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Christopher Gardner Completes First Dome Framing Project in Missouri: Exclusive Interview

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Christopher Gardner, known affectionately as Topher, has successfully completed his inaugural dome framing project in Missouri, a significant achievement in his promise to sustainable living and innovative building techniques.

Topher has been hard at work navigating U.S. labor rates and perfecting his techniques. His dedication to sustainability is evident in every aspect of the project, from material selection to construction methods aimed at minimizing environmental impact.

Topher now sets his sights on the Beartaria Ozark Campground, where discussions are underway to host multiple workshops. These workshops aim to educate attendees on his unique building style, recruit laborers for future projects, and create distinctive living spaces for campground guests.

Topher’s successful completion of the dome framing project highlights his expertise and signifies a growing interest in sustainable living and alternative building methods. His initiatives are poised to inspire others to embrace self-reliance and environmentally conscious practices.

As Topher expands his projects and workshops, the community eagerly anticipates the positive impact of his efforts. His commitment to spreading knowledge and fostering community engagement through sustainable building practices sets a precedent for future endeavors in eco-friendly construction and self-sufficient living.

Christopher Gardner’s achievement in completing the first dome framing project in Missouri is a testament to his vision and dedication. His ongoing efforts to educate, recruit, and innovate is sure to leave a lasting legacy in the realm of sustainable living and construction techniques.

We had the opportunity to congratulate Topher and ask a few questions.

Q. What is the most common question about your dome builds?

A. I often get asked how much they cost. The answer varies massively depending on how you finish and furnish your dome.

The foundation and framing is generally half the cost of a conventional building per square foot.

The purpose of the dome, how it is finished and furnished are preferential and could only be quoted on a per-project basis.
While circular or rounded furniture isn’t easy to find, you may want to build your own or have it custom-built.

Q. Is there anything you would like people to know about your Domes?

A. You get a lot fewer bugs, and domes take much less energy to cool and heat, on average 1/10th the energy to heat and cool compared to conventional buildings.

My domes are an Asymmetric Faraday cage.
This is a Japanese star dome design, or Mandala dome, invented by a Japanese mathematician who open sourced his invention.
The type of framing is not my invention, but the methodology and application are proprietary.

My systems and some of the things I’m working on can make these domes highly customizable, not just in style but in practicality. They can be made EMF resistant if you dont mind no internet service and are senstive to EMF. The design can be reinforced to be resilient to windstorms and earthquakes.

Q. What are your dreams & aspirations?

A. My dream and aspiration is for people to learn the virtues of these domes and to adopt them as a practical solution.
People used to have storm shelters below ground, which is a problem with high water tables.
I would like to see all homesteads becoming Domesteads.
I’m working on developing additional methods that make these domes resistant to Wind, earthquake, and fire.
With the correct exposure and the work we are doing here in Missouri, I really see us being able to bring domes to rural areas across America, opening a new market for people looking to add affordable and smart square footage to their properties, increasing value and security.

Q. What are your plans for Beartaria Ozark Campground?

A. Due to recent accomplishments, we have been able to source the needed resources and begin basic training for a dozen guys in this construction style. This has assisted us in working through detailed logistics, figures, and plans for domes on The Beartaria Ozark Campground.

I’m happy to share that, after a year of discussions, The Campground management team and I have established a plan to offer exclusive dome-building workshops and begin construction on the campground.

These workshops will be small groups of twelve people, all hands-on, and they will get to work with me directly throughout the process.

We plan to begin gathering the names and emails of anyone who wishes to participate in these workshops in the coming weeks.

I’m excited to work with Beartaria Ozark Campground and all the legends who are inspired to bring these amazing structures to the U.S.

Q. Is there anything else you would like to share?

A. I would like to thank everyone that has been supporting me, from the followers of my work, my podcast and now all the bears that are getting involved in Missouri to help me get these builds happening!


Thank you, Topher, for all of your work, and we look forward to following you through your mission!

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Beartaria Ozark Campground Kicks Off This Year’s Campaign!

By supporting the project, you’re not just getting a cool item, but also directly supporting Beartaria Ozark Campground and getting exclusive discounts.

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As our esteemed readers are well aware, the 2022 Beartaria Times National Festival was a resounding success, a testament to the vibrant spirit and active participation of our community. This triumph led to a unique opportunity for our community leaders to purchase the 183-acre parcel of land that hosted the event.


The local community, our gracious hosts, were not only delighted to witness a surge in economic activity but also to experience the festival’s positive cultural influence. Their warm reception and support were instrumental in making the event a grand success.


Who could blame them? A dry, family-friendly festival focused on self-awareness, self-reliance, and great times?!?! Even local churches were happy to see new guests in the area who took a break from the festival on Sunday to support the local congregations.
The festival even employed some locals who helped greet our community coming to Missouri!
The campaign to build a campground is about 30% complete, with the purchase of 53 acres, the hunting cabin, and a red barn. The land is being used to keep hay production going and raise cattle!


Dozens of festival-goers packed in the bed of trucks to be bussed to the fields where they were whipped by the Missouri Sun as they loaded hay!
As we step into 2024, the campaign for the Beartaria Ozark Campground project gains momentum. We look to our community, our pillars of strength, to continue their invaluable support as we strive to help acquire 40 additional acres, renew the lease on the remaining land, and potentially help build much-needed facilities for the festival.


