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TSP Spring 2017 – Fun And Skills Workshop Almost Sold Out

UPDATE – As of 2-1-17 at 11:00 4 seats remain for this class.  Two of which were added due to people willing to ride share, etc. reducing the vehicle count a bit.  If you want to come this year get your seats soon!

Well this time we made it a day without selling out, there are still about 10 seats left, so get them while you can.  This workshop is going to be amazing, with amazing people and some of the stuff is so awesome we can’t even tell you what it is in advance.

Remember what happens at the barter blanket, stays at the barter blanket and this time, that is getting expanded just a bit.  Plus do you know the meaning behind the secrete code of “Talk to the Squirrel” or are you on the private email list with some of the coolest people in the TSP community.  If not the only way to find out and get on the list is to come to a workshop.  It is a promise I have made to all students.

Cost to attend this work shop is 500 dollars total with a 100 dollar deposit to hold your seat and the balance isn’t due until you arrive on site.

To Sign Up and Join Us for Our Workshop running from March 22-24 with camping available form March 21-25 just click here. 

This time I am also doing a really cool contest, be ready to take a lot of pictures (not at the barter blanket) is all I will say about that for now.

What are we going to cover this time around, well I have 14 awesome instructors plus myself and we are going to provide 15 awesome workshops in 3 days time, get ready for a knowledge upload in a big way.  Here is what we are covering,

  • Knife Making – After this class you will know how to complete a kit knife even if you don’t do the hands on extra class.  Yep all of the sudden KnifeKits.com will be a more interesting website.  And Patrick Roehrman will teach those that upgrade his master craft.
  • Small Engine Maintenance – Chris Prater will be teaching this and he is always awesome and shows you how to do things for a dollar that others pay a hundred to acomplish.
  • Homestead Automation – Instructor Charlie Fairchild will show you how to easily automate your homestead and save hours and dollars.
  • Alcohol Infusions and Fermented Foods – Some guy named Spirko is going to show you how to make a 50 dollar bottle of liquor for 5 bucks and how to make healthy fermented foods to heal your body if you over indulge.
  • Sous Vide Cooking – Jake Robinson and that Spirko guy will show you how to make steaks and more that will blow away your friends and family.
  • Building an AR15 – How would you like to save a couple hundred bucks on your next AR?  It isn’t that hard the basics of building your own will be covered in only one hour flat.
  • Roasting Coffee – Nicole “Awesome Sauce” (that is what I call her) will show you not just how to roast your own coffee but how she doesn’t just save money, she makes money doing it. We call that function stacking.
  • The Trump Economic Impact – Love him or hate him Donald Trump is president and like it or not, he is “getting shit done”, what will the economic impact of his first 100 days be long term, John Pugliano will tell you what is coming.
  • Aquaponics – Do you think aquaponics is too complicated, or cost to much to do.  While we will be showing off my large installation, Richard Hasting will be showing you how anyone can set up aquaponics and produce more food in less space than you can imagine.
  • High Density Food Production – This is being done by my buddy David Seigler, in some years he and his wife produce up to 70% of their calories from their own land.  Oh by the way it is a suburban Fort Worth property.  And he will tell you how to offset your costs by selling things to Yuppies, things you would have never thought of.  Yea really!
  • Homesteading on a Budget and Cover Crop See Mixes – Nick Ferguson is a master of doing more with less, so as to make  homesteading profitable and he will also teach you to make your own seed mixes and save both the earth and your wallet in the process.
  • Solar Power – Karen Houston who has 30 years of experience as a master electrician will teach you how to make solar power work for you, both on and off grid.
  • Wood Working – In fact anarchist wood working!  What is that, it is building amazing stuff with nothing but hand tools.  Instructor Brad Fullbright will show you what it is all about.
  • Special Unadvertised Bonuses – If I told you what this was, I would ruin it wouldn’t I?

On top of all this there will be home made apple cider on draft, mead and beer tasting, some of the coolest people you will ever meet and frankly I don’t think you could eat the way we feed you over three days for half the cost of attendance.  If you leave here hungry you are either a vegan or well, you are a vegan!

So if you have always wanted to come to one of our workshops, come to this one, make the time and you won’t regret it.  The after hours time, the bonding with like minded individuals alone is worth it.

