• 01:24

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    Episode-903- Water in The Landscape
    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.

  • 01:31

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    Episode-889- Xavier Hawk on the Transition from Urban to Rural Living
    The Hawk Clan Building a Yurt
    Xavier Hawk is a homesteading volunteer firefighter/EMT who is semi retired  from the not so glamorous world of business consulting. He is also a prepper who has gone from living in suburbia to the rural mountains of Western North Carolina.
    Xavier has been keeping a bug out bag since the age of 14,  he leads wilderness trips as a guide for Outward Bound and others, and teaches and practices primitive wilderness skills.  He has recorded 8 albums of music, performed all around the country at big festivals, has had his paintings hang in a number of high end galleries,  and walks the talk in community preparedness and planning.
    A few years ago he moved his family from a heavily surburban area of south Florida to the mountains of North Carolina and started building up a true homestead from the ground up.  He joins us today to discuss the transition from suburbia to rural self reliance with a family.

  • 01:22

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    Episode-898- Permaculture Design Consierations (TSP Classic Originally Epi-606)
    Today’s Episode was originally broadcast a episode 606 in February of 2011.
    In this episode we look at 11 design considerations when designing a permaculture food system. Honestly though permaculture or not these considerations really should be considered with all landscape development. Unfortunately they are largely ignored or misunderstood in America today.
    By taking these 11 components into consideration you will see your property in a new light whether it is 1/10 of an acre, 10 acres or a 1000 acres. Of course there are more considerations and interactions than these 11 but by considering these factors in your design you will end up with a functional, productive and sustainable design.

  • 00:39

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    Episode-900- Paul Wheaton and Jack Spirko on the Sepp Holzer Seminarpodcast with my good friend Paul Wheaton of Permies.com and Richsoil.com.  We will cover some of the many highlights of the Sepp Holzer seminar so far.


    Excuse the brevity of the show notes, as Paul and I must head back to the location to listen to Sepp quite literally right now.

  • 00:55

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    Episode-895- Will Bratton and Sam Bagot on Open Source
     
    Sam Bagot and Will Bratton are woking togehter on an open source agriculture project called horto domi.   Horto domi is an open hardware raised-bed garden unit with environmental control and monitoring via web-interface thanks to Arduino Ethernet. DIY sensors, such as those collecting moisture and temperature data help monitor the environment within the dome and will eventually be used to automate conditions.
    The goal is to grow whatever you want, whenever you want, wherever you are. Horto domi is Latin for ‘Garden at home.’ It’s a statement to healthful food independence, a “neo-renaissance” tip of the hat to Arduino, and it sounds like horticultural dome. Particular consideration was taken in this prototype’s design to maximize the mineral and nutrient value of the beyond-organic produce and minimize environmental contamination risks.
    Sam and Will are looking for Kickstarter funding that will satisfy all the elements necessary for an open hardware publication per the definition provided by FreedomDefined.org/OSHW. However, with additional funding they will be able to pursue further open source innovation, development and publication. They hope our community will support their idea for using contemporary open technology to achieve relative food independence so that we may all better address the goal of individual and community self sufficiency.

  • 01:14

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    Episode-893- Why Being a Lone Wolf Won't Work for 99% or More of Disasters
    Even Wolves Survive in Packs
    Many preppers seem to think telling anyone, anything about your views on preparedness is a huge mistake.  They point out it might make you a target of everyone who isn’t prepared when doomsday comes.
    Others seem to embody the very reasons others are so tight lipped about their preps.  These are the self absorbed jackasses that state nonsense like, “My AR15 and 2,000 round are all the survival kit I will ever need”.  Such people live in a world of Hollywood B movies and fan fiction novels.  In the real world such tactics are seldom effective for a variety of reasons.
    This is why I have always taught that while there is a place for basic and common sense opsec it is still highly important to build community for both day to day living and for the eventual reality of a possible or even probable disaster.
    Recently I got an email that caused me to do this show, it read as follows…
    “Jack I grew way too many potatoes this year and have over 100 pounds more than I can use.  I thought about selling them at the farmer’s market but that might make me a magnet when TSHTF, I thought about the neighbors but that may even be worse in attracting people if there is a disaster and I thought about donating them to a church but again that might make me a magnet if the SHTF, what should I do with all these extra potatoes.

  • 01:39

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    Episode-895- Listener Calls
     
    Today I take your calls on AR15 mags, 401Ks as monetary hostage accounts, gardening, cooking with fennel, America’s economic venerability, silver for water purification, food shelf life, insect control, storing gold, big Ag’s latest class of toxins 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.

  • 01:31

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    The Survival Podcast with Jack Spirko
    Episode-888- Carla Gericke from the Free State Project
    Carla Gericke - "Queen Quill" at Porc Fest 2011
    Carla Gericke is also known as “Queen Quill” was born in the in the police state of South Africa and immigrated to California after winning a green card in a lottery.  She practiced law as in-house counsel at Fortune 500 companies in Silicon valley before redirecting her efforts to liberty activism and writing.
    In 2008, Carla moved with her husband from New york City to New Hampshire.  In 2009-2012, Carla was the organizer of the Porcupine Freedom Festival, which grew significantly under her leadership.
    When not wearing her Porcupine Crown, (in other words her day job), Carla is a Program Director for a NH based arts non profit company, where she also teaches writing.  Carla speaks and writes on liberty topics, and she is currently working on a book about the Free State Project.
    She like cooking, traveling (less now that the TSA exists), yoga, keeping law enforcement accountable, voluntary monarchies and killing the occasional turkey with her bare hands.  We call her the Quill Queen because in addition to all of the above she is also the currently serving president of the Free State Project.

  • 01:17

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    Episode-897- Steven Harris on Alternative Energy Technologies 
    Steven Harris - CEO of Knowledge Publications
    Steven Harris returns to TSP for his 8th visit. Today he joins us to discuss various alternative energy technologies today focusing on hydrogen and fuel cells.
    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.
    Steve is always full of great ideas, knowledge and projects we can use to improve our personal energy independence and today is no exception. Once again we ate up the entire hour with out covering Steve’s entire outline so he will be back for Part 3 in this series soon.

  • 01:22

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    Episode-901- Learning From the Holzer - The Good and the Bad



    Wheaton and Holzer on an Earlier Project



    So I traveled about 2,000 miles to meet one of my absolute heroes in permaculture and sustainable agriculture.  The experience was not really what I expected.  The knowledge I gained was worth all the effort, planning and time away but the way I gained it was the more surprising part.


    To sum it up, I learned a lot from what Sepp did but not much from what he said.  I also am very excited to be planning my own events in the future and have to say I learned a lot about what not to do by the organization “Place of Gathering” when I run my events.

  • 01:04

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    Episode-902- Sailing as a Prepper Skill Set 



    A Sail Boat might be the Ultimate BOV



    Franz is the founder of two websites on sailing, and is in his words, 58 years young.  He lives in Salt Lake City UT and has been listening to The Survival Podcast since the first couple months and is proud to have all the episodes still on his iPod.  This means he is very familiar with and a part of our community.


    He is also an expert sailor and holds a US Coast Guard Masters License.   In 1997 he sailed accross the Atlantic in a boat that he personally built.   He also built his own BOL (a home in the mountains)


    Franz feels preppers can learn a lot about water, refrigeration and 12v electricity, food storage, medical emergencies and communications from small boat cruising sailors.

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