I ask because the Nourishing Traditions Cooking Class I posted about back when - is now open as a test of donation-only pricing. The creators are hoping that they can make enough money to both share-the-love and receive a fair-earning to keep the whole thing going.
It sounds wonderful to me I have a problem with people who teach themselves and learn freely from others turning around the charging large fees to others coming along behind. I am not referring to the people of this cooking class but to 'others'. I just think there has to be a better way - and I hope these folks have found it.
This eCourse was charging $120 for a 5 month eCourse comprised of 14 weekly/bi-weekly lessons, which included a wonderful forum where questions were answered and experiences shared. Now the same course is open to the public for a donation payment plan.
I so wish I had time for a cooking class, or even for cooking, period. Unfortunately/fortunately, my business has me too darn busy.
I think the idea of pay-what-you-can is truly noble and wonderful, and yet I'm also a bit of a cynic. From my experience, I think a suggested donation goes a long way toward making it much more reasonable for the ones putting it on, though it's by no means a guarantee.
There was a restaurant with pay-what-you-can in my area that found in a year that it didn't work for them. In this NY Times article about several restaurants like this, it seems patrons are cynical about what the money is going for and how the proprietor will really be using that money, so they were paying less than the suggested amounts.
In the theatre business, pay-what-you-can, or free nights are offered one night out of the show's run--typically a less attended night. A wonderful way to give back and build community with that one night, and still attempt to cover costs with plenty of normal ticket price nights. Maybe that's a more sustainable model. (Odd that I'm highlighting theatres as sustainable business models! Ha.)
Perhaps a little off topic, I suppose. Though I found the donation part rather interesting.
Thanks for sharing about an affordable cooking class based in the Nourishing Traditions. Cool idea!
One other good thing about this change in the eCourse is that now when a person signs up/donates they have life time access to the classes and forums - so the course(s) can be taken at one's own pace. A person can just pay for a single lesson that they really want, or 3 or all 14. So truly there is something for every budget. And when you do get around to making your own soft cheese and need support the forum is always there with it's wealth of info and a search feature - very cool.
I too hope it works out, or at least morphs into something that is mutually beneficial to everyone including the creators/proprietors who are dear friends of mine ♥ sharing in my dreams of natural living and loving, respectful treatment of others.
You bring up a good point about making it clear to people what they money is paying for. . . .
In this case, besides the expensive dedicated server hosting, software & it's install, full-time forum moderation and over a year of design/creation - the people are paying a fair price for a valuable service being rendered. How many times have we struggled to teach ourselves old-world cooking skills like making the perfect sourdough bread, or keeping a fermentation going? It's nice to have a step by step book, but even that doesn't always impart the little nuances good cooking involves for success, nor the friendly support offered by others going through the course in the same boat you are.
The people donating are supporting a homesteading family, who after they learn something turn around and gladly help others to follow in their footsteps, having a heart that doesn't want to leave anyone out, for any reason.
I hope anyone interesting in learning the Nourishing Traditions Fundamentals of Cooking will give at least one class a try, and donate. Not because this eCourse isn't already successful, it is in a very big way! But because I want as many as can to get in on this. It's really a very good thing ------------------------------------------------------------- Jami
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