New Classes

Sharon December 9th, 2009

Aaron and I are trying to organize our classes from the old, haphazard method of handling them (ie, “So, you want to do something with gardening?”) to a more systematic method for a number of reasons.  That is, we want to run classes more or less consistently around the year, with a schedule, so that someone who wants to take, say Adapting-In-Place has some idea when we’ll be offering it. 

Right now, together we offer three classes together - Farm and Garden Design, Adapting in Place, and the new class for people not yet fixed in a spot “Making Your Place.  All classes are offered online and asynchronously, ie, you don’t have to be online at any particular time.   I also teach food storage, and Aaron has made noises about teaching a water class - on water wise growing, rainwater cachement, greywater and other water issues.

But I’m curious - are there other classes that you’d like see?  For people dealing with getting ready for climate change and peak oil, what would be worth taking for you, if anything, besides our regular offerings?  We’ve thought of some, but don’t know if there’s an audience.  We’ve thought about advanced AIP, beginning livestock, an AIP-with-kids class, a “understanding the whole long emergency class” in which we try and figure out how the whole energy/financial/climate mess is interconnected.   But I suspect you all have better ideas than we do.  What would you like to see?

BTW, just a reminder for anyone interested we will be running the “Making Your Place Class” (which is probably going to get a different title, but we’re still hashing it out) from January to mid-February, and “Farm and Garden Design” from mid-February through March, if you are interested.  Cost of each class is $180, but we also do have scholarship spots available for low income participants.  Please email me at [email protected] for more info.



6 Responses to “New Classes”

  1. Tamaraon 09 Dec 2022 at 4:38 pm

    Maybe a class on organizing-as in “So I’ve got my own duckies in a row…how can I help my neighbors and community at large”

    (Not that I’d be nearly ready for that yet)

  2. Kirstieon 09 Dec 2022 at 10:08 pm

    I love the sounds of AIP with kids! How do you till a garden while watching 2 toddlers? Your posts that are kid related are so refreshing. I can totally relate to the screams of “mooommmm” that you share Sharon, while trying to can/cook/etc. I just wouldn’t want it to get too focused on homeschooling issues.

  3. Sharonon 10 Dec 2022 at 7:56 am

    Ok, do you know how hard everyone who has ever met me would laugh if I taught a class on organizing?!?!?!


  4. MEAon 10 Dec 2022 at 10:02 am

    What about a class on salvage and making do, or is that part of AIP?

  5. Laura Mon 12 Dec 2022 at 3:08 am

    Some off the top of my head thoughts…
    ~ humanure or how to compost or other wise deal with your waste safely
    ~ mental health, how to stay positive and get through the toughest parts without going nucking futs.
    ~ how to prioritize what to learn? what to learn first according to what your situation is (kids/no kids, lots of knowledge already/not much knowledge at all, etc.)

    These things all seem short enough that maybe should just be included in other classes?

    Thanks for offering online classes! Sounds like a great idea.

  6. MichellePon 12 Dec 2022 at 3:20 pm

    A class in prioritizing sounds good. There are so many possibilities as to what can be done, but limited resources of time, energy, & $.

    A big question that I have been wrestling with is: do I spend money on getting a set up for goats & spend energy caring for them? This will decrease the amount of time I spend on the work I do making $ & increase the amount of time I spend on animal care & making yogurt & cheese.

    Should I be a farmer or support a farmer?
    Do I need a class to help me figure this out?

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