I think that in many ways, this will be the true birth of PEP1.
Three years from now, I hope that we will offer three PEP1 courses each year, and folks will pay something like $1800 for the two week course. Maybe three years after that, there will be 20 places that will offer PEP1 courses and maybe a few that will do something PEX1 that is not PEP1.
Hopefully, at the end of this course, most of the students will end up with a PEP1 certification. And the few that don't will have just a few tiny things they can do at home to finish up.
Along the way, we should be able to refine the requirements for PEP1. And each badge. And each BB.
Basic food staples will be provided. But the students will need to cook for themselves and clean up after themselves.
It looks like you put in $1 to the kickstarter. And it looks like that stuff is in your "my stuff" here at permies. To get the physical DVD, you would need to have supported the kickstarter at a higher level.
PEP is something I started writing about 4 years ago. And in the last month or two, I have overhauled it and am spending a large part of my time filling it out. Basically, a list of experiences in 22 categories. Formalized in such a way that a person can show what they have accomplished. Of value to people hiring, and to old folks that are looking for somebody to will their land to. Stuff that can be done here or remotely. More in the PEP forum: https://permies.com/f/178/
If you are a boot and decide to do a PDC there, can you continue boot-ing after the PDC?
Yes. That's what fred did. And fred's been here three and a half years.
Also is this correct RE Bootcamp...
Everyone pays the $100 fee plus more for an airport pick up
We don't do the gapper program anymore. The bootcamp program is far superior.
works full days, meals are (sort of) included, usually at a camping set up
if you stay long enough you get an acre to play on (ant acre) You become an ant?
Meals are fully included, unless you want coffee and meat. Then you will want to bring a bit of your own.
We provide a bunk most of the year. But most folks tend to prefer a tent during the warmer months.
You can either pay the ant rent and go on directly to be an ant, or you can come and be a boot. After enough time in the bootcamp program, you will have your ant rent effectively paid for for a while. Or you can stay in the bootcamp program longer and have your deep roots package paid for.
Sepper- rents out structures and works as desired, not as required.
If a person was going to get just one DVD, this would be the one. A cob style rocket mass heater is "the old reliable". We have two projects to demonstrate this technique - one in a log home and one in a tipi. We put one in a tipi as part of an experiment to test how warm a person can be with a rocket mass heater and zero insulation. We interview the couple that stayed in the tipi for the first winter, with a strong focus on how comfortable they were when it was 26 degrees below zero.
All of this stuff is being designed so that a vegan can be PEP4 certified.
For the animal care badges, a vegan would need to get a sand badge and a straw badge to be PEP3 or PEP4 certified. This thread is for figuring out what all those tasks would be.
- build a mason bee house (possibly other solitary bees)
- build a ladybug house
- build a bat house
- build a bird house
- build an insect hotel
- scythe and bale one bale of hay
- scythe and bale one bale of straw
- scythe and bale a dozen bales of hay
- scythe and bale a dozen bales of straw
- build a baler
- create a three season nectar harvest for pollinators
- create a brush pile near a garden for animal/insect diversity habitat
- create six brush piles
If you look at some of the other badges posted, you get the general idea.
Here are some rough ideas to get the list started. The idea is that there needs to be artifacts created. Something that anybody can do. Something that is designed primarily for my property, but can also be done somewhere else (not "anywhere else", but on similar properties).
The beginning of this list:
give a tree a name. set up a thread for it at permies. Set up a water proof log and trinket center - possibly a mail box for the tree. etc. etc. etc.
give a community point of interest a web page. Add information at the point of interest.
create a private geocaching program with at least six points. Hopefully this will someday grow into a large, self guided tour.
creating some sort of public art
city repair stuff
creating an annual holiday
name a public point; create signs and art for that point
Somebody is doing the free program and they submit a BB. The evaluator sees it and it falls short and says "not yet" or "keep going" or "do it over." And the student says "why?" or wants to question the evaluation.
