Monica Truong

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I'm afraid permaculture is only my second passion. My massively transformative purpose is to reimagine education. I believe our education system is not serving our children or preparing them for the future. In 2017, I pulled my daughter out of school. In our second year of homeschooling, I helped to co-create a non-profit, Chinook Free Learners, and facilitated the students learning there for two years. It was a space inspired by the Sudbury model and used Agile Learning Center tools. I then founded a learning pod, Calgary Colearning Community (CCC) in September 2020. I failed in my bid for CBE school board trustee in the fall of 2021, but I still hope that I can nudge public education into the future. So, with the help of others, I am applying for a charter school to be called, the Calgary Charter for Self-Directed Education. In the meantime, I am running a space, The Dandelion Community Center in the Calgary Beltline, where learning pods can meet to run their programs. That space also has a co-working space so that busy professionals can homeschool their kids and participate in co-mmunity events/classes, so that 'school' is not isolated from life and learning is not just for kids, but for everyone! The pod that I am running in the space is called the F.H.R.E.E Learning Pod (Full Human Rights Education Experience). My wish is for every child to get the best education possible, in order to prepare them for a future that is uncertain, but full of possibilities!
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Recent posts by Monica Truong

Paul Wheaton is a great proponent of sowing apple seeds directly into the ground rather than planting saplings, for all the reasons mentioned here and more. They even have a half-assed holiday where they do just that. A bit of fun in the serious pursuit of infecting minds with permaculture!

3 months ago
The folks at Wheaton Labs celebrate Apple Seed Day in their permaculture way!

3 months ago
Fermented ice-cream!  I've been interested in making ferments for some years but my children don't really like fermented foods, so I kind of let it drop. But recently, my interest is piqued again as I learned that plants have defenses meant to kill you. Of course, we don't find people dead from eating vegetables, but they wreak havoc to our health in a myriad of ways for those who are especially susceptible.  Fermenting reduces the harm and makes food easier to digest in some cases and/or increases the nutrient density of the food. Austin Durant (he teaches live classes on how to make fermented ice-cream!) talks about the various methods of fermentation and food preservation in this vid:

3 months ago
Storing apples to keep as pig feed is a great idea for those of us who have animals. If not, there are a multitude of other ways to preserve foods. Austin Durant goes into 13 different methods at the Permaculture Technology Jamboree at Wheaton labs and it has been caught on camera for posterity. See a turbo tour of his methods:

3 months ago
Did you know that eggs can be pickled?? Austin Durant, master fermenter & food preserver gives us a quick overview of the different methods of fermenting and preserving food to boost nutrient density and enhance nutrient absorption - a sort of turbo tour of food preservation.

3 months ago
I will make some inquiries for you.
4 months ago

Sasha Platte wrote:I made a version for tender ears (Censored) with complete chapters for navigation.

That is awesome! I hope you don't mind if I lift the timestamps and chapters to revamp the uncensored version. These days, YT and audiences expect to be able to navigate to different bits of a video.
4 months ago
Very to sorry to hear you haven't received your DVDs. We'll look into it right away and get back to you asap.
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    4 months ago
    Welcome! It's nice to have a book about financial freedom with a permaculture perspective.
    4 months ago