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Need a boost? Need a plan? Me too! 20 Days of PEP has your back, and so do we.
Wondering What is "PEP"? Wondering what is a "BB"?
- PEP is "Permaculture Experience according to Paul"
- PEP is comprised of Badges. Each Badge is comprised of Badge Bits, or "BB" for short.

Want even more info? Have a look at these threads:
- What is PEP?
- The 22 Aspects of PEP

This chart is a PEP planner to get you started or back on track with PEP.
- Just one BB each day. How hard is that?!
- Days of the week are themed.
- The idea is to start easy, and ramp up a bit through the week and from week 1 to week 4
- Already done that day's BB? How snazzy you are... pick another and keep the fun going!
- Are you already doing other BB's? Share them here!
- Have a better idea for a PEP Planner? Great! Share it!

This calendar can be started anytime! The idea is to include and encourage anyone doing PEP.
Day of the WeekWeek 1Week 2Week 3Week 4
Monday: Cooking DayCook a Stir Fry!Cook a Soup!Bake a Pizza!Cook 2 Cups of Grain on the Stove!
Tuesday: Critter DayStart up your Ruth Stout Composting!Build a Mason Bee House!Make an Insect Watering StationPlant 200 Seeds for Hummingbirds!
Wednesday: Tool DaySharpen a Knife!Pass The Cast Iron Skillet Test!Clean The Oven!Create or Restock a First Aid Kit!
Thursday: Craft DayCarve an Ugly Spoon!Sew a Patch!Mend Cloth by Darning!Make a Crappy Birdhouse!
Friday: Cleaning DaySweep the Floor!Wash the Dishes by Hand!Reuse Dishwater!Clean the Kitchen!

Posts in this thread will be encouragement, support, and general showing-off!
Be sure to post your BB's in the linked threads.
 
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Time to think about that stir fry dinner (or breakfast)!  Check out the BB link above before hand so you are sure to take the right pictures.  Hint:  three are needed
 
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Awe ya! Here we go! Stir Fry!
 
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Be sure to look ahead, too.

e.g. Save today's scraps for tomorrow's BB.

For me, this means acquire the tools/materials for Thursday's BB's sooner rather than later.
 
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For Thursday's stuff, green/fresh wood is dramatically easier to carve that dry/hard wood.  So don't cut your branch any earlier than Thursday morning if at all possible.  
 
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Probably 80% of the food I cook probably qualifies as a stir-fry. I stir it,and I fry it! :D

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Fried, not Stirred...
Fried, not Stirred...
 
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What is BB? I'm still learning your lingo. Most of the tasks are the way I live anyway nut the carve a sppon. I picked up a spoon and fork combo one end fork and the other end spoon and compact. I should make one of those.
 
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Hey Candace you can check you these for your answers:

What is PEP/PEX?

The 22 Aspects of PEP

BB - Cook a Stir Fry

 
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A BB is a Badge Bit.  So if you do enough Badge Bits, you'd qualify for a badge.  
 
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Day 1:

This is Perry! My Purple PEP Platypus! Today he's helping me make a Stir Fry! Thanks Perry!







Thanks for the help Perry! We are excited for tomorrow!
 
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DAY 2:

We get to do the Ruth Stout composting... while it's puking snow!





Scraps where collected from my family. Wood shavings are used chicken coop bedding. I'm trying to get this area prepped for sunchokes this Summer!

Perry and I will see you tomorrow!
 
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Nice! I'm still only half-way through my composting.

So for today, while I'm collecting kitchen scraps, I'm submitting all the Sand Rocket BB's that I got at the PEP Jamboree that I haven't submitted yet (I did everything for the badge, I just need to actually submit it!)

I also placed my order for tubes and bees from Crown Bees, I'm excited for them to arrive!
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The last morning at Wheaton Labs, snow falling past the dark trees
The last morning at Wheaton Labs, snow falling past the dark trees
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Running the rocket oven before dawn, turned out to be the only means to a hot breakfast when the power had gone out
Running the rocket oven before dawn, turned out to be the only means to a hot breakfast when the power had gone out
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Not a great way to get your BB's certified...
Not a great way to get your BB certified
 
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Knives out! It was knife sharpening for me today.

And continuing to collect kitchen scraps, and collecting free fertilizer, and do the mailbox dance next to my last rocket BB so I can get my first badge.

But that's all. I had to work today, too...
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Sharpening some knives
Sharpening some knives
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She's scrappy
She's scrappy
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Demure fertilizing
Demure fertilizing
 
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I did mine too!  Actually a week ago but I just submitted it today!  And I boiled maple syrup all day making a bit over 2 gallons of syrup.  Need to check the Straw level BB for that over in the foraging badge...
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Sharpening a knife with a guide
Sharpening a knife with a guide
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Maple syrup after all day boiling
Maple syrup after all day boiling
 
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I did the knife BB already so...

Crochet a dish cloth it is!

