Jules Silverlock

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Also, I just remembered that on the last Kickstarter there was a query over how to increase your pledge.  I took this from Kickstarter's site:

While a project is live you can adjust your pledge by visiting the project page and clicking the “Manage your pledge" button. On the following page, select "Change your pledge".

From here, you’ll be able to adjust your pledge amount or switch to a different reward tier (changing reward tier will automatically update your pledge amount).

1 day ago
Is this the stretch goal?   https://permies.com/t/223763/Cob-Oven-bible-Build-Earth



I definitely want that!

I'll have to increase my pledge to $100 to get this goodie, right?

I took a look at the description about this 132-page ebook and found this on ol' Amazon (where incidentally it has 416 ratings/4.7 stars):

Build Your Own Earth Oven is fully illustrated with step-by-step directions, including how to tend the fire, and how to make perfect sourdough hearth loaves in the artisan tradition. The average do-it-yourselfer with a few tools and a scrap pile can build an oven for free, or close to it. Otherwise, $30 should cover all your materials--less than the price of a fancy "baking stone." Good building soil is often right in your back yard, under your feet. Build the simplest oven in a day With a bit more time and imagination, you can make a permanent foundation and a fire-breathing dragon-oven or any other shape you can dream up.


Here are some spiffy reviews too!

“…inspired creativity combined with traditional wisdom– Get a copy and build yourself an earth bread oven. It’s that simple.” – www.walnutbooks.com

“…enjoyable, down-to-earth and sensible… his instructions are clear as rainwater, his advice–intelligent and sound.” – Petit Propos Culinaires



This ebook is recommended for:

-the serious or aspiring baker who wants the best low-cost bread oven,
-gardeners who want a centerpiece for a beautiful outdoor kitchen,
-outdoor chefs,
-creative people interested in low-cost materials and simple technology, to
-teachers who want a multi-faceted, experiential project for students of all ages (the book has been successful with everyone from third-graders to adults).

I definitely fall into one of those categories - it shall be mine!


1 day ago
I was thinking maybe you could put some woody decomposing materials (piles of logs/hugel beds even) in piles around the land as the mycelium/fungi breaking this down would be valuable allies in soil building/tree growing (and might also create nice habitat shelters for some critters).  I then, coincidentally, read this article where they talk about how to introduce fungi into your system to encourage/accelerate building a (food) forest. Maybe it will have bits that help:

https://permacultureapprentice.com/food-forest-fungi/
2 days ago
The publisher has kindly offered a fantastic discount on Hazel's book to buy the ebook version HERE

Also, on the link, you'll see a special discount code if you want to buy a hard copy of Hazel's book.
4 days ago
Social Forestry: Tending the Land as People of Place is a must-have for anyone who wants a reciprocating relationship with their communities, themselves, and most importantly their awe-inspiring forests and landscapes.



Social Forestry connects villages and communities to their land and adjoining bodies of water. Concepts include forest management, protection, and regeneration of deforested lands.

Through ecological assessment, carbon sequestration, and generating wildcrafts, people re-establish their wonder in the woods.

About the Author:
Hazel is a long time resident of the Southern Oregon/Mount Shasta bioregion, first settling there in the early 1970’s. They are currently focused on Social Forestry, restoring Oak/Pine Savannah, fuel hazard management, wildcrafting, wildlife conservation, and desert forest water management.

Hazel has taught dozens of Permaculture courses over the last 37 years. These include the PDC, Permaculture Teachers Training, and advanced courses in Optical Surveying, Social Forestry, and Farm Planning. They were a frequent guest instructor for Toby Hemenway Permaculture design courses offered in the Northwest.

Download the ebook with a permies discount!!

4 days ago

paul wheaton wrote:today is talk like a pirate day ...



Arrrrr, well done me hearties :)

Backed the KS, to get the bounty.

Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum.

(That's all I've got!)

4 days ago
Hi Hazel and welcome to Permies!  Your book looks intriguing and something I'd love to know more about.  I am currently living on the outskirts of a fast-growing city and I feel constantly saddened at the deforestation and loss of habitat happening on a frequent basis.  However, one of the things I love about permies is the positive solutions-focused community here which keeps me moving forward with heart, growing strength, knowledge and skills building, and some sort of optimism for individual action and community change.

I really look forward to hearing about some of the ways your book can help us positively and constructively effect change.  Thanks for being here!
6 days ago
Please join me in welcoming Tomi Hazel Vaarde, author of Social Forestry: Tending the Land as People of Place




Read the book reviews here!

Hazel will be hanging out in the forums until Friday, September 22, 2023 answering questions and sharing their experiences with you all.

At the end of the week, we'll make a draw for 4 lucky winners to win a copy of their book! From now until Friday, all new posts in the woodland forum are eligible to win.

To win, you must use a name that follows our naming policy and you must have your email set up to receive the Daily-ish email. Higher quality posts are weighed more highly than posts that just say, "I want this book!"

The winners will be notified by email and must respond within 24 hours. Only the winners who respond within that timeframe will receive their book.


