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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…

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Episode-1429- Steven Scott on Seed Saving

Cindy and Stephen Scott of Terroir Seeds

Cindy and Stephen Scott of Terroir Seeds

Stephen Scott is an Heirloom Seedsman, soil building advocate, locavore, amateur chef, artist and co-owner with his wife Cindy of Terroir Seeds, having been involved with heirloom seeds, environmental education, habitat restoration, soil health and building local food pathways for more than 20 years.

He’s an author, speaker and educator on seed, soil, food and health and how they relate to and strengthen each other. They welcome dialogue and can be reached at Seeds@UnderwoodGardens.com or 888-878-5247.

Steve joins us today to discuss saving seed and a new online course he has released in partnership with Marjory Wildcraft on the same subject.

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1427- How Much Land is “Enough”

You Don't Need a Remote Mountain Retreat to Have a Homestead.

You Don’t Need a Remote Mountain Retreat to Have a Homestead.

Please Note – there was a major math error in today’s show which will create a future “Jack Was Wrong Segment”.  I don’t know why but in this show I said 208 x 4 was 2,496.  This is clearly wrong the correct number was 832.

This should of made the tree counts 80 at 10 feet and 40 at 20 feet spacings.  This is what happens when you do math in your head on the fly I guess, given 208x4x3 is 2,496 I guess I was thinking in yards and talking in feet.  In a round about way I guess I put my foot in my mouth!

There is no hard rule as to how much land is “enough” and in fact the question itself is generally flawed. The person asking such a question is generally asking it as such, “How much land is enough to provide 100 percent of my needs”? The reason said question is flawed is simply that you are NOT going to provide 100% of your needs, on your own, from any piece of land.

There are a number of reasons that this is the case. The biggest reason though is simply man hours. A piece of land can only yield so much production and each square foot of land under cultivation requires human interaction.

Even a wild berry bush must be picked if one is to eat berries. Sure hens lay eggs and a small flock is a great addition to your homestead if you can do it, but they must be fed, watered, housed, culled, etc.

Today I want to take a different look at this question, by applying 10 more questions to it, they are,

  1. How much land do you have to work with?
  2. What climate type are you in and hence what can you easily grow?
  3. How much time do you have to work on the property weekly?
  4. Of the things that grow where you live, which do you most like to eat?
  5. What type of budget and time line do you have for improving your land?
  6. How long do you plan to own the property?
  7. Do you just want personal production or some sort of income?
  8. What laws and restrictions must be considered in your area?
  9. Will you actively live on the land in question?
  10. How will you store and deal with the surplus beyond immediate use?

From there we will take a look at how I might design a simple square 1 acre property.

Resources for today’s show…

Bob Wells Nursery Plant of the Week – Cold Hardy Avocados Varieties include: Joey, Lila, Poncho, Brazos Belle and Fantastic. Adaptable from zone 8 to zone 10

Medium sized avocados weighing approximately 6-10 ounces and are egg shaped. They have excellent rich flavor and are known to be heavy producers. Cold Hardy Avocado trees that are mature have withstood temperatures as low as 15-18 degrees. We recommend covering the tree the first winter if the temperature drops below freezing. Once the tree has been in the ground for a year and is well rooted it then will begin to withstand the colder temperatures.

The older the tree gets the more, cold hardy it becomes. For those of you who live anywhere above zone 8, we have the Joey Avocado which is a semi dwarf variety that you can grow in a container, and bring it inside during the winter.  See All Avacado Varieties Currently Available at Bob Wells Nursery.

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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…

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Episode-1415- Stefan Sobkowiak on the Permaculture Orchard

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 interview was like meeting a kindred spirit.  Stefan and I spoke for almost two hours and barely covered half of what I wanted to discuss with him.

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1413- 12 More Herbs Every Survivalist Should Grow

Lemon Balm Growing in My Food Forest Edge

Lemon Balm Growing in My Food Forest Edge

Today we do part two of a series on herbs every survivalist should grow.  Herbs are great because even if have a tiny yard these are 12 plants you can easily find space for even on a postage stamp city lot.

