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    Want To Join The PP Tribe At Polyface Farm This Summer?

    Joel Salatin is willing to host us if the tribe wants to gather
    by Adam Taggart

    Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 1:23 PM

“America’s farmer” Joel Salatin and his team at world-famous Polyface Farm are offering to host an educational weekend this summer for the Peak Prosperity tribe.

Would you be interested in attending?

Understandably, COVID remains a big concern.

But I’m hearing from a growing number of folks that with accelerating vaccination roll-out, improved standard of care, and warmer wetter weather, people are looking forward to emerging from lockdown by summer and re-engaging with life — and this event seems a good candidate on many levels (especially since much if it will happen outdoors).

Joel and team have contacted me, letting us know they’re willing to offer the Peak Prosperity tribe an amazing two-day (Fri-Sat) experience June 25-26, 2021 at Polyface Farms in Swoope, VA focused on the fundamentals of sustainable farming and food production.

They’ll tailor the curriculum to our interests. But programming we’re already discussing includes:

  • Raising portable livestock & the systems required (fencing, water, shelter)
    • Cows
    • Pigs
    • Chickens (broilers)
    • Chickens (layers)
    • Turkeys
    • Rabbits
    • Sheep
    • Ducks
  • Processing poultry and rabbits on your own
  • Soil Fertility
    • Carbon economy
    • Composting
    • Perennial root pulsing
  • Designing your farmstead
    • Reading the topography
      • Placement for efficiency
      • Access development
  • Building essential farmstead structures
    • Do-it-yourself
    • Deep bedding
    • Functionality
  • Profiting from your woodlot
    • Selecting to upgrade
    • Using everything
    • Milling on a band saw mill
  • Developing farmstead water systems
    • Ponds
    • Pumping
    • Pipes
    • Cisterns
  • Leasing nearby properties for farmstead use

Day one will be fully packed with presentations, tours, and live demos on the farm. A fresh farm lunch and dinner will be included.

Day two will continue the learning, though also have intentional space for the PP tribe to socialize and enjoy each other’s company. Fresh farm lunch included.

This is an experience I’ve been trying to line up for years with Joel. If you’re interested in learning how to improve your own food production and Living Capital resilience, it really doesn’t get any better than this. There’s no better master on the subject alive today.

So the big question is: how interested are you in traveling to Swoope, VA and spending a weekend together on Joel’s farm this summer?

We’ll need at least 80 folks willing to go in order lock in the event with Joel. I personally will attend if we’re able to achieve critical mass.

If not, we’ll start exploring the potential for a 2022 date with Joel and team.

So if you’re in, please purchase your tickets now by clicking on the button below!

 

cheers,
Adam

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  • Wed, Feb 24, 2021 - 2:05pm

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    Waterdog14

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    Salatin

    I heard Joel Salatin speak at the 2019 Food and Farm Forum in western Colorado.  Absolutely awesome!!  He lit a fire under everyone regarding food sovereignty and sustainable agriculture.  Although you can watch videos of Salatin on YouTube, it didn't compare to hearing him in person.

    That said, I can't travel to Virginia for this incredible opportunity.  I've got too many chickens & crops of my own.  Then again....?

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  • Wed, Feb 24, 2021 - 2:42pm

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    Snydeman

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    Yes.

    Virginia? Sign us up!

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  • Wed, Feb 24, 2021 - 4:20pm

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    FooBarr

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    Camping nearby?

    Any lodging/camping on site?

    BYOI?   Bring your own IVM.

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  • Wed, Feb 24, 2021 - 4:37pm

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    Tycer

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    Tycer said:

    I may finally get to shake Chris’ hand and thank him. Ran across the CC before it was finished.

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  • Wed, Feb 24, 2021 - 4:52pm

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    sand_puppy

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    Yes. Me too.

    Would love to see his farm and meet the PP gang.

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  • Wed, Feb 24, 2021 - 5:18pm

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    CleanEnergyFan

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    Count me in for tribe gathering

    I have been to Joel’s farm years ago and it would a special treat to meet up with the tribe there. Can’t wait....let’s make this happen

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  • Wed, Feb 24, 2021 - 5:20pm

    CleanEnergyFan

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    CleanEnergyFan said:

    Can’t wait to connect up with you again SP.  see you there.

