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Hello there!
I've long felt the 'call to cultivate'. I found Paul and his stuff in 2017, and have been steadily watching and learning since.
I went to part of the 2019 PEP Jamboree at Wheaton Labs! Simply put, it was awesome.
I feel pretty un-knowledgable about a lot (all?) of this stuff, but I'm really excited to learn, and learn, and learn.
I am really into PEP; partly as a result of that, and also because PEP is awesome, too.
My big-wild-crazy-scary-to-say-out-loud dream is to build a town with no cars that can feed itself.
I'm a Pod People. Podcast Progress: 320/4NN
Denver, 6a / BSk, rental house dweller, going back to Wheaton Labs soon
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A Weekly PEP Sprint!
Just two BB's, between now and next Tuesday.
Will you sprint with me?


This week's BB's:
DL WoodworkingMake a Woodburned SignNovelty BB
CommunityBrand a Physical LocationThruline BB 2/3

The 'Novelty BB' will skip through all the various aspects, in time.
The 'Thruline BB's' will get you certified in that badge, in time.
4 days ago
pep
My map is the one in the example, but I crocheted a dishcloth pretty badly, does that count?
1 week ago
pep
Wow! I am not very skilled with a crochet hook. First ever crochet work, I only dropped a few loops (...every other row...)
1 week ago

Liv Smith wrote:That looks like a huge amount of work you guys did. Hats off!

What kind of opinions are you looking for?



Thanks! Most of the work (as I understand it) is Paul, Mike, and Ashley.


I think the feedback sought is, "how to prove a thing" and "other tactics to address a thing," broadly speaking.
1 week ago
Here's the newly published Straw/Wood/Iron levels of Animal Care.

What are your thoughts?


straw badge

35 points required
Can do up to fifteen new points from Animals.Sand list (each item counts for 1 point)

Required: Complete one of the BBs for “Control a pest”

  - Set up a stock tank that won’t freeze in the winter without electricity - 4 points
      - BB only applies in climates where freezing is a routine issue
  - Set up a moveable electric fence for paddock shift systems (show a move)
      - Using 110v ac power - 1 point
      - Using car battery (kept dry) - 1.5 points
  - Scythe and bale a dozen bales of hay - 4 points
  - Scythe and bale a dozen bales of straw - 4 points
  - Build a manual baler
      - 3 points for animal care plus 3 points for dimensional woodworking Straw level
  - Grow forage for chickens/pigs in a single paddock - 4 points
      - at least 8 species, obviously more than 5000 calories
      - note that 15 pounds of sunchokes are 5000 calories
  - Prove that paddock shift is amazing - 10 points
      - at least 4 paddocks
      - pics throughout the season
      - one control area that is fenced off 10 feet x10 feet

  - Grow a three season nectar harvest for pollinators - 10 points
      - pics and description of planting
      - pics of hundreds of blooms at 2 points in each season (six pics total)
      - at least a dozen species

  - Prove that chickens prefer fresh food over organic commercial food - 10 points
      - control is at least one chicken in a barren coop and run scenario
      - at least one chicken in a lush paddock have access to the same chicken feed
      - test must span at least three days
      - 2 extra points if the paddocks chickens eat zero commercial food

  - Prove your animal’s food is fit for human consumption - 1 point
      - Eat 500 calories of the same food your omnivorous animals are eating

  - Prove that your animal’s water is clean/fresh/healthy - 2 points
      - Maybe drink a pint of their water
      - Need more ways to show this
      - Brainstorming thread https://permies.com/t/139963/Brainstorming-Animal-care-Prove-High

  - System to collect excessive insects in the summer, dry them and feed them out in the winter - 4 points
      - at least two pounds of dried insects

  - Set up a holzer bee hive - 2 points
  - Shear a sheep - 4 points
  - Shear an alpaca/llama - 4 points

  - Make a lightweight paddock shift chick brooder - 4 points
      - 2 feet by 3 feet minimum warm area
      - connected to a 2 feet by 3 feet minimum “run” exposed to sun
      - (looks a lot like a chicken tractor - but the covered side is insulated and heated)
      - at least 12 chicks
  - Make a lightweight paddock shift chicken coop - 4 points
  - Make a skiddable goat shelter - 4 points
  - Make a skiddable hog shelter - 5 points
  - Make a skiddable cattle shelter - 7 points

