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Community can mean so many things.  For the sake of this aspect, “community” is about bringing dozens of productive gardeners onto the same land - possibly under the same roof.  Permaculture is largely about replacing petroleum with people.  The intent of this aspect is to show Otis how you will be able to attract and retain a community of productive gardeners to help his land thrive for decades to come.

Note that the BBs in this aspect are brutally focused on the tasks that could help BUILD the very exact flavor of community we are seeking.  We have plucked out the hundreds of suggested BBs that were about experiencing community or building other types of community.

sand badge

Brand a physical location
(thorn list) do two of the following:
  - Upgrade a physical location that has already been branded (1.5 oddball points)
  - Prepare a basic meal (and wash all the dishes) for at least 8 people
  - Add one point to a geocaching list
  - Public art (1.5 oddball points)
  - Create (or update) a map showing the points of interest
  - Teach a one hour workshop to 8 students and hold the attention of the 8 students for the full hour
  - Give a one hour presentation or tour to 8 participants and hold their attention for the full hour
  - Organize a flash flea market, collective garage sale or free swap
  - Set up a Little Free Library
  - Set up a free food stand
  - Set up an honor system food stand

straw badge
35 points required
New items from Sand Thorn list allowed (each counts for 1.5 points)
Up to 8 oddball points of community art allowed
Up to 10 points of duplication allowed from the Straw and Sand list

Create a community of 6 non-related people that lives together for 4 months sharing at least 1 meal a week - 15 points
  - Same 6 people for the same 4 months (can start and end with more than 6) are living on the same property
  - You create the community and entice the people to live there
Community art - 2 to 4 oddball points
  - needs to be in view of the community
Brand a piece of equipment - 1 point
  - give it a name and add some sort of interesting flair/character to the equipment
Upgrade a physical location that has already been branded (2 to 4 oddball points)
Create a private geocaching program and at least six points - 4 points
Make a ceramic tile informational sign and mounting post - 2.5 points
  - 2 additional points if you made the tile from local clay
Mount a “you are here” map on an existing structure - 1 point
Create a “you are here” map structure - 1 to 15 points
  - 98% natural materials with protection from the elements
Prepare a magnificent dinner (and wash all the dishes) for at least 8 people - 4 points
Give a two hour presentation/tour - 1 to 5 points
Arrange for six hours of presentations/tours - 2 to 10 points
Teach a 1.5 hour workshop - 1 to 5 points
Teach a six hour workshop - 2 to 10 points
  - Can be combined with “set up a six hour workshop” to get two BBs
Set up a six hour workshop - 2 to 10 points
  - Can be combined with “teach a six hour workshop” to get two BBs
Set up a hygenic off-grid manual dishwashing station for parties or an event - 4 points
  - combo with Nest
  - requires clean storage of dishes
  - ability for people to wash their own dishes
  - requires more sterility than washing dishes for yourself
      - to prevent the spread of illness between dozens of people
      - does not need to be absolutely sterile
  - provide a compost bucket
  - Has hot water at the bins or sinks to keep the bins/sinks from getting gross
  - at least four bins or sinks
      - pre-wash
      - hot soapy water wash
      - hot rinse
      - warm sterilizing rinse (with grapefruit seed extract or similar natural disinfectant)
  - drying racks plus lots of fresh, dry, dish towels

Improving a library - up to 4 oddball points
Create and lead a work party - 1 to 10 points
  - 4 unrelated people and it doesn’t have to be a public thing
Hold an award ceremony for something and have at least 8 attendees - 2 points
  - If you make a physical award/trophy/badge - 1 more point
Organize a group field trip with at least 6 attendees - 1 to 3 points
Create a seed library - 2 to 12 points
  - At least 12 edible species and at least 12 packets of each species in a dry semi-secure location
  - At least 8 people check out packets
Run a seed swap - 1/2 to 5 points
Run a seedling swap - 1/2 to 5 points
Start a club - 2 to 12 points
Set up a cider pressing party - ½ to 6 points
  - the working participants must be there for at least a 2 hour period and make at least 4 gallons of cider
Set up a canning party - ½ to 6 points
  - the working participants must be there for at least a 2 hour period and make at least 20 quarts or 30 pints
Set up a chicken plucker party - ½ to 6 points
  - the working participants must be there for at least a 2 hour period and process at least 20 birds
Create a self guided tour with 12 points of interest - 6 points
Create a holiday (which could become annual) - 4 points
  - 1 more point if it’s a winter holiday
  - 1 more point if crafting is involved
  - 1 more point if physical activity is involved
  - 1 more point for a theme related meal
  - 6 more points if the holiday is even better on year #2 (submit to the same BB thread for these points on year 2)
  - You are the master of ceremonies, orchestrating the holiday to be fun for everybody and it lasts 3 hours
  - Need at least 8 people for all events throughout the period and there are at least 4 or more unique events/activities/traditions
Create a LIC (labor investment collective)  - 4 points
  - 6 more points if the LIC lives on past your contributions
  - at least three artifacts are created (one for you) with at least six people participating
     - Must be for a BB and all artifacts are relatively similar for each participant

wood badge
180 points required
New items from Sand and Straw allowed (Sand items count for 1.5 points)
Up to 50 points of duplication allowed from the Wood, Straw and Sand list

