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John Seay
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I've been listening to the Q and A podcast with geoff lawton where he was talking about having shipping containers filled with all the materials needed to start up an institute or project. This got me thinking. I plan on having a large permaculture farm and demonstration site eventually; and I have a small trickle of money to put towards things now. So if I were to put together a shipping container of materials over the next say 5 years or so what would be the most appropriate things to start filling it with now? I've only started to think of the possibilities and would appreciate people's thoughts on the things that could be built or bought now before the land is bought. I believe he was on to something that could provide those with limited funds and future plans to set themselves up in a way that they could really hit the ground running.

Ps. Sorry for any grammatical errors as I'm writing this on my phone and editing is a real pain.
 
R Scott
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Things that will survive storage longest first--Hand tools, shovels, rakes, etc. They will survive pretty much any conditions as long as you give them a coat of grease or paint. Hoophouse pipe bender and pipe (chain link top rail and conduit) for creating your tree nursery and garden.

If this is truly a container (not climate controlled), I would be hesitant to put anything plastic in there as it may get brittle before you need to use it. Otherwise, thing like tree starting tubes, seedling trays, watering hoses, greenhouse plastic, shade cloth, etc.

A barrel, pile of fire bricks, chimney and vent pipe to make a rocket stove (everything but the clay).

Temporary shelter--tent, enough tin to make a shanty roof--whatever you want/need for the climate. You can't count on using the container until you empty it.

A really good wheelbarrow.

5 gallon buckets.

Books.

a couple big pots and pans to feed a work party. and heat water for baths/showers.

and probably anything you can scrounge for free, within the weight limits of you ability to move.
 
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