  - Make a 200 foot wavy deer fence - 4 points
      - Per https://permies.com/t/140079/Wavy-Deer-Fence

  - Do the work to entice beavers to an area - 4 points
      - prove that work introduced beavers to the area - 2 more points

  - Show how offal from one animal system is an input to a different animal system - 2 points
      - must be fed to a different species
      - receiving species must be an omnivore or carnivore

Prove mitigation of pests:
  - If you chose to do more than one of these BBs, work done for one of the BBs can not be counted for another BB
  - For instance, to get credit for 6 toad habitats for mosquito mitigation and 6 toad habitats for fly mitigation requires the construction of 12 toad habitats.

  - Control aphids with permaculture - 8 points (this is the BB)
      - Not
          - DE
          - buy ladybugs
          - any kind of spray
          - squishing
      - Do three of these things
          - improve diversity of plants to reduce aphid load
              - some species discourage aphids
              - some species draw aphids away from other species (sacrifice)
              - Predator buffet line
                  - Butterfly weed
              - Some species provide nectar/food/habitat for aphid predators
              - Some species take up excess nitrogen
                  - Many believe excessive N make a plant attractive to aphids
                  - Rhubarb, any grass, corn, nettles, asparagus
          - create habitat for stuff that eats aphids (spiders, lacewings, ladybugs, etc)  
                  - ladybug houses
                  - Research Thread: https://permies.com/t/139109
                  - Insect hotels
                  - Brush piles?
          - create habitat for stuff that discourages ants (spiders, lizards, etc)
          - Use permaculture techniques to improve the soil and support the health of an aphid affected plant
          - bring tiny/immature fowl in to eat the ants, preferably in a paddock shift system  
      - Prove your efforts mitigated aphids.    Here are two possible ways to prove it:
          - Have a “control” patch and document results during the time of year when aphids are a problem
          - Document one year without and one year with controls, same time of year

  - Control leaf eating beetles with permaculture - 8 points
          - colorado potato beetle
          - japanese beetle
          - other leaf eating beetles
      - Not
          - DE
          - soap sprays or any kind of spray
          - squishing
          - BT
      - Do four of these things
          - improve diversity of plants
              - some species improve the strength and health of target plant
              - diversity of plants in a polyculture to allow most plants to escape beetle attack
              - some species discourage beetles
              - Some cultivars are resistant to beetles
              - some species draw beetles away from other species (sacrifice)
                  - these species typically attract beetle predators
          - build beetle predator habitat
          - add mulch to support health of target plants
          - bring fowl in to eat the beetles
          - Trap crop (grapes?) to attract beetles then shake trellis to feed chickens below
          - Demonstrate how landscape texture and underground diversity allow some plants to thrive while others suffer from beetles
                  - Texture could be 7’ hugelkulturs
                  - Show plants within 20’ of each other, one thriving, one suffering.  
      - Prove your efforts mitigated beetles.    Here are two possible ways to prove it:
          - Have a “control” patch and document results during the time of year when beetles are a problem
          - Document one year without and one year with controls, same time of year

  - Control cutworms with permaculture - 8 points
      - Not
          - DE
          - soap sprays or any kind of spray
          - hand picking / squishing
          - BT
      - Do four of these things
          - improve diversity of plants
              - some species improve the strength and health of target plant
              - some species discourage cutworms
              - some species draw cutworms away from other species (sacrifice)
                  - these species typically attract cutworm predators
          - build cutworm predator habitat (fireflies, birds, wasps)
          - add mulch to target plant
          - Document plant of the same species in another spot not being bothered by pests
          - bring fowl in to eat the cutworms
      - Prove your efforts mitigated cutworms.    Here are two possible ways to prove it:
          - Have a “control” patch and document results during the time of year when cutworms are a problem
          - Document one year without and one year with controls, same time of year

