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Episode-1236- Plans for the TSP Homestead and Upcoming Workshops

I am going to continue with some fun stuff that is informative and not so deep into the world of politics, economics, etc.  Today I am going to line out the planned projects for our 3 acre property and what they will be doing for us long term.

The first principle of permaculture in my mind is “observe and interact” and while interact is part of it, to me on a new property about a year of observation is really ideal for the planning process.  At this point I have been on my property for about 10 months.  I now know it intimately.  I know where the winds blow including when they don’t line up with the “official information” from the weather service.

I know where my soils are a foot deep and where they are only a few inches above the limestone reef that is under this part of north Texas.  I know where water flows and where it pools.  I know the species that do well here on their own in all seasons.  I  have seen the results of my work with my animals an I know it works.  Islands of deep green now exist in pastures that are tired and mostly brown.

I have had the great fortune to have my intern Josiah Wallingford of Bring of Freedom on property now for 3 months to aid in my planning.  We now have a much deeper understanding of many of our subtle contours.  Then we did an urban design workshop.  30 students received certification in Urban Design and we got amazing ideas for a small space design on the property.  Josiah and I have expanded these plans and it is all coming together.  Today I will do my best to explain our future plans and how this homestead is going to be transformed over the next year into a holistic system that is self supporting and will generate its own fertility.

Join Me Today As We Discuss…

  • The tactical greenhouse with a “climate battery”
  • 6000-7500 gallons of catchment tanks are going in, just for starters
  • Why we will use some pumps in our systems, yet we will not “need” them
  • Taking swales to an extreme level even on land anyone would call flat
  • Road catchment diversion, more water then we could ever need
  • Cell grazing of geese and chickens in our system, perhaps sheep next year
  • Building a 60,000 gallon pond where you can’t go below grade and making it self sustaining
  • Making hugul swales where we can only dig about 2 inches into the soil
  • Building top soil at a massive rate in the interswales
  • Berms, berms and more berms
  • A food forest going in this spring, 40 productive trees, 280 support trees
  • The contour beds are due to become a massive “micro food forest”
  • This is just the beginning!

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Episode-1234 – Women of Prepping Episode 8

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Rianna Stone – The Pagan Homesteader

Rianna Stone has been an RN for almost 20 years but her true passion is homesteading and Permaculture. Three years ago she and her family took the plunge and moved onto 6 acres in the wilds of Oklahoma to create their own homestead.

For the last three years this family of four has lived in 360 sq ft with no running water as they work on creating a sustainable lifestyle. This includes gardening, chickens, geese, and goats.

Rianna is also the host of The Pagan Homesteader Podcast, and she was recently named Survival Mom of the Month for the month of July on the Survival Mom Blog.  Today she and her family live with no running water in a 350 square foot tiny home.

Today Rianna and here family continue to develop their property and improve their lifestyle as modern homesteaders.

Join Rianna and I Today for  a Discussion On…

  • What brought her to the homesteading/prepping lifestyle
  • How they manage without running water
  • Living with a family of 4 in a 350 square foot house
  • Plans for further development of their property
  • How prepping has changed their family
  • The unique challenges and fun of raising geese
  • Earthbag home construction and using it for other needs
  • The reality of tornado season in the south and mid west
  • The response of friends and family with her families new lifestyle

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Episode-1167- Lori and Jeff Haynes on Olla Irrigation

Lori and Jeff Haynes of Dripping Springs Ollas

Lori and Jeff Haynes of Dripping Springs Ollas

In 2009 Lori and Jeff Haynes returned to the United States to a town called Dripping Springs, just west of Austin, Texas. After Jeff’s twenty-four year career as a Marine the couple was anxious to get back home to Texas and put down roots.

In 2011, Lori founded Dripping Springs OLLAS (DSO) with the mission of making the OLLA (pronounced oi ya) – a natural, geographically appropriate option for irrigation by self-reliant Southwestern gardeners. Lori designed and field tested the Dripping Springs OLLA which are made from Tecate clay per Lori’s specifications.

