December 28th, 2012 at 10:50 am (survival skills, primitive living, the human path, texas outdoor education, primitive hunting, wild food sources, outdoor survival, bushcraft, readiness, self sustainability)
In today's podcast, Sam Coffman talks about the path of the Hunter Gatherer.
He discusses and answers questions such as:
- Where does the concept of the Hunter Gatherer come from, and why is it such an important aspect of any survival training?
- What specific skills can you look forward to learning in the Level 1 Hunter Gatherer course as well as all of the myriad of Hunter Gatherer electives?
- Is the Level 1 Hunter Gatherer course difficult?
- What is the Level 1 Hunter Gatherer test like?
- What can you expect from the Level 2 core courses in any specialty and how does that work?
- How can learning Hunter Gatherer skills make you better at survival in general?
- Why do we have different instructors for each specialty and how does that make the school more intense and create a richer learning environment?
- What is the difference in food and nutrition between food that grows wild off the land vs. domestic food in our grocery stores, and how does that affect students in the Hunter Gatherer core course?
The Hunter/Gatherer course, beginning January 5/6th, 2013.
The Wilderness Tracking Certification Program, beginning January 12th, 2013.
The full Winter 2013 Class Calendar
For more information about the school, classes and programs, visit the website at www.thehumanpath.com.
December 27th, 2012 at 9:21 am (survival skills, urban survival, primitive living, fire-building, the human path, permaculture, texas outdoor education, herbology, the combat medic, martial arts, Outdoor Fitness and Self Defense, primitive hunting, wild food sources, outdoor survival, green homesteading, aquaponics, self sufficiency farming, long-term food storage, trauma medicine, field medicine, tracking, bushcraft, primitive bowmaking, nature spiritulity, scouting, disaster preparedness, readiness, parkour, health and nutrition, economic collapse, power shortage, survival scenario, weapons, self sustainability, pet survival, eco building, homestead livestock, prepping, homesteading, intentional community, community, societal collapse, gardening, herbal medic)
In today's podcast, Sam Coffman discusses the entire structure of classes and programs at The Human Path.
He addresses many of the questions that people have about how the program is structured at The Human Path, to include:
- What are the differences between core classes and peripheral or elective classes?
- What are the 4 paths or specialties that a person can follow within the core curriculum?
- What specific things do students learn in each of the specialties?
- What makes The Human Path so different from other survival schools?
- How does learning these skills make a difference in day-to-day life?
- What is the difference between Urban and Primitive tracks of instruction?
- What are the "Four A's" of survival that are a part of the core curriculum?
- How does a student move up from level 1 to level 2 in a specialty?
- How are concepts like teamwork, leadership and community taught as part of the classes?
The next Urban Core Basic class is January 25 - 27th, 2013.
Check out the Winter 2013 schedule for the next 2-3 months!
December 26th, 2012 at 10:33 am (survival skills, urban survival, primitive living, fire-building, the human path, permaculture, texas outdoor education, herbology, martial arts, Outdoor Fitness and Self Defense, wild food sources, outdoor survival, green homesteading, aquaponics, self sufficiency farming, long-term food storage, trauma medicine, field medicine, bushcraft, primitive bowmaking, nature spiritulity, scouting, disaster preparedness, readiness, parkour, health and nutrition, power shortage, survival scenario, weapons, self sustainability, pet survival, eco building, homestead livestock, prepping, homesteading, intentional community, community, societal collapse, gardening, herbal medic)
In this podcast, Sam Coffman discusses The Human Path growth, classes and real-world action during 2012, as well as the direction for 2013 and beyond.
Sam answers questions such as:
- What kinds of learning experiences were developed throughout 2012 and what can we look forward to in 2013?
- How has the breadth of the curriculum has been defined over the past few years at The Human Path? What exactly does that breadth of information include?
- How have The Human Path instructors evolved with the school?
- Why is it necessary to implement testing and selection procedures for higher level classes and real-world teams? What might that testing procedure look like, and at what point in the different levels will we see it?
- As we focus in the 4 areas of our curriculum delivery - Lecture, Hands-on, Scenario and Real-world missions – how does this all merge to create an ideal learning and even life-changing environment?
- How did Nicaragua figure into learning experience during 2012, and what's next?
- What can we expect to see in 2013 in regards to real-world missions and new classes?
Our new calendar for 2013 is up online here.
