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Episode-1460- The Effective Marketing of a Permaculture Farm with Stefan Sobkowiak

Stefan Sobkowiak  of Miracle Farms

Stefan Sobkowiak of Miracle Farms

Twenty years ago, Stefan Sobkowiak bought a commercial apple orchard with the intention of converting it to an organic orchard. He did just that, but eventually understood the limitations of the organic model originating from monoculture.

He then decided to tear out most of the trees and replant in a way that would maximize biodiversity and yield while minimizing the amount of maintenance required. Inspired by permaculture principles, the orchard now counts over 100 cultivars of apples, plums, pears, cherries, and countless other fruits and vegetables.

Today’s Steven returns to TSP to discuss the multidimensional harvest of a permaculture farm or orchard and how to effectively market the production profitably.

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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

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-943- Tim Ammons of Oleo Acres Farm

Curing Meat the Old Fashioned Way at Oleo Acres Farm

Curing Meat the Old Fashioned Way at Oleo Acres Farm

Tim Ammons runs Oleo Acres farm a self sustaining farm that teaches individuals the old fashioned way of being “Green”.  He joins us today to discuss self sustainable living and farming as a way to support family and community.

On his 20 acre farm in Tennessee Tim still practices many techniques and skills that have largely been lost.  Such as the growing of 7 very old heirloom varieties of sorghum which are then converted into sorghum syrup using old methods.  At one time sorghum syrup was the most common sweetener in the US, Tim is still growing it and making it the old fashioned way.

He is also a big time gardener with may tips and tricks developed over almost 40 years of gardening and farming.  He will teach us today about timing your plantings, companion and succession planting and even a great, simple and completely organic way to combat the dreaded squash bug, which is public garden enemy number one for much of the TSP audience.

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

Sources for Several Varieties of Sorghum We Discussed Today and Some of My Other Favorites

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Episode-836- Understanding Multi System Dependence

One concept that many modern survivalists aspire to is to be less dependent on “the system“ or independent of “the system”.   I know this seems like a great goal but the problem with it is that it is not “a system” or “the system” the reality is that we are dependent today on multiple interconnected systems.

Each of these systems is becoming more globalized and centralized and the dependence upon them in growing at an alarming rate.  While there are more systems of dependency then the following today we will focus on what I consider the 8 largest systems of dependence.

It is only by beginning to break down each of these and evaluation of individual and societal dependence on each that we can begin as modern survivalists to become less dependent upon them and make better decisions about moving forward.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • The financial system
  • The debt system
  • The distribution system
  • The agricultural system
  • The energy system
  • The health system
  • The welfare system
  • The military industrial complex system

Resources for Today’s Show…

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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

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

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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

Additional 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

Additional 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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Episode-295- Listener Questions for 10-12-09

Back to our Monday tradition of listen questions.  I have a pretty big question back log at this point so if you question isn’t answered hold tight I will get to you eventually.    Tune in today as we dissect a lot of questions on debt, look at vehicle choices and talk more about civil unrest and its’ consequences.

Tune in today as I answer…

  • Is back yard desalination a feasible solution for irrigation
  • What are the odds of gold and silver ever being confiscated
  • Would LEOs be likely to follow orders in a gun grab or would they “keep their oath”
  • How can you incorporate Self Sufficiency into groups like people in the 9-12 project
  • What advice do I have for a 19 year old that is excited about a pre-approved credit card offer
  • Is it wise to go into debt for lasik eye surgery
  • When buying a 2003-2007 GMC 3/4 ton truck, should I go with gas or diesel
  • Doing the math when buying a second home, how much debt is to much

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-265- An Interview with Johnny Maxx and The Queen

Tune in today for an interview with Johnny Maxx and The Queen, (aka John and Tammy McKissack) who are the host of “The Self Sufficient Homestead” and co hosts of “BrewCrazy“.

Join in today as we discuss a variety fo subjects and projects John and Tammy are working on in at their south Texas homestead such as…

  • What is up with today’s bumper music
  • Hydroponics
  • The perpetual onion
  • Making “lazy mans cider”
  • Keeping bees and making mead
  • Why debt free is the way to be
  • What dealing with multiple hurricanes taught them
  • The cost of running a generator over a few weeks
  • Why savings really matter when the chips are down
  • Price gouging in a SHTF
  • Keeping chickens
  • Alternative energy
  • And of course a little bit about beer