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May 24, 2024 44 mins

Flashback Fridays: In these times of great disorder, is there anything Americans can do to regain stability? To find the answer, we tell the story of Curtis Stone – the author of Urban Farmer: Growing Food for Profit on Leased and Borrowed Land. Curtis is a man from a growing community of truth seekers that have a plan for limiting the impact of future turmoil.

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helping us save America one story at a time. Hey,
this is Patrick Carelchi from Red Pilled America. What would
you do if the supply chain completely collapsed? Would you
know how to grow your own food? You know, here's

(00:59):
a go I told my future wife that I had
a green thumb because I could keep some plants growing
in my apartment and we moved out for the very
first time to a house in Silver Lake, And before
we moved in, I was basically trying to convince the
landlord to pick us out of the many applications that
he got. And as part of that argument that I

(01:20):
gave to him is that I had a green thumb. Right,
there was no sprinklers in the front yard, so everything
had to be watered to be kept alive. And so
he basically went with me, probably based on that part
of that skill that I said that I had. Fast
forward a couple months, and what I learned was is
that you have to water these plants every single day

(01:43):
or they start to die. It's just that simple, especially
in the heat of Los Angeles. So when this pandemic
hit and we started really thinking about what would we
do if we didn't have any access to a grocery store, right,
So we went out and we bought some seeds, and
we had this great patio that has a lot of sunlight.
We're right outside of Los Angeles, and so we basically planted,

(02:04):
you know, tomatoes onions. Cilantro hallapago is anything that can
mix also with potatoes, And we went out every single
day watering these little plants. We had seedlings we were
trying to get to sprout, and a couple of the
seedlings did sprout, but what we started to see over
the course of the first two months was that things

(02:26):
started to die. We didn't know what we were doing,
so we thought, you know what, we better go speak
to somebody that knows what they're doing, because if something
like this were to happen again, we need to know
how to deal with it. We need to know how
to deal with these new shutdowns because it's the new
tool of the government. So we went out and we
spoke to a guy named Curtis Stone. He's known initially

(02:48):
as the Urban Farmer, but he has a great site
that's kind of like the Netflix for farmers that we'll
talk about in this episode. The title of the episode
is Lifeboat, and it was originally broadcast on August twenty ninth,
twenty twenty. For those of you wondering, we'll continue our
family Feud series in the next few days. Now enjoy
the show. We're living in a time of disorder. Every

(03:14):
time it looks like things are calming down, the media
hypes up another hoax and whips America into a frenzy.

Speaker 3 (03:20):
Overnight chaos on the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin, multiple buildings
set on fire.

Speaker 4 (03:26):
You might be surprised to learn the day's sales across
this country are booming as toilet paper remains hard to
find in many stores.

Speaker 5 (03:33):
Showed up today and it's just chaos.

Speaker 3 (03:35):
We're nearly six months into the pandemic now, and you
might have noticed grocery stores are still having trouble keeping
some items on the shelves.

Speaker 6 (03:42):
We used to have maybe five percent out of stocks
and be upset about it.

Speaker 3 (03:46):
Now we got like thirty percent out of stocks, and
it's you know, okay, Well, I guess that's the way
it does.

Speaker 1 (03:51):
In these times of great disorder? What can Americans do
to regain stability? I'm Patrick Crelchi.

Speaker 2 (04:00):
And I'm Adriana Portez, and this is Red Pilled America,
a storytelling show. This is not another talk show covering
the day's news. We are all about telling stories.

Speaker 1 (04:11):
Stories Hollywood doesn't want you to hear stories.

Speaker 2 (04:14):
The media marks stories about everyday Americans that the globalists ignore.

Speaker 1 (04:20):
You could think of Red Pilled America as audio documentaries,
and we promise only one thing, the truth.

Speaker 7 (04:32):
Welcome to red pilled America.

Speaker 1 (04:43):
America has faced many challenging times throughout its history, but
the chaos of today seems different. Something new is happening.
What used to be your garden variety viral outbreaks or
political protests have now turned into global pandemics and uprisings,
and not only major metropolitan areas, but in small towns
as well. When the media, big tech, Hollywood, and our

(05:06):
Washington d C leaders all collude to bring chaos to America,
there isn't much the little guy can do to avoid it?

Speaker 5 (05:14):
Or is there?

Speaker 1 (05:15):
In these times of great disorder? Is there anything Americans
can do to regain stability. To find the answer, We're
going to tell the story of Curtis Stone, a man
from a growing community of truth seekers that have a
plan for limiting the impact of future turmoil. You may
be surprised to hear that, even in this dark moment
in our history, America may be on its way to

(05:36):
a new golden age. Coolowna is a beautiful lakefront city
in British Columbia, about an hour and a half north
of Washington State's northern border. It's home to a guy
named Curtis Stone, a Canadian farmer with a message Americans
should heed with even governments in Western civilizations showing a

(05:58):
propensity to shut down their own economies and force quarantine
on the healthy. Curtis is reminded of a historical trend.

