Plants are the original and ultimate solar panel. They convert light energy into materials that we rely on for our very existence. From the smallest seeds to the large trees, we use plants for their products and services everyday. Learn how to partner with plants and enjoy the ultimate sustainable future.
Natural Building Classes
Building structures out of available materials including sand, clay, straw, water and materials diverted from the waste stream is inexpensive, safe, non toxic and rewarding. Imagine having a beautiful place to live without a financially crippling mortgage. And you can be proud that your new dwelling will have a very low carbon footprint.
Small Animal Classes
Learn how to partner with animals and get more than food and services. Animals have intrinsic values that make them the perfect co-workers in the landscape. And they are happy to provide their labor for free because it is what they do naturally. The key is location, timing and care. Provide them with a safe place and some basics and they give so much in return.
Appropriate Technology Classes
We prioritize realtime sunlight for energy. In order to have the the lowest carbon footprint possible, we work with direct converters whenever possible. For example, using trees to shade the house in summer rather than switching on the air conditioner. But sometimes we need more help with things like heating and cooling, so we choose the option that has the least impact on our ecosystem. We consider tools, materials and techniques with the least embodied energy for the results we need.
Nature cycles nutrients constantly. In a natural ecosystem, few nutrients are lost since plants and animals hold nutrients in their bodies and when they die, they decompose making the same nutrients available to other living organisms. We can also hold on to nutrients in our gardens by composting. Like us, plants, soil life and animals need constant food to survive. Feeding soil with composted materials will progressively increase fertility making your site more productive every year.
Product Development Classes
Even small production in your kitchen and garden can yield a surplus for you to sell. The following classes are designed to help you develop income streams.
Local Business Development Classes
Local commerce is vital to mitigating human induced climate change. This is because products and services have few if any transport miles and can be provided with minimal or no packaging which drastically reduces or eliminates green house gasses. Furthermore, wealth and fertility stay in the local community since money is circulated locally rather that being sent out of the area to foreign enterprises. And residents are better environmental stewards, more likely care for the environment, than out of town corporations.
Skill Building Workshops
We are only here for a short time but we have tremendous influence on our planet. Since the industrial revolution, we have enjoyed a convenient life while our environment has paid heavily. Now we know how to partner with nature and it is also convenient. Stewardship is our privilege and our duty to future generations.
Fitness, Health & Wellness
Becoming producers rather than consumers means more physical activity. So we need good conditioning including strength and flexibility, a clean healthy nutrition program and friends with whom to share and enjoy life.