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Work Trade for the 2024 Garden Master Course


Work trade for Garden master course


Thinking about coming to the Certified Garden Master Course at Wheaton Labs, but you'd like more knowledge and experience under your belt before the event...and you'd like to save a little cash? A work trade through the Permaculture Bootcamp might be just the ticket!

Permaculture Bootcamp is a way to learn permaculture and homesteading skills by doing epic to make things even better at Wheaton Labs for Boots.


How Many Weeks?

  6 weeks in the bootcamp in exchange for a ticket to this event.

The Event

Certified Garden Master Course
garden master course at wheaton labs


With the Certified Garden Master course, you will learn organic, veganic, no-till, and permaculture gardening knowledge and skills. This course will focus on soil and habitat-building for beneficial organisms and systems thinking for gardeners and farmers: how to manage relationships rather than just crops.

Our goal is to understand ecological functions and interactions within plant, soil, microorganism, and insect communities. You will learn how to identify and manage all the relationships that make up a healthy farm-garden-ecosystem--one that does not require pesticides or large off-farm fertilizer inputs .


When to Arrive

December 17, 2023 or sooner! Coming earlier is far better so that you can assure you have a spot at the event!

How to Join

To get in on the work trade, you gotta fork over $100 - unless you have already been here for anything in the past.   In which case, the work trade is entirely free.    The bootcamp does not currrently have a waiting list, but you still need to submit your payment and fill out a questionnaire thing to get in.   This means that you might want to put in your time in the bootcamp this year so you can attend events next year.

To learn more about the permaculture bootcamp, including the $100 thing, click here
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I read that besides the $100, there is a questionnaire to fill out. What sort of questions are on it?
Will I be rejected if I'm not strong, if I'm over 60? or 70? Have excess weight?
I'm willing to work hard, but feel I may let you down or be sent home before my 6 weeks are up.
 
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Luthie West wrote:I read that besides the $100, there is a questionnaire to fill out. What sort of questions are on it?
Will I be rejected if I'm not strong, if I'm over 60? or 70? Have excess weight?
I'm willing to work hard, but feel I may let you down or be sent home before my 6 weeks are up.



The questionnaire consists of some basic info gathering (who you are, contact info, how you'll get there, your lodging preferences...), as well as attempting to understand your goals while at bootcamp.  There are also questions about how well you know permies.com more so to gain an understanding of whether or not you know what to expect as far as the vibe goes and what is expected of you.  

Your body type will no be taken into consideration.  It is important though that you know your limits.  Bootcamp is physical work.  There have been boots of all ages.  

Have you visited wheaton-labs.com/bootcamp?  There is a pretty comprehensive collection of information there.  

I also recommend listening to podcasts about the bootcamp if you haven't.  

If after you've learned a little bit more about bootcamp you still are not sure if it would be a good fit, you should definitely consider coming to Wheaton Labs as a SEPPER.   You do have to pay for lodging, but you aren't required to put in the 40 hours of project work and the nest work that boots do.  But, you are welcome to join in.  It would be a good idea to get a taste for whether or not bootcamp is a good fit for you.
 
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OK, the Certified Garden Master Course is February 5-9, 2024. I'm very interested in attending and I have lots of questions.

a. It's winter so how will course participants be able to dig in the dirt in Montana? What is the location address?

b. I read on here that Wheaton Labs homestead uses well water which should be clean and uncontaminated but is any recycled water used for drinking or is any gray water used on the farm?

c. Does this homestead use any humanure on the farm?  

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Le An wrote:a. It's winter so how will course participants be able to dig in the dirt in Montana?


Lots of classroom work, with some real world stuff.  We do it in winter because most people are too busy gardening the rest of the year.

What is the location address?


Near Missoula.  Address is provided prior to arrival.

is any recycled water used for drinking


Well-water is usually the water we drink.  It is exceptional.

or is any gray water used on the farm?


Yes.

c. Does this homestead use any humanure on the farm?  


https://permies.com/t/161838/willow-feeder
 
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Hi!  I'm pretty interested.   Main question is... What about Christmas/holidays?  Happy to trade labor - what are the expectations for the days around Christmas?  

Before Christmas can probably work.  Out of curiosity, could starting first thing in Jan and putting in a couple weeks after the class work? Could put down a "if I don't give you the time after the class you can keep this bit of cash" deposit?
 
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Duncan Shannon wrote:Hi!  I'm pretty interested.   Main question is... What about Christmas/holidays?  Happy to trade labor - what are the expectations for the days around Christmas?  

Before Christmas can probably work.  Out of curiosity, could starting first thing in Jan and putting in a couple weeks after the class work? Could put down a "if I don't give you the time after the class you can keep this bit of cash" deposit?



During the winter we do half-assed holidays: https://permies.com/w/half-assed-holidays

If you plan to go home for Christmas, start the bootcamp earlier so that you can get the needed 6 weeks of working in the bootcamp.

No, we do not offer partial work-trades or work-trades after the event.
 
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We always take christmas day off.  Because of the half assed holidays, we have done a lot of christmas prep.  So we do lots of christmas things.  

Two years ago I took everybody to a hot springs and then out to a fancy dinner.  

Last year we all stayed home and did stuff.

And every year there are some people that stay and some people that are away for a week or two during the holidays.
 
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Thank you both!

To make sure I'm tracking.....show up Dec 8th, safely be gone for a week at Christmas no big deal?

 
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Duncan Shannon wrote:Thank you both!

To make sure I'm tracking.....show up Dec 8th, safely be gone for a week at Christmas no big deal?


You will need to start on a bootcamp start date (it will be a Sunday), I don't believe that they have been announce that far out yet.

According to my math, if you start before Dec 10th, then you can take a week off for Christmas. We will confirm when start dates are noticed.
 
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Most people arrange their schedule so it just barely fits.  I think the wise folks show up early and give themselves plenty of buffer.

We have also had some people arrive for a work trade and pursue ant village or deep roots instead.

 
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The last day to join the bootcamp for the work trade is december 17th.

if you want a little insight into the bootcamp, just take it from Dez.  He did the bootcamp for 2 years and got his own acre!  Watch him talk about his experience here:  
 
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Interestingly, life circumstances have now made me available. I'll be moving out of Los Angeles and putting my stuff in storage in San Diego and on my way to Montana sooner than later. I'm a trained herbalist and I can cook and crochet (and sewing, even darning, when needed). I hope these skills can translate to your homestead Paul and Company 🍁🍂🍁 If I am not accepted for whatever reason, I'll be in Emigrant (South of Livingston which is East of Bozeman) for the winter in any case! 🙏🙏🙏
 
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Step 1:  ya gotta sign up for the bootcamp!  https://wheaton-labs.com/bootcamp/

 
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Working on it, thank you Paul. I'll have some questions about food since I cannot have grains, legumes or sugars. Most of the time things work out, but I want to be prepared. I saw I might need to bring my own items, which is fine. Details can be worked out! 💯😎🍂
 
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We provide staples that are mostly vegan.  Heaps of fruit and veg.  I'm still pulling kale out of the gardens.  

We do provide eggs, milk yogurt and canned salmon.  
 
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