So, I signed up for the online Permaculture Design Certificate program put on by OSU (Oregon State University). It is $800, 10 weeks of course with feedback from multiple Permaculture Design professionals, headed by Andrew Millison.
It took a little convincing to the husband as to why this program would be good for me, and why I didn't want to just learn about it on my own with all the wealth of information that is available on the web.
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It really didn't take a whole love of convincing, because husband saw the value in what I would learn with this class. If I didn't take it to a professional level, at least I would have the knowledge that would benefit us as a family, in the future. But, having the certificate gives me the option to take it to the professional level, I felt like I needed that option!
I have to admit, my best friend, she is currently taking Forestry classes through OSU, and the things she's learning really interest me - I was excited to have something to talk about with her and we can learn more from each other. It was a real motivating factor for me. That and she is currently taking online classes, and everything is more fun when you're doing it with a friend!
Anyhow, We decided to do a payment plan, hey $800 is a lot of money for us. During that time I really had a lot of back and forth on whether I thought this was the best thing for me. You see, I tend to be a hobby hopper, and this worries me (even still!). Will I be able to keep interest in this subject and make the money spent worth it? Will I even like "going back to school"? Will I be able to make deadlines?
Well, it was too late to change my mind. The day came along, 28th of March, the class had begun. I cannot tell you how much anxiety and overwhelming feelings I had at trying to go "back to school", deal with deadlines, learn new things, and navigate this new online system of learning (Canvas). I wanted to cry. I wanted to throw everything out the window and give up. I was scared out of my wits and I didn't know how to handle it. I had to close the lap top, take the rest of the day off from looking at it overwhelmingly, and get a good nights rest.
The next day was much better! I wasn't scared anymore, and I had my friend show me the ropes on Canvas, and I was off to do some major learning!
I'm Adrienne! Stay tuned for my adventures in beginning homesteading.
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