Please remember that we favor perennial discussion.  The threads you start will last beyond the event.  You don't need to use Hazel's name to get their attention. We like these threads to be accessible to everyone, and some people may not post their experiences if the thread is directed to the author alone.


Posts in this thread won't count as an entry to win the book, but please say "Hi!" to Hazel and make them feel welcome!

6 days ago

 
Summary
Text courtesy of Synergetic Press
 
Social Forestry: Tending the Land as People of Place is a must-have for anyone who wants a reciprocating relationship with their communities, themselves, and most importantly their awe-inspiring forests and landscapes.

Social Forestry connects villages and communities to their land and adjoining bodies of water. Concepts include forest management, protection, and regeneration of deforested lands with the objective of improving the rural, environmental, and social development. Through ecological assessment, carbon sequestration, and generating wildcrafts, people re-establish their wonder in the woods.

Author Tomi Hazel Vaarde, collaborator of Siskiyou Permaculture, uses poetry,  photographs, drawings, and data to outline philosophies and concepts of Social Forestry. By weaving culturally sensitive stories, myths, and lessons from a range of customs and traditions including North American Indigenous communities and Vaarde’s own Quaker upbringing, Vaarde explores how holistic land and community management approaches can facilitate resolution of some of our most dire local and global crises. The writer’s work is critical to overcoming eco-grief while instilling necessary changes to the West Coast landscape for fire mitigation and restoration of complex forest systems for generations to come.

Many Indigenous peoples have learned regenerative management by living for generations in and with a sense of place, but few examples of whole-system planning and participation are evident in modern society. Climate adaptation, human survival, and the maintenance of biodiversity that supports life on Earth require radical, back-to-the-roots grounding and intentional dedication. Social Forestry helps readers remember the ways of the wild while implementing local food production, collaboration with conservation efforts, forest management, and stabilization of headwaters to build resilience for the long term. To live in harmony with our surroundings, we need to re-skill, always remembering those who came before us and acting in ways that honor traditional wisdom of people and place.

Reviews:

Inside this luminous guide, you will find practical placemaking advice, ancient lore, and a humor that shimmers. Receive these generous offerings—a lifetime of wisdom from an elder, a teacher of permaculture, and radical changemaker like no other—and you will be transformed. Together we listen to the earth, we understand where we belong, and we find our way home again.


—Helena Norberg-Hodge, Director of Local Futures and author of Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh

Social Forestry by Tomi Hazel Vaarde is a book of hope. Hazel shows how our relationship with the Earth and her forests does not have to be an extractive one leading to destruction. Through cooperating together we can regenerate our forests and rewild ourselves and the land, growing hope as ecosystems recover while empires crumble.


—Vandana Shiva, PhD, author of Agroecology and Regenerative Agriculture: Sustainable Solutions for Hunger, Poverty, and Climate Change


About the author:

Hazel is a long time resident of the Southern Oregon/Mount Shasta bioregion, first settling there in the early 1970’s. They are currently focused on Social Forestry, restoring Oak/Pine Savannah, fuel hazard management, wildcrafting, wildlife conservation, and desert forest water management.

They have been advising farms, stewarding forests, and teaching Environmental Sciences for more than fifty years.
After having earned degrees in Forestry and Systematic Botany from Syracuse University and SUNY College of Forestry in 1969, Hazel taught Wild Edible Plants and Woods-lore at Laney College in Oakland, California in the early 1970’s. After helping Bill Mollison teach the first Permaculture Design Course at Evergreen State College in 1982, they have been instrumental in teaching and spreading Permaculture practices ever since.

Hazel has taught dozens of Permaculture courses over the last 37 years, primarily in Southern Oregon and Northern California. These include the PDC, Permaculture Teachers Training, and advanced courses in Optical Surveying, Social Forestry, and Farm Planning. They were a frequent guest instructor for Toby Hemenway Permaculture design courses offered in the Northwest.

Published by Synergetic Press
456 pages


Where to get it?
 
Here on Permies with a special discount
Synergetic Press
Amazon.com
Amazon.co.uk

 
 
2 weeks ago

Samantha Lewis wrote:

Jules Silverlock wrote:Did I hear that Opalyn made a mattress at the last PTJ???  Is that going to be included?



Hello  Jules!


Yes!  Opalyn did so many things this year!  
She was just starting the mattress as I was leaving so I did not get to see it.


She made a pillow that smelled gently of organic coffee!   I would love to sleep with a pillow like that!  

She fixed a hand woven rug, and wove new rugs on a loom she made herself.

It was great to learn how easy this stuff can be.  I will try to find some pictures!    

A movie would be better...


I hope they do this kickstarter so I can share all these things!  




How lovely! A coffee pillow - I'm not sure if that would have the opposite effect on sleeping though ;) But I think it sounds delightful!

Also, the rug weaving/loom sounds amazing, that's something I'd love to learn about.  I hope this is included in the new Kickstarter movie :)

2 weeks ago