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PEA: The Core Philosophy and Badges

 
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Note: This is a work in progress
The Permaculture Experience Anywhere

The Philosophy:
The PEA program is meant as a means of developing and displaying permaculture-centric skills that isn't tethered to a situation. These badges and levels should be something anyone can achieve regardless of location and climate, even if one lives in an apartment without a yard/lawn. Through the PEA program, an individual can build the skills needed to succeed in their future permaculture activities. Because these skills can serve the individual well regardless of their personal situation, it allows the uncertain to dip their toes into the world of permaculture and walk away with vital abilities no matter what. Better still, because of the degrees of overlap with the PEP program, completing the PEA program will offer the individual a major head-start on achieving PEP when their situation changes to allow them the opportunity to access some of the more intensive features of the same.

Requirements to achieve PEA1:
A formal PEA1 program would last 3-4 weeks (at least 80 hours). Completing the PEA1 program requires 12 sand badges.
A formal PEA2 program is still TBA

Individual Badges:
sand badge: ~6 to 8 hours
straw badge: ~40 to 50 hours
wood badge: ~220 to 300 hours
iron badge: ~1250 to 2000 hours

Fully Available Badges:
  • PEA Round Wood Woodworking Badge
  • PEA Gardening Badge
  • PEA Animal Care Badge
  • PEA Community Living Badge
  • PEA Commerce Badge
  • PEA Dimensional Lumber Woodworking Badge


  • Tentatively Available Badges (not final form):
  • PEA Food Prep and Preservation Badge
  • PEA Textiles Badge
  • PEA Natural Medicine Badge
  • PEA Tool Care Badge
  • PEA Nest Badge
  • PEA Electricity Badge
  • PEA Graywater Badge
  • PEA Metalwork Badge
  • PEA Oddball Badge
  • PEA Foraging Badge


  • Badges Being Actively Considered/Worked On:
  • PEA Natural Building Badge


  • Badges Currently Off the Table Entirely
  • PEA Woodland Care Badge
  • PEA Earthworks Badge
  • PEA Homesteading Badge
  • PEA Plumbing and Hot Water Badge
  • PEA Rocket Badge

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    Hi. I didn't know the development of PEA was already at this point! I think PEA is a better fit for me than PEP. So in the future I will do the PEA BBs. But the first Badge I will get (soon-ish) will be Textiles. That is the same for PEP and PEA.
     
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    Important Note: The PEA program is about to get some revamps and upgrades. If anyone is currently working on a badge in the program, please let me know. Hopefully this won't be an inconvenience to anyone, but the current iteration was left in a half-finished state that doesn't hold true to Paul's vision of where PEA should go. Many of the changes are likely to be minor things adapting it to be more of a closed system not requiring one to visit any property aside from the interior of one's dwelling.
     
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    While finishing the Textiles Badge I started doing the Nest BBs too. Because here it said for PEA Nest is the same as in PEP.
    But I found out not all BBs in Nest are possible if you live in an apartment with central heating ...
    I am lucky to live in a ground-floor apartment, with front and back yard. But in an apartment without garden it will be difficult to water the plants with water from the shower (but you can still use the water to flush the toilet).
     
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    Hi D.Logan I am signed up for PTJ and SKIP next summer but thought it might be fun to get the family excited with some PEA projects. I noticed the note about a revamp to this and was wondering if there's an update before I jump in?
     
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    D. Logan wrote:Important Note: The PEA program is about to get some revamps and upgrades. If anyone is currently working on a badge in the program, please let me know. Hopefully this won't be an inconvenience to anyone, but the current iteration was left in a half-finished state that doesn't hold true to Paul's vision of where PEA should go. Many of the changes are likely to be minor things adapting it to be more of a closed system not requiring one to visit any property aside from the interior of one's dwelling.



    Interesting.. so the PEA program won't require access to property? I'm kinda curious about a middle ground program - somewhere in along the lines of "skill to permaculture your suburban lot / garden space". For example, smallish hugulkultur might be viable in some cases or a management of a few fruit trees..
     
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    daniel thomas allen wrote:Hi D.Logan I am signed up for PTJ and SKIP next summer but thought it might be fun to get the family excited with some PEA projects. I noticed the note about a revamp to this and was wondering if there's an update before I jump in?



