Several years into the production of The Survival Podcast I began to assemble a group I refer to as the TSPC Expert Council. These individuals have all demonstrated some key attributes before they were asked to join.
First – They are absolutely experts in their fields and have a track record of providing spot on, actionable and accurate advice.
Second – They are all community members and have all contributed to our community as members before being given a position on the council.
Third – They are all dedicated to helping others achieve individual freedom and liberty in their lives.
To ask a question of one of our council members, just send an email to me at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with “TSPC Expert” in the subject line.
In the body of your email first tell me the council member your question is for. Second ask your question concisely in one to two sentences maximum. Third provide any and all details after that. This is the formula to give you the best chance of getting on the air.
I do what I can to get as many of your questions as possible on the air but can’t always get to all of them. Our council is made of a wide variety of experts in everything from the tactical to the practical and everything in between.
The Members of our Expert Council Include…
Shawn Mills – HackMySolar.com – Shawn can answer your questions on off grid living, appropriate technology, and homestead automation design. His primary expertise is in solar thermal, solar photo-voltaic, and rainwater catchment systems and COST EFFECTIVE implementation of those systems. Shawn has been an active member in the TSP Community since 2013.
Shawn has worked in and around the power generation industry since 2000 and decided shortly after the Great Recession to build a lifestyle that was more self-sufficient. He has lived on his off grid homestead with his wife and two children since 2012 utilizing solar pv and rainwater catchment systems he designed and installed himself.
In 2017 Shawn started a consultation company hackmysolar.com to help others demystify solar and other alternative energy systems and implement them in their own lives. His customers have included new construction projects, remote hunting properties, and exiting homes and outbuildings with a variety of installation types. Shawn’s designs are based on customer’s overall goals and a holistic view of energy use AND cost of implementation where sometimes the “appropriate” answer is generator and gasoline rather than newer and more expensive technology. Check out his website at HackMySolar.com
Kelley Dees-Atkinson – DVM – Dr. Dees-Atkinson is a veterinarian on the Expert Council here to answer all of your fuzzy animal questions. She is a DVM and Magna Cum Laude Biomedical Science graduate of Texas A&M University, and has since practiced in Texas for over thirteen years focusing on small animal medicine. Dr. Kelley is an associate at a small animal practice where she was instrumental in getting it certified as a feline friendly practice. She is also a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and American Association of Feline Practitioners.
Today, Dr. Kelley also wears many additional hats as a wife, mama, homesteader, homeschool teacher, blogger, Pinterest-addict, lover of hats, glitter, and throwing parties.
Dr. Kelley’s husband turned her on to TSP several years ago. In 2014, they embraced a life-changing decision to move out of the city onto a 4-acre homestead on the suburban-rural fringe to get away from it all, find more space, and homeschool their three children. When not performing surgery or keeping up with their active kids, Dr. Kelley tends a menagerie daily that includes four cats, one dog, several chickens, and six alpacas.
You can learn more about Dr. Kelley’s crazy-busy life at www.champagneandmudboots.com, where hard work and sweet celebrations meet. Let her guidance point you in the direction to keeping your animals healthy, and having a homestead worth toasting!
Dan Ohmann – Retired Law Enforcement Officer – Dan can answer your questions on all matters concerning law enforcement: officer-citizen interactions, constitutional rights, criminal investigations, traffic stops, internal police policy and politics, the criminal justice system (courts, prosectors, defense attorneys), and more.
Dan served as a law enforcement officer for 10 years in metro-Atlanta. Prior to being a certified peace officer, Dan was an intern at a municipal police department while finishing his bachelor’s degree in political science. The police department recruited Dan in 2004. After completing the police academy and being sworn-in, Dan was assigned to evening watch of the Uniform Patrol Division where he responded to every kind of 911 call from traffic-related incidents to shootings, stabbings, burglaries, and rapes.
