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Episode-1059- The Evolving Meaning of a Self Sufficient Lifestyle

Many people romanticize history.  Oh if only we could have lived in the old days right?  Taking a wagon out to homestead virgin land.  Let me tell you as a student of history it was an amazing time to be alive, it was also a hell of a lot harder then many in the preparedness movement make it out to have been.

The reality is modern technology isn’t going away.  That is a great thing, it will change, adapt and face certain challenges due to energy availability but we are not going back to Little House on the Prairie.    Frankly I am okay with that.

Modern oppressive government isn’t going away either.  This of course I find unfortunate but it is also reality.  The more I learn the more I realize the majority of Americans are actually for bigger and more intrusive government.  They are simply divided as to how it should be marketed.  I know if you are a fan of liberty this makes little sense but the reality is people have had generations of conditioning and it is the rare person that easily breaks the cycle.

Hence to be self sufficient today we need to look at reality not at the romanticism of a history that isn’t going to return.  We also must not fantasize about the utopia promised by a small government society where we can all be left alone.  The only way to obtain this today is to create your own little pocket of as much of it as you can muster.

Join Me Today As We Discuss…

  • Why we must n0t turn our backs on technology
  • Why debt freedom must be part of your plan
  • Why where you choose to live is so important
  • Why community must be part of your plan
  • Why we all need to become homesteaders (no matter where we live)
  • Why we need hard skills to go along with soft and technical skills
  • How food storage fits with this plan, disaster or not
  • Why it is time to go on the offensive in some areas and not others

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Episode-768-Craig Cole from The Outdoor Podcast

Craig Cole from The Outdoor Podcast

Craig Cole from The Outdoor Podcast

Craig Cole is an avid outdoorsman and hunter who decided to start The Outdoor Podcast as a method of sharing his passion for the outdoors with other people.

Craig’s passions range from hunting to canoeing to wilderness self-reliance skills and just about anything and everything outdoors.

He is currently a student of Dave Canterbury’s Phase 1 Course and was published in Issue #3 of Self-Reliance Magazine.  He joins us today to discuss ways we can all find more adventure in our lives and add a sense of realism to our self reliance skills training.

Talking to Craig was great, sort of like chatting to an old friend you had never actually met, I think this will be a great podcast to kick off a fall weekend.

Craig Joins Us Today to Discuss…

  • Adding realism to self reliance
  • Finding Adventure in your life
  • The law of the lowest common denominator
  • Canoes vs. kayaks
  • Skills over stuff
  • Real scenarios that are the most likely to require self reliance skills
  • Practicing skills within your daily activities
  • EDC and day kits
  • Butchering big game
  • Finding an outdoors mentor
  • Small game hunting

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Episode-754- Self Sufficiency, Self Reliance & Lifestyle Design

Today I break from listener feedback Monday’s typical formula to bring to you a subject I think we all really need to consider as we move into the final “quarter” of 2011.  Why is your current lifestyle the way that it is, who designed it that way and what would you have done differently knowing what you know now.

Join Me Today As I Discuss

  • Self Reliance vs. Self Sufficiency
  • Why we measure self reliance in time
  • Why we measure self sufficiency in percentages
  • What role true land ownership plays in the equation
  • The concept of “lifestyle design”
    • Would you design your current lifestyle on purpose
    • Would most people design a home, career and debt as they are today
    • Is permaculture about growing stuff or designing lifestyle or both
    • If you don’t admit mistakes you cant retrofit solutions

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Episode-623- An Interview with Jason Akers “The Self Sufficient Gardener”

Jason Akers of TheSelfSufficientGardener.com

Today I wrap up the 4 part interview series that began on Wednesday the 9th by interviewing Jason Akers of TheSelfSufficientGardener.com Jason is well known for his articles in magazines such as Backwoods Home and Self Reliance Illustrated along with his podcast called of course “The Self Sufficient Gardener Podcast”

Jason joins us on TSP today to discuss a variety of subjects including plant histories of brassicas and tomatoes, why he does not practice raised bed gardening, why he teaches gardening based on efficiency, responsibility and sustainability and more.

Jason is a long time TSP listener and a supporter of the MSB both as a member and by donating his eBook, (Planting Trees The Low Cost Easy Way) which MSB members will find in the “Download” section of their MSB accounts.  He also has another website with a podcast he does about once a week called “Hunt, Gather, Grow, Eat” which focuses more on wild foraging, hunting and other sources of gathering and using wild foods.

