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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

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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.

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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

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

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

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

Harrisville Designs

Location: 4 Mill Alley Harrisville, NH 03450

Description: Harrisville Designs continues to make high quality, natural 100% wool yarns for knitting and weaving along with beautiful carded fleece for felting and spinning. Floor Looms in several sizes and styles are finely hand-crafted in the woodworking shop which also creates their wonderful line of awarding-winning products for children.

Contact:, (603) 827-3996

Category: weaving, fiber arts, crochet/knitting,

Saunderstown Weaving School

Location: 85 Kelley Road Saunderstown, RI 02874 USA

Description: Established in 1974 by Norma Smayda, the Saunderstown Weaving School will allow you to greatly expand your weaving horizons. Instruction is individualized for beginning and advanced students, with each student weaving projects of choice. Instruction includes designing the projects, warping the loom and weaving. There is a strong emphasis on traditional weaves, the works of Weaver Rose and Bertha Gray Hayes, and Scandinavian techniques, as well as design and weaving theory.

Contact:,, (401) 294-3676

Category: weaving, fiber arts

Hancock Shaker Village

Location: 34 Lebanon Mountain Rd., Hancock, MA 01237

Description: Go back in time, forward in thought. Living history museum in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.

Contact:,, 413-443-0188

Category: fiber arts, spinning, weaving, carpentry,

Artist's Asylum

Location: 10 Tyler Street, Somerville, MA, 02143

Description: Artisan’s Asylum is a non-profit community workshop in Somerville, Massachusetts. Our mission is to support and promote the teaching, learning and practice of fabrication.

Contact:,, (617) 284-6878

Category: carpentry, fiber arts, crochet, jewelry,metal work, welding,

Sanborn Mills Farm

Location: 7097 Sanborn Road Loudon, New Hampshire 03307

Description: Sanborn Mills Farm is a traditional New Hampshire farm and nonprofit organization dedicated to sustainability, creativity, and preserving folklife and agricultural knowledge so that the best of the past can help shape our future. Our workshops are offered from April to early November. If the workshops in the UPCOMING EVENTS are full, check out our CALENDAR for more listings.

Contact:,, (603) 435-7314

Category: blacksmithing, horse, fiber arts, animal-other, animal husbandry,

Marshfield Schools of Weaving

Location: 589 Eaton Cemetery Road Marshfield, Vermont 05658

Description: The Marshfield School of Weaving is the nation's foremost school for textile techniques as used in 18th-century Britain and early America. Our instruction is founded on efficient, practical methods rooted in a tradition that reaches back to medieval England.

Contact:,, 802.426.3733

Category: weaving, spinning, fiber arts,

The Fiber Loft

Location: 9 Mass Ave, Rte. 111, Harvard, MA 01451

Description: The Fiber Loft was started in 1975 by Reba Maisel as a small weaving studio. It has since expanded to become a full-service knitting, spinning, dyeing, felting, and weaving shop. We carry an extensive selection of gorgeous yarns, representing most of the small and large manufacturers. We also carry local handspun and hand-dyed yarns and spinning fibers as well as unique yarns from across the country.

Contact:,, 978-456-8669

Category: weaving, fiber arts, spinning, crochet/knitting,

Sheep & Shawl

Location: 265 Greenfield Rd South Deerfield, MA 01373

Description: The mission of Sheep & Shawl is to create a market for natural fiber yarns, promoting local and regional fiber farmers and fiber artists, and to create a local community of knitters and fiber artists.

Contact:,, 413-397-3680

Category: weaving, spinning, crochet/knitting, fiber arts,

Vävstuga Weaving School

Location: 16 Water Street, Shelburne Falls, MA 01370-1119

Description: The creation of Vävstuga is inspired by the many weaving schools throughout Sweden and the dedicated and talented people who have made them happen. Our goal is to perpetuate this amazing kind of education for generations to come.

Contact:,, 413-625-8241

Category: weaving, fiber arts

Web's: American's Yarn Store

Location: 75 Service Center Rd Northampton, MA 01060

Description: WEBS - America's Yarn Store is located in the picturesque Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. A second-generation, family-owned business, WEBS has been the destination for knitters, weavers and spinners for over 40 years.

Contact:,, 800-367-9327

Category: weaving, spinning, crochet/knitting, fiber arts,

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

Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts

Location: 24 Eliot Street Jamaica Plain MA 02130

Description: The Eliot School inspires lifelong learning in craftsmanship and creativity for all. We offer classes and workshops in woodworking, sewing and fiber arts, painting, drawing, photography and other crafts.

Contact:,, 617.524.3313

Category: carpentry, cabinetry, knitting, crochet, fiber arts, quilting, weaving, basket making,

Brookfield Craft Center

Location: 286 Whisconier Road (Route 25) Brookfield, CT 06804-0122

Description: Brookfield Craft Center is recognized as one of the finest professional schools for creative study in America, dedicated to teaching traditional and contemporary craft skills, and fostering the appreciation of fine craftsmanship. Students can explore blacksmithing, bladesmithing, ceramics, fused glass, flameworking, jewelrymaking, woodturning, weaving and fiber arts. Other areas of special interest include business, marketing and photography for artists; decorative arts; drawing and painting.

Contact:,, 203-775-4526

Category: pottery, fiber arts, glass work, jewelry, carpentry, blacksmithing,

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