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About Permies.com

Permies.com is the largest permaculture forum on the net. It was founded in 2005 by Paul Wheaton, who is a certified master gardener and permaculture designer, as well as a former software engineer. Permies is moderated by a large team of dedicated volunteers, and it hosts discussions, and resources about permaculture and related topics like homesteading, low-technology, organic gardening, community-building, fiber arts, sustainable living, and more.

Over the years, Permies has become a hub for finding and sharing detailed advice and information. Permies is also home to a digital market where community members can buy and sell their own goods such as ebooks, videos, and even physical products. The team at Permies work hard to grow the community by promoting content creators who cater to homesteaders, agrarians, and permaculturists. Permies is also host to forums to connect community members with each other, including job listings, an intentional community forum, and the popular permaculture singles forum.

Wheaton started his blog at richsoil.com in 2003 to share information about permaculture topics like lawn care and hugelkultur, and later founded Permies with the goal of sharing and growing knowledge about permaculture. He eventually founded Wheaton Labs in 2011, a large acreage in Montana where he hosts events and courses, as well as a "bootcamp" where aspiring permaculturists can get hands-on knowledge around everything from permaculture earthworks, to natural building, to food preservation, to alternative energy.

Supported by the Permies community, Wheaton has run 12 successful Kickstarter campaigns, authored numerous books, as well as producing podcasts, and documentary-style and educational films, with the goal of building a better world by “infecting minds with permaculture”. He has devised many strategies to achieve this, including things like SKills to Inherit Property (SKIP), educational tools like permaculture playing cards, and his many resources on rocket mass heaters, and other rocket heat technology. With particular interest in natural building, Wheaton has even developed a style of home called a wofati that uses 90% natural (and cheap or free) materials, which lead to the later development of concepts for a truly passive greenhouse that can grow year-round with no heating or fans needed, and a freezer that uses thermal mass so it requires no energy input.

What is Permaculture?
The term “permaculture” was coined in 1978 by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren to describe a whole-system approach to agriculture, land management, and life. Permaculture primarily looks at approaches to farming that take inspiration from nature in order to eliminate the need for pesticides, herbicides, and other potentially toxic and labour-intensive methods for crop management. Permaculture also involves things like natural building, appropriate technology, and intentional community to create thriving ecosystems that work with, rather than against nature.








More about Paul Wheaton

Paul Wheaton is a powerful advocate of permaculture. He was dubbed the "Duke of Permaculture" by Geoff Lawton and Sepp Holzer, and the "Bad Boy of Permaculture" by Occupy Monsanto. Paul is the owner of permies.com, coderanch.com, richsoil.com, and Wheaton Labs. He has produced over 600 podcasts, 200 youtube videos and a dozen feature-length films. He has presented at over 100 events around the US, and has written dozens of articles and 2 books on topics ranging from luxuriant environmentalism to homesteading skills. The events he hosts at his property, Wheaton Labs, have resulted in the development of rocket stove and rocket mass heater technology, massive earthworks featuring extensive hugelkultur, solar dehydrators, lots and lots of round wood timberframe structures like a truly passive earth-bermed solar greenhouse and a mega-cheap and luxurious home design called the Wofati, as well as many, many other permaculture innovations.

   

Nurture nature and nature nurtures us all

-Paul Wheaton, Building a Better World in Your Backyard - Instead of Being Angry at Bad Guys



A lot of really smart people are trying to engage the bad guys on a rigged playing field. I try to find the solutions to world problems in my backyard, and the backyards of a few others.
If I share these solutions prolifically, these ideas might spread.
Then the bad guys and their bad things shrivel up and blow away.

-Paul Wheaton



For me, nearly all of our problems are solved with a recipe composed mostly of homesteading and permaculture.

-Paul Wheaton








Interview with Paul Wheaton for Return Magazine - 2022

Joe Gardener on Paul Wheaton and Hugelkultur - 2021

Paul Wheaton on saving energy for TEDx - 2014

Montana Kaimin on Paul Wheaton and sustainably slacking - 2013

Paul Wheaton on lightbulbs for The Missoulian - 2011

Results of Paul Wheaton's lightbulb experiments for The Missoulian - 2011

Paul Wheaton on handwashing dishes on LifeHacker - 2011

Paul Wheaton on home heating on Lifehacker - 2011

Hugelkultur on Lifehacker - 2011
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Rocket Mass Heaters
and other rocket heat technology

Rocket mass heaters are a type of masonry heater that efficiently create luxuriant home heating from very little fuel. Paul Wheaton and the permies community have steered innovation in this realm, enabling people to heat their homes using just junk mail, or fallen branches from their yards.

Rocket heat technology has also been used to create super-efficient outdoor ovens, saunas, season-extending warmed garden beds, food dehydrators, and more. Permies offers building plans, movies, books, and forums about rocket heat tech.

Paul Wheaton believes rocket mass heaters are a solution to the world’s heating and energy crisis, and works diligently at Wheaton Labs to drive research and development around rocket technology.
 
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SKills to Inherit Property

SKills to Inherit Property is a project developed by Paul Wheaton and Mike Haasl to connect aging homesteaders with industrious young people who are willing to continue their homesteading efforts when they pass.

After being contacted by people who have nobody to will their land to, and who want to save it from being developed or corrupted by “big agriculture”, Wheaton devised a scheme for aspiring homesteaders to prove their permaculture skills to inherit property.

After a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign that exceeded its goal by over 1650%, Wheaton and Haasl published the SKIP book in 2022. SKIPpers can participate in the program for free, with or without the accompanying book, by reviewing the curriculum and posting their accomplishments on the permies.com forums to earn virtual “badges” to show off their skills.
 
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Permaculture Bootcamp

The Permaculture Bootcamp at Wheaton Labs is an experiential learning environment in which aspiring permaculturists can develop permaculture skills through a little hard work.

“Boots” work to develop Wheaton Labs by growing and preserving food using permaculture methods and technology, and experimenting with natural building, alternative energy, and more.

While they develop their permaculture skills and knowledge, boots can earn rewards like tickets to events and courses, or even their own plot of land at Wheaton Labs. Boots can stay for as little or as long as they want, and can earn money by sharing pictures and video of their bootcamp experience with the permies.com community.
 
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Wofati

A wofati is a style of natural earth-sheltered building that Paul Wheaton developed, inspired by the work of Mike Oehler. The name “wofati” is an acronym that stands for Woodland, Oehler, Freaky-cheap, Annualised Thermal Inertia.

A wofati can be built with the majority of the materials harvested from nearby woodland, and uses thermal mass so it doesn’t need heating or cooling. It has the cozy feel of a log cabin, but has a lot more natural light.

The wofati building concept has been used to create homes, as well as greenhouses, sheds and animal shelters, as well as coolers and freezers that are much like a root cellar.
 
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