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Permaculture Technology Jamboree
(Previously known as the Appropriate Technology Course)
June 28th - July 9th, 2021

Permaculture technology, appropriate technology 2021 wheaton labs

click here for ticket prices



This event has multiple purposes:
  • collaboration, experimentation and innovation to move permaculture technology forward
  • experiences for people new to permaculture technology
  • building homesteading skills


  • Our Jamboree Format:
    Attendees can wander among all TEN of the tracks 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.

    Ten Tracks of Permaculture Technology



    TRACK ONE – SOLAR GLASS RECYCLING:
  • optimize the fresnel lens glass melter
  • melt more glass
  • melt glass faster
  • design to reduce costs




  • TRACK TWO – WOFATI GREENHOUSE AND GREYWATER SYSTEM:
  • a greenhouse that requires zero heat in the winter
  • greywater system that can function year round
  • a passive solar garden heater
  • wofati construction




  • TRACK THREE – ROCKET SAUNA:
  • roundwood timber framing techniques
  • rocket heater
  • skiddable foundation
  • dry wall stack walls, earhworks, rocket stoves




  • TRACK FOUR – EARTH AND FIRE:
  • ​spring terrace: shape dry land to be able to extract 400 gallons of water per day

  • passive garden heater: a technique to help grow citrus, outdoors, in Montana
  • ​dry stack moon gate: correctly stacking rock to have a wall with a 2-foot round hole
  • ​rocket forge: a metalworking forge that does not require coal, propane or electricity




  • TRACK FIVE –  WOOD AND COB:
  • ​roundwood timber framing pavilion
  • ​two styles of innovative deer/chicken fencing with a per foot price that is less than 10% of normal
  • add a night mode (rocket mass heater) to the giant solar food dehydrator
  • build a cob sink from clay and sand on-site. It will be formed and then made waterproof with natural material
  • ​trombe wall. Move air 24 hours a day without electricity




  • TRACK SIX – ZAPPITY ZAP:
  • ​create an electric tractor hayride tour
  • ​install a heliostat: A sun tracking mirror to add light and heat to a house
  • ​add permanent solar power to a tiny house
  • ​repair cafe
  • ​better crockpot: cook triple the food with less than 10% of the energy of a standard crockpot
  • ​window quilts and harvesting winter window condensation




  • TRACK SEVEN – SKIP: Skills to Inherit Property
    Part of our formal SKIP/PEP1 Program
  • woodburning a sign
  • carve tool handles
  • make fireplace tools
  • sharpen tools
  • make roundwood mallets
  • make a three-log bench
  • make adobe bricks
  • build a dry-stack retaining wall
  • cut down trees for use in log structures and/or firewood
  • make a rock jack to support a fence without digging post holes
  • sealing a pond without a liner




  • TRACK EIGHT – HOMESTEADING:
  • make a bird house, insect hotel, snake and toad habitat
  • make a hugelkulture garden
  • hot water bath canning
  • fermenting
  • pickling
  • foraging
  • harvest and eat wild edibes
  • harvest and preserve natural medicine: comfrey poultice, dried mullein leaves, and more!
  • make public art and branding a location
  • textiles: sewing, darning, crochet, basket weaving, making twine
  • using rocket stoves, rocket ovens, and rocket water ovens
  • everyone who wants to can drive the excavator




  • TRACK NINE –BOOTCAMP:
  • Some people have attended our events and opted to join our ongoing permaculture bootcamp for half a day for whatever they are working on for that day.
  • solar cooking, sawmill, natural building




  • TRACK TEN– SPONTANEOUS INNOVATION:
  • With all of the other innovation, combined with a mountain of tools and materials, several attendees and instructors get ideas for projects that we didn't think of before the event started. Track 10 is for working on projects that were thought of during the event!




  • 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 6:30am – quiet time

    For the detailed schedule, click HERE!

    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.

    Alan Booker -- Instructor
    Alan Booker is the founder and executive director of the Institute of Integrated Regenerative Design, which trains professional design practitioners to create systems that are ecosystemic, biocompatible, and regenerative. With over 30 years experience in engineering and 20 years in sustainable design, Alan is the author of multiple books. In addition to teaching PDCs, he also provides consulting and workshops on earthworks, soil remediation, composting, forest gardening, holistic management of pastureland, keyline design, aquaculture and aquaponics, off-grid energy systems, and natural building systems.