Join Jason and I today as we discuss…

  • Thoughts on gardening with efficiency, responsibility, and sustainability
  • How permaculture ethics incorporate with self sufficient gardening
  • Why getting a return of surplus is critical to self sufficiency
  • Providing your gardens nutrients with composting and vermicompost
  • The use of rain water harvesting for irrigation
  • The quail tractor an alternative to those with restrictions on chickens
  • The wisdom of growing or raising things you can’t generally buy
  • The shocking history of the tomato and the belief that it was poisonous
  • The history of all brassicas and how they were developed from a single plant
  • Japanese beetle, pest or the perfect chicken food
  • Toads the ultimate predator of the garden
  • Training chickens to eat slugs
  • Why Jason specifically does not use raised beds or do square foot gardening

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Episode-450- The Bridge Between Self Reliance and Self Sufficiency

There are two terms that often get tossed around as interchangeable but to me they mean two different things.  The first one is self sufficiency and the second is self reliance.  I first spoke about the difference between these two worlds back in Episode 301 on Oct. 22, 2009.  Today we will again look at the difference between these two concepts but more we will dig into the bridge between them.

To me this is actually more critical because when we examine hwo the two concepts interconnect and “feed each other” it requires us to really think ahead and be honest with ourselves about our self sufficient levels and our forward wealth of self reliance.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • What exactly is self reliance
  • What is self sufficiency
  • Why we measure self reliance in a “forward wealth” manner
  • Why we measure self sufficiency as a concept of degree or percentages
  • Who and what are you dependent on, is it really all bad
  • Why self sufficiency is always still dependent upon something
  • Why it is easier to be deceived about your level or self reliance vs. sufficiency
  • How self sufficiency can feed self reliance’s forward store of wealth
    • The garden is used to create food storage
    • The business provides ongoing income
    • The solar/wind system provides a level of grid independence
    • Hunting/Fishing becomes long term stored food
    • The paid for home provides on going shelter
  • Why these concepts are really important to think about
  • Why I think you should build “personal brand equity”
  • Why these two concepts are innate to your soul and psyche

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-421- How to Develop Your Personal Survival Plan

Monday I responded to a listener who asked a question about planning and he was hoping for a checklist.  My response was that I can’t really give you a hard check list because you must develop your own plan (Tenet Ten of Modern Survival Philosophy).  From the beginning of TSP I have stated that to be the case, I also realized that it has been a long time since I did a show on planning and that I have never really dissected the personal aspect of planning for the needs of the individual and their immediate family.  So today we are going to do just that.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • First we must define survival and preparedness
  • Next we should consider the meaning of self sufficient and self reliant
  • It is important to acknowledge that you need a plan in the first place
  • Before we assess threats we need to delineate between acute and long term effects
  • Next examine threat probability and the commonality of disaster
  • Now define your self sufficient and self reliant time lines (“wealth” according to Buckminster Fuller)
  • Then define your primary and secondary priorities
  • Determine your weakest points and assign future resources based on your most urgent needs
  • Journal your progress, successes, failures, the weather, everything
  • A plan is designed to be fluid but you must have a basis and changes need documenting
  • As you shore up weaknesses you will find new ones emerging, prioritize them accordingly
  • Be sure to test yourself both voluntarily and involuntarily
  • Remember no one cares about you as much as you do

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Episode-340- The How, What and Why of Permaculture

We haven’t done a really deep gardening or permaculture show for a while, so I figured it was a good subject to make us think about the coming warm days of spring while the cold days of winter are just setting in.

Tune in today as we discuss…

  • What is permaculture – beyound the typical deffinition
  • What permaculture is not and misconceptions about it and the people behind it
  • Why we should practice permaculture
  • The Seven Layers of Permaculture
    • The High Canopy
    • The Low Tree
    • Shrub
    • herbaceous
    • rhizome
    • cover crops
    • vertical climbers
  • The Five Zones of Permaculture
  • Using chickens, rabbits, geese, ducks and worms to do the work for you
  • Seven rules of permaculture that fly in the face of “conventional wisdom”
    • Slopes are wonderful for growing food
    • Don’t compost everything
    • Clay soil is your friend
    • Don’t till your soil ever
    • Let plants die
    • Don’t be tidy and use strait edges and rows
    • Attract insects
    • Grow weeds

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-301- Self Sufficiency vs. Self Reliance

So exactly what does it mean to be self reliant vs. being self sufficient?  How are the two different and how are they related and how does one interact with the other.  More importantly how do they effect you and you planning both for disaster preparations and independence.

Tune in Today as We Ask…

  • What is self reliance
  • What is self sufficiency
  • Why would you want to be self reliant
  • Why would you want to be self sufficient
  • What are degrees of self sufficiency
  • What is healthy interdependence
  • Why are concepts like self sufficiency part of our nation at its core
  • How much self sufficiency do you want
  • How much self reliance do you have, are you deceiving yourself and have you tested yourself
  • How have we lost touch with the innate desire for self sufficiency and reliance
  • How can you apply these concepts to your daily lifestyle

Resources for today’s show…

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