Our property is about 30 minutes from DFW Airport and many students ride share, etc. to get here, so even if you have to fly in, airfare is generally reasonable and you can just bring enough to camp, or get a hotel, food is not going to be a problem, I promise you.

To Sign Up and Join Us for Our Workshop running from March 22-24 with camping available form March 21-25 just click here. 

MT Knives Add On Class for the TSP Workshop

Patrick Roehrman will be doing an add on knife making class at the 2017 fall workshop.  Interested students will need to sign up with him directly, you can find full details here.

This is a great opportunity, Patrick will be helping 10 students complete a knife that would easily sell for more than 300 dollars and the price of the class is 300 dollars.  In essence you can choose to decide how you look at it, you are either buying the knife and getting the education for free, or buying the education and getting the knife free, either one is a pretty sweet deal.

The way this will work is, Patrick will be our first instructor with a 1 hour session for all on the general principles of making a knife, this will be best for people buying pre made blanks and handle materials.  Every student will be part of this but it won’t be hands on.

Then for 2 hours a day, plus likely some down time and sessions some don’t wish to attend he will help those who purchase the add on complete an awesome custom knife, one you can’t even buy from him.

Please note this is ONLY FOR STUDENTS OF THE SPRING WORKSHOP who have already secured a seat to it, please do not sign up for this if you are not a student or instructor at the TSP 2017 Fun and Skills Workshop.

To learn more and claim one of the ten spots
go to this link at the MT Knives website.

PS – Please understand that this add on is being 100% run by Patrick, other than purchasing some tools for my shop so students can use them I am not involved, any arrangements, special deals, questions on it need to go to him, not me.  I will have my hands full today making sure all of my students get their info packets, questions answered etc.

Dates Announced for the Spring 2017 TSP Workshop

We have selected our instructors for the 2017 workshop at Nine Mile Farm and are announcing today that the workshop will be March 23, 24, 25 with property open for camping from the 22nd to the 26th.

This workshop will consist of 15 different sessions, subjects we will be covering this time are,

  • Knife Making
  • Small Engine Maintenance
  • Homestead Automation
  • Alcohol Infusions
  • Fermented Foods
  • Sous Vide Cooking
  • Building an AR15
  • Roasting Coffee
  • Raising Rabbits
  • The Trump Economic Impact
  • Aquaponics
  • High Density Food Production
  • Homesteading on a Budget
  • Cover Crop Seed Mixes
  • Solar Power
  • Wood Working
  • Special Unadvertised Bonuses

Tickets for this event will go on sale on Monday, January the 30th at 9AM central time. As usual the MSB members will be given 24 hours to sign up before any tickets will be open to the general public.

Frankly there will be only 28 spots going up for sale, last time they all sold out in under two hours.  Translation anyone that really wanted one had time to get one, anyone that figured they could wait until lunch time to sign up, didn’t get one.

So set your reminders now and tune in today to get more information about this event.

 

TSP Workshop Fall Videos Posted to the MSB and Spring Workshop Announced

I have just added all the videos (20 of them) from the TSP Fall Workshop to the MSB.  They are all hosted on Vimeo, you can stream them or download them it is your choice.

Each video requires a password, the password and links to all the videos is posted on the “Video” Page in the MSB, you can log in here to access them.  If you are not a member consider joining today, the value of the information in these videos is easily worth a year of dues alone.

PLEASE NOTE in the MSB you will see a heading for these videos that says “Fall 2016 Videos from our TSP Workshop – These Videos are on Vimeo, you can download them there.  Used code _____ to access each of them. ”   That ONE CODE works for all of those videos.

Next Dorothy and I have settled on dates for our Spring Workshop, they will be March 23-25.  With set up on the 22nd and students can stay over until Sunday the 26th, to be off property by 11AM that day.

No further details or ability to sign up are available yet except the basic format will be like our fall event was.  A “fun and skills” theme with multiple instructors each doing about a one hour presentation.

On that note I am looking for people that want to teach a class.  This time I think we are going to do 5 classes a day for 3 days for a total of 15 sessions with some bonus sessions tossed in.  7 a day was a bit much in the fall event.

