Paul Gautschi Biography

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

The Biography On Paul Gautschi Is Out!!!!!!

A lot of you watch my videos on YouTube and get to see Paul a lot on video talking about his garden. There have only been a few minutes of footage where Paul talks about his history. David Devine has been talking to Paul about this book for a couple for years and really dug into where Paul came from. This book is the perfect chance to find out the path Paul took to get to the Back to Eden garden.

I bought 10 signed copies.  I am going to take them to Paul and have him sign them then, I will sign them as well.  Some of these will be given out as prizes in upcoming contests but, don’t wait to see if you win or not.  Help David get Paul’s biography published.

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

It’s been a crazy week for me.  Some of the stuff, I cannot tell you yet but, I am very excited.  More to come on that in my next post.  I know I have been slacking on the videos for the last two months, I think I have only put out 5 or 6 but, I have been a little preoccupied.  With everything that is going on I forgot to mention the free pop-up camper that I got.  I decided to not restore it because of time issues so, I gave it to my mechanic to demolish and turn into something I could haul stuff around in.  He washed it and thought it looked good enough to sell.  Turns out he was correct and someone gave me $1,200 for it.  I spread the wealth to my mechanic and the guy who gave it to me and still had enough to put away for something needed later on.

At the beginning of the year I removed our booth at the local consignment shop.  Mostly due to the high theft rate from shop lifters.  Now that it is garage sale season, I have decided to take the weekends this month and have garage sales of my own.  In going through everything in my garage, or what I can reach, I have noticed that there are a lot of prepping stuff that I have 5 or 10 of.  Of course I am going to keep the best for myself but, I am even selling some of my preps in the sale.  I mean really, how many tents do you need?  Having the garage sales also gives me the opportunity to share prepping and my garden with people I usually would not come in contact with.

While I have neglected the garden this year, it is doing well.  Babygirl has been watching the strawberries like a hawk and found the first strawberry of the year the other day.  I have not touched the back yard this year and the raspberries took that as their queue to cover half of my garden and half of the yard.  There are so many plants that I started giving them away to people at the garage sale.  This was the perfect opportunity for me to show them the difference between Back to Eden gardening and just planting in the dirt.  I gave people a shovel and told them that they can have as many plants as they wanted.  Remember, my ground is hard.  After a couple of minutes of them trying to dig for plants, I would walk back, open the gate to the garden, with the woodchips, pull one out with my bare hands and hand it to them.  They had spent all that time trying to dig in the soil and I just shoved my hand into the ground and lifted the plant up by the roots.

Last Sunday I was at Paul’s house for the first official tour of the year.  There were only about 20 people but, they came from far and wide.  People came from Idaho, Nevada and Canada just to tour Paul’s garden.  It was great meeting those of you who were there and taking pictures with you.  I have almost 5 hours of footage from this trip and most of it will make it on YouTube.  Paul’s tours are from now through October, every Sunday at 2:30PM.  His address is 411 Craig RD, Sequim, WA. 98382.

Growing Food God’s Way – A Book About Paul Gautschi

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Over the last year, I have been in contact with the gentleman who is writing the biography about Paul Gautschi.  Paul has asked me to provide copies of some of the letters you all have sent along with any pictures I thought would be good for the book.  I haven’t really talked about it that much since, until recently, there was nothing much to talk about.  Here is part of an e-mail that I received last week which I thought you all might be interested in.  Below, you will find the pending list of chapters for the book.  As I receive more information, I will pass it along to you all.

1.   Paul Gautschi: The Messenger

2.   The Dream and the Covenant

3.   Lessons from the Forest: The Covering

4.   Paul’s Garden and the Genesis Curse

5.   Lessons from the Orchard

6.   Relational Permaculture and You

7.   Generational Earth Stewardship

8.   7 Effective Habits of Relational Permaculture

9.    Mystery Revealed

10.  Simple Beginnings

11.  Dear Paul: Excerpts from His Letters

12.  A Day in the Life

13.  Ask Paul

14.  It Takes a Village (of animals and organisms)

15.  Tales of First-Year Coverings

16.  Turning A Corner


The book should come in around 200pp as a paperback.

You may pass this on to your L2Survive folks if you like.
Eventually, I will try to get you a portion of the book trailer for Growing Food God’s Way.
Look for a May Indiegogo opportunity for readers to secure a 1st edition copy BEFORE publication

Comfort Camping

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

The Wife told me we were invited to go camping with our friends in Eastern Washington. I was all excited until I found out we were going “Comfort Camping”. Basically, we were going to an RV campsite at the Scooteney Reservoir. My idea of camping is grabbing your rucksack and walking that way for a day or two, camping along the way, until you get to the place that you are going to camp. For The Wife, camping is done at the Best Western.

