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PEX:  Permaculture Experience "X" - the idea is to replace the "X" with a philosophy set that you like.

PEP:  Permaculture Experience according to Paul (me!).  

So the idea is that I am going to make a structure of verifiable experiences that would fit for my philosophies on my property.  Although it is possible that somebody can do the same experiences on some other property and get PEP certified.  



In the past I have been asked "I wanna do permaculture, should I go to college?" And with that the whole thing about how college now costs about ten times more than it did just a few years ago - and it seems like the quality of college has dropped by a factor of five.

From another angle, there are people that are old and looking for somebody to will their land to.   There appears to be thousands of people that are looking for somebody to will their land to.  They are looking for somebody that has some actual experience - not somebody that simply says they have experience.

Then people say something about how they want to come here, or go wwoofing, or intern with Joel Salatin, or .... something.  They wish to build experience.  

Further, I get people wanting me to come speak, or come to consult and the demands on my time are just too massive.

And then people ask me how they are going to make a living while "living the dream". It seems so clear to me, but I feel like my words don't make sense to them .... yet.

We need a system where we can verify an exact experience set.   Either in person, or remotely.  And some people will have just a little experience and others will have a lot of experience.  This way, people can measure how they have been building experience.   And then people that are looking for a speaker, a consultant or somebody to will their land to, can KNOW the measure of a person in this skill space.  



PEP1 is a set of experiences that can probably be accomplished in 2 to 4 weeks.

PEP2 might take a full summer.  Maybe a bit more.

PEP3 would add on to PEP2 to become a full year.

PEP4 would add two years more, making the whole thing about three years.  Maybe four years.  



More on PEP1, 2, 3 and 4 here:  https://permies.com/t/84112/PEP-weeks-PEP-months-PEP


 
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Oh!! Neat!! That would be valuable and I think is the true purpose of upper level education.

When I first wrote this response, I had not read any of the rest of the PEX PEP thread, so I didn't understand the system. Seeing the list of subjects plus the straw-iron requirements from different categories cleared it up for me.

So what would be PEP 20 look like? 40?

I'm completionist so I like lists. And I want to do aaaallll the things..! Thank you!

What are you thinking of doing/have done about climate specific instructions? I imagine some plants or methods would be substituted- so perhaps there would be a variety of modification subsets based on climate? (Or is PEP Montana specific?)
 
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I could use some feedback on the gardening badges:

https://permies.com/t/96686/PEP-Badge-Gardening

 
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Kay Gelfling wrote:So what would be PEP 20 look like? 40?



At the moment, I am putting a strong focus on the few badges that might need iron level in the next year or two.  And then making sure there are sand and straw badges defined for all of them.


What are you thinking of doing/have done about climate specific instructions? I imagine some plants or methods would be substituted- so perhaps there would be a variety of modification subsets based on climate? (Or is PEP Montana specific?)



I am just working on something for this property.  Which could work for a large part of the world.  And then somebody in a tropical climate might make something that works better for there.
 
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I could now use some feedback on "woodland care": https://permies.com/t/96947/PEP-Badge-Woodland-Care

 
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