We The Trees


A campaign by Asher Gelbart

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Successfully funded on July 13, 2013
A campaign by Asher Gelbart
1 campaigns, 1 contributions
  • Contribute $5 or more

    Please receive our heart-felt APPRECIATION, GRATITUDE, and LOVE for your donation of any amount;-)

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  • Contribute $50 or more

    Limited to 40 Contributors

    25% discount coupon for any single-day class, workshop, or training we offer, no expiration date.

    1 contributor(s) chose this reward.
  • Contribute $75 or more

    Limited to 5 Contributors

    Friction Fire Bow-Drill Kit and Personal Instruction:
    Hand-made bow-drill including, bow, spindle, hearth-board, and hand socket. Personal training on how to use to make fire with all-natural materials. (We can send the kit by mail, but you need to be local to receive the personal training.)

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  • Contribute $75 or more

    Limited to 12 Contributors

    The New Strawbale Home, by Catherine Wanek, local author from Kingston, NM.

    This beautifully crafted and illustrated 188-page paper-back book compiles floor plans and images from forty cutting-edge straw-bale homes across North America, showcasing a spectrum of regional styles and personal aesthetic choices. (This one we'll send and cover shipping to anywhere in the world).

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  • Contribute $150 or more

    Limited to 12 Contributors

    25% off coupon for single-day workshop PLUS Permaculture Integrated Design Site Consultation:
    In addition to the 25% coupon offered for the $50 gift level, Asher and Jess will come to your home or business property to do a one-hour walk-through consultation of your site offering ideas of preliminary designs for implementation of Permaculture-based rainwater harvesting, energy conservation, wildlife enhancement, food production and more. (Your site must be within 50mi radius of Silver City, NM unless we already have plans to visit you;-)

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  • Contribute $250 or more

    Limited to 12 Contributors

    25% coupon for any workshop PLUS Permaculture Integrated Design Site Consultation PLUS Written Report.
    In addition to the $150 reward, we will follow up the site consultation with a written report that will include estimates of annual and peak rainfall that can be captured on your site, suggestions for rainwater harvesting earthworks, greywater and cisterns; alternative energy installations; and a preliminary design sketch and rough cost estimates. (Your site must be within 50mi radius of Silver City, NM unless we already have plans to visit you;-)

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Two young, energetic designer-worker-doers from Silver City, NM area headed to a Permaculture Design Certification course in Boulder, Utah. Asher Gelbart of Mimbres, NM and Jess DeMoss of Arenas Valley, NM promise to bring back to the community a wealth of knowledge and resources, and to host classes, workshops, and on-the-job trainings in Permaculture-based lifestyle, design, and installations.

Your generous financial contribution of any amount to our training costs will be a valuable and rewarding investment in the health, well-being, and sustainability of our local community in the Gila and Mimbres watersheds including Silver City, NM and surrounding areas.

Jess DeMoss is a familiar face at the Silver City Food Coop and Energy Ideal. He has also worked behind the scenes with local Permaculture specialists, Van Clothier of Stream Dynamics, and Mark Cantrell and Tricia Hurley of Lone Mountain Natives as well as on a farm in Boulder, Utah. Jess lives a simple, off-grid lifestyle with his wife and toddler-aged son. He teaches outdoor wilderness and primitive skills to children and adults. With the PDC, Jess aspires to bring Permaculture workshops, trainings, and job opportunities to the forefront of his work.

Asher Gelbart is owner and operator of a local small business Green Energy Now. He promotes through trade shows, workshops, consultations, distribution services and installations low-tech sustainable energy infrastructure including rainwater harvesting earthworks, greywater and cisterns; composting toilets; passive and active solar systems; domestic solar hot water; solar ovens; solar dehydrators; mini-solar greenhouses and coldframes; and waste-vegetable-oil based biofuels. Formerly an optical and imaging systems engineer, Asher has reapplied his engineering inclinations towards simple, low-tech sustainable infrastructures for living in close harmony with the earth. Asher home-schools his 11-year-old son. Together, they are continually experimenting with new ideas and inspirations in Permaculture-based infrastructure on their 2.5 acre off-grid homestead that has been home for the past eight years. He is a certified Rainwater Harvester and increasingly passionate about creating regenerative landscapes via Permaculture-based integrated design. He has recently been sharing his passions, learnings, and expertise through site consultations and a series of workshops.

Together, Asher and Jess are excited about bringing home from the training a wealth of experience, knowledge, and resources for expanding Permaculture education, community-enhancing projects, and job opportunities to Silver City and surrounding areas. Furthermore, they intend to continue their ongoing education in Permaculture through future advanced courses to become certified Permaculture instructors.

Our PDC course runs 14-27 July. The 14-day Intensive Hands On Training PDC is sponsored by True Nature Sustainable Living and Wilderness School and hosted by the Boulder Mountain Guest Ranch. Lead instructors are Owen Hablutzel and Cathe Fish.

Asher and Jess will be traveling to Boulder, Utah together in Asher's veggie-powered pick-up truck, and bringing along Jess's wife and toddler, camping along the way.

Thanks so much for your interest in our endeavor. We wish to express our utmost gratitude, appreciation, and LOVE to you for your support, in whatever form you choose to offer it!

Video Credits: Video produced, filmed and edited by 11-year-old Uriel Gelbart.

Thanks to WeTheTrees.com for providing this spectacular fund-raising resource!