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I have made a gif! (With LOT'S of help from my husband. It's was his idea to stick Paul's quote on the Venture Brother's scene)

First off,

$56,141
we've met our second stretch goal!


Yay!!

Secondly, I had some questions sent via PM, so I thought I'd answer them here, in case someone else had the same questions

1-i am so sick of seeing all these videos etc
because i cant buy them!
You dont want to sell them to me ...
I suggest you would have a wider market if you sell stuff to world wide audiences.
I am certain if the brains trust put their mind to it a solution can be found.
I would be happy to purchase from alternative suppliers- Amazon for example .
Please ,try to work this out .



I'm guessing this person lives outside of the USA. Sadly, we cannot sell our videos online because of VAT. From what I gather,  VAT laws shut down a website called Scrubbly that used to sell podcasts and videos, and Paul doesn't want to end up shut down like them. (He actually used to sell a bunch of stuff of Scrubbly, but then it shut down. Which is actually why he started the digital market here on permies!)

I think there might be a loophole where someone in the USA could buy access as a "gift" for someone outside of the USA, after conveniently being given the same amount of money. But, I think VAT--or some other random government agency of sad--might not like that...

Paul started a thread about VAT here: https://permies.com/t/137817/VAT-digital-market

Aside from that, some of the videos we have here on permies are also for sale by Green Planet Films. For example, here's the Sepp 3-in-1 documentaries for sale on Green Planet Films. We're really happy to work with Green Planet and are super excited by the awesome videos they are selling here on permies!

Also, Paul has been really awesome to offer a crazy amount of freebies through our dailyish freebies. Basically, you sign up for the dailyish, and every few days you get a link to a new freebie! If you click that link within 48 hours, you get the freebie! And, since we're not SELLING the goodies, VAT doesn't care, and we're able to offer these freebies in thanks to those who are a part of our community. (The dailyish email newsletter is written by permies for permies, about the threads you permies have made!)

You can sign up for the dailyish freebies (and pick your first freebie) [urkl=HERE!


2-how do i upgrade to $US 101.00 to get the extra stuff  from the present kickstarterplease ?



Here's an instructional video made for our last kickstarter. It should apply to this kickstarter as well!



And, all the stretch goal and other goodies offered through the kickstarter will come to you regardless of where you live. I think VAT and Kickstarter have already figured out this whole mess.
1 day ago
Permaculture Design Course
June 13th - 26th, 2021
Near Missoula, Montana

permaculture design course 2021 wheaton Labs

click here for super early bird PDC prices
Super Early Bird Prices end September 30th!!!

An Advanced PDC:
A proper Permaculture Design Course (PDC) has a well defined syllabus. Most PDCs are crafted for beginners - and a lot of professionals get bored. Our PDC assumes that the student is desring a course with a bit more substance and grit. This PDC is designed for scientists, engineers, educators or people with a lot of current knowledge of permaculture.

Alan Booker, an engineer himself, has developed a format that caters to these people. Alan’s course will cover everything a PDC normally covers, but is packed with information that can help advanced or expert students take their knowledge to the next level.



Technical Permaculture Design:
The focus of this PDC is on the technical aspects of permaculture and on professional landscape designing for clients. You will be surrounded by like-minded people, and together you will not only learn the framework to survive in a rapidly changing world, but to thrive. You will also develop the skills to heal damaged landscapes while providing for your own needs.

In this course you are designing from the get go. Every new piece of information, every new concept, is delivered in sequence so that it is immediately relevant and applicable. Your design unfolds in step with the days subjects. This helps the learning to really take root in your mind. Learn how to make really good effective decisions. We can't emphasize how important this is if you want to make effective long-lasting change in your life.

Every student will work through the entire design project individually, but always with the support of their design group and the instructors. Students will have multiple chances to present their design ideas and get feedback throughout the course of the first 13 days, building to the final design project presentations on the last day. During these final presentations, each student will present their own design project to the group as if they were presenting to a professional client.

This course is designed to help you really start thinking like a designer. Even if you have a lot of practical experience is various aspects of homesteading already, the Homesteaders PDC will move you past simply thinking in terms of isolated systems and into designing integrated, whole landscapes.

Course Schedule



This is the official schedule. It is possible that a few details might change.

