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BB20 Skill Building Event


October 19th-23rd, 2020
Near Missoula, Montana

Limited to 24 Participants!!!

About BB20:

BB20 stands for "Badge Bit 20" and is an event for those who have already completed 20 badge bit activities in the SKIP curriculum. SKIP stands for "SKills to Inherit Property" and it is a set of experiences you can complete to prove you can do permaculture.  While a PDC teaches you how to do permaculture design and analysis, SKIP is hands-on.  You are making things, fixing problems. Building solutions.

When you complete several things (called Badge Bits, or BBs), you earn a badge. This is an event aimed at those who have completed 20 or more BBs, and need Wheaton Lab's guidance and facilities to complete even more!


Feel of the Event:

In this program, you will gain and demonstrate new skills.  It isn't about training, classroom time or lengthy discussion.  It's about pounding out actual projects that you want to accomplish. This event will be heavily focused on giving attendees the ability to complete badges they cannot complete at home, such as building a 7 foot tall hugelkultur garden bed, or cooking in a rocket oven, using a scythe, or driving an excavator.

There will be a guide/facilitator for all the planned work.  Each day will be loosely organized around a certain Badge Bit activities, but attendees may decide to work on other BBs if they want. It will be largely self-paced with instructors available. Come armed with a list of BBs you want to get knocked out, and  The event is limited to 24 participants.



Daily Schedule

Day 0 (October 18th) - Get Settled In: Set up your tent or move into your cabin, take some time to explore Wheaton Labs and get settled in
 
Day 1 (October 19th) - Earthworks and Gardening Digging with an excavator, building a hugelkultur garden bed
 
Day 2 (October 20th) - Rocket: Starting and cooking on various rocket stoves and ovens
 
Day 3 (October 21st) - Metalworking: Make a kindling cracker and/or other fire tools
 
Day 4 (October 22nd) - Food Prep and Preservation:   Cooking on rocket stoves and ovens, using solar dehydrators and haybox cookers
 
Day 5 (October 23) -  Free Choice:  This is a day to work on the BBs you most want to accomplish, or to finish up earlier BBs.




Instructors

Mike Haasl --Instructor
Mike Haasl is a mechanical engineer, woodworker, blacksmith, and permaculture homesteader in northern Wisconsin.  He constructed a sweet greenhouse, builds with pallets and upcycled material, and experiments with compost heat.  He is developing a demonstration site for permaculture homesteading, and collaborating to create the SKIP program.

Paul Wheaton -- Host/Instructor
Paul Wheaton, The Duke of Permaculture, is an author, producer, and certified advanced master gardener. He has created hundreds of youtube videos, hundreds of podcasts, multiple DVDs, and written dozens of articles and a book. As the lead mad scientist at Wheaton Labs, he's conducted experiments resulting in rocket stoves and ovens, massive earthworks, solar dehydrators and much more.


Ash Jackson --Instructor
Ash Jackson is a registered architect, a professional rules monger, and a passionate Dad. In addition to building websites, data visualizations, and a bit of soil life, he has also created over thirty bespoke project management systems, including one to track an individual’s PEP Badges.  He enjoys learning new things and sharing that newfound knowledge with others. He is an avid proponent, pursuer, and co-collaborator of the SKIP program. In short; he is bonkers about it.


Ashley Cottonwood --Instructor
Ashley runs a small scale CSA, composting program, poultry operation, and homestead. She likes turning food scraps back into fresh fruits and vegetables with the help of her feathered friends. Her dream is to create a food production system based on a circular economy. Ashley loves learning new homesteading skills and is a keen volunteer for the development of the SKIP program.

Fred Tyler -- Instructor
Fred has lead the Bootcamp at Wheaton Labs for three years now. He's directed and taught skills ranging from organic gardening to woodworking to natural building.

Josiah Kobernik -- Instructor
Josiah cobbled together a diverse background in commercial agriculture, horticulture, market gardening, raising livestock, homesteading, and other general build/fix skills before landing at Wheaton Labs in 2019. Since moving to the labs, he has taken to working with roundwood timber framing, earthen plasters, videography, rocket contraptions, and any other inventions he can get his hands on

Jennifer Richardson --Instructor
Jennifer Richardson is a former cattle rancher and current resident of Wheaton Labs. She is participating in the boot camp and living in Allerton Abbey, the first wofati, in order to test the thermal inertia of the structure.




Tickets and Registration

Limited to 24 Participants!!!

--> This event is free! <--

To register for this event, you need to have completed 20 Badge Bits and be BB20 certified. To get certified, visit this thread. Once you have been certified, come back and post below that you would like to attend!

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I’d like to register - I was all lined up to attend last year, but then ... floods, seizures, evacuation. I’ve been trekking with PEP throughout a crazy transitional year, and am super excited to finally visit the lab.
 
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Hi there,

I'm still waiting for my BB 20 list to get certified/approved but I'd like to get my name on the list for attending this event.

We've moved to Idaho last year and I think I'm now with in a few hours driving distance !

Also, one of my challenges has been having milking goats (makes it hard to travel) and I have a sitter set up but had the thought that I could drag them along with me (horse trailer, electronet fence) if anyone wanted to do goat milking during the event? Or cheese making for that matter.

Thanks
 
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Penny,

Once you get to BB20, please post here again.

 
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Great!

Thanks Nicole.
 
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Sweet!  That's two people coming!

 
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Bring goats?

Don't bring goats?

What do you think?
 
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I suspect that someday, somebody will be keeping goats up at the lab.  But I think coming to visit with goats might be a bit much.  

Will they eat knapweed?  :)

 
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Don't know about the knap weed.

I know they like star thistle but I haven't found any knap weed here yet to try them with it.

Looking forward to coming up and seeing your place!
 
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For anyone who's close to BB20, here's a poll where people have voted on the easiest Sand BB's: https://permies.com/t/146515/People-attend-FREE-EVENT-Wheaton
 
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Hello! I have a question based on an assumption that I want to be sure I'm accurate in making! For those of us PDC holders who have done dozens of these BBs over the course of life but no longer have, say, the ability to document their past exploits in chaining their tires or backing their uhaul up with their car in tow or farming their socks because they're past events that never got photographed and now perhaps the tools or machines or goats with which they could prove they've done it and survived are no longer available, does this requirement mean that those skills get put aside in favor of accomplishing BBs that haven't yet been done and/or that can be done again if the tools are accessible? I'm assuming yes, because regarding attending the BB20, it's not about having the skills on the BB list but is about having them documented for the proof. This makes total sense so I want to make sure that I'm right about how to proceed TY!
 
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Crystal Jenkins wrote:because regarding attending the BB20, it's not about having the skills on the BB list but is about having them documented for the proof.


Hi Crystal, you've got it!

The stirfry I made for the Food Prep BB was not the first stir-fry I've ever made, nor the last.

Hope you can grab some old pictures, take some new ones, and join us in October!
 
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"October 2020 BB20 Skill Building Event - FREE at Wheaton Labs!"

Thanks Paul - very interested in attending this event ...

Mike Kelly, PE
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