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Plymouth County Beekeepers Association

Location: 228 High St, Hanson, MA

Description: The Plymouth County Beekeepers Association (the “PCBA”), is a non-profit organization established in 1977. We are dedicated to the support of local agriculture and to educating the public about beekeeping through our school and participation in local fairs and festivals. PCBA focuses on education, agriculture, and stewardship through many of the public outreach programs the club participates in and provides throughout the year. We have members who speak at schools, community centers, and professional meetings.

Contact: https://www.plymouthcountybeekeepers.org/,

Category: beekeeping

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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: http://wildabundance.net/, info.wildabundance@gmail.com, (828) 775-7052

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

Fox Maple School of Traditional Building

Location: 65 Corn Hill Road, P.O. Box 249 Brownfield, Maine 04010

Description: Fox Maple was founded in 1975, at a time when the timber framing revival was just beginning to take root. Our motivation to begin building new timber frames grew from our desire to fully understand the nature of this ancient building system. In 1983 Fox Maple expanded its reach beyond the building of timber frames strictly for discerning clients, to include education through Fox Maple School, and the dissemination of information through Fox Maple Press. To this day these three distinct aspects of Fox Maple remain linked through their dedication to the high goals set back in 1975. This may best be conveyed in what has become known to our many students over the years as our mantra, "perfection & grace puts a smile on your face", and to our guiding belief that quality far surpasses quantity.—Vive Jean Claude!

Contact: http://www.foxmaple.com, 207-935-3720

Category: Timber framing, homebuilding

Shelter Institute

Location: 873 U.S. Route One Woolwich, Maine 04579

Description: Shelter is committed to working with our clients to create effective homes. We offer fine woodworking tools, Design Build services, real estate, and accredited classes in homebuilding. At Shelter, we have been evolving durable, adaptable, energy-conscious building techniques since 1974.

Contact: http://www.shelterinstitute.com/, info@shelterinstitute.com, 207-442-7938

Category: Timber framing, home building,

Heartwood School for the Homebuilding Crafts

Location: Johnson Hill Road Washington, MA 01223

Description: We established Heartwood in 1978 to teach the skills and knowledge it takes to build an energy-efficient house. Since that time, we have expanded our programs to include all aspects of the homebuilding crafts, particularly timber framing.

Contact: http://www.heartwoodschool.com/, request@heartwoodschool.com, 413 623-6677

Category: homebuilding, carpentry, timber frame,

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, mail@stone-soup-institute.org, 207-833-2884

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

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: http://koviashuvik.com/, info@koviashuvik.com, 207-778-0318

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

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: http://www.vermonttinyhouses.com/, peterking@vermonttinyhouses.com, 802-933-6103

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

Yestermorrow

Location: 7865 Main Street, Waitsfield, VT 05673

Description: In hands-on classes that explore and engage, we teach the arts of design and building as an integrated process, and provide instruction in fundamental skills. We offer nearly 100 classes in sustainable building and design, construction, natural building, architectural craft, woodworking, working landscapes and ecosystems, energy efficiency, and building science.

Contact: https://yestermorrow.org/, info@yestermorrow.org, 888.496.5541

Category: homebuilding, carpentry, timber framing, permaculture, off the grid, leather, cabinetry, electric, plumbing, basket making,forestry, milling, sustainable agriculture, metal work,composting,

Earthwood Building School

Location: 366 Murtagh Hill Road West Chazy,NY 12992

Description: Earthwood Building School teaches cordwood masonry construction as well as earth-sheltered housing techniques. It is run by Rob and Jaki Roy. Rob, active in the alternative building field for 35 years, is the author of fifteen owner-building books and has conducted hundreds of workshops at Earthwood and throughout the world. Together, Rob and Jaki have built Log End Cottage, Log End Cave, Earthwood, Mushwood and numerous other cordwood buildings. Jaki instructs at the hands-on sessions and keeps the school running smoothly from behind the scenes.

Contact: http://cordwoodmasonry.com/, robandjaki@yahoo.com, (518) 493-7744

Category: homebuilding, masonry,

Tom Brown Jr's Tracker School

Location: 529 Route 9, Unit #10 Waretown, NJ 08758

Description: The Tracker School was founded in 1978 by Tom Brown Jr, Americas most renowned Tracker, and Wilderness Survival expert. Based on the teachings of Stalking Wolf, the Apache elder from whom Tom learned his skills when he was just seven years old, he began teaching. The school has expanded to include over 75 classes, divided into eight course tracks.

Contact: https://www.trackerschool.com/, registration@trackerschool.com, 609-242-0350

Category: Survival, Homebuilding, Hunting, Trapping, Camping, Off the Grid, Fishing, Foraging, Basket Making,

Rural Heritage

Location: Online

Description: A bi-monthly magazine and online site offering resources to promote self-sufficiency and back to the land living

Contact: https://www.ruralheritage.com/new_rh_website/index_green.shtml, 319-362-3027

Category: Forestry, Milling, Horse, Animal Husbandry, Trades - Other, Homebuilding



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