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 Episode-1134- Understanding and Investing in Silver | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:33:10

TweetCustom Medallions a Just One Option for the Silver Investor. I’ll promise right  up front that this will not be a TSPMint.com infomercial.  In fact I will spend the majority on the show on other types of silver, why silver is a great investment and why many “fears” and “concerns” with buying silver are not worth worrying about. I also want to talk about the real and false reasons behind the recent drop in precious metals pricing.  There are two things going on here, prices should be coming down but not as far and not as fast as they are.  Just as speculation can drive up a commodity (especially when it is going up some via real market forces) so too can speculation drive a commodity down. Additionally I want to really discuss why I suggest only 5-10% of your wealth in silver and gold and why I don’t recommend platinum and palladium in that number.  I will also discuss why I don’t recommend jewels or even really jewelry in that number, though jewelry can be one great way to increase metal holdings. Join Me Today As We Discuss… Why I focus on silver over gold The delta still favors silver Silver has many uses that use it up Silver is the common man’s currency Silver is more widely available and for now incurs less oversight Types of silver and what makes each unique Generic bars and rounds (ounce and fractional) Custom medallions and pieces (ounce and fractional) Collectable silver (numismatic, affinity, etc) Bars (5 ounces and up) American Silver Eagles International Government Issued Silver (Aussie, Canadian, Mexican, etc.) U.S. Pre 65 Silver Coinage (90%) Methods of storing your silver In slab floor safe Fire proof safes Private storage Bank safety deposit box Silver banking (why I don’t like it yet) Paper silver Buried in the ground (don’t do this!) The multi cache method (a little of all) Inventory and audit Don’t think you know, know Don’t think in dollars (it will make you happy and sad about nothing) Do inventory types, not just ounces Do photograph items in type stacks (for insurance) Do update your inventory often Final thoughts If you don’t think you can afford silver right now you can’t Take a balanced approach This is not likely to make you rich, but it might, who knows Selling silver is never as smart as trading it Don’t worry about confiscation, really don’t do it Resources for today’s show… Members Support Brigade Join Our Forum Members Support Brigade 13Skills.com Join Our Forum Walking To Freedom TSP Mint TSP Gear Ready Made Resources – (sponsor of the day) Bulk Ammo – (sponsor of the day) Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

 Episode-1133- Listener Calls for 5-17-13 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:45:49

TweetJoin Me Today as I Answer Your Calls Today on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on storing water, basement wells, cooking, African Sumac, gardening, presidential scandals, investing and more. Remember to be on a show like this one just pick up your phone and call 866-65-THINK. The best way to improve your chances of being on the air is ask your question or make your point up front, then provide details. Also please do your best to call from a quite area with a good connection and speak up so you can be well heard. I can’t put all calls on the air but I do my best to get most of them on. Join Me Today As I Respond to Your Calls and Discuss… Storing water in used 5 gallon buckets and the many reasons I say not to Ways to make everyday food taste better by Chef Keith Snow What is African Sumac and it is poisonous or allopathic, um, no Putting a well in a basement, Steve Harris tell us why you might want to do it How to get rid of poison ivy, the permaculture way Will America ever adopt the metric system, no, and get over it What ever happened to The Survival Channel, it exists go check it out Grubs in the garden no problem and “nail” the cut worms Why are all these presidential scandals breaking now and what do they mean How do you actually get good financial advice Resources for today’s show… Members Support Brigade Join Our Forum Members Support Brigade 13Skills.com Join Our Forum Walking To Freedom TSP Mint TSP Gear Back Woods Home Magazine – (sponsor of the day) Knife Kits – (sponsor of the day) TheSurvivalChannel.com Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.  