Speaker 6 (06:05):
When I look back at history, looking back at Stalinist Russia,
looking back at Mause Dong's China, Polepot's Vietnam, Nazi Germany,
what have you all? These empires they all collapsed shortly
after they got really heavy handed.

Speaker 1 (06:22):
He highlights these events not to spread fear porn, but
instead to get as many people as he can to
prepare for the future. Curtis's life experiences have given him
a unique insight into how the world works and sent
him on an unconventional journey after a two thousand and
nine bicycle tour of America, a journey that he's still
on today.

Speaker 2 (06:42):
Curtis grew up in the Colonna area and didn't have
things so easy as a young boy.

Speaker 6 (06:47):
I had really good parents who tried their best. You know,
they divorced when I was seven, but they tried their best.
But when you're raised by two different parents in two
different places, it's difficult, especially for a young man very
lost and sort of direction lists for many years, as with.

Speaker 2 (07:04):
Many boys without both parents under one roof. By the
time Curtis reached his teenage years, he'd become a bit unruly.
He didn't take school seriously, got terrible grades, and was
known as the class clown.

Speaker 6 (07:15):
The lack of two parents and sort of the lack
of the yin and yang of the mother father dichotomy
is profound, you know, And so most most kids in
the Western world when their parents divorced.

Speaker 5 (07:29):
The mother gets custody.

Speaker 6 (07:30):
So my mother had the majority custody, and we went
to see my dad on the weekends. And so the
thing is with the father figure, is the father figure
kind of steps in with a little bit more authority
because of the sort of masculine nature of the father,
the man, right, and especially as a young boy, when
you don't have that as often around you, you kind

(07:52):
of get away with a lot of things because of
the graciousness and you know, need to just nurture from
the mother. And so you have a sort of an
abundance of nurturing and a lack of call it, discipline
and authority.

Speaker 5 (08:08):
And so what happened to us, my brother and I is.

Speaker 6 (08:11):
That we didn't have that authority, So whenever my brother
and I would get into trouble, there was sort of
a lack of real understanding of the consequence of our actions,
and that led the things that I was getting into escalate.

Speaker 2 (08:36):
For Curtis, that escalation led to early drug use.

Speaker 6 (08:40):
I overdosed on gravel pills when I was fourteen years old.
I was hospitalized, I almost died. I had to have
my stomach pumped at to drink liquid charcoal. I got
really mixed up with the wrong crowd at a young age.
I saw all these drugs that were being done, and
because my dad wasn't around, we only saw my dad
on weekends and sometimes only second weekend. He didn't really

(09:01):
just step in and Yeah, it had a profound impact
on us and led me to get into trouble at
a very young age.

Speaker 2 (09:09):
Many of Curtis's high school peers never evolved out of
this phase.

Speaker 6 (09:13):
I have ten friends that I grew up with. They're
no longer my friends, but people that I grew up
with in my same neighborhood, same circumstances I was born into.

Speaker 5 (09:22):
They are all in jail, their criminals.

Speaker 6 (09:25):
Or their drug addicts on the street and I see
them around town. Here they're on the street.

Speaker 2 (09:30):
But Curtis had a curiosity that helped him avoid that path,
and he credits punk rock for the turnaround.

Speaker 5 (09:36):
Got my first guitar at twelve.

Speaker 2 (09:38):
And by the tenth grade he started putting that instrument
to use.

Speaker 6 (09:41):
We had our first punk rock band called Decoy.

Speaker 5 (09:44):
We sounded a lot like Minor Threat.

Speaker 6 (09:46):
I was the singer going doing all that now.

Speaker 2 (09:49):
Curtis's choice of music had a quality that a lot
of other genres lack. Punk rock is known for its
disdain of authority and its critique of systems of control.
It was through his music that Curtis was introduced to
a figure that helped him see the world in a
whole new way.

Speaker 6 (10:06):
Really got influenced by the Dead Kennedys and bands like Crass,
these sort of like anarchist type punk rock bands that
led me to get into Noam Chomsky. Actually, power in
the United States doesn't happen to be in state.

Speaker 8 (10:23):
It's not the it's not a centralized military, bureaucratic state
like in the Soviet Union.

Speaker 9 (10:28):
Power in the United States primarily lies in the corporations,
in the corporate world.

