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Tracy is an artist, graphic designer, musician, market gardener and permaculture addict. She lives with her partner on beautiful Cortes Island, BC, on 27 acres. Her goals are: to grow most of her own food; take care of her little plot of land and her community; and spread the word of permaculture to anyone who will listen.
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Marjory Wildcraft of The Grow Network is offering a FREE 72-Hour Screening of her latest documentary / training film:

“Treating Infections Without Antibiotics”

From Tuesday through Thursday next week. That’s January 23 – 25th , 2018.

Just sign up to watch HERE, and you’ll be emailed access as soon as it’s available.

This professionally produced video will show you how to treat:

Infected wounds
Lacerations
Burns
Spider bites
Sprains
Staph infections
Snake bites
And more!

Plus, when you pick up your FREE TICKET there are some awesome bonuses you’ll get right away.

Don't miss out! Click to get your FREE TICKET HERE.

6 days ago


Marjory Wildcraft of The Grow Network is offering a FREE 72-Hour Screening of her latest documentary / training film:

“Treating Infections Without Antibiotics”

From Tuesday through Thursday next week. That’s January 23 – 25th , 2018.

Just sign up to watch HERE, and you’ll be emailed access as soon as it’s available.

This professionally produced video will show you how to treat:

Infected wounds
Lacerations
Burns
Spider bites
Sprains
Staph infections
Snake bites
And more!

Plus, when you pick up your FREE TICKET there are some awesome bonuses you’ll get right away.

Don't miss out! Click to get your FREE TICKET HERE.

6 days ago
The Appropriate Technology Course takes place July 9 - July 20, 2018, near Missoula, Montana.

The course begins right after the 2018 Homesteaders Permaculture Design Course.

The Appropriate Technology course takes the permaculture principles to the next level by applying some crafty science and engineering to basic life essentials like hot water and water catchment. With this course, you'll cover a wide range of topics and get real life experience building the systems you'll need to live comfortably and sustainably.

This year's instructor is Chris 'Uncle Mud' McClellan.



Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) was one of the innovators at last years Rocket Mass Heater Workshop Jamboree.. Uncle Mud raises free-range, organic children in the wilds of northeast Ohio. In his spare time he tinkers with, teaches, and publish books about cob building and Rocket Heaters.

We are still arguing about exactly what projects we should do for the ATC. This is where you can chip in with your ideas!

Let us know what you are most passionate about learning, and we'll use that to inform our course outline.
1 week ago
In 2018, near Missoula, Montana, Wheaton Labs will be hosting a new Permaculture Design course! The course is designed for hands-on learning for people low on funds but with plenty of time. We are calling it the Peasant Permaculture Design Course.

Tuesday, May 22 through Thursday, June 21, 2018.

View the official Peasant Permaculture Design Course page HERE.





Each day of this course involves four hours in the classroom and another four hours of hands-on project work at Wheaton Labs, an experimental permaculture space in the beautiful Rocky Mountains.

The Peasant PDC will have a strong focus on projects and building hands-on experience at Wheaton Labs. The course will be taught by Erica Wisner, with assistant Lily Elison, alongside numerous guest instructors from around the region. You will learn a plethora of different skills such as the identification of useful plants, making of healing salves, and how to apply Permaculture to everyday life. You will also become adept in numerous subjects such as soils, water, community living, forestry, building, and appropriate technologies.

A PDC is a life changing event for both students and instructors. It can be one of the most intense learning and networking experience of your life. Surrounded by like-minded people, you will learn the framework to thrive in a rapidly changing world. You will also develop the skills to heal damaged landscapes while providing for your own needs.

The Peasant PDC will be roughly 300 hours of total immersion into permaculture and communal living over the course of 33 days.

In this course you are designing from the get go. Every new piece of information, every new concept, is delivered in sequence so that it is immediately relevant and applicable. Your design unfolds in step with the day's subjects. This helps the learning to really take root in your mind.

The Peasant PDC is a training ground for new PDC instructors, and for those who want an in-depth, hands-on experience. Days will be full. Plan for 10 to 12 hour days, split between Class time, Project site work, and Self-care activities at the individual and group level.



COST:

Purchase your tickets HERE!

Early Bird price: $480 January to February

Regular Price:  $700 March to May

Purchase your tickets HERE!



