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PermaEthosBy PermaEthos
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PermaEthosBy PermaEthos
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$6,110
pledged of $43,000pledged of $43,000 goal
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, February 23 2018 8:21 PM UTC +00:00

About

There is a growing interest and understanding of the importance of homesteading and there should be. Homesteading is a way of life. It should provide you with food, shelter, security, a healthy lifestyle and a safe place to raise a family. In order to provide those things we need to focus on how we provide those essentials and how they can provide financial stability at the same time. There are thousands of ways to build a thriving business on your homestead. But where do you find all that information? How do we ensure our endeavors are successful?

PermaEthos, a company that specializes in online education, is on a mission to build a rich library of courses relevant to homesteading. They have teamed up with Permies.com, an online community of homesteaders, to see this undertaking come to fruition.

The first 12 courses of this initiative begin with homesteads in Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky. The intent is to visit all contiguous 48 states and produce over 100 courses ranging from 30 minutes to 2 hours. Each course will eventually be their own product valued up to $200

Our kickstarter question to you; is there enough interest to develop a rich library of homesteading courses for us to take this on?

The video documentation of these phenomenal locations will showcase the amazing things they are doing and achieving to make a positive impact in their lives and the communities around them. These presentations will inspire, motivate and enable each of us to make a difference in our own ways so we can all make a positive impact in the communities around us by providing the financial means necessary to be successful.

In addition to showcasing these locations, there will be an emphasis on encapsulating their knowledge and skill sets into online courses so that people who want to put these skills into practice in their own lives have a blueprint to follow. The first course is by the Ponders on homeschooling and will be available immediately.

The Big Picture

The ultimate goal is to cover the country from coast to coast and capture the special interests of each stop into a course, in what will be a 1-2 year project. Rather than trying to fund the entire project at once, we are breaking it into phases. The initial phase is for 3 months through 3 states. This first KickStarter bears the upfront costs of acquiring the travel trailer, sound and videography equipment. Extending the tour will have the much lower requirements of only covering food and travel expenses.

The courses will allow us to see educational pieces from each location featured on the documentaries. With these courses both you and PermaEthos are able to get a preview of the knowledge these entrepreneurs have and how they do as an instructor. This has the potential to lead to intensive courses with these instructors in future educational opportunities.

Course Details

These courses are chosen by the staff of each place we visit and is central to a skill or trait they specialize in.

The courses are 30 minutes to 3 hours in length depending on the subject matter.

Each course will have a communication portal where you can interact with all of the other students and the instructors.

Some of these courses will have follow up videos and teach to student online meetups depending on the popularity and questions asked by the students.

Meet the Ponder Family

Beyond seeing and learning from these locations, this tour will be a glimpse into the transformation we, the Ponder family, have made in our lives. The genesis of our family’s involvement in this farm tour came out of a Permaculture Design Course that our family was attending.

Determined that the conventional path wasn’t for us, we sold our house and set out on what became a 6-month journey of adventure and discovery. We had already laid the groundwork to remove ourselves from the “debt trap”, and choosing to educate our boys ourselves made it possible to sever the chains that hold most of us to the conventional lifestyle that society says we are supposed to live. Our goals are to have a homestead; to raise and grow a large portion of our food, to let our land provide for us, and to allow our boys to grow up truly experiencing life as free children. An interesting thing happens when you sever societies chains, you have a sense of freedom! The world around us always says rush, hurry, meet the deadline. We realized we could slow down and breath. 

Brooks - the 5 year old
Brooks - the 5 year old

Brooks is full of spice! While he thinks he’s as old and capable as his oldest brother and is ready to charge all-in, he also cherishes quiet snuggle time with both parents and a good game of chess. When you find him off on his own, he is likely to be engaged in a project. Recently, Brooks spearheaded making a pond in the backyard with his brothers; and the following day returned solo to complete the project. His current audiobook crave is The Ramona Collection.

Brandon - the 8 year old
Brandon - the 8 year old

Brandon is artistic, playful and thoughtful. He is ready to dive into any crazy fun his brothers come up with, once he sees that they survived. However, without reservation, Brandon was the first to jump off a rock into icy cold Crater Lake. While he can be the quietest, he is probably also the silliest. Brandon enjoys building things out of scrap materials and lending a helping hand. He will be an eager and enthusiastic participant to the new experiences the tour will provide. His current audiobook crave is the Mary Poppins series.

