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A couple weeks back, I asked if folks had any ideas for my new venture, and I received a couple (thanks, fellas!). I'm working on more specific thoughts now, and I've found a gentleman who is going to help me work out the kinks and ideas as a person new to the scene, a potential client. I wrote about where I found him at Ethics & the Environment. After speaking with him, I got some good ideas I'd like to share here.
Here's my plan so far: A six-week series of four-hour meetings once/week, to cover the basics of foraging in the regional wild lands, fishing (with basic paddling instructions), hunting (with firearms and archery safety and the chance to shoot), food prep and storage, and some visits to local farms and gardens to get tips and ideas on small-scale farming at home (including animals, of course). The classes will come with some basic information in a three-ring binder, with pages on some local plants and animals, seasonality, links to better information, etc. I also hope to provide classes on basic birdwatching, botany, field sketching, photography, things to do in the field with kids, first aid, etc.
I'm not saying I can do all of these things (I can do a few), but where I can't (like photography), I'd like to schedule folks to come in who can (like Holly or my amazing friend David Lamfrom).
What do y'all think? How much should I charge for something like this? I'm thinking that with a six-week series, folks can sign up for individual classes, or sign up for the whole series at a discount.
Let me know if I'm even barking up the right tree here.
Wood and water and moving earth.
4 weeks ago