Instructors:



Erica Wisner - 2018 Peasant PDC Instructor

Erica is a science and art educator, curriculum developer, writer, illustrator, researcher, and rocket mass heater innovator. She loves making things from scratch - anything from blueberry scones to the oven itself. Erica is a skilled educator and project coordinator, with over 20 years of experience building teamwork and leading hands-on learning. Her and Ernie have taught numerous workshops on natural building and rocket mass heaters. Erica has written multiple books on rocket mass heaters, fire making, and survival shelters. She is featured in many videos, documentaries, and podcasts on rocket mass heaters.

Lily Elison - 2018 PPDC Instructor

Lily is a 4th generation Montanan who promotes local resilience in the Pacific Northwest. She took her PDC in 2013 here in the Montana Rockies before heading to Costa Rica for training in massage therapy. Lily is the steward of a ¼ acer community food forest in Missoula, MT called the Community Collision. She also manages her own massage business, Health and Harmony located within the Missoula Academy, a shared community space. She worked at the Place of Gathering near Dayton MT, Medicine Pouch Farms outside of Bozeman MT, Wheaton Labs, and many other private operations in Montana, Washington and Oregon. Last year she was on the board of AERO (Alternative Energy Resource Organization), a Non-Profit working to promote sustainable agriculture and energy in Montana. Last year she also received a sustainability award from ASUM (Associated Students of the University of Montana) for her work in the Missoula community. Lily graduates this spring from the University of Montana’s Geography department with a degree in Community and Environmental Planning. Lily is now working full time to insure Montanans have healthy and enriching lives through localized living.

Fred Taylor - 2018 PPDC Project Instructor

Fred Tyler is the land manager at Wheaton Labs. Originally from New Mexico, Fred has moved around the country many times, settling the longest in Minnesota (15 years). Fred still has ties to New Mexico and returns there every winter for a business he has in the pecan harvest. Fred has been at the Labs learning permaculture through hard work since May of 2015. He runs the Permaculture Bootcamp, where people can gain the skills and experiences needed for homesteading in exchange for workshops or land. He completed a worktrade with Paul for two acres of land on which he is excited for the chance to build a house and express his vision in seed and soil.



Paul Wheaton - 2018 PPDC Guest Instructor

Paul Wheaton, the bad boy of Permaculture, was proclaimed by Geoff Lawton in 2012 the Duke of Permaculture. He is the creator of two on-line communities. One is about Permaculture, permies.com, and one is about software engineering, CodeRanch.com.

He is a powerful advocate of Sepp Holzer’s techniques, which a recent study showed to have the ability to feed 21 billion people without the use of petroleum or irrigation. He also promotes the use of hugelkultur, which sequesters carbon and eliminates the need for irrigation, and polycultures, which reduces the need for pest control and improves the health of plants. He wrote several articles about lawn care, raising chickens, cast iron, and diatomaceous earth. Paul regularly uploads permaculture videos and permaculture podcasts.



Ernie Wisner - Guest Instructor

Ernie is a botanist, educator, writer, researcher, rocket mass heater innovator, natural builder, and boat aficionado. He served in the merchant marine, Navy, and fisheries, and has tremendous experience with hydraulic and hot water systems. His family's sea time stretches back "since Noah was a babe," all over the 2/3 of our planet from which quitters can't walk home. Ernie is semi-retired due to a disabling injury, but still makes time for the occasional workshop or fascinating prototype project. He co-authored multiple books with his wife, Erica, and he is featured in many videos, documentaries and podcasts. Ernie is a wealth of knowledge; there are not many topics on which he does not have an opinion.

Visit the official page HERE.

Purchase your tickets HERE!
2 weeks ago



It's that time again! Time to gear up for the Homesteader's Permaculture Design Course near Missoula, Montana.

This year's PDC will take place Sunday, June 24 through Saturday, July 7, 2018.






This Permaculture Design Course will have a strong focus on DESIGN. The course will also focus much more on the homesteading level, rather than urban and broad acre design. Be prepared for heavy, in-depth study and design, as this course it geared toward those who have studied permaculture, homesteading, design and/or engineering.





Immediately after the course, many students will also be attending the
ATC (Appropriate Technology Course) which runs from June 12 through June 20, 2018.




The course will also include a full tour of the facilities.

Visit the official PDC page HERE
You'll find the official content of the course, as well as all the information you need to register for the course.

Purchase your tickets HERE!

