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Episode-1526- Luke Callahan on Building a Micro Greens Business

Luke Callahan of LocalBusinessPlans.com

Luke Callahan of LocalBusinessPlans.com

Luke’s mission is to help you become a successful entrepreneur. He understands that local, value driven businesses are the foundation of resilient communities. In order to create more successful businesses, we need more entrepreneurs like yourself. And, more importantly, we need you to succeed. Luke, is committed to helping you succeed.

Luke is the founder of Nightlight Farms, a purveyor of Microgreens in Portland, Oregon. His hands-on experience of growing and selling Microgreens at local farmer’s markets and restaurants has provided Luke with the knowledge and expertise involved in building a successful business. This success lead Luke to write the book “The Complete Guide to Growing and Selling Microgreens.”

Luke is also the co-founder of SeedWise.com – The marketplace for non-GMO seeds and plants. The mission of SeedWise is to facilitate the exchange of seeds and plants in order to increase our cultivated genetic biodiversity.

To learn more about Luke, check out localbusinessplans.com

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Episode-1521- Can You Actually Earn a Living with a Permaculture Business

I was recently told by one listener that PDCs seem like a pyramid scheme, he basically stated, that everyone thinks they are going to take one and then teach them to others and so on.  I don’t know where that person got this idea from?  I have never sold a PDC on such an idea and I know of no one who has ever done so, ever.

Anyway he wanted to know also if I thought you could actually make a living on less than 1000 acres.  I find this laughable in some ways.  I mean Luke Calahan was making 2,000 a week selling micro greens, grown in his basement.  Jean-Martin Fortier established a micro farm in Canada on permaculture principles, he not only earns a living with it but employees several people.  Curtis Stone makes a great living SPIN farming about two acres and doesn’t even own the land, he uses small plots in other peoples back yards.

Michael Jordan makes a good income from just bees.  Stefan Sobkowiak has an orchard based business of only about 20 acres and it is rapidly becoming a very successful venture.  Just 35 minutes to my north is a small orchard likely you never heard of Henrietta Creek Apple Orchard.  They make a living the natural way, they don’t call it permaculture but looking at they way they do things that is what it is.

Notice you don’t see me dropping names like Sepp Holzer and Joel Salatin above.  I will acknowledge that these two guys have become so famous they likely make more from books than farming, but you know what, they both did it with farming first.

Today I Will Discuss Building a Permaculture Business with You

  • First it isn’t if you can do it, it is how you must do it
    • Focus on something that is a core product or service
    • Develop a market as local as possible
    • Don’t try to do too many things too fast
    • Be honest with yourself about time and money
  • Some ways you can make a decent living with Permaculture
    • Nursery – Plant Propagation
    • Pick Your Own Orchards
    • Micro Greens
    • Eggs – You have to be smart about it
    • Acting as a Sales Aggregator
    • Developing a “retreat/vacation” style property
    • Poultry
    • Pork
    • Bees
    • Design (small to large)
    • Teaching (focus on the local)
    • Edutainment (Podcasting)
  • Understand Reality
    • Everything will cost more and take longer than you will estimate
    • You will fail before you succeed
    • It is damn hard, then it becomes simply hard work
    • It helps to have help
    • Go big or go small, but go something
    • Four things you must be, to be a success
      • Marketable – Your Story
      • Referable – Your Story Retold
      • Repeatable – Customers Return for More
      • Adaptable – Develop What Your Market Craves
  • There is no guarantee of success if you try, but there is a guarantee of failure if you don’t

Resources for today’s show…

satsumaBob Wells Nursery “Plant Of The Week”Arctic Frost Satsuma – It is adaptable from zone 7 to zone 10. It is cold hardy down to (10 F.) degrees. This small, spreading tree has white flowers with a sweet orange fragrance.

In winter it produces juicy, nearly seedless and easy peeling fruit. It grows from 8 to 12 feet tall in the ground and 6 feet tall in a container.

If you have been wanting to plant citrus in zone 7 & 8 then this is the cold hardy variety for you. If you live above zone 7 you can grow it in a container.

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-1518- John Adam on Starting a Business Starting with No Experience in Business

To Learn More About John, Check out JMACPermaGardens.com

To Learn More About John, Check out JMACPermaGardens.com

John along with his wife Marj and two teenage sons live in the foothills of California near Sonora. John has spent the last 21 years working for the Department of Corrections while Marj has been a Registered Nurse for the last 24 years. In 2006 they began transforming their 5 acres into a modern homestead.

In July of 2008, John began listening to TSP and has been a dedicated supporter ever since. In 2010 John began studying sustainable food production. After reading Masanobu Fukuoka’s “sowing seeds in the desert” and avidly watching Geoff Lawton’s free videos, John decided to enroll in Geoff’s PDC and after certification opened a small business called JMAC Perma-Gardens.

John joins us today to discuss, the uncertainty of starting a small business with very little experience. Along with the challenges of balancing responsibilities to family along with a full time job and start up small business.  We also dicuss how his drive to be “prepared” led to a personal quest for liberty and why he feels permaculture is the ultimate expression of liberty.

We further discuss his successes and perhaps more importantly his failures that have happened over the years gardening, raising animals and overcoming less than optimal land challenges.

Resources for today’s show…

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Nick Ferguson and Jack Spirko to Host 4 Hours of Plant Propagation Bonus Q&A

Nick Ferguson’s Plant Propagation Course has been a huge success for PermaEthos.

The feed back has been exceptional and we are sure perhaps a few hundred back yard nurseries will spring up because of it this year.  This is yet another example of our real goals at PermaEthos, to empower as many people as possible to develop their own properties and business in consort with Permaculture ethics and design science.

Nick and I talked a lot about the production of this course and what we wanted it to do.  The main goals were simple.

  1. No fluff, the real necessary information to set up a full on production system for plant propagation with all major techniques, rooting, misting, grafting, etc.
  2. For it to be understandable where anyone could take that information and get the ball rolling.

Those goals were met but we had one more goal.  Under promise and over deliver.  To that end on the weekend of Feb 21-22 Nick and I will  host two conference calls of two hours each.  The calls will run from 11AM – 1PM central standard time.

Call in info will be sent to all students a day in advance.  Recordings of the call will then be added to the course for use by all students.

In addition Nick will be doing a walk though of my property with me, pruning some of my trees, collecting scion wood and some other cool stuff.  All of this will be video’d and uploaded to the course site as well.  This video will be largely unedited but it will be in full HD and be shot with professional gear.  It will also address issues for trees 1-2 years old planted on a true permaculture site.

Again all of this is bonus material and will be provided freely to all students both current and future for Nick Plant Propagation course.

On the call we will focus on developing niche markets, marketing your business, dealing with any and all propagation issues and just basically answer any and all questions you guys have.

If you have been considering taking the course you still have plenty of time to get enrolled and take your first pass though the videos before the coming call.  Students should begin to prepare now, write down questions as you plan your nursery, plan for your end goals, etc.  Personally I feel for those that want to set up a business of this kind these two calls alone if applied will be worth the entire cost of the course.

You can learn more about the course at The PermaEthos Basic Plant Propagation Course

As a final note we will also be using your feedback during this call to help us in developing the Advanced Plant Propagation Course which Nick will be developing in the future.

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…

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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

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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.

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