Nicole Alderman

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Five acres, two little ones, one awesome husband, 12 ducks (give or take), and a bunch of fruit trees and garden beds. In her spare time, Nicole likes to knit, paint, draw, teach kids, make fairies & dragons, philosophize, and read fantasy. She doesn't HAVE spare time, but does like to fantasize about it!
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If I may frame the compiled information, and if I have understood so far correctly, you have provided the following...



You've got it right!

If so, I must ask who or what are "the boots" referred to that must cook for themselves?



Ah! The Boots are the awesome people who work and live fulltime at Wheaton Labs. They usually cook for themselves, though I don't know what happens at events. Lara is actually at Wheaton Labs (she's got an awesome thread here on permies about her time there). They're called "Boots" because they're part of the Permaculture Bootcamp, where they learn permaculture and homesteading skills by doing epic stuff at Wheaton Labs (thread about Bootcamp is here and the offical Permaculture Bootcamp website is here).


Must ask if any food allergies that I should avoid for you, the guests, or the crew in making a menu for this year or next perhaps?



I believe that those with food allergies/dietary needs are encouraged to bring their own food, to make things easier for the chef. Paul avoids a lot of foods due to his gout and gall stones (there's a thread about that here), but I don't think the chef needs to take that into account for meals, as that would be super challenging!
38 minutes ago
I'm thinking menstruating women and those with low iron might want to supplement with iron. Even when I was eating a lot of high-iron meat products to try to get my iron up, I would calculate out how much iron I'd gotten, and it wasn't enough. And I was always mildly anemic. Women in general need twice the amount of iron as men, and I think those with heavy periods likely need more iron than those with lighter periods. Since it's usually even harder to get enough bioavailable iron from plant sources, I think supplementing with iron might be beneficial for many.
2 hours ago
My kids have claimed a piece of firewood that looked like the Ice Palace that Elsa makes in the movie Frozen. My husband also snagged a piece of shiny maple because it was just too pretty to burn!
Oh! If you've purchased access to the thread, you will have access to any and all upgrades that the seller makes to that thread. There will just be new downloads down at the bottom. Does that help?
13 hours ago
permaculture technology jamboree


Love permaculture technology? Love to innovate? Love to teach?

Paul's looking for even more instructors for this year's Permaculture Technology Jamboree (PTJ). It's an event full of innovation, learning, and community.

Permaculture technology is a wide field. Not only does it cover natural building, solar and rocket stoves, but also earthworks, gardening, fence building, natural medicine, fibre arts, map making, food preservation, and much, much more!

Here's the deal

The Permaculture Technology Jamboree is a two-week event. If you agree to teach for three days, you get a free ticket to the event... and fame! You get to be listed as one of the instructors for the PTJ, and hang out with luminaries such as Alan Booker, Uncle Mud, Paul Wheaton Thomas Elpel, the awesome people at Wheaton Labs, and many more!

If you're interested in instructing, post down below--or PM me--with what you're interested in instructing and your qualifications!

15 hours ago
So, you don't need to buy the plans again. If you're looking for the download info, scroll to the bottom of the first post, and you'll see a blueish-grey box that says "click here to download." There's multiple download files, so you can download just what you want, when you want to!
15 hours ago
Oh goodness, I've learned SO MUCH in my years here. Off the top of my head:

(1) Communication techniques! I've learned a lot about being nice and sharing my own opinion rather than telling other's they're wrong. It's really helped me not only online, but also in real life!

(2) That just because something is "cloth" doesn't mean it's natural or good. Polyester is plastic! (I feel silly saying that now, but 8 years ago when I bought cloth diapers for my son, I thought "It's cloth, so it must be good and natural and safe." I was wrong! It sheds microplastics and gave my son rashes because it didn't come clean like cotton). I came here to learn about gardening, and ended up learning about so much more!

(3) That I can make things out of wood! I'd always wanted to carve a spoon, but never felt I could. Along came the SKIP program's roundwood woodworking badge and the badge bit for carving a spoon. Next thing I knew, I'd carved a spoon, then made a mallet, made a bench, made a stool, and used my skills to make a kiwi trellis.

(4) That my work had value to others. I never thought I could sell my stuff and people would buy it. But since the digital market costs nothing to make a listing, and takes such a tiny percentage if you make a sale, I thought, "Why not?" And people bought my stuff and I felt like I had value and skills that were worth something. (Now I'm so swamped with homeschooling my two kids and working from home, that I don't have much time to create, but the experience still really built me up in a huge way).

(5) That there's other people like me! The feeling of community and friendship and support here on permies is immense. It's neat knowing you're not the only one that piles rocks to attract snakes, or is excited about rare perennial edibles, or are proud of your clothesline (I stole these all from the 17 pages of "You Might be  a Permie If..." thread)

Wow, I just checked my join date. It was February 24th, 2014. That's  exactly 7 years and 1 day ago! Permies has been with me from when my son was just 4 months old, to when I was trying to pick a tree for his first birthday, to my soul searching as to whether we should have a second child (yes, we did, and yes, she's awesome! Though it certainly was a larger trial than we were expecting). A big thanks to everyone here at permies for being such a huge part of my life!
Oooooh! So bentonite clay will work for this? We once bought it at the local feed store to use as kitty litter (now the cats just use wood stove pellets and we compost it away from all the growies, because I don't want their ucky poo in my food!). Knowing so little about clay, I didn't know that bentonite worked liked other clay. I recall the pure bentonite kitty litter was really cheap in the store (I think it was less than $10. But it was 8 years ago, so I don't have the best recollection). Looks like I'll be getting some on my next trip to the farm coop!
1 day ago
Yay for Clayton being back!!! That makes me so happy to see him back and everyone having a fantastic time!
permaculture technology jamboree


Love permaculture technology? Love to innovate? Love to teach?

Paul's looking for even more instructors for this year's Permaculture Technology Jamboree (PTJ). It's an event full of innovation, learning, and community.

Permaculture technology is a wide field. Not only does it cover natural building, solar and rocket stoves, but also earthworks, gardening, fence building, natural medicine, fibre arts, map making, food preservation, and much, much more!

Here's the deal

The Permaculture Technology Jamboree is a two-week event. If you agree to teach for three days, you get a free ticket to the event... and fame! You get to be listed as one of the instructors for the PTJ, and hang out with luminaries such as Alan Booker, Uncle Mud, Paul Wheaton Thomas Elpel, the awesome people at Wheaton Labs, and many more!

If you're interested in instructing, post down below--or PM me--with what you're interested in instructing and your qualifications!