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Rev. Dr. David Smith, Director
Windwalker Education
809 North Central Avenue
PO Box 443
Bowie, Arizona 85605,

(719) 421-9109

info@glentivar.org
Associations

RESQ Radio
Chaplaincy
Glentivar Publishing
Battleharp Music
ETA-I.org
Apothecary (Herbal Healing)


Dr. David Michael H. Smith is the Director of Windwalker Education.


Our Mission
    The Mission of Windwalker Education is a focus on 'youth at risk' in providing hope to the poor and hungry in enabling them to explore new career possibilities toward becoming more self-sufficient no matter where they live or at what stage they are in their life.  We are compelled to teach the hungry to learn to fish and not just give them fish to eat as the old proverb advises.  "Give a man a fish and he will be hungry tomorrow but teach a man to fish and he will never go hungry."  Then we take this mission one step farther by offering training in the most effective "appropriate technology" to then fish more efficiently.
    Our primary sustaining goal is to empower the economically challenged with a focus on youth in providing the appropriate skills and technologies to become self-sustainable in growing their own organic food and homesteading infrastructure in utilizing alternative energy in meeting daily nutritional needs in addition to strongly bolstering self-worth.  We believe a person's self-worth is sadly diminished by habitually receiving food hand-outs and subsidies.
    We are compelled to combine self-sufficient food production in the context of a viable life-long mission in teaching each person LIFE skills that include the design and construction of Lodging Systems, the development of Industry Enterprises, the development of Food growing systems and the design and building of home-grown alternative Energy systems.  In this Christian humanitarian mission, we hold to the guiding ideals of simplicity, portability and a sustainable life-style.  This is made possible within a small footprint while also achieving the highest personal satisfaction of a fulfilled life mission. 

Windwalker Village & Programs



    Our educational approach is to provide a residential camp environment for about 8 -24 kids at a time at Windwalker Village for a one-day to a week long training camp to enable them to become immersed in the culture of designing and the building LIFE systems with a focus on food growing systems.  Windwalker Village currently hosts a woodshop, metals & blacksmithing shop, auto mechanics shop, electronics digital control lab, a digital photography studio and a music composing studio.  
    We are currently developing a pottery shop and a scenography shop program for supporting student written theater musical productions.  We are planning for a two acre  greenhouse farm for the growing of organic vegetables utilizing hydroponics, aquaponics, vermiponics and aeroponics methodologies.  
We are also building a mobile apothecary trailer for the growing, preparation and distribution of medicinal herbs commonly found in the South West.      Sometime in the future, we seek to establish an student run educational radio station to share the homesteading ideals and methods to a wider audience.  We will begin as an Internet radio station called RESQ radio and then seek to get the licensing for a small FM educational station permit form the FCC.
    Areas of training at our camps may include:
  1. Knife and tool making.
  2. Solar Voltaic design and construction.
  3. Solar Thermal design and construction.
  4. Electric-solar bicycle conversion.
  5. Music writing, performance and recording.
  6. Large format nature photography portfolio development.
  7. Aquaponics systems design and construction.
  8. Organic methodologies and composting
  9. Greenhouse environmental control systems (robotics).
  10. Earth home building construction techniques (Kiva building).
  11. Stealth hunting techniques (paint ball desert warfare).
  12. Alternative weapons construction (trap, bow, air and elastic options).  
  13. Gypsy wagon & donkey cart design and construction.
  14. Musical Instrument design and building (harps, flutes and drums)
  15. Mechanics 4WD building and transport (also VW sand rails, dirt bikes and ATV's)
  16. Pottery for survival (batteries, food and water containers, cookware).
  17. Herbal Medicine identification and preparation.
  18. Donkey cart desert survival.
  19. Equines in the desert (horses, mules and donkeys).
  20. Goats, chickens, worms and sprouting as a mobile desert farm.  
    Most recently, we have acquired 10 acres in the middle of the desert 7 miles to the north of Windwalker Village called Camp Tribulation (LOL).  This wilderness camp will enable students to receive the basic training to live primarily from the resources found in the desert as if in a survival situation.  
    We are exploring the idea of building 10 donkey carts pulled by donkeys to carry all that is needed for two students assigned per cart to live indefinitely in the desert primarily eating the foods and water naturally provided in the desert.  
    This survival camp program in development will be two days walk in and two days walk back (5 days) in leading the donkey and cart with one day at the Hot Wells Dunes for relief. Students will be on the search for food along the way including the trapping of meat (rabbits) if this is a chosen menu.