The key is these 12 plants will provide you food, medicine, relaxation and beauty and require very little of you in return. I truly believe that ones quality of life can be improved just by growing and using fresh herbs.

This first show in this series was Episode-1410- 12 Herbs Every Modern Survivalist Should Grow, so if you don’t see your favorite herb here, it may have been covered in that episode.

The truth is I could go on an list 12 more off the top of my head but these 12 will do so much and ask so little of you that is why I chose them for today’s show.  We may in fact do one more show in this series.

Join me Today As I Discuss the Following 18 Herbs You Should be Growing

  1. Lemon Balm
  2. Peppermint
  3. Comfrey
  4. Dill
  5. Sage
  6. Thyme
  7. Calendula
  8. Rosemary
  9. Bee Balm
  10. Roses
  11. Lavender
  12. Marsh Mallow

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1407- Xavier Hawk on Permacredits and the New Economy

Learn more at PermaCredits.com

Learn more at PermaCredits.com

Xavier Hawk Is the founder of Permacredits a Bitcoin Style Currency that fuels innovation and growth in the Permaculture, triple bottom line marketplace. He also founded Colony Earth, an Eco Village and Eco Development company in Western North Carolina that runs on Bitcoin, Credits, and other crypto currencies.

The business model he developed for profitable Permaculture Eco Developments is already being adopted and implemented in locations across the globe, and the work he is doing with Permacredits is laying the groundwork for how Decentralized Autonomous Organizations and Bitcoin 2.0 protocols function in the marketplace.

He joins us to discuss, Permacredits as a local currency for the Global Permaculture Movement.  Xavier states that “Permacredits are a currency that fuels Ecological and Regenerative Permaculture based businesses.  In doing so they allow individuals direct control of their monetary supply, issuance rates, and ultimately control over what that currency supports.”

In this case rather than supporting a debt slavery war machine, the currency supports the values, ideologies, and industries of the people involved, specifically a healthy, balanced, sane world built on regenerative enterprise.

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1403- Planning the Fall Garden

New Garden Beds Under Construction at the TSP Homestead

“Fall Garden?  What the heck Jack, do you not see your own weather forecast?  Hellllloooo earth to Jack, it is going to be 103 degrees in your town today, the next 5 days will have highs of 104, 101, 101, 100 and 100.  Are you Daft?  This is the time to be planning a fall garden?”

Well indeed, yes it is.  Consider that your spring garden planning begins when frost and snow are still on the ground does it not.   Yes it is 103 today but our average first frost date is Nov. 17th.

There are two things to consider around this first frost date.  The first is that currently I have about 102 days on the average before our fist frost.  Hence anything that will frost kill and requires more than 102 days to produce is out of the question for a second crop right now.

So I now must choose any frost sensitive crops carefully for my second season.  I also likely need to start most seed in flats or pots in a shaded and climate controlled area right now.  Germination is poor to say the least at 100 plus degree temps.

The second is with frost hardy crops, like carrots, peas, lettuce, etc.  While they are frost hardy, one must get them well established by the frost date if they are to continue to grow in thrive in cold and short days.

Join Me Today as We Discuss…

  • Bed maintenance for beds you won’t be planting with “crops”
    • Biochar, manure, green sand, other amendments
    • Mulch
    • Cover Crops
    • Heavy Harvest of the Summer Crops
  • New Bed Establishment
    • My new beds currently being installed
    • Why this is a good time to establish new beds
  • Getting ready for the fall crops
    • Protection or not?
    • Killing Weeds
    • Starting seeds (sometimes indoors)
    • Selecting plants from a nursery
  • 10 Crops for the fall garden
    • Spinach
    • Chard
    • Beets
    • Garlic (planting for next fall)
    • Onions and Leeks
    • Broccoli
    • Cabbage
    • Kale
    • Carrots – Frankly most root crops
    • Lettuce
  • Getting the Edge on Cool Weather
    • Windbreaks
    • Southern Exposure
    • Row Covers
    • Micro Green Houses

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1402- Frank Salzano on Firefly Gatherings and Primitive Skills

Hide Tanning at Firefly

Hide Tanning at Firefly

Frank Salzano is currently establishing a staple food crop chestnut-based forest garden in Sodom-Laurel, NC, where he homesteads and experiments with permaculture farming.

