackie and gained an incredible new one “Charlie Daniels Spirko“.  We ran our first ever internship program and were so lucky to have chosen Josiah Wallingford as our intern who has become part of the family.

As to our property for our first year we focused mostly on infrastructure design.  Right now we have over 100 fruit and nut trees in damp sand waiting for our April planting workshop with a hundreds more on order.   When you look at the property now it doesn’t yet have the hundreds of varieties of plantings and frankly it is still winter so a lot of stuff is still brown, but when we really took it in, the first year was quite incredible.

We decided to document the entire property for you guys.  Likely it is a good thing we did so because in a year or two I don’t know that anyone will ever believe how this property started out without seeing it for themselves.    I am providing this video which is over an hour and 20 minutes in full 1080i HD in place of a show today.

Ill be in California until Tuesday so there won’t be any episodes officially until Wednesday next week but I will be uploading some raw audio and video from California and will try to put something new up every day for your guys.

Episode-1317- Building the Backyard Orchard

The Loquat, Citrus Hardy to Zone 7!

The Loquat, A Citrus that is Hardy to Zone-7!

Today is sort of kind of a permaculture episode, but not necessarily one.  I think we have a lot of people in the audience that want more food production but do not necessarily really care about “permaculture” as a concept unto itself.  I think this show will make both camps pretty happy.

The truth is we have lost a lot of knowledge about growing fruits and nuts in our nation.  We have equated trees with large giant things you could never reach the top of. We see trees as things to climb, hand ropes from and build a fort in.

Due to this many seem to feel a large variety of productive trees could never exist on a small piece of land, such as the average 1/10th  – 1/5th acre yards most suburban homes have. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Today I will discuss the basics of setting up an intensive perennial system based on mostly trees, bushes, shrubs and vines.  How to get multiple yields across a full season, keep the work load minimal and even tell you about some species you have likely never heard of.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • How fruit was grown at “Manor Houses” in England
  • How trees really “work” and why you can treat a tree like a shrub
  • The importance of balancing top to root structure
  • Why you should “thin” fruit at times
  • The importance of heavy mulch
  • Cultivation of mushrooms
  • The role of shrubs, vines, bushes
  • Why I have changed my view of multi-graft trees to positive
  • Some Unusual Trees/Plants to consider
    • Jujube
    • Sea Berry (awesome medicinal)
    • Paw Paw
    • Cornelian Cherry
      • Cornus Mas (red and yellow)
      • Cornus Kousa (sometimes called big apple kousa)
    • Dwarf Mulberry (Morus Alba Issai)
    • Elderberry (awesome medicinal)
    • Honey Berry
    • Chinquapin (like little chestnuts)
    • Hazelnuts – Filberts
    • Loquats – (citrus in zone 7)
  • Potted trees for citrus and other things
  • Final thoughts

Resources for today’s show…

Sources of Many of the Plants I Mentioned Today and Other Cool Stuff

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Episode-1313- Ben Falk on Cold Climate Living

The Resilient Farm and Homestead by Ben Falk

The Resilient Farm and Homestead by Ben Falk

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 back country 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. For more, see Ben’s recent TEDx talk.

Today Ben Joins Jack Cold weather home building and design:

  •  Heating a home on few cords or less, including hot water
  • Making a home that is fully functional when the grid is down
  • Buidling-site integration to optimize  a permaculture home
  • Wood processing and burning, effectively and efficiently
  • The many myths around drying and heating with wood
  • How important is passive solar depending on climate type
  • What are the most important features of Ben’s home
  • Gravity fed water sources if you don’t have a high spring or pond
  • The most common mistakes made when heating with wood
  • The biggest lessons Ben’s learned learned living for 10 years in USDA zone 4

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1310- Nathan Love on Building a Permaculture Business from the Ground Up

Beauty and Permaculture Go Hand in Hand

Beauty and Permaculture Go Hand in Hand

Nathan Love is the founder and CEO of PermEscapes in Central Florida. He is an active member of the TSP community, and is also known as “flippydidit” on the TSP forum. After 10 years serving active duty infantry in the Army, he pursued a career in gunsmithing that took him to Iraq and Afghanistan many times. Besides being a soldier, his background is primarily as a civilian and military gunsmith, and as a manual machinist.

PermEscapes is a new business in the permaculture industry. It combines permaculture design and the permanence of concrete to create beauty, functionality and literally centuries of legacy. PermEscapes is a disabled veteran owned and operated business, with a passion for taking the homesteader from dreams and ideas to reality.

Nathan joins us to discuss his goal of building  a business based in the permaculture industry and blazing the trail into self-sufficient living.

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Episode-1308- Geoff Lawton on Building a Future With Permaculture

Geoff Lawton - Permaculture Artist

Geoff Lawton – Permaculture Artist

Today we have the great pleasure of having Geoff Lawton on to discuss many of his new upcoming free videos, his coming online PDC and how he feels Permaculture is changing the world.

There is a lot going on in the Permaculture world, even some in fighting, I always love the way Geoff stays above this type of thing but I do give him the opportunity to talk about what qualifies one to “teach permaculture” and what a PDC is really supposed to be about today.  We then turn to some other topics such as, making a living with permaculture, plant propagation, the need for research and documentation and more.

To me Geoff is the most gifted teacher I know in the world of Permaculture so it is great to have him on air today.   Last year I competed his online PDC, many asked why I would do so, given I already had a PDC certification.

The answer is simple.  While I have worked with great instructors and been to seminars and classes with people like Sepp Holzer and my good friends Ben Falk and Paul Wheaton and read and studied the work of Toby Hemingway and Alan Savory, in the end it is Geoff’s work that guides most of what I do.  I consider myself his perpetual student so it is a great honor to have him on the show once again.

Join Us Today as We Discuss…

  • How to explain Permaculture to someone who has never heard of it
  • What is a PDC, is it really the best choice for everyone
  • How can a person build a career in permaculture, thoughts on
    • Consulting
    • Teaching (more than just PDCs)
    • Plant propagation
    • Farming/ranching
    • Urban farming
  • Why farms should first feed their farmers

Resources for today’s show…

Geoff’s Links

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Episode-1305- Byron Joel on Humanity’s Future with Permaculture

Byron Joel of Oak Tree Designs

Byron Joel of Oak Tree Designs

Byron Joel is a regenerative whole systems designer, teacher, author and consultant, passionately exploring sustainable human systems.  He provides consulting and educational services through is website Oak Tree Designs.  Byron has a Diploma in Horticulture along with extensive experience in the fields of Permaculture, land re-vegetation, environmental restoration and ethnobotany.

He has taught Permaculture internationally alongside Geoff Lawton and has worked and lived on a number of functioning Permaculture farms and education facilities around the world including Zaytuna Farm home of the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia.

Byron joins us today for an amazing discussion on Permaculture and the human plant relationship.  With his background in horticulture he is very passionate about the need to breed better and more useful perennial plants and working  toward bringing the world a better understanding of the “human plant relationship” that many people don’t even realize exists.

Resources for today’s show…

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