    Based on the ongoing discussions, I believe that the final updates should be in place by the end of 2020. I will be doing some things this week and moving forward to finalize the badge bits on all of the badges within PEA. When everything is in place and we start work on creating the pages for individual badge bits, I will comment here to make sure everyone following the conversation is made aware of it.


    Ivar Vasara wrote:Interesting.. so the PEA program won't require access to property? I'm kinda curious about a middle ground program - somewhere in along the lines of "skill to permaculture your suburban lot / garden space". For example, smallish hugulkultur might be viable in some cases or a management of a few fruit trees..



    PEA will not require access to any physical land. The concept is that everything can be done without leaving your apartment if need be. That said, we have been adjusting the wordings to allow those who wish to complete the badges with aspects outside of the apartment if they wish. A good example of this is the Forage badge concept, where it allows for both harvesting on your own as well as seeking to obtain things through sites like Amazon. While that may sound a bit strange, the idea of the PEA badge version is to become familiar with the materials and prove that you can make use of them even if you aren't yet able to obtain them directly from your environment. As to a middle ground, I am not currently aware of a PEX that bridges the gap between the two, but the basic idea of PEA is to serve as a stepping stool that allows you to begin proving out your permaculture knowledge and skills even before your present environment would make it possible. Many badge bits for PEA will cross over with those found in PEP, allowing for a person to get PEA, then obtain PEP badges very quickly once they have the access or by picking up a PEP event.
     
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    So what does "Tentatively Available Badges" mean?  I'm living in an RV currently, traveling across the western US, so I think this would be the best option for me out of the SKIP/PEP stuff for now.  
    I had an idea for natural building -- one activity could be doing a soil shake test.  This would only require going someplace that you can dig up some dirt do the test and put it back if need be.  Most apartment dwellers and RV'ers could do this.  
     
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    John Valdes wrote:So what does "Tentatively Available Badges" mean?  I'm living in an RV currently, traveling across the western US, so I think this would be the best option for me out of the SKIP/PEP stuff for now.  
    I had an idea for natural building -- one activity could be doing a soil shake test.  This would only require going someplace that you can dig up some dirt do the test and put it back if need be.  Most apartment dwellers and RV'ers could do this.  



    I'll be doing an update at the end of this weekend, so hopefully you'll be seeing actual badge bits appearing under the fully finished badges very soon. The long and short is that all of the tentatively available badges are done, but in the soft sense. They're each undergoing a final pass to solidify them into their final form. So far, 4 badges are in the fully available stage and are having badge bits worked on. These are Roundwood, Garden, Animal Care, and Community. I'll go ahead right now and update that on the opening of this post as well.
     
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    I think the top post could be edited to say which ones are now published.
     
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    Just discovered these and they're much more within my scope at the moment as I live in a rented suburban house with a small yard. I'm cracking on with PEP's but I'll only be able to get a handful of sand badges.

    1) Can I start doing them and posting?
    2) Do you want me to test any or help?

    Great work!
     
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    Yes, all the badges in the Fully Available and Tentatively Available sections are actually fully available.  But...  we don't have the BB threads created for many of them.  If someone wanted to create the BB pages for them, that would be extremely helpful.  I can walk someone through it and double check them once they're created.

    Here's a tutorial on making PEP BBs, I think the PEA BBs would be quite similar: How to create a BB thread

    Instead of doing it in this thread, discussing and reviewing new BBs can be carried on over here: PEPPERS in action
     
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    I've finished a couple of PEA Sand badges. I can't see them on my merit badge profile page or the badge bits. Is that page just for PEP? Is there anywhere I can see what I've done? Sorry if I've asked this before, I know I was thinking about it but couldn't find a previous post.
     
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    Unfortunately the PEA side of permies isn't as developed as the PEP side.  So programming requests are in the queue but haven't been started yet.
     
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    Mike Haasl wrote:Unfortunately the PEA side of permies isn't as developed as the PEP side.  So programming requests are in the queue but haven't been started yet.



    Ah, no worries. I'll try and drum up some more PEA people and get some exposure. I think for a lot of people like me who are only dreaming of a homestead, they hold a lot of value on their own.
     
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