When you want to give away a puppy, you never offer it for free. You ask for a fee, even though you don't give a damn about the money. You give a damn about a good home. You want to weed out people who will treat the puppy badly, abuse, neglect, all that gick. The kinds of people who are willing to pony up hard-earned cash are the types much more likely to take good care of the animal, and be able to afford its care, and put the seller's (giver's) mind at ease. It's an effective winnowing fork.
So, even though your course is free, there should be a "cost" before someone gets in. Answer questions about this video (as suggested above). Send me a pic of your knives/saw/tools and how you keep them sharp. Donate $25 (or $50) to the local food bank in lieu of course fees, and send me a pic of the receipt. Okay, now I know you're serious: let's schedule.
r ranson wrote:The big problem is, I don't feel it should be necessary to pay for this. These skills should be open to anyone who asks.
Because I believe this, I've often offered to teach for free.
But I do require the students to put the effort in to show they care about what they are learning. That's where things go wrong.
I just cannot do it anymore.
It sounds like you've already gone above and beyond.
I've been a teacher for a good long time, and I truly believe that in-person learning is something that remote learning can't come close to (cf current educational fiasco due to Covid). BUUUUUUT a youtube video is pretty much made for sharing info at a basic level. If you feel the need to help people, you would definitely reach a good number with a video, maybe just have someone follow you as you dress a carcass. It won't answer every question, but..... an in-person class won't reach every person who attends, as you've (unfortunately, at cost) found out.
If you really feel a need to share, this is a good way to do it. But just my 2 cents. (my career lately has been focused on how to do my job while interacting with as few people as possible, and I hear your frustrations loud and clear. Plus the idea of having people AT MY PROPERTY USING MY TOOLS has me practically in conniptions just thinking about it).
Diego Footer on Permaculture Based Homesteads - from the Eat Your Dirt Summit