Day 0: Check In (Saturday, June 14)
Check-In: 9:00am - 7:00pm MST
Get Settled In: Find your camp site and setup.
Tour of the Lab: starts promptly at 9:30am
Tour of Base Camp: after lunch starting at 1:30pm
Sleep: Try to get plenty of rest. We start early and you have a full day jam-packed with information tomorrow.

Day 1: Introduction and Overview (Sunday, June 15)
Session 1: Introduction and Overview
Session 2: Ethics in Design
Session 3: Design Concepts 1
Session 4: Design Concepts 2
Design Session: Design Project Overview
Evening Session: Group Design Charrette

Day 2: Methods of Design (Monday, June 16)
Session 1: Methods of Design Part 1
Session 2: Methods of Design Part 2
Session 3: Methods of Design Part 3
Session 4: Methods of Design Part 4
Design Session: Design Property Tour

Day 3: Understanding Pattern (Tuesday, June 17)
Session 1: Pattern Understanding Part 1
Session 2: Pattern Understanding Part 2
Session 3: Pattern Understanding Part 3
Session 4: Pattern Understanding Part 4
Design Session: How to Conduct a Client Interview
Evening Session: Group Design Workshop

Day 4: Climate and Trees (Wednesday, June 18)
Session 1: Climate Factors Part 1
Session 2: Climate Factors Part 2
Session 3: Trees & Their Energy Transactions Part 1
Session 4: Trees & Their Energy Transactions Part 2
Design Session: The Client Interview
Evening Session: Introduction to Ecology

Day 5: Water and Soil (Thursday, June 19)
Session 1: Water Part 1
Session 2: Water Part 2
Session 3: Soils Part 1
Session 4: Soils Part 2
Design Session: Software Design Tools
Evening Session: Soil Analysis with the Microscope

Day 6: Soils, Compost, Crops and Seeds (Friday, June 20)
Session 1: Soils Part 3
Session 2: Compost & Aerated Compost Tea
Session 3: Annnual Crop Gardening
Session 4: Seeds & Seed Saving



Day 7: Break (Saturday, June 21)
No required sessions. Instructors will be available during the afternoon to help with design projects.
Optional Bonus Evening Session: Herbal Medicince
Day 8: Earthworks (Sunday, June 23)
Session 1: Earthworks Part 1
Session 2: Earthworks Part 2
Session 3: Earthworks Part 3
Session 4: Earthworks Part 4
Design Session: Gathering Climate & Land-form Data
Evening Session: Conservation and Circular Design

Day 9: Humid Tropics & Drylands (Monday, June 23)
Session 1: Humid Tropics Part 1
Session 2: Humid Tropics Part 2
Session 3: Dryland Strategies Part 1
Session 4: Dryland Strategies Part 2
Design Session: Building a Base Map
Evening Session: Movie Night

Day 10: Temperate Climates & Pasture Systems (Tuesday, June 24)
Session 1: Temperate Climates Part 1
Session 2: Temperate Climates Part 2
Session 3: Pasture Systems & Rotational Grazing
Session 4: Food Forests and Perennial Production Systems
Design Session: Sector & Zone Analysis, Designing Water & Access
Evening Session: Learning the Plants of Your Biome

Day 11: Appropriate Technology (Wednesday, June 25)
Session 1: Working with Energy Flows
Session 2: Natural Building Methods
Session 3: The Permaculture Kitchen
Session 4: Sanitation & Health
Design Session: Siting Mainframe Forestry, Buildings, and Permanent Fencing
Evening Session: Question & Answer Night - Alan Booker and Paul Wheaton

Day 12: Aquaculture and Animals (Thursday, June 26)
Session 1: Aquaculture
Session 2: Animal Systems Part 1
Session 3: Animal Systems Part 2
Session 4: Food Storage & Seasonal Eating
Design Session: The In-fill Mosaic and Aquaculture
Evening Session: Design Project Work Time

Day 13: Structures, Community and Economy (Friday, June 27)
Session 1: Designing Invisible Structures
Session 2: Legal Structures & Community Organization
Session 3: Economics & Money Systems
Session 4: Village Development & Human Scale
Design Session: Preparing for the Design Presentation
Evening Session: Design Project Work Time

Day 14: Design Project Presentations (Saturday, June 28)
Morning Session: Design Project Workshop
Afternoon Session: Student Presentations of Design Projects
Evening Session: Student Talent Night



Instructors

Alan Booker -- Instructor
Alan Booker is the founder and executive director of the Institute of Integrated Regenerative Design, which trains professional design practitioners to create systems that are ecosystemic, biocompatible, and regenerative. With over 30 years experience in engineering and 20 years in sustainable design, Alan is the author of multiple books. In addition to teaching PDCs, he also provides consulting and workshops on earthworks, soil remediation, composting, forest gardening, holistic management of pastureland, keyline design, aquaculture and aquaponics, off-grid energy systems, and natural building systems.