  - Control mosquitoes with permaculture - 8 points
      - Do NOT use BT, soap, sprays, citronella, propane, electricity
      - Pre-requisite BBs
          - create dragonfly habitat (make this a link to sand badge)
          - create frog habitat (make this a link to sand badge)
          - create toad habitat
      - Do all of the following:
          - attract two different mosquito eating birds/bats
                  - describe the species and how you’re attracting them
                  - probably building housing
          - Mitigate breeding areas - do two of:
              - mosquito breeding trap
              - introduce fish to a year round water tank or pond to control mosquito larvae
              - reduction of standing water where it is not wanted - do at least one
                  - gutter that does not drain properly
                  - buckets or other objects outside that can hold water for five days or more
                  - puddles in a road
          - build six more toad shelters
      - Prove your efforts mitigated mosquitoes.  Here are two possible ways to prove it:
          - Have a “control” and document results during mosquito season
          - Compare results of one year without and one year with controls, same time of year

  - Control crop eating birds with permaculture - 8 points
      - Do NOT use shotgun, electricity, netting or a blaring radio  
      - Pre-requisite BBs
          - Create snake habitat  
      - Do five of the following things:
          - Distract birds away from other crops + animal feed by planting mulberries and the like
                  - 100 shrubs/trees total
                  - 60+ mulberries
                  - Staggered fruiting time to distract for as long as possible
          - Select plant cultivars that hide the bounty from the birds
                  - Show 6 plants (can be the same species)
          - Perches for raptors
          - Create 6 more snake habitats
          - Housing for purple martins (they’re territorial)
          - Cats (need to prove they’re eating the right birds)
          - Terrier
          - Plant double the crop and accept the losses
          - Bird trap pig feeder
                  - Tube that attracts starlings to enter (hey look at this nice house) but it is a one-way trip to the pig pen
      - Prove your efforts mitigated crop eating birds.    Here are two possible ways to prove it:
          - Have a “control” patch and document results during the time of year when birds are a problem
          - Document one year without and one year with controls, same time of year

  - Control rodents with permaculture - 8 points
      - Small outdoor rodents
          - including, but not limited to:
              - mice
              - rats
              - chipmunks
              - voles
              - moles
              - gophers
              - rabbits
      - Do NOT use guns, electricity, fences, or traps
          - There is a foraging BB for hunting rabbits/squirrels
      - Pre-requisite BBs
          - Create snake habitat  
          - Create a brush pile
      - Do five of the following:
          - Create 6 more snake habitats
          - Create 6 more brush piles
          - Plants that encourage cats
          - Get a new cat that is a good mouser
          - Get a new rodent eating dog (ie rat terrier)
          - attract two different birds that eat rodents
              - describe the species and how you’re attracting them
              - probably building housing
              - perches for raptors
          - Plants that discourage rodents
          - pulse hogs/chickens/turkeys/etc. through an area with too many rodents
          - put out more food for rodents (thus attracting predators)
          - Improve food/grain storage
          - Create an exposed area around your garden that they won’t cross for fear of getting grabbed
          - Make an actual moat
      - Prove your efforts mitigated rodents.  Do one:
          - Have a “control” patch and document results during the time of year when rodents are a problem
          - Document one year without and one year with controls, same time of year

  - Control flies with permaculture - 8 points
      - Including but not limited to:
          - Horseflies
          - House flies
          - Deer flies
          - Black flies
          - Sand flies
      - Not
          - Bug zappers, fly paper, soap sprays or any kind of spray
      - Pre-requisite BBs
          - create dragonfly habitat (make this a link to sand badge)
          - create frog habitat (make this a link to sand badge)
          - create toad habitat
      - Do four of the following:
          - Create 6 more dragonfly habitats
          - Create 6 more frog habitats
          - Create 6 more toad habitats
          - attract two different fly eating birds/bats
              - describe the species and how you’re attracting them
              - probably building housing
              - Possibly plants that attract birds/bats
          - Remove fly specks
          - Select for cattle that don’t attract flies
              - Sell/eat fly attractors, breed fly-free cattle
          - Attract/encourage two types of spiders
          - Use paddock shift to break fly breeding cycle
              - Describe how your system does this
          - Plants that deter flies (wormwood, mint, etc)
          - Carnivorous plants
          - Plants that attract predatory insects, arachnids and/or wasps
              - describe the species and how you’re attracting them
              - probably plants that attract them
              - Possibly housing
      - Prove your efforts mitigated flies.  Do one:
          - Have a “control” patch and document results during the time of year when flies are a problem.  Maybe counting fly specs or using fly paper to measure flies over time.
          - Document one year without and one year with controls, same time of year