He graduated with honors from Shepherd College with a B.A. in Liberal Arts, after spending a year on the city council of Shepherdstown, WV, where he served on the Planning and Zoning Commission, Environmental Sustainability Committee, and Affordable Housing Committee.

He is a member of the Northern Nut Growers Association (NNGA) and the North American Fruit Explorers (NAFEX). His writing has been published in the Permaculture Activist magazine and Appalachian Voices.

He is also an active member of the Firefly Gathering and is passionate about helping people build community around, traditional, primitive and modern sustainable skill sets.  He joins us today to discuss the Firefly Gathering, one of the largest primitive and sustainable skills events in the nation.

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1383- The Forest Market Garden Concept

Last week I did Episode 1379- The Profitable Small Acre Homestead and it seemed to be a pretty big hit.  Today’s show continues on that theme.  The reason I bring this up is 1379 has some business components that apply here and I will not be rehashing many of them, so to get the most from today’s show you may wish to listen to 1379 first if you have not already done so.

With 1379 fresh in my mind I was turned on to a book called, The Market Gardner by Jean-Martin Fortier.  I am currently reading it but one thing that struck me was the constant need for bed prep, soil amendments, seed and plant starting, heavy irrigation, etc.  And this is a book that promises to reduce work by “going small and focusing on intensive production and quality”.  Frankly it still sounds like a ton of work to me.

My view is a perennial style system while taking longer to yield is a lot less ongoing work and requires a lot less ongoing expense and inputs.  So today I am examining this concept in a live thought expirment.  Many of the concepts you have seen developed at TSP came via this type of thinking and planning and many other ideas never made it though the tunnel to the other side.

Hence, today’s show is not a statement of what will work, or even well planned.  It is just what I claim a thought experiment with a lot of work left to be done, but it is one I believe is highly valid and may in fact empower many homesteaders in the future to become profitable on small blocks of land ranging between 2-5 acres.  Perhaps even less.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Why this approach
  • What is the downside
  • What are some of the biggest challenges
  • How might you reduce establishment costs
    • Establish a “beach head” with most planned varieties
    • Propagate and expand over time
    • Develop solid earthworks to reduce irrigation requirements
    • Use irrigation trays like IrriPan to establish, then expand with reuse
    • Thoughts on grafting including patented varieties
  • Thoughts on staggering harvest with fruit tree varieties
    • Apples (mid July to late Oct.)
    • Plums (mid May to early Oct.)
    • Cherry (early May to late June)
    • Apricots and Crosses (early May to early July, and Aug.)
    • Nectarines (late May to late Sept.)
    • Peaches (early May to late Sept.)
    • Pears (including Asian) (Late July to very early Nov.)
  • Thoughts on staggering harvest with berry varieties
    • Blueberries (May to July)
    • Blackberries (June to August plus late crop primacanes)
    • Raspberries (Mid June to July and Mid Aug. to Mid Oct.)
    • Currants and Gooseberry (mid June to mid July)
    • Strawberry (ever bearing and June bearing)
    • Grapes (August – September)
    • Wolfberry (Late June to first frost)
    • Elderberry (July to August)
    • Sea Berry (at least early Aug. to late Sept.)
  • Some cool value adds and how to incorporate them
    • Perennial herbs
    • Squash (winter and summer)
    • Dried berries
    • Mushrooms
    • Potentially reselling other local product in a cool way
    • Honey
  • Final Thoughts – this is viable but the design is still far away

Resources for today’s show…

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