 Episode-1132- Zach and Jeff Aylesworth of BugOutTruck.net | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:54:21

TweetOne of Zach and Jeff’s Custom Built BOVs Zach Aylesworth spent the lat nine years in the automotive industry.  Before that he spent six years in the United States Marines reserve as a Motor Vehicle Operator.  He start prepping shortly after his return from Africa in 2009 and has been a TSP Listener since 2010. Jeff Ayleswroth has worked in the automotive industry for over 20  years now and has been the owner of a dealership for a decade and a performance accessories shop for an equal length of time. Together the father and son team are now building custom Bug Out Truck and run the website BugOutTruck.net.  They specialize in building and outfitting trucks that can take rough treatment and get you though tough situations.  They join us today to discuss what exactly makes a vehicle a “BOV”.  We talk about steps in outfitting your vehicle and what even “non car people” can easily do to improve the value of their vehicles for emergency use. We also discuss why civilian vehicles are often a better choice of vehicle for a BOV.  Choosing between big and scary and blending in and why there is a place for both.  Along with some standard items that are a must in any BOV.  We also discuss just a bit about their new TV Show they just finished a pilot of. Resources for Today’s Show… Members Support Brigade 13Skills.com Join Our Forum TSP Mint TSP Gear WalkingToFreedom Western Botanicals – (sponsor of the day) Harvest Eating – (sponsor of the day) Video of Our Hail Damage from Last Night’s Storm BugOutTruck.net BugOutTruck.com ToyStorePerformace.com Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

 Episode-1131- Melanie Sorrentino on Tiny Houses | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:55:57

TweetMelanie’s Husband and Their Tiny House When Melanie Sorrentino and her husband was 26 & and 24 respectively they saved $24,000 in 18 months. This was while her husband was making $10 an hour and she was waitressing in Dallas. They went from spending 100% of our money to saving enough money to buy our tiny house and land.  Amazingly after all that they ended up having to help family with most of that savings. Despite the set back, they pressed on.  They now own 4.7 acres in the Ozarks of Arkansas and live full time in their tine 150sqft home in the woods.  They are now establishing the homestead, adding livestock, creating a small business and live life in a truly free way. Melanie joins us today to discuss  how they live comfortably in a tiny home with no plumbing and have transitioned from city live to life on a homestead. Resources for today’s show… Members Support Brigade Join Our Forum Members Support Brigade 13Skills.com Join Our Forum Walking To Freedom TSP Mint TSP Gear The Berkey Guy – (sponsor of the day) JM Bullion – (sponsor of the day) TinyHouseAndLand.com Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

 Episode-1130- All About Urban Homesteading | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:04:57

TweetKelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen authors of The Urban Homestead and the blog Root Simple Given the announcement I made today about SilverBulletSilverShield.com it seems this is also an appropriate topic, I imagine some will get that aside and some won’t.  Today indeed we will discuss urban homesteading or as is often the more accurate term, suburban homesteading, but I just really feel like calling it urban homesteading today. Today I feel like I am somewhere in the middle, I am certainly not in the urban homestead camp nor even the suburban homestead camp as I sit on 3 acres in a quite rural and unincorporated area.  I did have an urban homestead not long ago in Arlington, TX. From there we went to a true mountain homestead and now we have what is more accurately a mini ranch.  All of this though has taught me a great deal about the advantages that exist in everything from large holdings to small lots.  The entire thing is a system of checks and balances, for everything you gain with one property, you loose the advantages of another. Join Me Today As We Discuss… What really makes an urban homestead “urban”, size, location, what? What are some unique challenges and concerns for the urban homesteader? How much land do you really need to have a true homestead feel? What things must you avoid 100% if you are to have a enjoyable urban homestead? How do animals fit into the equation, how do you pacify neighbors and avoid issues? What are some things you can do to increase self reliance even in the city? What are some real advantages of urban homesteading? How might a group pool resources and buy property with common property lines? Why I feel restoring the homestead in all locations is the solution to many of America’s problems Resources for today’s show… Members Support Brigade Join Our Forum Members Support Brigade 13Skills.com Join Our Forum Walking To Freedom TSP Mint TSP Gear Back Yard Food Production – (sponsor of the day) Fortress Defense Consultants – (sponsor of the day) My Video About SilverBulletSilverShield The Urban Farming Guys Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

 Episode-1129- Listener Feedback for 5-13-13 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:28:04

