Permaculture news article – Free Massive Online Education

Several months back I wrote an article that was featured on Permaculture News – check it out.

It had to do with available online courses from sites like coursera.org and edx.org.  I love these sites and use them frequently.  Here’s a video that I uploaded for a class project in Leaders of Learning through HarvardX.

Lately, more and more sites are coming out with free resources for online learning.

I fell in love with free and open online learning first with khanacademy.org.  Khan Academy, with its extremely likeable founder Sal Khan, came to my attention in 2012.  Since then I have been transfixed by brushing up on my remedial math, watching art history videos and generally enjoying videos about learning new things.

More recently, now that I am a legal temporary resident of Colombia, I have been trying out their national education program, which has begun to add great content, although its free, its not quite as open.  While time limits make things a little tougher, great courses like Agroecología y Desarrollo Rural are what, I think, will make Colombia move forward competetively into the 21st century.

Another young upstart is freecodecamp.com.  They use education as a great excuse to help make websites for worthy non-profits, and I have been (lightly, but every push helps!) helping with the spanish translation project so that we can eventually get this platform into local highschools here in Colombia.

The future is bright, and education is the key.  We are blessed to live in an age where education can unlock a lot of what we feel is missing in our society, but it will take many of us, working very hard, to change the world in a meaningful way.

Leave me a comment letting me know what online educational platforms you like, and for what reasons!

How can we reduce the ecological footprint of our meat? By 1 minute 13 you’ll be amazed at the beauty of this new system

I have heard a lot of talk about Carbon farming and mob grazing and all about how we can raise our meat in such a way that we are actually trapping carbon in the soil.  This is a huge and important change in how we raise meat, healing soils and reducing methane output.

One of the benefits of these methods is to strive to maintain constant green cover over all areas, which protects the soil and keeps the grass absorbing carbon.  This also prevents erosion and increases efficiency and output per area.  These systems are modified from natural observations of herbivores, so many like to call it working with nature; sure sounds better than the alternative, working against nature.

This is only one of the many solutions that we need in agriculture, but it does target a sore spot in our food systems.  We need to continue to improve upon our food production systems by increasing the sustainability of every calorie and reducing loss and degradation at every step.

 

Ever considered building your own home? Natural building techniques are the wave of the future!

Welcome to Natural building.  Using natural building materials, we can vastly reduce the ecological footprint of our dwellings and other outbuildings.  A myriad of techniques exist, and while this video addresses some – such as strawbale, rammed earth and cobb, Natural building is known for its customizability.

This is the second video in a series, Living with the Land, produced by two friends of mine at Permaculture People, over in the U.K.  They are doing good work spreading the word, and were nice enough to visit us on the farm a few years back.

Leave me a comment about Natural building, link me to your projects or your interests!