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It's that time again! Time to gear up for the Homesteader's Permaculture Design Course near Missoula, Montana.

This year's PDC will take place Sunday, June 24 through Saturday, July 7, 2018.






This Permaculture Design Course will have a strong focus on DESIGN. The course will also focus much more on the homesteading level, rather than urban and broad acre design. Be prepared for heavy, in-depth study and design, as this course it geared toward those who have studied permaculture, homesteading, design and/or engineering.





Immediately after the course, many students will also be attending the
ATC (Appropriate Technology Course) which runs from July 9 through July 20, 2018.




The course will also include a full tour of the facilities.

Visit the official PDC page HERE
You'll find the official content of the course, as well as all the information you need to register for the course.

Purchase your tickets HERE!

INSTRUCTORS:



Alan Booker - 2018 PDC Instructor

Alan has an Electrical Engineering background, with over 25 years of experience as a systems engineer and systems architect in the digital telecommunications and large-scale computer systems arena.

Alan discovered Permaculture through the research of possible solutions to the problems created by modern design practices. In addition to his role as a Permaculture instructor, Alan provides consulting and workshops on earthworks, soil remediation, composting, forest gardening, holistic management of pasture land, key line design, aquaculture and aquaponics, off-grid energy systems, and natural building systems.

Alan is the founder and lead instructor of the Eldenbridge Institute, which provides education and research support for regenerative communities.




Tara Rae - 2018 PDC Assistant Instructor

Tara was born and raised in Wisoncson, and currently garden-farms on the Front Range of Colorado. She holds an Advanced Permaculture Design Certificate (2013), and obtained her Permaculture Teacher’s Certificate in 2012. She teaches at her home as well as around the state of Colorado for various Permaculture and urban farming classes, schools, and festivals. She has managed several greenhouses, USDA-organic, organic, and permaculture farms with experience in 3 climate zones – cool and wet; cool and dry; and warm and wet. Over the last 15 years, Tara Rae has worked in scientific laboratories for universities, taught water quality monitoring classes, and authored a nature center field guidebook. She holds a Master’s degree in freshwater ecology, and works as an environmental scientist/biologist in the consulting world. Her passion for sustainable living has led her to volunteer for the Sustain Arvada Advisory Board to City Council, making recommendations for sustainable community development and vitality. Besides permaculture and sewing, her interests include traveling, camping, photography, and music. She can be found at her website - Tara Rae Designs.



Jessica Peterson - 2018 PDC Guest Instructor

Jessica Peterson founded Inside Edge Design, LLC, based in Helena, Montana. Together with Dave Jacke, Inside Edge Design co-created the design for the 6th Ward Garden Park, the first public forest garden to utilize Dave’s design framework. Jessica continues to work on the Park’s planning and implementation while offering a range of professional ecological and social design services.



Paul Wheaton - 2018 PDC Guest Instructor

Paul Wheaton, the bad boy of Permaculture, was proclaimed by Geoff Lawton in 2012 the Duke of Permaculture. He is the creator of two on-line communities. One is about Permaculture, permies.com, and one is about software engineering, CodeRanch.com.

He is a powerful advocate of Sepp Holzer’s techniques, which a recent study showed to have the ability to feed 21 billion people without the use of petroleum or irrigation. He also promotes the use of hugelkultur, which sequesters carbon and eliminates the need for irrigation, and polycultures, which reduces the need for pest control and improves the health of plants. He wrote several articles about lawn care, raising chickens, cast iron, and diatomaceous earth. Paul regularly uploads permaculture videos and permaculture podcasts.

Purchase your tickets HERE!


Learn about the accommodations available HERE.

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Does the web page look okay?  Any typos or grammatical errors?  Any way we can add some polish to it?
 
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Work trade offer: 

3 openings for work trade



for just the Homesteader PDC, 7 weeks of trade, arrive may 5 or earlier

for just the ATC, 7 weeks of trade, arrive may 20 or earlier

for both the homesteader PDC and the ATC, 11 weeks of trade, arrive april 7 or earlier

Work traders would need to pay the gapper fee ($100 for the first person, $20 for each person after that - paypal to paul at richsoil.com) unless they have already been here. 

More about the gapper fee:  https://permies.com/t/46350/experiences/gapper-program

Work traders would be part of the bootcamp program:  https://permies.com/t/59706/permaculture-projects/permaculture-bootcamp-learn-permaculture-hard

 
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Hello all, I am really interested in doing the work trade for PDC and ATC. I'm totally prepared to work hard, as a matter of fact I love it, mostly. I've spent a bit of time in different farm/work/community situations and I know that I have the character and work ethic, plus the grace to get along. As a mom who raised a large family I have seen that my momming skills come in handy with teams. I have patience, humility(I know, that's a tricky one to brag on) am very positive, and encouraging. I lead a quiet and disciplined life and have always worked very hard. I really want to visit with you folks, hang out and learn and do the PDC. Last season my greenhouse project was a bust because of the wildfires in the Caribou. Came away with only debt, from seeds and soil purchases. So, I really want to come but can't afford to pay too much. Will work, contribute for food, cook and clean. Am good with many fermentation products. Consider me and let me know.. Thanks
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Gwen,