TweetJoin Me Today as I Answer Your eMails Today on The Survival Podcast  I take your questions and emails on municipal bankruptcy, spontaneous order, the tea cup generation, retirement, pandemics, scientific news, alternative currency and more. Yes it’s Monday so it is time for another round of 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. Please understand I receive several hundred emails a day and can’t get them all on the air. I also 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 New MSB Vendor Added Mai Thai Coffee Are you a web developer, time for Agritrue to rise and we need a partner Gee when a city goes bankrupt it effects pensions?  Really? Spontaneous order, citizens helping citizens, we can’t have that! Today our kids want more but want to work less, is this really anything new Coming soon Social Security 2.0 but they won’t call it that Kansas tries to pass a law against sustainability (really Kansas turn off Glenn Beck!) H7N9 is going to kill us all, um no, but what do you need to know about Pandemics Flying tractors?  Not really but herbicide drift is about to get a lot worse Has bitcoin caught Amazon’s attention, not really, but may be it should Fungus is amazing, wait till you hear how it helps plants in this story Resources for Today’s Show… Members Support Brigade 13Skills.com Join Our Forum TSP Mint TSP Gear WalkingToFreedom Survival Gear Bags – (sponsor of the day) Safe Castle Royal – (sponsor of the day) Mai Thai Coffee – New MSB Supporter (10% off for all members) Stockton’s Bankruptcy MAY Effect Pensions (May, do these people live in Disneyland?) Citizens Fix Problems in Detroit and the Government Doesn’t Like It Mr Fink Says Your Employer Should Fund Your Retirement and the Government Should Make Them Today Kids Want More but Don’t Want to Work for It Kansas Wants to Ban Sustainability Flying Tractors? The Launch of Amazon Coins Fungi Create Communication Networks for Plants Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

 Episode-1128- Listener Calls for 5-10-13 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:07:28

TweetJoin Me Today as I Answer Your Calls Today on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on protesting smartly vs. foolishly, permaculture, debt, politics, martial law, the militia, military service and more. Remember to be on a show like this one just pick up your phone and call 866-65-THINK. The best way to improve your chances of being on the air is ask your question or make your point up front, then provide details. Also please do your best to call from a quite area with a good connection and speak up so you can be well heard. I can’t put all calls on the air but I do my best to get most of them on. Join Me Today As I Respond to Your Calls and Discuss… Is an armed march to DC a good idea, um, a, no! Swales and why keeping “earthworks to a minimum” may not be a good idea Roof water harvesting and how to do it safely for drinking water I need someone to make me a model of a swale from PVC Yep I will tell you again where to get cheap eye glasses What might one do with 50 yards of sawdust A really hard debt question Are grubs really a garden problem, or is it cut worms The truth about so called religious discrimination in the military What I think a militia really is, and how it should work When bending a building code doesn’t really make sense Mushroom compost, the good and the cautionary warning with it Can rights be suspended under martial law, yes, should they be, it depends Can you grow your own soap, yes Thoughts on knife carry and lethal force vs. a gun Knives for EDC, self defense and the truth about knives and lethal force Resources for today’s show… Members Support Brigade Join Our Forum Members Support Brigade 13Skills.com Join Our Forum Walking To Freedom TSP Mint TSP Gear Ready Made Resources – (sponsor of the day) Bulk Ammo – (sponsor of the day) Adam Kokesh’s Planned Armed March My Permaculture Video Series Zenni Optical 10 Uses for Sawdust The Cutworm – Likely your villain in many garden losses early on Mark MacYoung on Knives My Primary EDC Folding Knife Folding Knife I Carry When I Want a Smaller Knife (less conspicuous) Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.  

 Episode-1127- Risk Assessments and Readiness Audits | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:33:57

