George Yacus

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I've added a farm I'm helping design to the list:

Healing Creek Farm in Toms Brook, Virginia, USA.

Here's a run down:

  • HCF is a Permaculture demonstration center being designed and built ~1hr west of Washington DC in the Shenandoah,
  • There's potential for Badge Bit "PEP rallies" and hosting of sustainability workshops and DIY co-creations to build the farm while building community,
  • Glamping stations, off grid camping, eco-tourism etc. are in development and coming soon (~2025),
  • Note: HCF stewards would love to have their farm be handy-capable as practical as we design and build it,
  • For more info, or to inquire about specific Badge possibilities, Purple Mooseage me here.
  • Who would be interested in having PEP/PEX done on their land?

    This is a wiki page that anyone can edit. If you would like your site to be included in any of the following categories, or to make a category of your own, please edit this post.

    People Who Want Full PEP/PEX on Their Land:
    Paul Wheaton - Missoula MT
    JT Lamb - BonCarbo, CO (see comments below for details)
    Michael Chicoine II - New Hampshire (see comments below for details)
    Jonathan Leonard - WV
    Leaf Bailey - Southern Oregon, USA
    Tranqvillium, Sustainable Living Educational and Research Community, Tecopa, CA -
    Amanda Wright- Dawsonville, GA

    People Who Want PEP/PEX on Their Land BUT Are Currently Full:
    To Be Announced

    People Who Think Some Badges Could Possibly Be Done at Their Place:
    Mike Haasl - Northern WI, USA
    Lina J - Annapolis, Md, USA
    Skandi Rogers - Northern Denmark
    Ash Jackson - Denver, CO, USA
    Trish Beebe  -  Gabrovo, Bulgaria
    Bonnie Farrell - Upstate, NY
    Lex Eastwood - Rural NV
    Hans Quistorff - near  Pierce, Mason, Kitsap counties WA  Swale improvement.
    James Sullivan - north of Toronto CA
    Sondee Grande - Southern WI, USA
    Raphael Blais - Qc, Canada
    Nautilus Guild Jennifer Markestad  in Tacoma WA
    Chris Vee - Upstate South Carolina
    Liam Hession - Missouri Ozarks (near Alton, MO)
    Jarrett Hadorn - Etowah, TN (SE TN) - I think most of the full PEP projects are probably doable here
    Lynne McIntyre - South East MI
    Carmen Carrion (Pierce County, WA state)
    Katia LeMone (northern Mexico)
    Carmen Rose (Pierce County, WA)
    Healing Creek Farm - Tom's Brook, VA, USA

    People Who Are Just Thinking About PEP/PEX on Their Land:
    Joshua Myrvaagnes (non-profit I've been involved in, I don't make the decisions myself) -- Capital District, NY State, USA

    People Who Might Be Open to PEP/PEX On Their Land Given Some Time:
    Shawn Klassen-Koop - Somewhere in a flat part of Canada
    Michael Holtman - Tennessippi
    Matrim Schmidt - Central WI, USA
    3 weeks ago

    I wrote:Another way to potentially reach 1B (India especially) would be through Google.  Namely, Doodle for Google and their art contests.  

    You know, those banners that celebrate holidays or illuminate historical icons by modifying the lettering of "Google" to make it all fancy-shmancy.  

    So I just did a search:

    Apparently Google Doodles hasn't done a permaculture theme!   This seems like low hanging fruit, and requests are as simple as an email to:

    P.s. A little unity of effort -- with dozens of hundreds of permies requesting a Doodle of "permaculture" -- could go a long way.
    Wow Liam, your project sounds much like a "relief shed" I built last year!

    I wanted a project to "warm up with" in the literal and figurative sense of the phrase, too.  
    I wanted to sharpen some light construction and design skills, and I needed a booth where I could escape rain or cold weather, somewhere to dry off, store gardening tools or start seedlings, check for ticks, change clothing, have a sit for a snack...a place where ladies could do their business if needed.  Here's how it came out:

    I wrote: Features:
    -Ground screw foundation
    -Pallet floor base (potential to be skidded or lifted and moved on pallet forks)
    -Clear roofing and salvaged storm door for winter warmth
    -Solar phone charger + music (SolarHome 620 by Biolite)
    -Small shelving for soap, sunscreen, first aid kit, bug spray
    -Nice hooks for hand-tools, overalls, jackets.
    -Bucket toilet (removable) with urine diverter running out the back into pine-mulch.