Create a community of 6 non-related people that lives together for 6 months sharing at least 1 meal a week - 50 points
  - Same 6 people for the same 6 months (can start and end with more than 6) living on the same property
  - You create the community and entice the people to live there
Community art - 5 to 40 oddball points
Upgrade a physical location that has already been branded (5 to 20 oddball points)  
Create a food coop - 12 points
  - At least 8 members ordering food, making a bulk order, divvying it up and distributing it
Create a recurring farmers market or flea market - 10 to 20 points
  - 5 or more sellers, 5 or more non-sellers (shoppers) and at least three market days
Build a community garden - 20 to 50 points
  - At least 8 garden plots clearly marked out and labelled along with water, fencing, paths, rules and a shed.  Occupying at least 1/2 acre.
Manage a community garden for a year - 12 to 32 points
  - At least 8 gardeners
Manage a seed library - 20 points
  - Prerequisite is Create a seed library BB or adopt an existing seed library
  - System to maintain "true to type" seeds, semi-secure seed storage with good signage and seed saving info and hold one informational program
  - At least 6 people return good seed and 8 check out seed with a total of at least 400 seed packets
Create and lead a work party - 4 to 25 points
  - at least 6 hours of work and it doesn’t have to be a public thing
Facilitate a two day educational event/workshop/class - 10 to 30 points
  - Minimum 8 students at any time during the event, at least 16 hours of instruction and at least one meal provided per day
Facilitate a one week educational event/workshop/class - 20 to 60 points
  - Minimum 8 students at any time during the event, at least 40 hours of instruction, at least 5 days and at least one meal provided per day
Facilitate a two week educational event/workshop/class - 30 to 90 points
  - For example: PDC, ATC, SKIP event, etc
  - Minimum 8 students at any time during the event, at least 80 hours of instruction, at least 12 days and at least one meal provided per day
Set up a fair - 20 to 40 points
  - For example: Earth Day, Blue Grass music, Art, Harvest Fest, Fancy flea market, etc
  - At least 200 attendees, at least 6 vendors/booths, at least 2 presenters/workshops/artists/scheduled singers and at least 1 food option

iron badge

Create a community of 8 non-related people that lives together for 30 months sharing at least 1 meal a week
  - Same 8 people for the same 30 months (can start and end with more than 8) living on the same property
  - You create the community and entice the people to live there







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Shawn and I are currently working on the iron badge, but I think this one is far enough along to share.  

When we first started this badge, it seemed like it might end up a bit too challenging.  But it has ended up being one of the easier and more fund badges!

I am posting this here now in the hopes that people have more ideas for the "thorn list", the "gulch list" and the "knot list".  

As you can see, each thing can have a bunch of pics to show it was done - thus validate it.   There might be the need for some video.

As we did this, we thought about things that would definitely BUILD community (as opposed to be something that people would simply experience in community).  

We decided that preparing a meal for people would be a solid build for community.  Hosting a potluck can build community, but it can also be a bit iffy - if a few people don't bring anything, or bring something really lame, that can lead to resentments, which is poison to community.

I think the LIC stuff is gonna prove out to be a magnificent strength component of the community stuff.  
 
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Will there not be any experience with intentional community and/or living with people in the community badges?
 
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What about groups, already small 'communities', who organise activities to 'grow' a larger community. Our group organises many of the things mentioned here (in Sand Badge), but we do it together. Could there be something like a 'group badge'?
 
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Kyle Bob wrote:Will there not be any experience with intentional community and/or living with people in the community badges?



So let's say that for the wood badge you have to share a kitchen with a dozen people for two months.  

Did you build community, or did you simply tolerate community?  Did you end up actually poisoning community?   How do you measure how you did?  Can you take a picture?  A video?  How do you prove that you built community.

What would be a two month community gig that would fit with the other wood badge BBs?