So I will not take every instructor that applies.  The deal for instructors is the same as last time.  If you are approved you get

  1.  A guaranteed seat at the class (last time we sold out in two hours)
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  2.  A discount of 100 dollars off the event (due to space limits I can’t give instructors free seats)

To apply email me at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with TSPC event instructor in the subject line.  Pitch me your class and the basics of what it will include in one to two paragraphs.  If you email me and don’t hear back that I got it in 24  hours please reemail me so you don’t slip though the cracks.

I am going to give about 2 weeks of applications before making my decisions but will email you back that I got your application right away.

Last Chance to Sign Up for the Work With Jack Weekend this Saturday

We are running a short one day workshop on Saturday the 24th of September from 11AM to 730PM. In this workshop we will be doing the following.

  • Raising the back wall of the Aviary to about 9 feet to make more head room.
  • Putting in water and power to the green house
  • Tying in the new aquaponics systems
  • Having a lot of fun

I am allowing parents to bring children but setting the cut off age at 12. I am also stating flatly that kids that come should want to come and be part of the event. I do not want unsupervised kids running around the property chasing animals, breaking stuff etc.

To make this clear last time we had a group of kids here they took the floating ball that releases chlorine out of our pool and used it as a kick ball breaking it. Several also stressed out our animals by chasing them. Such activity will be met with an immediate dismissal from the farm. We expect you to know your kids and what they can and can’t handle.

Cost of the workshop is 25 dollars, as always we are going to feed the hell out of you, we will have a great assortment of micro brew on hand.

For many of you who are local and could not attend the fall event for any reason this is a great chance to see the aquaponics system as it is put into full function and learn from our instructor (David) during the install.

To sign up complete the form below. Please understand that your reservation is not complete until you complete payment which you will do after filling out the form. If for any reason the form fails to display for you on this page you can directly access it here.

Fill out my online form.

Work With Jack Weekend for September 24th 2016

We are running a short one day workshop on Saturday the 24th of September from 11AM to 730PM.  In this workshop we will be doing the following.

  • Raising the back wall of the Aviary to about 9 feet to make more head room.
  • Putting in water and power to the green house
  • Tying in the new aquaponics systems
  • Having a lot of fun

I am allowing parents to bring children but setting the cut off age at 12.  I am also stating flatly that kids that come should want to come and be part of the event.  I do not want unsupervised kids running around the property chasing animals, breaking stuff etc.

To make this clear last time we had a group of kids here they took the floating ball that releases chlorine out of our pool and used it as a kick ball breaking it.  Several also stressed out our animals by chasing them.  Such activity will be met with an immediate dismissal from the farm.    We expect you to know your kids and what they can and can’t handle.

Cost of the workshop is 25 dollars, as always we are going to feed the hell out of you, we will have a great assortment of micro brew on hand.

For many of you who are local and could not attend the fall event for any reason this is a great chance to see the aquaponics system as it is put into full function and learn from our instructor (David) during the install.

To sign up complete the form below.  Please understand that your reservation is not complete until you complete payment which you will do after filling out the form.  If for any reason the form fails to display for you on this page you can directly access it here.

Fill out my online form.

Group Hotel Rate Info for the Oct. Workshop

The vast majority of students do camp but some like a hotel room so we always arrange a group rate for you guys.

Our best results have been with a local Holiday Inn, it is only about a 10-15 minute drive from our place.    Here is the hotel info…

Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suits
3541 N.W. Loop 820
Fort Worth, TX 76106
Phone – 817-744-7755Hotel Website

We have 2 queen rooms and 8 kings held.  The rate we got you is 87 dollars a night, which is a great rate for a nice hotel in this area.

To get this rate you need to call in your reservation, just tell them you are with The Survival Podcast and they will hook you up.  If you run into any issues our contact there is Property Manager Jennifer Camp, you can just ask for her and she will make sure you get the rate.  Anyone who answers the phone should be able to set you up so please only ask for Jennifer if there is some sort of problem.

These rooms are held for our group until September 26th.   After that I believe they will still honor the rate but the can’t guarantee availability.

Dates Announced for this Fall’s TSP Workshop Oct. 26-30

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Dorothy and I have decided to go with only one fall workshop this year and it is going to be an awesome one.  This work shop will cover more subjects than any other single workshop we have ever done.