TweetTime to take a real hard look at where you are, where you are going and whether or not progress is being made in your quest to be more self reliant and more self sufficient.  Today we begin with a review of my concepts of the inverse relationship between impact scale and disaster probability.  We then go into a look at assessing your most likely personal risk factors and your individual risk tolerance. From there we examine quite a few potential disasters and how they might effect you, how you would respond to them, where your are really shored up and where you are weak.  We discuss what can be done to plug the holes in your preparedness and how to prioritize what areas you address first. Join Me Today As We Discuss… What is disaster probability What is disaster impact scale Why do impact and probability have inverse relationships What does that even matter Why focusing on the mega disasters gets you hurt by the “little” ones Considering your 6 primary needs for survival Food Water Shelter Energy Security Health and Sanitation Questions to Ask How would we and how long could we feed ourselves How would this effect our shelter (house) What would we do for clean and safe water What health risks would this cause if any How long would “recovery” likely take What specific regional issues exist How would existing health issues effect this disaster Would help be available, how long would it take to come What security risks might pop up beyond the normal How would we care for pets What would the impact be on our children (mental and phyical) How do we think we would respond mentally What phyical injuries might be incurred during the onset How would we get out if we were forced to leave How would we get along if forced to stay Several Disasters You Might Face with Thoughts About Them Loss of employment Local storms A house fire Death of a family member or serious illness of the same Economic recession (more severe then 2008) Economic collapse and shift Flu or other pandemic Nuclear power accidents Any true global disaster with long term total system failure Resources for Today’s Show… Members Support Brigade 13Skills.com Join Our Forum TSP Mint TSP Gear WalkingToFreedom Sawtooth Tactical – (sponsor of the day) Knife Kits – (sponsor of the day) Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

 Episode-1126- A Discussion with Greg Carter “The Rural Economist” | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:15:58

TweetGreg Carter holds a B. S. degree in Business Management with a minor in Entrepreneurship. He has owned 3 businesses, sold 2 for a profit unfortunately the third was was destroyed by the April 27th, 2011 tornadoes which has given him a unique view into the reality of preparedness. Greg has had an active interest in economics since high school.  Today he not only teaches economic principles, but also teaches self reliance in a baby steps fashion. Member’s of the TSP community will know Greg as Greggcole on the TSP forum and Carterhomestead on 13skills.com  He joins us today to discuss the role of thrift in becoming more self reliant and his baby steps to approach to doing so.  We also discuss the economics of homesteading, including how chickens can explain economics along with some new/old ways to define economics in the first place. Resources for Today’s Show… Members Support Brigade 13Skills.com Join Our Forum TSP Mint TSP Gear WalkingToFreedom Western Botanicals – (sponsor of the day) Back Woods Home Magazine – (sponsor of the day) The Rural Economist – Greg’s Site Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

 Episode-1125- Listener Feedback for 5-7-13 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:25:49

TweetJoin Me Today as I Answer Your eMails Today on The Survival Podcast we start with a brief interview with Rob Gray of AOCS and then I take your questions on economics, politics, the future, personal defense and more. Yes it’s Monday so it is time for another round of 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. Please understand I receive several hundred emails a day and can’t get them all on the air. I also 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 An interview with Rob Gray of AOCS The Sentinel Coin is Coming Want a higher GDP number, make promises part of it, seriously!?? Brazil ups its’ stake in Africa and the BRICS alliance grows stronger How bad is Illinois, wait till you hear this list South Carolina says to the federal government, hell no, not here on Obamacare A story of a tragedy averted that could have gotten worse and lessons learned Resources for Today’s Show… The New Sentinel Production Run Brilliant Uncirculated The New Sentinel Limited Edition Proof with Ant on the Reverse (only 1000 will be made) Members Support Brigade 13Skills.com Join Our Forum TSP Mint TSP Gear WalkingToFreedom Free State Project – (sponsor of the day) Harvest Eating – (sponsor of the day) Brazil Stakes a Claim in Africa The Latest Contribution to GDP, Promises!  Yes Really! Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

 Episode-1124- Geoff Lawton on Permaculture Design Certification | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:31:36

TweetGeoff Lawton – Managing Director of PRI Australia Since 1985, Geoff Lawton has undertaken 1,000’s of jobs consulting, designing, teaching and implementing in seventeen different countries around the world. Clients have included private individuals, groups, communities, governments, aid organizations, non government organizations and multinational companies. In October 1997 Bill Mollison, upon his retirement, asked Geoff to establish and direct a new Permaculture Research Institute on the 147 acre Tagari Farm previously developed by Bill. Geoff Lawton developed the site over three years and established The Permaculture Research Institute as a registered charity and global Networking center for Permaculture projects. Geoff Lawton is the managing director of The Permaculture Research Institute. Geoff joins us on TSP today to discuss the value of a Permaculture Design Certification, a new look at permaculture ethics, the 14 chapters of the Permaculture Design manual and more.  Wait till you hear how much progress has been made in Australia with Permaculture, my hope is now that a world class eduction is available anywhere in the world, we can begin such progress as well here in the US. Resources for today’s show… Members Support Brigade Join Our Forum Members Support Brigade 13Skills.com Join Our Forum Walking To Freedom TSP Mint TSP Gear The Berkey Guy – (sponsor of the day) JM Bullion – (sponsor of the day) GeoffLawton.com Permaculture Research Center of Australia Get All 5 of Geoff’s DVDs Permaculture News Permaculture Global Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.  

