Are you tired of blind consumerism? If you’d like to be more self-sufficient, this course is ideal for you. You’ll learn how to save financially, live healthier and reduce your environmental footprint!
Self-Sufficiency and Sustainability is a professional development course that shows you how to provide for yourself and your family and embrace an alternative lifestyle.
In this self-sufficient lifestyle course, you will learn how to start your own sustainable business and source sustainable products and services. You’ll also learn how to create cost-effective meals using home-grown produce, plan a food garden, consider animal stocking and bee hives, create your own clothes from sustainable materials, and more!
On completion of this course, you will have a comprehensive understanding of how to live a self-sufficient lifestyle while embracing sustainable environmental practices.
Unit - Self Sufficiency I
Unit 1 – introduction to self sufficiency
The concept of self sufficiency
Considering today’s world
What is self-sufficiency?
What is needed to make a successful change
How to start
Getting the right attitude
Keeping it real
Unit 2 – Nutrition, health and clothing
Sustaining good health
Health and fitness
Aerobic and anaerobic exercise
Examples of general aerobic and anaerobic exercise
Medicinal, culinary, aromatic and ornamental herbs
Harvesting fruit and seeds
Harvesting material for medicinal use
Harvesting hints for selected herbs
Handling fresh herbs after harvest
Cooking with herbs
Herb vinegars, oils, cheeses, salts and honey
Herb biscuits confectionery and mustards
Plants which affect the soil
Herbal pest management
To make tea
Soil improving plants
Seeds and cuttings
Unit 5 – Animal husbandry
Short cuts in animal rearing
Fowls – chickens
Feeding and watering
Housing and shelter
Housing and shelter
Housing and shelter
Lids, supers and bases
Frames and foundations
Spur wheel embedder
Locating the hive
Comfort of bees
Buying an established hive
Unit 6 – Animal husbandry B
Feeding on pasture
Nutritive value of pastures
Housing and shelter
Internal parasites (worms)
External parasites (blowfly strike)
Pig pens, feeding, piglets
Problems with pigs
Unit 7 – Building
How to make mud bricks
Soil used for med bricks
Mixing the mud
Casting the bricks
Laying mud bricks
What is the difference between paint, stain and sealer?
Unit 8 – Energy
Use renewable energy sources
Renewable energy sources compared
The realities of solar energy
Some facts on wind power
Wind speed conversions
Solar house design
Solar design principles
Wood grows to meet our demands
Selecting drying and storing firewood
Wood as fuel
Wood treated with preservatives
How to build and light a fire
Environmental aspects of using wood as a fuel
Choosing a wood burning appliance
Wood heating appliance use
Creosote formation and flue fires
Care and maintenance
Unit 9 – Craft and country skills
Setting a price
Protecting your designs
Rustic timber furniture structures
What timber to use
How to join timber
Some design options
Cleaning and sharpening tools
Secateurs and other pruning tools
Shovels and spades
Saws and chainsaws
Unit 10 – Making decisions
Preparing for emergencies – in the event of a crisis
Being prepared for fire
How to stop children lighting fires
Minimising fire hazards around the garden
Maintenance for fire control
Making money from home
Open a bed and breakfast
Food glorious food
Earning extra income – what can be grown?
Producing for your own needs (subsistence crop)
Growing for a market
Where to get helpful information
Consider and compare the alternative crops
Open ground growing
Tropical indoor plants and ferns
Trees and shrubs
Estimated duration 50 hours
Course Delivery and Start
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