Jocelyn Campbell

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Jocelyn's life is all about balance. Maybe that's why she's an accountant and is such an advocate for keeping our natural systems healthy.
As a child, she perched on branches, collected moss and fungus, caught frogs and snakes, and climbed up into swaying tree forts in her beloved Pacific Northwest woods. Then, as a teenager, she learned that reining in sugar kept her more alert and energetic. These youthful observations grew into passions for walks in the woods, gardening, herbal remedies, and natural parenting with whole and traditional foods. More recently, Jocelyn's interest in the natural and healthy led to all things permaculture and she completed her first permaculture design course in 2010.
Jocelyn enjoys helping 1- and 2- person micro-businesses spend less time on their bookkeeping, or putting on feast nights at wheaton labs (the permaculture community where she lives with her guy, Paul Wheaton), or helping achieve further world domination for the richsoil.com/permies.com empire.
Missoula, MT
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I've added this to multiple other forums for you, Alice, to hopefully get you a bit more views or responses. Good luck!!
We now also have a
two part roundwood timber framing workshop sep 24-29 and oct 1-5
happening right before the pizza and rocket-y things party weekend! Please look at the above link if you want to play.

In that thread, we had a question in this post:

Devon Olsen wrote:If one supported the kickstarter but has NOT been there before or paid the rapper fee, is it ok to come camp out for a night and attend ONLY the pizza party? If so will I have to also pay the gapper fee(kickstarter backing was not over 100 bux)


Ah, good question! We are limiting the party to 20 from the Kickstarter, so if we get all 20, I think we'll be full. I don't know the answer if we don't get 20 who want in. This might also apply to whether pizza party folks could bring family members or not, though I'll let Paul clarify that.


Devon Olsen wrote:If one supported the kickstarter but has NOT been there before or paid the rapper fee, is it ok to come camp out for a night and attend ONLY the pizza party? If so will I have to also pay the gapper fee(kickstarter backing was not over 100 bux)


Ah, good question! We are limiting the pizza party to 20 from the Kickstarter, so if we get all 20, I think we'll be full. I don't know the answer if we don't get 20 who want in.

I think Paul forgot a link to the pizza party thread, which is here. I'm going to copy your question and my reply over in that thread.
For the 20 folks, it's just one individual per Kickstarter contribution who is invited, is that correct? What about folks who want to bring spouses, or family members, or friends?

Welcome to the forums, Daniel! Great first post! Hahaha!

Two more, just for fun.





4 days ago
We've been appreciating the hornets around here - watching them devour earwigs and other bugs that are eating our veg in the garden.

And....today I was pulling some prickly lettuce next to a nest that I didn't know was there and was stung!

Someone shared this with me and it certainly goes in this thread!



Even this Twitter poster ended up defending his humor about wasps. Personally, I think it's okay to joke about how formidable these little critters are! They are mean sons of a gun, *and* we are happy they're being biological pest control for us.

5 days ago
You're welcome, David!

J Anders wrote:

Jocelyn Campbell wrote:
Western Montana ranked pretty high up on the top 5 or 10 safest places in terms of man-made and natural disasters. I can't recall the author's name who did the ranking



Probably Joel Skousen


Yes! That's the author! The 3rd edition out of his book came out in 2011:  Strategic Relocation: North American Guide to Safe Places (Amazon affiliate link).

A quick search pulled up this other forum that had a 2013 post here which summarized Skousen's review of Montana thusly:

Montana
Skousen's rating: 4.5 out of 5.
The climate is dry east of the Rockies. The northwest corner gets the most precipitation. Food production is poor, due to dryness. Dry land farms and ranches are more common. The population density is very low. Taxes are low. There is no sales tax. Water quality is excellent where fed from mountain springs, only fair where fed from wells. Gun liberty is excellent. No permit to purchase, "shall issue" state for concealed firearm permits. Open carry is allowed in the state, including cars. There is very good availability of alternative medicine. Much of the best land in the forests and mountains is federally owned.

Western Montana is where the best retreat sites are located, but there is a significant tension between the liberal, anti-religious segment of the population and the arch-conservative Christians who are drawn to Montana for liberty, especially the Whitefish area. The Democrats and liberals have had their way here for so long that they often react with hostility toward the conservative-Christian resurgence. Skousen states that Montana would rate 5 stars except for the wide area around Great Falls that houses the largest base of nuclear missiles in the nation. This puts a large portion of the state at risk for massive fallout. The only safe bet is to be west of this threat.


The few other states listed in the post were ranked at 1, 2, or 3, though Idaho was 5 and Florida was 0!! I'd disagree with some of this about Montana, though that might cross over in to discussing politics which is a cider press topic. Also, for what it's worth, I don't necessarily consider myself a "doom-and-gloom" prepper, though I did grow up in a significant earthquake prone region. So in my mind, being prepared for extended emergency situations (of whatever kind) just makes a whole lot of sense.



6 days ago
Hi David! If you're from Eastern Oregon, the climate will be fairly similar to Western Montana.

There has been a lot of mining in Montana, so some advise that when searching for land, do a soils toxins test to make sure it's not been tainted with mine tailings.

Some counties have more building codes, and code enforcement than others. I don't have a lot of information on that, though a good real estate agent (buyer's agent) or real estate attorney should be able to help you there. There are property taxes, and a state income tax instead of sales tax (though you likely know this last part).

More stats about taxes (and other things) here:  cool things about Montana.
wheaton labs is near Missoula, so this info applies to Western Montana in general, though wheaton labs gets a bit more precipitation than Missoula:  wheaton labs weather

Yesterday, we picked up a boot (see the permaculture bootcamp thread for what that means) from Los Angeles, California, who said gas is almost 40 cents cheaper per gallon here. In general, I think wages are a bit lower, and housing and other costs are a bit lower than more metropolitan areas in other states.

We made several threads about cool things to visit in the Missoula area - see summer things to do and see in Missoula for a start. The first post in that thread also has links to threads about things to do in other seasons or with kids.

Western Montana ranked pretty high up on the top 5 or 10 safest places in terms of man-made and natural disasters. I can't recall the author's name who did the ranking.

We live in quite a rural location and the FedEx and UPS (and Amazon) deliveries are routine and excellent.

The post office is okay, in our location. We haven't lost mail per se, though our carriers are excessively particular about only delivering only to those registered with the post office to received mail at our location.

Montanans are a very considerate, polite and friendly bunch - especially in Missoula. Maybe not quite as hospitable as southerners, but close! Though they will often consider you an outsider, or the "new kid on the block" even after you've lived here 20 years.

Hope that's a good start for the information you seek. Good luck!

6 days ago
Hey Laura, the presenters link above isn't working. I heard Michael Becker from Hood River is speaking, is that right?

He was my favorite guest instructor when I took Toby Hemenway's Seattle weekend PDC in 2010. I think the ticket price would be worth it just to hear him!!

1 week ago