Beartaria Ozark Campground has launched a new avenue to donate with new rewards for anyone that seeks to support the project and gain the perks of being a supporter!
Exclusive Made in The USA, Beartaria Ozark Campground Merch is now offered to new donors of the project, with an exclusive $400 Off for existing donors!


The Merch will be a signifier of support to Bears realm wide, and will also be a way for the festival to offer discounts to founding members.

Beartaria doesn’t want anything for nothing, and this can help incentivize new donors who may not be able to attend the festival or encourage existing donors to continue supporting the project with new rewards.

Here at The Beartaria Times we are obviously huge supporters of this project and look to do our part. We have about 750 Magazines left of the 12,000+ that we printed and sent world wide, so we have decided to contribute them as rewards for anyone that jumps in to do their part!

Beartaria Ozark Campground hopes to acquire a couple hundred new donors each year to meet the yearly requirements or rally existing donors to continue their support.


We’re excited about the new merchandise! Not only does it look great, but it also has the potential to significantly boost the fundraising efforts for 2024. By supporting the project, you’re not just getting a cool item, but also directly supporting Beartaria Ozark Campground and getting exclusive discounts.

Let’s do our part and get this done!

Sincerely,

The Beartaria Times

Support Beartaria Ozark Campground at,

https://beartariacampgrounds.com/

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Map it! – Discover Beartarians Living, Working, and Crushing Near You!

We were embarking on a 3,000-mile journey from North Carolina to California, then another 1,000 miles north to settle in Idaho

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When the map first launched, I found it incredibly captivating to zoom in and out, observing the myriad numbers representing real people, living real lives, just like mine! It added a tangible dimension to the sense of community I already felt within the app. By displaying the number of like-minded individuals on a map, it quantified the reassuring knowledge that I’m not alone in my values or on this journey. Boom! There are more of us, more of ME! It just felt so great!

Initially, I created a listing, filling out only minimal information, and then I got caught up in the everyday bustle of life. It was more than a year before the map crossed my mind again. I didn’t even take the time to update my location when I moved cities a couple of times.

However, circumstances eventually led me back to the map, with a greater purpose than simply marveling at the numerical proof of Beartarians nearby. I found myself facing a long drive with my Mom, Sister, and our cat Leo. We were embarking on a 3,000-mile journey from North Carolina to California, then another 1,000 miles north to settle in Idaho. We wanted to make the trip more than just a monotonous trek from hotel to rest stop to Airbnb; we wanted to meet fellow bears along the way.

Armed with our trip plans, we compared our route to the listings on the map, estimated our travel windows, and began reaching out to connect. Unlike my initial listing effort, Joe Gagan (telecaster bear) provided his name as it appears in the app and also shared his Instagram profile. We were able to share our plans and received a invite to stop in, for not just a hello or a meal, but to spend the night and use the guest bedrooms.

Joe and his beautiful partner Kalena (elusive bear) was the purest experience I have ever had of ‘meeting old friends for the first time’. The connection was amazing, the experience precious, the quickly formed bonds were strong, and I treasured it all still today.

Meeting Joe and his wonderful partner Kalena (elusive bear) was akin to reuniting with old friends for the first time. The connection was immediate and profound, resulting in an experience that remains cherished to this day. Did I mention yet that the food was AMAZING!!

Thank you, Beartaria Map, for for enabling this moment to come to fruition.

-Guest Writer

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Beartaria Ozark Campground Launches Community Forum! 

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We are happy to report that Beartaria Ozark Campground has launched its community forum with the announcement of The Dukes of Beartaria! 

The community forum and Dukes will help the Campground curate all the great ideas from supporters and help organize micro events and workshops. 

This is a new stage of Beartaria as it creates an environment exclusively for campground supporters and an intention-focused platform for communicating and planning. 

The Dukes will help collect ideas, submit project proposals to management for funding and support, and lead projects. 

What’s in the works? 

As of now, a few projects are underway! 

Playground

The Duke of Youth plans to lead a playground build for the children. 

This build will take place during The Beartaria Times National Festival, with plans to expand the playground each year! 

This is a great project and model, as the Campground can give supporters an opportunity to leave a mark on the Campground and be part of the dreaming and expanding each year. 

Business Mixer

The Duke of Commerce is helping to establish a business mixer at the National Festival and is looking to enhance and support a strong culture of entrepreneurship in Beartaria! 

Singles Mixer

The Dutchess of Ladies is helping plan and organize an official Singles Mixer for the National Festival, something that was unfortunately missing from previous years. 

Technical Updates

Beartaria Ozark Campground is working on a live chat, Direct message functionality and @mentions for members to enhance productivity, networking and planning.


The Campground and all of Beartaria is excited to see the amazing synergy and teamwork that will result from this! 

We are happy to see the building and establishing of the campground team and new projects coming this year!

Support!

If you are interested in supporting the Campground, please visit, BeartariaCampgrounds.com

We also have exclusive insights that some new donor rewards are expected next week! So stay tuned for updates! 

Sincerely, 

– The Beartaria Times

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