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54 cards, each packed with permaculture information.  People, plants, ideas, animals, techniques ...
54 cards, each packed with permaculture information. People, plants, ideas, animals, techniques ...
1,243 backers pledged $70,853 to help bring this project to life.

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54 cards of permaculture information.  Each card represents many hours of arguing over the tiniest details.  

One of the questions we are asked repeatedly is "How do you tell people what permaculture is?"  If you give them a book, they might look at a few pictures.  If you send them a link to something they tend to save it for later.  The idea of the deck of cards is that they might browse it like a book - but this is all pictures and just a few words.  Much easier to browse.  And hopefully convey a bigger picture in a smaller package.

permaculture cards
permaculture cards

When you are bonkers about permaculture, your friends and family tend to think you are crazy ....  if only there were a way to help them understand your passion better ..... while at the same time resolving your winter gift giving obligations.  :)

The primary product we want to sell is the "brick":  a box of 12 decks.  We are thinking that somebody would buy a brick or two before the holidays and hand them out.  

One of the rewards includes this poster of all the cards:

permaculture poster
permaculture poster

And our latest devious reward is the idea of hiding one name within each card.   First take a look at this card:

wildcrafting card
wildcrafting card

Do you see it?  Can you find the name?

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Here is a closeup of the hidden name in the card.   On the right is another idea for hiding the name.  

wildcrafting card hidden name
wildcrafting card hidden name

Here is the Ace of Diamonds featuring Rocket Mass Heaters.  Alternative energy stuff is a big part of permaculture:

Rocket Mass Heater Card
Rocket Mass Heater Card

In permaculture we deal with weeds, bugs, funguses and microorganisms in our food crops in a very different way:

Bugs, Weeds, Funguses and Microorganisms
Bugs, Weeds, Funguses and Microorganisms

Stretch Goal #0 - Double Brick

If we reach $90,000, everybody that has selected a reward which includes a brick will get a double brick.  People that did the add-on will get a double brick for each add-on. 

Stretch Goal #1 - Three Queens

If we reach $100,000, all four of the queen cards will be the most prominent women in permaculture.  Currently, one of the queen cards is in this state.  Nominations and voting start with this thread at permies.com.

Stretch Goal #2 - Double Brick

(used to be $150,000 - now moved to stretch goal #0)  

Stretch Goal #3 - Warm Climate Cards

If we reach $200,000, we will create a warm season deck.  Everybody that has selected a reward which includes a brick will be able to select warm climate, cold climate or half and half.  

Add on - $100 per brick

If your pledge is $100 greater than the reward you have selected (which already includes a brick), we will toss in an extra brick.  $200 over is 2 bricks, etc. 

Thanks!

Thanks to Barthelemy Glumineau from studiomelies.com for putting together this snazzy video!

Artwork by Alexander Ojeda of alexanderandblack.com - you can see the mugs and t-shirts that Alexander and I worked on before at homesteadgear.com

Paul Wheaton's world domination empire: 

Risks and challenges

As a graphic artist, Alexander has done a lot of printing. So he already has a printer picked out. The shipping will be done manually. Both of us have copies of everything in case anything happens to the other.

We have learned that the post office now delivers things very slowly. We are wrapping our plans around that reality.

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    early bird (I want to thank the people that put their money up so quickly!) - one brick (12 decks)

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    11x17 poster of any one card - your choice. Includes a brick (12 decks).

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    freaky big (2 feet by 3 feet), super fancy poster of a card - your choice. Includes a brick (12 decks).

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    freaky big (2 feet by 3 feet), super fancy poster of all of the cards. Includes a brick (12 decks).

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    there will be a bonus card in the deck and one side of the card will be "permies keen on world domination". Includes a brick (12 decks) and a poster of all the cards.

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    Your name (or "a name") is designed into a card. We will try to make it hard for you to find. Business names are okay. All names must be approved. First come, first serve on which cards people get. Includes a brick (12 decks) and a freaky big poster of your card.

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    Your face (or the face of your choosing) will be put on one joker. Plus your name (or a name) will be hidden in the artwork. And you can choose the tool that the joker is holding. Includes a brick (12 decks) and a freaky big poster of your card.

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    there will be a bonus card in the deck and one side of the card will be a "resources" list. List your entity (or an entity you like) as a resource (subject to approval). Includes a brick (12 decks) and a poster of all the cards.

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