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Episode-1957- The Beginners Guide to Growing Food

I have done some really advanced stuff with agriculture and permaculture over the years but I realized it has been a long time since I have done something totally devoted to a true beginner.  The person looking at a patch of ground and a back porch and just wanting a garden and some of their own food on their own table.

This does not have to be complicated and it also doesn’t have to be expensive.  Our grand parents and great grand parents didn’t spend a lot of money to grow a garden, they didn’t have design certificates or gadgets either.  Still today we have a lot of options they didn’t, by combining their simple approach and some modern convience we can get off the ground running fast.

We can have a great harvest in our first year and lay the ground work for a garden that gets better and better over time.  We can also do things in a way that shortens the learning curve and makes us feel good about what we are doing, rather than demotivated and frustrated as many first year gardeners become.

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  • An example of why the “green thumb” is a myth to be ignored
  • What is the goal of a family garden
    • Produce food
    • Save money
    • Improve quality of life
    • Provide better healthier nutrition
  • Should you go with “raised beds”
    • What is the ground like
    • What is your climate like
    • Can you either automate or simply irrigation
    • Are you going to want “borders” if so why
    • Where are you going to get your material and how much will it cost
  • Why I recommend buying plants your first year, at least some of them
    • Plants I recommend buying
      • Peppers
      • Tomatoes
      • Broccoli/Cauliflower
    • High success rate
    • Very broad availability of varieties now
    • Cost is not bad, and this is a learning year
  • Plant I recommend planting from seed in the ground
    • Peas/Beans etc.
    • Beets
    • Radishes
    • Arugula
    • Dill
    • Squash
    • Melons
  • Plants I recommend starting in containers even in your first year or buying
    • Chard
    • Lettuce
    • Basil
    • Parsley
    • Chives
  • Why everyone should grow sweet potato
  • Bed establishment
    • Double dig, sheet mulch or both
    • Bring in material – yes till/turn it in
    • Mulch with wood chips
  • The things that will make your plants successful almost no mater what
    • Dr. Earth 1014 Premium Gold Organic All-Purpose Fertilizer (balanced NPK) – Link
    • Garrett Juice Plus (foliar feed) – Link
    • Blood and Bone Fertilizer – Link
    • GS Plant Foods Liquid Kelp – Link
    • Hydro Organics Earth Juice Cal-n-Mag Plant Food – Link
    • Liquinox Iron Zinc Chelated Solution – Link
    • Endo Mycorrhizae Fungal Inoculation – Link
    • Azomite consider sourcing locally – Link
    • Green Sand consider sourcing locally – Link
    • Lava Sand – source this locally!
    • Expanded Shale – source this locally!
  • Going forward or doing more in the first year (composting-worms-etc)

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Episode-1943- Peter Allen Off Grid Living and Regenerative Farming

Peter and His Kiddo Living the Dream On Farm!

Peter brings his ecological background to his farming practice. He spent a decade at UW-Madison, teaching courses in ecology and complex systems theory, and researching the history and functioning of midwestern ecosystems.

He realized the critical role that animals play in the creation and maintenance of functional ecosystems. He also realized that in order to achieve broad-scale ecological restoration, it must be an economical viable pursuit. He therefore became determined to work with livestock toward ecological regeneration, and Mastodon Valley Farm was born.

Now he spends his days observing and interacting with an increasing diversity of plants and animals working in concert towards the abundant production of food, medicine, fiber, lumber, and energy. He continues to teach through our on-farm courses and consults with other landowners interested in implementing regenerative techniques on their own sites.

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Episode-1942- Edible Ornamentals – Growing Food in Plain Site Even in an HOA

So today I stopped by the TSP Zello channel to say hello and ask for topic suggestions.  There were some great ones but most required me to spend a few days to put together, this one though I can get ready for in about an hour, so it is our topic of the day.

I also like this topic because this is a common problem I hear about from many people.  I want to grow food, I really think my front yard is best but I live in an HOA and the blue hairs will get me, etc.  Additionally growing food in a front yard even without an HOA may be something people want to keep a bit unadvertised for a variety of reasons.

Also while I will discuss some specific plants to grow today I will spend a lot of time on technique.  In general what people (okay idiots) object with front yard gardens isn’t the specific plants, because they don’t know know a beet plant from a hosta in the first place, they object to the pattern, people identify patterns.

In fact the entire sickness of the HOA mentality is an obsession with uniformity of pattern.  A McMansion is supposed to look a certain way, cars should be in garages, grass should be mowed and edged, etc.  Drive up and down any HOA style neighborhood and you will see a modern Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood, 5 or six houses repeted over and over with some variances of color.  Mail boxes lined up a certain way, etc.  This sickness once understood becomes our weapon of choice.