In 2009, Dan was promoted to detective and was assigned to the persons crimes division focusing primarily on robbery/homicide. Dan later came to specialize in crimes against children investigation as well as crimes against the elderly. Dan was a court-recognized forensic interviewer for child abuse cases and also one of few experts in elder abuse cases in the state of Georgia.
Dan also has experience working with federal agencies such as the FBI, Secret Service, and the Office of Inspector General. Part of Dan’s work investigating crimes against the elderly also involved white collar financial exploitation cases which involved the Social Security Administration.
After receiving the “Distinguished Service Award” in late 2013 and the “Chief’s Special Award” in early 2014 for excellence in major crime investigations, Dan resigned in February of 2014 in good standing to pursue homesteading and homeschooling his son. Dan now practices permaculture while raising sheep, pigs, chickens, and rabbits on his 10 acre homestead. You can learn more about his current projects at GrassFedHomestead.com
Patrick Roehrman MTKnives.net – Patrick Roehrman is a knife maker and bladesmith from Missouri, where he and his wife Emily home school their children. He can answer all your questions on knives, edged weapons, tools, and tool sharpening.
After his first child was born Patrick wanted to be able to work from home and be there with his family. even pass his skills on to his children. It took 14 years for his dream to come true. In 2010 he started making knives as a hobby, he soon had enough work to keep him busy but not enough to support his family full-time. Patrick worked as a lineman, always on call, cleaning up every storm. If the lights were out, he was out too. With help from Jack Spirko and the TSP community through MTKnives’ stakeholder program, he was able to run his MTKnives business full-time. All 100 positions sold out in less than 6 minutes.
Next came the knife sharpening video, Beyond Razor Sharp. Patrick knows how to make sharp knives and keep them sharp. He has accomplished some amazing feats such as shaved a balloon with a knife, and splitting a hair three times in the same spot. Patrick loves to share his knowledge and has traveled around the country teaching his skills.
As not all can afford a custom knife, and Patrick’s desire to have a quality knife in the hands of more people, he expanded his business to include some really cool neck knives. They were featured in 2015 in the Blade magazine Check out his site at MTKnives.Net
Nicole Sauce – LivingFreeInTennessee.com – Nicole can answer your questions on homesteading entrepreneurship, marketing, web development, and on turning major projects with insurmountable obstacles into achievable goals. Nicole can also take questions on working with (or getting around) public policy makers and local governments, increasing liberty in your life and local community.
Nicole’s foundation in liberty began when she was three. She stole a chocolate egg from a grocery store. Her mother soon discovered this and made Nicole go back, return the egg, apologize and pay the store owner. Despite this early lesson on personal responsibility, Nicole leaned toward socialism – communism, really, as the best means of organizing society. Then she took her first steps in a public policy issue – mass transit – after realizing that state-run systems are simply unfair. This launched a career working with free-market think tanks around the country bent on developing policy strategy, issue campaigns and putting a face on reform.
She has taught in a public high school, worked as executive coach for Fortune 500 companies and run a nonprofit organization, shaping her perspective on liberty, homesteading entrepreneurship and lifestyle design. Nicole cultivates her interest in learning to do things from absolute scratch – thanks to parents and grandparents who claimed you can learn to do anything you want. Nicole sang in a rock band for fifteen years, has fancy college degrees, and uses her podcast, Living Free in Tennessee, to help spark liberty and self-reliance in those who want to be all they can be. Check out her website at LivingFreeInTennessee.com
Ben Fitts – CryptoGulch.com – Ben is a proud geek. He started trading and mining Bitcoin in 2013. When he told his business partner Chris about it, Chris said he had known about Bitcoin for a year. Ben wanted to kick Chris in the face. Instead, they started mining and trading together. (That would be fun to see. Chris is 6’3″ and Ben is 5’3″.) Soon, they lost over $4000 in a cloud mining ponzi scheme and began their learning process of cryptocurrency.