    At one point I had water collection off the roof into a rain barrel I salvaged somewhere.  It was surprisingly effective for its size, and it was really nice having water to wash my hands and face or clean up with, or water my growies during drought.  I seriously considered making a little solar hot water shower system, and using the shed to shower in too, but I didn't want to drill holes through the base and I needed to move on to bigger projects.

    Issues with my design:
  • Permaculture zoning. By design, my relief shed is not located in my current Zone 0, but more of a Zone 3; so as a result, weeds build up around it very rapidly.
  • Not taking into account the wind sector. The rain barrel at one point emptied, and because of strong winds, fell off the logs/pallet  it was resting on, and broke.
  • Underestimating the animal sector.  Despite what I thought was a mice-resistant design, mice snuck in and made a mess.  The reason they snuck in was...
  • Plywood. A lot of folks on permies are anti-plywood.  I had never really used plywood in any projects, and it was cheap and available, so I purchased some non-pressure treated stuff for the east and west wall.  Unfortunately, I made the poor decision of having it low to the ground.  As a result, moisture built up near the base, and the plywood warped, and left openings for mice to get in.  Lesson learned -- now I know for my bigger project that I'll avoid plywood!  The back (north) wall, however, is made of corrugated galvanized aluminum, and that has held up nicely and looks rather pretty, I think.

  • Even so, it served its purpose, and now I'm on to building bigger and better things!

    P.s. Note that this is not passive solar due to the clear roofing which allows gratuitous summer sunlight in!
    1 month ago

    Cade Johnson wrote:Then the ducks came...

    Your setup sounds awesome, Cade!  

    Do you have a thread here on, and if not, would you be willing to take a few photos and share more details of your setup?
    1 month ago
    Some live-edge wood adds character in my dimensional lumber stool, which has been helpful at my worksite.
    SPI Fall PDC 2024 early pricing goes through June 15, 2024.

    I think the best part of SPI's PDC for me was the awesome network of fellow permies I met.   I keep in touch with my classmates regularly, and have grown professionally with the chance to help design and co-create with several of them, even earning my first hobby income as a certified Permaculture Designer.

    This fall's PDC is set to be hosted at Project GROWS in Verona, Virginia.  Maybe I'll see you there during one of the local permaculture farm tours.   Cheers!
    Presumably there is some kind of hand washing station near this system.  It would be neat to use the waste water from washing hands in that sink to automatically chase the waste of the urine diverter, and thus fill the p-trap to prevent venting odors.  Users' normal pattern of washing hands provides a stacked function without extra thought involved.
    1 month ago

    Mamalana Bliss wrote:
    I am curious if y'all have any thoughts or advice about where to market my design work. I have just about 20 years of experience in Permaculture design and education, and when it comes to the work, I am solid.

    I would start by editing your "about me" profile (
    to include a link to your website and showcase your design work.  Also highlight where you earned your PDC.  Include in your profile or (maybe even your signature block if it's concise) what your services are exactly, and how you can be initially contacted (Purple Mooseage, phone, Email, online Google Form or website form, etc ) and how you can be paid, and what services you freely provide.

    Put yourself in your ideal clients' shoes (or more likely, boots or sandals) and think from their perspective.  Where are they, and how did they find you? Perhaps they discovered you from a free workshop you provide at the local library, or an awesome YouTube video, or chatted you up at a local house of worship, or a trash pickup at a National Park, or met you at Wheaton Labs, or as a PDC teaching intern on a permaculture institute's website.  etc etc

    Since you're thinking internationally, if you don't have a portfolio of work online, that seems like priority one.  Until you have a fancy website, a wiki thread here on could easily help organize and showcase your work from these past 20 years, along with biographical information (to include what languages you speak) so clients can better appreciate your character and style and whether you're a good fit to support them.

    Include on photos or links to your specific work if you already have it documented elsewhere, and quotes from satisfied clients to date.  Ask your current clients if they would be references for future clients, or if they can refer you to new clients.  Don't have any clients yet?  Well, the forums are filled with folks seeking novel permaculture ideas and designs.  Help others where/when you can.
    2 months ago