Paul Wheaton -- Host/Instructor
Paul Wheaton, The Duke of Permaculture, is an author, producer, and certified advanced master gardener. He has created hundreds of youtube videos, hundreds of podcasts, multiple DVDs, and written dozens of articles and a book. As the lead mad scientist at Wheaton Labs, he's conducted experiments resulting in rocket stoves and ovens, massive earthworks, solar dehydrators and much more.

Helen Atthowe -- Instructor
Helen has an MS in Horticulture and Agricultural Ecology from Rutgers University; worked at Rutgers in tree fruit IPM; studied natural farming with Masanobu Fukoka. She famrs a 211 acre farm in eastern Oregon with her husband, where they have a mixed fruit and hazelnut orchard, small grain and dry bean production, vegetable gardens, high tunnels, and greenhouse.

Thomas Elpel -- Instructor
Thomas is an author, natural builder, educator, and conservationist. He has authored multiple books: Foraging the Mountain West, Botany in a Day, Shanleya's Quest and numerous others about plant identification, wilderness survival, and sustainable living. He has multiple videos: Building a Slipform Stone House from the Bottom Up, How to Make a Grass Rope, Build Your own Masonry Fireplace - Masonry Heater - Masonry Stove, and many more. Thomas regularly teaches classes on plant identification, primitive skills and natural building. He is founder/director of Green University, LLC in Pony, Montana.

Chase Jones -- Instructor
hase Jones is a permaculture designer and consultant with a background in anthropology, conservation archaeology, ecology, and geospatial analysis. He is the co-founder of Biodesic Strategies, a permaculture design and construction service that offers ecological design and green infrastructure installation. For the PDC, Chase will bring both his practical consulting experience and background in the geospatial sciences to the process of helping students understand the tools needed to capture site data, synthesize an accurate base map, and develop a working understanding of any design site



Tickets

Work Trades for Permaculture Technology Jamboree, PDC, and SKIP
Work 7 weeks in Bootcamp for a ticket to the PDC!

click here for super early bird PDC prices
Super Early Bird Prices end September 30th!!!
1 day ago
There are currently 4 openings

7 weeks in the bootcamp in exchange for a ticket to one event

11 weeks in the bootcamp in exchange for two events

14 weeks in the bootcamp in exchange for all three events


The dates are June 13-26 (PDC), June 28-July 9 (PTJ) and July 11-24 (SKIP)

So if a person wants to attend all three events, they need to arrive March 8 or sooner

PDC+PTJ:   March 29 or sooner

PDC:  April 26 or sooner

PTJ+SKIP:  April 12 or sooner

PTJ:  May 10 or sooner

SKIP:  May 24 or sooner


To get in on the work trade, you do need to fork over $100 - unless you have already been here for anything in the past.   In which case, the work trade is entirely free.  

To learn more about the permaculture bootcamp, including the $100 thing, click here.


Permaculture Technology Jamboree
(Previously known as the Appropriate Technology Course)
June 28th - July 9th, 2021

Permaculture technology, appropriate technology 2021 wheaton labs

click here for super early bird prices

Super Early Bird Prices end September 30th!!!

This event has multiple purposes:
  • collaboration, experimentation and innovation to move permaculture technology forward
  • experiences for people new to permaculture technology
  • building homesteading skills


  • Our Jamboree Format:
    Attendees can wander among all TEN of the tracks and participate or observe as much or as little as they like. The instructors will see a project to completion either with or without help.