He is a techie guy and entrepreneur. In the mid-90s he started an internet service provider. He then went on to work in the burgeoning “dot com” industry as a web developer and system administrator. Ben has been involved in the mining side of cryptocurrency since 2013. In 2016 he launched his parts business on eBay, Amazon, and their website. In 2017 he launched CryptoGulch.com a mining farm where you own the equipment but Ben mine’s for you. He applies his skills as a miner, a system administrator, and his experience developing an internet provider to run a cryptocurrency mining farm.
He is actively involved in several online cryptocurrency communities. He has also started to educate himself further by attending conferences and growing his social network. Check out his site at CryptoGulch.com
Charles Sanville – HumbleMechanic.com – Charles can answer all your questions on cars, car repair, service, DIYs, and tools. Charles has has spent most of his career as a full time dealership technician. He started at the dealership fresh out of mechanic school and quickly moved into a leadership roll. He holds a master level certification, and specializes in advanced engine and electrical system diagnosis.
In addition to being an automotive expert, he is an authority on tools. It takes a large amount of tools to be a professional technician. Charles has had the opportunity to use everything from the cheapest junk, to the most expensive brands in the world. If you are looking at buying a tool, odds are he has beaten one up.
Charles has also built a full time content creation business called Humble Mechanic. Born straight out of the TSP audience he built his web show from zero to well over 100,000 Youtube subscribers. His show focuses on teaching people about cars, helping them avoid getting ripped off, and mentoring new mechanics. Charles also teaches automotive repair to professional technicians and creates video content for some Fortune 500 companies. Check out his site at HumbleMechanic.com
Doctor Bones and Nurse Amy – DoomAndBloom.net – Joe Alton, M.D. is a retired (due to extreme old age) but actively licensed medical doctor and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P. is an advanced registered nurse practitioner and a certified nurse midwife. They’re medical preparedness writers and are here to answer all your medical questions regarding just about anything, from disasters to epidemics to mass casualty incidents. Everything they write about assumes that some disaster has occurred and there are no doctors and no hospitals. Joe and Amy’s mission: To put a medically prepared person in every family.
The Altons are the No.1 Amazon bestselling authors of The Survival Medicine Handbook, NY Times bestselling authors of The Ebola Survival Handbook, designers of an entire line of disaster medical kits, plus a board game SURVIVAL! that was awarded the Teaching Preparedness Resource of the Week by the Prepared Family Blog.
You can find the Altons, as Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, at their top survival medicine website at www.doomandbloom.net, their YouTube channel at DrBones NurseAmy, Twitter at Preppershow, Facebook at Doom and Bloom, and on their podcast “The Survival Medicine Hour” on blogtalkradio.
Ben Falk – Whole Systems Design – Ben can answer questions related to permaculture, site planning, energy efficient design and construction, modern homesteading and regenerative design. He is specifically an expert in cold temperate climates. Ben developed his landscape architecture studio Whole Systems Design, LLC to apply the productivity of farming and homesteading with the intelligence of ecology to home, school and public spaces.
Life as a designer, builder, ecologist, tree-tender, and backcountry traveler continually informs Ben’s integrative approach to developing landscapes and buildings. His home landscape and the WSD studio site in Vermont’s Mad River Valley align with his larger 175 acre silvopasture farm serve as a proving ground for the regenerative land developments featured in the projects of Whole Systems Design.
Ben has studied architecture and landscape architecture at the graduate level and holds a master’s degree in land-use planning and design. He has conducted about 250 site development consultations across New England and facilitated dozens of courses on permaculture design, property selection, microclimate design, and design for climate change. Ben is the author of the award-winning book the Resilient Farm and Homestead (Chelsea Green, 2013). For more, see Ben Falk’s recent TEDx talk.
Gary Collins – The Simple Life – Gary can answer your questions about health and nutrition and specifically as they relate to the primal/paleo diet.
Collins’ background is very unique and brings a much-needed perspective to today’s fields of both health and nutrition. He holds an AS degree in Exercise Science, BS in Criminal Justice and a MS in Forensic Science.
