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We have a small non-for-profit organization which supports sustainable living and organize presentations, workshops etc.

I would like to give a talk about Natural Farming specifically Korean and Japanese style.

Although I prepare many of the preparations myself and use them in my gardens, I don't have any certification which allows me to teach. There are no organization in Australia that teaches these subjects either.

My talk is just a talk, there is no hands on stuff or I am not certifying anybody. I am trying to distribute this knowledge which has a great potential. Also the PP slides I prepared are freely available on various groups and my web site. I even posted them here in another thread.

What do you think, am I breaking some law?
 
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In the US, as long as you aren't using copyrighted stuff in your presentation, you'd be totally fine.  Not sure about Australia...
 
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If you didn't learn it from a class, how proprietary can it be?
Where do these "Natural Farming" techniques get their knowledge from?
Call it something else, "XXX Natural Farming"
and present your version.
 
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I've learnt everything from YT videos and groups/forums/blogs and of course by doing it.

I guess, as long as I am not certifying anybody and not using specific names, it should be alright.

 
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You should have nothing to worry about because sustainable agriculture is comprised of things that used to be prevalent in farming...hugels, swales, cover crops, nitrogen fixation, etc were all derived centuries ago. A lot of what is taught today as "cutting edge", is just old techniques given a new name, or bringing to light, former practices that lost favor.

I have never held back from saying anything about the way I farm because I just feel the right for a person to eat, is an inherient right.

I teach farm classes too, and tell people everything I can. Even if people could retain all the information I give them, there is no way they could do everything I do exactly and be assured their farms will succed. What I need to do is cover a lot of ground so collectively they can think for themselves. My goal is never to say do XY and Z for success, it is to think outside the box, to do as much for themselves without opening up their checkbook, and seeing how to get the most of what they have rather then focusing on what they do not.
 
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Unless you are using Copyrighted materials or Trademarked items you are not going to be breaking any laws, anywhere on planet earth.

As you mention, you aren't going to be giving anyone any sort of certificate, so again, no laws to break.

It has been my personal experience that self taught people generally have a broader knowledge base than many that call themselves experts. (notice that most really knowledgeable people rarely call themselves experts, others do that if you really know your stuff)

Don't be afraid to quote the books either, you are giving due credit when you quote and mention the author and book (most research has a bibliography which is giving credit where credit is due) perhaps even give the page numbers.

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