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The Permaethos Plant Propagation Course is Now Live

The PPC is Now Live at PermaEthos.com

The PPC is Now Live at PermaEthos.com

The long awaited Plant Propagation Course taught by Nick Ferguson is now live.  You can learn more about it at the PermaEthos Website.

We have made a few chapters free so you can get a feel for the course and Nick’s teaching style.  We feel this course will empower many to set up small to even large scale nurseries.

Nick is a passionate teacher with about 20 years of plant propagation experience behind him.  In the course he covers layering, division, grafting, rooting with mist systems and many other ways to produce plants of top quality and unique varieties.

Personally after buying over 500 trees and plants in the last two years I consider the ability to propagate plants akin to printing money.  Even without selling any plants, had I had access to this knowledge in the past I could have produced the majority of those 500 plants for myself at little to no cost.  At an average cost of 20 dollars a plant, that is about 10,000 dollars of plant stock I could have produced for myself.

To learn more about the course visit this link http://learn.permaethos.com/course/plant-propagation/

PS – THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT.  If you pre registered an email just went out with how to get your discount on this course.  PLEASE use the information in that email.  If you didn’t get it email me and I will make sure you do.  You have 30 days to get that discount if you are in the group that preregistered.

If you jump the gun and pay full price we will not go though the administrative hassle to refund the difference.  You have a full 30 days to get the discount so please be patient if it appears that the spam monster ate your email with the code in it.

To email me any questions about signing up, etc. just email jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com and put “plants tspc” in the subject line.

Episode-1503- Of Yaks, Swine and Anarchism

Check out An-Yak.com

Check out An-Yak.com

Nick Hazelton is a 16yr old small time yak and hog farmer. He’s a philosophy enthusiast, and has his own podcast, and occasionally makes appearances on terrestrial radio. He’s a sophomore at a charter school in western Oregon.

Nick joins us today to discuss why young people should get involved in entrepreneurial adventures and learn on their own, outside of school. Self-education and self-employment in youth.  We also discuss the philosophy of anarchism along with how most people largely misunderstand it.

Resources for today’s show…

fig_lsu_purple_smallBob Wells Plant of the WeekL.S.U. PURPLE FIG – The LSU Purple fig is adaptable from zone 7 to zone 9. It is very reliable, prolific producer of early to late delicious figs. One of the best figs to come along for some time. Very acclimated to the fluctuating weather of the South.

Very sweet, does not require a pollinator and best to pick a few days after the fruit turns purple.

Find this plant and more at BobWellsNursery.com Bob Wells Nursery specializes in anything edible: Fruit trees, Berry Plants, Nut Trees, as well as the hard to find Specialty Trees.

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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…

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-1485- What is this Permaculture Stuff and Why Should I Even Care

The Effect of Pulsing Poultry over One Year

The Effect of Pulsing Poultry over One Year

From time to time I back up and do a sort of “back to basics” show on certain subjects.  Often things like Modern Survival Philosophy or basic preparedness.  But yesterday I realized the word “permaculture” is tossed around at TSP constantly but likely many listeners don’t really understand it at all or perhaps even know what it is.

Additionally many people wonder why they should even care.  Isn’t permaculture just hippies rolling in mud?  No, it is more like Greening Deserts, Greening More Deserts and perhaps even using cows to restore entire eco systems and feed half the world.  It also might be completely redesigning the largest farm in Jordan, building a cold climate sustainable profitable orchard or perhaps making a back yard feed a family.

So today we take a look at Permaculture from a basics of understanding and functionality standpoint.  I think that both people totally new to permaculture and those who are full time practitioners will enjoy this look into the design science of permaculture.