Speaker 2 (10:32):
Noam Chomsky is a renowned American linguist, philosopher, political activist,
and co author of the seminal Manufacturing Consent. The book
laid out a model of how the media disseminates propaganda
to shape public opinion. By the late nineties, Chomsky was
an influential philosopher within the punk scene and became kind
of a gateway drug for people interested in how and

(10:54):
why the media lies. Many of his solutions and conclusions
are misguided in the Humble opear into Red Pilled America,
but Chomsky was no doubt one of the first to
formulate how the media worked to manipulate the public. Chomsky
made an impact on Curtis.

Speaker 6 (11:09):
Remember I read Manufacturing Consent a long time ago. I
must have been in my late teens, and it actually
kind of shaped.

Speaker 5 (11:17):
A lot of still who I am today. I don't
really identify with ch I.

Speaker 6 (11:21):
Mean, Chompsky's one of these intellectuals that I really agree
with a lot of what he says, but I disagree
with a lot of what he says too. But I
still think at the time he kind of set me
on a path of thinking for myself.

Speaker 5 (11:34):
I think the thing that.

Speaker 6 (11:34):
Captured me at an early age was looking at the
messages of the media for what they are and being
a bit more objective of who is saying this, why
are they saying this, and how are they using it
to manipulate you? And I think from then on, I
mean I think I was. I must have been seventeen

(11:55):
or eighteen years old. It was just before I graduated
high school that I was blown away by how we're
just surrounded, we're swimming in lives, and how it's so
obvious once you have some principal understandings about how and
why corporations lie and manipulate the information. That really set
me on a serious path.

Speaker 2 (12:17):
Punk Rock made Kurtis skeptical of authority, and it was
a trait that he'd find useful later in life. Curtis
graduated high school in nineteen ninety eight and decided to
take some time off of school to figure out his
next move.

Speaker 6 (12:31):
I was just kind of sitting around smoking weed, not
really doing much playing a lot of music. Totally got
out of punk rock, really discovered post rock bands like
Mogwai and God Speed You Black Emperor, sort of long
epic songs that were, you know, often had big crescendos,

(12:52):
mostly instrumental. I really got into that kind of music.
After high school.

Speaker 2 (12:56):
He began recording his own music and decided he wanted
to pursue that as.

Speaker 6 (12:59):
Are and so at that point I signed up for
a music program in Nelson, British Columbia called Selkerk College.
They had a two year contemporary music program. I went
and took the entrance exam and passed it really well,
and I got into that program. And then Yeah, for
those two years that I was at that music school,
I was pretty much what we called there wood shedding

(13:22):
every day, like playing my instrument every single day for
six to eight hours.

Speaker 2 (13:26):
Well in the program, Curtis formed a band. They moved
to a suburb of Toronto and recorded their first album,
and then they made the move to Montreal, the unofficial
music capital of Canada. And it was around this time
that Curtis was introduced to something else that would profoundly
impact him later in life.

Speaker 6 (13:43):
When I was twenty, I got into tree planting, which
is a very Canadian job. A lot of young Canadians
go out and work in reforestation. They basically go into
clearcut blocks and replant the trees and you can make
pretty good money doing this, and so I did that
for ten years. I worked as a tree planter for

(14:05):
say two to three months of the year, basically early
spring to midsummer, and then sometimes in the fall, I
would go into the in British Columbia, but I would
go and plant trees, and I could make a lot
of money in a short period of time. I could
make five seven hundred bucks a day, so I would
go back to Montreal with like thirty or forty grand

(14:25):
and I was frugal enough, and Montreal is a cheap
city to live in that I could live off that
money for the rest of the year. And so you know,
I was the only guy in my band that didn't
have a day job. So I was able to fund
my whole music career by tree planting.

Speaker 5 (14:41):
I learned how to work hard outside.

Speaker 6 (14:42):
I learned how to work hard in any type of
weather conditions and all that.

Speaker 2 (14:46):
Curtis continued his music career in Montreal, but around two
thousand and six he started having a series of awakenings.

Speaker 6 (14:53):
I really got obsessed with earth ships and organic agriculture
and just thought, you known, wouldn't it just be cool
just to exist as a man on the land, grow
your food, and just be connected to the natural systems
of the world. I really started that philosophy, if you will,
really started to permeate my mind, and I started, you know,

(15:13):
the Internet was a lot more prominent at that time
than it was previously. You know, at this time you're
able to kind of do a lot of research online,
and so I would just spend hours, like into the
wee hours. Then I'd come home from band practice. We
almost practiced five days a week. I'd come home and
I'd just go online and I'd go on Google Video,
I'd go on YouTube, I'd go on those and I

(15:35):
would just look for videos about permaculture and farming and
alternative building and living in a big city is just
so unsustainable in so many ways, as I'm sure you're familiar,
I mean, everything is centralized, right where you get your food,
where you get your energy, Everything is centralized and controlled.

