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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,

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Modern Self-Reliance

Location: Burlington, MA

Description: We teach homesteading and preparedness skills through online tutorials.


Category: Food preservation, soap making, cheese making, survival,gardening

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

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

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

The Grateful Garden

Location: 965 Washington St. Hanover, MA. 02339

Description: A sustainable garden center and vegetable gardener's resource center. The Grateful Garden offers a variety of organic and heirloom annuals, edible perennials, fruit trees, native flowers, growing supplies, as well as education programs and vegetable garden design/installation. Focused on cultivating avid vegetable growers, we are not just a plant supplier we are a resource center for local vegetable gardeners. Quite simply we grow vegetable gardeners!

Contact:,, 617-212-9223

Category: Permaculture, gardening, composting

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

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

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 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

Practical Farmers

Location: 600 Fifth Street, Suite 100 Ames, IA 50010

Description: Strengthening farms and communities through farmer led investigation and information sharing

Contact:,, 515-232-5661

Category: Animal husbandry, gardening

Washington State University

Location: Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164-5220

Description: Online certificate program in organic agricultural practices and food industry management.

Contact:, , 509-335-3557

Category: Organic ,Gardening , 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

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

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


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

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,

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,

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,

Encompass Community For Independent Learning

Location: Dartmouth, Massachusetts

Description: The Encompass Community For Independent Learning is located on 65 acres at Friends Academy in Dartmouth, Ma. We are housed under the existing Center For Education Innovation. With its overlap of progressive ideals and philosophical values, our program is a grant-funded partnership that serves as a bridge between the homeschool community and the learning community at large on the South Coast.

Contact:,, (508) 999-1356

Category: gardening, plant ID,

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

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

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,

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.

Contact:,, Highlights info row image (207) 370-7697

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

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,

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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