Tag Archives: Farming

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    Building The Foundations Of A Resilient Life

    Welcome to 'Honey Badger Farm'
    by Chris Martenson

    Saturday, June 13, 2020, 3:24 AM

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    Executive Summary

    If you have not yet read Part 1: Making Sense of the Insensible, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

    What I don’t put out in public, besides my daily reminder to “start a garden,” is that I foresee a particularly strong possibility that things will get a lot worse before they get better.

    Social unrest, increases in crime, and food shortages — dangers like that.

    So to shield myself and those I care about, the biggest new initiative I’m undertaking in my own personal life is….

     

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    Why Gardening Starts With Growing Good Soil

    Microbiology + nutrient cycle = thriving healthy plants
    by Adam Taggart

    Friday, April 24, 2020, 9:42 PM

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    Whether you’re new to gardening or not, your success is rooted (pardon the pun) in appreciating that to grow healthy plants you first need to grow healthy soil.

    Perhaps the top soil experts in the world are Paul and Elizabeth Kaiser, owners and operators of Singing Frogs Farm — world famous for their nature-based yet innovative approach to farming, in which no tilling of any kind is done to the soil. No pesticide/herbicide/fungicide sprays (organic or otherwise) are used. And the only fertilizer used is natural compost.

    To help direct and inspire your efforts to get your coronavirus garden off to the right start, here’s an 8-minute clip of the Kaisers presenting at our last seminar, showing what’s possible when you focus on growing good soil.

     

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    Take Action Locally To These Global Threats

    An Exciting Opportunity to Take Action
    by Chris Martenson

    Friday, December 13, 2019, 4:28 PM

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    Executive Summary

    • Despite attempts to distract us, the systemic rot is accelerating
    • Why an approaching painful reset is a matter of ‘when’ not ‘if’ at this point
    • The big step I’ve just taken in my own planning
    • An opportunity for a few interested others to join me

    If you have not yet read Part 1: Bubbles Are Brutal , available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

    What sort of country lavishes unnecessary wealth on its already-rich citizens while cutting off access to food for its very poorest?  What kind of culture provides endless backstops and bailouts for the financial elites (socialism for the rich) no matter the cost to the rest of society?

    Not a healthy one, that’s for sure.

    Similar disheartening stories abound for rapacious drug pricing (insulin, inhalers, etc., ad nauseum), profoundly underfunded pensions, disappearing insects and other species, increasing weather oddities, oceans filled with plastic, and other such mega-predicaments.

    None of this is remotely healthy.  It speaks of decay and rot, as seems to happen throughout history when empires teeter-totter ever closer to their expiration date.

    Did you know that the only two rich societies in the world with falling life expectancies, incomes, savings, happiness, trust — every single social indicator you can imagine — are America and Britain?

    How is any of this tolerable to anybody?  How much longer will people tolerate this sloppy mess? And what will they do when they awaken to its dangers and injustice?

    I want you to become prepared and resilient for what’s coming next. Don’t just sit there hoping for the best.

    Personally, I’m in full-blown action mode right now.

    Specifically, I’ve just made the major investment to… (Enroll now to continue reading)

     

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  • Blog

    The Company Store

    Leaves almost nothing to live on
    by Chris Martenson

    Friday, May 3, 2019, 1:33 PM

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    The scam enabled by today’s financial ““markets”” coupled with lots of easy cheap credit flowing to big monied interests is every bit as egregious as the company store of old; only today’s victims are mostly blind to the way that the system is rigged against them.

    Run this scam long enough and one day we’ll discover that the banks and their proxy agents — private equity funds, hedge funds, endowments, and family offices, etc — own all of the productive farmland, all of the mines, all of the oil wells, all of the timberland, and every other means of primary wealth production.

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  • Podcast

    Singing Frogs Farm: The Science Of Healthy Soil

    Focus on biology over chemistry
    by Adam Taggart

    Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 1:02 PM

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    Three years ago, I interviewed Paul and Elizabeth Kaiser about the remarkably effective model being pioneered at their farm, Singing Frogs Farm, a small micro-farm in northern California. It quickly became one of Peak Prosperity's most popular podcasts of all-time.