    Ten Tracks of Permaculture Technology



    TRACK ONE – SOLAR GLASS RECYCLING:
  • optimize the fresnel lens glass melter
  • melt more glass
  • melt glass faster
  • design to reduce costs




  • TRACK TWO – WOFATI GREENHOUSE AND GREYWATER SYSTEM:
  • a greenhouse that requires zero heat in the winter
  • greywater system that can function year round
  • a passive solar garden heater
  • wofati construction




  • TRACK THREE – ROCKET SAUNA:
  • roundwood timber framing techniques
  • rocket heater
  • skiddable foundation
  • dry wall stack walls, earhworks, rocket stoves




  • TRACK FOUR – EARTH AND FIRE:
  • ​spring terrace: shape dry land to be able to extract 400 gallons of water per day

  • passive garden heater: a technique to help grow citrus, outdoors, in Montana
  • ​dry stack moon gate: correctly stacking rock to have a wall with a 2-foot round hole
  • ​rocket forge: a metalworking forge that does not require coal, propane or electricity




  • TRACK FIVE –  WOOD AND COB:
  • ​roundwood timber framing pavilion
  • ​two styles of innovative deer/chicken fencing with a per foot price that is less than 10% of normal
  • add a night mode (rocket mass heater) to the giant solar food dehydrator
  • build a cob sink from clay and sand on-site. It will be formed and then made waterproof with natural material
  • ​trombe wall. Move air 24 hours a day without electricity




  • TRACK SIX – ZAPPITY ZAP:
  • ​create an electric tractor hayride tour
  • ​install a heliostat: A sun tracking mirror to add light and heat to a house
  • ​add permanent solar power to a tiny house
  • ​repair cafe
  • ​better crockpot: cook triple the food with less than 10% of the energy of a standard crockpot
  • ​window quilts and harvesting winter window condensation




  • TRACK SEVEN – SKIP: Skills to Inherit Property
    Part of our formal SKIP/PEP1 Program
  • woodburning a sign
  • carve tool handles
  • make fireplace tools
  • sharpen tools
  • make roundwood mallets
  • make a three-log bench
  • make adobe bricks
  • build a dry-stack retaining wall
  • cut down trees for use in log structures and/or firewood
  • make a rock jack to support a fence without digging post holes
  • sealing a pond without a liner




  • TRACK EIGHT – HOMESTEADING:
  • make a bird house, insect hotel, snake and toad habitat
  • make a hugelkulture garden
  • hot water bath canning
  • fermenting
  • pickling
  • foraging
  • harvest and eat wild edibes
  • harvest and preserve natural medicine: comfrey poultice, dried mullein leaves, and more!
  • make public art and branding a location
  • textiles: sewing, darning, crochet, basket weaving, making twine
  • using rocket stoves, rocket ovens, and rocket water ovens
  • everyone who wants to can drive the excavator




  • TRACK NINE –BOOTCAMP:
  • Some people have attended our events and opted to join our ongoing permaculture bootcamp for half a day for whatever they are working on for that day.
  • solar cooking, sawmill, natural building




  • TRACK TEN– SPONTANEOUS INNOVATION:
  • With all of the other innovation, combined with a mountain of tools and materials, several attendees and instructors get ideas for projects that we didn't think of before the event started. Track 10 is for working on projects that were thought of during the event!




  • Daily Schedule

    7:00am – breakfast
    8:00am – summary of the day
    8:30am – session 1
    10:00am – session 2
    noon – lunch
    1:00pm – session 3
    3:00pm – session 4
    5:00pm – cleanup
    6:00pm – dinner
    7:00pm – evening presentations
    9:30pm to 6:30am – quiet time

    For the detailed schedule, click HERE!

    Instructors


    Chris McClellan -- Instructor:
    Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in the wilds of northeast Ohio. Between building things out of mud and junk he writes for Mother Earth News Magazine and teaches simple DIY skills at workshops and fairs.

    James S Juczac --Instructor:
    James is an author and lecturer on topics such as self-reliance, true sustainability, building off-grid energy systems and mortgage-free housing. He has been dubbed "The King of Scrounge." Jim lives with his wife, Krista, in their round, cordwood and papercrete home on the property where they have established an off-grid intentional community. He is an EMT and an adjunct professor at SUNY Jefferson where he teaches the NABCEP Solar Installers course.


    Reisha Beck -- Instructor
    Reisha Beck is a mother, medicinal herb farmer and wildcrafter. She runs Wayside Botanicals, a small-scale permaculture based medicinal herb farm in Ferndale, WA. She has a back ground in organic farming, permaculture design, pacific northwest ethnobotany and western herbalism. She teaches at Wildroot Botanicals herb school in Alger, WA and First Light Farm and Learning Center in Carnation, WA.


