November 30th, 2011 at 12:07 pm (the human path, texas outdoor education, green homesteading, self sufficiency farming, long-term food storage, readiness, health and nutrition)
As trends turn more towards self-sustaining methods, food preservation techniques like canning, or 'putting up' are coming back into favor. People who have never made their own pickles or jams are learning how to do just that and a lot more. In today's podcast, Nicole Joyce, author of the blog, Born In The Wrong Century talks about how she grew up canning, harvesting and gardening and just recently returned to this lifestyle.
Sam Coffman and Nicole discuss:
- by using canning, freezing, dehydrating, fermenting and other food preservation methods, people are able to more closely control what they eat, the area it comes from and build up a food storage they can use year-round
- how canning is an excellent way for beginners to try out preserving their own food. There is an abundance of recipes and food items they can use, it requires less equipment and is relatively easy to do.
- pressure cooking: which foods it is suited for and why it is necessary to use the pressure canner instead of the water bath method.
- examples of low-acid foods
- freezing: why blanching foods before freezing is an important step to preserving those foods.
- open-air drying: simple and easy things to do when using this technique
- how to avoid cracked or exploded glass when freezing foods in glass containers
Nicole Joyce has both a Facebook page for 'Born In the Wrong Century' as well as the blog itself. An avid fan of preservation techniques, she plans to expand on her current practices to include more gardening, foraging and self-sustaining methods this coming year.
The Ball Canning website
The USDA Complete Guide To Home Canning
November 29th, 2011 at 12:40 pm (survival skills, the human path, texas outdoor education, Outdoor Fitness and Self Defense, scouting, health and nutrition)
A technique as old as man himself has recently evolved into a healthy new trend, barefoot running. As part of much of the outdoor education classes at The Human Path, Sam Coffman relies on the barefoot running method as an important part of the physical training.
In today's podcast, Sam briefly explores the concept behind this type of running, the type of shoe used and how it can change the way you exercise, build up new muscles and lessen the strain and impact on your body.
Check out the Human Path's workout of the day online here
November 28th, 2011 at 1:02 pm (the human path, texas outdoor education, martial arts, Outdoor Fitness and Self Defense, health and nutrition)
||Our current culture makes it very easy - and almost necessary - to compartmentalize our day-to-day activities. One of the casualties in that process is the resulting effect on us that we aren't really fully who we should be, throughout the average day.
In today's podcast, Sam Coffman discusses the question of what "core fitness" really means and should be. Not just physically a core fitness, but in every other way as well.
|Some of the points Sam addresses are:
- What does "core fitness" really mean?
- How is it possible to integrate a workout into the rest of our day?
- How often should a person be exercising?
- Why doesn't our culture allow us to operate from a standpoint of core fitness, and why does it matter?
Podcasts coming this week: barefoot running!
Check out our Workout of the Day here
November 21st, 2011 at 12:57 pm (survival skills, urban survival, the human path, texas outdoor education, outdoor survival, readiness)
||In today's podcast, Sam Coffman talks about upcoming urban-related classes, as well as the important principles necessary to overlay on top of all of the skills taught at The Human Path. There are a lot of very exciting classes coming up in the 2012 schedule, and he takes some time to further explain some of these classes, the goals of these classes and the vision behind the courses in general. Today he discusses:
- The changes to the Urban Core Basic, and what the vision of the core-track classes are.
- How the Urban and Primitive Core training will continue
- An additional "peripheral" (elective) set of classes, open to anyone (no core prerequisites) coming up related to preparedness (prepping)
- The concept of the urban scout vs. the primitive scout
- How do you define "4 A's" (Awareness, Adaptability, Attitude and Accountability) and why are they so important - what role to they play in learning and working with all these skills?
- Why is this information so important, and what is changing about our culture in this country, as well as around the world, that make it more important now than it has ever been in the post-industrial age?
November 18th, 2011 at 4:11 pm (survival skills, urban survival, the human path, texas outdoor education, Outdoor Fitness and Self Defense, outdoor survival, disaster preparedness, readiness, survival gear)
||Today, Sam Coffman and Shaun McKee continue their discussion about bugout bags as they move into clothing. They address topics such as:
- Why is footwear vitally important?
- What should you look for in footwear, and would work to have more than one pair of shoes?
- What are the best clothing materials?
- What is "Tier Zero" and what kind of items and clothing are included?
- Aside from footwear, what is the next most critical piece of clothing?
November 17th, 2011 at 1:34 pm (survival skills, urban survival, the human path, texas outdoor education, outdoor survival, scouting, disaster preparedness, readiness, survival gear)
||In today's episode, Sam Coffman and Shaun McKee discuss bugout bags. Starting with the bag itself, there is a lot to think about, such as:
- The specific purpose of the bugout bag
- How much weight it needs to carry
- Considering your bag for the "long haul" and how to test that
- How much should you spend on a bag?
- What is "Molle" gear and what are the benefits?
- What is a practical "layout" of a gear bag?
- How do fanny packs, load-bearing vests and other types of equipment bags factor in?
|Shaun talks about the new camelback packs that can be found here: http://milspecmonkey.com/weargear/packsbags/290-camelbak-trizip
|Sam mentions the Treehugger Survival site with links to gear sites which can be found here:http://treehuggersurvival.com/survival-equipment.htm
|Tune in tomorrow, when Shaun and Sam continue the "bugout" discussion as they move into the topic of clothing and the idea of "Tier Zero" preparedness.
November 16th, 2011 at 12:42 pm (urban survival, the human path, texas outdoor education, herbology, trauma medicine, field medicine, primitive bowmaking, nature spiritulity, readiness, health and nutrition, survival scenario)
||Back online after a long hiatus, Sam Coffman talks today about the 2011 classes - from core classes and herbology through the Zombie Apocalypse - and some of the inspiring classes coming up in 2012. Some of the points he covers are:
- Core basic classes and why they are so important
- Differences between urban and primitive core basic
- The importance of scenarios and scenario training, and how the Zombie Apocalypse fits into this
- Herbology class changes
- Upcoming 2012 schedule and some of those classes to look forward to
- Some of the differences in The Human Path approach to this subject vs. other survival schools
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