  - Control indoor fleas with permaculture - 8 points
      - Not
          - flea collars, sprays, borates, flea bombs
      - Required:
          - Apply Diatomaceous Earth (DE) around edges of rooms
              - Unlike other BBs above, since this is indoors it will last a very long time
          - Twice a week vacuuming with DE for three months
              - Spread DE and vacuum it up
          - Wash laundry and bedding more often and with more soap
      - Do one of the following:
          - Switch one room from carpet to hard surface floors
          - Feed pets/animals brewer’s yeast
          - Heat the house to 105F for more than 5 hours
          - Dehumidify the house to 30% or less for more than 4 days
      - Prove your efforts mitigated fleas.  Do one:
          - Document your starting flea load, at one month with controls in place and at three months with zero fleas trapped.  Measure with a 48 hour flea trap test.

  - Breed a broody hen to hatch at least six chicks - 4 points
      - points awarded when chicks are one week old
  - Breed a broody duck to hatch at least six ducklings - 4 points
      - points awarded when ducklings are one week old
  - Breed a broody turkey to hatch at least four poults- 4 points
      - points awarded when poults are one week old
  - Breed a guinea fowl to hatch at least six keets - 4 points
      - points awarded when keets are one week old
  - Breed a quail to hatch at least six chicks - 4 points
      - points awarded when chicks are one week old
  - Breed a pigeon to hatch at least four squabs - 4 points
      - points awarded when squabs are one week old
  - Breed a goose to hatch at least six goslings- 4 points
      - points awarded when gosling are one week old
  - Breed a goat resulting in at least one kid - 4 points
      - points awarded when kid is one week old
  - Breed a rabbit resulting in at least six kits - 4 points
      - points awarded when kits are one week old
  - Breed an ewe resulting in at least one lamb - 4 points
      - points awarded when lamb is one week old
  - Breed a cow resulting in at least one calf - 4 points
      - points awarded when calf is one week old
  - Breed a sow resulting in at least six piglets - 4 points
      - points awarded when piglets are one week old
  - Breed a guinea pig resulting in at least six pups - 4 points
      - points awarded when pups are one week old
  - Breed a llama resulting in at least one cria - 4 points
      - points awarded when cria is one week old
  - Breed an alpaca resulting in at least one cria - 4 points
      - points awarded when cria is one week old
  - Breed a working farm dog resulting in at least six puppies - 4 points
      - points awarded when puppies are one week old


  - Raising mealworms - end up with two pounds more than when you started - 3 points
  - Raising crayfish - end up with two pounds more than when you started - 3 points
  - Raising worms - end up with two pounds more worms than when you started - 4 points
  - Raising black soldier flies - end up with two pounds more grubs than when you started - 4 points
  - Raising mason bees - end up with ½ lb of cocoons - 2 points

  - Fish farming - 2 points
      - Prerequisite is to do “Stock a pond with fish” sand BB
      - Harvest 5 lbs of fish that are obviously much larger than when you introduced them to the pond

Harvest List:
  - Process fish - catch and clean 5 lbs of fish from your pond - 2 points
  - Butcher a goat - slaughter and clean - 2 points
  - Butcher a sheep - slaughter and clean - 2 points
  - Butcher a cattle - slaughter and clean - 8 points
  - Butcher a pig - slaughter and clean - 6 points