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  • Wed, Feb 24, 2021 - 6:20pm

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    LynnFogwell

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    LynnFogwell said:

    I am really excited about this one! We've heard Joel speak on a couple of occasions. He is one of the inspirations for our farm in NC and we have been meaning to visit Polyface. Throw in Chris and the PP gang and we won't miss it. Either date is good for us.

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  • Wed, Feb 24, 2021 - 6:22pm

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    Quercus bicolor

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    I'm in

    I'm also interested in onsite or nearby camping.

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  • Wed, Feb 24, 2021 - 6:25pm

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    David Henry

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    very tempting

    I can't commit til a little closer to the time and I'd need to get an estimate of what it would cost but I'd love to go. Salatin and the PP tribe would be amazing.

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  • Wed, Feb 24, 2021 - 6:36pm

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    dreinmund

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    dreinmund said:

    This sounds exciting. I would attend.

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  • Wed, Feb 24, 2021 - 6:44pm

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    ckessel

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    ckessel said:

    We're in!  What a treat. Thanks Adam.

    Coop

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  • Thu, Feb 25, 2021 - 2:34am

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    VTGothic

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    I'm In

    I'll be there, either date.

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  • Thu, Feb 25, 2021 - 2:43am

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    robie robinson

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    We too

    will attend definitely if in June probably if in Sept.

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  • Thu, Feb 25, 2021 - 3:42am

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    brushhog

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    Sounds awesome

    I wish I could commit but hard to leave the farm. This year we are moving to a new homestead so I have alot on my plate. Still, I'd hate to miss it. So thats a firm 'maybe'.

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  • Thu, Feb 25, 2021 - 3:50am

    kathryn askew

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    kathryn askew said:

    Lynn, I am also in NC and would love to contact to talk about farming. Trying to find one eastern NC. Maybe you could give advice in finding this farm. Could I have you phone number? Mine is 919-280-8121.  Thank you so much. Kathy Askew

     

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  • Thu, Feb 25, 2021 - 6:13am

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    LesPhelps

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    Not Vegan

    The animal agriculture focus of this gathering makes it essentially useless to me.

    Consider educating yourself on healthy nutrition.

    The way we eat is every bit as absurd as humanities other blind spots, like perpetual growth.

    It’s relatively easy to see the man behind the curtain on this topic, all you need is the willingness to see.

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  • Thu, Feb 25, 2021 - 7:00am

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    robie robinson

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    Vegan?

    If it was vegan, I wouldn’t go.

    It is a religious thing. robie

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  • Thu, Feb 25, 2021 - 7:37am

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    Mr Curious

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    vaxx passport?

    I would go assuming we are allowed to fly without genetic modification

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  • Thu, Feb 25, 2021 - 8:11am

    pyranablade

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    You're almost right Les

    *Industrial* animal agriculture IS bad. No question.

    However, before Big Ag forced farmers to go absurdly big, it was understood that plants and animals working together made a healthy, integrated small farm.

    Here is the October 2020 issue of Acres Magazine there's an article by Leah Smith, "Animal Advantage." She says "Because animals and land are (naturally) interrelated, they should be managed as a whole. When animals are removed from the land, important cycles develop gaps and it is necessary for humans to step in and close the gaps, often at the cost of time, money, efficiency and physical condition."

    I understand that vegans refuse to eat honey, because it is an animal product. That is kind of sad, because we need to support the bees, the work they do in pollination is essential.

     

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  • Thu, Feb 25, 2021 - 10:23am

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    SagerXX

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    This is a dream trip!

    Joel Salatin plus the PP tribe?  That's a superlative way to spend a weekend!  Getting there from Hawai'i is likely a non-starter, though.  I'll attend in spirit!

    May Fortune smile upon us all!

    VIVA -- Sager

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  • Thu, Feb 25, 2021 - 11:50am

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    Adam Taggart

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    Great to see such strong interest!

    Boy, after a year of lockdown and social distancing, it sure is nice to finally be able to focus on an experience like this!

    From the survey results, it seems all of you are just as excited for gathering together at a wonderful location, learning from a true master of sustainable farming.

    I'll get to work on creating the process to purchase your tickets for this event. It's looking like we'll target the June 25-26th dates.

    As a reminder, we'll need at least 80 tickets sold by late-March in order for this event to work out economically for the Polyface folks. If we don't get that many by then, we'll have to push off and try again next year.

    Judging by the PP tribe's strong interest shown by the survey results, that shouldn't be a problem, though.

    So excited that this may indeed happen!

