I'm sure that Jim's class is interesting and potentially valuable (to a market gardener perhaps). However I see no reason why I or you could not try some of his methodology based on the freely available videos explaining his methods. It's basically a modification of the Ruth Stout method. So read Ruth's books, buy a scythe, read "The Scythe Book". Start laying down mulch, and see how it goes. Incidentally Ruth Stout had sandy soil and a frost pocket and it may have made her method work better: sand = less slugs. There are several other modifications of the Ruth Stout Method out there including Lasagna Gardening, Straw Bale Gardening, and the Back to Eden method of wood chip gardening. Research those as well: free online websites and videos, libraries, and cheap used books are available. If you don't want to scythe you might be able to get a lawnmower- perhaps even an electric, with a bagger and use grass clippings (I'm considering this). You may also find cheap or free other sources of organic mulch and use those instead.