Here are some subjects we will be covering…

  • Aquaponics
  • Bee Keeping
  • Mead Making
  • Radio Communications
  • Soap Making
  • Knife and Tool Sharpening
  • Cooking
  • Composting
  • Join Land Purchases for BOLs, Hunting Clubs, etc.
  • Making Herbal Medicines
  • Making Biltong
  • And More

In fact I am still looking for instructors who will receive a 100 dollar discount in return for teaching a one hour class.  My goal for this workshop is 16-18 one our sessions over 3 days.  If you want to be considered as instructor just email me at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with “TSPC Instructor” in the subject line.

On top of this we will as always serve up amazing food, have an awesome barter blanket night, have great live music, an amazing mead tasting session and more.   Since we are doing only one this fall we are going with a seat count of 38 students, which is a bit of a push for our property but we want to be as inclusive as we can be.

Cost will be 500 a seat and if history repeats itself it will sell out fast.  Tickets will go on sale with a 100 dollar deposit to hold your seat and balance due upon arrival.  As always MSB members will get 48 hours to claim a seat before we open them up to the general public.  More details will come soon.

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A Call for Presenters for the TSP Fall Workshop

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Almost all our workshops up till now have been mostly permaculture related.  Planting trees, earthworks, building greenhouses, etc.  This fall (either Oct. or Nov.) we are doing one workshop.  Two was too much for us last year.

This time we are doing basically a Fun and Skills workshop.  Our goal is a lot of variety and almost no real phyical work for our students.  Some of our typical instructors will be teaching along with some new ones.  Right now some examples we have planned are…

  • Making Soap – Mindy and Josh of Honey Locust Home
  • Setting Up Joint Property Ownership for a Gun Club, Hunting Club or other Uses – John Pugliano
  • Aquaponics with On Site Demo – David Seigler
  • Making Mead Like a Viking – Jereme Zimmerman (not fully confirmed)

Other instructors that are offered an open invitation include Michael Jordan, Nick Ferguson, Patrick Roehrman and some others you know and love.  I will be doing something with outdoor cooking, what yet I don’t know, perhaps we may even have a huge community grill and do some grill your own stuff.

Today though I am throwing out a call for any and all that want to come and teach a one hour class or perhaps two one hour classes.  My plan is 6 one hour classes a day, over three days is 18 classes.  The class can be demo, hands on or power point, or a show and tell but you must be able to pull it off in one hour to keep to schedule.

Doing six hours a day also gives plenty of time for socializing, catching a nap, what have you.

You can get creative and use your own time to get a project fully set up or partially done.  Then present on it for an hour so you still make the time cut off.  So think outside the system.   Understand this though I can’t pay this type of instructor or even let you come for free.  As any who have been here know we stack the traffic and can only take so many.

Teaching a workshop will result in a discount on the cost which is always 500 dollars.  I am thinking 20%. You will still have to either camp on site (which most do) or get a hotel room.  I can’t provide indoor lodging as that space is already claimed.

So what type of classes am I looking for?  Anything homestead related, I don’t even want to give examples because I am interested in the ideas you guys have.  If you want to suggest a subject do that below, but if you want to apply, send me a BRIEF email with the basic idea to jack@thesurvivalpodcast.com with TSPC Event Instructor in the subject line, and I will consider you.

The most likely days right now will be Oct. 20-22 with set up for campers on the 19th.  The second most likely would be Nov. 3-5 with set up on the 2nd for campers.  There is a 99% chance it will be one of those two times, and I would say 90% it will be Oct 20-22.

This is going to be an amazing workshop and with only one it will sell out likely in 48hours or less when I open sales.  As an instructor you will know  you have a spot locked down.

As always we will have amazing food, live music, barter blanket, beer and mead tastings and more.  Before anyone asks, no you can’t reserve a seat now, no you can’t pay me early and we won’t likely open reservations and lock down final dates until about August 31st.

TSP and Nine Mile Farm Homestead Skills Nov. Workshop is now Open for MSB Members

From now until Wednesday morning the Fall Workshop is open for MSB Members to sign up and make their deposit. The workshop runs from Nov. 12-14 with on site camping and set up from Nov. 11-15.