Speaker 5 (15:55):
And I think I started to wake up to that.

Speaker 2 (15:58):
Then about two years later, to back to back events
forced Curtis's mind to open further. Do you want to
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Red Pilled America. So Curtis Stone got interested in punk
music and the scene opened his mind to the lies
being spewed by the media. To fund his music career,
he started a very Canadian job. He began tree planting.

(16:43):
The job taught him how to work hard in any
type of weather condition. He continued his music career in Montreal,
but around two thousand and six he started to have
a series of awakenings. Curtis became obsessed with organic agriculture.

Speaker 6 (16:57):
I'd go on Google video, I'd go on YouTube, I'd
go on those and I would just look for videos
about permaculture and farming and alternative building and living in
a big city is just so unsustainable in so many ways.
As I'm sure you're familiar, I mean, everything is centralized,

(17:18):
right where you get your food, where you get your energy.
Everything is centralized and controlled. And I think I started
to wake up to that.

Speaker 2 (17:24):
Then about two years later, two back to back events
forced Curtis's mind to open further.

Speaker 6 (17:37):
We had this freezing rainstorm in Montreal. If you're in
the northeast, if you're anywhere in Vermont or upstate New
York or Pennsylvania, you might see these things where you
get the rain comes in.

Speaker 5 (17:48):
And it's cold.

Speaker 6 (17:49):
You know, it's minus sturdy celsius rain. Warm rain comes in,
it rains and freezes on contact, and you see telephone
wires frozen. You see the city's absolute pandemonium. So we
had this freezing rainstorm and it blew my mind. My
door to my home was frozen shut. It took me

(18:10):
like hours to force my way out of the house.

Speaker 5 (18:13):
And then when I.

Speaker 6 (18:13):
Got out of the house, everything is covered in ice.
You see people walking to work falling on their asses.
You're seeing cars crashing, You're seeing buses drive down the
hill and they don't stop. And it's absolute pandemonium. And
there was a three day period there where a lot
of the food trucks that deliver stuff to the grocery
stores couldn't get in. I used to go to this

(18:35):
grocery store called Four Brothers, and I went there and
the store was about twenty five percent unstalked, which was like,
you never really see that, right, Most grocery stores do
a good job of keeping their supply up, and I
just it just set the thing off to me, like,
Holy is our system ever fragile? One weather event can

(18:56):
set it all off.

Speaker 2 (18:57):
At the same time, a global crisis was being felt everywhere,
including in Montreal. It's going to be one of the
watershed days in the national market's history.

Speaker 8 (19:06):
It was a manic Monday in the financial markets. The
Dow tumbled more than five hundred points after two pillars
of the Street tumbled over the weekend. Lehman Brothers, a
one hundred and fifty eight year old firm, filed for bankruptcy.

Speaker 9 (19:20):
I don't think anyone really expected a bank as veigg
as leading to be in a position that it's in.

Speaker 8 (19:25):
Down brought down by bad mortgage investments. Lehman, which has
twenty five thousand employees, will be liquidated.

Speaker 2 (19:32):
The event led Curtis down the rabbit hole libertarian ideas.
He began listening to Ron Paul and watching old videos
at Boston economist fe Hayek and American economist Milton Friedman.

Speaker 6 (19:43):
And it started to just blow my mind because I
had really identified as most people in the creative space
as liberal and leftists, and it really started to blow
my mind, and that was a massive red pill moment
for me then and then realizing, you know, it looks
like it's hitting the fan here and I don't really

(20:04):
want to be here anymore.

Speaker 1 (20:05):
Leading up to the financial crisis, the indie music business
model was understressed by the weight of the Internet. Chris's
band was slowly becoming a casualty. He'd also been tail
spinning because of a breakup with a longtime girlfriend and
spent a few years reverting back to his old high
school days, partying and doing drugs. But before it got

(20:27):
too bad for Curtis, he had another awakening moment.

Speaker 6 (20:30):
I remember the moment. I remember the specific moment. It
was actually kind of fall two thousand and seven.

Speaker 5 (20:35):
I remember going to this party.

Speaker 6 (20:40):
And everybody's doing drugs, and you know, before you get
into that stuff, you never really see it.

Speaker 5 (20:50):
But when you get into it, then you see it everywhere.

Speaker 6 (20:52):
It's like before you get into cocaine, you don't notice
anybody doing it. But then once you get into it
and you realize how people do it. They go to
the back together, they go around the corner. Now you
start to see it, and then once you're in the club,
everybody invites you.

Speaker 5 (21:04):
So I just doing drugs all the time, and it
was really bad.

Speaker 6 (21:07):
And I remember a moment I was at this guy's party,
this dude, and I was I would have been twenty
seven or twenty eight at the time, and I remember
going to this guy's party.