Parasite list:
      - Check three times, once in spring, summer and fall

  - Prove that your chickens do not have parasites - 4 points
  - Prove that your ducks do not have parasites - 4 points
  - Prove that your cattle do not have parasites - 4 points
  - Prove that your guinea fowl do not have parasites - 4 points
  - Prove that your quail do not have parasites - 4 points
  - Prove that your pigeons do not have parasites - 4 points
  - Prove that your geese do not have parasites - 4 points
  - Prove that your rabbits do not have parasites - 4 points
  - Prove that your llamas do not have parasites - 4 points
  - Prove that your alpacas do not have parasites - 4 points
  - Prove that your hogs do not have parasites - 4 points
  - Prove that your cats do not have parasites - 4 points
  - Prove that your dogs do not have parasites - 4 points
  - Prove that your goats do not have parasites - 4 points
  - Prove that your sheep do not have parasites - 4 points
  - Prove that your turkeys do not have parasites - 4 points
  - Prove that your fish do not have parasites - 4 points
  - Prove that your bees do not have parasites - 4 points
  - Prove that your guinea pigs do not have parasites - 4 points

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180 points required
Can do up to 30 new points from Sand and Straw lists
Prerequisite:  Complete the Straw BBs proving your animal’s food and water are fit for human consumption
Brainstorming thread: https://permies.com/t/139963/

Required:

  - Care for 6 different species of animal for 6 months - 40 points
      - Provide clearly better conditions than any conventional farm
      - Primarily skiddable shelters
      - No manure handling
      - Less than 2% off property inputs

  - Harvest 200,000 calories from a domestic animal system - 60 points
      - At least 6 animal products -
      - Poultry and Eggs may count as 2
      - Dairy and Beef may count as 2
      - Minimum of 10,000 calories from each of the 6
      - Must be for human consumption

Electives:
  - Harvest 20 lbs of fiber from a domestic animal system - 10 points
      - Cleaned, stored and ready for use for other aspects

  - Harvest 5 square feet of leather - 8 points
      - tanned, stored and ready for use for other aspects
      - only domestic animals count for this BB

  - Harvest 5 square feet of fur - 8 points
      - tanned, stored and ready for use for other aspects
      - only domestic animals count for this BB

  - Seal a 1000 square foot pond with pigs - 12 points
      - Prove it doesn’t hold water prior
      - Prove it does hold water after

  - Grow a large three season nectar harvest for honeybees - 20 points
      - pics and description of planting
      - pics of thousands of blooms at 2 points in each season (six pics total)
      - at least two dozen species
      - species must be ones that attract honeybees
      - Minimum of 1/4 acre, can be divided among multiple locations

  - Arrange a hayless system for a ruminant herd - 20 points

  - Grow forage for chickens/pigs in four paddocks - 10 points
      - at least 12 plant species, obviously more than 20,000 calories of forage per paddock
      - note that 15 pounds of sunchokes are 5000 calories

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These six species required:
  - Cattle
  - Chickens
  - Hogs
  - Turkey
  - Fish
  - Honeybees

Six more species required (your choice).  Possibilities could be more than what you see on this list:
  - Ducks
  - Guinea fowl
  - Quail
  - Pigeons
  - Geese
  - Guinea pigs for meat
  - Working farm dogs
  - Working farm cats
  - Sheep
  - Goats
  - Llama
  - Alpaca
  - Rabbits

General conditions required for all animals for which it applies:
  - Primarily skiddable shelters
  - No manure handling
  - All of the animal systems must be less than 2% off-site input
  - Hayless (or dramatic hay reduction system) is required
  - Minimal bare dirt under hoof/foot
  - Out in green, lush pasture most of the year
  - Plenty of shady spots
  - Sufficient herd/flock size to satisfy animal’s natural needs
  - Lack of flies, ticks, etc
  - Dry, wind protected shelters
  - Cattle butchering offal goes to chickens, pigs, fish, etc., Chicken goes to the pigs, dogs, fish, etc
  - Little to no predator pressure
  - Parasite and disease checks for all species
  - Their last day and last 15 minutes are calm and relaxing.  Slaughtered on site.

