Ivar Vasara

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D. Logan wrote:Important Note: The PEA program is about to get some revamps and upgrades. If anyone is currently working on a badge in the program, please let me know. Hopefully this won't be an inconvenience to anyone, but the current iteration was left in a half-finished state that doesn't hold true to Paul's vision of where PEA should go. Many of the changes are likely to be minor things adapting it to be more of a closed system not requiring one to visit any property aside from the interior of one's dwelling.

Interesting.. so the PEA program won't require access to property? I'm kinda curious about a middle ground program - somewhere in along the lines of "skill to permaculture your suburban lot / garden space". For example, smallish hugulkultur might be viable in some cases or a management of a few fruit trees..
5 days ago

Mike Barkley wrote:I think there are badges ready to go for that. Here's more info.

Ha! that is pretty much exactly what I had in mind - only so much work has been done - how cool is that? Thanks!
5 days ago
As way of background, let me say I'm a huge fan of the ideas behind PEP, and appreciate the Paul-ness of the endeavour. In addition to clearly delineated requirements, many of the badge threads have questions about viable variations or substitutions. When a proposed alternative doesn't quite match the intention, the arbiter will often suggest perhaps starting a PE_X, hinting that everyone could have their own achievement certification systems. In the open source world of software development there is a common practice of 'forking' projects with open licenses - that is to say taking an existing project and applying modifications to it. What I'm curious about though, is if it is permissible for people to base their own PE badge systems off what Paul and the rest of the team have created.

Effectively what I'm asking is - "what license governs the PEP system?"
5 days ago

thomas rubino wrote:
I took a look at those regulations and they apply to outside burning not indoor heating.

Wow - I hadn't considered that there would be different laws for indoor and outdoor heating, but that makes perfect sense.

thomas rubino wrote:
A search thru the towns website did not turn up any regulations at all.
Do other people in town burn wood?
Some rocket mass heaters are really a form of a masonry heater.
Some locals will allow those & some would only let a certified mason build one.
Keep looking there is a rule book in Surrey somewhere... you just need to find a copy.
Here are the rules for BC.    https://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/218_2016#section2
Looked to me like a masonry stove description was liberal enough that a batchbox brick bell rmh should qualify.

EEeeeenteresting.. I will keep at it and report back, but yes people do burn wood, I just don't know if it's done legally or not.
Thank you for putting your time into this!

1 week ago
I recently listened to Paul's Podcast with Chris McClellan on interacting with municipal governments on the topic of rocket mass heaters (episode 481 - aside from the challenging audio quality, this is an excellent episode) and it inspired me to investigate how viable a rmh would be in my home city of Surrey. The best I could find was this rather daunting page on municipal burning regulations. Has anyone around here tried to get a permit for a rmh? Since getting rmh approval here appears that it will be a challenge, does anyone know if there are cities/towns in BC that welcome them?
1 week ago
This is a fantastic resource - thank you for sharing !
2 weeks ago
I'd love to find some permies in the South Surrey / White Rock area. When the border opens I will have the chance to visit some of the wonderful looking projects in Washington State, but for now I guess I'm limited to nerding out with fellow Canadians.
2 weeks ago

Anthony Saber wrote:
The procedure to get any produce garden up and running is pretty simple. It starts with a soil test using the William Albrecht method of getting
the mineral ratios correct.

Hi Anthony

Thanks for sharing! I was following up on your suggestions and in my digging I found some criticisms of the Albrecht method. In particular, here's a recent report from the University of Minnesota that states as part of the conclusion "Ratio-based fertilization theories like the Albrecht Method provide scant proof that they offer any economic or soil health advantage to farmers." As far as I can tell, the Albrecht method might inadvertently provide some soil benefits but there isn't science backing it. I don't know if this matters to you or not, but I found it interesting while investigating your reply.
2 months ago

Kena Landry wrote: Plus another 300$cad for full-panel testing of the soil underneath

Kena - what did you learn from the soil tests? What was your approach to them - did you sample various depths or different parts of the uncovered dirt ?
3 months ago