This is a first-come-first-serve sort of thing.   The next step is to follow the instructions for the bootcamp which includes sending the $100.

https://permies.com/t/59706/permaculture-projects/permaculture-bootcamp-learn-permaculture-hard



 
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A podcast with some of the attendees last year:

https://permies.com/t/76725/Permaculture-Smackdown-Kickstarters
 
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Hey Paul and all, just an update to my above post. I so want to come for the PDC but with being out of the country, not having PayPal, to name a few problems I'm encountering the idea slipped into the probably not manageable this season category. I have an offer on a farm in Montreal, paid season and some interesting skills on offer, as well as delightful community. So,although coming out there to hang out, work and learn from all of you amazing folks, is my dream goal-I'm going to take this project. There is a seed saving component to this one, and working with some local chefs, so, if and when I get there I'll have more to share. I meant to send a postcard, will probably do that soon. Keep inspiring us, and thanks for that,
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paul wheaton wrote:
Work trade offer: 

3 openings for work trade



for just the Homesteader PDC, 7 weeks of trade, arrive may 5 or earlier

for just the ATC, 7 weeks of trade, arrive may 20 or earlier

for both the homesteader PDC and the ATC, 11 weeks of trade, arrive april 7 or earlier

Work traders would need to pay the gapper fee ($100 for the first person, $20 for each person after that - paypal to paul at richsoil.com) unless they have already been here. 

More about the gapper fee:  https://permies.com/t/46350/experiences/gapper-program

Work traders would be part of the bootcamp program:  https://permies.com/t/59706/permaculture-projects/permaculture-bootcamp-learn-permaculture-hard





Dear Paul,

I am very interested in the Work trade offer for both the homesteader PDC and the ATC, 11 weeks of trade, arriving by april 7 or earlier. I am prepared to pay the $100.00 fee but I do not have PayPal. Would you consider using Zelle or any other way of accepting the $100.00? I look forward to hearing from you soon and hope you are having a great day.

Thank you and God bless,
Brandy M. Nelson




 
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I sent jocelyn $0.42 via zelle a couple of months ago.  So it works!  You will be the first to send money to me.  I think it is via my email address (paul at richsoil.com).  Maybe start off with sending me a dollar.  ??

 
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Somebody else just sent me a bunch of money via zelle yesterday.   Everything seemed fine and silky on my end. 
 
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paul wheaton wrote:Somebody else just sent me a bunch of money via zelle yesterday.   Everything seemed fine and silky on my end. 



Hi, I just wanted to know how many Work trade offers are still available? Also, I know winter is still pretty fierce in Montana in April so, what type of living accommodations are provided?
 
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Hi, I just wanted to know how many Work trade offers are still available? Also, I know winter is still pretty fierce in Montana in April so, what type of living accommodations are provided?



Two spots.  Everybody can have a bunk - we currently have eight open bunks at basecamp.
 
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Hi, Paul
I am wanting to purchase a ticket for the Homesteaders PDC, but on Sunday mornings I will not be available to participate in the PDC.  My prayer is that, God willing, this conflict is surmountable.
 
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Seth Gregory wrote:Hi, Paul
I am wanting to purchase a ticket for the Homesteaders PDC, but on Sunday mornings I will not be available to participate in the PDC.  My prayer is that, God willing, this conflict is surmountable.



You will miss a piece of the pdc.    My guess is that it will be okay.  The pieces that you cannot miss are on the last day of the PDC.

 
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Want to help spread the word? Tracy has created a flyer you can print off and leave in strategic locations... or just hand out to friends and family you might think are in need of a good education.
Filename: PDC-ATC-flyer.pdf
Description: PDC and ATC Flyer
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Howdy,

I'm gearing up to register for the PDC and ATC course this Summer, just have to get my funds, work schedule, blah blah, etc. figured out. Is there a registration deadline or do the available spots fill up at a certain point? Wondering if I have a little time to get everything in order. Would hate to miss my opportunity!

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We keep going until the class is full.  The class is not yet full ....
 
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paul wheaton wrote:We keep going until the class is full.  The class is not yet full ....



Right on, thanks. I'll be sure to get it worked out ASAP to be on the safe side
 
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paul wheaton wrote:We keep going until the class is full.  The class is not yet full ....



Right on, thanks. I'll be sure to get it worked out ASAP to be on the safe side



I don't suppose you ever taught high school chemistry?
 
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hey guys, im interested in the PDC & ATC
I'd be coming from central america, and wanted to clear up a couple of Q's i have
Any email in which i can reach someone that can assist?
thank you
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Alon Ben wrote:hey guys, im interested in the PDC & ATC
I'd be coming from central america, and wanted to clear up a couple of Q's i have
Any email in which i can reach someone that can assist?
thank you
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Alon,

Can you post your questions in this thread?

