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SLE3RF To Do List

UPDATE: This is the rough list of things I DID learn/do as part of SLE3RF in the summer of 2010. Thanks so much to everyone who made this journey such a great success!

This is the list of things I want to accomplish by the time school starts in the fall. This list is nowhere near complete or comprehensive and will continually evolve in the coming months as I add things and cross things off. Some bullets are really specific (make granola) and some encompass a year’s worth of knowledge (forest agriculture), but I’ll do my best to touch on everything. If you see something that you want to learn about or do as well, leave a comment so we can enjoy the experience together! Likewise, if you are able to teach/help with any of these things, I’d appreciate any help I can get!


  • Biodigester
  • Biodiesel
  • Ethanol
  • Gasifier
  • Solar PV
  • Solar Thermal


  • Become a BADASS environmental activist and organizer (SPROG)
  • Forge a Network of student activists and friends across the country (SPROG)
  • Acquire the skills needed to launch a massive campaign (SPROG)
  • Build & install compost bins
  • Straw bale/whole tree construction
  • Rain gardens
  • Rain barrels
  • Educate others about climate change
  • Hike and camp


  • Conduct a prescribed burn
  • Expand knowledge of native plants
  • Explore a completely unfamiliar ecosystem (SPROG)
  • Participate in a Plant Audit
  • Gain herbicide & chainsaw experience
  • Work on invasive species
  • Explore famous/high quality natural areas
    • IL: Ted Stone Prairie, Camp Sagaqau Canyon
    • WI: UW-Madison Arboretum, Kettle Moraine, Dorothy Carnes Park

Food (Learn about/how to/do…)


  • Seed starting and propagation
  • Plan & construct a garden
  • Grow food organically
  • Grain production & harvesting
  • Grow fungi
  • Potato planting & harvesting
  • Compost & vermicompost
  • Hydroponics
  • Till vs. no till
  • Mulching
  • Cover cropping
  • Greenhouse/cold frame/hoop house use
  • Terraced & raised bed gardening
  • Orchard care, pruning& harvesting
  • Urban Agriculture
  • Proper tool usage (maddock, hoes, pitch forks, etc.)


  • Process grain
  • Bake properly
  • Make yogurt & cheese
  • Make granola
  • Make jam
  • Food preservation  (canning, picklying, drying, etc.)
  • Root Cellaring
  • Sourdough
  • Sauerkraut, pickles, borsht, homemade pasta, spaghetti sauce


  • Horse care, dressing, and utilization
  • Cattle care & processing
  • Pasture management & rotational grazing
  • Dairy Production
  • Chicken care
  • Bee care & honey production
  • Small cattle: sheep, goats, turkeys, pigs
  • Egg production
  • Visit an abattoir
  • Aquaculture


  • Mandala garden & herb spiral
  • Start thinking about this new way to think
  • Forest agriculture
  • Plant guilds
  • Water works
  • Allelopathy


  • Educate my friends on the benefits of fresh, local foods
  • Tap trees & make maple syrup
  • Foraging
  • Medicinal plants
  • Gain market selling experience
  • Participate in and attend local farmers markets
    • Fort Atkinson, Madison, Edgerton, Janesville, Lake Mills, Jefferson


  • Pimp my bike
  • Learn to meditate & do yoga (SPROG)
  • Eat 90% locally produced foods
  • Run 700 miles
  • Amass a houseplant jungle
  • Race a triathlon
  • Blog about & discuss my activities with as many people as I can

8 Responses to “SLE3RF To Do List”

  1. Theresa said

    Wow…that’s quite a list. Good luck! And keep me updated 🙂

  2. Krista said

    Congrats and goodluck on all these endeavors! This is definitely an interesting blog. Yes, I read all you pages (Gotta say, love that HP1-7 appears in red) and you better schedule our visiting weekend into your busy summer 😉

  3. Katie K said

    This is awesome Kevin! I can help with the Triathlon part and I’m all about the Madison farmer’s market!! I’d love to help out and share some experiences with you (and eat your maple syrup/veggies!). I’ll be close by and posted thanks to the blog- let me know if you need any help or company!! :0)

  4. Rick said


    You never cease to amaze me!

    I definitely want to be involved in many of your summer plans. Some of the ones I am most interested in is building a wind turbine (I remember finding plans online for this years ago but not having a buddy to do it with. We could employ our MechE Jim), building rain barrels and compost bins, constructing a rain garden, of course everything about restoration and training. I can get you hooked up with a chainsaw license if you happen to be around in the beginning of the summer. When did you get so into food?! I am interested. Seven or so more weeks until we can begin!

    • kwolz said

      Yes, yes, and yes! We’re doin it all! We are hanging out as much as possible this summer. As far as food goes, I guess I really started getting into it last summer after reading An Omnivore’s Dilemna and getting involved at the farmers market. Can’t wait for you to get home, man!

  5. Joan said

    You never stop amazing me! Curious to see how your garden comes out in your dorm room. If you’re planting
    PUMPKINS, you’re going to need a LOT of room!

    Let me know how the Monticello marigolds are doing!


  6. Joan said


    Your list is AMAZING!And you want to do this all before SEPTEMBER?

    You can cross of the half-marathon
    and seed starting & propogation.

  7. sheril said

    Kevin, I read your list. I think I need a nap now!! haha. I will watch for the slash marks through your projects. I think we can spend one of my off days together and I can who you how I grind my wheat, roll my oats, we can bake a few loaves of bread, make yogurt, and I can show you a little about granola making…some of it is top secret though and locked in a safe within my brain. 🙂

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