    Paul Wheaton -- Host/Instructor
    Paul Wheaton, The Duke of Permaculture, is an author, producer, and certified advanced master gardener. He has created hundreds of youtube videos, hundreds of podcasts, multiple DVDs, and written dozens of articles and a book. As the lead mad scientist at Wheaton Labs, he's conducted experiments resulting in rocket stoves and ovens, massive earthworks, solar dehydrators and much more.


    Mike Haasl --Instructor
    Mike Haasl is a mechanical engineer, woodworker, blacksmith, and permaculture homesteader in northern Wisconsin.  He constructed a sweet greenhouse, builds with pallets and upcycled material, and experiments with compost heat.  He is developing a demonstration site for permaculture homesteading, and collaborating to create the SKIP program.


    Erik Pehoviack -- Instructor
    Erik is the co-owner of PermaRecycling, specializing in repurposing vintage cars and home rehabilitation in western Nebraska. He is a handyman, auto recycler, mechanic, welder, mason, carpenter, and teacher of all things hands on. Major hobbies geared toward partial independence are renewable energy and food based perennial horticulture systems


    Fred Tyler -- Instructor
    Fred has led the Bootcamp at Wheaton Labs for three years now. He's directed and taught skills ranging from organic gardening to woodworking to natural building.

    Dre Oeschger -- Instructor
    Dre runs a healthy side hustle aptly named Strong Wife Sourdough.  She also loves to crochet and occasionally sells custom crochet items via another side hustle, Dre's Crochet.  She is a mother of three and loves unschooling her boys.  She has also lent her experience and knowledge in the implementation of Acton of the Rubies, an alternative learning studio in Elko, Nevada that applies many of the unschooling and Montessori principles.

    Alan Booker -- Instructor
    Alan Booker is the founder and executive director of the Institute of Integrated Regenerative Design, which trains professional design practitioners to create systems that are ecosystemic, biocompatible, and regenerative. With over 30 years experience in engineering and 20 years in sustainable design, Alan is the author of multiple books. In addition to teaching PDCs, he also provides consulting and workshops on earthworks, soil remediation, composting, forest gardening, holistic management of pastureland, keyline design, aquaculture and aquaponics, off-grid energy systems, and natural building systems.


    Josiah Kobernik -- Instructor
    Josiah cobbled together a diverse background in commercial agriculture, horticulture, market gardening, raising livestock, homesteading, and other general build/fix skills before landing at Wheaton Labs in 2019. Since moving to the labs, he has taken to working with roundwood timber framing, earthen plasters, videography, rocket contraptions, and any other inventions he can get his hands on


    Ron Bigelow -- Instructor
    Ron, also known as the Permaculture Pickle, is the owner of The Farm on 277th, and organic, permaculture farm which grows 277 different varieties of fruits, vegetables and herbs. He currently is one of the leaders of Bootcamp at Wheaton Labs.


    Jennifer Richardson --Instructor
    Jennifer Richardson is a former cattle rancher and current resident of Wheaton Labs. She is participating in the boot camp and living in Allerton Abbey, the first wofati, in order to test the thermal inertia of the structure.

    Abe Coley -- Instructor
    Abe Coley is a 1,123rd generation fence builder living in Missoula, MT. His daddy had him peeling logs when he was three years old, and he's built just about every kind of fence ever since - from cast iron and wire to dry stacked stone to wattles, hurdles, and stick fences. If the saying is true that good fences make good neighbors, then that pretty much makes Abe Coley, Mr. Rogers.


    Tickets

    Work Trades for Permaculture Technology Jamboree, PDC, and SKIP
    Work a 7 weeks in Bootcamp for a ticket to the PTJ!


    click here for super early bird prices

    Super Early Bird Prices end September 30th!!!
    1 day ago
    SKIP: Skills to Inherit Property


    July 11th-24th, 2021
    Near Missoula, Montana

    click here for super early bird prices
    Super Early Bird Prices end September 30th!!!

    About SKIP:

    SKIP is a curriculum of experiences you can complete to prove you can do permaculture.  While a PDC  teaches you how to do permaculture design and analysis, SKIP is hands-on.  You are making things.

    When you complete several things, you earn a badge.  Sixteen badges will make you PEP1 certified.  After several years of progress, you can be PEP3 or PEP4 certified.  At that point you are basically self-sufficient and can prove it.  Many older homesteaders don't want their property to turn into a strip mall or subdivision.  This program will connect qualified candidates with those landowners so you can skip the rat race and skip the debt.

