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University of Maine - Cooperative Extension

Location: 5741 Libby Hall Orono, Maine 04469-5741

Description: Ever wonder how to preserve all those great garden vegetables? University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s hands-on food preservation workshops will teach you the basics of canning and freezing, including how to use pressure canners and water bath canners to preserve pickles, jam, and vegetables. Learn from the experts. We will provide fresh produce and canning jars. Workshops are taught by UMaine Extension staff and Master Food Preserver volunteers.

Contact:,, 207.781.6099

Category: food preservation, cooking,

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Wild Abundance

Location: P.O. Box 1991 Asheville, NC 28802

Description: Wild Abundance is here to empower people with skills for self-sufficiency and interdependence. We develop deeply meaningful and effective classes, programs, and demonstration sites to bring people closer to the each other and to the web of life. We believe that these skills are humanity's legacy; we strive to make them accessible to all people with a hunger to learn through sliding scales and scholarships.

Contact:,, (828) 775-7052

Category: Permaculture, Gardening, Foraging, Carpentry, Homebuilding, Butchering,Tanning, Food preservation, Cooking

Fleishers Craft Butchery

Location: 1325 Third Avenue at E 76th Street New York NY 10021 160 E. Putnam Ave Cos Cob CT 06807 580 Riverside Ave Westport CT 06880 192 5th Avenue Brooklyn NY 11217

Description: Since opening the doors to our first butcher shop in Kingston, NY in 2004, with your support, we’ve succeeded in creating a positive change in the way people source, cut and cook better meat all over the world.

Contact:,, 646-880-6688

Category: butchering, poultry,

Ten Apple Farm - Living with Goats

Location: 241 Yarmouth Road Gray, Maine 04039

Description: We try to do several workshops in basic homesteading skills each season, to share what we have learned, or are in the process of learning. Workshops include Basic Home Cheesemaking, Baking, Poultry Slaughter & Processing, and Preserving & Canning. In some cases, we lead the workshops ourselves, in other cases we may invite fellow homesteaders or skilled members of the greater food, farming and homesteading community to be a guest workshop leader.

Contact:, , 207.657.7880

Category: homesteading, Cheese making,cooking, Poultry, butchering, food Preservation, farming , animal husbandry, permaculture

Farmstead Meatsmith

Location: 27712 140th Ave SW, Vashon Island, WA 98070

Description: An abattoir, butchery and educational operation that harvest for small family farmers.

Contact:,, 206-940-2040

Category: Butchering

The Piggery

Location: 423 Franklin St. Ithica NY 14850

Description: A family owned butcher shop featuring pork and house made charcuterie from their Trumansburg, NY base and partner farms.

Contact:,, 607-272-2276

Category: butchering

Ogeechee Meat Market

Location: 6021 Ogeechee Road, Savannah, GA

Description: A family owned and operated meat market with a series of classes ranging from cuts and trimming to storage and saving.

Contact:,, 1-912-961-5223

Category: Butchering

Johnny Prime Steaks

Location: Online only.

Description: An online guide for obtaining the best meat possible.


Category: Butchering, cooking

The Roving Butcher

Location: Berkshires, Hudson Valley, and the Pioneer Valley

Description: The Roving Butcher was founded because nose-to-tail butcher Jake Levin saw that there is a lot of high quality pastured animals being raised in the Berkshires, Hudson Valley, and the Pioneer Valley. There is also a lot of enthusiasm and desire on the part of farmers, chefs, and homesteaders to get those animals onto their plate. We want to make the process transparent and give people the tools they need to navigate the process. We work closely with farmers, restaurants and individuals to help figure out all and any parts of that system that they want learn.


Category: butchering, cooking, food preservation

The Livestock Institute of Southern New England

Location: PO Box 879 Westport, MA 02790

Description: Seminars and an annual conference for established livestock farmers, backyard and small scale farmers, beginning and youth farmers and the general public

Contact:,, 443-527-0408

Category: Animal Husbandry, Dairy Animals, Fiber Animals, Butchering

Sutter Meats

Location: 65 King Street, Northampton MA 01060

Description: Sutter Meats’ mission is to bring back the neighborhood butcher with an emphasis on whole animal butchery, education, and the creation of community. We use the term “nose-to-tail” as a reference to the unique way that we source and use our products that differentiates our business model from all of our local competition and all but a few businesses across the country.

Contact:,, 413.727.3409

Category: butchering,

New Hampshire Outdoor Learning Center

Location: 673 So. Main St. Wolfeboro, N.H. 03894

Description: The New Hampshire Outdoor Learning Center (NHOLC) was built for men and women just like you. Classes are designed for all ages and experience levels to give you the best opportunity for success and enjoyment in the woods and on the waters of New England. Each workshop includes comprehensive classroom training and in the field, hands-on experience. Grab your snowshoes, shotgun, or fishing rods and join us for fun and education that will last a lifetime!

Contact:,, 603-608-8673

Category: butchering, firearms, hunting, fishing, trapping,survival, plant ID, dog training, camping, cooking, backpacking

The Farm Cooking School

Location: 67 Pleasant Valley Rd, Titusville NJ 08560

Description: A space where cooks of all levels can come together to learn about and enjoy great food and real community

Contact:,, 646-263-0605, 516-840-4891

Category: Bread / Pizza, Cooking, Cheese Making, Wine / Beer, Butchering, Homesteading,

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association

Location: PO Box 170 Unity, Maine 04988

Description: The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association is a broad-based community that educates about and advocates for organic agriculture, illuminating its interdependence with a healthy environment, local food production, and thriving communities.

Contact:,, 207-568-4142

Category: bee keeping, organic farming, gardening, sustainable agriculture, forestry/milling, poultry, butchering,

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