Surviving Hard Times

Surviving Hard Times

It's one thing to listen to doom and gloom about food and fertilizer shortages, skyrocketing prices, the cost of living, or your job being outsourced overseas or eliminated due to automation. It's another thing to hear practicable, immediately actionable advice from experts who can help you reduce the fear, anxiety, and burden of these problems. Tune in now to the Surviving Hard Times Podcast with Richard Jacobs.


February 22, 2024 33 mins

When Jay’s first baby was born, the hospital staff bottle-fed her against Jay’s wishes; it might seem harmless, but it had a profound and long-lasting effect on her baby’s ability to latch and feed from her breast instead of a bottle.

Jay wanted to share her experiences with other mothers who might benefit from the information, and before long, she was invited to be a part of the YouTube Partner Program. She now provides practical ...

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When Ammie Harris brought home her newborn son, she quickly realized there was a problem: he wasn’t latching well, and she had a low breast milk supply. Her son was losing weight and she needed to act quickly.

The pediatrician recommended a commercial formula, but it didn't work -- not a single commercial formula did -- and her son still wasn’t gaining weight. Then she stumbled upon a controversial article about the benefits of hom...

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The more scientists study traditional agriculture, the less sustainable it seems. Instead, experts are pivoting toward regenerative farming practices, which puts soil health and stewardship first. What are the benefits of regenerative agriculture? Michelle M. Wander, a soil scientist with more than 30 years of experience, joins the podcast to explain…

Michelle i...

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Nurse-turned-farmer, Karis Johnston, explains what drove her to completely change her lifestyle, and the myriad health benefits she and her family have enjoyed because of it.

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  • Which documentary changed Karis and her husband’s life
  • Raw dairy – could it eliminate dairy allergies?
  • The health benefits Karis and her family have experienced since changing their eating habits and cutting out all toxic chemicals...
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While other 10-year-old boys might have been playing with toy trucks and sports balls, Joel Salatin was selling chickens to local schools, churches, and other organizations.

When he was just a few years old, his family purchased an abused and worn-out farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Rebuilding and fostering it from the ground up, it now supports four generations, thousands of families, and about 50 restaurants.

Tune in to lea...

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“Sometimes we’re too close to our problems to actually see them,” says Ole Kristian Sivertsen.

That realization came to him by virtue of his time in the satellite industry, when he routinely observed Earth from space. It inspired Sivertsen to consider how he could make a difference on this planet, which in turn, led him to focus on restoring hope and healing through the mitigation of desertification, soil degradation, and water sca...

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“We live in a broken world; it’s a reality that bad things can happen, but in the past two years we’ve seen what’s coming down the road and gotten a lot more serious about it,” says Katie, referring to the prepper mindset and actions she and her husband have had for decades now.

While many people remain apathetic or in denial about how bad things could get, Katie is fully aw...

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Dive into the world of horticulture with our special guest, Steven Biggs, a distinguished horticulturist, journalist, and award-winning host of Food Garden Life.

Biggs unfolds his childhood memories when all he knew was dried figs. A transformative summer spent at a UK nursery with a national fig collection reshaped his perspective and ignited a desire to grow his own fig trees.

As a horticulture communicator, Biggs is a guide thro...

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For more than four decades, Charles Dowding has been growing his own vegetables, mastering the very best ways to do it. But it wasn’t until more recently that he started sharing all of his knowledge with people around the world.

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  • How the “no dig” method works as a labor-saving way of high-yield gardening
  • How doing less to your soil can lead to more (...
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Many of the brightest and wealthiest people in the world are bracing for impact and preparing for a depression. More and more people are realizing there’s no way around it, and for signs, you don’t have to look any further than the grocery store.

Rather than panic, learn some practical, simple steps to prepare yourself no matter where you are.


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“You have to try to turn your problems into solutions, because if you don’t, and you run away from your problems, they’ll follow you and you’ll plant problems everywhere you go.”

Spoken by a Zimbabwean subsistence farmer known locally as the “water farmer,” these words ignited an even stronger desire in Brad Lancaster to find solutions to the water problems plaguing his hometown of Tucson, Arizona.

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  • Ways...
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The planet’s not getting any bigger, but humanity’s footprint IS.

That’s the problem driving Paul Shapiro’s search for solutions as CEO of The Better Meat Company.

Tune in to learn:

  • How long it takes to produce meat-like products from microbial fermentation
  • How the process of fermentation is used to create mycoproteins which mimic the experience of animal-based meats, but are far more nutritious and environmentally friendly
  • Wh...
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Whether you are an experienced farmer or a houseplant collector, the topic of seed science is certainly compelling to explore. What’s more, making sense of seed biology may equip you with the knowledge necessary to effectively grow your own crops and maintain a sustainable food source amid uncertain times . . .

Today, Kent J. Bradford, a Distinguished Professor ...

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During these uncertain economic times, it can be difficult to know how to grow your wealth while also maintaining a sense of freedom. Andrew Henderson of Nomad Capitalist joins us in this podcast to talk about his approach to living a happier, more fulfilling life by taking advantage of citizenship opportunities around the world and expanding his freedom.

Nomad ...

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That’s how life should be, thought five-year-old John Hancock while watching Little House on the Prairie. His lifelong desire to grow his own food, work for himself, and live off grid has finally come to fruition. He’s living his best life and helping others live theirs.

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  • Important first steps for establishing a homestead with very little money
  • How to harvest plenty of rainwater for year-round sustenance ...
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Are you interested in growing your own fruit and reaping the benefits of a delicious organic harvest? While fruit trees don’t grow overnight, there are certainly tips and tricks you can use to speed up the process. Susan Poizner, the founder of Orchard People, joins the podcast to enlighten us on this sustainable and fascinating process…

As a journalist, filmmak...

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Today, we connect with David Selman of Savvy Organics Farm to talk about modern homesteading and its many benefits. Savvy Organics Farm is an operation run by David and his wife Alice that produces health-centered, sustainable, regenerative farm-to-table foods. 

Started in 2017, Savvy Organics Farm is on a mission to encourage others to live a simpler, sustainab...

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Today, we are joined by Jeremy Silva, the founder of BuildASoil, a website that provides handmade, small-batch, custom soils to growers nationwide. By curating natural ingredients from around the world, BuildASoil produces nutrient-rich soils that consumers can use to grow sustainably and efficiently.

Started in Jeremy’s garage, BuildASoil has grown to help othe...

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What are the advantages of homesteading and living simply? Wanda King of Deep South Homestead joins us to explain…

Deep South Homestead is an online platform started by husband and wife duo Wanda and Danny. Living on a 10-acre farm in South Mississippi, they dedicate their time and energy to teaching others the value of homesteading – and the skills needed to do...

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Electromagnetic frequencies are all around us. In this modern world brimming with technology, many people find themselves asking: How does this impact the human body? 

Dr. Bill McGraw, a recurring guest of the show, joins us to discuss electromagnetic fields, heavy metal toxicity, EMF...

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