How do you want to improve your life today? What skills do you want to master so you can strengthen your ability to succesfully homestead, garden, and use herbal medicine?
It’s come to my attention that some of our Community members haven’t heard of our TGN Academy, with its wide range of in-depth, skill-building eCourses, so I wanted to post this today to show you what you’re missing!
We’ve spent years building our TGN Academy, and one of the perks of membership is FREE access to nearly 30 amazing eCourses. Alternately, if you’d prefer to explore just one or two topics, you can also buy each eCourse individually.
These eCourses dive deep. They’re essentially multi-lesson master classes, full of practical know-how so you can immediately start reaping benefits for yourself, your family, and your garden.
Scroll down to see all the available course topics!
FYI, you can also choose to take our Weekend Project Mini eCourses, designed to teach you DIY skills you can master in just a few hours. Current course topics include Vermicomposting, Off-Grid Watering System, Water-Bath Canning, Pressure Canning, Worm Bins, Bitters, and Essential Oils.
(If you’re not an Academy member yet, you can gain access to all of these eCourses by joining today. Click here to learn more!)
NEW! Exploring Botany
Our 8-week Exploring Botany eCourse will encourage you to get to know the plants that surround you. Learn about the importance of botany and how it can benefit you; how to find and identify the herbs you want on your table and need in your medicinal preparations; and discover an abundance of resources to help you put your newfound plant knowledge to use toward a healthier lifestyle.
NEW! Raising Backyard Sheep
Get an in-depth, inside look at the reality of raising sheep on your homestead. You’ll learn all the basics—from choosing sheep breeds and how much land you need for the number of sheep you want to raise, to creating appropriate shelter and dealing with sheep diseases, to lambing, shearing, and what to expect in terms of yearly expenses.
Home Medicine 101
The Home Medicine 101 eCourse is a perennial favorite in the Academy!
This 8-week class teaches you how to remedy:
- Burns, stings, and rashes,
- Wounds and lacerations,
- Coughs and colds,
- Anxiety and insomnia,
- Muscle pain, and
- Topical infections …
… with readily available plants you may already have growing in your backyard!
Whether you’re a novice cannabis grower or already have lots of experience, this course is designed to intrigue. You’ll discover not only how to grow cannabis, but its history; the evolution of its uses as food, fiber, fuel, and medicine; and how to craft your own homemade remedies with your harvest.
Through 8 comprehensive modules in our Cultivating Cannabis eCourse, herbalist and biodynamic farmer Stephanie Syson (along with several cannabis-industry experts) shares everything you need to know—so you, too, can grow high-quality cannabis at home.
You probably already know that soil health is key to growing healthy plants and producing abundant harvests. But how do you develop soil vitality if you’re starting from scratch? And how do you keep your soil full of nutrients harvest after harvest?
In this 5-lesson master class, expert organic gardener Tom Bartels of GrowFoodWell.com gives you the skills and knowledge you need to turn ho-hum dirt into loamy, nutrient-dense soil—and keep it that way!
Wildcrafting and Foraging
In our brand new Wildcrafting and Foraging master class, Scott Sexton walks you through everything you need to know to forage safely and successfully.
- 6 ways to identify plants, from attachments and margins to leaf shape and venation
- The essentials of biological, chemical, and legal safety while foraging
- How to create a plant map … and why you should
- Where to find, how to ID, and how to use the plants from 7 major families—mint, mustard, rose, pea, sunflower, lily, and grass
In this in-depth eCourse, you’ll gain an abundance of knowledge to prepare you for your own wildcrafting and foraging journey!
Growing Edible Mushrooms
It’s easy to grow culinary mushrooms in your own backyard! In 8 lessons, you’ll learn everything you need to know about:
- The basic science behind mushroom growing
- Spawn and substrate selection
- Tools and techniques
- Fruiting, harvesting, and storing
Our Growing Edible Mushrooms course also covers the health benefits and uses of mushrooms.
Making Herbal Medicine
In this 8-session course, Dr. Patrick Jones teaches you the skills you need to become your own Medicine Man or Medicine Woman. You’ll learn to make salves, tinctures, liniments, herbal pills, syrups, fomentations, lotions—and 8 more essential herbal preparations, for a total of 15 in all!
Dr. Jones also walks you through botany basics that will help you find and source your medicinal plants.
This Making Herbal Medicine eCourse contains extensive knowledge that will be vital to building your own medicine kit, so you can treat numerous common ailments at home!
Backyard Chickens for Egg Production
In Backyard Chickens for Egg Production, TGN blogger (and homesteader extraordinaire!) Tasha Greer covers everything from breed selection and coop design to flock health and egg storage—plus lots more….