    Developed over years of combining bio-intensive land/forestry management theory with empirical trial & error, the farming practices at Singing Frogs have produced astounding results.

    This week, I sit back down with Paul and Elizabeth to discuss the science behind their latest farming practices & techiniques, the importance of biology over chemistry when it comes to gardening, and the hands-on workshops they offer, and what they think it takes to make a 'resilient farmer'.

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  • Podcast

    Tim Young: How To Start A Small Farming Business

    For all those dreaming of becoming artisan entrepreneurs
    by Adam Taggart

    Sunday, November 26, 2017, 7:08 PM

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    Many readers of this website have shared with us their hopes of one day shedding their office jobs for a more meaningful, more resilient life involving a deeper connection with Nature. Starting a small-scale farming business is the most common dream we hear from these folks.

    But how to get started? And.. Can you really make a living at it?

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  • Podcast

    CropMobster: How To Put Your Local Food System To Its Highest Use

    A plug-and-play solution for any community
    by Adam Taggart

    Monday, June 5, 2017, 9:05 PM

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    In the developed world, we waste a LOT of food.

    In America alone, it’s estimated that up to 40 percent of the post-harvest food supply is discarded, according to The Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. That represents more than 1,200 calories per day for every man, woman, and child in the U.S. — just thrown into the trash. Yet at the same time we have food access issues and nutritional deficits that result in widescale health problems and hunger nationwide, despite having more than enough nutritional calories to go around. Our food system is a mess — and it doesn’t have to be that way.

    In this week's podcast, we talk with Nick Papadopoulos, founder of CropMobster; an innovative company focused on helping communities dramatically improve the potential of their local food sheds. Nick explains how CropMobster provides a platform that any community can build on to connect local producers with local consumers in ways that boost economic development, reduce wastage of food and other resources, and assist local hunger relievers:

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  • Podcast

    Joel Salatin: Curing Society’s Constipation Of Imagination

    We can do things profoundly better
    by Adam Taggart

    Monday, May 22, 2017, 12:19 AM

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    The always colorful "renegade farmer" Joel Salatin returns to the podcast this week to share his latest thoughts on creative yet practical solutions society could and should be pursuing vs limiting and litigating everything under the sun.

    Much of what's needed is a shift in thinking and priorities, says Salatin. And it starts with embracing initiative, accountability, and a 'do more with what we have' mentality — which stands in stark contrast to the "we just need more stuff" narrative of today's status quo.

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    Take Control: If You Don’t, Who Will?

    Our best steps for escaping the Sick Care industry matrix
    by charleshughsmith

    Friday, April 29, 2016, 11:31 PM

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    Executive Summary

    • We know how to farm regeneratively, not extractively, today. We just need to choose to do so.
    • Learning from the recent summit with Joel Salatin, Toby Hemenway & Singing Frogs Farm
    • The 3 most important components underlying our future health
    • What you can do to take control of your health in ways that will enhance your quality of life

    If you have not yet read Why We're So Unhealthy, available free to all readers, please click here to read it first.

    In Part 1, we examined the structure of our self-organizing centralized food/illness/healthcare system. In Part 2, we look at what we can do to foster a better, healthier and ultimately much more affordable alternative system.

    Permaculture and Regenerative Agriculture/Horticulture

    I have to start by thanking Peak Prosperity’s Adam Taggart for organizing the permaculture conference we attended, Better Soil, Better Food…A Better World. As a long-time gardener, I learned some things that I can apply to my own postage-stamp urban garden (for example, never leave soil bare—plant seedlings immediately after harvesting the current crop of veggies).

    I also learned about the perniciously destructive nature of our system of growing, processing, distributing and consuming food.  As noted in Part 1, the only possible result of our unhealthy food/illness/health system is ill-health.

    The best way to become healthy is to opt out of the entire system. Removing oneself from one subsystem is a good start but insufficient, due to the interconnected nature of the system. Eliminating fast food, for example, is a good start, but the vast majority of packaged and convenience foods are made with the same ingredients as fast food.

    This is difficult to do by design. As Joel Salatin explains…

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