    Feel of the Event:

    In this program, you will gain and demonstrate new skills.  It isn't about training, classroom time or lengthy discussion.  It's about pounding out actual projects.  This event will be heavily focused on giving attendees the ability to complete badges.  It's our third event like this.

    There will be a guide/facilitator for all the planned work.  The attendees will be focused on a given task for each time slot.  If they complete it quickly, there is time to complete additional badges..  If they want to take their time, that is fine, but they may not complete as many badges during the event.



    Daily Schedule

    Day 1-3: Woodland Care: Felling trees, peeling and bucking, splitting wood, making a junkpole fence, cleaving shakes
     
    Day 4-5: Gardening:   Making a hugelkultur garden, planting, chop and dropping, mulching


    OR: (see below)


    Day 4-5: Textiles: Sewing, knitting, darning, basket making and twine making
     
    Day 6: Animal Care: Bird house, bee house, insect hotel, toad and snake habitat

    Day 7: Day Off!

    Day 8:  Food Prep and Preservation: water bath canning, vinegar brining, salt brining
     
    Day 9:  Foraging:  Harvest berries, mushrooms, greens; dry some for storage, make seed balls
     
    Day 10:  Natural Medicine:  Dehydrate herbs, make a salve, poultice, vinegar infusion, oil infusion and water infusion
     
    Day 11:  Community:  Brand a location, create public art, create a map
     
    Day 12-13:  Earthworks: Make a dry stack retaining wall, make a trail, maintain a trail, use an excavator, improve a berm, use the tractor loader
     
    Day 14:  Homesteading:  Trailer backing, make a rock jack


    Instructors

    Mike Haasl --Instructor
    Mike Haasl is a mechanical engineer, woodworker, blacksmith, and permaculture homesteader in northern Wisconsin.  He constructed a sweet greenhouse, builds with pallets and upcycled material, and experiments with compost heat.  He is developing a demonstration site for permaculture homesteading, and collaborating to create the SKIP program.

    Paul Wheaton -- Host/Instructor
    Paul Wheaton, The Duke of Permaculture, is an author, producer, and certified advanced master gardener. He has created hundreds of youtube videos, hundreds of podcasts, multiple DVDs, and written dozens of articles and a book. As the lead mad scientist at Wheaton Labs, he's conducted experiments resulting in rocket stoves and ovens, massive earthworks, solar dehydrators and much more.

    Jennifer Richardson --Instructor
    Jennifer Richardson is a former cattle rancher and current resident of Wheaton Labs. She is participating in the boot camp and living in Allerton Abbey, the first wofati, in order to test the thermal inertia of the structure.

    Fred Tyler -- Instructor
    Fred has lead the Bootcamp at Wheaton Labs for three years now. He's directed and taught skills ranging from organic gardening to woodworking to natural building.

    Josiah Kobernik -- Instructor
    Josiah cobbled together a diverse background in commercial agriculture, horticulture, market gardening, raising livestock, homesteading, and other general build/fix skills before landing at Wheaton Labs in 2019. Since moving to the labs, he has taken to working with roundwood timber framing, earthen plasters, videography, rocket contraptions, and any other inventions he can get his hands on



    Tickets

    Work Trades for Permaculture Technology Jamboree, PDC, and SKIP
    Work a 7 weeks in Bootcamp for a ticket to SKIP!

    click here for super early bird prices

    Super Early Bird Prices end September 30th!!!
    1 day ago
    pep
    $54,956!!!

    Only $44 from the stretch goal!!!


    You know you wanna be the one to bump it to $55,000! :D
    1 day ago
    Brian, there's also some plants you can grow for a fall garden! Some areas are a bit more restricted in what they can grow, but you should still be able to plant radishes.

    What you can also do is start making garden beds. There's lots of ways to make garden beds. If you start making the garden bed now, it'll be ready for spring, or even fall perennial planting!
    Permaculture Technology Jamboree
    (Previously known as the Appropriate Technology Course)
    June 28th - July 9th, 2021

    Permaculture technology, appropriate technology 2021 wheaton labs

    click here for super early bird prices

    Super Early Bird Prices end September 30th!!!

