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Finally! http://www.ridgedalepermaculture.com/online-training.html

The online course "Making small farms work" is based on, and expanded upon, the brilliant book with the same name. There are probably no better place in the entire world to get this quality of teaching in this range of subjects, which perhaps sounds like a bold statement until you take a closer look at Ridgedal Permaculture Farm and see what Richard Perkins have achieved there. It is surely a world class permaculture farm we should be proud of and use as reference along the lines of the greatest permaculture artisans out there.




CHAPTER​ 1 CONTEXT & INTRODUCTION
CHAPTER​ 2 CREATING A HOLISTIC CONTEXT
CHAPTER​ 3 MAPS AND LANDFORM
CHAPTER​ 4 KEYLINE DESIGN
​CHAPTER​ 5 WATER SYSTEMS
CHAPTER​ 6 TREES & WOODY CROPS
CHAPTER​ 7 BUILDING UP INFRASTRUCTURE/ FENCING
CHAPTER 8 PASTURED BROILERS
CHAPTER 9 PASTURED HENS AND EGG-MOBILES
CHAPTER​ 10 GRASS & GRAZING
​CHAPTER​ 11 BIOINTENSIVE NO-DIG MARKET GARDENING
CHAPTER​ 12  NURTURING THE SOIL FOOD WEB
CHAPTER​ 13 FARM ECONOMY, MARKETING AND PHASE PLANNING

This online course is particularly suited for farmers wanting to transition to permaculture and regenerative farming, but obviously also for those that are not yet succesful farmers but want to become one. After those I'd say it's useful for everyone else as long as they want to learn about pragmatical permaculture where ecologic idealism is balanced with the economic reality. They make a proper income from farming!

Richard Perkins have been hinting on his youtube-channel about making this course available for everyone to take, and now they have landed on a subscription model at a fee of 59EUR/month. So if you are an effective learner and go trough the material quickly it turns out to be really cheap. Even if you're not it will still be a really good price, compared to other online trainings and the intrinsic value.

Personally I haven't taken this particular training, but I've been an intern there and have read the book. Here are a few videos from Richard Perkins' visit to farmers that show what they have achieved after doing this exact course in person at Ridgedale:

A trip to norwegian farmer Tore Jardar Virgenes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJ1lsV7kuDs
An amazing young danish couple that started from scratch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3DiWjvn5Bs
A danish girl doing the impossible in the cold mountains of Norway: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylvnyls0pdQ
Going no-dig in England: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nINo1tKQ67I

And here is the original design overview of Ridgedale, as a reference to those of you that didn't bother reading the table of content:

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Is there much more than in his book? I really like the book, but is the course worth it for someone liking to read?
Please tell me after you watched a chapter.
 
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I'm not taking it, as I've already done the internship program there, but I have a friend that are taking it, so I've forwarded your question to him. I'll get back to you with his answer. He also read the book before signing up.
 
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Hans Muster: The short and honest response from my friend is that if you don't have the money for the training you get a long way with the book and their youtube-channel. Since that sentence is translated into english from norwegian by me, I feel the need to point out that the meaning is not that it isn't worth it for the extra content. The book is one of a kind and the amount of valuable information shared on their youtube-channel is immense.

If you choose to take the online training, please share your experience!
 
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Thanks for your reply.
Maybe the spreadsheets would be useful, but the whole package is too expensive just for that.
 
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It seems like an option could be to pay for 1 month of the version that includes downloads. Then one could download everything that is made available and go through it in a pace more comfortable. And then if at some point the continuos updates seems tempting to watch, it could probably be done again. Please share if I misunderstood something now.
 
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Here's Richard Perkins answering himself, from minute 18:38:



Basically;

- very broad, and very deep
- over 80 hours of video with content that is not posted on youtube
- the download-option includes the spreadsheets
- you could stay subscribed as long or as short as you'd like
- regular Q&A's
 
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