June 25th, 2012 at 2:03 pm (survival skills, the human path, permaculture, texas outdoor education, herbology, wild food sources, green homesteading, aquaponics, self sufficiency farming, long-term food storage, field medicine, disaster preparedness, readiness, health and nutrition, self sustainability, prepping, societal collapse, gardening)
In today's podcast, Sam Coffman discusses a recent news story in which a woman's medicinal and food garden were destroyed by an HOA and the city.
He covers topics such as:
- How can we prepare our own medicinal gardens to avoid falling prey to this kind of ignorance?
- What are some of the different types of urban camouflage gardening (Guerilla Gardening)?
- What are the different height levels and how can we create a medicinal garden in the front yard that uses this to help fit the garden in with HOA and municipal idiot-regulations?
- What are some very good medicinal plants that grow as ground cover and can replace a yard?
- What are some very good medicinal plants that are high ground cover, low-herbaceous level?
- What are some good medicinal herbaceous plants and how can we fit that into our yard in a way that doesn't stand out?
- What is the concept behind forest gardening and how can that help us be more prepared?
- What is the advantage of using local plants?
To learn more about using medicinal plants that you can grow, as well as harvest locally in the wild, sign up for the next Herbology Level 1 class here
More information about the incident discussed in this podcast about the mowed-down garden, news report
Companion Article, 'On Your Side of the Fence'
Upcoming class in Austin, TX: 'Cooking With Wild Edibles', July 26th
June 8th, 2012 at 11:30 am (survival skills, urban survival, the human path, texas outdoor education, herbology, wild food sources, outdoor survival, green homesteading, self sufficiency farming, readiness, health and nutrition, self sustainability, pet survival, homestead livestock, prepping, homesteading)
In today's podcast Sam Coffman talks with Rick Worden of Rise and Shine Rabbitry, about healing herbs and food for rabbits. For those of you raising rabbits, Sam and Rick get into details on specific herbs and health issues with rabbits, such as:
- Nutrients that are important for rabbits to give them a more natural diet
- Immune boosting with apple cider vinegar, and how this helps keep them from getting sick
- How to use echinacea and what it does for them
- Dried or fresh, which is better?
- Ear mite treatment using natural oils and herbs
- Eye washes for rabbit eye infections
- How normal "rabbit feed" can cause gastric problems in the rabbits
- Herbs to help rabbit digestion and counteract some of the problems called by pellets
- Grasses vs. pellets: How do you prepare grasses and herbs for their diet?
- Herbs for rabbit diarrhea and to improve digestive issues
Learn more about herbs for humans at the next herbology level 1 class here.
Also, check out our earlier podcast on rabbitry and creating your own sustainable meat food source, Episode #100, The Self Sustaining Food.
March 26th, 2012 at 3:44 pm (survival skills, urban survival, the human path, permaculture, texas outdoor education, herbology, wild food sources, outdoor survival, green homesteading, self sufficiency farming, bushcraft, disaster preparedness, readiness, self sustainability, prepping, homesteading, gardening)
In today's podcast, Sam Coffman talks about forest gardening.
Forest gardening is a great way to grow both food and medicine in a space and labor-efficient environment. Sam talks about:
- Why a forest garden is a great idea for preppers
- What are the different layers of a forest garden?
- How can you get started on a forest garden even if you don't have any canopy trees?
- How much room does a forest garden take up?
- What are the advantages of food and medicine grown in a forest garden?
- What are some of the examples of food and medicine that Sam has growing in his own forest garden?
To learn more about plant medicine, make sure you are on the mailing list for notification as our herbology level 1 online class comes out over the next few weeks...
February 29th, 2012 at 6:48 pm (survival skills, urban survival, primitive living, the human path, texas outdoor education, wild food sources, outdoor survival, self sufficiency farming, long-term food storage, disaster preparedness, readiness, power shortage, survival scenario, survival gear, weapons, self sustainability, prepping)
In today’s podcast, Sam Coffman reviews last night’s “Doomsday Preppers” show (National Geographic channel) –
Sam gives his own feedback on the preppers that were featured in this show, as well as some of the concepts involved in their method of prepping. Aside from talking about the details of each individual prepper and some various feedback on their plans, he also talks about:
- bird alarms as a method of early warning in a rural environment
- lifestyle adjustments for the first family of primitive skills enthusiasts for prepping
- over-population as a possible disaster scenario and why it works well
- firearms' role in survival
- living off the 'fat of the land'
- surviving in a bunker: what happens when they have to inevitably emerge from the bunker?
- changing a culture of 'distraction' to ensure a positive survival of the species
- security: humans vs. machinery
- prepping for martial law: what this means
- water: what is the bare minimum per person needed, and how much for comfort?
- what is to be gained through sniper tactics in a survival situation?