INSTRUCTORS:



Alan Booker - 2018 PDC Instructor

Alan has an Electrical Engineering background, with over 25 years of experience as a systems engineer and systems architect in the digital telecommunications and large-scale computer systems arena.

Alan discovered Permaculture through the research of possible solutions to the problems created by modern design practices. In addition to his role as a Permaculture instructor, Alan provides consulting and workshops on earthworks, soil remediation, composting, forest gardening, holistic management of pasture land, key line design, aquaculture and aquaponics, off-grid energy systems, and natural building systems.

Alan is the founder and lead instructor of the Eldenbridge Institute, which provides education and research support for regenerative communities.




Tara Rae - 2018 PDC Assistant Instructor

Tara was born and raised in Wisoncson, and currently garden-farms on the Front Range of Colorado. She holds an Advanced Permaculture Design Certificate (2013), and obtained her Permaculture Teacher’s Certificate in 2012. She teaches at her home as well as around the state of Colorado for various Permaculture and urban farming classes, schools, and festivals. She has managed several greenhouses, USDA-organic, organic, and permaculture farms with experience in 3 climate zones – cool and wet; cool and dry; and warm and wet. Over the last 15 years, Tara Rae has worked in scientific laboratories for universities, taught water quality monitoring classes, and authored a nature center field guidebook. She holds a Master’s degree in freshwater ecology, and works as an environmental scientist/biologist in the consulting world. Her passion for sustainable living has led her to volunteer for the Sustain Arvada Advisory Board to City Council, making recommendations for sustainable community development and vitality. Besides permaculture and sewing, her interests include traveling, camping, photography, and music. She can be found at her website - Tara Rae Designs.



Jessica Peterson - 2018 PDC Guest Instructor

Jessica Peterson founded Inside Edge Design, LLC, based in Helena, Montana. Together with Dave Jacke, Inside Edge Design co-created the design for the 6th Ward Garden Park, the first public forest garden to utilize Dave’s design framework. Jessica continues to work on the Park’s planning and implementation while offering a range of professional ecological and social design services.



Paul Wheaton - 2018 PDC Guest Instructor

Paul Wheaton, the bad boy of Permaculture, was proclaimed by Geoff Lawton in 2012 the Duke of Permaculture. He is the creator of two on-line communities. One is about Permaculture, permies.com, and one is about software engineering, CodeRanch.com.

He is a powerful advocate of Sepp Holzer’s techniques, which a recent study showed to have the ability to feed 21 billion people without the use of petroleum or irrigation. He also promotes the use of hugelkultur, which sequesters carbon and eliminates the need for irrigation, and polycultures, which reduces the need for pest control and improves the health of plants. He wrote several articles about lawn care, raising chickens, cast iron, and diatomaceous earth. Paul regularly uploads permaculture videos and permaculture podcasts.

Purchase your tickets HERE!


COST:

Early bird price!

$1150 for the PDC or ATC
$1850 for both!


After the early bird period, the regular price will be

$1450 for the PDC or ATC
$2450 for both


Purchase your tickets HERE!

Learn about the accommodations available HERE.

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2 weeks ago
I wanted to say a quick hi, and tell you about my project.






I'm a water and sanitation engineer with a green thumb, and a long-term interest in appropriate technology.

My passion now is Appropedia.org - a wiki for permaculture, appropriate technology, alternative building and energy, and all related topics. It's an open wiki, so all are welcome, but we do take quality seriously and monitor the pages, and we work hard to be a supportive community.

We feel it is important to create a hub for the free distribution of information, and at Appropedia we are committed to sharing what we know. We hope you'll join us and share your own expertise and experiences with the world.

Some links you may find of interest:

http://www.appropedia.org/Permaculture
http://www.appropedia.org/Lazy_gardening
http://www.appropedia.org/Urban_agriculture



All feedback appreciated!


2 weeks ago
There's a new Kickstarter that you might be interested in checking out. To Catch The Rain is a book of inspiring stories of communities coming together to catch their own rain, with the nitty-gritty details so you can do it as well.



It is a book for people looking to build a better future together. 

Inspiring stories: Real life accounts of catching rain in communities.
Technical details: Straightforward descriptions of rainwater system parts, replete with examples from existing systems (many from the systems described in the stories).
Math and science: Easy-to-follow math that allows readers to simply size rainwater systems, including completed examples.



We need your help to bring this book to a reality. The writing of the book is done. Now we need money for design, layout, printing, distributing, and translating.  Which is why we are asking for your financial support to make it beautiful, more accessible, and less expensive!

