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Re: Forum topics?

PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 9:19 pm
by pa_friendly_guy
How about starting a new forum for canning, cooking, preserving the harvest? I suppose it could be added as a topic to one of the other forums, but I think there is enough for a new seporate forum all its own.

Re: Forum topics?

PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 9:39 pm
by matt walker
That's one of my favorite topics Guy. Tell you what, I'll put it up there, you kick it off. Deal?

Re: Forum topics?

PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 2:16 am
by pa_friendly_guy
Deal Matt

Re: Forum topics?

PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 12:45 pm
by George Collins
How about an "Education" section.

It might be worthwhile to have a section where those of us that have availed ourselves to educational resources, oftentimes at considerable expense and at other times free, to opine on the quality of those resources. Being pointed in the right direction is often times the best advice we can receive or give as the case may be. Perhaps, within that forum, members could start threads concerning one and only one such resource at a time, offer a review and then others would have the opportunity to affirm or disaffirm that resource.

For instance, Matt you made a post titled A favorite video of mine...

In response to that post, pa_friendly_guy offered
Probably the video I would put at the top of my list is not really about permiculture but does have to do with the environment and sustainability. Its " Who Killer the Electric Car "

Both of which I have seen. Both of which are good resources. One of which is highlighted for the world to see. One of which is buried in the comments following the original post. As your forum grows, threads will expand and much good information will often be buried pages deep in the comments following the original post.

The forum that I picture would have each of these as separate topics. Imagine you click on a link titled "Education," or "Permaculture Resources," or whatever you choose to call it, and when that forum opened up, the titles one saw included things like:
Permaculture - Greening the Desert Final (2009)

Bill Mollison - Global Gardner 1 - In the Tropics

Holzer, Sepp - Farming with Terraces and Raised Beds

Each of these resources could then be discussed individually and exclusively. This way information that needs to get out is highlighted as opposed to buried in threads, access to which can only be had by extensive reading.

This would be an amazing resource to a person new to permaculture and would put forth a mountain of information right up front to shorten the learning curve.

If I were king for a day, I would make a few rules for this forum since its intended audience would be those that have not yet been exposed to these resources:
1. The title of the thread would be exactly the title of the resource
2. The original post would require a link to the resource
3. Only one resource would be allowed per thread started
4. No other thread of any other type would be allowed in this forum.

The subject matter need not be limited to videos of course. It could contain threads linking to books both free on line and for sale at, courses to take, websites, invitations to relevant events, etc.

Re: Forum topics?

PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 7:08 pm
by matt walker
George, that is a wonderful idea. I can see a lot of value in having a resource list like that, with everything in one place. I need to do some re-arranging here, as we are developing and finding our way there's some things that need tweaking and refining. I'm hoping to get to that this afternoon, so give me a bit here and I'll set it up and move my video post there, and perhaps we can get pa_friendly_guy to re-post his video. Thank you so much for being a part of this.

Re: Forum topics?

PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 8:12 pm
by pa_friendly_guy
I am not sure Matt, but I don't think that I ever actually posted a Video. I put up a few pics, but I don't recall a video. I did talk about " Who Killed the Electric Car" video, but I never posted it.

Re: Forum topics?

PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 8:48 pm
by matt walker
Well, if you do find it online, please do post a link. I for one would love to see it.

I'm loving the new section, by the way. George, I didn't want to clutter it up with "I love this!" posts, but I've watched everything you've posted, and am seriously inspired. I am pretty sure I read Dick's book a while back. Great stuff. I need to get some more of my favorites up there as well. I've got a lot of projects going on right now, since I wasn't able to do much for almost 6 weeks in December and earlier this month, I'm playing catch up! Thankfully, my injury looks like it's not going to have very significant lasting consequences. Phew!

Re: Forum topics?

PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 10:05 pm
by Lollykoko
I am also loving the new educational section. I've been watching a lot of videos on finding level and creating swales. Give me a day or so to pick a couple to go in that folder.

Re: Forum topics?

PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 1:23 pm
by George Collins
I had a thought about a potential way to divide up the topics. How about by Permaculture Zone?

For instance, if one wanted to make a post about how to make their own laundry soap, cook deer meat, install solar panels on the roof of their house, those would all fall under the category of Zone 0.

If a person wanted to post about gathering wild edibles or hunting turkey, that would be an appropriate Zone 5 topic.

If a person wanted to post about growing a black walnut grove, that would be appropriate for Zone 3.

Food forests would mos appropriately be discussed in Zone 2.

Instead of:
Members' 'steads
Start a thread about your 'stead

Zone 0 - The house, or home center.
Aiming to reduce energy and water needs, harnessing natural resources, and working towards a sustainable environment in which to live and work.

(The above definition for Zone 0 is an abbreviation of the one given on the Wikipedia page for Permaculture.)

FYI, I have no emotional attachment to my ideas as to how you should rum your board so my feelings will be perfectly intact regardless of what you do with any suggestion I ever make.

Re: Forum topics?

PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 6:25 pm
by matt walker
That's an interesting thought George. It makes some good sense, but I fear it also will be a bit confusing, especially to folks who aren't too up on the entire scope of Permaculture, like me! I'll do a bit of thinking on your idea though, it has some serious merit. I know that the forums are a bit confused right now as is, mostly due to the excitement of the first week of the board. It could use some better organization.

I do appreciate hearing your ideas and the spirit they are presented in. I hope everyone here feels comfortable brainstorming and throwing thoughts out there.