- the difference between these prepper's everyday lifestyle compared to what they are prepping for
There are two survival courses coming up that deal specifically with survival in all types of situations.
See the online schedule for:
The Primitive Core Basic: 5-Day Intensive, March 12 - 16th, online registration
The Urban Core Basic: Part one, May 4 - 6th, online registration
February 10th, 2012 at 2:00 pm (survival skills, urban survival, the human path, texas outdoor education, wild food sources, green homesteading, self sufficiency farming, long-term food storage, readiness, health and nutrition, self sustainability, homestead livestock)
Today is our 100th podcast! Sam talks with rabbit breeder/homesteader Rick Worden of Rise and Shine Rabbitry about raising rabbits as a food source. Until recently, rabbitry was an under-publicized source of excellent meat and compost material. With rabbits' quick reproductive turnaround, rabbits are being recognized as an efficient and cost-effective source of food.
Sam and Rick discuss:
- Rabbits as a meat source
- How to get started
- What a beginner might need
- Why are rabbits a good option compared to other livestock?
- Breeds of rabbits
- Wild vs. domestic
- Rabbit manure as compost
- Keeping bucks separate from females
Rick has an excellent Facebook page and online blog resource at www.riseandshinerabbitry.wordpress.com.
Rick Worden of Rise and Shine Rabbitry: I have been raising rabbits for 30 + years. My passion is promoting rabbits for homestead use: meat, fur, manure and all that goes with those 3. I grow as much of our own food as possibly canning , drying, and freezing it, and buying local what I can not produce.
Additional Reading Resources
Raising Rabbits the Modern Way by Ann Kanable
Storey's Guide to Raising Rabbits, 4th Edition by Bob Bennett
Rabbit Production by Peter R Cheeke
Related Rabbitry Podcasts:
Episode #116: The Rabbit and The Herb
January 17th, 2012 at 2:17 pm (survival skills, the human path, texas outdoor education, herbology, wild food sources, outdoor survival, self sufficiency farming, bushcraft, self sustainability)
In today's podcast, Sam Coffman discusses some of the plants sprouting up everywhere in Central and South Texas in January.
He talks about the general concept of eating wild food and things to consider with this. Sam then covers the following wild plants that are blooming in January:
- Thistles (Sow Thistle, Canada Thistle, Texas Thistle, Bull Thistle) - Cirsium, Carduus, and Sonchus genus
- Cleavers: (Galium aparine)
- Wood Sorrel: (Oxalis acetosella)
- Pennsylvania cucumber plant (Parietaria pennsylvanica)
- Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule)
- Lambsquarters (Chenopodium album)
Upcoming Related Courses
January 10th, 2012 at 2:05 pm (urban survival, the human path, texas outdoor education, wild food sources, green homesteading, self sufficiency farming, long-term food storage, health and nutrition, self sustainability)
We continue the podcast with Austin Durant of Fermenters Club to wrap up a beginner's guide to fermenting foods at home. In today's discussion, Sam and Austin talk about:
- What the ideal temperature is for fermentation
- How different times of years and locales can alter fermentation times and the outcome
- Surface mold - should you be concerned?
- Fermenting fruits: how a higher sugar content changes the process slightly
- How fruit can produce alcohol if the fruit fermentation time continues
- Fermenters Club: the online resources available and creating a way to try new recipes, swap foods and come together as a community
- Canning vs. fermenting
- What is the risk of botulism from fermenting?
- The importance of learning to trust the senses with home preserved foods.
Austin Durant is a software entrepreneur/computer nerd by trade and a fermenter/food nerd by choice. He started fermenting after reading about the benefits of fermented foods in an article by the Weston A. Price Foundation. The benefits were obvious-- it's economical, it's local/seasonal, it requires small batches, and it's nutritious. He wanted to add the “community” aspect, so he started Fermenters Club as a way to enable others to make and share fermented foods with their friends. He lives in San Diego’s North Park neighborhood, ground zero for the local slow food movement.
Fermenters Club, founded in 2011, is a community of food enthusiasts who share a love for traditionally-preserved, natural probiotic foods. Fermenters can participate locally and virtually: Locally: Fermenters Club holds workshops, food swaps and classes to teach people how to ferment their own food. Fermenters also form local clubs of 4 to 6 people who meet regularly to swap fermented foods. Virtual: Fermenters Club offers a way for enthusiasts around the world to connect and find each other, learn and share recipes, find local events, ask questions and share success stories! Sign up or browse anonymously to find recipes, photos, stories, tips and more.
Check out Part one of this podcast: Episode 82
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