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Episode-1020- Geoff Lawton on Permaculture and Blake Girardot on Maker Workshops

Geoff Lawton - Managing Director of PRI Australia

Geoff Lawton has a New Permaculture Education Outreach Initiative

Today is a really amazing show, I promise you it will be one of the most informative TSP episodes ever.  We have two parts to today’s show.

The first is about 15 minutes of a mini segment with Geoff Lawton about his new initiative to broaden Permaculture’s influence and increase its reach.

Geoff is doing this though a new web based format that has many things coming.  Yesterday I released a teaser video (well 30 minutes of amazing instruction is what Geoff sees as a teaser) and the response was so great he agreed to come on TSP and tell us a bit more about it.

Geoff to me is currently the most gifted designer and teacher we have in the permaculture movement.  The fact that he is now directing the movement at groups outside of the core eco centric usual suspects is huge.  Specifically now I feel he has realized how on board with sustainable design the prepper movement is and much of what he is doing is very much directed at out community.

Blake's Solar Back Up System, Built at a Maker Workshop

Blake’s Solar Back Up System, Built at a Maker Workshop

Following Geoff’s segment we have Blake Girardot on Maker Workshops.  When Blake approached me for an interview I found the concept pretty cool but really didn’t have any idea how cool this movement really is.  Oh and just wait until you hear the synergy that exists between this concept and the 13 Skills Challenge!

The maker movement is all about people helping people to be more self sufficient and self reliant via skills based creation of everything from software to artisan wood craft and anything and everything you can think of in between.

Imagine having a membership to a facility where you could go and gain access to anything from a band saw to a laser engraver to a wood lathe.  Or even say a place where you could use a 3D printer to prototype an item and then have injection molding equipment to produce the new item in quantity.   Cool right?  Well, what if you could also find people there that would teach you how to use all this cool stuff?

That is a thin scratch of the maker movement!  This is honestly one of the most empowering concepts I have ever heard of, and the potential to build community and skill sets at the same time in enormous.   Maker Workshops can be a way to learn a viable trade, fabricate something you can’t buy, simply learn new skills or even a gateway into a business of your own.  The cost?  50-100 dollars a month depending on the facility.

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

Geoff Lawton’s Links on Permaculture

Blake’s Links on Maker Workshops

  • Occupy the Sun – Details Blake’s Back Up Power System
  • Make Magazine – The Official Maker Magazine
  • Maker Works – The workshop Blake is a member of
  • Tech Shop – A company that is in the business of establishing maker workshops

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Episode-1014- Hand Tools and Homestead Gear

A Husqvarna 450 with an 18 Inch Bar is my go to Chainsaw

A Husqvarna 450 with an 18 Inch Bar is my go to Chainsaw

I think it is a good time to look at some common hand tools and homestead gear specifically with winter approaching.  Winter presents quite a few opportunities for repair and maintenance.

First, I am not sure why but winter is when many things that have always worked decide it is time to break down.  It is like they want a rest from the action just like everyone else or something.

Second, many of the tasks we have to do frequently in the Spring, Summer or Fall are not necessary in winter.  Even for those of us that garden, you very seldom need to water an weed.  So many of the things that get put off during the busy season are prime for getting done in the slower months.

Third, a lot of maintenance work just sucks to do when it is 100 plus degrees outside.  Doing them in a warm garage or shop or doing them on a sunny winter day is just a lot more fun then sweating your brains out.

Fourth, winter can get boring and wear you down.  Days are short, nights are long and once hunting season is over cabin fever can set in hard and fast.  Doing maintenance, repairs, upkeep and projects in this time helps us stay positive and be up and running full out when spring arrives.

Join Me Today as We Discuss…

  • Tools I think should be on every homestead
    • The Chainsaw (gas is primary but electrics have a place)
    • Rechargeable/Power Tools
      • Drill (make sure to have plenty of bits)
      • Reciprocating Saw
      • Circular Saw
      • Cut Off Tool
      • Impact Driver
      • Jig Saw
      • Grinder
    • A good axe and a good hatchet
    • A good sickle or corn knife
    • Shovels, Hoes, etc.
  • Hand Tools that Everyone Should Have
    • Hammer (at minimum sledge, mini sledge and claw)
    • Socket Set
    • Screw Driver Set
    • A set of driver tips and hex keys
    • Wrench Set
    • Adjustable Wrench
    • Channel Locks
    • Vice Grips
    • Chisels
    • Wire Brushes
    • Planing tools
    • Tape Measures, rulers, yardsticks, etc
    • Level
    • Square
    • Cross and Rip Saws
    • Hack Saw
    • C-Clamps
    • Pipe Wrench
    • Pliers of All Common Form
    • Files
    • Sharpening stones
    • Lots of nails, screws, bolts, washers, etc.
  • Some Real Nice to Have Stuff
    • Log splitter
    • A press
    • A scythe
    • A shop vac

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-903- Water in The Landscape

Water is Life!

Water is Life!

