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Paul Wheaton and Mike Haasl have been developing the PEP badges as part of the SKills to Inherit Property initiative.
But first they talk about the conoravirus situation. Paul suspects that there may be 2 000 000 people
already infected in the US but that only around 5% will need hospital treatment. They talk about the need slow the spread so that hospitals are not overwhelmed. Reduced travel has had a large and positive impact environmentally and people are learning to grow food plants from home.
has been cancelled but many of the projects will be continued in the bootcamp
. PEP is now back in the saddle. It is a community
effort and volunteers are needed - please contact Mike Haasl. The program itself will always be free but Paul is considering running a kickstarter
to fund a book for it. There are four levels for each badge, each comprising several badge bits
. The main requirements for the PEP gardening badges are as follows.
The sand badge
has three BBs -
build a 6 ft long hugelculture.
chop and drop to mulch
50 sq ft.
The straw badge
requirements include -
save seed from 4 species.
or wild plants
grow, harvest and preserve 100 000 calories.
build a 12 ft long hugelculture
direct seed perennials, no imports from more than 500 ft away
The wood badge
produce a million calories from 30 species, half with no irrigation
build a 24 ft long hugelculture
build a quarter acre
grow perennials from seed with no transplanting
The iron badge
four million calories from 30 species, half without irrigation
six well designed hugelculture beds totalling 150 ft long.
from 12 trees
that you started from seed
one acre food forest, well designed with seven full layers.
seed saving from at least 12 species over 3 generations, selecting for particular traits.
Want to volunteer? Contact Mike Haasl here
PEP Badge: Gardening - main thread
- includes lists of required species
What is PEP and PEX?
22 PEP badges
poor man's poll: would you support a kickstarter for a SKIP book?
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This podcast was made possible thanks to:
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