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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

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1764- Small Scale Food Forestry

A Forest Garden Makes for a Better Back Yard

A Forest Garden Makes for a Better Back Yard

Today is the first ever show chosen by official poll of the audience.  The choices were and the order they came in were…

  • One – Small Scale Food Forestry (26%)
  • Two – Making and Using Herbal Medicines (20%)
  • Three – Outdoor Cooking – Grilling, Smoking and More (16%)
  • Four – Setting Up a Remote Property (BOL) (14%)
  • Five – How to Talk to Friends and Family about Prepping (12%)
  • Six – Investing in Gold and Silver (9%)

You can see that poll and the final results here.

Also the poll to select shows for May has been posted and you can vote on that here.

So today we move into the topic of small scale food forestry.  This is a topic many are interested in, with a food forest, even a small one we can produce

  • Food
  • Fuel
  • Medicines
  • Fibers
  • Wild Life Habitat
  • Beauty
  • And Increased Property Values

The entire concept is largely misunderstood though, as forest invokes visions of huge systems and yes they can be large systems, they can also be quite small.

Join Me Today As We Discuss…

  • What is a food forest or a forest garden
  • A quick review of the seven layers of a forest
    • Canopy
    • Sub Canopy
    • Shrub
    • Herbacious
    • Vine
    • Ground Cover
    • Rhizome – Roots
  • Why it is all about the edge
  • Small Land Holding Advantages
    • Can be irrigated easily
    • You can and should sheet much everything
    • Easy to intensively manage
    • Contain their own micro climates (easy to create more)
    • Most work can be done by hand (build and manage)
    • Are the most productive per square foot on the planet
    • Do not attract attention and easy to secure
    • Nitrogen fixers are not as critical (still a good idea)
  • Things that are different from typical food forestry
    • The layers are scaled down
    • The number of support species are reduced
    • There are few “sacrificial plantings”
    • They don’t require swales or chickens but both are welcome
    • Small ponds and barrels are easily fed with roof catchment
  • Special Considerations that Open Your Options Up
    • Shape isn’t critical, do what works
    • Put in more irrigation then you think you will ever need
    • Consider ponds, please consider ponds
    • Think about power (solar first but grid is better then nothing)
    • You can plant a LOT closer and a LOT more dense then you think
    • If you have animals design in their nutrient flow
    • In a larger space build “glades” and maximize the edges
    • Build structures for your vines they can otherwise dominate a small system
    • Fertilize (organically) a lot early on
    • Mulch and chop and drop like crazy

Resources for today’s show…

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olivearbequinaqfruitBob Wells Plant of the WeekArbequina Olive – The most cold hardy variety of olives know that also has one of the highest olive production and oil yields.

The soil should be well drained. Tree has an upright habit. 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. Oil is sweet, delicate and fragrant with intense fruitiness but low levels of bitterness and spiciness.

If you live above zone 7, you can grow it in a container and bring it inside during the winter months.

Bob Wells specializes in edible landscape, including: Fruit Trees, Berry Plants, Vine Fruit, Nut Trees, as well as the hard to find Specialty Fruit Trees. Find this plant and more at BobWellsNursery.Com

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Episode-1754- Danial Lawton on Hand Tools for Land Management

Making Hand Tools, By Hand of Course!

Making Hand Tools, By Hand of Course!

Danial is the founder of permaculturetools.com.au – the US version of the site is at USA.Permaculturetools.com.au a long held dream centered on offering quality hand tools to the permaculture community worldwide with on the ground education in hand tools use, earth works hydrology and rural skills.

His permaculture resources are freely available such as YouTube films on how to use, maintain and repair hand tools, permaculture related eBooks and a yearly scholarship.

Set in motion with a permaculture design course at the young age of thirteen in Tena, Ecuador, Danial followed up with a Permaculture Diploma in site development, site design, and research. At university Danial crammed in a Bachelor of Environmental science with double majors in ecology & conservation biology and Land & water management, a Masters in Environmental management and most recently a Masters in Environmental engineering.

Danial also completed many specialty courses during his tertiary studies including Industrial water and waste water treatment, hazardous waste management, Advanced water and waste water engineering, Renewable energy systems, Geographic information systems/remote sensing and ISO 14001 Environmental systems.