Water is so critical to our lives, it is one of the five primary survival needs along with food, shelter, energy and security.  It provides for irrigation, hydration, fire suppression, cooking, sanitation and more.  Yet have you noticed 99% of suburban landscapes are devoid of water other than swimming pools and sprinkler systems.

We have lost on of the key pieces of what water can do for us do to this.  Did you know that water can move nutrients and fertility around your property?  In doing this it can actually catch and rebound energy before it atrophies off your property.   Join me today as we discuss these concepts and more.

On the Show Today We Discuss…

  • The death of water in the land scape
  • Well, rain, tap, the truth vs. the hype
  • The rules of using and moving water
    • Water always moves at right angle to contour
    • Slow water creates life
    • Fast water becomes oxygenated
    • For water to move across land without erosion it must be wide, shallow and slow
    • Water is the greatest creator of biodiversity we know of
  • Methods of controlling, moving, managing water
    • Swales
    • Key line plowing
    • Contour paths
    • Earth berms
    • Hugulkultur
    • Terraces
    • Ponds (large and small)
    • Locks
    • Stream flows
    • Seeping pathways
  • Tools of the trade
    • Handheld Site Level – 15-20 dollars
    • A-frame level – free to about 20 dollars in materials
    • Dumpy level – advanced tool several hundred dollars
    • Laser level – pro tool or improvised sanity check

Resources for Today’s Show

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Episode-465- Technology Based Tools for Preppers

Many preppers seem to shun technology in exchange for more “primitive” skills such as bush-crafting and  stellar/solar navigation.  Personally I feel neither should be relied on to the exclusion of the other.  For instance I carry a lighter in every kit I own but I also know how to make friction fire and I can fire steel as well.  Each tool has its place and acts as redundancy for the others.

A fellow prepper once mocked my use of a GPS, I simply asked if he rode a horse to work on a daily basis.  The point was received with that one question.  Technology can be both a blessing and a curse, it is up to us to fully utilize it while still understanding its limitations.

Join me today as we discuss the following technologies

  • Emergency Weather Alerts from The Weather Channel
  • Google News Alerts
  • Facebook/Twitter
  • Off the shelf back up power
  • Solar/Hand Crank Radio
  • Vehicle based GPS
  • Handheld GPS
  • Cell phones and apps
  • Thumb Drives – Portable Data
  • Lap Top Computers
  • Digital Camera
  • Ready.gov etc.
  • YouTube (Download Helper)

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 and you might hear yourself on the air.

Episode-317- 18 More Overlooked Items or Skills for Preppers

Today we discuss 18 items that I think should eventually be in the home of every modern survivalist.  Some are common items that we talk about often, others are items that are often over looked or not considered “prepper items”.  The key is this is NOT a complete list or even a punch list, just a group of items we should all be aware of and think about.  Today’s show is a follow up to Episode 306 and we will continue to do new shows as your suggestions create new lists for this topic.

If you have items that are not on the list (other then food or guns because no one leaves those out ever) please chime in with your suggestions in the comments area.

Tune in today as we discuss the following 18 items, with few bonus items you have to tune in to hear about…

  • Baking/Cooking Skills
  • Yeast Cultivation Skills
  • Pruners/Loppers
  • Chain Saw
  • Scythe
  • First Aid Gear and a Blow Out Kit (blow out NOT bug out)
  • Cast Iron Cookware
  • Tarps
  • Nails, Screws and Lumber
  • Wheel Barrow or a Good Garden Cart
  • Manual Air Pump
  • Insect Repellent
  • Baking Soda
  • Medications (tune in to see exactly what was meant by that suggestion)
  • Traps and Trap Making Material
  • Spices and Seasonings
  • Sets of Spark Plugs and Wires for all Motors
  • A Wired Phone and Phone Book

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-216- Survival Podcast Audience Questions 6-09-09

We are continuing a series of listener questions today.   Since it was done from the “mobile studio” there are no call ins or anything.  These are all questions sent in by email, asked in comments, asked on the survival forum, etc.

I would like to continue doing this type of show often so if you want to have a question answered send me an email to jack@thesurvivalpodcast.com with the subject line “question for Jack”

Tune in to hear me answer these questions today…

  • What is an Earthship and what advantages do they offer?
  • Is is safe to use a document shredding company?
  • Are the little compost bins at Home Depot and the like useful?
  • Is it safe to put worms in a compost bin that you “spin”?
  • What can you do to ensure full protein requirements in a post SHTF world?
  • What about hunting if the ammo runs out?
  • What do archers have to think about as well post SHTF?  What about snares?
  • What zero energy tools and appliances should we add to our preps?
  • Is morse code valuable for SHTF or other emergencies?
  • What is a “book code”?
  • How do you provide an acid soil requirement for blueberries?
  • How do you keep providing food during the winter in norther climates via a garden?
  • Is there a difference between sustainable and survival gardening?
  • What do you take into account for a Bug Out Location in a Northern Climate?

Resources for Today’s Show

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