Today Jeff and Lori join us to discuss ollas as a low tech, traditional solution to Texas’ (and other areas) water issues, irrigation reduction and self reliance as well as integration in to your families system of nutritious and nourishing food production.

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Episode-1056- Zero to Prepared – Fast, Simple and Low Cost – Part 1

You will notice that title of this episode ends in “low cost” vs. “cheap”.  As a marketer there is a rule, if you can eliminate a word do it, but that won’t work here.  Cheap sets the wrong tone for what we will discuss today, we are talking about protecting your life, your property and the lives of those you love, one doesn’t go “cheap” with such things.

Today may seem like a basic beginners show but I will bet even the seasoned prepper will gain something and if nothing else will be better able to help others get started.  Prepping doesn’t have to be complex or expensive, what it must be is specific to a set of goals, today we talk about simple ways to make that happen.

Join Me Today as We Discuss…

  • The entire basic system revolves around 6 innate survival needs
    • Food
    • Water
    • Shelter
    • Energy
    • Security
    • Sanitation and Health
  • To this we add some basic logistics
    • Threat analysis
    • When to bug in or out
    • Where to go if you have to leave
    • Insure the ability to do business when main systems are down
  • Once this is understood we create a basic checklist for each need
  • Food
    • Build 30, 60 and 90 days of reserves in that order
    • Begin with “copy canning” then move to cheap LTS
    • Slowly develop your own plan using prepared LTS foods
  • Water
    • Store water in 2 liter bottle used soda bottles
    • Acquire a reliable filter
    • Know when to “fill the tubs”
    • Consider large scale catchment/storage based on space and budget
  • Shelter
    • Know all the “systems” that run your home
    • Have basic repair materials that can keep your home intact
    • Make sure your home is fully insured
    • Make sure to distribute your preps throughout your home
    • Don’t plan on living in a tent or an RV without trying it first

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Episode-1023- Listener Feedback for 11-19-12

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

Join Me Today as I Answer Your eMails

It’s Monday and time for another round of you your feedback, questions and commentary sent to jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com.

Make sure if you submit content for a feedback show that you put something like “comment for jack”, “question for jack” or “article for jack” in the subject line to assure proper identification for my screening process.

Today we discuss, fear, HOAs, responsible law enforcement, GMOs, drugs in our water supply, common sense and the destruction of the resiliency of our children .

Please understand I receive several hundred emails a day and can’t get them all on the air. I do put out a lot of information on Facebook from emails that I can’t fit on the program though so keep em coming.

Join Me Today As I Respond to Your Emails On

  • The real reason people say “screw others” during a disaster – FEAR
  • More proof that HOAs actually destroy true community
  • Proof that we need more LEOs kicking the ass of their fellow LEOs
  • The wonderful results of GMOs – Parkinson’s Disease
  • The Muscovy Duck low input of grain for a high output of meat
  • How we are creating children that won’t even be able to cross a ditch soon
  • An atrocity in our health care system and to our water supply you can’t imagine

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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

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Episode-803- An Interview with The Berkey Guy

Jeff Gleason has been a stead fast supporter of the show for more than two years (will be three this March).  He is of course the famous “Berkey Guy” and he joins us today to discuss the role water should play in our prep planning and our daily lives.

Join Us Today to Hear…

  • How water and its availability is often over looked in prepping
  • The value of a well
  • Why better tasting water is good for your health
  • Our thoughts on chlorine, arsenic and fluoride
  • Where the fluoride in your water actually comes from
  • Thoughts on removing at least chlorine from your bathing water
  • Several instances where systems failed to catch contaminated water
  • Biological contaminants like cryptosporidium and giardia

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Episode-730- Permaculture Solutions for Water Needs

A Mature Hugelkultur Bed - Photo Credit to RichSoil.com

Today we revisit a topic I covered with the awesome Paul Wheaton on a past episode of TSP.  Paul actually just put out one of the best compilations of photographs and illustrations I have ever seen on hugelkultur which inspired this episode.

