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Think Again Classes

A selection of Think Again classes each semester may be available tuition-free to currently registered University of Richmond undergraduate students. Seats available for the student tuition waiver are extremely limited. If interested in one of the classes listed below, please contact Garrett Stern, Senior Program Manager, at gstern@richmond.edu.

Institute on Philanthropy Classes

In addition to the courses listed below, Institute on Philanthropy (IOP) classes may also be eligible for student waivers. Contact Kathy Laing, Program Manager, at klaing@richmond.edu for information and registration. UR students may take more than one IOP class per semester. Week-long intensive certificate institutes are not waiver eligible.

Eligible Think Again Classes
Building a Cob Oven
Course Offerings (1)
September 9, 2017 through September 23, 2017
Saturdays: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Instructor: Staff
CRN: SUS118.01
Fee: $99
Description
In this course students will learn to build a wood-fired earthen oven that can be used to make pizza, bake bread, and cook just about anything that can fit through the front door! Starting with the fundamentals of how earth, sand, and straw combine to form the building material known as 'cob,' the instruction provided will include how to build a foundation, insulate the oven, form the earthen dome, apply a finish plaster, and properly fire the oven for cooking. All levels of building experience are welcome, and students will leave with the skills necessary to replicate the project at home. The course will specifically instruct students in how to complete their own backyard oven with minimal materials investment, potentially even for free! As an added bonus, students will learn how to take the steps involved in building an earthen oven and use them to build a non-toxic, zero-footprint, sustainable earthen home for as little as $5,000!

From Compost Pile to Compost Brew
Course Offerings (1)
Saturday, October 28, 2017; 
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Instructor: Staff
CRN: SUS118.03
Fee: $75
Description
Join us for a morning centered around compost. In this class we will make a compost pile and explore the proliferation of healthy microbial life for our soils. We will explore different kinds of composting including vermicomposting and wind rows. Afterwards we will discuss and make a brew of healthy compost tea to apply to the student gardens. Students will take home a bag of compost and a vessel of compost tea for their own gardens.

The Soil Food Web
Course Offerings (1)
Saturday, September 30, 2017; 
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Instructor: Staff
CRN: SUS118.02
Fee: $75
Description
In this class students will be introduced to the Soil Food Web. This will include parts of soil, organic matter and creating humus, as well as a look into the microbial life within it. We also will look at the use of micronutrients and elements in growing healthy plants, abundant fruit, and regenerative ecologically sound practices for gardeners or burgeoning farmers and homesteaders. Students will make a general amendment mix and have a small bag to take away for their own use.

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