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  • Thu, Feb 25, 2021 - 2:28pm

    CleanEnergyFan

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    Glad to see Polyface Farm PP gathering likely to happen.

    That sounds great Adam.   I never got to see the videos from the last PP seminar that was virtual so maybe you could bring that too (any chance any of those speakers would want to attend this event)?  Also some ideas for lodging would be helpful.   Super excited to see our tribe again as it’s been way too long.  Glad you picked the earlier date.

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  • Thu, Feb 25, 2021 - 3:03pm

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    The First rule...

    The first rule of  Vegan Fight Club is ....Only talk about Vegan Fight Club.

    mm

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  • Thu, Feb 25, 2021 - 3:17pm

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    Mots

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    visit to Polyface Farms

    I have a house 2.5 hours away from Polyface in Fredericksburg Virginia and will drive from there.  I can pick someone up at the Richmond airport and drive there with you.  If we dont camp at the site, dont worry, there are many camping areas in Virginia.  June is a good month for camping.

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  • Thu, Feb 25, 2021 - 3:25pm

    Mots

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    Not Vegan

    LesPhelps
    I agree very much with you.  However, food preferences are indistinguishable from religious practices for most people and we need to deal with contradictions.

    You posting struck a nerve with me because a friend Jim K proposed visiting Polyface with me and others about 8 years ago and I adamantly refused for the same reasons that block you from attending.  He never understood my reasoning and stopped being my friend as a result, to my great regret.

    You can hypothesize and reason all you want about food.  Most will never get it, and everything has a good side.  My wife has goats, makes cheese and sells goat milk.  So, I compromise a little.   More importantly (more important than my health nuances) the land is improved as the goats eat grass and fertilize.  My wife is improving the land this way.  Goats and other farm animals are a pain in the ass (they eat olive trees and rip them out when they get mad about something for example) but they have their good sides.

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  • Thu, Feb 25, 2021 - 3:37pm

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    Julie K

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    This would be a dream come true for my family

    My family is one of those many families out there that is not counted in the eyes of the economy. We have sold our home, are cost-sharing to save money, are paying off debt, are working countless under the table hours, are raising our specail needs son, have been learning from the beginning about financial literacy, are stepping up our skill sets in every way possible, have a passion for self resilience, are trapped in metro-detroit, are about to see how much we can produce out of this tiny lot just to get our feet wet while we are extensively searching for some acres to purchase and start living the rest of our lives.
    I am even in the middle of reading Joel's famous Poultry Profits book.
    We are surrounded by people that do not understand this view. Because I have been unemployed since my son's diagnosis almost a decade ago, I think I am more inclined to question reality and am thankful my son's father agrees.

    Peak prosperity gave me the confidence to question and take control of my families finances and future trajectory in a way I could/would have never been taught.
    Joel Salatin showed me the map of how to be free and why you should.

    I will forever be grateful

    I can't think of a better collaboration. That would be the opportunity of a lifetime in my humble opinion.

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  • Thu, Feb 25, 2021 - 5:27pm

    RedEyeMark

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    Polyface is fantastic! I'm in!!

    My nephew and I swung by last August on our way down to NC and did the day tour.  Absolutely enlightening!!  I have read several of Joel's books and desperately want to own a small farm with my like minded nephews.

    I am in the Richmond, VA area, so only a 2 hour drive.  I am in!!  Hotels in Staunton (about 13 miles / 25 min away from Polyface).  Walnut Hills Camp & RV is one campground (KOA).  It is just south of Staunton (if still open), probably about 35 minute drive to Polyface. If you can make it, make it happen!  This will empower you even more!  I think I could ask Joel enough questions to take up the entire two days.  When I was there he was very open and willing to talk to everyone interested.

    If someone in my area wants to ride down with me, and possibly a nephew or two, PM me and let's communicate.

    Thank You Adam and Joel for making this happen!!!!  I am very excited for this!!

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  • Thu, Feb 25, 2021 - 7:35pm

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    chris101 said:

    Sounds awesome. We'd make every effort to make it !

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  • Fri, Feb 26, 2021 - 11:02am

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    VTGothic

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    I forwarded the info to my son...

    ...who lives in VA. He and his housemates have been talking about finding some farmland together and starting something. He's just emailed me that he's very interested, and is sharing the info to see who else from his potential collaborator pool wants to go. So, 1-6 more!

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  • Fri, Feb 26, 2021 - 4:26pm

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    Kids

    Are kids welcome?