This 8-week course teaches the principles of bio-intensive gardening—one of the easiest, most sustainable ways to produce big, delicious fruits and vegetables!
It covers everything from starting and transplanting seedlings to the basics of garden beds and soil, and from making compost to garden maintenance. There’s even a section on harvesting and processing grains!
Instant Master Gardener
In just 8 lessons, TGN’s Instant Master Gardener eCourse reveals gardening secrets, tips, and tricks that most people spend years discovering.
- “The Secret to a Green Thumb”
- “How Much Land Do You Need?”
- “The Power of Herbs”
- “The Easiest Way to Prepare a Garden Bed”
- “Three Facts About Seeds Every Master Gardener Knows”
- “Transplanting Baby Plants”
- “The Four HUGE Advantages of Backyard Food Production”
- “A Homemade Fertilizer So Powerful, You Could Create a Business Out of It”
Raising Backyard Meat Ducks
Raising Backyard Meat Ducks is an 8-lesson course that will give you the skills you need to raise your own meat ducks at home—from choosing breeds and picking the proper location to building enclosures and harvesting your ducks.
Of all the things you could do to improve your health, there is one simple thing that will have the biggest impact of all:
Cut sugar out of your diet.
If you want to be stronger and healthier and feel calmer and happier—then I really encourage you to check out TGN’s Conquering Sugar eCourse.
In it, you’ll learn how to:
• Lose weight effortlessly by activating your body’s natural ability to burn fat
• Reduce overall inflammation, including joint inflammation
• Reprogram your metabolism
• Get your cravings and appetite under control
• Calm stress reactions in your body
And a whole lot more!
Overcome your sugar addiction and start living a healthier, happier, and more energetic life.
Raising Backyard Meat Rabbits
Raising meat rabbits is one of the fastest, simplest, most economical ways to begin producing your own protein, even in a very small outdoor space. In this 8-week class, you’ll gain the skills you need to raise meat rabbits—right in your own backyard!
Your instructor, Dash, will walk you through the entire process, teaching you about:
- Choosing the right breed
- Picking the proper location
- Building enclosures
- Feeding your rabbits from what you can grow and what you can buy
- Recognizing and treating common ailments
- Breeding, plus taking care of mom and her kits
- Harvesting your rabbits
The 8-week Raising Goats eCourse will prepare you to raise your own flock of backyard goats. In it, homesteader extraordinaire Tasha Greer walks you through everything you need to know to succeed on your goat-keeping journey.
- Should you raise goats?
- Choosing goats that are right for you
- Shelter and pasture
- Feeding goats for good health
- Breeding, pregnancy, and kidding
- Milk production
- Making goat cheese at home
- And more!
Building your perfect greenhouse means thinking through multiple considerations … before you ever put a shovel in the ground.
The information in our new Greenhouse Construction eCourse will help you design a greenhouse you love that will serve you well for years to come.
In this 8-week course, professional organic gardener Lynn Gillespie—who has been designing, building, and growing in various kinds of greenhouses for decades—will guide you through choosing the right design elements for your family’s needs.
You’ll learn about:
- Styles of greenhouses
- Foundations and floors
- Covering materials
- Heating and cooling
- Choosing the right shape and location
- Greenhouse-friendly growing systems
- And more!
In our foundational Herbal Energetics course, you’ll learn all about the properties of herbs—including their energetics, constituents, and tastes—and how to use this information to create effective herbal-medicine formulas and doses.
- Hot energetics and sweet plants
- Cold energetics and aromatic plants
- Tense energetics and bitter/acrid plants
- Lax energetics and sour astringent plants
- Damp energetics and salty plants
- Dry energetics and demulcent plants
And much more!
Saving Quality Seeds
Learn how to save seeds that will ensure an abundant harvest in years to come with the in-depth information in TGN’s Saving Quality Seeds eCourse.
This 7-lesson eCourse teaches which plants are easiest to save seeds from, how to plan your garden with seed-saving in mind, how to do a garden soil inventory, the basics of dry and wet harvesting, the best way to store seed, how to determine seed quality—and more!
The Grow Network is a global network of people who produce their own food and medicine. We’re the coolest bunch of backyard researchers on Earth! We’re constantly sharing, discovering, and working together to test new paths for sustainable living—while reconnecting with the “old ways” that are slipping away in our modern world. We value soil, water, sunlight, simplicity, sustainability, usefulness, and freedom. We strive to produce, prepare, and preserve our own food and medicine, and we hope you do, too!