Speaker 5 (21:17):
He would always have all these.

Speaker 6 (21:18):
Like twenty year olds over there, and I remember it
was like near the end of the night. It was
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So Curtis Stone's band was slowly becoming a casualty of
the financial crisis, and after they breakup with a longtime girlfriend,
Curtis began partying and doing drugs, but before it got

(23:13):
too bad, he had another awakening moment.

Speaker 5 (23:16):
I remember a moment.

Speaker 6 (23:18):
I was at this guy's party, This dude, and I
was I would have been twenty seven or twenty eight
at the time, and I remember going to this guy's party.

Speaker 5 (23:25):
He would always have all these.

Speaker 6 (23:26):
Like twenty year olds over there, and I remember he
was like near the end of the night. It was
probably like three or four in the morning, and everybody's
like kind of like sobering up, and you know, the
last straggers to the party who's still doing drugs are
still there. But that's when everybody starts to look pathetic
and and sort of you know, the lights come on.
It's it's like everybody looks gross and you start to
feel disgusted by yourself. But I remember looking at this guy.

(23:49):
His name was Scott, and I just remember looking at
him and going like, is.

Speaker 5 (23:55):
This guy pathetic?

Speaker 6 (23:59):
This guy in his forties, he's got all these twenty
year olds here, And I just remember thinking, I do not.

Speaker 5 (24:06):
Want to be like this guy. And that was a
major wake up call for me.

Speaker 6 (24:12):
So that in combination of realizing what I didn't want
to be in my life with living through some epic
weather events, that made me realize how fragile the food
system was as well as it looked like the economy
was about to the bed.

Speaker 5 (24:29):
I was like, I got to get out of here.

Speaker 1 (24:36):
A few minutes later, his band decided to call it quits.

Speaker 6 (24:39):
I bought the band's van so that I could use
it to drive back home, and I packed up.

Speaker 1 (24:44):
The only thing he decided to keep was his music gear,
so I.

Speaker 6 (24:47):
Had a van full of upright bass cello, synthesizers, guitars, amps,
like all my gear that was really important to me.

Speaker 5 (24:57):
I just left with that stuff and gave everything else away.

Speaker 1 (24:59):
He drove me back to Colowna and decided to go
back to something that had been occupying his mind for years.

Speaker 6 (25:04):
I went and did a big season of tree planting,
like a bigger than normal I went.

Speaker 5 (25:08):
I started on the coast, which is more temperate.

Speaker 6 (25:11):
I started in late February and I tree planted all
the way to early June, which is a big season.
So I had I made a good amount of money there.
I was paying off my debts. But when I finished
it all, I had fourteen grand saved. And so when
I moved. When I came back out west, my plan
was to do wolfing.

Speaker 1 (25:29):
Woofing is an acronym for willing workers on organic farms
and as a program where people volunteer to work with
organic farmers to gain experience and promote community.

Speaker 6 (25:39):
I was really interested in farming and all this before
I left Montreal, and I bought the woof manual for
the United States, and I met a guy in my
tree planting years prior that told me about how he
did this wolfing trip on his bike and he went
all the way through the US. He ended up in
New Orleans. He had these amazing stories, and I said,
that's what I'm gonna do. I'm gonna get out to Montreal.
I got a bunch of money saved. I'm going to

(26:01):
go and ride a bike for two months throughout the US,
basically starting in Kelowna, which is about four hours drive
east from the coast, and I'm just gonna ride south
and then get on the coast and then ride all
the way to Tijuana, and then I eventually wanted to
go through Texas and go all the way to New Orleans,
as my friend did.

Speaker 5 (26:17):
That was the plan is.

Speaker 6 (26:18):
I'm going to go and spend a couple months learning
about living on the land, and then maybe that will
put me in a direction. I didn't really know what
I wanted to do. I just knew that riding a
bike every day for two months sounded like a lot
of fun. And I'm sure I would meet people along
the way, and that's kind of all I had in
my mind.

Speaker 5 (26:36):
At the time.

Speaker 1 (26:49):
Along the way, he'd stop in an organic farm for
a few days, then we'd go on to the next town.
He'd hit up a campsite. In some places he'd spend
a few weeks. Curtis didn't have a hard time life.
He just wanted to go for as long as he could.
At about two months in, he found himself at the
southern tip of California.

Speaker 6 (27:07):
By the time I got to San Diego, I stayed
at a hostel there for three or four days.

Speaker 5 (27:12):
I was kind of unpacking this.