 
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Perry the Purple PEP Platypus attempts to purpose a perfectly imperfect spoon!
 
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Woohoo! My first badge! (Rocket) Now just fifteen more to go.

Also, I finished carving my spoon. This was wood from the trunk of our Christmas tree this year.

I had to take several breaks from the project, and I kept it submerged in water to keep the wood moist. Doing that also wound up removing quite a lot of oil/sap from the wood, now it doesn't taste like I'm eating Christmas trees when I test it.
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A tasty spoon
A tasty spoon
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I got the wood pretty thin, I hope this is a good thing
I got the wood pretty thin, so thin the light shines through it, I hope this is a good thing
 
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I've done my spoon BB before so I did a couple electrical ones today
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Fancy switch!!!
Fancy switch!!!
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Now I know which breaker to flip!
Now I know which breaker to flip!
 
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Today is "Sweep the floor" day.  I wonder how many millions of people will do that today anyway...  Easy BB!!!
 
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I shoulda' known better than to make cleaning day on Friday. Yeesh, what was I thinking?
 
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Apparently, in my house, sweep the floor day was yesterday.  Now I'm in trouble for not knowing that...
 
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This is so much less intimidating when you break it down by day.
I just found out what the pep is and I'm really excited to start in the morning.

Is there somewhere specific I have to post the pictures of each badge bit  to get paul approved?
Where can I read about all of the requirements?
You all are doing awesome stuff! Keep it up!

Thanks to paul for this program!

 
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Clay Bunch wrote:This is so much less intimidating when you break it down by day.
I just found out what the pep is and I'm really excited to start in the morning.

Is there somewhere specific I have to post the pictures of each badge bit  to get paul approved?
Where can I read about all of the requirements?
You all are doing awesome stuff! Keep it up!



Welcome, Clay! I agree! Staring down tho whole of PEP is a bit intimidating. Sweep the floor? Yah, I can do that. I'm glad it's helping you, too.


To see the exact requirements for a BB, and to post your pics to get certified, you'll go to particular BB thread (e.g. Sweep The Floor goes here: https://permies.com/wiki/pep-bb-nest-sand-sweepfloor)
If it's not something you've done before (frequently the case for myself), there's often helpful videos or articles to get one started.

There's lots more PEP info here, too:
https://permies.com/t/96687/PEP-PEX#794902
https://permies.com/wiki/pep#788418

Welcome! Happy PEP'ing.
If you want to share/brag/cheer others on; come back to this thread! The more, the merrier.



 
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Hi Clay, welcome to the wonderful world of PEP!  Each BB (Badge Bit) does have specific requirements.  At the top of this post, you can click on the links on the calendar and they'll take you to that BB thread.  Post the required pictures in that thread and you're on your way!

I just submitted three different BBs a few minutes ago.  Here's the one I did for making a gallon of maple syrup:  https://permies.com/wiki/137946/PEP-BB-foraging-straw-maple#1083042

Edit:  Ash is faster at typing than me
 
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Mike Haasl wrote:Apparently, in my house, sweep the floor day was yesterday.  Now I'm in trouble for not knowing that...



I wonder if you'd get credit for sweeping the doghouse...
 
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Good work Perry!

 
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More catching up on documenting the BB's I did at the 2019 PEP Jamboree.

And... BEEEEES!
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Bees, bees everywhere in this tiny box!
Bees, bees everywhere in this tiny box!
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Getting started on my spoon! Maybe after I walk inside I'll need to sweep
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Hope my spoon life comes quickly
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Welcome to the party, Clay!

Keep going on that spoon. I'm always amazed how much of getting to the finish line just consists of, "keep going."
 
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Where is everyone bragging about their soups?
This has become my "impossible task".
I need some inspiration!
 
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If it's too much, Clay, feel free to borrow a BB from another week that better suits your habits. For me, a stir-fry is something I can nearly do in my sleep (and frequently do!).

Maybe you're a pizza savant? Maybe you're a baker in disguise? Maybe you eat birdhouses!?

The soup I'm planning to do is a pretty ordinary (to me) chicken and vegetable soup.
 
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Lee I honestly make soups about once a week but I dont have my wife and kids in town currently and  pridefully I want to do this bb with something more impressive than a single man stew.

I may do the stir fry bb tonight but really I was hoping to see ideas and cheer other people on till I get home from work to start mine
 
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I cooked an egg and got it to slide around this morning for a BB, how about that for motivation!

 
 
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There's some motivation!

Side note... is it okay to attempt to use my oven to kiln dry my Greenwood spoon so I can speed up the drying process?
 
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Hey Clay, I'm not sure. If you post that question in the spoon thread, I'm sure you'll get a ruling there.

Nice, Mike! That cast iron test still eludes me; part of why I put it in the planner!

Today, I'm making chicken soup.
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Choppin!
Choppin!
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Soupin!
Soupin!
 
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Eating the soup right now!

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