We have a planned Urban Garden Workshop coming up for the week of Oct 14th and it will likely run from the 17th – the 20th. That is pretty set in stone date wise and full details along with the ability to lock in a spot will come next week.
We already have over 15 on the waiting list for it, if you want to be on the pre-announcement list for this send me an email with urban permaculture workshop in the subject line. This one is going to fill up fast, the 15 on the list are from one show mention and we will likely cap it at 24.
I have some other ideas and want to gauge interest. If you could just comment below on any of these you would likely attend. Can’t put a price on them yet but likely all would be multi day (2-4 day) events with lots of extra fun, good eating, cold beer, playing pool and darts, etc. added in.
The general cost we want to keep on average between 250 and 350 per event. Much of it is put into giving you a great experience by the way. You won’t be living on Taboli and Bean Sprouts at my events. So here are some I am kicking around for the next 6 month time frame.
- Building a Steven Harris style battery system in a pick up truck. My thoughts are we can even allow some students to build one and build a few in about 3 days. Students building their own would have to fund all parts and bring them along. I have a three bay garage we can use for workspace during the class. This would be a hands on version of the videos Steve did and might be a lot of fun. I have thought about having Steve come in and teach this but that would up the cost. So tell me if you would be willing to pay a bit more to bring in the man himself or just would want to come and have Josiah and I teach the class. Target date would be late Sept or Early Nov.
- Aquaponics with One Moving Part – A student from San Antonino at our first event has a great way to do aquaponics, there is only one siphon in the entire system said siphon has no moving parts and simply can’t fail. In this system there is only one moving part, the pump. We plant to build this using two large stock tanks that are part of the urban garden showcase. Target date is November.
- Fun and Skills Workshop – Full details not determined but this would be a lot of little stuff over a few days. We would make some meals in jars with the dry canner, do a canning class, brew some beer and other cool stuff. Likely a show up on Wednesday evening and go home Sunday morning schedule. We would also do some rocket stove cooking, solar oven cooking (assuming nature cooperates), etc. Target would be early December. Students would leave with the canned goods and other stuff they made, we would have pre set up shipping boxes for those who are traveling by air so your stuff could be mailed home to you.
- Killin and Cleanin Chickens 101 – Target Mid January, we plan to raise a meat flock starting like right away. These are going to be Red Ranger birds. I am considering a rotation of 50 vs. the planned 25. We would run a butchering class, all students would kill two chickens and clean them for freezing, etc. The rub is I would given any student that wanted one a chicken of their own in advance. This means if you wanted to you would leave with a pastured chicken you butchered yourself. Since I am GIVING YOU THE BIRD as a gift and you are killing your own bird, there is no issues with the FDA telling you my pastured chicken isn’t as “safe” as a Tyson bird, raise in filth and then dipped in chlorine and poop soup. Given slaughter can be done in a day we MIGHT combine this and the Fun and Skills Workshop into one event of about 3-4 days.
Likely we won’t do all of these but we might. It will all depend on interest. I am also considering setting up some sort of a hunt in south Texas either for meat does or for hogs, any interest in that please comment.
Another idea is a multi day fishing trip off shore on what is known as a head boat. If I can get enough interest we can basically have 30-40 TSPrs on the boat for a two day drip for tuna or shark or something like that. If I do this it will likely be with these guys, DolphinDocks.com I have gotten great feedback on them.
Anyway let me know so we can start getting some of this stuff past the planning phase and into action. Again likely we won’t do all of this in the next 6 months I am just setting priority based on real interest.
For those wanting an update on the Earthworks Event with Geoff Lawton, LOOKS LIKE the first week of April but it is hard to lock in dates with Geoff at this time. Soon as I know I will let you know.