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Daniel Burnam
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I'm very interested in coming to the pdc and the atc if I can. It seems like exactly what I need in my life.
I am a father of two (4years and 6 months old) who would be traveling from Brooklyn to participate. I'm curious to know if there is any accommodation for parents who need to travel with kids/family. We are all happy to camp but just wondering if this situation is something that is common/expected or strange/inconvenient.

Willing to jump through hoops to make it work, though we would be on a tight budget.

Thanks for all your good work
 
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I think it is good to post this here. 

I think it is possible that there is somebody here, or somebody that would come here and make this a business for these four weeks.  If somebody wants to take on this business angle, now is the time to speak up and name your rates.  Naturally, the business person would need to meet some minimum criteria to make it worth doing.

I do wish to make it clear that:

    - the ticket price includes feeding the student and not extra spouses/kids/etc. 

    - i insist that the instruction not be interrupted by personal stuff, this would include fussy babies.

 
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It's almost a catch-22 that we need a family or families here to make things more friendly for more families to visit, move here, etc.

We like the idea of having a diverse, supportive community though we're still growing and working on that.

There are families that *might* be here during the pdc and atc, so we'll make sure they know about this thread, too.
 
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That's true.  At this time, it sounds like during the PDC there will be two families here, with lots of kids.
 
Daniel Burnam
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Jocelyn Campbell wrote:

We like the idea of having a diverse, supportive community though we're still growing and working on that


Yes this seems like a great opportunity for an ad hoc community of families come together and support one another as we educate without ahouldering undue financial or other burdens.

For my part I would be willing to entertain the notion of bringing someone with me to help out with my son while my wife is in California and she would be able to join halfway through the pdc and be a part of that support community as it develops.

Family was the catalyst for putting us on this road and wanting to reimagine and redesign our lives so it feels like an integral part of permaculture for me.

As to Paul's response about the food (sorry I don't know how to double quote ina reply), would you be willing to put a price on a daily, non-class taking food cost for others who were traveling as support.

Thank you!
 
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The PDC will provide food for 13 days (no food on the day off in the middle of the PDC).   We currently estimate that our COST on that is about $455 for one person.   And that does not include the cleaning.
 
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Hello Paul and Jocelyn,
This is Michelle; my husband is Cliff Ponder, whom you have been emailing about the gapper program. 

Daniel, I believe we are one of the families referred to that is planning on being at wheaton labs during the pdc and atc. I am interested in providing childcare. My boys are ages 9, 7, and 4. I have always been at home with them and I feel I can handle caring for another 4 yr old and 6 month old.

Paul stated,

If somebody wants to take on this business angle, now is the time to speak up and name your rates.

Paul, can you help me get a sense of what the daily time commitment might be? 8am - 5pm? Or, a few hours here and a few hours there? I understand the two programs are a total of four weeks.
 
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I just found the pdc daily schedule that is listed below all the instructors for the pdc on the richsoil site. That answers my question. I may have a few more for Daniel...
 
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Michelle,

We gotta get you out here so we can go over the particulars so you can figure out what to charge and stuff.

 
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