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  • Fri, Feb 26, 2021 - 4:54pm

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    robie robinson

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    Can also give...

    ...rides from Richmond to Staunton and back. The buckboard will only carry 6 with gear plus driver.

    we can give rides in an old diesel ford to 6 folk both ways.

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  • Sat, Feb 27, 2021 - 4:40am

    Christopher S.

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    OMG

    For a simple price of $350 PER PERSON!? You too can learn how to use a saw mill that you don’t have 🤪 It would be so great to meet others like us here in VA but that price instantly puts young folks out of the running like my partner and I. Geesh!

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  • Sat, Feb 27, 2021 - 4:56am

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    KiraMarie said:

    I’m really excited about this.  I may have to try to get hatch dates changed so I can attend.

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  • Sat, Feb 27, 2021 - 10:05am

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    Cribbage said:

    @Christopher S.

    Save up, crowdfund, beg, steal, borrow, dont give up and dont moan, you are not a victim, you can make anything happen if you really want to, so get creative! ;o) If you can't manage to pull it off this time, view all the youtube vids of polyface farm, read Joel's books, follow Justin Rhodes' vlog abundant permaculture.com he interned with Joel.  At least you're young and in the same country. My partner and I are over 60 and living in Europe. Highly unlikely we'll ever meet Joel, as much as we'd love to, but we're learning a lot.

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  • Wed, Mar 03, 2021 - 1:36pm

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  • Fri, Mar 05, 2021 - 5:28pm

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    YES! we're in!!

    YES!! 2 of us, maybe more.

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  • Sat, Mar 06, 2021 - 7:46pm

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    I really hate to ask this

    But what would people expect about wearing masks at Polyface? I think I know Joel's opinion - I don't think he will be wearing one, especially on his own farm. I don't wear a mask, but I would rather not attend if this is offensive to other PP members. Everyone's view on this is important and everyone is responsible for their own health and safety decisions. I just need to know beforehand if PP members assume this will be mandatory, or expected. I look forward to the day where this issue is moot.

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  • Sat, Mar 06, 2021 - 8:25pm

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    Masks?

    Maybe Ivermectin will be mandatory!

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  • Sun, Mar 07, 2021 - 4:25am

    brushhog

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    I'll be offended if you wear one

    There you go. You'll be offending someone either way so you might as well do what you want.

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  • Sun, Mar 07, 2021 - 5:03am

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    Interested, but not this year

    This is a two-fer! Meeting Salatin as well as meeting up with other PPers. Unfortunately my plate is quite full for the coming months. Godspeed to all who attend.

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  • Sun, Mar 07, 2021 - 5:05am

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    Pretending to wear a mask

    In the small rural mountain town hospital where I am working this morning both patients and staff just pretend to wear a mask.

    Masks are seen hanging from one ear strap.

    they are removed to eat or sip coffee and take 30 min to get back on.

    Nurses’ masks are pulled down to cover only the chin and stay there unless in close proximity to a patient.

    In this setting, most of us are just avoiding social ostracism by pretending to mask, not really too concerned with true droplet protection.

    but it is different in the big city hospitals where people still believe and population density is high.

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  • Sun, Mar 07, 2021 - 5:29am

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    Ision said:

    Well, the ONLY reason for wearing a mask is droplet control and not virus control.  People who wear masks while not in close proximity to others, such as when they are totally alone in a vehicle, or a home, have been propagandized to the point of irrational fear.

    Masking, even double masking, is pointless when one is alone.  And, if droplet control is the issue, ANY barrier will do..even a scarf, or a bandana.

    I believe one can now determine the mental stability of others by their masking habits.   And, I do not think covering the nose is important for droplet emission control, or when with others who are covering their mouths.

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  • Sun, Mar 07, 2021 - 5:32am

    brushhog

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    Practicing "Ketman"

    Sandpuppy you are practicing what was termed in the soviet system as "ketman".  Careful with that stuff.

    https://aeon.co/ideas/ketman-and-doublethink-what-it-costs-to-comply-with-tyranny

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  • Sun, Mar 07, 2021 - 6:12am

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    I’m not offended either way

    We need to get to the point where masks are like straws.  They hand you one when you walk in the store, you can take it or say no thank you and you toss it on the way out.

    Honestly I am kind of surprised that all the anti straw folks are fine with the germs on the edge of the glass.  Individually wrapped straws probably slow the spread of all sorts of illnesses.

