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rocket mass heaters

Heat your home with five times less wood than a conventional "efficient" wood stove. The outside is often built and sculpted out of earthen cob—a mixture of clay, sand, and straw—these stoves can be sculpted into a cozy thermal mass bench. These stoves give off a lot of heat while producing little more than steam as exhaust. Some people have built these in a day and a half for $20.

At first blush, most people that have a standard wood stove respond "My wood stove is 90% efficient - there is no way anything can be five times more efficient than 90%":  consider the smoke leaving the chimney at 200 to 600 degrees while the exhaust leaves the rocket mass heater at 70 to 120 degrees.  Most of the wood stove heat is used to move smoke out of the chimney - a rocket mass heater design keeps more heat inside.

More about rocket mass heaters at http://www.richsoil.com/rocket-stove-mass-heater.jsp

Thursday, January 27th,  6:30, Missoula Public Library (301 East Main Street), large conference room.

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Wofati Eco Buildings

A wofati can be a home, an animal shelter, or a root cellar. Imagine a log cabin from the inside. These structures are optimally built in a forested area using thinnings that would otherwise be piled and burned. The wofati building technique is many times faster than conventional building, one fifth the cost, and if built right, will require zero heat in the winter.

More about wofati eco buildings at http://www.richsoil.com/wofati.jsp

Thursday, February 17th,  6:30, Missoula Public Library (301 East Main Street), large conference room.

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replacing irrigation with permaculture

Water For Your Dried Up Farm and Small Gardens:  Whether you have some water to play with or your land is bone dry, we're going to talk about how any dried patch of dirt can be converted into a lush jungle of crops and forage without any type of irrigation.  The presentation will cover a range of techniques for making the use of the water that falls from the sky, but also give you an understanding for how simple micro-climates can be taken advantage of and created to preserve and create the added water you need by maximizing edge effect, planting trees (right kind and right technique), digging swales, using rocks, and several other techniques for raising local humidity. All yard waste, stumps, sticks, and organics can go back into the construction of hugelkultur beds that can retain and deliver enough water to your beloved plants to produce a food forest in our Montana climate.

For more about permaculture techniques, please visit http://www.permies.com/permaculture-forums

Thursday, February 24th,  6:30, Missoula Public Library (301 East Main Street), large conference room.

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Making the Big Bucks with Permaculture

We'll cover at least two-dozen ways to make money from having a rich diversity of permaculture farming. We'll start off with how the permaculture model compares to conventional and organic farming. As a permaculturist following in the footsteps of Bill Mollison, Sep Holzer, and others such as Fukuoka, you can attract volunteers, offer internships, and other opportunities to teach others as they work on your land and increase your productivity. Permaculture techniques enable you to limit or eliminate many of your expenses, while offering a market niche for selling a diversity of produce, coppice, weeds, and other products to dramatically increase your profit margin.

For more information, visit the farm income forum at http://www.permies.com/permaculture-forums/41.0

Thursday, March 10th*,  6:30, Missoula Public Library (301 East Main Street), large conference room.

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Raising Chickens 2.0: No More Coop and Run

This is an exploration of different techniques for raising urban and rural chickens. What kind of chickens should you raise? How should you build your coop? How to protect your chickens from predators, plant feed you chickens can eat, cut back on chore, cut back on costs. Paul Wheaton will provide a presentation of his many years visiting farms and his own trials with coop design, rotational grazing, and techniques that allow chickens to feed and care for themselves for up to a week. Of course, somebody will have to collect the bounty of eggs.

More on this topic at: http://www.richsoil.com/raising-chickens.jsp

Thursday, March  24th*,  6:30, Missoula Public Library (301 East Main Street), large conference room.

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*Ensuing dates are subject to change so please check the wiki page for updates and info
as the date approaches. http://www.permies.com/permaculture/missoula

 
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Paul,

Which of these presentations would be best for someone new to permaculture who would like a more general overview of the ideas and practices involved? Thanks.
 
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This Thursday! Invite anyone who might like to come!

sepp holzer Permaculture Films part 2
"Farming with Nature" plus "Aquaculture"
For over 40 years, sepp holzer has developed a model permaculture farm in the Austrian Alps at 4,500 ft. in a climate very similar to what we experience here in Missoula. On his land, he has created a self-sustaining landscape of abundant vegetables, fruit trees, herbs, mushrooms, pork, poultry, and even citrus without the need for irrigation, pesticides, or weeding. Using ecological relationships and cycles that replace the traditional work of the Western farmer, Holzer stands at the forefront of advancing permaculture practices in a way that minimizes labor input, while providing an ideal environment for soil stewardship, abundant food production, and economic resilience.
Paul Wheaton will show two 30-minute videos highlighting the many cutting-edge and sustainable features of the sepp holzer farm, each followed by a 30-minute discussion, question and answer session about how to apply these same principles here in Missoula or elsewhere.
More about sepp holzer at http://www.richsoil.com/sepp-holzer/sepp-holzer-permaculture.jsp
Thursday, June 16th, 6:30, Missoula Public Library (301 East Main Street), large conference room.
 
paul wheaton
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Yesterday I got the word that the Missoula Public Library is going to be closed every Thursday night.  Forever.  They made this decision just a few days ago.  Since all of my presentations were scheduled for Thursday night, those have all been cancelled. Including the one on July 7.

I was just gearing up to start trying to get the word out in a dozen different ways.  Which resulted in all of about 15 people each night.  Which is too few to keep my interest. 

If somebody is connected with a group that can gather bigger crowds, I am glad to continue giving free presentations in Missoula.  Or maybe if the Missoulian or the Indy ran an article that could bring a bigger crowd.
 
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Sorry to hear you will be discontinuing the talks.  I found the two I attended very interesting. 

Sepp's farm is so amazing.  He spent many years observing to come up with his methods.  I do think it also takes a lot of observation and thought by each grower to be able to use the methods in his/her own situation.
 
                                  
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paul wheaton wrote:
Yesterday I got the word that the Missoula Public Library is going to be closed every Thursday night.  Forever.  They made this decision just a few days ago.  Since all of my presentations were scheduled for Thursday night, those have all been cancelled. Including the one on July 7.

I was just gearing up to start trying to get the word out in a dozen different ways.  Which resulted in all of about 15 people each night.  Which is too few to keep my interest. 

If somebody is connected with a group that can gather bigger crowds, I am glad to continue giving free presentations in Missoula.  Or maybe if the Missoulian or the Indy ran an article that could bring a bigger crowd.


Well shoot. My husband and I had planned on attending - we are renovating a house with a deadline because of a move-in date right now and kind of stuck doing that. But once that obligation was out of the way we had planned on attending the regular meetings =(  sorry we didn't make it in time!
 
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For those that have signed up for my missoula email, I sent something out today suggesting a gathering tonight.  A bit of food, Q&A and podcast.
 
                              
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Hi Paul,

Have you considered rescheduling the remaining presentations for a different night at the library for those of us interested in attending?
 
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