With 15 years experience in the Permaculture field, Danial has worked for international permaculture projects in Central and South America, as water systems manager for Tagari farm (PRI Australia) and later as farm manager for Zaytuna farm (PRI Australia).

Within this time Danial has taught and facilitated a variety of Permaculture design and hands on courses through Griffith University, PRI Australia and Northey Street City Farm. As a design consultant Danial draws on environmental science and permaculture principles to design sustainable systems worldwide and for local Australian clients and government organizations.

Danial’s research interests include water harvesting design, small space permaculture and appropriate technology.  He joins us today to discuss hand tools for agricultural and homestead work.

Resources for today’s show…

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blackberrynavBob Wells Plant of the Week Navaho Thornless Blackberry  This plant is adaptable from zone 6 to zone 9.

It needs no trellis (self-supported) and is late producing, extending the blackberry season to July or August depending on your climate.  Since it is a late blooming plant, you don’t have to worry about losing your crop to a late freeze.

Yields are high with large sweet berries and above all it is thornless and great tasting.

Bob Wells specializes in edible landscape, including: Fruit Trees, Berry Plants, Nut Trees, as well as the hard to find Specialty Fruit Trees. Find this plant and more at BobWellsNursery.Com

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Episode-1744- 10 Perennial Edibles You Should Consider Growing

bushcherry

Sand Cherry, A Beautiful, Hardy, Long Lived, Productive Plant

It is March and that means planting or planning planting depending on where you live.  In any event if you plan on annual gardening by now you are, you have plants started or you will be likely buying starts.

Today though we focus on what I call the “long term investment strategy of growing food”, of course that means perennials.  I tried to pick a good mix of over looked and misunderstood plants today.  Different plants the fill different needs, if times get tough or even if they don’t.

When I wrote this title I originally called it 10 perennial edibles you should grow, then I realized that was sort of arrogant and not practical.  Not every plant grows well everywhere and not everyone likes the same thing.  So today we don’t just look at these 10 plants, but where they grow well, what they provide, what they require and how to acquire them.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

Resources for today’s show…

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jujubeBob Wells Plant of the WeekLi Jujube Tree
Adaptable from zone 5 to zone 9.

Also called the Chinese date. It is a round shaped fruit, reddish brown, dry and wrinkled, sweet and chewy (like dates) when fully ripe in early fall.

Attractive, easy to grow tree: hardy, drought resistant, virtually pest and disease free.

It is self-fruitful, but if you want to boost production, plant a Lang Jujube along with it.

Bob Wells specializes in edible landscape, including: Fruit Trees, Berry Plants, Nut Trees, as well as the hard to find Specialty Fruit Trees. Find this plant and more at BobWellsNursery.Com

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Episode-1727- Geoff Lawton on the Big Picture of Problems and Solutions

Geoff Lawton - Permaculture Artist

Geoff Lawton – Permaculture Artist

It is always and extreme pleasure to have Geoff Lawton on the show. Geoff is who I received my PDC certification from, he is also my biggest mentor. It is my firm belief that like attracts like. The common bond Geoff and I share isn’t really permaculture it is a fundamental desire to help others and to do so mostly by teaching.

Today I had planned to discuss a lot of technical questions with Geoff, how do you ____ etc.  But quickly we moved into a much more high level discussion.

How would Geoff design a solution for the entire state of California for drought proofing.  What is the 3rd ethic really all about, why should we not politicize it?

Why are live stock essential to repair the damage to our eco systems?  Why are humans necessary to repair the same damage?  Today we look at not our own individual survival but the survival of our ecosystems and way of life.

Resources for today’s show…

Sponsors of the day

chinquapin_fruitingBob Wells Nursery “Plant Of The Week”
Chinquapin Nut Tree It is adaptable from zone 5 to zone 9.

The Chinquapin is a sub-species of the Chestnut family. It grows as a small tree or bush. Chinquapins are delicious eaten right out of the burr in the fall. Chinquapins have a single nut in the burr, unlike chestnuts that have nut divisions.

They are understory trees that grow in our native forests. However, heavy logging throughout the U.S has made finding native chinquapins harder than ever. The chinquapin tree is excellent for fresh eating, roasting, or for wildlife food.