Over at coderanch, the beginning of the site was "the java college" which was later renamed to "the cattle drive". There were 8 assignments. The idea was that an assignment would be sent in to the nitpicker and you would have to do it over and over until the nitpicker could find no further nits to pick. In time, it became so popular that we had to start charging $200 per student just to thin the herd a bit.
Most students seemed to really like this process. But about 1 in 4 would argue with the nitpicker and basically try to change the program or attempt to move on to the next assignment by being argumentative.
So what we did was we set up two price structures: $200 and the nitpicker is always right. $2000 and the student is always right. So when this sort of arguing cropped up, we would say "No problem - just send over that extra $1800 and we will get this all sorted out for you." It worked 100% of the time.
Of course, it is possible that it won't work here on permies, but .... it could be worth considering.
I do think there will be times where a person consistently does a really poor job and will need some extra guidance. And that individual is especially difficult/challenging. I suppose that that student will need to hire a tutor or pay an evaluator to explain in enormous detail.
So as much as I wish to set this framework up to be free for everybody, I do think "everybody" needs a bit of a qualification: students that appreciate and respect the gift of evaluation by the evaluators.
During the kickstarter, the rocket ovens plans were just a glimmer in the eye of davin. I talked to him about making them a stretch goal or something and he said that he was super busy right then and didn't know if he would be able to do it.
About a month after the kickstarter was done, davin cranked them out.
So, the plans were not part of the kickstarter.
is there an upgrade
I am paul, the producer of the dvd. Davin is the producer of the plans. Totally different product. So, no upgrade.
I like Mike's idea of a "homesteading badge" that is basically a catch all for stuff that doesn't fit into the other badges. This would be a good one for a pulley (for drying clothes) and for driving a trailer backwards.
And then there could be an "oddball" badge that is all blank. It is going to have nothing specific in it. Instead, it is all a framework for stuff that has not been thought of and is not in any of the other badges. This could include creative repairs, or repairs on conventional structures. Maybe a new invention. Maybe an existing gate needs maintenance, or to be replaced. Maybe the mailbox needs to be re-installed. Maybe a conventional floor needs a small mend. Maybe a conventional window is broken, or a chair needs to be repaired.
Since a good, well-operated RMH exhausts very little smoke and almost purely steam and CO2, what about venting that into a greenhouse? The research is in: plants love CO2. It’s basically home-scale carbon capture. You may need to have a fork in the exhaust line, 1 exit tube going outside, and another going into the greenhouse. Then you could have a CO detector by the greenhouse tube that automatically switches the exhaust to shoot outside when the smoke gets out of desired parameters.
It is in this podcast where Ernie, Erica and I thoroughly discuss this.
To the three of us it seemed obvious that this was a bad idea. A REALLY bad idea. Awful idea. Fuck, DO NOT DO IT! And the guy asking .... in hindsight, I don't understand why he was even asking. He started off by asking me, I said "bad idea" and then said I was wrong, and then erica got involved and he said erica was wrong, and then ernie got involved and he said all three of us were wrong. If you think you already have it all figured out, why do you ask?
Before this guy, I am certain that E&E&I would not have made a podcast on the topic - it just seems so obvious. There's oodles of other stuff to talk about. But this guy was such a douchebag about it and for 45 minutes just railed at how stupid the three of us, the instructors, were ... the very next moment we had (breakfast the next morning) we recorded a podcast.
Oh sure, we think about things like "I think that problem will solve itself. He'll be dead in a month." Of course, it could turn out to be that others get killed or that rocket mass heaters get a bad name. And then we started talking about how he was so sure he was right and he would not listen to any of the things we were saying. To make matters worse, he seemed like a smart enough guy the moment before. So we got to thinking that others might embrace this awful train of thought.
Over the years, this question has been put to me about eight more times, but I say "NO!" and the person asking the question says "Okay." - and we're good.
Still, I think if anybody is thinking of a rocket mass heater in a greenhouse, they might be tempted by this thought and they really need to listen to this podcast.