    Reisha Beck -- Instructor
    Reisha Beck is a mother, medicinal herb farmer and wildcrafter. She runs Wayside Botanicals, a small-scale permaculture based medicinal herb farm in Ferndale, WA. She has a back ground in organic farming, permaculture design, pacific northwest ethnobotany and western herbalism. She teaches at Wildroot Botanicals herb school in Alger, WA and First Light Farm and Learning Center in Carnation, WA.

    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.

    Lara Bigotti -- Event Coordinator
    Lara became interested in Permaculture while living and teaching English in Japan. She worked on an organic vegetable farm in her hometown for two years after returning to the U.S., and then fulfilled her longtime dream of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. After participating in Wheaton Labs Bootcamp in September 2020, she returned to Missoula in February 2021 to take on the role of Event Coordinator and Rental Manager for Wheaton Labs. She is excited to learn more about gardening, natural medicine, photography & videography, and building.

    Thomas Elpel -- Instructor
    Thomas is an author, natural builder, educator, and conservationist. He has authored multiple books: Foraging the Mountain West, Botany in a Day, Shanleya's Quest and numerous others about plant identification, wilderness survival, and sustainable living. He has multiple videos: Building a Slipform Stone House from the Bottom Up, How to Make a Grass Rope, Build Your own Masonry Fireplace - Masonry Heater - Masonry Stove, and many more. Thomas regularly teaches classes on plant identification, primitive skills and natural building. He is founder/director of Green University, LLC in Pony, Montana.

    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 collaborating to create the SKIP program.

    Erik Pehoviack -- Instructor
    Erik is the co-owner of PermaRecycling, specializing in repurposing vintage cars and home rehabilitation in western Nebraska. He is a handyman, auto recycler, mechanic, welder, mason, carpenter, and teacher of all things hands on. Major hobbies geared toward partial independence are renewable energy and food based perennial horticulture systems

    Fred Tyler -- Instructor
    Fred has led the Bootcamp at Wheaton Labs for three years now. He's directed and taught skills ranging from organic gardening to woodworking to natural building.

    Dre Oeschger -- Instructor
    Dre runs a healthy side hustle aptly named Strong Wife Sourdough.  She also loves to crochet and occasionally sells custom crochet items via another side hustle, Dre's Crochet.  She is a mother of three and loves unschooling her boys.  She has also lent her experience and knowledge in the implementation of Acton of the Rubies, an alternative learning studio in Elko, Nevada that applies many of the unschooling and Montessori principles.

    James S Juczac --Instructor:
    James is an author and lecturer on topics such as self-reliance, true sustainability, building off-grid energy systems and mortgage-free housing. He has been dubbed "The King of Scrounge." 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.

    Josiah Kobernik -- Instructor
    Josiah cobbled together a diverse background in commercial agriculture, horticulture, market gardening, raising livestock, homesteading, and other general build/fix skills before landing at Wheaton Labs in 2019. Since moving to the labs, he has taken to working with roundwood timber framing, earthen plasters, videography, rocket contraptions, and any other inventions he can get his hands on.

    Opalyn Brenger -- Instructor
    Opalyn Brenger 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.

    Jennifer Richardson --Instructor
    Jennifer Richardson is a former cattle rancher and current resident of Wheaton Labs. She is participating in the boot camp and living in Allerton Abbey, the first wofati, in order to test the thermal inertia of the structure.

    Abe Coley -- Instructor
    Abe Coley is a 1,123rd generation fence builder living in Missoula, MT. His daddy had him peeling logs when he was three years old, and he's built just about every kind of fence ever since - from cast iron and wire to dry stacked stone to wattles, hurdles, and stick fences. If the saying is true that good fences make good neighbors, then that pretty much makes Abe Coley, Mr. Rogers.

    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!


    Melody Rothwell -- Chef
    Melody Rothwell is an avid and creative cook, a world traveler, a free spirit, and a connector of people. She is an apprentice herbalist and yoga teacher, a life coach, & an Enneagram and Human Design practitioner. When she's not experimenting in the kitchen you can find her nerding out reading books on fermentation, learning to forage, and spending time outside. She's excited for the opportunity to bring her love of food and community to Wheaton Labs this summer.