Bob Wells specializes in edible landscape, including: Fruit Trees, Berry Plants, Nut Trees, as well as the hard to find Specialty Fruit 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-1723- An NRCS Insider’s Perspective with Frank Cochran

nrcs

The NRCS Can Help With Developing Sustainable Agriculture Practices

Frank Cochran is the NRCS District Conservationist for three counties in east-central Alabama.

He started working with the NRCS as a Soil Conservationist in 2011 after finishing up graduate school at Auburn University in 2010.

His research was centered on soil quality/health, soil variation, and management use impacts across five land uses including the native Longleaf Pine-Wiregrass ecosystem.

A North Georgia native, he is interested in gardening, animal husbandry, self-reliance, Liberty, outdoor adventures, and spending time with family and friends.  Frank is a MSB member and an avid listener to TSP for nearly 5 years.

Join Frank and I Today to Discuss…

  • What exactly does the NRCS do
  • What are the roots of the NRCS
  • What is the NRCS organic initiative
  • Who can apply
  • What is the process to get NRCS assistance
  • Is the NRCS are regulatory agency
  • How can producers have a voice with the NRCS

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1717- Quail Keeping Q&A Edition

Quail are Uber Productive and Give You Delicious Eggs

Quail are Uber Productive and Give You Delicious Eggs

So I had anohter one of my little ideas for an easy show.  Ask me about quail and I will do what I can to answer them.  Figured a dozen questions might come in, well um yea.  The Regenerative Ag Group on Facebook alone has PAGES of questions on this.

Frankly this makes the Three Hours of Q&A I did on ciders and meads look like a walk in the park!  But I will do my best.

To make this even doable, here is what I decided to do.  There is no way to go though them in real time with like a rapid fire response, so I took about two hours to come up with the questions below.  I have tried to make them as generic as possible.  Some of the more specific questions to an individual I can work into general feedback shows in the future.

Join Me Today As I Answer…

  • What type of quail do I have [time stamp 13:45]
  • Do I have a good book on quail to recommend [time stamp 15:20]
  • What type of quail gives the best yield of meat and eggs [time stamp 16:25]
  • What is the difference between a Texas A&M Quail and a Brown Quail [time stamp 17:30]
  • Why am I likely to switch from A&M back to Browns [time stamp 21:00]
  • How would you breed to get white quails if you wanted that [time stamp 23:03]
  • Since birds like Bobwhites get bigger why not raise them [time stamp 26:45]
  • How do I find quail to buy locally [time stamp 28:35]
  • What is the biggest initial cost in getting set up [time stamp 31:49]
  • What bases do you really need to cover before getting birds [time stamp 36:43]
  • How small a number makes sense what is the lowest number you’d recommend [time stamp 40:43]
  • What is there optimal stocking density, how dense is just too dense [time stamp 43:30]
  • How would you set up quail in a rack system – IE garage style [time stamp 46:52]
  • How would you set up quail in caging but out doors [time stamp 51:32]
  • How would you set up quail in a “quail tractor” [time stamp 56:49]
  • How would you set up a coop/run style of thing [time stamp 1:04:00]
  • How will my rotational aviary work [time stamp 1:05:55]
  • How can you automate watering [time stamp 1:12:28]
  • How can quail be integrated into a composting system [time stamp 1:14:10]
  • Why can’t you “free range quail” or use electro net systems [time stamp 1:18:23]
  • How can you deal with mosquitoes and flies around your quail [time stamp 1:21:22]
  • Could you do quail “seasonally” and not keep them though winter [time stamp 1:24:40]
  • What do I feed my quail  [time stamp 1:34:00]
  • Why do quail get prolapse or weak shelled eggs [time stamp 1:37:50]
  • What special needs do they have diet wise [time stamp 1:39:37]
  • How to you minimize feed waste [time stamp 1:40:15]
  • What is the best breeding ratio [time stamp 1:42:58]
  • Can you grow 100% of the food your quail need [time stamp 1:44:20]
  • What about really hot climates [time stamp 1:50:38]
  • What about really cold climates [time stamp 1:51:42]
  • What do they taste like, is the meat dark, light, etc. [time stamp 1:53:10]
  • Why do I skin vs. pluck my birds [time stamp 1:57:10]
  • How do I slaughter and process my quail [time stamp 2:00:06]
  • How many eggs do they really lay [time stamp 2:06:40]
  • My birds are old enough but not laying, why [time stamp 2:09:22]
  • Why are quail eggs better than chicken eggs [time stamp 2:12:02]
  • What is the brooding process [time stamp 2:19:56]
  • What is the incubation process like, what type of incubator works best [time stamp 2:22:16]
  • How many birds do I need to eat quail once a week and eggs three times a week [time stamp 2:26:52]
  • What are the input and out put numbers, feed, time, production [time stamp 2:37:18]
  • Can you legally sell meat in _____ [time stamp 2:41:15]
  • Can captive quail really be part of a regenerative system, isn’t it small scale factory farming [time stamp 2:47:50]

