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If we get a good PA I think we can do a dozen workshops a year. Otherwise I think it will be tough to do 3 - we're just trying to do too much.

But for the next day I would like to focus on what workshops should we offer?

At the moment, we are thinking of:

A) 800 square foot wofati house
B) wofati freezer
C) earthworks
D) hugelkultur
E) introducing a creek
F) plant species / wild edibles / seed balls
G) setting up paddock shift for chickens
H) setting up paddock shift for pigs
I) farmstead meatsmith pork
J) farmstead meatsmith beef
K) farmstead meatsmith poultry
L) rocket mass heaters
M) porta-kitchen
N) porta-kitchen -> rocket canning kitchen
O) green woodworking part 1 (mallet, spoon, coat rack, shaving horse)
P) green woodworking part 2 (lathe, chair, table)

Right now the idea is to list everything you can think of. What are some other ideas?




 
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-Harvesting Lumber for Construction - Mobile milling, the power cart, cutting shakes.
-Drilling a Well and Building the Drill Rig
 
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Q) harvesting trees: chainsaws and maintenance; roundwood stuff; sawmill stuff; splitting poles; shakes; ...
R) how to build a solar cart; installing a permanent solar panel; heliostats / solar tracking; batteries; inverters
S) multiple techniques for drilling wells


I think it might also be good to clarify different types of workshops:

steel: we're going to try to all learn together
bronze: bringing in one local expert
silver: bringing in one global expert
gold: bringing in multiple global experts

 
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I think it might also be good to clarify different types of workshops:

steel: we're going to try to all learn together
bronze: bringing in one local expert
silver: bringing in one global expert
gold: bringing in multiple global experts



For sure. I think you make this known up front, so people know what they are getting and what to expect.

I don't know if you have thought of it, but there may be interest, especially from more local people, where you could buy an annual pass or membership to these workshop. One price gets them all at a discount.
 
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What about something involving the permaculture homestead bathroom - compost heated shower, composting toilets. Maybe even making soap with goat milk etc.

There seem to be a lot of terrible compost toilet designs out there, so good knowledge would be valuable to spread.
 
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-Greywater systems
 
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Armin Voigt wrote:-Greywater systems


I think this assumes avoiding creating "blackwater".
Anyway, dealing with resources we are used to thinking of as "waste" in a safe manner.... grey water, black stuff and garbage (Non-compostable stuff, I think most people already see organic matter as a resource)

As an aside, I think workshops are great, but they are far beyond any budget I can see myself putting together. The cost of the workshop itself is not the problem, the travel would double or triple that though. As luck would have it, I learn better by reading than at workshops, through podcasts or videos. Not a put down of these resources at all, every one learns different, my wife is a workshop person for example.
 
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-TEFA, microclimate manipulation, lemons in Montana
 
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We would love to come out from South Dakota sometime next June or beyond for 1st choice) a rocket mass heaters workshop 2nd choice) raising bees & chicken paddock 3rd choice) wofati.

Well, OK, really, would love to come out for all of those - but if time/resources won't allow that, must have rocket mass heater knowledge.

I'm just now completing my permaculture design certification online course taught by Karl Schmidt of Glacial Lakes Permaculture. Karl studied with Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in Australia. So would be happy to work on projects for/with you all while we're there.

All the Best,

Barbara

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paul wheaton wrote:If we get a good PA I think we can do a dozen workshops a year.
Right now the idea is to list everything you can think of. What are some other ideas?


We can drill into these subclasses as we progress but I feel this website will provide a good framework for our continued disscussion.


Dewey Decimal Classification System

6 Technology
63 Agriculture
630 Agriculture and related technologies
631 Specific techniques; apparatus, equipment, materials
632 Plant injuries, diseases, pests
633 Field and plantation crops
634 Orchards, fruits, forestry
635 Garden crops (Horticulture)
636 Animal husbandry
637 Processing dairy and related products
638 Insect culture
639 Hunting, fishing, conservation, related technologies

 
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For example...

638 Insect culture
638.1 Bee keeping (Apiculture)
638.1092 Beekeepers
638.12 Varieties of bees
638.13 Pasturage for bees
638.14 Hive management
638.15 Injuries, diseases, pests
638.16 Honey processing
638.17 Wax

As you can see a lot of the brainstorming has already been fleshed out while also providing room to expand into territory not conceived of yet. As an additional function stacking measure familiarity with DDS will go a long way torwards scoring a date with any sexy librarian you may run across in your research. (There's no reason this can't be fun)
 
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Right now the idea is to come up with a list of all the things that we might want to have a workshop for. The sky is the limit!

And, of course, we will try to video stuff. So even if you cannot come, then we might be able to share some of this stuff later.

 
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C+D) earthworks, TEFA, hugelkultur, lemon trees in montana
S) Potable water; drilling a well; cisterns; water storage
T) The permaculture bathroom: greywater, hot water from compost; pooper; soapnuts; laundry ...
U) Creek restoration
V) Woodland management
W) honey bees, bee hut, Mason Bees
X) Food dehydrator

(in regard to "R") I wonder about having some sort of workshop where we bring together Steven Harris (batteries, chargers, inverters, etc.), Caleb Larson (solar, our solar cart, hot water, etc.), Dan Rojas (GREENPOWERSCIENCE, fresnel lenses, steam generation, DIY solar panels) and Steve Heckeroth (electric tractors, solar panel inventor, artist, etc.). With so many bigs under one roof, it would be freakishly expensive, but it would also be freakishly educational. We might even try to set up some things to accomplish during the workshops.

Mark Vander Meer will be here Friday and we are going to talk about what workshops he might be willing to lead.

Any other ideas?

 
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paul stamets or anyone from Fungi Perfecti! There are 10 "bricks" right there!
 
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Methods for reduction or elimination of hay
 
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Alternative medicine
 
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Earthworks...Fences, Hedges, Walls, Roads, Bridges, Dams
 
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Plant propagation from seed, bulbs, tubers, suckers, runners, buds, layering, cutting & slips
 
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paul wheaton wrote:Mark Vander Meer will be here Friday and we are going to talk about what workshops he might be willing to lead.


I would love to learn how to encourage brown tree rot for a hugelkultur that lasts 500 years!
 
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Boat building (Small, Med, or Noah Ark Large : )
 
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Fire remediation
 
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Printing press & HAM Radio
 
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Make your own musical instrument
 
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Learn how to cut hair, manicure, pedicure, Brazilian waxes (just kidding)
 
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Natural pigments (Call it "Pigments of your Imagination")
 
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Pie in the sky?
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I like the sound of all of these and particularly second

anything having to do with animals and bees
natural plasters/earthen floors/artistic cob
greenwood work
tool sharpening

I would love to see a class dedicated to antique hand tools: proper care and use of scythes, crosscuts, axes, etc. It would be awesome to get Dolly Chapman out here, a crosscut expert: sharpcrosscuts Sharpening crosscuts is a dying art.

timberframing

how to be super economical and manage a homestead pantry with lost secrets on preservation and fermentation

cheesemaking/ make a cheese cave

build a root cellar

pottery class -- there's plenty of clay!

stone masonry

electric vehicle maintenance




 
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