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Farrington Nature Linc

Location: P.O. Box 293 Lincoln, MA 01773

Description: Organizer of Into Our Woods: An Adult Forest School Series of Workshops Farrington Nature Linc’s mission is to enhance the well-being of children from low-income communities through a connection with the natural world.

Contact:,, 781-888-0868

Category: plant ID, foraging,

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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.

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

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

Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership

Location: P.O. Box 80625 South Dartmouth, MA 02748

Description: SEMAP is dedicated to preserving and expanding access to local food and sustainable farming in southeastern Massachusetts through research and education.


Category: poultry, fiber arts, wine , gardening,urban farming


Location: 411 Main Road Gill, MA 01354

Description: Our farm in the northern Connecticut River Valley of Massachusetts specializes in fresh raw milk from our small herd of grass-fed Ayrshire cattle, farmstead cheeses, berries, grains, and vegetables. Our sustainable, environmentally-sound farming practice strives to provide our community with fresh, wholesome, locally-produced food.

Contact:,, 413-863-2297

Category: cheese making,

Beginning Farmers

Location: NA

Description: An online reference for all types of farming


Category: Homesteading, Urban Farming, animal husbandry, sustainable Agriculture

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

Pennsylvania State University

Location: The Pennsylvania State University, 323 Agricultural Administration Building, University Park, PA 16802

Description: An online reference and course listing for all types of farming.

Contact:,, 877-345-0691

Category: animal husbandry, Foraging,farming, Forestry, Pest Control, soil management

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

Organic Growers School

Location: PO Box 17804 Asheville, NC 28816

Description: A series of in person workshops and a collection of online tips geared towards inspiring farmers.

Contact:,, 828-214-7833

Category: Homesteading, Organic, Gardening , Farming,

Tufts University's Sustainable Farming Project

Location: 45 Merrimack St, 5th Floor, Lowell MA 01852

Description: A curriculum geared towards beginner farms that are looking to start or have already starting their farming business.

Contact:,, 978-654-6745

Category: Animal Husbandry, Land Surveying, Gardening, Farming

Stone Soup Institute

Location: 298 Allen Point Road, Harpswell, ME 04079

Description: An international school offering courses of study integrating traditional and contemporary practices and knowledge in the agrarian arts and sciences, crafts and fine arts.

Contact: http://stone-soup-institute.org207-833-2884,, 207-833-2884

Category: Animal Husbandry, Homebuilding, Fiber arts, Gardening, Farming, Forestry, sustainable agriculture

Wolfes Neck Farm

Location: 84 Burnett Road, Freeport, ME, 04032

Description: A two year residential organic dairy research and farmer training program

Contact:,, 207-865-4469

Category: Organic, Dairy animals, Gardening, Farming

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


Location: 399 Broadway, Providence Rhode Island 02909

Description: cluck! is a small, woman-owned business founded in 2013 to serve urban agriculturalists and gardeners in and around Providence, Rhode Island. cluck!'s goods and services focus on small-scale food production, backyard small animal husbandry (especially chickens and bees) and homesteading-based self-reliance. We have the tools, supplies, ideas and education you need to grow, raise and preserve your own food while helping to keep your community healthy and beautiful. We've also got unusual, thoughtful gifts for all ages. We run year-round classes, workshops, readings, and family-friendly programs and maintain a teaching garden of edibles and habitat-supporting native plants. We also keep bees and raise chickens.

Contact:,, (401) 274 1160

Category: poultry, gardening, urban farming

Vermont Tiny Homes

Location: Various Locations: VT

Description: Peter King is an experienced Vermont carpenter, an inspiring teacher, and a tiny house enthusiast. He has been building Tiny Houses in Vermont for years. He conducts weekend workshops in Northern Vermont. Join the new socioeconomic housing movement that reduces the world's carbon footprint by building small and living large.

Contact:,, 802-933-6103

Category: homebuilding, gardening, carpentry, forestry, farming, permaculture, milling,electric, plumbing,plant ID

University of Vermont - Farmer Training Program

Location: 194 South Prospect Street Burlington, VT 05405

Description: UVM’s Farmer Training Program is a six-month, hands-on program for aspiring farmers and food-systems advocates that provides experiential, skills-based education in sustainable farming. Students will get a unique and comprehensive education by running all aspects of the 10-acre Catamount Educational Farm, learning from expert farmers and educators in the classroom, and alongside successful, inspiring farmers in the Burlington area. PLANT YOURSELF IN A NEW FIELD!

Contact:,, (800) 639-3210

Category: farming, sustainable agriculture, soil management, pest control, organic, permaculture

Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership

Location: P.O. Box 80625, South Dartmouth, MA, 02748

Description: SEMAP is dedicated to preserving and expanding access to local food and sustainable farming in southeastern Massachusetts through research and education.

