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I've been thinking about going back to college but my interests are all over the place. Is there any place that offers a degree in homesteading? I tend to daydream and I came up with topics that would be relevant but I've only found places that offer a focus in one area. So far I've come up with Natural building, water and Sanitation-Collection, filtration and disposal, animal husbandry and processing, Energy (Solar, Wind, Geothermal, fire), Plant Life (Permaculture, food forests etc. identification of plants/trees and soil health). Am I missing something else or does anyone know of a place that offers this kind of learning aside from reading articles and watching videos online?
 
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Do you have a need for a degree in Homesteading?  Is there a career that you have in mind which requires such a degree?

Or are you looking more for a comprehensive learning experience of Homesteading?

PEP/PEX: "A more formal approach to learning homesteading and permaculture" https://permies.com/f/178/
 
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Fairhaven College in Bellingham WA used to have a lot of courses that could be applied to homesteading, since an instructor there lived at an intentional community where a lot of the courses actually took place.

However I don't know of any specific degree for homesteading.

This is one of those things I dislike the education system for. They want you to pick a path for a career but things like homesteading need a jack of all trades sort of education. You need a lot of different knowledge from many different areas to do homesteading well.

Things like agriculture and animal husbandry to carpentry to basic mechanical to electrical and so much more.

It took me decades of independent learning and education to gain enough knowledge and skills to get to the point of feeling ready to start homesteading.
 
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Would you have to pay for it?
If so, would it really be more educational than buying land and diving right in?
If that's too crazy, there are places to go for hands on learning.
There's some guy named Paul that seems to have such a program...

If the college is free,  consider that a degree isn't equivalent to an education.
Taking courses that help you master welding, diesel repair, or herbology without a getting a degree would be very helpful on most homesteads.

I actually have free college available, but I work full time, and have a 4 person household to keep going.
That wouldn't stop some people-my Mom got her masters degree while running a 6 person household and teaching full time.
I hope to find the time to take some courses, if only to gain access to the extensive network of works shopsvand machine tools.

Your situation is unique to you, but I hope you keep in mind that a degree has monetary  value primarily  because it makes you more employable.
It might make you more eligible for loans,  or tantalizing for investors.
It might make you more knowledgeable, but that comes from the course work,  not the degree itself.

 
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Tyler Ludens wrote:Do you have a need for a degree in Homesteading?  Is there a career that you have in mind which requires such a degree?

Or are you looking more for a comprehensive learning experience of Homesteading?

PEP/PEX: "A more formal approach to learning homesteading and permaculture" https://permies.com/f/178/



I guess I don't HAVE to have a degree but I would like to teach at the university level I would also like a more in depth learning experience. I know there's plenty of books and videos and hands experience but unfortunately the university wants you to have a piece of paper.
 
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William Bronson wrote:Would you have to pay for it?
If so, would it really be more educational than buying land and diving right in?
If that's too crazy, there are places to go for hands on learning.
There's some guy named Paul that seems to have such a program...

If the college is free,  consider that a degree isn't equivalent to an education.
Taking courses that help you master welding, diesel repair, or herbology without a getting a degree would be very helpful on most homesteads.

I actually have free college available, but I work full time, and have a 4 person household to keep going.
That wouldn't stop some people-my Mom got her masters degree while running a 6 person household and teaching full time.
I hope to find the time to take some courses, if only to gain access to the extensive network of works shopsvand machine tools.

Your situation is unique to you, but I hope you keep in mind that a degree has monetary  value primarily  because it makes you more employable.
It might make you more eligible for loans,  or tantalizing for investors.
It might make you more knowledgeable, but that comes from the course work,  not the degree itself.




I have bought land and diving right in. :-) I did an apprenticeship on how to build cob houses and did a permaculture design course as well as workshops but their piece of paper doesn't count at the university level. I work at a university and they have a sustainability program that I was thinking about but it's focuses on one topic to it's too broad and leaves out other things I want to learn about plus I'd like to teach. I plan on teaching at my property but cob workshops will not pay the bills. I want to have a variety of income sources and one of them would be teaching at the university.
 
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William Bronson wrote:Would you have to pay for it?
If so, would it really be more educational than buying land and diving right in?
If that's too crazy, there are places to go for hands on learning.
There's some guy named Paul that seems to have such a program...

If the college is free,  consider that a degree isn't equivalent to an education.
Taking courses that help you master welding, diesel repair, or herbology without a getting a degree would be very helpful on most homesteads.

I actually have free college available, but I work full time, and have a 4 person household to keep going.
That wouldn't stop some people-my Mom got her masters degree while running a 6 person household and teaching full time.
I hope to find the time to take some courses, if only to gain access to the extensive network of works shopsvand machine tools.

Your situation is unique to you, but I hope you keep in mind that a degree has monetary  value primarily  because it makes you more employable.
It might make you more eligible for loans,  or tantalizing for investors.
It might make you more knowledgeable, but that comes from the course work,  not the degree itself.



This Paul that you speak of sounds familiar. :-) sadly I lack the time. I just started my job and I have no vacation built up. I've watched plenty of videos and learning a lot on the forums. My project now is a rocket mass heater which I think Paul has a little bit of experience in. :-) I've even bought the Wisners book. The goal is to teach others and share the knowledge. I'll probably go broke not charging people for teaching them. :-)
 
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I've got a degree in engineering but my advice to people is to only get a degree or diploma if it's a requirement for what they want to do.  This is one of the reasons that most of my extended family thinks I'm nuts, but it's what I told my daughter many times.  She just finished her diploma in video game design, a field where the education is a requirement.

As far as teaching at university, here you need to have a PhD or working on it in order to teach.  That means 4 years of undergrad, 2 more of masters work and then another 4 in the PhD.  Even if you can find a homesteading programme, that's a lot of time to put in for a very narrow field.  I think William is right about learning the different skills you want to master and, around here, you can get a lot of those courses at the local colleges for a very reasonable fee.
 
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