Eivind Bjoerkavaag

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I feel I have decent insight in both Paul Wheatons permaculture perspective and Richard Perkins perspective as I have listened to all the podcasts and been the Navigator on the permaculture roadtrip - the symphonies of seeds and soil tour of 2012 - with Paul Wheaton, Jocelyn Campell and Captain Badknock. Also I have been an intern at Ridgedale Permaculture farm in 2016.

Firstly: There was a discussion about how old this site could be at the time of the filming and four, five, six and ten years was mentioned. The correct age is 2.5 years. What you see in the film is the result of 2.5 years, and that is nothing short of mindblowing.

Secondly: I believe I heard Paul Wheaton say his place is better than Ridgedale. What is better, I ask then. Ethically?

In order to be sustainable it also needs to be economically sustainable and I know of no place in the world where they have a better balance of ecological and economical sustainabillity, when you look at the bigger picture and say "ok, people are going to eat chicken anyway so why not produce it better than anywhere else and pay down our mortgage on the farm in five years". The broilers and the egg layers contribute heavily to the improvement of pastures with their scratching and deposits of manure from the industrial feed they get. When Paul says "better" I believe he means better according to his ethical values. But in the real world farmers has bills to pay in order to keep their farm, and Ridgedale Permaculture Farm is a fantastic example on how you can create a white collar income from permaculture farming. The ethics are still there, but the reality of economy is taken into account by using the Holostic Managment decision framework of context. One way Ridgedale could be labelled better ethically than Wheoton Labs would be the impact possible through farmers seeing it can be done. No farmers will look to Wheaton Labs in at least twenty years, that's a site for homesteaders.

Another aspect is the contribution to forward velocity and momentum that comes when people see the result so clearly. I think it is a honorable route Paul Wheaton has chosen, but I do believe his goals could be reached faster by being pragmatic in the beginning in regards of giving the people what they recognize, want and expect from a permaculture site while also working on the long term goals. Bread and circus.

I have to leave the office now, it's camping time. But first I want to share the link to the Diego Footer podcast where he interviews Richard Perkins. Building a Profitable Permaculture Farm with Richard Perkins of Ridgedale Permaculture (V225). That podcast is awesome. Now when googling for the link I found this recently published podcast as well, I haven't heard it but I bet it's awesome: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJpWyKr49mA

Other than that I want to share the design overview from Ridgedale, where the bottom one is a 3d rendition - hint of how it is expected to look in the future:




Sometimes a question is all it takes...

Just now a few days ago Stephen Barstow published a short video clip of how he stratifies hundreds of perennial vegetable seeds of a mindblowing variety in such a tiny space that you wouldn't believe it. In the small frame he uses milk cartons laid down on the side where he sows around 10 different varieties in each of the cartons, totaling to around 2-300 varieties each year, making sure plants from the same family isn't too close. "It’s just a wooden frame with Enviromesh draped over to stop mainly birch seeds from entering but allowing water to pass through."

Here's the link to the blog post that contains the video and further description:

http://www.edimentals.com/blog/?p=17847 If I knew how to embed I would, sorry about that, but here's a screen shot:



The grower is Stephen Barstow, the author of the book Around the World in 80 Plants that Maddy Harland in Paul Wheaton's Podcast 239 described as "an ethnobotanist dream traveller log". His book gets a solid 100% 5 star rating on Amazon and 10 out of 10 acorns on the permies.com book review chart.

Thanks to notoriously curious Benedicte Brun for asking him this simple question of how he does it!



Fun fact: He has aprox. 2000 varieties in his half an acre edible garden, and routinely makes a gimmick of putting hundreds of edible plants in a mixed salad. His record is over 500 different edible perennials in 1 salad, all coming from his garden.
My woman and I have reached a point that somehow seems like a fork in the road. She wants kids now but need to have a clear plan of how to get into a situation that will give us community and permaculture from the get go. I agree with her, but think most of what she brings up as examples of communites smells like rainbows coming out of someones ass.

What to do?
4 months ago
This is seriously great content! 15 hours in (allthough while multitasking) I am very happy I decided to drop the coin for access. I recommend it to anyone that is sitting on the fence.

One question, though: There are references to the course notes that should be on a private forum on permies. Do we onliner's get access to those notes?
4 months ago
Sorry to bother you with my stupidness.

Keep on with more useful work now, you guys rock!
4 months ago
I tried another browser and it works. I guess it's something on my end, then.
4 months ago
Well, it says so where the imbedded video should have been, in every single thread of those I've tried so far (except for the very first one I tried) both from the PDC and ATC.

For instance here: https://permies.com/t/67300/Day-Session-Instant-View-Wheaton

4 months ago
Hi, I'm having trouble watching the videos. I get the message "Sorry
Because of its privacy settings, this video cannot be played here."

What's wrong?
4 months ago
Hey, I've read the email from Paul and those words make me want do support you. I wish I could afford to go for the 4 DVD set, but I'd have to settle with slightly less. Thanks for your effort, I wish you God speed! Crank it, step on it and bake your cake and eat it too!
7 months ago