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I just graduated from the University of Montana on May 4th, 2019 with a BS in Biochemistry with a GPA of 3.76 out of 4.0! Permaculture is my passion, and I intend to gain hands-on experience in permaculture and make the world a better place! It's time enough to stop being angry at the bad guys and get to work making a new world!
At the moment, I am currently looking for farms, intentional communities, and ecovillages that I could be a part of, so that I can get hands-on experience and practical knowledge of permaculture.
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(note:  this document is still under construction - feel free to comment!)

general

transition from forest to woodland.  Less conifers, more deciduous trees.  

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drop 6” to 8” dead standing tree with a bow saw
drop 6" to 8" dead standing tree with a chainsaw
drop 6” to 8” live tree with a bow saw
drop 6" to 8" live tree with a chainsaw
limb 4 trees
peel 2 live trees and put up off the ground to dry
split and stack dead standing wood as firewood
prep 10 junkpoles
repair 24 feet or build 12 feet of junkpole fence
cleave 6 shakes with a froe

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drop at least 12 trees 8” to 14” in diameter:
      o at least one 14” tree
      o at least one with a bow saw (action pic)
      o all with the timber tool
      o take pics to prove proper tree harvest selection
      o one cord of firewood: cut and stacked properly under a roof (completion pic)
      o lumber
            - a dozen 2x4s eight feet long
            - a dozen 1x5s eight feet long
            - a dozen ⅜ inch by 4 inch eight feet long
            - properly stickered and covered for air drying
            - completion pic(s)
      o set aside at least three logs
            - full tree length
            - peeled
            - up off the ground for proper air drying
                   o does not need to be under a roof
            - completion pic
      o all dropped trees are properly cared for
            - each tree is used in some way or is preserved for future use
            - no trees are left on the ground to rot
      o document proper tree selection
twig construction
      o jute lashing, no metal
      o one five foot tall tomato cage (completion pic)
      o one eight foot tall pole bean trellis (completion pic)
36 feet of junkpole fence plus one mediocre gate with a mediocre latch
      o 12 foot long segments, so 3 to 4 posts for the fence (completion pic)
      o gate will be 3 feet wide or wider and will require an additional post
            - pic of gate
            - pic of latch
            - pic of other side of latch
      o pic of proper tree harvest selection
plant the tree seeds for 100 feet of living fence
      o verify a 30% (or better) germination rate
      o quick video moving over the row
plant black locust tree seeds
      o 40 with scarification
      o 40 with another type of scarification
      o 40 without scarification
      o all seeds are planted in a row, each seed is planted two feet apart, quick video over each row showing germination
plant 100 cleavers
      o plant in a row, twelve inches apart
      o quick video over row showing that at least 20 have germinated
plant 100 nettles - show that 20 have sprouted
      o plant in a row, twelve inches apart
      o quick video over row showing that at least 20 have germinated
plant 20 willows - show that 10 have grown
      o plant in a row, 2 feet apart
      o quick video over row showing freshly planted
      o quick video over row showing that at least half have grown
innoculate two four foot logs with mushroom spawn and harvest at least a half pound of mushrooms (completion of logs pic and action shot of harvest)
cleave 40 shakes with a fro

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put up three cords of firewood (completion pics)
lumber
      o 8 dozen 2x4s eight feet long
      o 8 dozen 1x4s eight feet long
      o 8 dozen ⅜ inch by 4 inch eight feet long
      o completion pic(s)
build six rock jacks out of split logs (completion pics)
120 feet of junkpole fence with one good gate and a good latch (completion pics)
plant 300 black locust seeds with 50% germination
plant 300 cleavers  with 50% germination
plant 300 nettles  with 50% germination
plant 60 willows with 50% growth
plant 40 sweet sap silver maples
plant 10 cedar trees
twig construction
      o jute lashing, no metal
      o six five foot tall tomato cages
      o three eight foot tall pole bean trellises
plant the tree seeds for 800 feet of living fence
lay 50 feet of living fence (aka laying a hedge)
berm shed
      o 8x8x8
      o five foot eave
gin pole
      o lift a 10 foot long, 12 inch diameter log 15 feet off the ground and place it on a structure
outdoor mushrooms
      o produce at least one pound of each
            - oyster mushrooms
            - shitake mushrooms
indoor mushrooms
      o produce at least one pound of each
            - enokitake mushrooms
            - oyster mushrooms
            - shitake mushrooms
mycelium
      o enhance garden beds with mycelium
            - photo evidence that it helped in 3 scenarios
skiddable firewood shed
      o holds one cord
cleave 200 shakes with a fro
validate the sand badge of six others

iron badge
put up six cords of firewood (completion pics)
lumber
      o 200 2x4s eight feet long
      o 200 1x4s eight feet long
      o 200 ⅜ inch by 4 inch eight feet long
      o completion pic(s)
build 24 rock jacks out of split logs (completion pics)
plant the tree seeds for 2000 feet of living fence
“lay the hedge” for 200 feet of living fence
humus well
      o pics of many stages of construction
junkpole fence around one acre (total of at least 836 feet) with four good gates and good latches (completion pics)
plant the seeds to restore a creek bed from a dry gully
      o 100 feet wide and 800 feet long
      o seeds are planted in diagonal rows, 3 feet apart (each planting row will then be 141 feet long - 47 seeds, 267 rows. 12,500 seeds)
      o each row is 3 feet apart
      o apple, walnut, oak, peach, chestnut, butternut, rhubarb, alfalfa, hickory, pecan (others?)
      o pics of the plot and the row markers when planting
      o video of growth verification at a foot tall (or more, average) for each row
      o take out all conifers
berm shed
      o each cell is 12x12x12
      o 3 cells
      o 5 foot eave
build two skiddable structures
gin pole
      o lift a 20 foot long, 18 inch diameter log 20 feet off the ground and place it on a structure
produce at least ten pounds of each
      o oyster mushrooms
      o shitake mushrooms
validate the straw badge of six others
2 hours ago
This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the straw badge in woodland care.


(source, photo from Mike Jay)

To get certified for this BB, post the following pics:  

- Wood chunks before splitting
- an action picture
- 40 rough shakes, 20 inches long and at least 6 inches wide
2 hours ago
This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the straw badge in woodland care.

This BB is all about inoculating logs with mushroom spawn and harvesting mushrooms from them.


(source)

The requirements for this BB are to do the following:
     o innoculate two four foot logs with mushroom spawn
     o harvest at least a half pound of mushrooms

To get certified for this BB, post the following:
     o completion of logs pic of inoculated logs
     o action shot of harvest
2 hours ago
This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the straw badge in woodland care.

This BB is all about making a 36 feet of junkpole fence plus one mediocre gate with a mediocre latch


(source)

To get certified for this BB, post pictures of the following:
     o 12 foot long segments, so 3 to 4 posts for the fence (completion pic)
     o gate will be 3 feet wide or wider and will require an additional post
           - pic of gate
           - pic of latch
           - pic of other side of latch
     o pic of proper tree harvest selection
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