I have written previously about re-skilling for a low carbon future, career wise, but I haven't given much thought about re-skilling for my personal interests regarding sustainable living. That was until I received an email from my friend Linda, and attached to it was the local Melton Shire Learning Directory.
Until now, I really haven't been one for short courses on "how to...", but as I grow in thirst for knowledge about being able to make more things for myself, I find that I am not superman, and that books can only give you so much of the picture.
So, guess what? I signed up for two cheese making classes today. One is called "Cheese Making workshop - Basic", where I will discover how to make your choice of cheese from Wensleydale, Haloumi, Fetta, Parmesan or Cheddar. You can then add a selection of herbs, spices or flavours to personalise your cheese (straight from the brochure). The other course is "Cheese - Mould course". In this class I will learn how to make soft cheeses, Brie, Camembert, Blue Vein or Stilton. These have the addition of either Penicillium Candidum (white mould) or Penicillium Roquefori (blue mould).
Sounds exciting doesn't it. Course 1 is in February, and course 2 is in March.
That got me thinking as to what other things I would like to learn how to do or make. I came up with a simple list.
- Cheese making. Locked in!
- Soap making. Kim wants to do this as well!
- How to build a wind turbine
- Make an outdoor oven. Locked in!
- Sausage making and smoking meat
- Make a solar still to change salt water to fresh water
- Sun drying fruit & vegetables for storage
- Wine making. I have mastered Beer making already!
Hopefully, I will be able to attend a workshop/course locally or somewhere in Melbourne to learn these skills.
Now, I don't expect to learn all the skills I need for the future. With the community building we have started in our area (more about that soon), we should meet others who will have other valuable skills that will supplement our own knowledge. This may even lead to a new branch of LETS in our area. Who knows? Watch out, things are beginning to pick up around here.