Paul Wheaton thinks a distinction needs to be made between hippie and non-hippie Permaculture
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Paul Wheaton is is the tyrannical ruler of two on-line communities. One is about permaculture and one is about software engineering. Named “The Bad Boy of Permaculture” by Occupy Monsanto, “The Duke of Permaculture” by Geoff Lawton, the Director of Permaculture Research International and “Hardcore Green” by TreeHugger.com, Paul has podcasts, videos and articles which advocate his brand of Permaculture.
About The Kickstarter:
Documentary of the ultimate garden, with a pond, a swale and a hugelkultur bed on a terrace.
A fancy video camera followed me around as I taught a workshop last Spring. I was told they were going to do a kickstarter and make a DVD. So I wished them well and tried to be a good in-front-of-the-camera guy (and not bump my microphone too often). In the end, the feedback was that the workshop was excellent. Later, my friend Bart and I did a kickstarter about a rocket mass heater workshop and we did really well! And the final product turned out really good too! Next thing ya know, all the footage from the earthworks workshop was handed to me and Bart and we were asked to try a kickstarter. Spiffy!
This workshop covered three days. The intent was to build, at the very least, one pond, one hugelkultur bed and one swale. We accomplished that plus several other things. And a lot of emphasis should be placed that we want to build a pond WITHOUT a liner!
After looking over all the footage, the plan is to squeeze three days of workshop into three information packed DVDs of workshop concentrate (just add water). The whole thing will be in chronological order, so we can convey the actual workshop experience as closely as possible.
DVD 1: Sealing a Pond Without a Liner
At the high point of the property, water is rushing in whenever it rains. This water is cutting a deep channel through the property. The idea is that we would like to capture this water and use it to create an oasis! Of course, water coming off of a road will probably contain some heavy metals and petroleum residue. So we need to clean the water first. A pond is dug so that the heavy metals will sink to the bottom of the pond, and gross stuff that floats (like oil) will be caught by the vegetation. We then do some minor re-shaping to the road so the water will enter the pond.
DVD 2: Ditches and Swales
Several ideas are mapped out about where to put in some swales. The land owner would eventually like a natural swimming pool, so we decide to put a finger on the pond to route the water to the natural swimming pool. And just in case we get an exceptionally heavy rain event, we extend the finger to a swale. The swale is designed to soak the excess water into the land. We demonstrate the use of laser levels to make sure our finger runs downhill and the swale is level.
DVD 3: Hugelkultur and Terracing
Now we talk about food production. This location gets frost in the winter and can be really hot in the summer. A lot of the surrounding area looks very desert like. We decide to make a hugelkultur bed shaped into a sun scoop. And the angle of the slope is optimized to the level of the sun in winter. We also talk about how swales are excellent at creating frost pockets which works to your advantage in the summer. What type of wood and different variations for hugelkultur are covered. A terrace is constructed to hold the hugelkultur bed.
Thanks Paul. It was great to hear you talk about all of this Permaculture stuff and clear the air on things like what to expect when taking a Permaculture Design Course.