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Lake Champlain Maritime Museum / Rinehart Blacksmith Arts Center

Location: 4472 Basin Harbor Rd. Vergennes, VT 05491

Description: The 1,800-square-foot Rinehart Blacksmith Arts Center is a state-of-the-art facility for blacksmith instruction. Four fully equipped work stations are available for student use, and LCMM offers courses & workshops for nearly every level of blacksmith instruction, from teens to expert. This facility was made possible in large part by Warren Rinehart, whose inspiration and generosity founded this center. He continues to inspire us with his work - stop by and see what he's working on now!

Contact:,, 802-475-2022

Category: blacksmithing,metal work

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Ploughshare Institute for Sustainable Culture

Location: 608 Dry Creek Rd. · Waco, TX 76705

Description: Our goal is to transmit a vision for a cohesive, integrated agrarian way of life, but one that aims toward bringing forth complete individuals and whole families in a supportive and tangible context, a context respectful of the natural environment. We are dedicated to recapturing and perpetuating a sense of intentional community which includes rediscovering and perpetuating the knowledge and skills that can provide for essential human needs (both socially and spiritually as well as materially) on a sustainable basis.

Contact: http://www.SustainLife.Org,, (254) 754-9600

Category: Gardening, Beekeeping, Poultry, Dairy Cows, Dairy Goats, Horse, Organic, Gardening, Orchards, Bread/Pizza, Cheese making, Soap making, Basket making, Fiber arts, carpentry, Blacksmithing, Pottery, Quilting

Nifty Homestead

Location: 900 1st Ave South, Suite 205A Seattle, WA 98134

Description: Nifty Homestead was founded to help aspiring and expert homesteaders learn and grow. We post resources on gardening, raising animals, natural building, sustainable energy, and tons of other topics related to homestead living.

Contact:, ,

Category: Milling , Carpentry, gardening, Urban Farming, Off the Grid, Plant ID, Aquaponics, Poultry, Beekeeping, Goats, Permaculture, Soapmaking, Quilting, Knit, Fiber arts, Weaving

Bristol County Beekeepers Association Inc.

Location: 135 Center Street, Dighton, Massachusetts 02715

Description: Bristol County Beekeepers Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers. We are dedicated to the support of local beekeepers and the advancement of responsible Apiculture through informational meetings, workshops, mentor support, community outreach, and educational programs.


Category: Beekeeping

Boston Area Beekeepers Association

Location: 01841

Description: Evolving from the Boston Beekeepers Club (est. 2011), the Boston Area Beekeepers Association (BABA) was formed in 2013 to bring together beekeepers from the greater Boston area. There is no formal membership application or any fees for attending BABA events unless otherwise specified. In transitioning from a local club to a regional association, BABA aims be an inclusive and accessible beekeeping hub for beekeepers and bee enthusiasts in and around Suffolk County and Metro Boston.


Category: Beekeeping

Plymouth County Beekeepers Association

Location: 228 High St, Hanson, MA

Description: The Plymouth County Beekeepers Association (the “PCBA”), is a non-profit organization established in 1977. We are dedicated to the support of local agriculture and to educating the public about beekeeping through our school and participation in local fairs and festivals. PCBA focuses on education, agriculture, and stewardship through many of the public outreach programs the club participates in and provides throughout the year. We have members who speak at schools, community centers, and professional meetings.


Category: beekeeping

Essex County Beekeeping Association

Location: 10 Beekeepers’ Road Topsfield Fairgrounds 207 Newburyport Tpk. U.S. Route 1 Topsfield, MA 01983

Description: The Essex County Beekeepers' Association is offers a nine week course for beginning beekeepers and others with an interest in bees. Practical Beekeeping is an introductory level course designed to provide students, with no previous knowledge or experience with beekeeping, the necessary information and skills to keep honeybees and produce honey and beeswax.

Contact:,, 978-887-6100

Category: Beekeeping

Franklin County Beekeepers Association

Location: 01354

Description: We are an association dedicated to educating people about bees and beekeeping and supporting our members, who are amateur and professional beekeepers.


Category: Beekeeping

Hampden County Beekeepers Association

Location: PO BOX 362 East Longmeadow, MA 01028

Description: Our objective is for the advancement of apiculture and the mutual help of it's members. Our general activities include: Monthly Meetings: to discuss general bee talk or we invite a guest speaker. Bee School: Jan. through April our members teach students who are thinking about becoming future beekeepers. Agriculture Fair: During Sept. our club maintains a booth at the Big E Agriculture Fair in West Springfield, MA. By doing so we hope to educate and inform the public about bees and beekeeping. Besides displaying and selling our honey products we pass out informative flyers and discuss the life and functions of bees with our live observation hive!

Contact:, , 413-883-9399

Category: Beekeeping

Middlesex County Beekeepers Association

Location: 01718

Description: More than 200 of your neighbors are members of the Middlesex County Beekeepers Association (MCBA). They are fascinated by these wonderful social insects called honeybees, and our activities are organized around our club’s theme, “Beekeepers helping Beekeepers.”