We are going to go deeper than that today though.  We are going to talk about multiple concepts with water, I am going to tell those of you in states where they say you can’t capture and store rain water how to do it anyway.

I am going to discuss the water crisis we can’t see and how permaculture provides a solution for it.  I will tell you about millions of acres of lakes that you never see and how they can teach us exactly how to provide water to our plants even in the driest areas with little to no irrigation.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • If water is everywhere how can there be a shortage of it
  • What at the two largest types of lakes that we never see
  • Who waters the forest, who waters the prairies
  • My hugelkultur project so far
  • The rain garden
  • Swales and swale style barriers
  • Self watering gardens – irrigation with maximum efficiency
  • Terracing and how I feel they differ from swales
  • The role of poly culture
  • Selection of hardy varieties
  • Growing from seed, especially trees
  • The Groasis system

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Episode-727- Tom Spargo on Rain Saucers and Rain Water Harvesting

Special Note – There is a segment in the beginning of today’s show about Jan Cline, a woman dying of bone cancer who has had her back yard yard sale shut down due to an idiotic city ordnance.  Please listen to it and consider donating a little bit to help Jan Cline out in this tough time. You an do that here, I have verified that this is a legitimate way to donate and the funds will go directly to Jan.

Rain Saucers are Stand Alone Rain Harvesting Systems

On to our man subject, Today our guest is Tom Spargo.  Tom  independent research and business development consultant to
major Japanese companies in the Silicon Vally clean technology industry.

Tom realized several years ago that clean water wasn’t getting any attention and started thinking about solutions.   Tom discovered rainwater harvesting and came up with his own take on the concept which addressed many typical rain harvesting shortcomings.

To address this Tom invented RainSaucers in 2009 and got funding from social venture capital in 2010.  He launched product this year and now has distributors online and in a few cities.

Today Tom joins us to discuss rain harvesting by the traditional method of roof hook up and how they can save on your water bill.  We then discuss rain barrels with RainSaucers and the new things you can do such as having a new source of potable water (they are trialing this in Guatemala) and setting up a completely off-grid tomato crop (Tom is doing this in my backyard).

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Episode-629- Paul Wheaton on the Elimination of Irrigation

Paul Wheaton - Founder of Permies.com

Paul Wheaton from Permies.com

Yes you read the title correctly, elimination, not alternative, not creative, elimination.    Can irrigation truly be eliminated?  In my view absolutely, at least in many instances and one of our all time most popular guests Paul Wheaton returns to TSP to discuss exactly how to do it.

Join us today as we discuss swales, key line systems, terraces, hugelkultur, and over a dozen other ways plants get water in natural systems.

Irrigation is one of the most costly components of modern agriculture, it is also depleting one of most precious life giving resources, water.  Yet think about it, there are millions of acres of prairie, forest, jungle and savana that produce massive yields of plant matter every year and who irrigates them?  Imagine the impact if these systems could be scaled up to eliminate even 15% of current agricultural irrigation requirements.

The good news is many of them can be done in your own back yard, some are simple and others are complex but just by making a pile of rocks, burying some rotting wood or moving around a bit of soil you can vastly reduce your personal irrigation requirements.

Join Paul and I Today as we discuss…

  • How did ancient earth ever have plants without humans to water them
  • Tomatoes are actually a desert plant so why do they require so much water
  • Why does Paul call watering plants, “the imaginary birth of irrigation”
  • How many ways do plants have to get water in natural settings, many!
    • Polyculture interactions
    • Trees creating transpiration, condensation drip, etc
    • Natural mulching
    • Humidity rise
    • Key line systems
    • Terracing
    • Swales
    • Wind reductions
    • Tap root systems
    • No transplanting
    • Paddock shift livestock grazing
    • Dew ponds
    • Stacked rock systems
    • Edge utilization
    • Shade
  • The simple things you can do to get started on illumination of your need for watering
  • The advantages of letting some crops struggle
  • The work that proves these systems by visionaries like Lawton, Mollison, Holzer and Smits

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