 
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Inge Leonora-den Ouden wrote:What about groups, already small 'communities', who organise activities to 'grow' a larger community. Our group organises many of the things mentioned here (in Sand Badge), but we do it together. Could there be something like a 'group badge'?



Can you give me an example of what a BB might look like?
 
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I think this is my favorite thing ever.

brand a piece of equipment
 requires
    name
    the keys carry the name
 examples
    ranger doug (our little pickup truck)
    rex (the excavator)
 add some sort of interesting flair/character to the equipment

 
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paul wheaton wrote:Did you build community, or did you simply tolerate community?  Did you end up actually poisoning community?


The E in PEX stands for experience! You experienced intentional community first hand!  And the value in that is maybe now you know you can't stand that sort of thing and can avoid it in the future.

paul wheaton wrote:How do you measure how you did?  Can you take a picture?  A video?  How do you prove that you built community.


I guess if you can tough it out for the time allotted by the program and you don't get kicked out, you pass.  A daily picture/video blog like the one required for the wofati experience on the for the natural building iron badge.

paul wheaton wrote:What would be a two month community gig that would fit with the other wood badge BBs?


Two months in a community for a wood badge?  I was thinking a week long workshop or maybe 4 weekends would be a nice chunk of the wood badge, and 2 straight weeks would be part of the iron badge.

WWOOFing is another option.
 
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paul wheaton wrote:

Inge Leonora-den Ouden wrote:What about groups, already small 'communities', who organise activities to 'grow' a larger community. Our group organises many of the things mentioned here (in Sand Badge), but we do it together. Could there be something like a 'group badge'?



Can you give me an example of what a BB might look like?


I start thinking about that now.

The first things coming to my mind is:
- have a meeting together, starting with an agenda, talk about all topics on the agenda in (about) one hour
- during that meeting (one hour) come to a decision all present there are (fairly) content on, about at least one topic  

I hope you understand what I mean.
 
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I believe I have now accomplished everything necessary for this badge! I have Branded a location, created a map, and improved the branded location.
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you now have the community sand badge! Congratulations, this is the first awarded badge!

 
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might already be in this badge - create one of those street lending library boxes.  make it pretty.  
 
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r ranson wrote:might already be in this badge - create one of those street lending library boxes.  make it pretty.  



I think this would fit perfect in improve an already branded location!

Or, maybe even in public art, if it's done nicely!
 
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I think I will qualify for the Community Sand Badge.
geocaching BB
Make a Map.
my brand a location BB.
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I hereby certify that you have attained the Community Sand Badge! Congratulations on your third badge--you're catching up on me!

 
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This might be silly, but what about a BB for making badges for other people who've earned badges?  Maybe something on a thin piece of wood.  Or sewn.   Or needlepointed.  Or welded.  Or woven.  

But basically a little badge that you mail to someone who completed their badge so they can have a physical token of permies awesomeness.
 
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And what about one for starting a club?  Book club, Stamp collecting, Permaculture, whatever
 
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Or how about teaching a skill to one person?  Or a BB?
 
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I like all those ideas, Mike! I don't know how Paul feels about them, but they seem great to me.
 
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Thanks, I'll run them past Paul when I get a chance.  I wanted to post them here so I didn't forget.  For many of the badges, we're adding points to them so that we can have a much bigger list of items and the PEPper can just chose which ones they want to do in order to accumulate the required number of points.  
 
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I think I just qualified for the Community badge!

Brand a Location
Make a meal for 8 people
Teach a 1 hour workshop
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Looks good. Enjoy your new badge!

 
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I believe I have accomplished what I need for my sand badge!

Make a Map
Brand a Location
Make a Public Art Installation
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I hereby certify that you have attained the Community Sand Badge! Congratulations!!!

 
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I believe I have the Community Badge!

- Brand a physical location: https://permies.com/p/1108165

Thorn List (2)
- Create a Map: https://permies.com/p/1098903
- Geocache: https://permies.com/p/1132404

Definitely wasn't the badge I expected to get third...
Staff note (Mike Haasl) :

Congratulations on your third badge!!!

 
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We just fleshed out this badge a ton!  Please check it out in the top post and see how wonderful it is!  
 
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This aspect has a new blurb! The SKIP book is this much closer to becoming a reality!!
 
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We are having a community garbage pickup in our local forest next weekend, I image its in line with permies values and could be possibly added in some form to BBs.

# Sand -  Collect garbage in your area - at least 1 full shopping bag.  / solo mission - for good of everyone
# Straw / Wood -  Orginize / Attend garbage collection event in your area.   /  community interaction neccesary.
 
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Thanks Daniel! I added it to the list of things to consider as PEP badges are refined in the future: PEP Refinement Ideas
 
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