Tune in today as we discuss…

  • What is permaculture – beyond the typical definition
  • What permaculture is not and misconceptions about it and the people behind it
  • What is the prime directive and the three ethics
  • Understanding techniques are techniques they are not permaculture
    • Swales
    • Hugulkulture
    • Food Forests – A good teachable example
      • The High Canopy
      • The Low Tree
      • Shrub
      • herbaceous
      • rhizome
      • cover crops
      • vertical climbers
  • What are zones and sectors
  • Permaculture on a small scale
    • Intensive gardens
    • Urban food forests
    • Reuse and recycling
    • Back yard engineering
  • Permaculture on a broad acre scale
    • Can not be run like “conventional systems”
    • Not always called “permaculture”
    • Absolutely requires the integration of Animals
    • Requires a time phased approach
    • Largely misunderstood both by main stream and “purple breathers”
  • The simple truth
    • The unaltered ethics and directive are universal
    • This is a system of design, not just a way to grow food
    • If permaculture “doesn’t work” natural systems don’t work
    • Truthfully modern agriculture doesn’t work if fairly judged
  • Final Thoughts

Resources for today’s show…

 Bob Wells Plant of the WeekMethley Plum Tree

The Methley Plum is highly adaptable from zone 5 to zone 9.  It is a juicy sweet plum with red flesh, reddish purple skin and great flavor.

It is an attractive tree that is vigorous and bears heavy. It ripens early and is very cold hardy. This is Bob Wells personal favorite when it comes to plums.

Bob Wells Nursery specializes in anything edible: Fruit trees, Berry Plants, Nut Trees, as well as the hard to find Specialty Trees.  Find this plant and more at BobWellsNursery.com

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-1481- The Backyard Nursery

Goji Cuttings Rooted in 5 Days Flat!

Goji Cuttings Rooted in 5 Days Flat!

In the last two years I have planted over 400 trees, bushes, vines, etc. on my property.  Right now I have 150 small support trees (locust and autumn olive) waiting to be planted into my food forest.

The sheer variety of what will be budding out and going into full on growth mode in 2015 has me very excited.  There are over 20 varieties of apple, an equal if not higher variety of plumbs, 6 different low chill cherries and more.  I still have to find a home that will meet the needs of 10 bush hazels.

I have even found a spot I call current row and it is now planted with 7 currant varieties, this little sweet spot is perfect to help currants survive my harsh climate.  I have many varieties of autumn olive going like gang busters, three different mull berry species and comfrey nestled down for the winter everywhere.

It has all been a ton of fun, but let me tell you what I have learned during this time…

1.  Plants are trees are fascinating
2.  The variety of what is available in any climate is staggering
3.  Even small spaces can be planted with dozens or hundreds of trees
4.  For every tree you are going to want 10 or more other perennial plants
5.  Finding what you want is often difficult and highly seasonal
6.  The big one, plants and trees are expensive!

This has led me to begin the planning and development of my own back yard nursery.  Today I will discuss that and the things are are currently building and installing.

I will also discuss the opportunity that exists in this space for running your own business and the various ways you can get started.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • My current plans (phyical build happening now)
    • Intermittent Misting Beds
    • Tree seedlings and grow out beds
    • Nursery work station
  • Future plans
    • High quality green house
      • Highly Insulated
      • Rear wall solid, no glass
      • Lean-to style roof
      • Power and automated watering
      • Really a small house with plants in it
      • Will use a thermal battery (earth based)
      • Delayed until next season (wife is getting her kitchen first)
  • Why this makes a good business model
    • Value creation – product production
    • Current demand exceeds supply
    • Allows for story based marketing
    • You are selling an appreciating asset
    • Countless niches
      • Cider Apples
      • Medicinal Plants
      • Regional Specific
      • Build a Guilds
      • What Can You Think Of
    • Creates repeat and referral business
    • Legal hurtles are small (nursery permit)
    • Product can be sold local, shipped or both
    • Good margins, room to cut deals
    • Easily started, not easily replicated
    • Many small producer advantages over the “big guys”
  • Some Plants I am Excited to Work With
    • Goji Berry
    • “Designer Autumn Olive” and Goumis
    •  Various “seedling” and “spitter” apples
    • Bush Cherries
    • Elders
    • Plums
    • Figs
  • Final Thoughts

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 (866-658-4465866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

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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.

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-1467- Diego Footer from Permaculture Voices

Diego Footer is the founder and CEO of the Permaculture Voices Conference and Podcast where his goal is to go out and motivate and inspire people to push the limits, do great work, and live the life that they want to live through permaculture principles.