Join Me Today To Discuss….

  • Understanding HPOS (HOA Pattern Obsession Syndrome)
  • Know the rules, percentage of grass, number of trees, height restrictions, etc.
  • Switch to an organic program for lawn maintenance -see links for this below
  • Measure your working area and deign in islands and edges within the rules
  • Install irrigation to all locations, drip is best if you can do so
  • Do use things like landscape fabric and mulches, (natural)
  • Look at what your neighbors do, mimic the patterns
  • Plant non edibles with your edibles
  • Use dwarf or semi dwarf trees, shrubs and bushes
  • Definitely grow annuals though out the season with succession planting
  • Give away some easy to grow “pretty plants” like Rainbow Chard
  • Build retaining walls for deeper fills of soil
  • Utilize edges, as this is expected by people with HPOS
  • Utilize large containers
    • Some Great Annuals to Grow in this System
      • Herbs especially purple basil
      • Rainbow Chard
      • Red Beets – for the tops
      • Sweet Potato – as a ground cover
      • Calendula
      • Nasturtium
      • Ornamental Hot Peppers
      • Various lettuces
      • Scarlet Runner Beans
      • Kale
    • Perennials
      • Dwarf Pomegranite
      • Dwarf Peach
      • Blueberries
      • Feijoa
      • Figs
      • Chives
      • Day Lilies
      • Roses
      • Nanking or Hanson’s Cherry
      • Dwarf Mulberry – keep it pruned below bird usage
  • Remember in the end, the key is stay in the rules and stay in the pattern
  • Oh, get the hell out of that HOA ASAP

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Episode-1896- Dan Ohmann on Raising Sheep

Learn More at GrassFedHomestead.com

Learn More at GrassFedHomestead.com

Dan left his successful career in law enforcement and relocated his family from Atlanta to the Inland Northwest to pursue their dream of homesteading. Dan practices a primal lifestyle and uses permaculture principles and techniques to develop his new 10 acre homestead from scratch.

His primary motivation in pursuing this lifestyle is to provide his family with the healthiest, high-quality, nutrient-dense, food while doing so in a sustainable, regenerative manner that enhances their resiliency and adds value to the community.

Dan has taken Geoff Lawton’s online PDC, the PermaEthos PDC, and several other workshops under the sustainable agriculture umbrella. Dan is putting this knowledge to work raising sheep for meat and a small flock of chickens and ducks.

Dan also taught himself video production skills and has worked on Justin Rhodes’ “Permaculture Chickens” film (promotional editing) and his new “10 Hour Homestead” Course as well as filming and editing content for Gary Collins of the Primal Power Method. Dan is currently producing a daily YouTube “vlog” – The Grass-fed Homestead – documenting the establishment of the homestead.

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Don’t Miss PETV Presentation with Paul Wheaton

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Tuesday, October 10
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Episode 14 – Paul Wheaton
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Topic: Rocket Mass Heater Stuff

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Paul Wheaton

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Paul is a strong advocate for the use and tinkering of rocket mass heaters – a wood burning stove design that utilizes the heat typically lost through exhaust piping in conventional designs as an additional heat source. The design is simple enough that anyone can build one, and can heat your home with as much as 90% less wood. Paul’s latest video series shows in great detail how to build and use a rocket mass heater several different ways – you can learn more here.
In addition to maximizing fuel efficiency with the exhaust piping, rocket mass heaters incorporate a thermal mass to more gradually distribute heat, and create a longer lasting heat source. Often times this is done by winding the exhaust piping through a beautiful cob bench, but in Paul’s DVD sets, he also covers pebble style rocket mass heaters.
Richsoil has a page packed full of information to get you started.

PETV Presentation with Erika Block

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Tuesday, September 13
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Episode 13 – Erika Block
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Local Orbit

Consumer demand is stimulating rapid change in the food system. Big food is losing market share to local food. Supply chains are in the early stages significant transformation, creating new opportunities for independent food producers.

Erika will discuss this shifting landscape, focusing on sales, marketing and distribution options for small farmers, as well as how to determine an appropriate scale and market focus based on both your personal and business goals – and how you can get there.

She’ll explore the benefits and challenges of both direct-to-consumer distribution models and food hub/aggregation models, with information about how producers can get involved with existing food hubs or launch their own.

She’ll also discuss the role of online platforms such as Local Orbit in the evolving food economy, and share Local Orbit’s vision to create the underlying supply chain infrastructure that supports local, collaborative and transparent food economies, with shared value for all participants.

Erika brings unique insight to this discussion, having worked with local food buyers, sellers and logistics providers across the country, with organizations that are growing, as well as organizations that are struggling or have failed. She has worked with more than 100 entrepreneurs in various stages of developing local food distribution businesses through Local Orbit’s Hub Camps localorbit.com/workshops. Erika also works with foodservice operators to integrate local food into high-volume procurement processes.