I decided that this would be a perfect time to try out the “Big Ass Tent”, the solar panels I just got and the rest of the stuff I have found at garage sales this year. I even got to test out my new Sawyer Point Zero Two water filter using the water from the lake. I found out what works well and what doesn’t. I think next time we go, we will take the trailer to put everything in. I almost didn’t have room in the Explorer for Babygirl or The Wife. I will also be buying a portable ice maker because the 2 litter bottles of ice only lasted three days in that heat.

The next time you go camping or are out for the weekend with your friends, try having a “Yes Day”. I had one of these on our trip. Every time someone asks you if you want to do or try something, you say yes. “Do you want to go cliff jumping?” Yes. Do you want to play “drunk ladder ball?” Yes. Come help us catch this rattlesnake. Yes. We are now incorporating this on all of our trips. Pick a different person everyday to have their “Yes Day” and let the fun ensue.

Finally Ordered Solar Panels

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

I took my winnings from the Prepper Unplugged Challenge and ordered some solar panels. It took a while to find them at under $1 per watt but, it seems that the prices are coming down a bit. It only took three days for them to arrive. With the cost of shipping, I got two x 158 watt, Monocrystalline Photovoltaic Solar Panels for $365. Not too bad for my first set of solar panels. I decided to go with the monocrystalline solar panels because they are designed for a more moderate climate and poly is more for hotter climate where the sun shines on them all day. Living in the Pacific Northwest, they seemed like the perfect choice.

The first charge controller I got didn’t work completely so, I had to return it. The replacement I got is perfect for my current needs. It is a 30 AMP 12/24v charge controller. I really like the display with the happy face battery. It lets me know everything is fine. Since I don’t want to have to monitor my system throughout the day, I am using the load function. This will turn off the battery power when they get below 10.7v, turn them back on at 12.6v and start the float charge at 13.7v. If the lights ever turn off, I know that the batteries are low. If I have house power still, I can plug in my battery charger and fill the batteries up or just let it be until the sun comes out again.

Here is the video of my buying all of the parts I needed for my solar power system. I did have the batteries, inverter, battery charger and some wire already (from my battery back up system) so, it was pretty easy to get the rest to finish this project. I show everything I needed, where I got it and how much it cost me. Take a look and send me video responses of your solar power systems.

Check Out What I Got This Weekend!

Friday, June 7th, 2013

I try to go to a different town each day of the weekend to cover the most garage sales with the least amount of gas. On one such trip I happen upon a couple who had decided to not spend their retirement in the RV and settle down. They were downsizing all of their camping equipment. I bought a lot of great stuff at this garage sale but, my big score was these two Hennessy Hammocks. I got the UltraLite Backpacker A-sym and the Expedition A-sym for the low, low price of $1 each. They told me that they bought them for the grandkids, set them up one time and the kids didn’t like them so they were never used. These are now part of my go bags. No need to worry about having a tent or tarps when everything you need is in these bags. Now, if I can only learn how to set them up correctly.

At the garage sale next door to the first one, I got a screen house from Northwest Territory for only $1. This is basically an 82″ tall, 10′ x 10′ dome tent with screen for the walls. Perfect to keep the critters and bugs out of your stuff. We are going to use this as a food prep/cooking tent for when we go camping. Babygirl and I set this thing up in about 5 minutes with no instructions. Couldn’t have been easier.

Rotary Club Sale

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Every year the Rotary club puts on their annual garage sale. For the entire year they collect stuff people donate then rent the local pavilion hall to put on their one day event. This sale is no joke. Every year I get some many good things from this sale. This year was no exception. After I spent about an hour inside, I took my stuff to the car and went to check out all of their outdoor equipment. This is where they have the tools and lawn stuff. I saw a couple of tents and went to check them out. I need another tent like I need another hole in the head but, something drew me there. I’m glad I went too. I saw two canvas bags and asked the guy there is they were tents. He told me that one was the tent and one was the poles. There were two other 4 man dome tents there that I really didn’t need any more of but, I wanted more info about this canvas tent. I asked him about the condition and if it had all of the poles. He replied that he really did not know. I asked him how much they wanted for it. He told me $20. To me, $20 is a lot to spend on something I might just have to throw away. I asked him if he would do $10 which he told me was too low of a price for all of that. We settled on $15. As I was walking away he asked me if I needed help with the other two tents. That’s right folks. I got all three tents for $15. The canvas tent turned out to be complete and huge. One of those old school Sears tents that are bigger than your bedroom. I think this tent turned out to be 17′ x 8′ and about 7′ tall. Not too shabby for $5.