  - Harvest 4 million calories from 9 domestic animal systems (this is the BB)
      - Must include a minimum of:
          - 1 beef animal
          - dairy (5 lbs butter, 5 lbs cheese, 1 qt cream)
          - 100 eggs
          - 12 butchered chicken
          - 6 turkeys
          - 2 hogs
          - 10 lbs fish
          - 10 lbs honey

  - Harvest 80 lbs of fiber from a domestic animal system  (this is the BB)
      - stored and ready for use for other aspects

  - Harvest 20 square feet of leather (this is the BB)
      - tanned, stored and ready for use for other aspects
      - only domestic animals count for this BB

  - Harvest 20 square feet of fur (this is the BB)
      - tanned, stored and ready for use for other aspects
      - only domestic animals count for this BB

Provide proof that you are breeding and nurturing 12 animal species
  - Special note:  We are hoping that by creating these BBs, people will provide suggestions/solutions and they will become 10 times better in a year

  - Pampered or treated better than 98% of other domestic animals
      - Research thread: https://permies.com/t/133897/show-pampering-animals
  - Photo essay talking about signs of health, good breeding and being pampered
  - Parasite check once per season for all species
  - Level 6 animal care is “pampered” and level 7 is “something that would inspire a Disney movie about a little girl and all of her homestead animal friends.”  Provide some evidence that you might be close to level 7.  
  - General examples:
      - Come when called
      - Let them “escape” and show you can call/entice them back easily
      - You drink their water
      - You eat their food
      - You’ve thought deeply about your animal’s fears of predation and act accordingly (ie. not picking up rabbits or especially flipping them over)
      - Just because a human would like your “pampering”, ensure that your critter would
      - Herbal apothecary in their paddocks
      - Sing or play with you
      - Sleep in their shelter for one night
      - Toys and forms of entertainment for the animals
      - Four seasons of pampering
      - Examples of being people friendly
      - Prolific reproduction
      - Prolific meat/milk production
      - Describe your breeding objectives and plan
      - Describe, for each animal, how your breeding objectives breed out dependence on antibiotics
      - A heated shelter for the 12 coldest days of winter
      - Put out food for them for the 12 coldest days of winter

  - Prove you are nurturing your cattle (this is the BB)
      - Minimum of 3 calves from breeding to six months old
      - Come willingly to be milked
      - Scratching posts (ideally trees)

  - Prove you are nurturing your chickens (this is the BB)
      - Chicken breeding program to favor good egg production and foraging on your property
      - Minimum of 100 chickens from hatch to 3 months old under broody hens (no incubators)
      - Winter bug feed system
      - Additional fats and oils in the winter
      - Swings, tethercabbage or similar activities for entertainment in winter
      - Grow winter feed systems

  - Prove you are nurturing your hogs (this is the BB)
      - Minimum of two dozen hogs from birth to six months old
      - Ensure wallow facilities for the 12 hottest days of the year

  - Prove you are nurturing your turkeys (this is the BB)
      - Minimum of a dozen turkeys from under a broody hen to 3 months old
      - Winter bug feed system
      - Additional fats and oils in the winter
      - Swings, tethercabbage or similar activities for entertainment in winter
      - Grow winter feed systems

  - Prove you are nurturing your fish (this is the BB)
      - 12 or more species of aquatic and riparian plants
      - Variety of water depths, rocks, logs, hiding places
      - No supplemental fish food - sufficient bugs/plants/etc for them to forage
      - Perhaps add something in the future to reduce mercury levels in the pond
      - Plenty of oxygen year round
      - Prove sufficient levels for your species with a dissolved oxygen meter
      - Research threads
      - https://permies.com/t/37206/Cleaning-Toxic-Gick-Water-Aquaculture
      - https://permies.com/t/140309/reduce-mercury-fish

  - Prove you are nurturing your honeybees (this is the BB)
      - Pics and description of pollinator planting
      - Pics of tens of thousands of blooms at 2 points in each season (six pics total)
          - at least 12 species blooming per season
          - species must be ones that attract honeybees
          - within 150 feet of the hive (about two acres)
      - Pictures and description of your bear protection system
      - Pictures and description of your additional winter insulation system
      - No paint on hive
      - Bee hut or equivalent system for shade, rain and snow protection
      - Hive(s) at least 1 foot off of the ground
      - Each colony must come from a wild swarm
      - Same colony occupies your hive for 2 years
      - Prove that your colony swarmed at least once
      - Each hive is at least 200 feet from any other hive

  - Prove you are nurturing another species (complete this BB 6 times)
      - BB threads for all other animals will be created as people need them
2 weeks ago
Does anyone have ideas or experience for reducing the mercury in fish that you are raising?

