Paul Wheaton

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Paul Wheaton
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Residence Montana, United States
Known for Permaculture, rocket mass heater, BananaCom

Paul Wheaton is a contemporary permaculture theorist,[1][2] master gardener,[2] software engineer,[1][2][3] and disciple of natural agriculturist Sepp Holzer.[2] Geoff Lawton has called Paul Wheaton "The Duke of Permaculture" for being known as the founder[1][2][4] of website forums, articles, videos and podcasts such as, which is believed to be the largest website devoted to permaculture.[2]

Early career[edit]

Born in Moscow, Idaho, Wheaton spent time growing up in Northeastern Oregon, and has also lived in Missoula, Montana.

He began his career as a software engineer and continues to lend his knowledge and expertise to those needing help with software or programming. In the early 90s, Wheaton created a terminal emulator called Bananacom[5] which ended up being one of the more popular pieces of its kind in the 90s because of its simple usability.[6][7][8][9]

In 1998 he created a website for Java programming called Java Ranch, which was a massive hit. Now called Code Ranch, the site still exists. 30 volunteers help keep it running. Technology has always been one of Wheaton's main interests, and he has many projects underway.[1] Before creating, he was the primary architect of the ground system software for the spacecraft that takes pictures for Google Earth.[10][11]

Recent projects[edit]

In the spring of 2012, Katharina Hirsch brought Sepp Holzer to the US to restore the wetlands and create a large permaculture site on her land in Dayton, Montana. Paul Wheaton attended the seminar.[12] Since then, has attracted notable personalities such as Geoff Lawton and Toby Hemenway, rocket mass heater developers Ernie and Erica Wisner, medical herbalist Michael Pilarski, and others who explore a wide range of eclectic permaculture topics.

Wheaton's self-published articles are informal in tone. He produces audio interviews with leading figures in the permaculture movement and educational podcasts[13] on permaculture. Since 2008, he has posted instructional permaculture videos on YouTube, discussing topics like organic horticulture, rocket mass heaters, and colony collapse disorder. His videos also include interviews with Sepp Holzer and other leaders of the permaculture field. As of June 9, 2014, Wheaton'sYouTube videos had been viewed over 12 million times, and his channel had over 60,000 subscribers.[14]

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  1. ^ a b c d Stollar, R.L. “Paul Wheaton and Permaculture” Eugene Daily News. Retrieved January 4th 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Fredrickson, Erika. "Grow Wild"[dead link] Missoula Independent. Retrieved January 4th, 2013.
  3. ^ Bushman, Margie. "Integrating Animals in Permaculture Systems with Paul Wheaton" Santa Maria Times. Retrieved January 4th, 2013.
  4. ^ Nickell, Joe. "Missoula man says compact fluorescent light bulbs not a bright idea" Retrieved January 4th, 2013.
  5. ^ Bananacom
  6. ^ Matthews, Noah. "Bananacom Gets Modem Up, Running". The Billings Gazette. November 19, 1996.
  7. ^ "Tallying the Banana". BBS Magazine. February 1996.
  8. ^ Online Access Magazine, March 1995.
  9. ^ Bechtold, Alan. "Go Bananas". Band Street.
  10. ^ Pavelich, Riley. "Sustainably slacking, Paul Wheaton, the bad boy of permaculture". Montana Kaimin. 28 February 2013. Web.
  11. ^ Wheaton, Paul. "Paul Wheaton - evil tyrant of JavaRanch", Java Ranch
  12. ^ Bleth, Ariel. The Regular Joe (broken link). Retrieved January 4th, 2013.
  13. ^ http://
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