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Episode-2267- Akiva Silver on Tree Crops

Akiva Silver has a background in wilderness survival and nature awareness. He holds a deep appreciation for wildlife and trees. Akiva runs Twisted Tree Farm, 20 acres of diverse orchards and a nursery.

The nursery provides Akiva and his family of 5 with their full income. He believes in the trees that he raises so much that he sees them as a path forward for humanity and all of the ecosystems surrounding us.

Akiva joins us to discuss tree crops as an incredible path forward on multiple levels.   Akiva says that, “by understanding how we can partner with the plant world, we can stabilize and build soils, increase wildlife populations, feed ourselves, manage the carbon cycle, and provide ourselves with abundant income.”

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Episode-1527- Grafting, Root Stocks and Tree Propagation

Various Types of Grafts, These are Just a Few, There are Many More

Various Types of Grafts, These are Just a Few, There are Many More

Recently I did a show with Kevin Hauser about apples and we discussed that he did all his propagation with “bench grafts” and always uses “M111 Rootstock” which basically caused a listener to say, WHAT DOES ALL THAT MEAN?

Point taken!  Sometimes when you know a subject well you just assume people know what you are talking about.  The truth though is I am still learning about tree propagation myself.  I know a lot about tree care, tree pruning, tree planting, etc. but making new trees I am new to myself.

This might actually make it worse because as I am new myself I am likely worse about using terms and figuring others know what they mean.  So at the request of this listener I am going to talk about making new trees today, the methods of doing so and what some of the terms mean.

Join Me Today As I Discuss…

  • Thee primary ways to propagate trees
    • From seed
    • Via Grafting
    • Via Rooting
      • Softwoods
      • Hardwoods
      • Layering
  • What are root stocks and what do they do
    • Main ways they are created
      • From Seed
      • Stooling
      • Layering
    • Functions
      • Disease resistance
      • Size control
      • Vigor
    • Types of grafting (not individual grafting techniques)
      • “Nursery” grafting
      • Over grafting
        • On grafted trees
        • On in ground root stock

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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.