Buried deep within the ninth mantra, sixth paragraph, of the original 1969 edition of Sri Isopanisad, is Srila Prabhupada’s sobering commentary on mundane education and the role of teachers. Prabhupada cautions:

“People who are simply engaged in the pursuit of sense gratification, without any real profit in life, are in the estimation of Sri lsopanisad worshiping avidya. And those who play the role of helping this sort of civilization in the name of educational advancement ‘are doing more harm than those who are on the platform of gross sense gratification.

Wow! Teaching others to enjoy the material creation is more karmaically reactive than grossly enjoying it! So, why bother teaching the general public anything other than the direct process of devotional service? Sri Isopanisad’s eleventh mantra answers the riddle succinctly:

Only one who can learn the process of nescience and that of transcendental knowledge side by side can transcend the influence of repeated birth and death, and enjoy the full blessings of immortality. (Sri Isopanisad Mantra 11)

Humbled by Srila Prahbupada’s cautionary note and inspired to apply all knowledge–mundane and supra mundane–in the “side-by-side”–service of Lord Krishna’s creation,, we offer the following eight course curriculum. Each one hour indoor class session is conducted in the Small Farm Training Center office.

How to Be Food-Relevant to Your Neighbors

Demand for organic produce is “off-the-charts”. Explore the dynamic art of growing and marketing organic veggies at local venues.

Ayurveda: The Time-Tested Medical System

Dive into a refreshing approach to health with Ayurveda. This ancient science offers a truly holistic understanding of how to achieve real health and maintain it.

Alternative Shelter

What if you could build your own home with natural materials from your own land, for cheap? Explore the various types of natural buildings, best practices, and get hands-on experience.

Cows Are Cool

Learn how cow protection benefits human society by providing draft animal power and milk by-products without the requirement of violence.

Plant-Based Cooking 101

Plant-based eating is the wave of the future. Forget about deprivation diets. This is an exposition of great eating from simple, traditional ingredients and recipes.

Brain Gain

There seems to be no place for celibacy in today’s hyper-sexualized world, but abstinence has been practiced by brilliant minds for millenia. Notable celibates: Newton, Beethoven, Tesla.

Philosophy Is Not
Just For Nerds

Discover the philosophy behind Vedic culture’s approach to sustainability. Discuss karma, reincarnation, and the interplay between free will and destiny.

Growing with the Tribals

Learn from an agricultural expert about his experience teaching tribal peoples in a remote forest of India how to grow enough food to sustain their whole community from within.

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How To Become Food-Relevant to Your Neighbors

Demand for organic produce is “off-the-charts.” We explore the options, outlets and obstacles to growing and marketing organic veggies at city farmer’s markets and small town buying clubs. Based on three years of real time experience in Southern Mississippi, but applicable anywhere.

Course Instructor: Tapah Punja Dasa
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Ayurveda: The Time-Tested Medical System

Ayurveda offers a refreshing approach to health by wresting responsibility for your body’s well-being from the grip of the medical-industrial establishment. This time-tested science of self-healing provides a truly holistic understanding of how to achieve real health and maintain it—simply, naturally, sustainably. Topics covered include herbalism, yogic stretching, homeopathic remedies, dosha diagnosis, and more.

Course Instructor: Jesse Trew
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Alternative Shelter

The average American will spend 25 years paying off their home mortgage. And the roots of the word mortgage famously mean “death pledge.” But what if you could build your own home, with natural materials from your own land, for cheap? In our sustainable building class, we’ll cover the various types of natural buildings, best practices, and offer hands-on experience. Topics covered include cob, cordwood, brickmaking, joinery, and more.

Course Instructor: Jesse Trew
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Cows Are Cool

Did you know that a single milk cow or ox produces 50lbs of fertilizer per day? Fresh cow’s milk is a miracle food, an aggregate of minerals and vitamins. Learn how cow protection benefits human society by providing draft animal power and milk by-products without the requirement of violence. Lecture includes a cooking demo on making cottage cheese.
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Plant-Based Cooking 101

Regardless of your motivation — personal health, environmental stewardship, etc. — plant-based eating is the wave of the future. We guide beginners to embark on a whole new approach to nourishment. Forget about deprivation diets. This is an exposition of great eating from simple, traditional ingredients and recipes. The class includes a hands-on demonstration of classical non-leavened flat bread. Yum!
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Abstinence & Hygiene

In today’s hyper-sexualized world, voluntary abstinence has gained a prudish reputation, but celibacy has been practiced in every major spiritual tradition the world over for millennia. By redirecting sexual energy toward creativity and spirituality, one reaches realms explored by such notable celibates as Newton, Beethoven, Thoreau, Tesla, and even Dalí. The benefits are as numerous as the science is conclusive. Topics covered include general hygiene, alternative lifestyles, and comparative philosophies.
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Philosophy Is Not Just For Nerds

This class examines the philosophical backdrop behind Vedic culture’s tried and true approach to sustainability. Fundamental principles such as the law of karma, reincarnation and the dynamic interplay between our individual free will and pre-destiny are aired out and elaborated on. A must for the muddled Western mind.
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Growing with the Tribals

Learn from an agricultural expert about his experience teaching tribal peoples in a remote forest of India how to grow enough food to sustain their whole community from within. In the late 1960’s, Mr. Tejiyas served in the American Peace Corps for the fulfillment of a United Nations project aimed at encouraging hundreds of aboriginal families to grow their own food via indigenous means. He requested to serve in a remote location so that he could best experience the traditional culture of India. Deep in the forests of South India, Mr. Tejiyas organized three villages to cooperatively grow the entirety of what they required to maintain themselves. To this day, Mr. Tejiyas can still be found endeavoring in his life’s mission: to advance “the farmer’s movement.”

Course Instructor: Tejiyas Dasa
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