Building Projects & Volunteers
    We have three major building projects planned for 2008.  They include a bath house with separate men and womans sides built into a 14' converted yurt and a large covered 40' by 40' pavilion as shade for training activities.   We also seek to erect 12 tee-pees as student lodgings at Windwalker Village to host up to 24 students. Any donation of construction materials and/or labor for these projects will be greatly appreciated.  We are a not-for-profit and work to primarily serve our at-risk youth in need in the area.  We can provide a place for you to camp with some food should you volunteer to help us.  Contact Dr. David Smith for more information on our volunteer program.  info@glentivar.org

 
Our Past Offerings
    Our goal as a non-profit educational organization established since 2008 has been to partner with communities, high schools, colleges and funding agencies in providing a seamless transition from high school to trade careers  Trade skills acquired in our programs can then be assessed and supplemented with additional training to enable students to achieve journey level status and Certification in a well paid job field.  The following Workshops are some of our past endeavors we have incorporated into our new programs listed above.  

Solar Voltaic Installer Certification:  Get an industry recognized certification as a Solar Voltaic Installer often needed by Contractors that is recognized the world over from the Electronics Technicians Association International.  http://ETA-I.org  

Eureka Power and Light has recently been recognized as an Authorized ETA school for this program.  This one week course is currently being offered in Eureka Springs, Arkansas this July 2017.

Certified Luthier: Learn to play the harp of David like the Prophets of old with instruction from Battleharp Music.  This three course sacred music program takes a novice student through the 1) history of ancient biblical music as a musical form, then 2) how to design and build a harp.Finally you learn how to 3) write Temple music using Counterpoint methods like that played by King David and the Priests of the Temple during the reign of King Solomon in Israel. 

Two books have been written exclusively by the instructor for this three course series taking a student step by easy step though the training. The harp making part of the course is currently provided only on site at Tombstone, AZ (limited to 4 students per class) whereas the other two courses can be taken Online.  

Agricultural Technology Certification:The Mobile Farm Project has hosted workshops in Bowie AZ in the designing and building of self-sustaining micro farms that can fit in a 2' by 2' space and grow over 50 food bearing plants.  We also have a show-case medium-sized trailer that feeds 8-12 people all year around utilizing Aquaponics. Much of the information for this program is provided below with a link above in the search for partners who are located in SE Arizona who would like to host the program at their location.  

Survivalist Certification:  This is an internship program with the Sons of Prophets for a select few who sense a call in their lives as one disposed to prophecies, visions and dreams about the future of the world in the Hebrew-Christian tradition.  

In this program, Interns (Postulants) are tutored in spirituality and taught survivalist skills in living from available raw resources found in the desert combined with the austerity of a desert bike as their transport.  

We include instruction on food gathering, water sources, shelter, keeping warm and even in making Ethanol as fuel for their bike to enable complete independence from society.   Much of our training is held at the Hot Wells Dunes just north of Bowie, AZ. 

RECON Systems Certification: Cobra Security will soon be offering Internship positions in working in conjunction with an agency "quietly" associated with the US Boarder Patrol providing recon along the Mexican-American boarder. This highly focused R&D group is on the forefront of all-terrain mobile snake robotics and recon systems adopting the project name COBRA as an acronym for Covert Offensive Boarder Recon Anquis.  Anquis of course is Latin for snake. 

BugOutStore Investors:  We are currently setting up a web site for the sale of BugOut supplies and products that include survival, energy, food and water production systems and shelter.  The links here provide what we have developed thus far with the need for moving into production of these products. We are looking for investment partners as this is now a spin off of years of research in this field.  Out products target the biker, camper, hiker, bicycler and Prepper.   The web for our store with a cart is up for your review at http://bugoutstore.org.  

Writing and Publishing:  Glentivar Village Press will soon be offering Internship Positions.  Our primary need is for editing of developing books and some graphic design.  We currently have 9 books published under our label and these are being sold on Amazon.com and as ebooks.   http://glentivar.org  

Talk Radio Show Host: RESQ Radio focusing on the end times as a Christian version of the Coast to Coast show is soon to offer Internship Positions. We are looking for people who can develop and host shows on the Internet with the intention of being picked up by commercial stations.  Such a person needs to be very well read, have a comforting speaking voice and courteous to guests and callers.   They will be responsible to schedule guests who have credibility on various topics related to the biblical end times.  

Become a Photographer:  Internship for a budding large format photographer who prefers to focus on nature and humankind in nature is soon to open for the right artisan. Film format is normally 4" X 5" then digitally scanned and enlarged with in-house prints to 19" X 22" as Museum quality prints.  Various Coffee Table books are planned as projects. Only one internship available at this time. 


Grants and Current Projects
        Windwalker Education are always in the grant writing and proposal process to acquire funding to establish our programs as a future expansion of our already offered classes and workshops.  We plan to expand into many small economically depressed towns scattered throughout SW Arizona as funding is available.  
   
