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(Previously known as the Appropriate Technology Course)

July  3rd - 14th, 2023





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This event has multiple purposes:
  • Move permaculture technology forward: Collaboration, experimentation and innovation in the field of permaculture!
  • eprovides experiences for people new to permaculture technology
  • building homesteading skills
  • To gain hands on experience with various technologies
  • Community and conversation with people who are bonkers about permaculture!




  • Our Jamboree Format:
    Attendees can wander throughout the labs to see all of the innovative permaculture projects, and participate or observe as much or as little as they like. The instructors will see a project to completion either with or without help.

    60+ Permaculture Technology Projects!

    Below are some of the proposed projects for 2023!



    ROCKET HEAT:

  • Build a Rocket Oven for an Outdoor Kitchen
  • Build a Rocket that Generates Electricity



  • NATURAL BUILDING:

  • Cob Sinks and Showers
  • Insulation
  • Build a Yurt
  • Slab Trees Freehand with a Chainsaw, and Build a Roundwood Deck
  • Natural Plasters & Paint
  • Sheep Wool Insulation
  • Felted Walls for Insulating a Space




  • TEXTILES:

  • Make Window Quilts
  • Weave a Sun-Shade from Natural Fibers
  • Sew and Stuff a Straw Tick Mattress
  • Weaving a Rug or Blanket
  • & More!



  • FOOD PREP, PRESERVATION & PROPAGATION:

  • Preserve a Million Calories
  • Store food for winter without electricity (6 ways)
  • Stock a root cellar for 20 people for the year
  • Make Pottery from Clay Harvest on Site
  • Build a Hugel and Plant it!




  • TECH:

  • Add Permanent Solar to a Tiny House
  • Electric Tractor Hayride Tour
  • Heating Water with the Sun without Needing Winterizing
  • Install a
  • Fire up the Solar Glass
  • & More!




  • BODGER:

  • Build a Log Picnic Table & Bench
  • Build Log Bunk Beds
  • Build a Skiddable Bodger Shed
  • Build a Roundwood staircase
  • Build a Three Log Bench
  • & More!


  • BEES:

  • Build a Few Hives
  • Build a Swarm Trap
  • Extract Honey
  • Build a Log Beehive Shelter
  • Build a Log Style Beehive
  • & More!





  • EARTHWORKS:

  • Install a Passive Garden Heater
  • Build a Holzer Root Cellar in a Day
  • Natural swimming pool




  • SKIP:

  • A track dedicated to the "Skills to Inherit Property" program
  • Knock out a bunch of BBs with the help of PEP1 certified instructors
  • Basic Birdhouse
  • Wood Burned Signs
  • Make a Kindling Cracker
  • Tool Handle
  • & More!




  • HOMESTEADING:

  • Make Seed Balls
  • Plant a Living Fence
  • Foraging
  • Make Twine
  • Bake Bread in a Rocket Oven
  • Make wax Cloths / Lunch Kit / Jar cover
  • Create Public Art
  • & More!



  • DRYSTACK:

  • Build a Drystack Moongate
  • Create Drystack Stairs
  • A Drystack Wall to Protect a Fruit Tree





  • Daily Schedule

    7:00am – breakfast
    8:00am – summary of the day
    8:30am – session 1
    10:00am – session 2
    noon – lunch
    1:00pm – session 3
    3:00pm – session 4
    5:00pm – cleanup
    6:00pm – dinner
    7:00pm – evening presentations
    9:30pm to 6:00am – quiet time

    Arrival: Day Zero (July 2 - the day before the beginning of the event) Register and get settled in.
    airport pickups: 10am to 5pm
    arrival by car: 1pm to 5pm



    Instructors


    Chris McClellan -- Instructor:
    Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in the wilds of northeast Ohio. Between building things out of mud and junk he writes for Mother Earth News Magazine and teaches simple DIY skills at workshops and fairs.

    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.


    Opalyn Rose -- Instructor
    Opalyn Rose has been exploring a truly raw-material life while stewarding land and community in south-central Washington. Opalyn tends the sheep and the forest, transforming a fleece or a tree into not only yarn and lumber but clothing and snowmen too.  She brings her love of that transformation to the classroom sharing her skills while helping you develop yours.

