In March I had the honor of giving the closing talk at Permaculture Voices 3. Considering some of the people who presented at this event and the two prior ones, this was an incredible opportunity. My goal was to present something universal in the Permaculture and Regenerative Agriculture space.
You can see the entire talk below in video and if you want to get 9 other incredible talks, Deigo has them for sale here, PV3 Broad Acre Video Package.
Since we launched our Indiegogo for Genforward.com we have raised almost 11,000 dollars thanks to you guys. As the campaign continues I wanted to do a quick update and I also really wanted to explain more about where the concept came from and how it is just as beneficial to families right now today as it will be in the distant future.
To those of you that have backed GenForward thank you. If you haven’t done so yet please consider doing so. Think about this at the 300 dollar level you get a three year membership plus you get three one year memberships to give away. Please consider giving your friends and family this gift for Christmas this year.
While we won’t likely have the Beta ready by Dec. 25th I can get our developer Bobby to put together the certificates in advance and I am more than willing to do a video explaining GenForward and the gift to those you want to give a certificate to.
Remember to ask me any and all questions about GenForward and I will keep the answers coming.
As many of you know I have suggested that we call what most (not all) people are doing in America woody beds vs hugulkultur. I suggest this for two reasons.
1. People who don’t know about it already understand “woody bed” but look at you like you have a snake crawling out of your ear when you say hugulkultur.
2. It is more accurate, hugul in the term hugulkultur pretty much means high as in high bed. As in 1.5-2 yards high. This is simply not what we are doing in America in most instances.
Since first learning about the entire concept from Paul Wheaton (as practiced by Sepp Holzer) I have worked with it in many different formats, from 6 foot high true huguls to in ground versions that appear like any typical framed in raised bed. I have also studied the work of Permaculture visionary Geoff Lawton and become a huge fan of his swale based design systems.
As I continued both studying the work of others and putting it into actual field level work (I can’t stress how important that is) I have also learned how Geoff takes “swale like design” into raised bed gardening. I have now found that taking the disciplines of swale style raised beds and adding wood core design to the mix is an incredibly efficient design structure.
Today I discuss the primary design structures of this type of system, why they work and what limitations each has. From there we can see how a proper integration of all of them makes up a great deal for where each has certain weaknesses.
Join Me Today As I Discuss…
What is a swale and why does it work
What is the difference between a “swale like” structure and a true swale
How can contour paths act like swales when they are not below grade
Does it make sense to cut paths below grade (may be, it depends)
What is traditional hugulkultur
Why did Sepp Holzer and other actually bury wood in the first place
The limits of a “spongy core” based on mathematics as a simply reservior
What are mycelium and what role do they play in permaculture
How does the internal composting action protect roots in cold weather
Why isn’t the heat a danger in hot weather
Why deep mulching is a must
How you can practice polyculture, clumpy polyculture or even row mono culture
How does a contour based wood core system function end to end
Info on the upcoming workshop that will teach these techniques
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Special Update – Old Grouch Emailed me about 24 hours after I uploaded the video. You guys must really have liked the review because he just sold out of these bags. Make sure to join his facebook page and/or mailing list and he will be announcing when more come in.
I have been looking for a truly modular, high capacity, rugged, well planned, water resistant and above all comfortable to hump bag for a long time.
It turns out that the Italian military has been building the perfect bag for their troops for many years now and they are now available on the surplus market.
These are real Italian military issue packs, used but in great condition. The Italian military drew upon the countries long history of alpine exploration and excellent outdoor industry when they designed and made this pack.
Very light at just 4.5 pounds, the main compartment measures 14″x7″x28″, and the side compartments are 6.5″x4″x15″ each. These have lots of extra straps for lashing gear to the outside which is one of my favorite features, a bonus top compartment on the top flap, sturdy plastic frame, and great padded straps. The assault packs which can be broken off and run independently really increase the adaptabality of these packs both for trail use (think overnight gear and day pack) or as a BOB (think all your stuff and daily or often used gear).
In this video I don’t just review the emergency seed bank from Directive21.com I dispel many myths about GMOs vs. Hybrid Variety seeds. Emergency seed vaults are in my view an outstanding addition to your long term preps but the hype in the emergency seed industry is really misleading. Tune into this video for hard and somewhat harsh facts about emergency seed products and the real reasons to invest in them vs. the fear based marketing of many other manufactures.
Having seeds is a vital part of preparation and survival. One really great seed bank is the seed bank that comes with 37,000 seeds or 1.4 Lbs of Non-Hybrid seeds, sealed in an airtight military grade Seed Vault from Directive21.com You can find this seed bank at www.directive21.com/emergencyseedbank.html
No show today folks as I have to take my wife to the dentist. Nothing major but they do have to sedate her and therefore she can’t drive afterwords so I am choosing today to release the long awaited video series on biltong. I talk about it all the time on the show, now you can see how to do it step by step.
The method you see me use is slightly different from some others I have seen online. I have chosen my recipe and method from the writing of Peter Hathaway Capstick who spent half his life living on Traditional South African Biltong in the bush as a professional hunter and game control officer in the African bush.
A few things about this series in particular…
I used a dehydrator for the bulk of the biltong because some people live in very humid areas
The dehydrator was not necessary, the traditionally hung meat actually finished just as fast
The quality of both batches was similar but I actually found the traditional a bit better
The dehydrator was not any faster, the initial rapid drying formed a shell and the centers in the dehydrator took much longer to cure
My advice don’t use a dehydrator unless climatic humidity requires it and then I would try a fan before doing anything else.
Anyway for some reason the final videos came out a little fuzzy in image quality, I am going to try to figure out what caused that but the videos will definitely show you exactly how to make biltong and how easy it really is. As for how good it tastes, you will have to make your own to find out. Beef works great but the leaner the better, the best comes from red game meat like venison, elk or bison.
Just heard from Mike at Shelf Reliance they are doing a special discount now, for the month of October, you can get 10% off all our food rotation systems, from the Cansolidator Cupboard to the Harvest 72, and 20% off the Cansolidator Pantry, which comes out to only $26.99 at 20% off. The code for 10% off any Food? Rotation System is FRS10 and the code for the Cansolidator Pantry at $26.99 is PODCAN.
This video reviews the Shelf Reliance Consolidator Pantry which is the mid sized system fitting in between the Cupboard and the Pantry Plus. I really like these smaller systems from Shelf Reliance, items like the Harvest may be over kill for some people. For many you won’t need Cansolidators for all your cans just the items you use the most. I can’t tell you what a difference these items have made for me. Automatic rotation and better use of space what more could you ask for. Really check out how much one unit holds when I fully empty out the Pantry Plus.
So I seem to always be going on and on about Yoders Bacon on the show because it is one of my favorite prepper foods for both long term storage and day to day use. I think a lot of folks wonder how you get 50-60 slices of bacon into a can the size of standard soup can and have it still be usable and look like sliced bacon.
The key is packing it really tight, folding he layers in half and separating each layer with wax paper. When you open it this stuff is swimming in grease, heck though it is bacon what do you expect. In this video I show you what to expect when you open it, how to get rid of a lot of the grease and how to package it for use after opening.
Of course in a SHTF scenario you would want to reserve the grease for use in cooking, etc. Many people will do that day to day as well but as for me I am in the middle of continuing to drop weight and cutting out any excessive intake of fat. This is one of the best long term storage foods that is also great for day to day you that you can make part of your food storage regiment.
I have had a lot of questions about harvesting amaranth grain so I knocked out this video for you guys today. This is really more about harvesting just a bit for seed for the next planting. I will do a more “brutal” version for lack of a better term when the next seed heads are available.