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North Bennet St. School

Location: 150 North Street, Boston, MA 02109

Description: North Bennet Street School's mission is to train students for careers in traditional trades that use hand skills in concert with evolving technology, to preserve and advance craft traditions, and to promote greater appreciation of craftsmanship.

Contact:, , 617-227-0155

Category: carpentry, jewelry, cabinetry

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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

Northeast Organic Farming Association

Location: 411 Sheldon Road Barre, MA 01005

Description: Our Mission: Through education and advocacy NOFA/Mass promotes organic agriculture to expand the production and availability of nutritious food from living soil for the health of individuals, communities and the planet. Our Vision: NOFA/Mass envisions a commonwealth of people working together to create healthy landscapes that feed our communities and restore our environment.

Contact:,, (978) 355-2853

Category: cooking, gardening, farming, sustainable agriculture

Jillyann's Wood-Fired Cooking School

Location: 141 Wildes District Rd. Kennebunkport, ME 04046

Description: Our goal is to expose you to the wonders of woodfired cooking and give you a chance to see how this old-fashioned method can magically transform raw ingredients. We’ll also spend time in our indoor teaching kitchen equipped with a Viking gas oven and a Wolf electric oven. So if you don’t have a stone oven on your patio, if you don’t have the patience to wait for logs to catch fire, or if it’s pouring rain and the romance of being outside dims, never fear. We’ll give you the recipes we’ve developed and the techniques you’ll need to make beautiful Italian-inspired food in your own home oven.

Contact:,, 207-967-4960

Category: bread/pizza, cooking,

Strawbery Banke Museum

Location: 14 Hancock Street, Portsmouth NH 03801

Description: Strawbery Banke Museum, in the heart of historic downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is an authentic 10-acre outdoor history museum dedicated to bringing 300+ years of American history in the same waterfront neighborhood to life. The Museum is a place for children, adults, multigenerational families and groups to gather to explore eight heritage gardens, 32 historic buildings and traditional crafts, preservation programs, hands-on activities, the stories told by costumed role-players and the changing exhibits that offer hours of fun and discovery. The Museum's restored buildings and open space invite visitors to immerse themselves in the past, using objects from the museum's collection of 30,000 artifacts, and the histories of the families who lived and worked in the Puddle Dock neighborhood to engage, educate and entertain.

Contact:, 603-433-1100

Category: bread/pizza, cooking, basket making,

Carolyn’s Farm Kitchen

Location: Appleton Farms, Ipswich Whittier Tech, Haverhill

Description: Whether attending a full-length hands-on class, farm harvest cooking workshop, or chef demonstration our events are designed to provide a fun, educational, and inspirational culinary experience. Our cooking class themes celebrate the growing seasons in New England and feature signature menus highlighting the foods and flavors found at local farms, wineries, cheese makers, and craft producers. For all level of cooks our classes offer professional chef instruction with lots of tips & techniques in a casual stress-free kitchen environment. Printed recipe booklets are included along with wonderful farm-fresh dining with new friends!

Contact:,, 978-994-1692

Category: cooking,

Cedar Circle Farm & Education

Location: 225 Pavillion Road, East Thetford, Vermont

Description: Cedar Circle Farm is an organic farm with a social mission. We engage the community to develop and share practices that promote regenerative agriculture, good health, and a resource-rich environment. We invite you to visit our farmstand, greenhouses, coffee shop, and pick-your-own fields along the Connecticut River in East Thetford, Vermont.

Contact:,, 802-785-4737

Category: cooking, gardening

The Farm School

Location: 488 Moore Hill Road, Athol, MA, 01331

Description: A highly immersive and exclusive class to learn agricultural techniques for aspiring farmers, educators and community leaders


Category: forestry, animal husbandry, carpentry, homesteading, cooking, organic, sustainable agriculture

Hannaford Career Center

Location: 51 Charles Ave, Middlebury, VT , 05753

Description: Our mission is to provide educational experiences that prepare secondary and adult students with the knowledge and skills to enter the workforce in careers that are high skilled, high demand, and that pay a livable wage and to continue their education. Including adult education courses.

Contact:,, (802) 382-1012

Category: welding, cooking, animal husbandry, plant ID, poultry, gardening, organic, composting, sustainable agriculture, cooking,

Koviashuvik Local Living School

Location: 71 lake Drive, Temple, Maine

Description: Founded in 2008, Koviashuvik is a working homestead and school of simple living. We offer the Family Sustainability Stay, programs for schools, The Simple Life Internship, and weekend craft classes. Through these venues we teach skills that inspire a lifeway of connection, resilience, and gratitude. Woodwork, wild gathering, tool sharpening, homestead agriculture, food preservation, basketry, fire from friction, leatherwork, acorn processing, rocket stove construction, cooking over fire, humanure composting…. These skills, from all different traditions and times, empower us to choose a positive relationship with mother earth.