Category: Beekeeping

Norfolk County Beekeepers Association

Location: 400 Main Street, Walpole, MA

Description: The Norfolk County Beekeepers Association is dedicated to apiculture and education of the art & science of beekeeping among beekeepers, agriculture and the general public.


Category: beekeeping

Worcester County Beekeepers Association

Location: 01543

Description: The Worcester County Beekeepers Association has been a leader in beekeeping education for over one hundred years. We are the oldest county beekeeping organization in the United States, with members from all over New England. Through our beekeeping school, quarterly newsletters, monthly meetings and outreach activities, the club provides ongoing education for our members.

Contact:,, 508-393-0140

Category: beekeeping

Owl Ridge Homestead - Homesteader's club of CT

Location: 06010

Description: The Homesteading Club brings together a community of like-minded people who are living, or aspire to live, a more self sufficient lifestyle. The club fosters a support system where ideas, projects and experience can be shared in casual conversation. The club is a steady growing group of Homesteader's that have a wide range of skills and experience that we share with each other. We run workshops, talks, and organize tours of farms, homesteads, breweries, and wild edible forages. We have lots of plans for the upcoming fall and winter!

Contact:, 860-508-0552

Category: beekeeping, animal husbandry, foraging, gardening, wine/beer/cider, fiber arts, off the grid, survival , permaculture, land surveying

The Organic Farm School

Location: PO Box 837 Freeland, WA 98249

Description: An experiential training program designed for aspiring farms to learn and practice the skills they need to run a small-scale organic farm.


Category: Gardening, Pest Control, Carpentry, Animal husbandry, Beekeeping, soil management

Cornell Small Farms Program

Location: 15A Plant Science, Cornell University. Ithaca, NY 14853

Description: Online courses for aspiring, new and experienced farmers looking to start a farming business.

Contact:,, 607-255-9227

Category: Animal husbandry, Beekeeping,gardening, farming, sustainable agriculture

Stockbridge School of Agricutlure. University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Location: 208 Paige Laboratory, 161 Holdsworth Way, Amherst, MA, 01003

Description: Online certificate program for the small farming demographic

Contact:,, 413-545-2222

Category: farming, Homesteading, Pest Control, Organic, Gardening Beekeeping, Animal husbandry, Poultry, soil management

RI Beekeepers Association - Bee School

Location: PO Box 64, Greenville, RI 02828

Description: This course will cover everything the beginning beekeeper needs to know. Subjects will include getting started, the honeybee life cycle, choosing an apiary site, buying bees and equipment, assembly of the hive, installing package bees, catching swarms, nectar sources, bee diseases and pests, hive inspections and wintering. A variety of beekeeping equipment will be displayed and demonstrated each week.

Contact:, ,

Category: beekeeping

Imagine That Honey!

Location: 283 Matthews Road Swanzey, NH 03446

Description: Keeping bees and offering local beekeeping instruction has been Jodi's passion for more than 15 years. Her love of bees was sparked at an early age, and she was given the opportunity to explore this great adventure while working at Stonewall Farm in Keene, NH.

Contact:, 603 381-1717

Category: beekeeping

Stonewall Apiary

Location: 320 Main Street PO Box 234 Hanover, CT 06350

Description: Stonewall Apiary is a family-owned apiary based in Hanover, Connecticut. We keep approximately 275 honeybee colonies in the eastern Connecticut area. We focus on the health of our bees, knowing that healthy honeybees are better producers than unhealthy ones. We sell honey, creamed honey, comb honey and chunk honey in various sizes. In addition, we also have honey and beeswax products such as honey butter, beeswax candles, beeswax wood polish and an exfoliating honey sugar scrub.

Contact:, 860-334-2245

Category: beekeeping

Prepper Camp

Location: 460 Orchard Lake Rd, Saluda, NC 28773

Description: An annual event where vendors and attendees alike can learn preparedness skills.


Category: Aquaponics, Beekeeping, Hunting, Survival, Cooking, Blacksmithing, Beer, Wine, Cheese making, Food Preservation, Camping, Gardening, Animal Husbandry, Fiber Animals, Firearms, Off the grid, Trapping, Foraging, Plant ID

Urban Farming Institute of Boston

Location: 34 Linwood St Boston, Massachusetts

Description: The Urban Farming Institute of Boston’s mission is to develop and promote urban farming as a Commercial sector that creates green collar jobs for residents; and to engage urban communities in building a healthier and more locally based food system.

Contact:, (617) 989-9920

Category: urban farming, plant ID, foraging, beekeeping, sustainable agriculture

Magoo Farmstead

Location: Stoughton, MA

Description: Thanks for visiting! We're Karl and Jen, a city man turned hiker and a country woman fast becoming a chicken fanatic. Join us on our backyard farm, as we share our love and learning about: organic gardening, DIY homesteading, crafts, recipes, beekeeping, vermiculture, and, of course, CHICKENS!

Contact:,, 781-436-0043

Category: beekeeping, composting, poultry,

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