Resources for today’s show…

Bob Wells Nursery “Plant Of The Week”4 In 1 Fruit Salad Tree It is adaptable from zone 6 to zone 9

Multiple-budded fruit tree on Nemaguard rootstock, with 4 of the following varieties:  Polly White Peach, Harcot Apricot, Harken Peach, Harco Nectarine, Superior Plum.

If you need more variety from a limited space? The multiple-budded fruit tree is the answer! Multiple-budded fruit trees will give you several fine selections of tree-ripened fruit from the space of a single tree.

Bob Wells specializes in edible landscape, including: Fruit Trees, Berry Plants, Nut Trees, as well as the hard to find Specialty Fruit 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.

Also remember we have an expert council that can answer you questions. If you have a question send it to jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with TSPC Epert in the subject line. Ask your question in one to two sentences so it is clear then provide any additional details. Make sure to tell me what council member the question is for. You Meet the Expert Council at this Link.

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Episode-1702- The Challenges of Urban/Suburban Homesteading

Quail Beat Chickens in Almost Every Way for Urban Homesteading

Quail Beat Chickens in Almost Every Way for Urban Homesteading

Special Report – Today I start out with a special report on Vladislav Davidson and the Regenerative Leadership Institute.  I only did this report due to so many asking about their PDC that you can take for “free” at OpenPermaculture.com.  My report is not very positive, it isn’t the type of thing I like to do but in this instance it was something had to do.  Simply due to the fact that many of you have asked about this PDC and the people behind it.  If you are here just for that it starts at 7:25 and ends about 19:10 into the show.

Today I listened to a sample episode of a show I will be on soon as a guest the show is called, Myths & Facts: 9 Things I Used to Believe (and Teach) About Home Ownership That I No Longer Believe it was a story of government stupidity at its finest.  If you want the story you can listen to that episode for yourself.

The short short version is a guy moves outside of city limits, can find no laws against chickens or a pile of brush on ones property but gets fined for both and must give up his chickens. On top of it a 30 year old shed ends up having no permit, in the end tearing down the large, expensive shed was his only option.

I could not listen to the entire episode, this shit makes no sense.  I am so ever loving done with government in so many ways.  Yet Josh (the show’s host) makes a valid point about “ownership” mythology, that is true in far to many instances.

On the other hand there are current victories in other areas.  Just this week San Antonino did something great!  They just declared Urban Farming absolutely legal in San Antonino.  In many ways what we are seeing right now is what amounts to a low violence multi front war.

While many in this nation are determined to sanitize everything into conformity, others seek to regain independence and true health.  Many also frankly simple desire to regain one of our most basic freedoms.  That is our freedom to use land we own, the way we choose as long as we do no harm to anyone else.  Note that being offended, not liking what others do, etc. does not equal being harmed.

As an anarchist I personally work outside the system, every and any where I can.  By inspiring frankly 10s of thousands to get shit done in this world I am creating new fronts in this war.  Others then in the system take up the fight and work inside and outside the system in their own ways.