    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 is collaborating to create the SKIP program.

    Austin Durant -- Instructor
    Austin Durant has been playing with his food his whole life, and fermenting it for over ten years. In 2011, he created Fermenters Club with a mission: To improve people’s lives by teaching them why and how to make and enjoy fermented foods; and to create communities that are connected through their guts. He teaches classes (online courses and hands-on workshops) on many fermented food traditions such as sauerkraut, pickles, kimchi, kombucha, miso, as well as seasonal specialties. He writes and shares recipes, videos and other fermentation adventures on his blog, fermentersclub.com. An otherwise permie newbie, Austin tends to his small garden in zone 10a, urban/coastal San Diego, California and is greatly looking forward to attending his first PDC and instructing at the PTJ at the Lab this year!

    James Juczak -- Instructor
    He has had numerous articles published; his book "The High Art and Subtle Science of Scrounging, 2nd ed." is currently available and he is presently writing several other books. He has been dubbed "The King of Scrounge". Jim has taught energy, solar certification and electronics as an adjunct professor at three colleges. He has also worked as a Community Energy Educator in 10 northern New York counties. He also brought skills to Kandahar, Afghanistan where he worked as a civilian contractor with the US Army's 10th Mountain Brigade teaching appropriate technologies to the US and Afghan armies as well as the local civilian population. Jim lives with his wife, Krista, in their round, cordwood and papercrete home on the property where they have established an off-grid intentional community. He is an EMT and an adjunct professor at SUNY Jefferson where he teaches the NABCEP Solar Installers course.

    Michael Otten -- Instructor
    Michael Otten (Stoic the Dirt Hippy) is a traveling sustainable developer with a passion for earthen building and passive solar design.

    Samantha Lewis-- Instructor
    Samantha grew up weaving and doing needle work with her mother and grandmother. After high school she bought 60 acres of Washington forest land and built an off grid homestead. She attended Wilderness Awareness School and taught youth programs there for many years. She apprenticed with educator, author, artist Heidi Bohan, learning baskets and medicinal and traditional uses of plants. She likes to make her own clothes and grow her own food, living the permaculture dream on 5000 acres of Washington prairie land where she raises Finn sheep and other animals.

    Beau Davidson-- Instructor
    Beau is an audio engineer and music producer, and natural building contractor and consultant. Currently Beau resides on his multi-generational family farm in South Central Kansas, where he makes innovative, ecologically-contextualized structures, landscapes, and spaces out of the physical materials at hand. Currently they have an ecological research initiative to tend the borderland between philosophy and practice of resource-stewardship, creativity, and whole-living.-- Instructor[/b]

    Justin Popa - Instructor
    Justin is a metal worker from Michigan with crunchy tendencies.  After spending all his money on a welding engineering degree, he pursued his true passion of historic technology as a museum blacksmith.  For the last 7 years he has shared his love of hot metal with the public while building and repairing items with 18th century hand tools. Always looking to learn more traditional skills, he has worked on cob, strawbale, and thatching projects at the Strawbale Studio in Michigan.

    JR Megee - Instructor
    JR has had a successful handyman business for 15 years. He's currently working on a chemical-free remodel project, is a permaculture enthusiast, and a certified Garden Master.  JR is a graduate of Geoff Lawton's online permaculture design course, a frequent visitor to Wheaton labs, a Boot Camp ringer, and a lifelong learner with a growing desire to teach.

    Trenton Alexander
    "There's no place like home, and home is what we make it. I find my home is a sanctuary, where the human experience is synonymous with wildlife. The garden is the point where those two worlds meet. I consider myself a gardener, first and foremost. I also specialize in plant based medicine. Forever a student of the plants, lately I find myself Master-apprentice in Phytoremediation on my own homestead and beyond."

    Rebekah Harmon - Guest Cook
    Rebekah is a friendly little mama from rural Idaho. She loves local, healthy food! If she isn't in the garden or kitchen, you might find her hiking, kayaking, serving her community as a massage therapist, or reading fantasy books to her 6 kids.