    This event has multiple purposes:
  • collaboration, experimentation and innovation to move permaculture technology forward
  • experiences for people new to permaculture technology
  • building homesteading skills


  • Our Jamboree Format:
    Attendees can wander among all TEN of the tracks and participate or observe as much or as little as they like. The instructors will see a project to completion either with or without help.

    Ten Tracks of Permaculture Technology



    TRACK ONE – SOLAR GLASS RECYCLING:
  • optimize the fresnel lens glass melter
  • melt more glass
  • melt glass faster
  • design to reduce costs




  • TRACK TWO – WOFATI GREENHOUSE AND GREYWATER SYSTEM:
  • a greenhouse that requires zero heat in the winter
  • greywater system that can function year round
  • a passive solar garden heater
  • wofati construction




  • TRACK THREE – ROCKET SAUNA:
  • roundwood timber framing techniques
  • rocket heater
  • skiddable foundation
  • dry wall stack walls, earhworks, rocket stoves




  • TRACK FOUR – EARTH AND FIRE:
  • ​spring terrace: shape dry land to be able to extract 400 gallons of water per day

  • passive garden heater: a technique to help grow citrus, outdoors, in Montana
  • ​dry stack moon gate: correctly stacking rock to have a wall with a 2-foot round hole
  • ​rocket forge: a metalworking forge that does not require coal, propane or electricity




  • TRACK FIVE –  WOOD AND COB:
  • ​roundwood timber framing pavilion
  • ​two styles of innovative deer/chicken fencing with a per foot price that is less than 10% of normal
  • add a night mode (rocket mass heater) to the giant solar food dehydrator
  • build a cob sink from clay and sand on-site. It will be formed and then made waterproof with natural material
  • ​trombe wall. Move air 24 hours a day without electricity




  • TRACK SIX – ZAPPITY ZAP:
  • ​create an electric tractor hayride tour
  • ​install a heliostat: A sun tracking mirror to add light and heat to a house
  • ​add permanent solar power to a tiny house
  • ​repair cafe
  • ​better crockpot: cook triple the food with less than 10% of the energy of a standard crockpot
  • ​window quilts and harvesting winter window condensation




  • TRACK SEVEN – SKIP: Skills to Inherit Property
    Part of our formal SKIP/PEP1 Program
  • woodburning a sign
  • carve tool handles
  • make fireplace tools
  • sharpen tools
  • make roundwood mallets
  • make a three-log bench
  • make adobe bricks
  • build a dry-stack retaining wall
  • cut down trees for use in log structures and/or firewood
  • make a rock jack to support a fence without digging post holes
  • sealing a pond without a liner




  • TRACK EIGHT – HOMESTEADING:
  • make a bird house, insect hotel, snake and toad habitat
  • make a hugelkulture garden
  • hot water bath canning
  • fermenting
  • pickling
  • foraging
  • harvest and eat wild edibes
  • harvest and preserve natural medicine: comfrey poultice, dried mullein leaves, and more!
  • make public art and branding a location
  • textiles: sewing, darning, crochet, basket weaving, making twine
  • using rocket stoves, rocket ovens, and rocket water ovens
  • everyone who wants to can drive the excavator




  • TRACK NINE –BOOTCAMP:
  • Some people have attended our events and opted to join our ongoing permaculture bootcamp for half a day for whatever they are working on for that day.
  • solar cooking, sawmill, natural building




  • TRACK TEN– SPONTANEOUS INNOVATION:
  • With all of the other innovation, combined with a mountain of tools and materials, several attendees and instructors get ideas for projects that we didn't think of before the event started. Track 10 is for working on projects that were thought of during the event!




  • Daily Schedule

    7:00am – breakfast
    8:00am – summary of the day
    8:30am – session 1
    10:00am – session 2
    noon – lunch
    1:00pm – session 3
    3:00pm – session 4
    5:00pm – cleanup
    6:00pm – dinner
    7:00pm – evening presentations
    9:30pm to 6:30am – quiet time

    For the detailed schedule, click HERE!

    Instructors


    Chris McClellan -- Instructor:
    Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in the wilds of northeast Ohio. Between building things out of mud and junk he writes for Mother Earth News Magazine and teaches simple DIY skills at workshops and fairs.