-A brainstorming thread Paul's asked me to get started
2 weeks ago
A Weekly PEP Sprint!
Just two BB's, between now and next Tuesday.
Will you sprint with me?


This week's BB's:
TextilesCrochet/Knit a Dishcloth or HotpadNovelty BB
CommunityMake a MapThruline BB 1/3

The 'Novelty BB' will skip through all the various aspects, in time.
The 'Thruline BB's' will get you certified in that badge, in time.
2 weeks ago
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For anyone interested in helping build BB pages, the team coordination thread is here: https://permies.com/t/137440/PEPPERS-action (Peppers in Action)
2 weeks ago
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Making a BB page is very helpful!  So helpful that often apples and pie are thrown at the people who make them  Here's a tutorial on how to do it.  Even if you only get it 1/2 perfect, it's a great help and we can massage it to perfection later.

Generally each BB that is listed under a badge needs its own BB page.

1.  Find a BB listed in a badge that isn't linked to a page.  Create a new thread in the appropriate subforum for that badge (ie PEP Gardening).

2.  The title of the thread follows a new naming convention.  It's pretty easy to figure out after looking at a few BB titles.  For example - Picnic table - dimentional.straw.table PEP BB.  The only part that takes creativity is coming up with a one or maybe two word phrase to put after the word straw.  The phrase needs to be original enough that it won't be confused with another BB in that badge.  If it's two words, skip the space so it is one long string of characters.  For example the "backtire" in this one - Repair a Flat on the Rear Tire of a Bicycle - tool.sand.backtire PEP BB.

3.  In the body of the BB we start with a standard introduction paragraph, then a fun sentence or two about the task at hand, then some photos and/or videos and/or links to related content and finish with the requirements and documentation.  Let's go into more detail:

3a.   I start by finding a BB in the same badge to copy.  I hit the "quote" button to get the text and links and copy/paste it over to my new post.  Then I erase all the stuff that doesn't apply to my new BB thread.  I search youtube for videos that show the BB in action or do image searches to find pictures of the final product.  Tasks as the Sand level are probably more suited for videos and tasks at higher levels may be more appropriate for pictures.  But it's up to you.  Media from Permies.com is especially good to include.

3b.  Our goal is to tell people what they need to do and how they need to prove it.  We aren't telling them HOW to do a task.  They can do all the learning and research on their own, we don't need to do that work for them.  The same thing goes for safety.  It's assumed that you can hurt yourself doing nearly anything so there's no need to mention every risk and watch-out for a task.  If we did start to discuss safety things, we'd be forever adjusting BBs to include the new and creative ways people have found to hurt themselves.

3c.  Near the bottom we have the Requirements and the Documentation.  See This One for an example.  The Requirements are how we make sure the project is good enough.  The Documentation is how they need to prove they did the job.  Requirements sometimes are partially listed in the badge page but often you have to make them up.  Just try to figure out what is reasonable.  Making a ladder?  Maybe it should be at least 4' tall.  

3d.  For the Requirements we like to ask for photo or video proof if possible.  List the steps in the project they need to document to ensure they are likely to have actually done the job.  Often we ask for a before, during and after photo but each task may be different.  The smoothest way to phrase it is:  
   To document your completion of the BB, provide proof of the following as pics or video (less than two minutes):
   before
   during
   after

4.  Now it's time to make it a wiki.  This is what allows us to edit it easily over time.  Just below the main window are the tabs for Options, Attachments, Wiki.  Click on the Wiki one.  Then click the radio button for "This is a wiki page that accepts comments".  Then hit the Edit Permissions button for Staff Only.  And submit!!!

5.  Now a friendly staff person will hopefully see it and link it to the badge page.  And fling apples at you  If they don't seem to have seen it, maybe put a flag on it to catch our eye or hit the report button and ask if it looks good.  If many people are making them we may get a bit behind in checking them over.  You may want to do one or two and see what changes staff does before you crank out a hundred of them.
2 weeks ago
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I enjoyed the shapes of the latches for the access doors.
2 weeks ago