The content has gone through multiple reviews, including academic peer reviews and edits by friends, students, colleagues, and kind professionals. It is ready for the world!... once we raise the money and finish these last important components.



About the Author



Lonny is an Instructor at Humboldt State University; the founder of the Practivistas summer abroad, full immersion, resilient community technology program; the Advisor and project manager for Swale, the floating food forest in New York; and the President of the Appropedia Foundation. Lonny has developed courses at universities in four countries and facilitated engagements around the world. He has worked, and led teams, on hundreds of domestic and international projects across a broad spectrum of sustainable design and entrepreneurship – from solar energy to improved cookstoves, from micro-hydro to rainwater catchment, from earthen construction to plastic bottle schoolrooms. Throughout all these technology projects, he has found the most vital component to be community.

If you are interested in contributing to this worthy endeavor, please check out our Kickstarter Campaign.

Your contributions are greatly appreciated!
4 weeks ago
There's a new Kickstarter that you might be interested in checking out. To Catch The Rain is a book of inspiring stories of communities coming together to catch their own rain, with the nitty-gritty details so you can do it as well.



It is a book for people looking to build a better future together. 

Inspiring stories: Real life accounts of catching rain in communities.
Technical details: Straightforward descriptions of rainwater system parts, replete with examples from existing systems (many from the systems described in the stories).
Math and science: Easy-to-follow math that allows readers to simply size rainwater systems, including completed examples.



We need your help to bring this book to a reality. The writing of the book is done. Now we need money for design, layout, printing, distributing, and translating.  Which is why we are asking for your financial support to make it beautiful, more accessible, and less expensive!

The content has gone through multiple reviews, including academic peer reviews and edits by friends, students, colleagues, and kind professionals. It is ready for the world!... once we raise the money and finish these last important components.



About the Author



Lonny is an Instructor at Humboldt State University; the founder of the Practivistas summer abroad, full immersion, resilient community technology program; the Advisor and project manager for Swale, the floating food forest in New York; and the President of the Appropedia Foundation. Lonny has developed courses at universities in four countries and facilitated engagements around the world. He has worked, and led teams, on hundreds of domestic and international projects across a broad spectrum of sustainable design and entrepreneurship – from solar energy to improved cookstoves, from micro-hydro to rainwater catchment, from earthen construction to plastic bottle schoolrooms. Throughout all these technology projects, he has found the most vital component to be community.

If you are interested in contributing to this worthy endeavor, please check out our Kickstarter Campaign.

Your contributions are greatly appreciated!
4 weeks ago


June 24th - July 7, 2018

Linnaea Farm’s Permaculture Design Certificate course takes place on the gorgeous and wild Cortes Island, a jewel in the north Coast Salish sea. Completing this immersive, hands-on course gives you a Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA) certificate, and grounds participants in the principles and ethics of permaculture design. With a theme of creating resilient systems in the face of climate chaos, this course will cover: water systems, food forest design, disaster preparedness, integrated livestock systems, urban and rural habitats, appropriate technologies and so much more. The course is delivered through an experiential learning lens, with lectures, multi-media, field trips, design projects and specialist guest instructors.





Instructors:



Oliver Kelmhammer (Permaculture Institute of North America Diplomate and Practicing Member) is an ecological artist, activist and writer who has been a Permaculture instructor since the early 1990’s. He is currently part-time faculty at Parsons the New School for Design (NYC).



Mike Simpson - Mike has previously instructed permaculture design courses (PDC) at the Planet Repair Institute in Portland, and at the University of Victoria's School of Environmental Studies. Mike’s formal training is in the field of urban planning, and he is currently completing a PhD in geography at the University of British Columbia.



Jodi Peters - Jodi has a BA Hons in Psychology, a Permaculture Design Certificate from Linnaea Farm, and has completed the Organic Master Gardener program from Gaia College. She completed her Permaculture Teacher Training with Jude Hobbs at OUR Eco-village. She is a resident steward at Linnaea Farm.

Early Bird Tuition (until Feb 1st) - $950
Regular Tuition - $1200

Accommodations and meal plan available (various options - not included in tuition, food sensitivities and dietary preferences can be accommodated)

For more information and registration - visit our website: linnaea farm website
And a couple more. Stay tuned for more photos of the Rocket Mass Heater Workshop Jamboree!
3 months ago