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permaculture bootcamp - learn permaculture through a little hard work

 
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Chrissy Smiley wrote:if you have room for one person from about Dec22 to about the 28th i am interested.
Here is some of my pertinent info: i got the podcasts and have listened to many but nowhere near 200
i am new to almost all of this in practice, though I have helped build a cob cottage. Let me know if you'd find value in my visit. I'm physically strong and I am a morning person. I live in Boulder. If you have room for me and want for my presence, can you tell me how long the drive is for a slow driver?
Tbank you,
Chrissy



So you wish to come for a week.  At christmas.   Can do - but we won't be working on christmas day.  

This will be especially easy for us, because several people will be out that week.

Go to https://permies.com/wiki/bootcamp and scroll down about half way to "How to become a Boot" where it has the stuff to part with coin and we will get this process started.
 
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Thank you Paul. Okay since I wrote I figured out that you are near Missoula (I knew this but forgot---I've been getting your listserv for quite a while). I think it's too long of a drive for me for this window. I have a thing on the 21st and then on the 30th. Four days's driving and then a stay with you is doable in that window, but too tight. It's been on my list for a few years at least to reach out and go see you. I am self-employed and it's my slow time. so I hope to fit this in before my busy time commences end of March. Thanks for the quick reply and sorry for the tease.
 
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A bit of bootcamp cooking

 
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I just tried to merge another thread in here and it didn't work, so I am going to try to quote that whole post ...

I am quite interested (understatement) in your permaculture opportunity. I currently live in Huntington Beach CA, and have slowly watched my little surfing town be taken over by corporate greed and tourists (or tourerists as I call them). I really am looking for the opportunity to get away and live where there is actually trees that grow naturally, and not ones that a person has decided to place in the ground, but I do have some questions. I would really like to make an effort for the 2 years and make a living working for you guys and helping permaculture thrive.



Helping permaculture - YES!  I think our experiments are helping permaculture.  There will be some people that might have a different opinion, but I think this is the number one thing for helping permaculture, and, of course, my position is heavily biased.

make a living:  Not sure what you mean by that.   There are ways for boots to earn coin - but that is mostly side hustle stuff.  The bootcamp is not so much a job as a way to learn permaculture stuff.


Ideally I would like to do some smithing/forging if possible



As in metalworking, right?  We have an okay anvil.   Kinda wishing for an awesome anvil.


I have several items I would like to bring with me and simply donate to the work site. I used to work in construction so I have things like air compressors, nail guns, shovels, sledge hammer, hammers, tool/knife sharpener, hand saws, etc.  and some various other items that may be useful like canning and cooking supplies.



If you are going for the full two years to get a plot, then you might want to hang onto that stuff for when you are independent and on your plot.


Also I own a .308 rugger rifle (I only have the rifle no other guns except for a bb gun, I don't believe in guns as a means of self protection), I was wondering if hunting was a possibility if the correct tags were purchased?



No objection from me.   You can get PEP BBs for that.


My goal is to leave around March, the 100 dollars should more than affordable for me but I don't have a paypal. So maybe I could mail the money to you beforehand if possible or just bring it up with me?  



Do you have plastic?  Plastic works too.  Bitcoin?









 
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The boots collaborated to make a pretty cool video ...

 
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I'm going to do this bootcamp one day. Not today (I wish) as I am still working on physio and rehabilitation. I want to be in my strongest, finest and most reliable form when I finally make my way down to Montana to learn from you all (I'm in Alberta).

Been following the monthlyish newsletter and such for years now. Had a bad neck/head injury which got worse through office life and modern sloth. It's my dream to somehow learn about permaculture and be useful to others.

Can't wait to craft my hater post about how much I loathe working with Paul Wheaton. It's a little joke, I'm not honestly one to complain >

Hopefully this year I can lend a hand and learn! Thanks for leading the charge everyone.

Lucas
 
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Lucas,

We have a serious problem with canadians.   First, wicked government insists that canadians must go back to canada.  Second, canadians come here for their short visit, fall in love with residents here and then go back to canada with our peeps.  Of course, on their way out they say "sorry" - they are canadians.  

So I am tempted to forbid people from falling in love here - but I'm sure that will only make the problem worse.  

So, of course, you are welcome to come and throw your shoulder in for a bit.   And in an effort to move everything forward there will, of course, be risks.  Damn.
 
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Parts 2 and 3 of the boots doing rocket mass heater surgery



 
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Fred will be back on the 7th - and that's when we will be ready to kick it into high gear again.

Tomorrow we are all going out for a fancy-pants dinner at a hot springs place, so soak in the hot spring and dinner.   All on me.   A sort of big wrap up for finishing the berm shed and doing such an amazing job.  

Here is a quick video from josiah showing the bermshed is almost done:



And then near the end of the month, we are going to another fancy-pants restaurant for dinner - to meeting a big missoula celebrity.

Now that the berm shed is done, the biggest projects are food systems at allerton abbey.   We need fence!    Also, the sawmill is back on line, so lots and lots of lumber.   A quick project is to improve the chimney at the love shack.  

Jennifer and Josiah have been posting lots of pictures and videos, including Josiah getting video of a bobcat!



Jennifer's thread:
https://permies.com/t/120233/Jen-Boot-Camp-Allerton-Abbey

Josiah's thread:
https://permies.com/t/123050/Josiah-Bootcamp-Log


 
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The love shack is getting a new chimney.




The sawmill was starting to crank out lumber, but a belt broke and now we are waiting for a new belt:




Jennifer has some designs for window quilts in allerton abbey.  These natural materials arrived:




Josiah tested out a new backup inverter for the solar leviathan:




Josiah learned that he can plow about a mile of road in an hour and 20 minutes

 
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A winter bootcamp project

 
She'll be back. I'm just gonna wait here. With this tiny ad:
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https://permies.com/wiki/bootcamp
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