Bennett - the 10 year old
Bennett - the 10 year old

Bennett is curious and energetic. He is eager to find out what, why, and how. He loves to climb trees and is always scheming to capitalize on the next adventure. There is never a dull moment where Bennett is concerned. He will be an active participant in the farm tours desiring to know all there is to know, and keen on partaking in all there is to do. When you are ready for a break, he will be asking, "What’s next?!" Current audiobook crave: How To Train Your Dragon series.

Michelle - the mom
Michelle - the mom

Michelle has a true pioneer spirit. She delights in planning, organizing, and helping others. She thoroughly enjoyed a small taste of tending a garden, cooking from the harvest, and raising chickens; and is eager to cultivate the knowledge and skills to have a homestead of her own one day. Michelle's favorite pastime with her children is reading to them.

Cliff - the dad
Cliff - the dad

Cliff is a laidback introvert who communicates well with people and is a self-proclaimed nerd. His last name fits him well. He’s a self-learner and loves to be always gaining more knowledge on a vast array of subjects. Cliff likes to build and create, and readily delves into projects of all sorts from computer software to mechanics to round wood timber.

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See exclusive interviews with the Ponders and the folks they visit. Discover special clips not included in the YouTube videos. Download available to watch anytime (without the internet).

Boondocking - The Ponders will be traveling in an RV and sharing their experiences of living in and traveling in close quarters.

Attractions - The Ponders will be visiting popular, and not so popular, attractions, campgrounds, national parks, and more during the trip.

YOU - the Ponders plan on doing meetups with you, our supporters. They would also like to stop by your place to see what projects and sustainable living practices you have in place.

When To Expect Your Rewards

Daily videos documenting the tour will start April 6th.

The first Quick Win course (Understanding Homeschooling) by the Ponders FAN emails and YouTube videos will start when the KickStarter funds. will be available immediately upon the successful funding of the KickStarter.

The Understanding Homeschooling Quick Win will address frequent questions and concerns regarding homeschooling. Includes resources for getting started and touches on the legality of home education. It goes through how the Ponders do their home education and curriculum they use. If you are interested in homeschooling but aren’t sure if it’s right for you or how to get started, this is for you. After completion, you’ll be ready and eager to launch into educating your own children.

The Documentary film will be made available after the Farm and Sustainability Tour (late 2018).

Why We Want Your Help

Filming and uploading daily videos (while on the road) requires a reliable, mobile media studio. Funds raised will go towards the following:

  • Filming Equipment
  • Video Editors
  • Meals
  • RV Trailer
  • Camp Grounds
  • Insurance
  • Fuel
  • Storage Unit
  • Extra Activities / National Parks

Thank you for your support. We couldn't do any of this without loyal fans like you :)

 

Risks and challenges

It is always possible that our trip will get delayed due to unforeseen circumstances. In that case, we'll continue to keep our audience updated on our daily Youtube videos and emails.

The first leg of this tour is three months long. If there's an unseen reason that we can't complete the tour, we would have filmed the adventure and we will produce the documentaries and courses with what we have.

We will do our best to shoot, edit and upload a Youtube Video nearly every day. The purpose of this campaign is to help make that happen with appropriate equipment. If for some reason, we aren't able to film, edit or upload we will inform our audience through ThriveThrough posts and emails. If we just don't have access to the internet, we will upload that video when possible (even if it's late).

We will set to work on the documentary and courses when the tour is finished. It's hard to tell exactly how long that will take, or when exactly, we'll wrap up. We estimate a 3-month edit on the documentary films, once we settle down.

We may be filming folks who have never been on film or spoken to a large audience before. While we will do our best to assist them, their presentation might not be the best in the world and they will be presented in their true light. While edited, it may still be raw.

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    All four DVDs in any or all formats that you want: HD streaming, tiny download, HD download and/or physical DVDs. Plus all the micro courses. Plus we will add your name to the trailing credits, and we will place your bumper sticker on the trailer!

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    everything in "JUMBO" + 100 hours of PDC

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    ULTIMATE Package

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