 Episode-1123- Listener Calls for 5-3-13 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:48:27

TweetJoin Me Today as I Answer Your Calls Today on The Survival Podcast I take your calls on permaculture, education, economics, fuel wood, food production, silver, cold climate perennials and more. Remember to be on a show like this one just pick up your phone and call 866-65-THINK. The best way to improve your chances of being on the air is ask your question or make your point up front, then provide details. Also please do your best to call from a quite area with a good connection and speak up so you can be well heard. I can’t put all calls on the air but I do my best to get most of them on. Join Me Today As I Respond to Your Calls and Discuss… Geoff Lawton’s Online PDC comes out today, what you need to know about it I went to the Mulligan Mint as promised, camera in hand, brief AAR today, video to follow Contour beds vs. solar aspect which one is most important, well, it depends How much land is enough, specifically for sustainable fuel wood production Self sufficiency as it relates to producing your own food on your own land Why something like a basket ball court can be a survival asset, I am not kidding When to harvest sweet potatoes Dealing with weeds without herbicides How to plant the second year with no till gardening So what will grow in Maine, too easy guys, too easy Resources for today’s show… Members Support Brigade Join Our Forum Members Support Brigade 13Skills.com Join Our Forum Walking To Freedom TSP Mint TSP Gear Back Yard Food Production – (sponsor of the day) Fortress Defense Consultants – (sponsor of the day) Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.  

 Episode-1122- Examining the Future Role of the Militia in Modern Society | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:12:59

TweetToday I am joined by Ryan Rocquin of The Gun Runner Podcast.  I invite you to join us with a unique discussion on the traditional role of the militia in our past and the potential to reconstitute it in modern form with local control. You will hear more of a debate today then a typical discussion.  I generally don’t debate with guests but I think Ryan and I were on two different sheets of music here.  While I like his initiative and would support it I would not call it a militia, I would call it more an attempt to increase the number of reserve law enforcement officers in the nation. That is indeed an honorable goal and one I would support and I want to make clear in spite of debate that I think Ryan does a great job with his show and on matters as a whole we agree far more then we disagree.  Perhaps this discussion can serve as an example of how people with the same goals can disagree and still debate in a respectful way on how to accomplish it.  I am also of course open to the concept that I might be wrong here. Additionally Ryan published an episode specifically to supplement his views on this one.  In the interest of making sure Ryan’s view is fully heard, I am providing a link to it here.   Note – Ryan has his podcast player and download links at the bottom of his supporting material posts so scroll down below the videos to play it, the videos are only to support the show he did. Hopefully I can sync up with Stewart Rhodes soon and get him on for another angle into this issue. Resources for today’s show… Members Support Brigade Join Our Forum Members Support Brigade 13Skills.com Join Our Forum Walking To Freedom TSP Mint TSP Gear Survival Gear Bags – (sponsor of the day) Safe Castle Royal – (sponsor of the day) TheGunRunnerPodcast.com Episode Of Ryan’s Podcast that Follows Up on this One Another View on the History and Restoration of the Militia Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

 Episode-1121- Darby Simpson on Pastured Poultry and Pork and Grass Fed Beef | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:48:39

