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paul wheaton wrote:what have i left out?



I don't think you've left things out, but except for the hugelbeds, I don't think there enough linear progression from 1 badge to the next.
 
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William Schlegel wrote:"all of this is completed without imports (except seeds) from more than 500 feet away" Here is a quote from the second badge level. To do the second badge level with this requirement on my current property I would need to plant some poplars where I plan to do a future Hugel and wait! Or do it somewhere else.



I've seen this concern a number of times in the comments. I think it could be easily qualified by saying "from more than 500 feet away from the property." That puts all resources from your OWN property (or property you manage) within range.
 
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Also, please keep in mind that this is the PEP program.  Which is Permaculture Experience according to Paul and is oriented very heavily towards his site.  Many of the things in PEP won't work well in other climates or an urban environment.  

That's where the PEL program could take over.  Or the PEM program.  That is, Lauren's version or Mike's version.  Lauren's might be specifically for conditions in her area of Utah.  Mine might be a really good program for cold forested areas.  Mine wouldn't have any excavator use in it (since I don't have one) but it might focus more on things like cordwood construction, foraging, maple syrup, etc.
 
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Mike Jay wrote:That's where the PEL program could take over.  Or the PEM program.  That is, Lauren's version or Mike's version.  Lauren's might be specifically for conditions in her area of Utah.  Mine might be a really good program for cold forested areas.  Mine wouldn't have any excavator use in it (since I don't have one) but it might focus more on things like cordwood construction, foraging, maple syrup, etc.



My point is that there are many people in other environments who could easily use PEP with just a few minor wording changes. Several have said this is good for them who are in very different environments, which tells me that the list and structure WORKS for a large number of people. Without changing any part of the intent, this could reach a much broader base. By changing "within 500 feet" to "on the property" it is opened up to people who have much larger properties while maintaining the intent of not using imported materials.

My own structure would probably be PESD (Permaculture Experience Small scale Desert) rather than PEL, just because people are going to look at the L and say "who's that?" And for those who read aloud, PESD might make someone laugh.
 
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paul wheaton wrote:
   - at least three sunchokes
   



I think anyone that builds a hugelkultur with at least three sunchokes is soon going to have a hugelkultur with a monocrop of sunchokes :)
 
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Good point Lauren.  Having PEP as broad as Paul is willing would enable it to be completed by more people in more places.
 
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Trace Oswald wrote:

paul wheaton wrote:
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I think anyone that builds a hugelkultur with at least three sunchokes is soon going to have a hugelkultur with a monocrop of sunchokes :)



Not if you have a good underground rodent population.
 
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I could totally get behind this, but my questions is, Sepp's grain specifically?  Does it have a name and somewhere i could acquire it?  I'm looking for something good to build my soil.  

Big side question: Have you done a separate post about Sepp's grain?  I've seen you show it off in the videos from time to time and talk about it but i wasn't sure if it had a post of its own with information about how/what it does to build soil vs others of its type, grow zones, water/heat tolerance, disease issues ect.

Thanks in advance.
 
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Forget my previous post.  I found the thread about Sepp's grain.
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