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  1. CEO, Co-Founder, Head Mead Maker / UC Berkeley, Naval Officer Frank’s love for mead started with his grandfather. He was an apple rancher in Oak Glen, California. He retired from apple ranching and stayed busy making fruit wine and hard cider, grape wine and some mead. Frank’s first memory of mead was at 8 years old, peeking over the back of the bar while his grandfather poured samples of mead to people. They were laughing and having a great time. As he grew older Frank read Tolkien and Beowulf. Shakespeare and Harry Potter… Mead kept coming up in these epic tales. Then, when he was home from college, his grandfather gifted him the last bottle of his mead. 12 years aged. Frank was in the navy after graduating from UC Berkeley and was able to collect honey from all over the world. One day, his wife asked what he would do with all of the time, money and energy in the world. He told her he wanted to make mead and share it with people. He has done just that. Mead – What, how and why it’s the most regenerative libation on earth. Drink and heal the planet. WHAT IS MEAD? Mead is alcohol which is produced by fermenting honey. It is the oldest alcoholic beverage in the world. Mead is a whole spectrum of alcohol, so it can be light ABV, dry, and refreshing, or thick, sweet and strong, bubbly or still and any where in between with any number of additional ingredients. It is very creative, it is very versatile, it is timeless and we think it can be good for the earth (you don’t need a mono-culture of barley or grapes to make it, just bees on a healthy ecosystem). HOW IS MEAD MADE? Golden Coast Mead starts with basic ingredients: Water, Honey, and Yeast. We begin by combining the water and the honey in a mixing tank. This enables us to achieve the correct honey-to-water ratio. When the mixture (known as “must”) has the correct Brix (sugar density) we pump it into a temperature-controlled fermentation tank. During this time, we also add our yeast – the magic microorganism that parties hard. Yeast consumes the sugar found in the honey, and produces bubbles & booze (or CO2 and alcohol, technically speaking). During the first three days, air and nutrients are added to keep the yeast healthy. While sugar is the meat & potatoes of yeast, nutrients are the fruits & veggies. Healthy yeast produces quick, clean, tasty mead. After the nutrient is added, the yeast is left alone to party away and make all the alcohol it can. Samples are taken daily to check the Brix. As the yeast eat the sugar, the density drops, and we can track the progress of the mead. As sugar is consumed, and less becomes available, the yeast die off and the yeast Valkyries take them to yeast Valhalla (the bottom of the tank). About four weeks later, the must has turned to mead, and the batch is ready to transfer to secondary fermentation. The mead is transferred to another sealed tank, leaving much of the yeast behind. Instead of blowing off the CO2, it is captured in the tank and carbonates the mead. This is often the step where additional flavors are imbued. For example, this is when the oak chips are added for California Oak and Savage Bois. Once the mead has reached the final Brix, we begin cold crashing. By dropping the temperature of the tank to freezing, the remaining yeast stop fermenting and fall to the bottom of the tank. This begins clarifying the mead. Clarification is finished by filtration. After running the mead through a filter, it is packaged in bottles and kegs, ready to be consumed by those deemed worthy by the gods of mead! WHAT IS OPEN SOURCE MEAD? Open source is about giving everyone access to the knowledge needed to create value. We believe open source can create a better world. That’s why on our Open Source page you will find recipes, production notes, lessons learned — documented and shared for all to benefit from, so that more delightful and quaffable mead can be made in this world. And hopefully the bees, and those that keep them, can benefit along the way. You can read more about this decision to go Open Source with our mead and get a Creative Commons license in our third Dispatch from the Frontier of Mead.
  2. Meet Heather Grove After interning with the USDA, researching food systems in Central Florida and abroad, Heather returned to her hometown to help rebuild Orlando’s local food system in 2011. Heather co-created Stetson University’s garden and farmers market and served as the founding Community Director of East End Market. She now works on sustainable agriculture and rural development projects abroad while helping to establish new branches of Fleet Farming around the world. Hyperlocal Fleet Farming for Sustainable Food Systems What is Fleet Farming? Farmlettes Fleet Fruits Garden Installs How does it work? Swarm Rides How do you get started? Toolkits (available Sept. 1!) 5 City Tour (Currently on tour with the Millennial Train Project) Resources www.fleetfarming.com www.facebook.com/fleetfarming https://www.instagram.com/fleetfarming www.bornharvester.com https://www.instagram.com/bornharvester/
  3. Brandon Williams founded Iron Edison in 2010 with a passionate focus on high-tech batteries for solar, off grid and grid backup. As lead system designer at Iron Edison, Brandon has energized thousands of people about using Nickel Iron and Lithium Iron batteries. As CEO, Iron Edison has grown 200% for five straight years and now employs 12 in the Colorado-based sales, distribution and lithium assembly center. Off-grid battery and solar systems Nickel Iron and Lithium Iron Battery Systems Off Grid vs. Grid Backup System Design Prepare for Brandon Williams Website: http://ironedison.com/ Nickel Iron Batteries: http://ironedison.com/nickel-iron-ni-fe-battery Lithium Iron Batteries: http://ironedison.com/48-volt-lithium-battery-for-solar Complete System Designs: http://ironedison.com/preconfigured-off-grid-systems
  4. Thriving on a Debt Free Lifestyle: Learn 3 concepts that can change your life. Debt is slavery Big/Small spending decisions Lifestyle of Freedom. John Pugliano has spent over 30 years studying and applying the habits of financially independent middle-class Americans. He encourages everyone to seek freedom by learning to live debt free and practice 10 simple wealth building principles. He has served in the military as both enlisted and officer; had a successful corporate career; and is a late blooming entrepreneur starting his first business at age 52. John has an M.S. in Systems Management from the University of Southern California and a B.S. in Environmental Science & Engineering from Penn State. He is the host of the popular personal financial podcast called the Wealthsteading Podcast and he is the founder and money manager at Investable Wealth, LLC. John and his wife Cheryl are the parents of six children.