To make your deposit, just go log into your MSB account and you will see a link to register in BOLD RED right at the top, you can’t miss it.

Log Into Your MSB Account Here

To give you a feel for how jam packed this event is, here is the current schedule, subject to revisions due to harsh reality of course.  In this case there absolutely will be revisions to the schedule but at least the subjects on it will be covered, we may cut back on silvo pasture to add more.

You Just Never Know what will Happen at a TSP Event!

What this workshop will cover

  • Silvopasture Establishment in Harsh Environments
  • Irrigation Installation
  • Raising Quail for Meat and Eggs
  • Processing Quail and Cooking Quail
  • Sketch Up Based Design
  • Nine Mile Farm Operational Walk Though
  • Green House Set Up
  • Micro Greens Production and Business Start Up
  • Investing and Financial Management
  • Plant Propagation
  • Honey Bee Management
  • Q&A Sessions
  • Live Music
  • Great Food
  • Barter, Community Building and More

Join us for a fun learning experience. For this event we have a strict limit of 34 people.

Schedule – None of this is set in stone, we will adapt to any weather events and such.

Wednesday Nov. 11thOur Property will be open any time after 2PM. This time is mostly just for setting up campsites. We do always toss some brats or sausage on the grill and have a social gathering with beers and just getting to know each other as well. This is very informal and just hanging out for those who show up early.

Thursday Nov. the 12th Lunch and dinner provided, breakfast is a light continental style on the first day)

  • 8:00 – 9:00 – Coffee and Breakfast Bars, etc. and Property/Safety Briefing
  • 9:00 –12:30 – Class – Installing Silvopasture and Irrigation
  • 12:00 -1:30 – Lunch
  • 1:30 -4:30– Class – Installing Silvopasture and Irrigation
  • 4:30 – 5:00 – Break and Clean Up
  • 5:00 – 6:00 – SketchUp Based Design
  • 6:30 – 7:30 – Dinner
  • 7:30 – ???? – Drinks, Music, Barter, etc.

Friday Nov. the 13th (three meals provided)

  • 9:00 – 10:00 – Breakfast
  • 10:00 – 12:00 Quail Processing and Cooking Prep
  • 12:00 -1:00 – Open Hour for Work Ins and Arounds
  • 1:00 – 2:30 – Lunch and Break Time
  • 2:30 – 3:30 – MicroGreens Part One
  • 3:30 – 4:30 – Finance and Investing Session One of Two
  • 4:30 – 5:00 – Break
  • 5:00 – 6:00 – Plant Propagation with Nick Ferguson
  • 6:00 – 7:00 – Seed and Plant Exchange
  • 7:30 – 8:30 – Dinner
  • 8:30 – ???? – Drinks, Music, Barter, etc.

Saturday Nov. the 14th (three meals provided)

  • 9:00 – 10:00 – Breakfast
  • 10:00 –12:00 – Beekeeping with Michael Jordan
  • 12:00 -1:00 – Finance and Investing Session Two of Two
  • 1:00 -2:30 – Lunch
  • 2:30 – 3:30 – Greenhouse Set Up Walk Through
  • 3:30 – 4:30 – Microgreens Part 2
  • 5:30 – 6:30 – Q&A With Nick, John, Jon and Jack
  • 6:30 – 7:00 – Break and Clean Up
  • 7:30 – 8:30 – Dinner
  • 8:30 – ???? – Drinks, Music, Barter, etc.

Sunday Nov. the 15th. 

  • 10:00 AM – Coffee, breakfast bars and left overs put out.
  • 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM – Goodbyes please consider helping us pick up before you go. (all guests to depart by 11:00 AM)

 

Accommodations

  • There are local hotels within 15 minutes of our property; we are getting a group rate, details to follow after you reserve space.
  • We have large steel frame buildings with large bay doors that open for a breeze. If you want to bring a cot or such and claim a spot inside for sleeping space is unreserved and first come first serve, no reservations necessary. No charge. We are suggesting our outer building for this as others may be using the TV and such in the 3 Bay Garage attached to the house, but the choice is yours.
  • If you want to tent camp on the property, space is first come first serve, no reservations needed. No charge. We will let you know what areas are open for this though.
  • We have about 8 locations with trees suitable for those that want to hammock camp, first come first served. We have never had a space issue for hammock campers.
  • NO RVS AND NO TRAILERS OF ANY KIND ON PROPERTY AT ALL NO EXCEPTIONS there is a near by RV Park if you want to sleep in your RV.

