Learning new skills is exciting, like opening a new page in our books. Expanding what we can do in our life and what we can do for ourselves. Learning also means teaching. I read somewhere that we have a responsibility to teach what we know, so the circle continues. Besides libraries and educational institutions, there are other teachers out there. We so often put off taking classes in favor of say….doing the dishes. But, more talents and excitements await and are only a class away!
This year I took a soap class. So much fun, I am sure you read about it! And now I can proudly provide myself with clean soap. Fabulous. I took a spinning class…..I may need to take one or… fifty more.
An old client of mine sent an email yesterday. She used to have a goat farm and is now teaching classes on how to make soft and hard goat cheese. Now generally, I figure I can learn all I can in a book. And most likely I will read a book and try to just go do it. There are limits to this type of knowledge without a hands on teacher. I was scared of lye. Kathi helped me conquer it. I do not have the slightest idea how to make fine goat cheese. I have exhausted my way through restaurants attempting to try every type of goat and sheep’s cheese…ash filled, wine soaked, pasture raised, brie style, herbs de Provence chevre….oh my. Now that we know what kinds of cheese we would like to make (all of them), beats me how to do it! So, Julie is going to teach me. This helps her too. Farmgirls cannot survive on one income alone off the farm. Multiple facets must be in place to “make it”. Besides farm products and craft products, there are always people who want to learn what you know.
There are more classes in my very near future. Agriculture classes at the college as well as writing classes (gotta get this book published!), Spanish classes, and more dance classes, because it makes my dance school better, all await my “eager for knowledge” mind.
In turn, I will continue teaching Certified and Master Herbalist classes, animal medicine classes, dance classes, and new this year, bread making and canning classes.
I will learn hands on how to tend to bees thanks for my friend, Brett. I am interning with my friend, Deb, who is a master gardener to learn the ins and outs of gardening before I take the college ag courses. I will be better suited by the end of this year for my homestead that is forthcoming….perhaps I will go from mini-farm to farm next year.
Goat cheese classes- http://godshowranch.com
Deb’s blog- http://lookingoutfrommybackyard.wordpress.com
My classes- http://gardenfairyherbal.com