We need to balance things too. I  really recommend anyone becoming an urban farmer, suburban homesteader etc. read this great article by our own Erica Strauss, called “Don’t Be An Urban Homesteading Asshole“.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • The sweet spot “Urban Rural Fringe” and how it is getting harder to use
  • The irony of yuppies in these sweet spots – they want the food we produce
  • How this compares to marijuana on main street in Breckenridge
  • Thoughts on finding the place for you
    • Don’t just read laws, ask enforcers before you buy
    • Get into an area where there are some eyesores even to your taste
    • Ag Zoned land is best but hard to get at times
    • Really think about what you want to do, what you can do, and should do
  • Working the system to your advantage
    • Consider a distributed model, ala Curtis Stone
    • Quail and worms, over chickens
    • Rabbits over ducks
    • Focus mostly on the back yard
    • Try to locate property with at least 2 neighbor free property lines
    • Do not do “on farm sales” unless you know you are golden
    • Select areas with public forage/hunting/fishing opportunities
    • Accept you can’t win every fight
    • Loosing a fight is not loosing a war
    • The best way to win is to never get in the fight
    • Do as much as you can inside/in outbuildings
    • Look for at least an acre
    • Tree your perimeter, start with the closest neighbors
    • Work the system or fight from outside, follow what works for you
    • Respect everyone fighting for what is right
  • Final Thoughts

Resources for today’s show…

Links Related to My Report on Vladislav and Open Permaculture’s PDC

gojiBob Wells Plant of the Week – Phoenix Tears Goji Berry – It is adaptable from zone 5 to zone 9. Also known as Wolfberry, these nutritious berries are eaten fresh, juiced or dried like raisins. The berries are a popular medicinal herb.

Among the highest in protein and anti-oxidants, they have more carotene than carrots, and contain all the essential amino acids and many minerals. Grow this attractive Chinese native on a trellis to more than 10′ tall or trim it as a bush and keep at 4-6′ tall. Light purple, bell shaped flowers bloom in May and continue throughout the summer.

The third year and thereafter, flowers are followed by orange-red berries. The plant is self-fertile, drought resistant, and likes a half to full day of sun and well-drained soil. It prefers warm summer days and cool nights prefers neutral or somewhat alkaline soil. Our plants are grown from cuttings and a superior cultivar. 

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

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Episode-1696- Rob Kaiser on NRCS High Tunnel Grants

robRob Kaiser is the founder and owner of Deliberate Living Systems, LLC.  Rob holds an Applied Science degree from The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute, where his studies focused on Landscape Contracting & Construction and Nursery Management.

He completed an internship in Colorado, and remained there for several years, working for two different tree farm operations. During this time, he was very involved in outdoor recreation and was an active member of the Colorado Mountain Club.

During his twenties, Rob transitioned into residential and commercial landscape design, installation and maintenance. He gained experience working and living in Colorado, Ohio, and North Carolina. While In Ohio, Rob began studying Landscape Design at Cleveland State in 2004 while employed at Cahoon Nursery. After moving to Western North Carolina, Rob earned the title of Certified Plant Professional. He actively hiked the Blue Ridge Mountains and ran his first 10k Trail Run at the Bent Creek Classic in 2005.

At the age of 30, Rob shifted towards career growth and development and began working in the field of forestry consulting. His work began with Geographic Information System (GIS) based Utility Vegetation Management, and led to include Urban Forest Inventories, Wildfire Mitigation Grant Compliance Inspections and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Storm Debris Monitoring program operations. Rob traveled all over the United States and gained experience working in a variety of biomes and ecosystems.

He currently resides in Medina County, near Litchfield. Today, he applies his extensive experience in the green industry several different ways. Rob works as a Nursery Sales Representative, Market Gardener, Permaculture Designer and Consultant, Author and Community Organizer. His goal is to work with others to share the knowledge and skills needed to live a healthy, positive and beneficial life.

Rob joins us today to talk about his recent experience in procuring a grant for the purchase and installation of a High Tunnel via the NRCS, his venture into market farming and other NRCS programs that can help new farmers get off the ground.

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Episode-1650- Bill Wilson on Societal Maturity

Bill Wilson of Midwest Permaculture

Bill Wilson of Midwest Permaculture

Bill and his wife/partner Becky are co-founders of Midwest Permaculture. Now in their ninth year, Bill has become one of the respected permaculture teachers and designers in the U.S.. The goal of Midwest Permaculture is to see permaculture (in name or action) become a household term. Bill’s two adults sons are now involved in permaculture as well.

Bill joins us today to discuss among other things “The 4 Fires of Group Work”.
Often, people get together with dreams of starting a permaculture group, a community or a business only to be surprised and disappointed when it falls apart. They have failed to navigate the 4-fires.

With 35 years of small community living experience Bill has hard won insights into what it takes to work with others. When permaculture oriented projects fail it is rarely because of the the design piece — it’s almost always the people piece.

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