Thanks for the replies everybody!
Being a college student, I'm in the bizarro world of the government, non-profits, and my loved ones supporting my education, Ben Falk's PDC included.
You make a good point with the deposit, and that it would be good to spend a summer at an established sight. Plus I'll be able to chip in on the PDC with what I'll earn the rest of this summer being a farmhand on organic farms.
However, if the invitation is still extended next summer, maybe I'll come check out Paul's place. It sounds awesome, and like a lot of stuff I have absolutely no experience with (construction, machinery), but its about time I got familiar with.