After seeing a video tour of Wheaton Labs, this video was my first substantive exposure to Paul's stuff, ideas, and approach. In this video are vignettes of concepts or ideas which have grown into books, videos, and more.
And yes, this presentation is fully in Paul's style, much to my (and my son's) enjoyment.
The PEP program is a framework for people to learn stuff. But it is not a framework for people to learn stuff.
Yes, I just stated the opposite thing.
PEP is a framework for clearly documenting what you have learned — in a way that leans on modern technology (phones with cameras and the internet) and impresses "Otis."
PEP is not a framework for telling you HOW to do each thing. Or what you need to learn to do a job well. It does not document you watching 47 YouTube videos to learn how to make soup. Nor does it document you spending two years at the Cordon Bleau school in Paris to learn how to make soup. Nor does it document you trying to make soup freestyle - wild ass guessing (I bet it could use more salt!). Nor does this framework track your taking a two week safety course on operating a stovetop. Nor does this framework verify that you wore safety glasses, hearing protection, a helmet and a haz-mat suit while making soup.
When you are wildcrafting, YOU need to know what you are doing. It is up to YOU to harvest the right thing. We make the PEP program free because we are NOT taking the time to teach anything. We offer a framework to document what you have accomplished. But this framework does not include the means to teach you the difference between an edible food plant and a toxic plant.
Sometimes there can be issues involving government regulation and/or insurance. This will vary wildly from country to country and even within regions/states/counties/cities within countries. It is your responsibility to satisfy those requirements. If you show that you have cured cancer in a natural medicine BB, and your government requires a license and insurance, we assume that you have that.
The PEP framework is about documenting what you have done. In that sense, the PEP framework offers structure, motivation, and reward. But the complete education on how to get there is up to you. Some people learn through YouTube videos, and some people learn through classes. Some people learn through podcasts and others through articles or books. Some people can teach themselves. Some people already know this stuff, and the PEP framework will simply be a way for them to demonstrate what they already know. There are thousands of possible paths to getting any one badge.
This is a really cool concept. Some design constraints I was working with, which may or may not still be valid:
- Cars currently use this area as a turnout, and that functionality was requested to be partially preserved. Thus, my new wall dimensions were a big push of the envelope.
- 1 (now 2) week build time, as one of many tracks in the PTJ.
- The solarium was described to me as a way to 'natural-up' the otherwise bland fisher-price garage that people first see when entering the property.
- Training hops up the outside face of the south-wall
I apparently can't read. Or I have a poor memory. Building a non-frost pocket hugel is not a requirement for the Badge Bit. That's ok. I'm leaving the first post because I'm still curious whether my design will inadvertently create a frost pocket.
This project got started when the neighbor across the street brought a crew to severely trim their maple tree.
No, no, no. This project really got started when, after describing my desire to ask that neighbor if we could have some of the wood for a hugel that they were just throwing away, my six year old son just went over and asked them while I was finishing cooking dinner. Completely unbidden by me.
I came outside to my son standing at the end of the driveway talking across the street to the neighbor, and the neighbor asking, "are you gonna carry it?" To which my son replied, "well yeah, with my Dad."
And he did. I lament having no pictures of any of this.
"What're those points?" You ask?
This is where Paul comes in. With his list of freebies. If, by October 11th, 11:59pm Mountain Time, you've got posts in the above threads that meets the requirements of being certified, you get the listed points, and you get to cash in those points for freebies following the list below. Easy-peasy.
1 point per PEP eBook gift code
1 point for any microdoc gift code
1 point for two pieces of permie PIE
5 points for a full PIE (12 pieces)
2 points for Building a Better World in Your Backyard eBook gift code
1 point for raven's book about edible cleaners
2 points for Rocket Ovens DVD as HD streaming gift code
4 points for the World Domination Gardening HD streaming gift code
4 points for the big podcast mega gob
10 points for the rocket mass heater 8-DVD set as HD streaming gift code
20 points for the full 177 hours of PDC and ATC video gift code
6 points for 2 decks of cards and US shipping
20 points for 12 decks of cards and US shipping
6 points for Building a Better World in Your Backyard book and US shipping
24 points for a dozen copies of Building a Better World in Your Backyard book and US shipping
24 points for the rocket mass heater 8-DVD set with US shipping
10 points for the Rocket Ovens DVD with US shipping
12 points for the World Domination Gardening 3-DVD set with US shipping
25 points for the gapper fee - (access to the bootcamp)
To cash in? Just post in this thread the links to your BB's, how many points you racked up, and which freebie(s) you want.
The Short-Short version: Make Stuff: Post in the BB thread the thing you made, and all the required pictures to be Certified.
Earn Stuff:Be Certified before October 12th Mountain Time, and you get those points to spend on the freebies.
Get Stuff: Spend your points! Post in this thread after October 12th with a link to your certified BB(s), and say which freebie(s) you want.
One of those requirements is that the hugel not create a frost pocket. Thus, my question:
Will this hugel avoid creating a frost pocket?
The area currently slopes mostly west and a little south. I will preserve a path around the hugel to let cold air and water have a downward path out. I'm also counting on some radiant heat from the south and west facing masonry walls (yes, walls, not veneer).
Thanks for the help, and for ignoring my bad phone-picture-drawing.
We're trying to figure out if these tasks fit within the PEP program, and if so, where.
Maybe this task belongs in the Foraging badge? - Maybe not. Right now it's about foraging things for eating.
Maybe this task belongs in Natural Building? - Maybe not. Right now it's about building great big things.
Maybe this task belongs in Textiles? - Maybe not. Right now it's about making things, not harvesting them.
Maybe this task belongs in Woodland Care? - It's a bit about getting materials. Maybe so.
Nice work, Davin!
1) Has the glass already been sourced; do we have a set size?
Not to my knowledge. I was requested to 'have the design flex based on what is sourced.' Thus, I did not develop the size/shape standardization.
2) The lumber that you modeled is standard (1.5x5.5). Are we going to use the on site saw mill instead (which would provide nominal 2x6s)?
Yes, that seems preferable. When I started this project, the sawmill was broken, thus my design's heavy reliance on round wood and standard dl.
7) I have saved this file down, but let me know what year version you are using.
8) I deleted two columns. Your columns were smaller and spanned only 6 feet. Not sure if this was a good call on my part. Not sure if the stone base to columns is a good call on my part as well.
I did what I was comfortable with; you're doing what you're comfortable with. Artisans/approaches, etc.
To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
- you must sweep a floor
To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must provide:
- a before picture of the floor
- an action shot of you sweeping the floor
- an after picture of the floor
- OR a 2-minute video of you doing this