    James S Juczac --Instructor:
    James is an author and lecturer on topics such as self-reliance, true sustainability, building off-grid energy systems and mortgage-free housing. He has been dubbed "The King of Scrounge." Jim lives with his wife, Krista, in their round, cordwood and papercrete home on the property where they have established an off-grid intentional community. He is an EMT and an adjunct professor at SUNY Jefferson where he teaches the NABCEP Solar Installers course.


    Reisha Beck -- Instructor
    Reisha Beck is a mother, medicinal herb farmer and wildcrafter. She runs Wayside Botanicals, a small-scale permaculture based medicinal herb farm in Ferndale, WA. She has a back ground in organic farming, permaculture design, pacific northwest ethnobotany and western herbalism. She teaches at Wildroot Botanicals herb school in Alger, WA and First Light Farm and Learning Center in Carnation, WA.


    Paul Wheaton -- Host/Instructor
    Paul Wheaton, The Duke of Permaculture, is an author, producer, and certified advanced master gardener. He has created hundreds of youtube videos, hundreds of podcasts, multiple DVDs, and written dozens of articles and a book. As the lead mad scientist at Wheaton Labs, he's conducted experiments resulting in rocket stoves and ovens, massive earthworks, solar dehydrators and much more.


    Mike Haasl --Instructor
    Mike Haasl is a mechanical engineer, woodworker, blacksmith, and permaculture homesteader in northern Wisconsin.  He constructed a sweet greenhouse, builds with pallets and upcycled material, and experiments with compost heat.  He is developing a demonstration site for permaculture homesteading, and collaborating to create the SKIP program.


    Erik Pehoviack -- Instructor
    Erik is the co-owner of PermaRecycling, specializing in repurposing vintage cars and home rehabilitation in western Nebraska. He is a handyman, auto recycler, mechanic, welder, mason, carpenter, and teacher of all things hands on. Major hobbies geared toward partial independence are renewable energy and food based perennial horticulture systems


    Fred Tyler -- Instructor
    Fred has led the Bootcamp at Wheaton Labs for three years now. He's directed and taught skills ranging from organic gardening to woodworking to natural building.

    Dre Oeschger -- Instructor
    Dre runs a healthy side hustle aptly named Strong Wife Sourdough.  She also loves to crochet and occasionally sells custom crochet items via another side hustle, Dre's Crochet.  She is a mother of three and loves unschooling her boys.  She has also lent her experience and knowledge in the implementation of Acton of the Rubies, an alternative learning studio in Elko, Nevada that applies many of the unschooling and Montessori principles.

    Alan Booker -- Instructor
    Alan Booker is the founder and executive director of the Institute of Integrated Regenerative Design, which trains professional design practitioners to create systems that are ecosystemic, biocompatible, and regenerative. With over 30 years experience in engineering and 20 years in sustainable design, Alan is the author of multiple books. In addition to teaching PDCs, he also provides consulting and workshops on earthworks, soil remediation, composting, forest gardening, holistic management of pastureland, keyline design, aquaculture and aquaponics, off-grid energy systems, and natural building systems.


    Josiah Kobernik -- Instructor
    Josiah cobbled together a diverse background in commercial agriculture, horticulture, market gardening, raising livestock, homesteading, and other general build/fix skills before landing at Wheaton Labs in 2019. Since moving to the labs, he has taken to working with roundwood timber framing, earthen plasters, videography, rocket contraptions, and any other inventions he can get his hands on


    Ron Bigelow -- Instructor
    Ron, also known as the Permaculture Pickle, is the owner of The Farm on 277th, and organic, permaculture farm which grows 277 different varieties of fruits, vegetables and herbs. He currently is one of the leaders of Bootcamp at Wheaton Labs.


    Jennifer Richardson --Instructor
    Jennifer Richardson is a former cattle rancher and current resident of Wheaton Labs. She is participating in the boot camp and living in Allerton Abbey, the first wofati, in order to test the thermal inertia of the structure.

    Abe Coley -- Instructor
    Abe Coley is a 1,123rd generation fence builder living in Missoula, MT. His daddy had him peeling logs when he was three years old, and he's built just about every kind of fence ever since - from cast iron and wire to dry stacked stone to wattles, hurdles, and stick fences. If the saying is true that good fences make good neighbors, then that pretty much makes Abe Coley, Mr. Rogers.


    Tickets

    Work Trades for Permaculture Technology Jamboree, PDC, and SKIP
    Work a 7 weeks in Bootcamp for a ticket to the PTJ!


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