    2021 Participants!

    Tickets

    Work Trade for Permaculture Technology Jamboree, PDC and SKIP events!
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    The buddy bonanza is NOW LIVE!  From today until Tuesday April 18, we are offering a FREE ticket every time you purchase a ticket to the 2023 PTJ!



    permies.com/s/bogo-ptj - get your tickets now!
     
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    Paul also has a permaculture design course  that is online and is insanely affordable.  Here is a trailer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vePc8zWBWg4
     
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    Hello, I am attending the 2023 PTJ. Will we be able to wash our laundry somehow? Thanks
     
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    Depending on the water situation, laundry may need to be done at a local laundromat.

     
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    ... people are starting to arrive ...
     
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    paul wheaton wrote:... people are starting to arrive ...



    Dinner is at 6pm, make sure you arrive with time to setup and get settled in.
     
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    Day 0
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    First meal yay!
    First meal yay!
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    Choreography
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    Orientation is happening!
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    Paul Preaching to the Permaculture Choir
    Paul Preaching to the Permaculture Choir
     
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    Getting started.
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    Paul Wheaton Permaculture Choreography
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    Hello there! Where should we post our videos for you to potentially use for future movies?
     
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    Georgia Lenhart wrote:Hello there! Where should we post our videos for you to potentially use for future movies?



    Hi Georgia!  Hope you're enjoying the PTJ!  

    With the videos - there is a laptop (apparently called Gunther ) setup in the library, first desk on the right when you enter, for you to download your videos to. Check with Beau about it if you need more details.  
     
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    First day of PTJ 2023!

    Morning Meeting: view from mezzanine


    Deer caught on trail cam, frolicking in a seasonal pond

    The Bob Line is a steel cable strung over 180' that will suspend several sunshades over the entire Classroom building, enablling cooler summer events. It's been a series of challenges to upgrade the system to its current state, and today we made tremendous progress.

    Inspecting the steel cable to Bob II prior to lifting


    view of the tractor lifting and supporting Bob II while the Bob Line is connectedto the Bob Tree via a 2-ton snatch block (a pulley with a hook attached).

    Uncle Mud and blacksmith Justin in a highly heated, friendly competition

    simultaneous burn and compare temps for melting iron in their respective rocket heater forge builds.


    Cheesecake for dessert made by chef Rebecca

    Only PTJ attendees would be so pleased by:

    a trailer full of gravel


    Beau is building an arbor between two large poles in the rear of the Classroom. They'll grow grapes, beautify the space, and help delineate the occupied space, removing trip hazards and parking problems.

    logs for the grape arbor project

    Kittens napping, while the humans are working hard

    Batman's kittens

    The yurt project is a 'go' this summer!!

    The yurt being erected


    Pizza, hot out of the rocket oven

    Pictures above courtesy of Boot, Stepen! Thanks, bud!!
    Pictures below, courtesy of Boot, Dez! Thanks, bud!!


    PTJ attendees in classroom


    Waffles for breakfast


    Yummy food


    Happy PTJ attendee


    Attendees talking about yarn project


    Peeled logs


    Powow under the tent

    Roundwood techniques demonstration


    Beau cracks on with the roudwood arbor project


    L&T in discussion
     
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    Some more glorious photos (and words) from the PTJ, courtesy of Stephen and Dez:

    https://permies.com/t/450/181512/SEPP-Boot-Stephen
    https://permies.com/t/35/218448/Dez-BRK-post-deep-roots


    Moongate build site:



    The barrel-like object in the background is the form for the opening in the Moon Gate itself, and will be built into the rock wall as it grows. Tim (facilitator) and participant Lisa assembled this on day 1 of the PTJ.




    The stonework is coming along. I'm fascinated. There will be no mortar cement, or glues of any kind to hold all these rocks together.



    Instead, gravel and chipped rock of various sizes fills the spaces between the rocks, with jagged edges that somehow hold things together.



    Finally: I had busied myself with driving the Millennium Falcon (the big, old dump truck) to the Lab, with Rex (the excavator) loaded on the trailer. Just like this past Spring, nothing tipped over, I didn't smash into any cars or mailboxes, and nobody died. Here's Eliot reviewing the excavator's exit plan from the trailer. It's an interesting heavy-metal puzzle.





