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Reskilling and Resilience class – Winter 2017

Reskilling and Resilience

One of the consequences of increasing specialization and monetization of the economy is that skills that were once common among the general population are now shared by few. This course  introduced students to multiple arts and crafts of daily living and resilience practices that can reduce their footprint. With hands on skill-building in each session, Reskilling and Resilience offered tools for increasing student agency and confidence to become artists of their own lives.  Skills include urine-diverted compost toilet, basic wiring, home maintenance and repair, seed-saving, spinning, warmth on the homestead, basic tools, felting/repurposing wool, wildcrafting/herbal medicines, soap-making, canning, sewing and mending, living on a very small budget, and baking.


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Beth Bridgeman joined the Cooperative Education faculty in 2013. Her work focuses on sustainability, place-based learning, mindfulness, reskilling, and "thrivalism" in the Anthropocene; exploring the many ways that individuals and communities are bringing new (and ancient) ideas to the challenge of how we will feed ourselves, save our water and soil, and farm sustainably in a changing climate.Her professional practice areas, informed by community engagement and student-centered experiential learning pedagogy includecological agriculture, reskilling and resiliency, commensality, seed-saving and stewardship, and field-based education. Beth has designed courses in co-constructed learning, agrarian systems, reskilling and resilience, plant medicine and herbalism, seed-saving, and harvest preservation, utilizing the Antioch Farm and campus as a learning laboratory.

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