Speaker 6 (27:14):
Whole trip, and I just realized, man, I should do
this urban farming thing, because I'd met a guy in
my trip. He was around Santa Rosa, and I stopped
off at his farm and hung out with him and
helped him for a few days, and I was just
super inspired what he was doing, and I started to
do some research. I discovered there was some cool Canadian
guys that were doing this urban farming thing called spin farming,

(27:36):
which means small plot intensive, and I was like, wow,
this is kind of cool, Like you can farm without
owning land, and you can make a good living at
growing high value crops. And so at that point when
I got down to San Diego, I was really like
super charged. You know, doing a bike tour is a
really inspiring way to travel, and you also get in

(27:57):
really good shape.

Speaker 5 (27:58):
I just felt like super capable, stoked.

Speaker 6 (28:00):
At that time, I also felt like, you know what,
I'm ready to do something.

Speaker 5 (28:03):
I'm kinda I don't really want to just keep.

Speaker 6 (28:05):
Going with this trip because it's fun, but maybe it's
a little bit self indulgent. I felt like, Okay, let's
let's actually do something, and so that's when I came back.

Speaker 1 (28:19):
So in early two thousand and nine, he took the
Amtrak back up the coast to Seattle, hopped on a
Greyhound bus to Vancouver, and then hitched a ride with
a friend back to Colowna.

Speaker 6 (28:28):
Got back to Colonna, and then just was like right away,
like the next day, started putting things into motion to
set up my first urban farming site.

Speaker 1 (28:37):
He found a small plot of land and creatively leased it,
promising the owner of vegetables each week from his crop.
As payment. It was the fall at the time, so
he set up a greenhouse, then launched his business in
the spring of twenty ten.

Speaker 6 (28:49):
It was incredibly liberating because I mean I went from
not knowing anything about farming or gardening to basically spending
a winter just like in the thick of it. I
started to establish this site in a fall of two
thousand and nine, basically set up some composting bins roto,
tilled up the front and backyard of this property, built
a little small nursery. Then I spent an entire winter

(29:11):
doing research, and then you know, started planting crops in
April of twenty ten. Never had a garden in my life.
I remember the first harvest of my own salad greens,
So this would have been like early May or late April,
and I harvested some of that those greens eight the
first thing I'd ever grown. I just remember being absolutely

(29:32):
overwhelmed with emotion, got teary eyed. It was a very
profound moment in my memory where I felt that I
just took a significant piece of control over my life
back to something that had been handed off. And you know,
nowadays I articulated this way. You know, we continuously give

(29:54):
away rights and responsibilities in exchange for conveniences, and we
wonder why we're so enslaved. It's because we keep giving
away these responsibilities that we should have for ourselves. And
that moment of eating my own food or salad at
the time that I had grown was significant. I'll never
forget that moment, and it forever changed me and ever
since then, not only through farming, but also through the

(30:17):
way I live in this planet, I've continuously taken steps
to take control of the things that I have passed
off in exchange for conveniences and a loss of responsibilities
back and a very very poignant moment.

Speaker 1 (30:31):
Curtis never looked back. Urban farming became his new mission.

Speaker 5 (30:35):
And Yeah, I went for it. And my first year
of farming was successful.

Speaker 6 (30:38):
I made enough money to sustain myself. I made I
think I had twenty grand saved from that year of farming.

Speaker 5 (30:45):
The next year, I doubled that.

Speaker 6 (30:46):
The next year, I doubled that again.

Speaker 1 (30:49):
In the fourth year, he hit a bit of a plateau,
but every time that happened, he found other ways to
grow the business.

Speaker 6 (30:55):
I started youtubing around that time. Early twenty fourteen, I
started putting up YouTube videos, just really basic stuff.

Speaker 1 (31:08):
To pass along what he was learning. Curtis wrote a
book entitled The Urban Farmer, Growing Food for Profit on
least or borrowed land. The book was a hit. That
same year, he created an online course.

Speaker 6 (31:20):
And so I was literally working one hundred hours a week,
farming full time, writing a book, and building an online
course all in that year. And it was insane, but
it was the most productive year of my life up
until that point. That was where I started to become
more of a content creator as well as a farmer,
but then doing a lot of public speaking, a lot

(31:40):
of consulting, a lot of traveling around the world in
the winter to you know, proselytize the message of small farming.

Speaker 1 (31:49):
Besides his book and YouTube channel, in early twenty nineteen,
Curtis launched a streaming service called from the Field dot tv.
It's like in Netflix for small scale farmers that want
to shorten their learning curve. All along his journey, Curtis
learned the importance of being self sustainable, and it was
a lesson that came into focus in March twenty twenty.

Speaker 8 (32:10):
Today, I'm issuing a stay home, Stay Safe executive order
for all Michiganders.

Speaker 10 (32:15):
Today, I'm extending my stay at home order across the state.
Regardless of where you reside in Pennsylvania, you should not
leave your home unless absolutely necessary.

Speaker 3 (32:26):
So today, here's what I'm asking you to do.

