Paul sits down with a whopping 6 patreons (Mark and Katie were named) to discuss the ideals that Paul wants people to adhere to when building on his land, as suggested by Mark, who is planning on moving there. Although most of this part is talking about philosophy and small eco-communities.
Paul’s been talking about the kind of community he wants to build for years before he even bought his property and has talked about it to such an extent that he kinda assumes that anyone that people that would seek to become a part of his community would be almost exclusively pod people. Jennifer suggested restricting deeproots to people who have completed two years of bootcamp to make sure they know appropriate techniques and values. A couple of years ago, they accidentally went too far in the other direction and let in a bunch of people who were just after cheap land and were barely willing to tolerate permaculture, yet alone Paul’s variety of permaculture.
Mark is looking to sort of emulate what he experienced at other communities, namely the peacefulness of having no, or next to no, sound from cars or other forms of technology, and no need to commute to and from work. In one of the prior groups, there wasn’t even support for cars to be used – everyone got around on bicycles and there was only one electric light bulb per house, powered from a pair of hidden solar panels.
On the lab, both Cooper Cabin and Allerton Abbey are having pipes laid to them from the well so that they can have running water plumbed into them for creature comforts like showers. Once they’re properly installed, then more permacultural equivalents can be made, but until then, just having something that works is going to be a big improvement. Only took 8 years…
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