 
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hey paul, thank you for the quick reply
sure! a couple of things are on my mind.
i have a land here in panama(central america) on which i'd like to implement...With strong winds/rains, pronounced dry/wet seasons, and in general a full on tropical environment
    A. Should i be taking a course in Montana?
    B. can i do the course's final project based on and applicable to my land here?
    C. would i have the support/supervision of the instructors when the time comes for me to implement?
i reckon that's the main chunk of it
Thank you again
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Alon Ben wrote:hey paul, thank you for the quick reply
sure! a couple of things are on my mind.
i have a land here in panama(central america) on which i'd like to implement...With strong winds/rains, pronounced dry/wet seasons, and in general a full on tropical environment
    A. Should i be taking a course in Montana?



Not this one.  We will have a strong focus on cold climates.


    B. can i do the course's final project based on and applicable to my land here?



Nope.  The instructor wants to see your designs based on land he can stand on while looking at your designs.



    C. would i have the support/supervision of the instructors when the time comes for me to implement?



I suspect that the answer is a universal "yes" provided that you are comfy getting that support/supervision over these forums or are willing to part with sufficient coin.  But you would really need to double check with each instructor.  (I am listed as one of the guest instructors and I know that I am currently not willing to travel outside the US)

 
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brilliant! thank you for being on point and straightforward!
*appreciate the honesty
 
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I don't suppose you ever taught high school chemistry?



sure didn't. old teacher?
 
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paul wheaton wrote:I don't suppose you ever taught high school chemistry?


sure didn't. old teacher?



Yup.
 
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paul wheaton wrote:I don't suppose you ever taught high school chemistry?


sure didn't. old teacher?



Yup.



Ha cool. Nope I'm 27, practicing permaculture in the Ozarks. Getting psyched for the trip up to the Lab  😬
 
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Paul,

I am getting ready for the trip and after searching my emails for the address to Wheaton Labs I have come up without success.  Can you please send it to me?  Also, I know you are very cautious about giving it out, but my parents are nervous about me going without having the address to know where I am.  This in part is because I am my grandma's care giver and my mom will be covering for me while I am gone.  Is it ok if I give it to them?  Thank you for your time.


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Seth Gregory wrote:
I am getting ready for the trip and after searching my emails for the address to Wheaton Labs I have come up without success. 



Seth,

Sorry for the delay.  I forwarded this request to the two people that would know more than me and I didn't hear back.

I went to our online stuff and it says that you were sent all the info on april 19th.  I am sending it to you again now.

 
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Hello!

1. I will arrive by plane from Virginia via Denver on Friday June 22nd at 1.24 pm in Helena. Is somebody able to pick me up at the airport?
2. Does the course start on Sat 23 or Sun 24? 2 dates are given on the website.
3. At what time does the course end on Sat 7 June?

Thank you! Counting down to a life-changing training and trip!

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Hello, Celine. The official schedule is posted here: https://richsoil.com/pdc.jsp .
Saturday, June 23, is day zero--check-in.
Sunday, June 24, class begins first thing in the morning (after delicious coffee and a lovely breakfast).
The last day, July 7, is a full day with the required talent show in the evening, which is a lot of fun as well.
 
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Helena? 

We are glad to give folks flying into missoula a ride.

 
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Also, saturday is the tour.
 
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I have read that we are responsible for our own meals, I have also read that if we are late to breakfast we miss breakfast.  We are welcome to dine with Paul where meals are to be expected to be of a certain variety, so bring your own if you have a special diet that is not going to be met.  I have also read that we will have access to rocket stoves and that we should bring our camping cookware.  I have gotten the impression that we might be able to cook at our camping site unless things are too dry.  We will be able to do some foraging, but leave plenty behind for others and for nature.  Also, that we might want to be going to Missoula to get food.  Will we have frig access?  Do we need to bring a cooler?  Will we have access to ice?  What can we expect for provided food and availability to cooking?  Please input anything you see I may have missed that might meet these situations.  Thank you.




 
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You are invited to dine with Paul 3 meals a day on class days--no fee--Paul typically eats paleo/organic. We cannot accommodate special diets. If you have a special diet, we recommend bringing back up foods just so you don’t go hungry. If you have any more questions about food during the Homesteader PDC or ATC, feel free to send to workshop@richsoil.com.
 
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Due to gallstones, my diet has changed a bit.  Let's say that there will be rather simple fare at my table. 
 
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Today the pdc class had an herb walk with Elaine Sheff of Green Path Herb School. (And I got to go along too--yay!)

Here in our turtle parking lot, Elaine is talking about alfalfa growing on the berms.

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Jesse Peterson was a guest instructor and posted some class shots to Facebook. Jesse wears a couple different business hats, including Wild Willow Wellness and Inside Edge Strategies and Design. These shots were posted to the Inside Edge Strategies and Design Facebook page:











 
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