    Beau's mycelium insulation blocks are blooming in our Workshop.



    Here's PTJ guest (and superhero) Brent in the rental excavator at the Sepp Holzer Root Cellar site.



    I took several photographs of the current state of the yurt/ger build, while visiting Moto Jeff, Michael O, and Liz: the chief builders on the project. They were leveling the gravel foundation today using the laser level. Eventually a floor will be installed.





    Michael O uses the laser level at various spots around the ger to ensure the foundation gravel is as level as possible.



    Here is one of the two footings that support the central skylight.



     
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    And more photos, and words, from Stephen and Dez, the PTJ unofficial photographers :) :
    https://permies.com/t/450/181512/SEPP-Boot-Stephen
    https://permies.com/t/35/218448/Dez-BRK-post-deep-roots

    The first thing I saw this morning was one of the prototypes that Uncle Mud and Justin were working on. Maybe this is what the inside of the Rocket Forge will look like by the end of the week?




    Fellow boot Shai and I were on Willow Feeder Patrol today. Here's an empty can, cleaned and ready to go in one of the Willow Feeders. The tube encourages moisture to evacuate from a sealed can, speeding the decomposition/life cycle of the bacteria, while still allowing the material to retain much of its carbon and nitrogen. Willow Candy: it's got what plants crave.



    Here's a fire brick that became so hot - thanks to Justin's and Uncle Mud's experiments - that it split, failed, and charred. You don't see this very often.



    Speaking of fire, it was Pizza Night again tonight. Thanks to Kim for being my timekeeper, and thanks to Samantha for churning out fantastic pizzas. I feel like I'm upping my pizza-baking game this summer, for sure.










    Building roundwood staircase:






    Peeling logs:


    Picnic bench work:



    Scouting for cob!

     
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    Last ones from Stephen and Dez - thanks guys!
    https://permies.com/t/450/181512/SEPP-Boot-Stephen
    https://permies.com/t/35/218448/Dez-BRK-post-deep-roots


    Well lookie here... The final day of PTJ 2023 has come and gone. I had a chance to catch a few more glimpses of a handful of projects, and snapped photos for posterity. It's amazing what's been accomplished in two weeks. I wish I had time to document all of the projects, and I'm certain the Boot team and I will be revisiting them in the weeks and months ahead.

    Some photos of the sauna:






    Here are some photos of the build of the Sepp Holzer Root Cellar, with team led by JR.




    Here's the Mycelium-Insulated Pump House, built by Beau and team up at the Lab.



     
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    And these last few from Stephen
    https://permies.com/t/450/181512/SEPP-Boot-Stephen

    Here's the Log Wood Picnic Table project, headed by Alis Yoder. Participant Sam put in a bit of work this past Friday before his departure as well.



    Here's the Dry-Stack Moon Gate project in its current state. Originally headed by Tim Lanese, and assisted mostly by Lisa, Daniel, and Trent. I'm intimidated by this dry-stack wonder.


     
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    Amazing.
     
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    I had an excellent time playing in the wheaton labs kitchen! It was wonderful to see everyone 😁
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    We even had a gluten free pizza
    We even had a gluten free pizza
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    The kitchen clean-up crew. Saying goodbye to my helpers was really tough! Thanks for a great week, everyone!
    The kitchen clean-up crew. Saying goodbye to my helpers was really tough! Thanks for a great week, everyone!
     
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    For those of you interested in my recipes: I'm going to be making videos for the strange, delicious, permaculture-twisted meals we enjoyed during the PTJ. Here is the first:
    Minted, 3 Bean Salad: https://youtu.be/ounXK10ZPSU
    lemon balm cheesecake:  https://youtu.be/DYdsyTloFMg
     
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    For those who want to see some of the completed projects done during this year's PTJ and SKIP events, check out:

    https://permies.com/t/222814/Wheaton-Labs-summer-projects-stuff
     
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oklSNTkUf0A

     
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    Check out  this short YT video of Mike Haasl, explaining how the log stairs were made!
     
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    FREE Perma Veggies Book! - Learn how to grow the most delicious and nutritious food with the least amount of work.
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