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Episode-859- Jack Dody on Off Grid Homesteading

Jack Dody of christianhomesteaders.org

Jack Dody of ChristianHomesteaders.org

Jack and Marilou Dody live on a homestead on the plains of Colorado, within sight of Pikes Peak. Jack has been designing and building “alternative” housing since the late sixties.

His workbook entitled Abundaculture gives the details of his homestead construction, including solar and wind power, a rainwater catch system, indoor garden, passive solar, and a composting toilet.

Jack runs workshops to train missionaries, homesteaders and homeschoolers on the knowledge he has gain in his years of actually living the life of a truly off grid homesteader.   His work has prepared many for trips to remote ares of the world on aid missions along with helping others realize their own dream of homestead life.

Jack joins Jack today to discuss…

  • The challenges of true off grid living
  • Using a sawdust toilet
  • Using gray water for irrigation
  • Using SIP containers in dry climates
  • The value of kids growing up on the homestead
  • How you can  make solar and wind affordable
  • Why most homesteaders need at least some off homestead income
  • Common mistakes of new homesteaders
  • Why homesteaders are generally the first to know about threats to liberty

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Episode-437- The Road to Individual Energy Independence

Today we discuss “alternative energy”, not always “green energy” as a path to energy independence.  Like many topics that involve “independence” it is not an all or nothing concept, unlike death, independence does come in degrees.  So what we cover today ranges from initial baby steps to full tilt off grid life.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • The why’s behind the quest energy independence
    • Alternative vs. green energy
    • Polar bears vs. practicality
    • Peak oil?   May be.  Peak expense?  Inevitable.
    • Taxation
    • Disaster
    • Liberty
  • Steps on the route to independence
    • Start with efficiency
    • Identify reality (lights aren’t that big a deal)
    • Building a back up system
    • Adding a small generator
    • Adding solar/wind to your back up system
    • Adding a large generator
    • Building a passive solar heater
    • Building a solar hot water heater
    • Going full tilt with solar and wind

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Episode-409- The Value of Rural Land

Today we do sort of a two part show.  I start out with a bit of commentary of a few stories, two actually related to land values and dependence on city based economies.  I then move onto todays main subject, the value of rural land.  I will also cover a lot of buying and negociating advice and give you some actual market prices of what is available right now.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • A great post and video on ITS Tactical
  • Marlin Firearms is closing their North Haven, CT plant
  • Detroit is dying and the lesson we learn from it
  • Why rural land has not fallen in value the way most real estate has
  • Really considering the decision to go “off grid”
  • Why rural land offers stability in value (monetary and lifestyle wise as well)
  • Getting quotes and expert advice BEFORE you buy or even make an offer
  • Having “vision” for what a property can become matched to reality of the cost and effort required
  • Seeing solutions where others see problems
  • Some actual prices of land in AR, MO, NM, ME, WA and CO right now
  • Final thoughts on the true wealth of land ownership

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Episode-345- An Interview with Christopher Nyerges

Join me today as I interview Christopher Nyerges from the editorial staff of Wilderness Way Magazine.  Christopher is also the author of quite a few books and a wealth of knowledge on gardening, permaculture, botany, alternative energy, wilderness survival skills and more.

Note of Correction – In today’s show I mention a 5000 year old food forest, that was an error it was a 2000 year old forest.  I apologize for the misstatement and a link to the Youtube video is in today’s show notes.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Christopher’s new book, The Self Sufficient Home
  • How to be cost effective with solar, wind and other energy projects
  • Why being part of the effort is key to success with alternative energy projects
  • The parallels between surviving urban/suburban disasters and wilderness survival
  • The importance of caring for others in a survival situation
  • Why political awareness is important for modern survivalism
  • The three illusions of money
  • Why Christopher choose the format for his new book of showing multiple families and communities with real world projects
  • The importance of growing your own food
  • Methods of harvesting water and why it is key to your success
  • Why “resource shortage” is more important that political concepts like global warming

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-339- Listener Feedback for 12-17-09

I am in the home office today please forgive my voice which is strained for some reason today.  We discuss topics today that include tolerance for others, gaining independence, gun ownership in the UK, community supported agriculture and more.

Tune in today as we discuss…

  • Feedback from two listeners on how they are living that better life
  • What is libertarianism – it isn’t really a system of government but self governance
  • Choosing between installing utility lines and living off grid with new construction
  • Should you have a gun safe at a BOL
  • Growing in containers on a boat
  • What is CSA (community supported agriculture) and why should you support it
  • Could something like CSA in 1890 prevented the Federal Reserve – sure might have
  • What can you do with duct tape

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-323- Listener Questions 11-23-03

It is Monday and time for another round or listener questions.  We have some really great and honestly a few tough ones today.  Today we have questions on gun storage, military life, careers, education, wind and solar, cooking and more.