Speaker 5 (32:28):
Minnesota.

Speaker 11 (32:29):
We're going to limit movement outside the homes beyond essential needs, and.

Speaker 3 (32:33):
Today we're bringing it to one hundred percent of the
workforce must stay home.

Speaker 11 (32:39):
There's a mutuality and there's a recognition of our interdependence
that requires of this moment that we direct a statewide
order for people to stay at home.

Speaker 12 (32:50):
We've all seen the pictures online of people who seem
to think they're invincible. Well you're not enough.

Speaker 5 (32:57):
Is enough?

Speaker 12 (32:58):
Go home and stay home. This is what we all
need to be doing. And we're going to make sure
this happens, whether by educating people more on the risks
or by enforcing the rules if that's needed.

Speaker 6 (33:11):
You know, as we record this, we've had six months
of this lockdown BS and all.

Speaker 5 (33:16):
This I call it the plandemic.

Speaker 6 (33:18):
It's bursting at this seems because people are seeing the
lies and it's just not sustainable. Everything about our system
is not sustainable. The money printing of the governments, that
the regulatory the environment that just continuously controls businesses and
disincentivizes entrepreneurialism and everything about it's unsustainable.

Speaker 1 (33:41):
The shutdowns showed people what Curtis identified back in late
two thousand and seven during the freezing rainstorm.

Speaker 13 (33:47):
Food supply chain is breaking. That's the warning in a
full page ad from Tyson Foods released in The New
York Times on Sunday, America's.

Speaker 9 (33:55):
Food supply chain seeing signs of trouble. Beef, pork, poultry,
and even fish processing plants in more than a dozen
states forced to close due to the coronavirus outbreak. Shoppers
were seeing the effects at the grocery store.

Speaker 13 (34:07):
Well read customers have been snapping up everything in sight.
Store shelves nationwide are dwindling or totally empty.

Speaker 6 (34:14):
I can't believe what people are doing inside.

Speaker 5 (34:16):
Shells are empty. It really is unexplainable.

Speaker 13 (34:19):
The sudden push for preparedness has stores rushing to replenish.
President Trump urging moderation from consumers.

Speaker 5 (34:26):
You don't have to buy so much tickets and.

Speaker 1 (34:28):
Just relax Americans in a way like never before. Got
a picture of how fragile our systems were, especially our
food supply chain. After the initial shutdowns, I asked a
manager of a large grocery store chain if there was
a food supply issued during the chaos. His first response
was produce. There was a big shortage of vegetables and fruit.

(34:49):
When I pressed further, he mentioned chicken. Then I asked
if there was ever a point throughout the early days
that he really feared for our food supply chain. He responded,
if people continued to hoard, there'd be a major problem.
We all have to come to the understanding that whether
you believe the COVID nineteen outbreak was overblown or serious,

(35:09):
our political leaders now no pandemics can be used as
a political weapon to reorganize our economy and our lives.
Curtis Stone was well positioned to thrive during the shutdown,
and he came to the conclusion that people need to
rethink how we move forward. People can no longer allow
the government to control so many of their necessities.

Speaker 6 (35:30):
People need to start looking at themselves as the solution
instead of looking into something else. And growing your own
food is one way, Producing your own energy is another way.
Learning a little about the system itself to understand how
you can navigate it better without being such a sheep
is another Homeschool in your kids is a huge one
because it's like the old saying, if you send your

(35:51):
kids to Caesar, don't be surprised when they come back
as Romans.

Speaker 1 (36:00):
So if I've learned anything about myself over the last
six months, it's that I hate war. Since October seventh,
many Israeli civilians have been caught up in a war
that they didn't want or ask for. They've faced hundreds
of drones and missile attacks. No matter where you land
on this conflict in the Middle East, we can all
agree that civilians are suffering living the harsh reality of

(36:21):
war every day. That's why we want you to know
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(36:43):
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(37:06):
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(37:30):
to red pilled America. So when the pandemic hit, it
showed every thinking person that the more you depend on
the system, the more control the government has over you.
As an urban farmer that was growing his own food,
Curtis Stone was uniquely positioned to identify a key goal
that everyone needs to adopt if they want to be
less impacted by the government system of control.

Speaker 6 (37:56):
We have to start looking at sort of this list
of all these things that we've passed off responsibility for
and then go how can we take them back.

Speaker 1 (38:03):
If the pandemics and resulting riots have shown Americans anything,
it's that the elites have a desire to reorganize society
in shocking ways. They're choosing winners and losers by forcing
some businesses to close while giving others an exemption.

Speaker 3 (38:17):
Gut wrenching video of a restaurant owner's outrage. She's forced
to shut down outdoor dining at her local bar and grill,
but then she sees a production crew set up craft
services just a few feet away, and she.

