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paul wheaton
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What we have set up so far:

the sepper program where people rent a funky structure and get red carpet treatment to the best of our ability to offer a red carpet

permaculture bootcamp is about "learning permaculture through a little hard work." People get a tour, a bunk and food.  They work 8 hours a day on whatever the projects of the moment are.  Some people work a week, some people work several months and we express our gratitude with event tickets.

the gapper program where people get a tour, a spot to pitch a tent, and the idea is that they intend to do work which helps the ants or other residents.  A gapper usually wants to be part of the community for a few days or months.  We have some gappers that have been here more than a year.  We've also had a lot of people that only want a tour, so this is what they have arranged.

ant village where people rent an acre by the year.  Most are planning on being permanent residents.

deep roots where people get an acre for very long term so they can express their permaculture vision over many years.

Some of the residents will sometimes post to a thread that they are offering an open event or an alternative program.   You need to watch the threads in this forum if you want to grab any of that.

Once people have been here, we usually offer a variety of free visit stuff for when they come back.  


We had somebody call and say that they live a couple of hours away and they would like to come by and get the full tour.   We pointed them to the gapper program and the response was "I don't want to stay, I just want a tour!"

So there are two important angles on answering this question:

    1)  the reality that we are soaking in right now

    2)  what we would like to have in the future.

Currently, we are under construction.  We are low on people, we are low on time.   At the same time, we have so much stuff that is currently viewable, a tour takes three hours if people don't ask any questions. 

I like the idea that someday soon we will have:

    - monthly tours for a low price

    - some sort of workshop every week

    - more stuff, more people, more everything

In the meantime, people seem to show up, one at a time, and expect a person to drop their projects for the day in order to give them a free tour.  But everybody that can lead a tour has stuff that they want to do instead.  So the solution has been "the gapper program costs $100" and you get a tour because we pay somebody to give you the tour.   We will also answer questions before you arrive, arrange to have somebody meet you, and about a dozen other bits and bobs as different people have different things they may or may not want to do while they are here.  They might be here for a few hours or days or more.  Sometimes they need to park, or need to park an RV or they have animals or .....  

It would be great if we were set up in a way to give a free tour.  We just aren't there yet. All part of being "under construction" I guess. 



 
Casie Becker
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For anyone who thinks he's not exaggerating how much work it is everyone in our group had to take a nap afterwards. A lot of ground to cover and so much to take in. I didn't think we had a lot of questions to lengthen the process either. I say that as the one who wasn't asking questions.
 
Shauns Webbers
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Hello wheaton labs!

         I would like to come stay for a week camped out! Wondering if  the next 2-3 week range is available.  I would have a budget, of only about $200 after a plane ticket. I live quite far, and the plane tickets seem to be way expensive.... here on the east coast,  New Jersey. I would dearly love to help out, and lend a hand as much as possible, while soaking in as much awesome, as possible ! !! Please let me know whenever you guys get a chance if there is any availability!

Thanks so much anyone involved for your time!
      -Shaun
  
 
paul wheaton
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Sounds like you are gonna be in the gapper program!  Check it out here:  http://permies.com/t/46350/labs/gapper-program

We will give you rides to and from the airport, a full tour, and set you up with the ants (or maybe fred) to do stuff. 
 
Shauns Webbers
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Awesome!  thanks so much, I will be gathering all the dates and funds this week! Excited to come help out and learn way more! 
 
Jocelyn Campbell
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I just want to mention two additional threads to check out:

shallow roots - 3 years - there are other rental options here besides deep roots, and shallow roots is one of them. Ideally, a renter would not need to commute into town for work. Meaning someone who has their own homestead, craft, or online business, or who might be retired, living off residual or investment income, or interested in bounty work here.

See also Paul's musings about permaculture bootcamp, funny money, free bunks, ideas for growth.

 
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