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  • Sun, Mar 07, 2021 - 6:25am

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    Kathy

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    Kathy said:

    Got my tickets, where are we staying?

    Are we camping or hoteling?

    I like Marriott Fairfields, but camping could be fun.

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  • Sun, Mar 07, 2021 - 8:00am

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    We’re booked at Tru by Hilton

    We’re booked at Tru by Hilton. See y’all soon.

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  • Sun, Mar 07, 2021 - 8:04am

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    Mohammed Mast

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    Les and pyranablade

    i have known about joel for decades. a friend of mine was the director of southern sustainable agricultural working group. ssawg they are now defunct thanks to sc2. they would put on a conference every year with many presenters covering a wide range of topics. joel was an early presenter before he became a rock star. other presenters included will allen who founded growing power a non profit devoted to urban agriculture. he has retired and growing power unfortunately closed up and has a huge debt problem.

    i have read several of joel's books and helped a friend establish a cattle farm using the polyface model. i am in les's camp and have no interest in animal husbandry having been vegetarian for 50 years.

    as for pyrana's comment, yes animals and humans have evolved symbiotically. not all human cultures has raised animals on any level for food. humans have bent the ecosystem of the planet to satisfy its own desires. we have appropriated huge swathes of land and dedicated it to raising animals for slaughter.

    as for honeybees, they are an invasive species introduced by europeans. the main purpose of beekeeping is pollinating commercial crops. bees are transported miles from crop to crop for this purpose on semis.

    Honeybees Help Farmers, But They Don’t Help the Environment

    for those interested in other subjects like organic farming/gardening the following list might prove helpful.

    to each his own

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  • Sun, Mar 07, 2021 - 9:36am

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    Adam Taggart

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    Places To Stay

    I just received the below lodging recommendations from the folks at Polyface:

    These places are either recommended by Polyface Farm and/or give discounts to Polyface visitors:

    North Mountain Outfitter 709 North Mountain Road | Swoope, Virginia 24479 | 540.886.7768  Horseback Riding and Trail Rides in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Experience a world of forgotten ways and lost traditions, inspired by the Old West. North Mountain Outfitter rekindles the cowboy way of life by providing riders with a unique wilderness adventure. Explore the picturesque mountains of the George Washington National Forest within Virginia's own Shenandoah Valley.

    Suffolk House -  Enjoy the Suffolk House, our cottage located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley but only minutes from all that the city of Staunton has to offer.

    Little House  - This historic house was one of the original workers cottages in 1800's Staunton. It is located downtown, within easy walking distance to shops, restaurants, bakeries and more!

    Lewis Creek Loft - Lewis Creek Loft is located in the Wharf's historic district in Downtown Staunton. Here you are a hop, skip, and a jump away from delicious dining, downtown breweries, creative local artisanship and unique shopping, theatre, galleries, beautiful mountain trails, and much, much more.

    1 Tribe Farm - Book your retreat, workshop, or therapeutic stay at 1Tribe for a unique and luxurious experience. Come regenerate your soul in the setting that best suits your needs

    THE apARTment - Occupying the top floor of a renovated 1860s house is a charming hideway filled with original art, eclectic furnishings, a fully stocked kitchen and bathroom, and comfortable full sized bed. Located in Staunton, VA it is steps away from shopping, restaurants, galleries and more!

    The Treehouse - This is a REMOTE cabin with outstanding views! We ARE off the beaten path approximately 1.3 miles. The property is adjacent to the George Washington National Forest. It is as though you are sitting in the tops of the trees. Truly disconnect from the world and enjoy the peace and serenity our home offers. Hiking, Mountain Biking, Fishing & Hunting are everywhere! Please take a minute to read all the information about our cabin before booking.

    Inn at Meadowcroft -

    The Inn at MeadowCroft offers a unique lodging experience. You will experience the historic authenticity of being in a fully renovated 1795 log home while enjoying all the added modern amenities and comforts.

    Hotel 24 South - 24 South Market Street, Staunton, Virginia, VA 24401 - 540-885-4848 -  call them for the Polyface rate!

    Hampton Inn - 40 Payne Lane, Staunton, VA 24401 - 540-886-7000 - Call them to book your room and mention that you are visiting Polyface Farm for the Polyface rate!