Speaker 12 (38:28):
Shared her frustration on social media and it quickly went viral.

Speaker 14 (38:31):
This bar owner has been struggling to stay in business
and comply with all the restrictions, so when she saw
a production crew setting up to do something she's not
allowed to do, she was very upset, and she recorded
her reaction on camera.

Speaker 7 (38:45):
I'm losing everything.

Speaker 9 (38:47):
Everything I own is being taken away from me, and
they set up a movie company right next to my
outdoor patio.

Speaker 1 (38:54):
Local governments are moving to defund the police while releasing
criminals from prison. Washington, DC looking to reach further into
your lives by proposing mandatory vaccines and public funded healthcare,
and some governments are even monitoring how far you travel
from your home.

Speaker 4 (39:09):
Pekowur in Australia's second largest city. Public transport, normally filled
with workers, is now near empty. Tough measures including an
overnight curf viewer in place to slow the spread of
COVID nineteen, and the government is doing everything in its
power to make sure people stay in their homes unless

(39:30):
it's absolutely necessary.

Speaker 15 (39:32):
Apart from emergency medical care, there is literally no reason
for you to leave your home. And if you were
to leave your home and not be found there, you
will have a very difficult time convincing Victoria place that
you had a lawful reason.

Speaker 4 (39:45):
Now rules have been tightened, people can't step out of
their homes. The only exemption health reasons. Hundreds of military
personnel are being deployed to help Victorian police enforce the
isolation orders, some of the toughest restrictions on the movement
of people Australia has ever seen.

Speaker 16 (40:05):
We'd had to smash the windows of people in kas
and pull them out of day so they could provide
their details because they weren't telling us where they were going.
They weren't adhering to the Chaff Health Office of guidelines.

Speaker 1 (40:16):
The pandemic exposed the desire of global elites to control
more and more of our day to day life. And
if we don't comply, they cut off access to something
you need.

Speaker 6 (40:27):
That is what the elite are trying to do. And
I don't know if we can do much to stop it. However,
I do know historically, when I look back at history,
looking back at Stalinist Russia, looking back at Mouse Dong's China,
Polepot's Vietnam, Nazi Germany, what have you. All these empires

(40:52):
they all collapsed shortly after they got really heavy handed.
Maybe those of us who see the truth and recognize
that we are the ones that we've been waiting for
and we have to just start taking responsibility and changing,
maybe we'll be the ones that get through all this.
Each one of us that are awake, we need to

(41:15):
take responsibility, and then hopefully as we do that, we
can expand that responsibility out, you know, take responsive for
yourself and your family. Then maybe once you get that
dialed in now you can start saying, okay, well then
maybe I can now help some people in my immediate community.
Then that it can expand further out. Maybe I can
help some people in my city. Maybe then I can
help go online and start helping people around the world.

(41:35):
And that's kind of where I'm at I want to
try to get as many people in the lifeboat as.

Speaker 5 (41:39):
Possible, but you are the lifeboat. You got to be
the lifeboat. I can.

Speaker 6 (41:43):
I can show people a bit of that, especially in
regards to growing food, but there's a lot of details that.

Speaker 5 (41:49):
I can't I don't have the answers for.

Speaker 6 (41:51):
And that's where people need to step up and take
responsibility and get in the lifeboat themselves.

Speaker 1 (42:08):
Which leads us back to the question what can Americans
do to regain stability? The answer is, we need to
take back responsibility of life's essentials. We need to reduce
the long list of things that we've handed off to
others outside of our community. We need to find a
way to take back the things that can be cut

(42:29):
off at the whim of our leaders. We need to
find ways to exit their system of control. For you,
maybe it's growing your own food like Curtis, or capturing
your own energy or water, or homeschooling or learning how
to use a firearm, or developing a trade. In an
environment where the government controls more and more, the people
that will survive and thrive will be self sustaining.

Speaker 6 (42:52):
So for my wife and I, we are getting the
hell out. We are in the process of setting up
a homestead that's out in the boonies, and I will
be documenting this on my membership website from the Field
dot tv. But we're basically setting up a safe place
for us to go if things get too hairy, because
I do see more mandates coming.

Speaker 1 (43:13):
Red Pilled Americans need to take back the responsibility of
life's essentials. You won't be able to do it all,
of course, but if you become a valuable part of
a community of people with the same ethos, it won't
matter when they try to control you again during the
next shutdown.

Speaker 14 (43:30):
In order to keep the country running and moving and
the economy growing and people employed, you have to fix
the virus. You have to deal with the virus.

Speaker 8 (43:40):
So if the scientists say shut it down.

Speaker 14 (43:42):
I would shut it down.

Speaker 2 (43:44):
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