After an exciting career in military intelligence Collins worked for the U.S. State Department, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a Special Agent. His career took him around the world and gave him a unique perspective on not only how the United States, but the world is affected by our food, drug and healthcare policies.
The highlights of his career took him from protecting some of the most powerful people in the world to investigations involving the biggest tainted pet food death case in the U.S. to the intricate dealings of one of the largest counterfeit prescription drug rings in the world. He has often said, “If American’s really knew what was going on in the area of healthcare and nutrition in this country, they would be appalled.”
It can be safely said no one in the health and fitness industry has the inside knowledge and background that Collins has. He is a hybrid of a high intensity health expert and an investigator rolled into one.
Keith Snow – Harvest Eating – Keith can answer all your cooking questions, food prep, methods of food storage and more. Chef Keith Snow is author of The Harvest Eating Cookbook Running Press 2009, and host of Harvest Eating Radio, and The Harvest Eating Youtube Channel that focuses on teaching people how to make local and seasonal cooking a way of life. In The Harvest Eating TV Show aired every Tuesday on RFD TV available to 55 million homes in the US.
In 2008 Chef Snow was awarded The National Restaurant Association’s Youtube Hot Chef. An all expense trip to Chicago and a chance to give a live demonstration at the largest restaurant trade show in the US.
Chef Snow recently created a new food brand called Thoughtful Harvest which uses local US grown ingredients to make exceptional food products. All suppliers are highlighted on the website so consumers KNOW where their food is coming from and who grew it.
Darby Simpson – DarbySimpson.com – Darby can answer all your questions on full time farming for profit and livestock management. Specifically on pastured poultry, pork and beef.
Darby grew up on his family’s seventh generation farm located in Central Indiana, just 25 miles outside of Indianapolis. However he never learned anything about the family business. He began his own farming enterprise in 2007 after reading “Pastured Poultry Profits” by Joel Salatin as well as several other sources of information pertaining to small scale pasture based meat production.
The operation produced 150 pastured broilers that first year that were quickly sold and generated a base of avid customers who were left clamoring for more. In 2008, the enterprise grew to 1,000 birds while pastured pork was also added, with the hogs all being spoken for thru successful marketing to the existing customer base.
By 2012, the farm was producing up to 3,000 pastured broilers, 125 turkeys, 60 hogs and 12 beef per year while using less than 20 total acres. The farm now financially supports Darby and his wife Brandy, along with their two young boys, Ethan and Zach. His success shows it is possible to build a business from scratch with little or no knowledge of what Joel Salatin affectionately calls “lunatic farming”.
Steven Harris – StevenHarris.net – Steven Harris holds the record for the most appearances by a guest on TSP. He can answer all your questions on energy, alternative energy, back up power systems, radios and is a hell of evaluator on any and all electronic products and basic prepping gear. To be blunt if something is “Harris Approved” it works, period. Steve is also a HAM Radio operator.
Steven Harris is a consultant and expert in the field of energy. He is the founder and CEO of Knowledge Publications, the largest energy only publishing company in the USA. Mr. Harris came to his current position to do full time work on the development and implementation of hydrogen, biomass and solar related energy systems after spending 10 years in the Aero-Thermal Dynamics department of the Scientific Labs of Chrysler Corporation, where he was a pioneer member of the group that developed and implemented successful Speed to Market development concepts.
Mr. Harris has become a nationally recognized expert in the preparedness field. He is the #1 all time appearing guest on The Survival Podcast with Jack Spirko. His hands on, no-nonsense approach to DIY home energy for disasters and family preparedness has helped hundreds of thousands of people in times of trouble. His energy books can be found at http://www.KnowledgePublications.com His free preparedness classes are at http://www.Steven1234.com
Michael Jordan – A Bee Friendly Company – Michael Jordan can answer all your questions about bees, their care, use of bee products and other pollinating insects. Michael has been teaching the art of bees and beekeeping for over 15 years. He has studied bees in my many travels over the world. Bees and Beekeepers are different all over the world. The style of beekeeping used is up to you. There are over 20,000 types of bees and 1500 of them are a type of honey bee.