    Blackburn Inn - 301 Greenville Ave, Staunton, VA 24401 - 540-712-0601

     

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  • Sun, Mar 07, 2021 - 10:47am

    Tycer

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    Staunton is pronounced Stanton

    For those of you traveling there, Staunton is pronounced Stanton by locals.

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  • Mon, Mar 08, 2021 - 9:28am

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    RiverWind

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    Western MA reps!

    Two of us are coming down from Massachusetts for this incredible experience! Thanks for organizing it Adam!Western MA

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  • Mon, Mar 08, 2021 - 1:21pm

    2donks

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    2donks said:

    Thanks, Tycer.  How is Swoope pronounced?

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  • Mon, Mar 08, 2021 - 1:49pm

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    MGRS

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    Camping near Polyface?

    If anyone plans to camp or knows of good places near Polyface, would love to camp near fellow PPers!

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  • Mon, Mar 08, 2021 - 7:14pm

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    Ilex-opaca said:

    Swope, like rope.   (or Swoopey, if you’re feeling silly)

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  • Mon, Mar 08, 2021 - 7:21pm

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    Ilex-opaca

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    Primitive camping nearby

    I live 14 miles from Joel. I’ve got a small farm just north of Staunton. We could host primitive camping if some were interested. There are other real campgrounds north and south of Staunton. Let me know, if you’re interested.

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  • Wed, Mar 10, 2021 - 10:00am

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    Lodging

    If anyone needs someone to go in halvsies on a room, I am house broken and shower (using soap) regular-like, just let me know. If not, I'll be staying at Hotel 24 South and am willing to drive up to three other people out of Staunton in my EV.

     

    And might I add thank goodness there's a charging station in Staunton!

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  • Wed, Mar 24, 2021 - 1:15pm

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    Kevin

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    Saturday Schedule End Time?

    Hi Adam/All, Anyone know what time the Saturday events are scheduled to end? Ballpark estimates are great. Thank you! Kevin

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  • Wed, Mar 24, 2021 - 1:56pm

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    Mots

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    Camping just outside Richmond on Wednesday and Thursday b4 Polyface: hands on solar demonstrations

    Thursday June 24 prior to Polyface just West of Richmond:
    I will provide all day hands-on demonstrations of solar electric, including solar electric powered water purification.  We will teach how to connect two wires. The only electronics you need to know is to connect + to + and - to -.  If you know how to jump start a car battery, you are already smart enough.   I will provide free circuit boards for anyone who wants to build their own system. These are 1000 to 2000 watt systems  that provide power for televisions, small power tools when it is raining based on the simple technology in my book.  No charge for anything, including camping on site.

    I will demonstrate a proven method for very cheaply installing solar panels on a roof yourself, how to wire up the panels yourself, and how to build a small local grid without any prior skills or knowledge.
    I will also demonstrate a solar powered water purifier based on connecting a whole house water filter (home depot/lowes/walmart),  a small UV flow cell for sterilization (ebay), and a 12 volt water pump.  Free circuits boards will be given out and kits of parts available at cost.

    Please come by for camping out Wednesday June 23 and Thursday June 24 if you have time.  Bring a musical instrument to play for the evenings.  Michael, who is providing canopies/tents/cots and barbeque facilities at his farm wants an RSVP so that he can plan to get those things.
    Saturday June 26 (after Polyface) and Sunday June 27 a volunteer in Winchester, North of Staunton is providing camping facilities.  I will provide the same solar electric hands on demonstrations during the day on Sunday there.  Please email me or PM me if you are interested.  Mots  at www.yugeshima.com

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  • Wed, Mar 24, 2021 - 6:12pm

    robie robinson

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    Mots gathering!

    I will be there and some have contacted me wishing to attend. I will bring animal,vegetable, mineral, from which several people can dine from Bluestem Farms. Please let Mots know and/or contact me.

    husband,father,farmer,optometrist (planting more chestnuts and persimmons today)

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  • Wed, Mar 24, 2021 - 7:45pm

    Adam Taggart

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    Around 5pm

    Kevin -

    Both days will end around 5pm.

    Saturday will be a little looser, as the first half of the day will be official Polyface programming but the second half will be loosely-structured socializing. So some folks may choose to leave early while others may want to linger.

     

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  • Wed, Mar 24, 2021 - 8:30pm

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    FooBarr

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    Just wondering....is Chris able to make it now?

    Now that the tribal council voted the big kahuna back onto the island and relit his tiki torch-- is he able to swing by PolyFace for the PP meetup?

    Just wonderin......

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