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 empire.
Missoula, MT
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Tenacity and fire in their soul - such an awesome way to word it.

I'm sending out annual bills for my 2019 payroll services and I had to raise my rates by 25-30% due to increases in costs to me (which my price increase doesn't completely cover). As you might imagine, I was pretty stressed about doing this to my people, who are all my favorite clients, and who are all small or even micro businesses.

Most clients have been very kind and supportive of the increase. One client responded with:

I can't live without you!! 😊

Thank you so much for all you do for me and our company Jocelyn.  You truly keep me sane!

It's nice to feel needed.
14 hours ago
I'd add a generic type of "barn-raising" for community building. I suppose a perma-blitz is another name for a permaculture equivalent, though I think there can be many iterations.
--joining together to provide something for elderly or disabled or disadvantaged neighbors - e.g., I read about a father-son group providing firewood to those who couldn't get their own
--setting up barn-raising, perma-blitz or helping days in a community - might be as simple as "I'll help you this Saturday on your fence, if you help me next Saturday with my rocks"
--babysitting co-op - I was part of a preschool co-op that did this, each parent was given poker chips at the start and we paid out or received poker chips for babysitting time

Inge, your Plant Sharing Day reminds me of a seed exchange - both excellent community building events!

23 hours ago

Jocelyn Campbell wrote:We are gearing up for another educational event in 2019 with some loose similarities to the Peasant PDC, that might be of interest to folks. We'll post about it here when we have it nailed down!

This! Here it is (click the following to go to that thread):

PEP1 Certification workshop/gathering/event May/June 2019

23 hours ago

Su Ba wrote:I've had a Sun Oven for a while now. I'll give it 9 out of 10 acorns. My number one complaint is that you can't pop off the reflectors. Not being able to pop them off makes carrying and storing the unit awkward and difficult.

Awesome to hear Su. If you move "I give this oven 9 out of 10 acorns" the the first sentence of your post, our custom software can find it to add to the review grid.

2 days ago
Daron, what a great blog post and thread! I have three items, wait four items to add. IMHO, these are an excellent homestead gear item.

The Sun Oven - a solar oven that is by far the most popular of the three we have here at wheaton labs
The Solavore Sport - a more affordable option and my personal favorite to use here
The GoSun Grill - this one gets the HOTTEST of all three and tends to be the favorite for those who like grilled meats
black cookware for solar ovens - interesting discussion on what might work best for cooking inside your solar oven

Not only are solar ovens awesome or even necessary for off-grid living, even if you're not off-grid, they keep the cooking heat OUT of the house and kitchen. As if that wasn't enough, they save on electric, gas, or propane bills; plus, they often retain more moisture and nutrients in the food, and are less likely to burn the meals they cook.

I highly recommend solar ovens. If you cook with crock pots, cooking in these can be really similar.

Edited to add:  Bryant, that was funny (and true)! :-D
2 days ago
Here's the instructional video for the Sun Oven:

2 days ago

Tyler Ludens wrote:I've used Graniteware.

I'd agree with Tyler that the graniteware is nice for solar ovens. The Sun Oven and the Solarvore Sport come with something that is either that brand or very similar.


See also this thread black cookware for solar oven

We now have a thread for the Sun Oven here.

The Solarvore Sport is still my go-to solar oven just because I can put two pots in it side by side and some times I want a slower cook (no reflectors).

Some times, well, actually quite often, I use all three of our solar cookers, the Solavore Sport, the Sun Oven and the GoSun Grill.

If you add your own review of the Solavore in this thread, please start your post with  "I give this oven # out of 10 acorns" as your first sentence.  With a little thread finagling (by me), we might get our solar oven reviews on our gear review grid!

2 days ago
From this post in the Solavore Sport thread:

Tyler Ludens wrote:I've used Graniteware.

I'd agree with Tyler that the graniteware is nice for solar ovens. The Sun Oven and the Solarvore Sport come with something that is either that brand or very similar.


2 days ago