Michael is one of the few called a “Bee Activist”; his teaching on beekeeping has been heard all over the world. He has worked with Worlds of Wonder, Discovery Channel, Bee’s Without Boarders, The Pearl Foundation, Boys & Girls Scouts, various 4-H groups, The Rotary Club, and many youth programs
His absolute passion is teaching the lost art of beekeeping. His travels and stories of how biodynamic beekeeping and growing your own food can change the world will make you smile and cry. With his new type of bee hive, Michael hopes to put a bee hives everywhere. Mike has said, “when people tell me about green technology jobs and products, I laugh, because there is nothing greener then what I am. A beekeeper.”
John Pugliano – The Wealthsteading Podcast – While I personally manage my own investments, I consider John to be my most trusted financial adviser, period. He is a true professional, fully switched on and on top of it as a prepper himself that knows your preps are part of your life long financial stability.
John is a long time individual investor and late blooming entrepreneur. He is the money manager and founder of Investable Wealth LLC. Investable Wealth LLC. is a hands-on investment advisory firm that specializes in helping clients build wealth with active portfolio management. Their primary investment philosophy is tactical in nature, taking advantage of current market conditions with trend trading methodologies.
On top of all this, John is an all-around great guy with a cutting view into modern business and economics along with being a licensed HAM Radio Operator.
Geoff Lawton – GeoffLawtonOnline.com– Geoff Lawton is “the man” when it comes to permaculture in all climates and indeed all over the world. I personally consider Geoff to be my greatest mentor in the world of Permaculture and consider him responsible for my full indoctrination into the discipline.
In October 1997 Bill Mollison, upon his retirement, asked Geoff to establish and direct a new permaculture research institute on the 147-acre (0.59 km2) Tagari Farm. Lawton developed the site over a period of three years and established The Permaculture Research Institute as a global networking center for permaculture projects. The institute is a non-profit company limited by guarantee. It is currently located at Zaytuna Farm at The Channon in Northern NSW, Australia where Lawton is managing director
At his website Geoff provides opportunities to take his PDC to a limited number of students annually and some of the most incredible free permaculture videos ever produced.
Tim Glance – Old Grouch Military Surplus – Tim Glance can answer all questions bout military surplus gear, military vehicles and equipment, bug out vehicles, alternative fuels and HAM Radio communications.
Tim is the owner of Old Grouch Military surplus and a veteran of the US Army where he served for 18 years as a Construction Equipment Mechanic, Wheeled Vehicle mechanic, and now as a Warrant Officer Engineer Equipment Repair Technician still serving in the Army Reserve.
In addition Tim is an ASE certified diesel technician and he collects and restores vintage military vehicles as a hobby. He has been helping people investigate alternative fuels and survival vehicles as for several years.
Michael and Sue Laprise – HaloBySue.com – Sue and Michael are here to answer all your questions about homeschooling and family relationships. They have been married since 1985. Their homeschool journey has covered more than 25 years with five grown children, ages 18-29, who’ve graduated to adulthood and they’re currently homeschooling the youngest two who are 9 and 10. The three youngest are a sibling group they adopted seven years ago and as of this writing they have their name into the state of Texas for a sibling group of 7 that are up for adoption.
While Michael, the sixth of seven children, grew up in a triple decker North East environment where you were taught to do what you’re supposed to do, from an early age he worked in his dad’s butcher shop/grocery store on the first floor, Sue, who was the youngest of seven children, was brought up with rural gardens, chickens and ponies from Malibou Lake to Oregon, learning from a “let’s try this” lifestyle. While they make an interesting couple what they share is freedom, loving learning and strong families.
Their Homeschool Adventure Learning Opportunities grew out of a desire to help families learn together by establishing homeschool co-ops, family scout troops and organizing many adventures with friends. If you’re looking to “Design a Life You’d Love to Live,” and understand that it’s a process, you’ll want to check out what they’re doing at Halobysue.com.