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Here are a few pictures taken during the 2018 PDC. So much great information my eye is still twitching... More to come while I keep sorting through photos from the past two weeks.
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Paul describing the solar dehydrator during the basecamp tour
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The class observing what's growing on a rather large hugelkultur berm
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My tent set up way up on the hill with a prime view
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One of the many delicious meals prepared by Jocelyn during the PDC
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Alan Booker going over the water cycle during the Climate lecture
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One of about a dozen rocket mass heaters on the property, this one located in the Cooper Cabin wofati.
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A snapshot of a fungal hypha taken during a soil microscopy session
 
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Some more pictures from the PDC. Check it out!
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6:30am sunrise right above the mountain horizon as seen from my tent. This is how I knew it was time to get ready for breakkfast
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One beautiful morning heading down to breakfast through the fog
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The class on a property plant walk with Elaine Sheff
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We dicussed yarrow on our plant walk, which is growing all over the property. Can you spot the white crab spider?
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The results of our jar soil test. Whole lot of sand in this sample.
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Firing up the J-Tube stove to heat some chili.
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A large batch of morels drying in the solar dehydrator, courtesy of the recent forest fires
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The class preparing to strap in for another lecture as Alan prepares to 'turn on the waterhose'
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Chris Borton demonstrating straw bale construction during his guest lecture
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The sector map portion of my design.
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Do I spot a nematode?
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And you can't forget desert!
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Me cheesing after recieving my PDC certificate with lead instructor Alan Booker and host Paul Wheaton.
 
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One of our projects for the ATC so far was to install a grey water system for a composting toilet/grey water sink and run it to a mulch ditch with a cottonwood and some willows growing in it. The pipe drainage was dumping into a barrel that had to be emptied by hand occasionally. Now it drains directly to thirsty plants and no one has to fiddle with it. It was cool to learn how to connect pipes together and understand how to use gravity to drain your pipes where you want them.
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The first connection we made was from the foot pedal grey water sink to our grey water black poly pipe.
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Here's Mary connecting the urine diverter from the compost toilet to our poly pipe.
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So now we have our two connections made and are running it underground, downhill to another outdoor sink.
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Here we have set up the appropriate slope to drain downhill and you can see Jim burrying the pipe.
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Here, the second sink is connected to our underground pipe and now all three liquid sources are running to the mulch ditch.
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We ran the end of our poly pipe into a small bucket with holes in the bottom to prevent critters and roots from finding their way into our pipes.
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Then we burried the last of our grey water piping and embelished our sense of victory.
 
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Chase, thank you for posting all those awesome photos!

This class. Both these classes. These folks were so awesome. You were so kind about my first time cooking for an event. I so appreciated all the awesome help in the kitchen. And, mostly, thank you, to the students, and Alan, and the guest instructors, and Uncle Mud, and Jim for making such a wonderful month of learning and camaraderie.

<3 <3 <3

Annnd, I'm also wondering, did any of you leave behind one of these items?

 
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Thanks Jocelyn. Luckily I don't think I left anything behind. I'm finally back home in Arkansas and looking through the last of my pictures from the trip. There were so many great ATC photos I've gotta post one last round! Hopefully anyone interested in these courses next year can check these out and get an idea of what you're in for.
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A sign I made using the rotary tool
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This dead tree was threating the library so we used this as an oppurtunity to learn how to fell a tree
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We got a lot of use out of the rocket oven, my favortite being pizza night
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Rodney managed to get the electric tractor up and running and purring like an electric kitten
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Ahh, the excavator. Probably my favorite experience during the ATC
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This was the earth I moved. So much power in your hands with one of these bad boys
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Darwin from Honey Do Carpenter came by to do an air crete demonstration
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Mary cutting firebricks for the rocket mass heater
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Here's the firebrick fuel feed and burn tunnel placed in barrel
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Now the ceramic fiber insulated heat riser placed inside along with the 'baffel' to let the cooler air fall. All it needs is the mass filled in
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Here is our test burn with the newly made rocket mass heater for Jeremy's place. A little competeing chimney at first but then it worked quite nicely
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Jim explaining how the solar is hooked up in the Laviathon, the solar bank that powers the mill
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Mary giving the saw mill a run. You can see the solar Laviathon in the background
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Some freshly milled lumber courtesy the students of the ATC
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Uncle Mud and Fred giving us the run down on how to mix up a batch of cob for plastering
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Here's where we filled out a portion of the wall then scarified it for the next round of plaster
 
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Thanks for the picture, Chase ! Seems like the ATC was a fruitful experience too ! Greetings from Virginia !
 
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