Meet Erika Block

Erika is the Founder and CEO of Local Orbit, the supply chain platform for people who are creating a new, connected food economy. Local Orbit enables institutions and restaurants to efficiently purchase from local farmers, food makers & aggregators, while maintaining complete supply chain transparency.

By enabling efficient, decentralized supply chains, Local Orbit saves money for foodservice buyers and enables them to meet customer demand for local, sustainably sourced food, while increasing market share for small and mid-size food producers.

Prior to Local Orbit, Erika co-founded and ran an entrepreneurial arts organization, producing cross-sector partnership events in the US, Great Britain and South Africa. She also co-created, directed and produced 15 plays. She led the renovation of a vacant building in Detroit into a theater, gallery and bar and worked with vendors to source local food for events.

Erika was inspired to create Local Orbit through a series of interviews she conducted for a project on the History of Eating.  She spent time with people in fields, barns, warehouses, processing facilities, delivery trucks, kitchens, offices, cafeterias and restaurants. She talked to policy makers, business owners, food writers and nutritionists.  And she identified the need for a platform that could support the new and evolving businesses and innovators who are transforming our food system.

She has also worked as a technology and business process consultant, focusing on strategic planning, collaboration, operational efficiency and communications strategy. Throughout her career, Erika has created collaborative environments that facilitate learning and action.

Erika is a graduate of University of Michigan, has an MFA from Columbia University, and studied Interactive Technology at NYU. She comes from a family of fruit peddlers, meat processors, restaurant owners and wholesalers. She is a PopTech Social Innovation Fellow. Other awards include Crain’s Detroit Business 40 Under 40.

 

PETV Presentation S01E12 – Rob Avis

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Resilient Homes & Homesteads:
A Permaculture Engineer’s Perspective

Engineer, ecologist & permaculture designer Rob Avis shares the high-level process he uses with clients to design homesteads that leverage and interact with the environment in which they’re built, producing their own energy and food, harvesting and storing water, cycling nutrients, and restoring the surrounding ecosystems.

He’ll talk about how he combines goal setting, informed observation of the landscape, and appropriate innovative technology (such as building envelope design & annualized geo-solar) with environmental consciousness to create resilient, high-performance homes and farms.

With over 20 years of combined experience in engineering, project management, ecological design and sustainable technologies, Rob and his wife Michelle Avis own & operate Adaptive Habitat – a unique and leading edge property design and management company in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

As skilled Professional Engineers, they offer a depth of practical expertise in building science and appropriate technology (solar, wind, combined heat & power), as well as rainwater harvesting, agro-ecology, ecosystem engineering, soil regeneration and onsite wastewater treatment / septic design.

Their extensive project management experience includes site analysis, technical design, cost estimating and scheduling, through to commissioning and construction.

Both hold a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Alberta, interned at theFolkecenter for Renewable Energy in Denmark, and co-foundedVerge Permaculture in 2008, now an internationally-recognized & award-winning regenerative design, consulting, and education center.

Episode-1865- Justin Rhodes on the 10 Hour Homestead and New Media

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Justin Rhodes is an “edutainer” creating daily homesteading vlogs on Youtube. He runs an online business, abundantpermaculture.com teaching folks how to grown their own food (mainly chicken and veggies) with permaculture.

Justin made a big splash with his DVD “Permaculture Chickens” via Kickstarter over a year ago.  Since they he has worked tirelessly to simplify and hack homesteading and raising animals into the most efficient and low cost methods possible.

He joins us today to discuss the concept of “The Ten Hour Homestead”.  Today we discuss that concept in detail and how the average person can produce much of their own food with minimal investment of time and money with modern homesteading concepts.

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New PermaEthos Course Creating Gaia’s Garden course with Toby Hemenway

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Join best-selling permaculture author Toby Hemenway and over 100 students for a dynamic and practical course on creating your home ecosystem. Imagine living in a yard that overflows with food and other useful products such as medicine, fiber, and building supplies. Your yard can also shrink home energy bills, extend your growing season, and be a comfortable outdoor space year-round in all but the harshest climates.

It can also help provide income and reduce your dependence on money. In this 5-session course, you’ll learn how to do all this, but there’s more: That same yard that gives you food, energy, and income security can also enhance wildlife habitat, sequester carbon, and provide a beautiful, restful sanctuary for you and your partners or family. If you enjoyed reading Gaia’s Garden, this course will show you how to bring that book to life in your yard. Those who complete this course will earn a certificate from the Permaculture Institute (USA).