Frequently Asked Questions about TSP Events.

  • Question – Where is this event?

  • Answer – After you sign up you will get a document with all event details. The address is only given to students who have paid a deposit. But for your planning purposes we are near Azle Texas. That is just north of Fort Worth.

  • Question – What is the best airport to fly into?

  • Answer – The best bet is Dallas-Fort Worth International (DFW) it is only about 35 minutes assuming traffic isn’t at peak from our home. The only other viable option is Dallas Love Field (DAL) this may save you money if Southwest Flys direct from your airport but it is a longer drive. I would plan on an 1 hour and 15 minutes or more despite what google maps will tell you if you fly into Love Field.

  • Question – What type of food is served at these events?

  • Answer – The key word is meat but we have other stuff too. Generally we serve eggs (from our own flock) for breakfast with bacon and sausage and tortillas for breakfast with awesome local salsa and fixings. We also include a selection of fruit, breakfast bars, etc. Lunch is deli meats, chicken salad, left overs from dinner the night before and other things. This year we are planning some new things for lunch including awesome shredded chicken from our own birds and Dorothy’s amazing meat balls. Sometimes we have soups or other similar items for lunch. Dinner is usually rotisserie chicken one night, brisket another night and smoked pork shoulder the other night. Generally some awesome sausage finds its way into our menu as well. A full lunch and dinner are provided all three course days. We provide only coffee, fruit and breakfast bars on the first day for breakfast. We provide full breakfast on Friday, Saturday and Sunday we provide coffee, breakfast bars, fruit and left overs.

  • Question – What are the camping conditions like?

  • Answer – The key word is primitive. We allow tent camping on site just about anywhere on our property. We have an outbuilding that we let people put a cot or air mattress in but it usually gets pretty full and it is first come first served. There are plenty of trees for hammock camping as well. Most folks enjoy camping because you can have adult beverages and not worry about driving and the people are just awesome to hang out with. Most nights people end up staying up late talking and having a lot of fun playing pool, darts, spending time at the camp fire etc. November is usually pretty comfortable temperature wise especially at night but it rains often so be prepared for that. And be prepared for some cold nights! Average Nov. Temps are 66 for the High and 43 for the low, but we have seen Nov. Temps in the high 80s and occasionally lows in the 20s or lower!

  • Question – Is there a good hotel near by?

  • Answer – There is a great holiday inn, we get you a group rate and it varies but it is very nice hotel and we have normally gotten a rate of about 82 dollars in the past plus tax. When you sign up just indicate if you want a hotel so we have a head count for group rate info.

  • Question – Can students share a rental car, a ride to the airport, a hotel room, etc.?

  • Answer – Sure but to be blunt we do not get involved in that. We have way too much work to do so that you guys have a good experience when you get here. I view it this way from the time you get on my land till you leave it is my responsibility to make sure you learn, have fun and are well fed. Off site I leave it to you to deal with things. However, we have a private email list and many students work out things like this between themselves on it. Make sure to join it as soon as you get your instructions packet as their will be information on it.

  • Question – I have a question that isn’t answered here, should I sign up, I don’t want to loose my deposit?

  • Answer – When I send out the instruction document you have 48 hours to review the document, if something is a deal breaker you can cancel with a refund in the first 48 hours. After that this is my refund policy and I think it is as fair as I can be with it. My events always sell out but the closer we get the harder it is to back fill a no show. If I can sell your spot I give you a refund, if I can’t sell your spot due to it being to close to the event date, I don’t refund it.

  • Question – Will you take bitcoin for this event? What about silver?

  • Answer – I have a huge capital outlay on these events so I can’t take silver. I can only take PayPal for the deposit (you can use a credit card without a paypal account) but I will take bitcoin by special arrangement for the balance due but it will have to be at least one week prior to the event. If you want to do this, email me for arrangements.