    Tickets

    Work Trades for Permaculture Technology Jamboree, PDC, and SKIP
    Work a 7 weeks in Bootcamp for a ticket to the PTJ!


    click here for PTJ ticket prices
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    Only 11 days until the Super Early Bird Prices end!

    (and below is the working schedule for the event! We're still updating it for 2021)
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    Hi, I am in Canada and would like to attend this event. I am hopeful that the border will reopen before next July, but... it might not. Would you be open to me reserving a spot, with the possibility of a refund or raincheck for a future event if I am not able to attend due to the border closure?
     
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    Hi Ryan!

    I'm not sure, but I'll try and find out and get an answer for you soon. Thank you for asking!
     
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    hey ryan.

    If you click on the big photo above

    it takes you to a page which says

    Note: 80% refund up to two weeks before the event starts. If you are not comfortable with being recorded, please do not attend. Tobacco/drug/vape free campus.


    I am assuming you would know two weeks before hand. if the border was open.
     
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    Ryan Adobe wrote:Hi, I am in Canada and would like to attend this event. I am hopeful that the border will reopen before next July, but... it might not. Would you be open to me reserving a spot, with the possibility of a refund or raincheck for a future event if I am not able to attend due to the border closure?



    Hi Ryan!

    I asked Paul about this today. There's a lot of risks for putting on an event like this for everyone (Paul had to issue refunds for everyone last year due to Covid-19, even though he'd already spent lots of hours and money planning and paying for the event by that point). There's a few options if the border stays closed:

    (1) Paul will totally refund 80%, just like Jordan posted. The neat thing is, right now, the Super Early Bird Price is $920, while the normal price is $1,650. That's a 43% discount--which is pretty huge! Even if you had to back out due to the borders being closed, you'd only be out $190 (compared to $330 if you waited and then had to back out).

    (2) OR, you could also chose to use your ticket for the next year. Say the borders stay closed this year--your ticket will be valid for the 2022 event.
     
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    Just bought a ticket because I won a ticket to the pdc. I'm so excited to meet everyone and learn a bunch of cool stuff.
     
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    So I finally convinced my husband that it would do us a world of good to take this class. At least for me. My question is if you have an age limit? My 16 year old son is very interested in the class also. He did FFA classes in 9th and 10th grade and loved the agricultural aspect of FFA. Plus he build the school's greenhouse and then Covid and distance learning. Boo We are homeschooling this year, but he misses working with the plants and building stuff. This PTJ would be amazing for him (and me). Could I also buy him a ticket? Money is tight, so I want to make the Jan 31st cutoff for the early bird pricing.
    Second question - we have a travel trailer and are relatively new to this life style. I looked for info on lodging on the forums and it looked like a trailer might be ok? I believe it's about 26'. Anyway, would we be able to bring the trailer to live in for those two weeks? We do have a solar panel we can use to keep the batteries charged, but have never tested it for longer than a weekend. My husband and daughter (13) would tag along and hang out in the trailer, but may go visit friends in Kalispell for one of the weeks. Would there be a spot where we could park the trailer on the property?
     
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    There are spots to park travel trailers on the property, and there's no charge for that. Your husband and daughter are fine being at Wheaton Labs as long as they pay the "+extra person" amount--so for a two week event, that's $80--if they're just staying for one week, it'd be $40 total (More info on that here)

    I'm pretty sure Paul is a-okay with teens attending as long as everyone's aware that Wheaton Labs is not childproofed. I will double check with Paul for you, though!
     
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    Nicole, thank you for the quick response. That's great about the trailer and I am sure that an extra $80 is fair for my husband and daughter to camp. Is that total? or per? How do I pay for their stay.

    Yes, I figured childproof was meant more for the littles. My son will be two months shy of 17 by the time the class begins. They both have grown up tent camping since they were infants, so they know how to take care of themselves in nature (for the most part). But, yes, please confirm that Paul is ok with a teenager in the midst. I appreciate the feedback. Im going to go ahead and purchase my ticket now and will await your response before I purchase his just in case.
     
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    Paul verified that your son can attend as long as you're around to keep an eye on him!
     
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