I met Diego though Paul Wheaton a bit over a year ago when he first came up with the concept for the Permaculture Voices conference.  The first conference was an amazing success, especially since it was the first event Diego had ever done.

He is now getting ready for the second conference, PV2 and joins us today to discuss that along with his podcast.  We also discuss in depth what it takes to build a business, any business if you want to be successful.  We dig deep into many of the lessons he has learned interviewing permaculturists who have started successful and profitable businesses over the past year.

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.

Bob Wells Plant of the WeekThe Mayhaw Tree – Adaptable from zone 6 to zone 9 The Mayhaw tree is a small native fruit tree. This showy tree is primarily found in bottom land and along the river’s edge. It is known for its love of water but will grow well in your yard or home garden, as well.

The Mayhaw produces best in partial to full sun locations and is self-fertile. The small cranberry-like fruits are highly prized for making the best jellies, preserves, and syrups. Eaten fresh, it tastes like a crabapple. Mayhaw jelly has been a delicacy in the southeast for generations and a Mayhaw tree will make a fine addition to your landscape.

Plant your Mayhaw tree in a prominent spot to show off its beautiful pure white early blooms and attractive red berries that appear in May. Bob Wells Nursery specializes in anything edible: fruit trees, berry plants, nut trees, as well as the hard to find specialty trees. Find them at BobWellsNursery.com

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-1460- The Effective Marketing of a Permaculture Farm with Stefan Sobkowiak

Stefan Sobkowiak  of Miracle Farms

Stefan Sobkowiak of Miracle Farms

Twenty years ago, Stefan Sobkowiak bought a commercial apple orchard with the intention of converting it to an organic orchard. He did just that, but eventually understood the limitations of the organic model originating from monoculture.

He then decided to tear out most of the trees and replant in a way that would maximize biodiversity and yield while minimizing the amount of maintenance required. Inspired by permaculture principles, the orchard now counts over 100 cultivars of apples, plums, pears, cherries, and countless other fruits and vegetables.

Today’s Steven returns to TSP to discuss the multidimensional harvest of a permaculture farm or orchard and how to effectively market the production profitably.

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-1451- Rapid Fire Q&A on Homesteading From Facebook

Check out the TSP Facebook Page

Check out the TSP Facebook Page

Late yesterday I did this post on facebook asking for any and all questions that are permaculture/homestead related.  The plan was to do a rapid fire q and a style show.

A this point I will say I will do my best, the post garnered over 150 comments in less than  12 hours time!  Some of the questions are easy, some are so complex as to require research and or a full show to cover them.  So I will pick and choose and do as many as I can do today.

If you haven’t liked the TSP Facebook Page this post is just one example of why you should.  I put out a lot of information and lots of just fun stuff for the TSP community on facebook.  Sometimes I leak information, and/or do a sale on facebook and twitter.  You just never know.

A lot of times when I put videos on YouTube I mention them on Facebook and Twitter long before they get posted to the TSP site.  Just like I did yesterday with my latest videos on the Red Pharaoh Chicken.

Due to the number of questions responded to I will not post them in the show notes, you can refer to the post on facebook if you want to say something directly to the person who asked the question or get a feel for how many questions were asked beyond my ability to respond to them.

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-1449- Seed Saving and Land Races with Justin Huhn

Learn more About Justin's Work at TheSeedKeepers.com

Learn more About Justin’s Work at TheSeedKeepers.com

Justin is an organic farmer & seed grower, and an impassioned gardening and seed-saving educator. He co-founded All Good Things Organic Seeds, a farm-based seed company in Ojai, CA.

Through the process of establishing an organic seed company, Justin became an expert in growing, harvesting, cleaning, and storing seeds of hundreds of different species. Now with his current project, The Seedkeepers, he is focused entirely on supporting and educating gardeners to grow more food and successfully save quality seed.

Justin is a long time TSP listener and community member and joins us today to discuss, the role of Hybrid seeds in a survival garden. Developing LandRaces and why every survivalist and homesteader should be doing it.  The importance of seed quality, starting with good seed, and why seeds you save yourself are the best.

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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