Tune in to hear my answers to these questions…

  • Should you put guns away in long term storage if so how?
  • Where can you get detailed plans for small scale solar and wind?
  • If I am making biltong in a humid climate do I need one of those boxes with a light bulb?
  • What are the best cuts of meat for making biltong?
  • What is a good recipe for making biltong?
  • How can a military officer discuss prepping with out looking like an “extremist” and becoming a target of higher ups?
  • Have I ever made beer bread in a solar oven?
  • Advice for a 10 year old listener who listens with his dad to TSP?
  • Can I give a shout out to the troops at FOB Sperwan Gar?  (your damn right I can)
  • When looking for land and houses should you consider foreclosures, sheriffs auctions, etc.?
  • What advice do I have for a person considering grad school in today’s economy?

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-321- Personal Energy Independence and Gun Rights

I am doing a bit of a change up today, first I am going to read an email from a listener about how his family’s life has changed due to TSP, then an article I wrote many years ago about a gun I have carried for almost three decades and then move on to today’s main topic energy independence.

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Tune in Today to Hear…

  • What TSP has meant to one family
  • My story of an old Marlin 22 and what it can teach us
  • Taking slow steady steps to individual energy independence
  • Why the politics of “climate change” do matter
  • How energy dependence creates an infinite tax web
  • Why we must resist cap and trade
  • Why windmills and solar panels owned by the utility companies won’t ever fix our issues
  • How you can build a back up batter box and use it to move forward
  • What a battery back up and one solar panel can teach you
  • The reason you should own two generators not just one
  • How to think about your own energy needs in a way that will create action
  • Why achieving even 10% independence for yourself changes everything

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-314- Planning to Bug In

So if the SHTF in most instances you plan to bug in, you have your generator, you have your food, you have a means of defense and you are prepared for whatever may come, or are you.  Today we step back a bit from the obvious and from some common thinking that isn’t very realistic to examine how prepared we are for bugging in.  Please note even if you “bug out” you are going to another location and once you get there, guess what you are going to be doing, bugging in of course.

Join in today as we discuss…

  • Two new eBooks free for Support Brigade Members
  • Storing food for everyone possibly even some for neighbors and definitely for your pets and stock
  • The need for personal hygiene products, bigger then you might think it is
  • Back up power sources both short and long term
  • The advantages and failings of generators
  • Why you need to plan to keep the garden growing
  • The need for and functionality of “security protocols” including during increased threat periods
  • Why you need to quickly contact all family/close friends at the beginning of a SHTF especially if you are bugging in
  • The importance of taking an inventory and sorting into needs, good to have and don’t need it at all
  • How inventory and sorting will help you in barter situations
  • Keeping communications up as long as possible including radio, TV, Ham, MURS, etc.
  • The importance of maintaining a sense of normalcy during a bug in
  • How drills are about more then finding weaknesses, they are also about acclamation

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-189- Peak Oil – Fact? Fiction? Or Both?

Today we discuss the concept of peak oil and what it means in the coming two decades.  Is the oil going to run out?  Will capacity exceed demand, will it create more wars?  Regardless of environmental wackos, global warming hoaxes and carbon credits what does it all actually mean for the individual and what should you be doing about it.

Today we also do a brief update on the Swine Flu (now called the North American Flu), a bit about the truth vs. the myths of what went wrong in 1976 with a different variant of the Swine Flu and an update from a Doctor at Parkland Hospital on the severity or lack there of, of swine flu.

Tune In Today to Hear…

  • Is Tamiflu a government plot to kill us all, NO!
  • What the 1976 Flu screw a conspiracy or incompetence, bet on incompetence
  • What exactly is Peak Oil – perhaps not what you think
  • Do we need to run out of oil before we have peak, no
  • Can we have peak oil even if there is still lots of oil in the ground, yes
  • If we don’t use oil for electricity will peak oil still increase the cost of electricity, yes
  • Understanding the capacity and demand equation in oil
  • How do we know the oil isn’t running out, the government is build a tax system based on it
  • The myth that taxes are designed to change behavior and we we learn by looking at pricing models
  • Why the message is save the earth vs reduce dependence and increase self sufficiency, no foil hat required
  • Why you should increase your ability to produce your own electricity and it has nothing to do with saving the polar bears
  • The inconsistency of the environmentalist claiming peak oil is here
  • What we were told about “climate change” in the 70s and 80s
  • What a school text book had to say about remaining oil in 1985
  • The new battleground over oil is Africa, it is coming sooner then you think
  • Where the environmentalists are right, the US using 25% of the worlds oil is very bad
  • The difference between the end of oil and the end of easy oil

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