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New England Woods

Location: Cumberland, Rhode Island 02863

Description: New England Woods LLC, Survival School and Guide Service, based in Rhode Island, serves the local and wider outdoor community by offering regularly scheduled workshops, courses and classes related to modern survival and traditional bushcraft skills, as well as guided trips throughout the New England region.


Category: camping, plant ID, survival,

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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

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

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

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

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

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,

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,

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

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,

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

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

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

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,

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