Lettuce, cucumber and peas growing in January in Tombstone

The Aquaponics System
        Above is a sample of one of our medium sized systems as a single grow unit with lettuce, cucumber and snow peas  growing in January 2017.  In this domed greenhouse located in Tombstone, Arizona, there are 3 systems now up and running and two more almost up and running.       
        Below is the design of the grow units that have 3 grow beds with 350 gallons to host over 150 smaller Tilapia fish.  
These are the identified parts of a single 3 grow bed unit with 5 units set up and working in Tombstone, AZ in a large 40' geodesic dome.


 Illustration of a single Greenhouse Aquaponics Unit

Grant Partner Details
        We are currently seeking more grant partners to focus on and enlist the participation of local communities.  For more information, please download Grant Partner Overview paper.

Mobile Farm on a Trailer
Self-Sufficient Grow System
        We are in the process of building a mobile grow farm on a trailer utilizing one or more of the intensive 'growponics' systems such as aquaponics, vermiponics, hydroponics, aeroponics and other methods.  Our mobile farm is designed for a 16' by 8' trailer and built light enough for a Ford Ranger (small pickup) to haul easily.  It is designed to transport 110 gallons for fish, 100 pounds of red wiggler worms, 9-12 Dwarf milk goats, 20 Bantam chickens and still room for a care taker to sleep under cover with a wood stove for heating and cooking.  All power comes from 3
250 watt 24 Volt panels mounted on a Ford Ranger.

Aeroponics
        Designing for mobile grow systems is a challenge due to weight constraints where most systems are very heavy - in the tons in weight.  To keep a mobile farm extremely light, we are researching into Aeroponics as the optimum method in that it does not have the added weight of a heavy grow medium in beds and it requires significantly less water to carry the fog or spray born nutrients to feed the roots of the plants.  
        The roots of the plants hang free from a small stem holding device into a contained space where water based nutrients are sprayed onto the hanging roots to feed the plants.  The holding device for the stem can simply be a piece of open cell foam folded over the seed and then pressed into a 1" cover hole that then compresses as the stem expands with the foam drawing up water to the seed for germination.  
        The aquaculture part of this is in the nutrient tank that may contain fish that convert an organic food source for fish into organic plant growing nutrients.  The challenge is to keep the fish water clear enough to not clog the spray nozzles. 
This method will also reduce the power requirements of the system in that it only needs to run for a short time every 15 minutes or as needed.  The roots themselves then become the filters that reduce ammonia build up in the fish tank.  
        We will be experimenting with this approach very soon and keep you informed of our progress.   


Design for Mobile Farm system


Mobile Farm on a trailer being built in Tombstone


2001 Ford Ranger with Solar panels, six 8 volt golf cart batteries and a 5000 watt inverter

Classes and Workshops
        We plan to offer many classes (longterm) and workshops (short-term on weekends) for those who are interested in producing organic food production using any of the growponics methods.  If possible, we intend to interview the students prior to classes to ask what they need to learn and then adapt the class or workshop to meet those areas of interest by combining selected vital skill modules provided below.  Generally, each module is about 2 hours long.  Some of these would be followed by a longer practicum where systems would be built.  The following skill module topics are not a complete list.

AgTech Skill Modules
  1. History of Soiless Culture.
  2. Agriculturally Based Socio-Economic Systems.
  3. Choosing a "growponics" System. 
  4. Estimating Cost of a System.
  5. Keeping Daily Records.
  6. Sales and Marketing of Produce.
  7. Tank and Growbed Container Options.
  8. Tank Heating Systems.
  9. Digital Control Systems.
  10. Analog Control Systems.
  11. Fault Alarm Systems.
  12. Solar Power Systems (12 and 24 Volts DC).
  13. Ethanol Power Systems.
  14. Woodgas Power Systems.
  15. Wind Power Systems.
  16. Household 120 Volt AC Power Systems.
  17. Solar Thermo Heat Systems
  18. Heat Exchangers.
  19. Pumps, Aerators and Filters.
  20. Choosing Fish, Care and Assuring Growth.
  21. Grow Medium Options.
  22. Winter vs. Summer Plants.
  23. Heritage, Hybrid and GMO seeds.
  24. Maintaining Nutrient Balance.
  25. Enclosures for Winter (Greenhouses).
  26. Estimating Daily Sunlight Intensity and Duration.
  27. Worm Vermiculture.
  28. Composting.
  29. Organic Pest Control Options.
  30. Mobile Growponics Systems.
  31. Adding Goats and Chickens and other small animals.



Much more to come soon on this web site for Windwalker Education.