Early Bird Special 

PermaEthos and Toby Hemenway are offering a HUGE discount on the course. The normal price is $299. If you register before October 1st you will get $100 off making the course only $199. If you are a PermaEthos founding member you will receive an additional $25 off.
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Live Class Dates and Times

Each live class lesson will be recorded in case you miss it or if you are unable to attend live. These will also be available for download!
Our live classroom software is compatible with iOS and Android devices as well as on the PC (Mac, Linux, Windows).

  • Lesson 01 – 6pm Pacific on October 6th
  • Lesson 02 – 6pm Pacific on October 13th
  • Lesson 03 – 6pm Pacific on October 20th
  • Lesson 04 – 6pm Pacific on October 27th
  • Lesson 05 – 6pm Pacific on November 3rd

Permaculture Institute Certificate

PI-USA logoThose who successfully complete the “Creating Gaia’s Garden” course will receive a certificate from The Permaculture Institute USA, a 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 1997 by Bill Mollison and Scott Pittman, and will also receive 10 credit hours toward a Diploma in Permaculture. PI-USA is one of the principal certifying organizations of the international permaculture community, and Toby Hemenway is a Field Director for the Institute, which means that he can offer certificates sponsored by PI-USA, and can mentor students through the Institute’s Diploma Program.

The Diploma in Permaculture is awarded to individuals who meet certain education requirements, achieve excellence in permaculture practice, demonstrate their commitment to permaculture ethics, and submit adequate evidence of their work to a committee of peers (College of Diplomats) for review and recommendations.

A permaculture design certificate course (PDC) is a pre-requisite for the diploma, but the credit hours from the ”Creating Gaia’s Garden” online course can be applied toward the diploma regardless of whether the student has completed a PDC prior to this course or not. The credit hours from this course cannot be applied toward the PDC at the present time. More information about PI-USA’s diploma program can be found at http://www.permaculture.org/what/diploma/

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Episode-1802- Your First Year on a New Homestead – Taking Actions without Regretting Them

Nine Mile Farm - Three Years Into It - We Didn't Get Here By Accident but we did Make Mistakes Along the Way

Nine Mile Farm – Three Years Into It – We Didn’t Get Here By Accident but we did Make Mistakes Along the Way

Today we continue our Tuesday shows selected by you the audience.  You can see the results of the voting for June here, and the new poll to vote on July’s show is already up and ready for voting here.

The winners for June are as follows,

  1. Four Years of Flux – The Rapid Changes Between Now and 2020
  2. Your First Year on a New Homestead – Taking Actions without Regretting Them
  3. Eating like a king on a Below Average Income
  4. The 12 Planks of Modern Survivalism – A Revisit 8 Years After I First Created Them

I decided to kick the month off with Your First Year on the New Homestead as a lot is fresh in my mind because Dorothy and I watched this video last night.  If you have seen any recent video of my property the differences are staggering.  That said there were a lot of things in this video that changed, some even failed and some we just decided not to do.

Why?  Observation, interaction, on the fly learning, adaptation, opportunity recognition and other things we will discuss today.

Join Me Today To Discuss…

  • The Urge to get shit done fast and why to hold back a bit
  • Start with infrastructure
    • Water – specifically irrigation/pluming
    • Access – don’t design it out
    • Structures – people, gear, animals
    • Containment – control of animals and humans
    • Mobile Housing – best bet in the first year
  • For food production start small and intensive
    • Intensive gardens or wicking beds
    • Rack housed livestock
    • Tractored livestock
  • Some big things to do not
    • Buying plants/trees without know where/when they will be planted
    • Adding livestock before you have means to control them
    • Put in isolated structures, features, gardens, etc
  • Some things to do
    • Walk your property daily take it all in
    • Keep a journal, notes, etc.
    • Observe neighboring property
    • See out cheap/free sources of materials (use caution)
    • Develop a composting solution
    • Get shit organized – I am personally weak at this
    • Finish one thing before you begin the next
    • Keep a record of things you have to do/fix often, develop a how to “manual”
  • The most important analysis – analyze yourself
    • What do you like to eat
    • Are you going to be okay killing animals or even having them killed
    • How much can you store
    • How much time a week do you have to do things
    • Can you honestly do basic maintenance every morning and evening
    • What do you really want from your homestead
  • Some very important things to consider
    • Just because it works for someone else doesn’t mean it will for you
    • Homesteading is NOT a competitive sport
    • Always remember you may have to sell a property some day
    • Admit, accept and correct mistakes FAST
    • Always be willing to take a step back
    • Understand most animals bind you to your property
    • Consider hiring part time help if you have the budget
    • Hire out stuff you will never get to if it is important
  • In the end, you will make mistakes just stick to ones you can correct easily

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