Contact:,, 508-243-6005

Category: Poultry, Wine/Beer, Gardening, Farming,

Earthwise Farm and Forest

Location: 341 Macintosh Hill Rd, Randolph, VT 05060

Description: Earthwise Farm and Forest is a certified organic, draft-animal powered family farm located in Bethel, Vermont, and operated by Carl Russell and Lisa McCrory. We produce and sell certified organic Raw Milk, poultry (Chicken and Heritage Turkey),Beef, Garlic, vegetables, Flowers, and non-organic (though non-GMO) eggs & Pastured Pork, Pottery, and lumber. The emphasis of our farming enterprise is to function as a self-sufficient 'whole farm organism', applying ecological principles of Holistic Management, Biodynamics, Dowsing, motive (animal) power, and renewable energy to create healthy vibrant food and forest products for our family and our local community.

Contact:, , 802-234-5524

Category: horse, forestry/milling, dairy animals, cheese making, animal husbandry, sustainable agriculture, off the grid, soil management,

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,

Washington State University Extension

Location: 1919 NE 78th St Vancouver, WA 98665

Description: A series of college programs geared towards individuals who wish to expand their knowledge on many farming practices

Contact:,, 360-397-6060

Category: Food Preservation, Soil Management, Pest Control, Sustainable Agriculture, Gardening, Animal Husbandry, Forestry/Milling, Fishing, Land Surveying

Flint Hill Farm

Location: 1922 Flint Hill Road Coopersburg, PA 18036

Description: A 26 acre preserved farm in Lehigh County using the recognition of agro-tourism in an effort to bridge the gap between the urban, suburban and farming community

Contact:,, 610-2928

Category: Cheese making, Bread / Pizza, Horse

Soule Homestead

Location: 46 Soule Street Middleborough, Massachusetts 02346

Description: The mission of the Soule Homestead Education Center is to support and maintain a community-based nonprofit education center for the benefit of area schools and the general public while preserving and enhancing the historic Soule Homestead. Hands on learning opportunities include environmental programs, organic farming activities, traditional crafts, and cultural events.

Contact:,, 508-947-6744

Category: ecology, organic farming, gardening skills, fiber arts, spinning, weaving, quilting, food preservation, carpentry, basketry, sustainable agriculture

New England Wild Flower Society

Location: 180 Hemenway Road Framingham, MA 01701

Description: New England Wild Flower Society conserves native plants in the wild and encourages gardeners and landscape professionals to choose natives when they plant outdoor spaces, particularly plants grown from local seeds, harvested sustainably in the wild. Our mission is to conserve and promote the region’s native plants to ensure healthy, biologically diverse landscapes.

Contact:,, 508.877.7630

Category: plant ID, urban farming, gardening, composting

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

D Acres of New Hampshire

Location: 218 Streeter Woods Road PO Box 98 Dorchester, New Hampshire 03266

Description: D Acres of New Hampshire is a not-for-profit Permaculture Farm and Educational Homestead located in Dorchester, NH. The Mission of the organization is to function as an educational center that researches, applies and teaches skills of sustainable living and small-scale organic farming. Striving to improve the human relationship to the environment, the center functions as a demonstration farm to role model exemplars of healthy living. Sharing a communal living situation, individuals come to respect and share values of interdependence and love of nature. In addition, the organization supports educational activities directed toward improving the quality of life of residents and the larger community.

Contact:,, (603) 786-2366

Category: essential oils, permaculture, sustainable agriculture, foraging, food preservation, farming

The Resilience Hub & Portland Maine Permaculture

Location: 224 Anderson St Portland, Maine 04101

Description: The Resilience Hub is a collaborative organization based in Portland Maine. Our mission is to build resilience at the personal, household and community levels while creating thriving examples of abundance based on ecological wisdom. We do this by offering a range of events, education and training as well as resilience-building services and projects.

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Category: permaculture, sustainable agriculture, organic farming, plant ID, gardening, farming

Fair Winds Farm

Location: 513 Upper Dummerston Road Brattleboro, Vermont 05301

Description: The Jay and Janet Bailey family have been farming a 40 acre horse powered, diversified farm using 1,2,3&4 horse hitches since 1980. Located in Southern Vermont, we offer hay and sleigh rides and teach draft horse workshops with our Suffolk Punch horses. We also provide our local community with fresh eggs from chickens fed organic grain. We have worked with the horses throughout the years and enjoy sharing our experience with others.

Contact:,, 802-254-9067

Category: horse, farming,

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,

Roots School

Location: Roots School, 192 Bear Notch Rd, Bradford VT, 05033

Description: In April of 2007, Roots School was founded with the purpose of educating people of all ages and backgrounds in: Self Reliance and Survival Skills, Tracking and Naturalist Studies, Primitive and Traditional Skills

Contact:,, 802-456-1253

Category: Survival, Basket making, Permaculture, Gardening, Forestry, Tanning, Farming, Trades - Other

Wolfe's Neck Center

Location: 184 Burnett Road Freeport, Maine 04032

Description: Situated on over 600 acres of preserved coastal landscape in Freeport, Maine, Wolfe’s Neck Center uses its setting to connect people of all ages to the food they eat and where it comes from.

Contact:,, 207-865-4469

Category: Dairy Animals, Farming, Gardening, Pest Control, Animal Husbandry, Poultry Care, Sustainable Agriculture,

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