  5. Season 1 Episode 3 - Akiva Silver - Chestnuts

    Akiva Silver homesteads on 20 acres in the hills of Spencer, NY. He owns and operates Twisted Tree Farm along with his wife and three young kids. Akiva is deeply passionate about nature and wildlife. He believes that the world greatly benefits from fruit and nut trees. Akiva studied wilderness survival for several years and traveled extensively before becoming obsessed with tree planting. Twisted Tree Farm Akiva has a wonderful article on why growing chestnut trees is so benefitial. Read the article here. Some topics Akiva will cover during the presentation: Chestnut overall description of trees Various species across globe Story of the American chestnut Breeding Programs Propagation Growing/Culture Harvesting/Processing/ and Consuming Tree crops philosophy/ Conclusion
  6. Marcin Jakubowski is a Polish-American who came to the U.S. from Poland as a child. He graduated with honors from Princeton and earned his Ph.D. in fusion physics from the University of Wisconsin. Frustrated with the lack of relevance to pressing world issues in his education, he founded Open Source Ecology in 2003 in order to make closed-loop manufacturing a reality. He began development of the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS)—an open source tool set of 50 industrial machines necessary to create a small civilization with modern comforts. His work has recently been recognized as a 2012 TED Senior Fellow, in Time Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2012, as a 2013 Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow, and a White House Champion of Change in 2013. Checkout the Eco-Building Toolkit Kickstarter
  7. Ducks for Fun, Profit and Land Development Move over chickens it is time for a new bird to take the lead. Well, perhaps not the lead but definitely a better seat at the table. Three years ago well-known speaker and Podcaster Jack Spirko, along with his wife Dorothy decided to step into farming for profit, and Nine Mile Farm was born. Initially focusing on chickens for farm fresh pastured eggs and meat they also kept a small flock of ducks just for fun. They soon stumbled into a new and growing niche, pastured local duck eggs. It took a bit of effort to get their customers to try duck eggs but once they did the next decision was simple, out with the chickens and ramp up the ducks. Rather than fight with over a hundred local producers to sell chicken eggs for 5-6 dollars a dozen the couple now stays constantly sold out selling duck eggs at 8 dollars a dozen. With about 50% of their sales going to high end restaurants and farm to table markets (Ida Clair, Cadillac Ranch, Ellerbe Fine Foods, Farm to Fork Foods) and their other 50% going to direct to consumer sales. In his talk Jack will cover how to build up a flock fast and build a customer base just as quickly. He will also discuss importance of looking like a professional farm in web presence, social media and even a dedicated phone number in gaining customers. Jack will be discussing the top breeds for profit, why he doesn’t even think about “meat ducks” and how to use a single specialized product such as this to build a multiple product offering, while only needing to build a customer base once. Additionally in this talk you will learn some of the amazing reasons farming ducks for eggs makes more sense for many small land owners then chickens. These include, less competition, higher profits, breeds that outlay chickens, a herdable and trainable flock, greater suitability for brittle land and more. You can learn more about Jack and Dorothy Spirko’s duck exploits at their website www.ninemile.farm and though their YouTube miniseries located at www.theduckchronicles.com Key Takeaways: Ducks represent and underrated niche market Ducks are perfectly suited to the part time farmer Ducks can help you build a customer base for other product sales Ducks are soft on land when properly rotated and improve brittle land In this presentation you will learn… How to inexpensively build a customer base The right breeds for profitability How to easily set up rotational grazing with ducks Low tech water solutions that spread fertility How to get 100% of your customers to come to you How to work a list if you ever have a surplus of eggs Management practices that produce a superior product How to make your cull ducks worth more than a so called “meat duck”
  8. The Day After Christmas

    Round 1: An empty nest at Christmas :28 Gallstones, gout and meringue cookies Round 2: Invalid charges 2:05 4:52 Pantry Paratus’s Paypal bandits 5:50 Risk in seeing credit card numbers Round 3: Dealing with snow 6:55 Shoveling the walk 7:46 Tractor & EVs Round 4: Winter boots 8:49 9:06 Old boots from Grandad 11:05 Duck boots Round 5: Caring about the color of socks 12:15 Jocelyn’s tree of books 13:40 Drawer of hated socks 14:50 Actual indigo 15:56 Crazy comfortable ugly shoes 17:17 Disintegrating shoes 18:00 Socks and sandals Round 6: Cutting wood contraptions 22:20 19:05 Mals and mounts 23:10 Bungee technique 24:00 Chopping block therapy 25:08 Rounds riddled with knots 25:50 Hours of chopping Round 7: The speed of Boots 34:35 28:30 Base camp wood collection 29:50 Putting in the hours 32:12 Cost analysis: a cord of wood at Paul’s 33:00 Learning at a safe pace Round 8: A gift to your future self 36:00 38:23 Excavator operations 40:00 Renting an excavator 41:17 Proof of the dent 42:45 Destroying a rental Round 9: Seeking Assistant 43:36 44:40 Email River abandoned 47:17 Active Volunteers 48:41 Full-time task do-er Round 10: A mountain of DVDs 49:22 50:12 Buy ‘em by the thousands 51:1 Heater Myths Series 53:10 Stratification Chambers and Rocket Mass 53:49 Paul learns to animate Round 11: Work ethics and costs of country living 1:00:00 56:40 Crying Petroleum drama 58:00 Picking people for the season 1:02:04 Appeal of chopped wood Round 12: Visit with the peeps 1:03:09 1:04:19 Nutrition & back pain
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