Contact:,, 207-778-0318

Category: Carpentry,foraging, homesteading, sustainable agriculture, gardening, food preservation, basketry, basket making, camping, leather,homebuilding, cooking , composting

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

Glass Rooster Cannery

Location: 1673 South State Route 605 Sunbury, Ohio 43074

Description: Join us in the Cannery kitchen to learn modern homesteading practices, including home preserving, soap making, cooking with herbs, artisan bread making and more! Bring your friends for a private cooking class or team building event. Wander through our restored barns full of Ohio-made art and antiques. Walk around the gardens while learning about sustainable agriculture practices or relax by the glass bottle mosaic wall and enjoy the pond and permaculture. Conveniently located twenty minutes north of Columbus.

Contact:,, 614-499-2958

Category: homesteading, food preservation, bread/pizza, cooking, sustainable agriculture, permaculture,soap making

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,

Johnny Prime Steaks

Location: Online only.

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


Category: Butchering, cooking

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

Self Reliant School


Description: An online blog for homesteading.

Contact:, Contact though the blog,

Category: Bread/Pizza, Gardening, Wine, Beer, Cider, Cooking, Soil Management, Food Preservation, Homesteading,

Rooted in Clay

Location: 208 Middle Winchendon Rd. Rindge NH 03461

Description: Shana Brautigam is a potter and teaching artist working at Rooted in Clay pottery studio in Rindge, NH. She makes her forms using hand-building techniques, such as pinching, coiling, and slab building. Without using the wheel, Shana creates a variety of unique forms, including everything from bowls and mugs to teapots, large vessels, and clay instruments. Cob Oven Building Workshop

Contact:,, 603.899.3120

Category: pottery, 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

Cooking with Mrs. G

Location: Millbury, Massachusetts

Description: Rachel Goclawski is a Massachusetts Certified Educator, Wild Foods Foraging Guide, and Programming Partner with the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Sudbury Valley Trustees, and Girl Scouts of Eastern MA. For her "day job," she is a US Army Information Technology Specialist assigned to a Green Energy Testing camp at Ft. Devens. Including sugar maple classes.


Category: foraging, plant ID, cooking, food preservation.

Tracie’s Community Farm, LLC

Location: 72 Jaffrey Rd. Fitzwilliam, NH 03447

Description: Growing pesticide, chemical free vegetables, fruits, herbs, and community since 1999 for the Monadnock region. We provide 350+ families with food through our Spring, Summer, and Fall Shares as well as our on site farm store in the barn, and transplants through the spring at our farmstand, open daily sunup to sundown. We also supply local restaurants like Fritz, Elm City, Fitzwilliam Inn, Inn at East Hill Farm and other items that we have in abundance.

Contact:,, 603-568-6102

Category: food preservation, pizza, cooking, gardening,

Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture

Location: 630 Bedford Road Pocantico Hills, NY 10591

Description: Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture is a nonprofit organization on a mission to create a healthy and sustainable food system. We convene changemakers, train farmers, educate food citizens and develop agroecological farming practices.

Contact:,, 914 366 6200

Category: cooking, farming, gardening,

Christopher Nyerges

Location: 4550 Oak Grove Dr, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

Description: Regular field trips and workshops to learn about urban and wilderness self-reliance and survival. Learn about WILD FOODS, WILDERNESS SKILLS (such as fire-making, weaponry, shelter-building, etc.), URBAN SKILLS (such as food and water storage, emergency preparedness, alternates to electricity, etc.), and general NATURE AWARENESS and ECOLOGY awareness.

Contact:,, (626) 791-3217

Category: plant ID, survival, foraging, off the grid, biology, Basket making, camping,cooking, trapping, hunting, blacksmithing

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


Location: 102 Waltham Street Boston, MA 02118

Description: Stir is Chef Barbara Lynch’s demonstration kitchen and cookbook store: a space for her team and guests to eat, drink, gather and — of course — learn.

Contact:, 617-423-7847

Category: cooking, wine/beer/cider,

Heirloom Kitchen

Location: 3853 Route 516, Old Bridge, NJ 08857

Description: A farm to table restaurant and supper club, a recreational cooking school and a tretail boutique with a carefully curated selection of kitchenwares and table-top

Contact:, 732-727-9444

Category: Cooking

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,

Adirondack Folk School

Location: P. O. Box 2 51 Main Street Lake Luzerne, NY 12846

Description: Adirondack Folk School (AFS) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, unique for its dedication to teaching the arts, crafts, and cultural heritage of the Adirondack region. Made up of local artisans, crafts people, and volunteers, we offer non-competitive education focusing on the student.

Contact:,, 518-696-2400

Category: blacksmithing, basket making, gardening, carpentry, pottery, cooking, kids, fiber crafts, leather, jewelry, timber framing, soap making, essential oils, food preservation, cheese making, trades, masonry,

Mystic Seaport

Location: 75 Greenmanville Avenue PO Box 6000 Mystic, CT 06355

Description: Many people know Mystic Seaport as one of Connecticut’s most popular tourist destinations, full of one-of-a-kind sights, activities, and attractions. But not as many know that Mystic Seaport also offers just as many unique educational opportunities, for everyone from children and teenagers to grad students and grandmothers. Get a degree. Take a field trip. Build a boat. Learn to sail. The IQ-enhancing choices are endless. Best of all, they’re fun.

Contact:,, 860.572.0711

Category: blacksmithing, cooking, carpentry, Modern Celestial Navigation

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