Paul sits down with Mark, Ashley, Katie, and Kyle to discuss a selection of different topics, loosely centered around making Bootcamp more appealing.
Starting from the question of “what motivates people to come to Bootcamp?”, Paul believes that the target demographic is the audience for this podcast, as they are clearly interested in not only permaculture, but Paul’s variety of it, so when they arrive they’ll have a decent idea of what’s going on and why. After them, there’s people that tend to come for a few months to get to grip of basic skills and experience of working land and permaculture in general, or simply want to improve themselves as a person. The last main group that Paul can see is people that are more concerned about where their food comes from, what it’s contaminated with, and just want to see their food growing so that they know it’s actually organic or better. On the flip side, signing up for Bootcamp just so that you can have an environment away from heroin or something is probably not an indicator for a good time – go to a rehab clinic for that sort of thing.
A short summary of what Bootcamp is like would be to take a Permaculture Technology Jamboree and expand it from two weeks into two or three months, with added boring work that PTJ attendees don’t want to do, but still needs to happen both at Bootcamp and on any other plot of land that needs work doing on it. Ultimately it’s more rewarding and teaches you more than the PTJ, but requires a much greater time investment. Also if there’s more boots there then there’ll be more variety of stuff that gets worked on and everyone’s happier for it.
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