Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Education Program

My next idea for an income generator is an educational program. What I'm talking about specifically is hosting classes on a variety of topics, in a variety of ways for a reasonable fee.

Is this idea unique to me? Not at all. The inspiration for my education program comes from another small farmer, Jenna Woginrich of Cold Antler Farm, who's blog I read regularly. I first heard about her on The Survival Podcast and I've been following her ever since. I find her very inspirational. Please check her out if you get a chance. She hosts a variety of classes that are anything from just a few hours to multi-day events. She offers season passes to all her classes and even does an annual event that includes multiple classes, teachers and products from other local farms called Antlerstock.

So, I think I have a lot of skills that could be taught to others in half day, full day and multi-day classes.

  • Guitar camp (in full Jenna style of "stop talking about getting a guitar and do it all ready"), go home knowing how to play a full song. It would include the option of buying a beginner guitar from me that I've personally set up before the class with all the little accessories needed to get started.
  • Drums camp, same idea as the guitar class but starting out with just a practice pad and learning basic snare technique.
  • Mandolin camp, pretty much just like the guitar class.
  • Bass camp, could be integrated into the guitar class or as a class on it's own.
  • Spoon Carving, where we could do a whole spoon from log to finish. With the option of paying for all the tools and having them ready for you at the time of the class and ready to take home.
  • Rope work, learn how to tie knots, spice, back splices and seizing, go home with a beautiful custom lead rope or dog leash.
  • Building a worm bin. All tools and supplies provided to take home your very own worm bin and start vermicomposting.
  • Sour dough bread class, hands on baking with either you own starter or take home some of mine and a fresh loaf of bread.
  • Dog training, bring your dog and learn the skills to teach your dog to be a more integrated part of your family.
  • Introduction to brewing, take the fear out of making your first batch of beer or cider and take home your work to finish at home.
  • Hemp necklace, make something fun and decorative for yourself, someone one you love, or someone you like, even just if it's a little bit.
  • Up your grilling game by learning a variety of techniques to up your grilling game, lunch included of course.
  • Archery, always wanted to learn but don't know where to start? Did it as a kid and want to try again? Spend a fun day slinging arrows. Option to go home with your very own archery gear.
These are just the classes I think I can teach tomorrow with just the supplies needed for the projects. Actually having the land and some infrastructure opens up many more opportunities.

Jenna offers season passes that get you into all her classes at a discount. I like that idea and I also had the idea of offering credits at a discount and giving each class a credit value so people that want to take multiple classes can save some money if they aren't interested in a season pass.

I'd love to hear what you think about these and if you think you'd ever be interested in taking one, I'd just like to know to gauge reaction not so I can spam you with info.