TweetA Pigs Life is a Good One at Simpson Family Farm Darby Simpson is the owner of Simpson Family Farm, a 7th generation family farm (1828-present) and a lifelong Indiana resident Darby grew up not realy learning anything about farming, became a mechanical engineer. He worked in the engineering field from 1994-2010. Began small scale pastured based meat farming (Joel Salatin style) in 2007. Grew the business while continuing to work off farm full time. In 2010 like many Americans he lost his job due to the recession and took the farm full time. The farm now provides his family with a full time income. Today he joins us to discuss some follow up on his first interview.  We will first go deeply into pastured poultry and discuss some of the new options for broilers that are superior for pasturing to the Cornish crosses.  We will discuss the difference between raising birds for homestead use vs. for market and why you should start small either way. We will also discus pastured pork, grass fed beef and the views both Darby and I share on the future of farming.  The importance of supporting you local farmers, the opportunity in local and healthy foods and more. We will also discuss Darby’s new business in consulting with people starting out with small scale farming or homesteading.  His new website is at DarbySimpson.com and remember he provides a discount to MSM Members as well.  Resources for today’s show… Members Support Brigade Join Our Forum 13Skills.com Join Our Forum Walking To Freedom TSP Mint TSP Gear Ready Made Resources – (sponsor of the day) Bulk Ammo – (sponsor of the day) DarbySimpson – Darby’s Consulting Business Simpson Family Farm  - Darby’s Main Website Call In Show with an In-depth Explanation of Darby’s Chicken Tractors Darby’s First Show on TSP Episode of TSP with Bryan Davis of AskBryan.com Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

 Episode-1120- Designing Small Scale Forest Gardens | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:26:23

TweetThe Jujube or Chinese Date – A Great Small Tree for Forest Gardens At the presentation I just did at the Self Reliance Expo there were two main things people had major questions about when it comes to food forestry.  The first was “what trees and plants work in Texas” and that really is what will work in most of the US.  The second is how does this all apply to a small back yard or smaller piece of land. Now the new video Geoff Lawton just released shows what can be done, including with trees in small backyards.  This videos leads off with a back yard that is only 640SF.  Of course the first thing people ask then is, but what about our climate that is in the sub tropics.  Um, did anyone but me notice the main trees in the system where apples? That said I understand, it does often seem that many of the guilds (plant groupings) in Permaculture are geared to the subtropics and tropics.  Ironically the first work on Permaculture “Permaculture One” is actually geared almost 100% to temperate climates.  Today I am going to try to take this all down in size and simplify the concepts and explain how they really will work anywhere. Join Me Today As We Discuss… Small Land Holding Advantages Can be irrigated Easy to intensively manage Contain their own micro climates (easy to create more) Most work can be done by hand (build and manage) Are the most productive per square foot on the planet Do not attract attention and easy to secure Nitrogen fixers are not as critical (still a good idea) Things that are different from typical food forestry The layers are scaled down The number of support species are reduced There are few “sacrificial plantings” They don’t require swales or chickens but both are welcome Small ponds and barrels are easily fed with roof catchment Special Considerations that Open Your Options Up Shape isn’t critical, do what works Solar aspect is a major concern, but work with it Put in more irrigation then you think you will ever need Consider ponds, please consider ponds Think about power (solar first but grid is better then nothing) You can plant a LOT closer and a LOT more dense then you think If you have animals design in their nutrient flow In a larger space build “glades” and maximize the edges Build structures for your vines they can otherwise dominate a small system Fertilize (organically) a lot early on Mulch and chop and drop like crazy Trees to consider for North America Apple Plumb Peach Filbert/Hazelnut Chinese Chestnut Almond Jujube Persimmon Edible Dogwoods Pears Cherry Paw Paw Medlars Mulberry Figs Bushes and Shrubs to Consider Blueberry Blackberry Raspberry Wolfberry/Goji Berry Elderberry Gooseberry Currants Goumi Autumn Olive Sea Buckthorn Blue Honeysuckle Aronia High Bush Cranberry Ground Covers Strawberry Sweet Potato Wintergreen Salal Emerald Carpet Thyme (trailing) Cranberry Plant Anything Dense Enough and it is Ground Cover Vines Grapes Kiwi Hops Porcelainberry Magnolia Vine Maypop Other Plants to Consider Large Hip Heirloom Roses Chilean or Pineapple Guava Herbs of all types especially Parsley and Basil Flowers of all types Plant annuals directly into the sunny spots in and around this system Bamboos Honestly anything you want Resources for Today’s Show… Members Support Brigade 13Skills.com Join Our Forum TSP Mint TSP Gear WalkingToFreedom Sawtooth Tactical – (sponsor of the day) Knife Kits – (sponsor of the day) Raintree Nursery – A source for most of the plants mentioned today The new video by Geoff Lawton on Micro Space Permaculture Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.

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