Hello everyone. I am not trying to promote myself on here but I did want to put my name out on here so yall can be aware of whats going on in Georgia. My name is Ben Marchman. I am a former Ecologist (Habitat Restoration Specialist) and have a background in Eco/Wilderness Therapy. For the past 5 years I have been teaching full time as well as doing Permaculture Design as a consultant and teaching it. Anyways, I have been turning my homestead into a Permaculture Demonstration Site and designing a new business. My goal is to start up this new business and have it focus on building stronger Nature Connection Modeling and Permaculture concepts within the neighboring community by working on culture repair and enhancing environmental stewardship values. Lately, I have been working with schools to do this and found it successful.....more to come from this model later.
So.....why I am posting on here!..... I want to try and create a series of workshops that not only helps speed up the installation process at my homestead but also build up the permaculture community here in GA. My first workshop is this July and the focus is on Cob Building. It is hosted by my friend Alex Sumerall and I am just playing host Link is here –––http://www.thiscobhouse.com/cob-workshop-peachtree-city-georgia/
Does anyone have ideas on how to engage local communities as well as sort of start like a coalition of Permaculturalists, farmers, etc that can work together to start Permaculture Demonstration Sites within a township and/or county? I want other people to see what I am doing so they will strive to do the same thing and this can eventually create like a network of multiple homsteads, farms, etc that have tour sites....sort of like a Permaculture Demonstration Site Tour Circuit...or something of that related matter.
Hey Ben, I'm in Canton working on securing some land to start a homestead in Jasper (Pickens County) soon. I just moved here so can't say much about getting locals involved other than what you're doing and through social media and asking previous clients and those signed up to share. Maybe offer some sort of perk for them doing so has helped us with promoting other stuff in the past.
Re: Cob, I've looked a lot online videos and articles but never been in one. Love the thermal mass, natural building concept and potential to DIY a home for our family. I guess the unknowns for me are building codes, potential moisture issues and how long it'd take/trusting myself to build a home for our family (1200-1500 sq ft. Any suggestions for our area?
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