The School of the New American Farmstead at Sterling College offers continuing education courses for agrarians, culinarians, entrepreneurs, and lifelong learners.

We provide a variety of workshops, classes, and certifications that will inspire you, equip you with marketable skills, and provide you with new perspectives on integrated, community-centered farming and food production.

Our hands-on courses will require you to roll up your sleeves and dig in or get cooking. The School of the New American Farmstead’s experiential approach will engage all of your senses and impart techniques perfected by some of the world’s most skilled ecological farmers and craft-food producers. Our instructors pair their singular expertise with enthusiastic and effective teaching.

In small classes, you will work one-on-one with sustainable agriculture pioneers and reverent food artisans, who will also share illuminating history, fundamental theory, and practical information. On Sterling’s Farm and in its teaching kitchen, you will have ample opportunity to put your new knowledge into practice. Visits with the stewards of Vermont’s working landscape and the visionary leaders of its vibrant food movement will complete the immersive experience.

Give your passion for food and farming the time and space it deserves. Explore a lifestyle or career that feeds your body, mind, and soul. Learn to replenish the land, relish its bounty, and revive time-tested rural arts.

Sterling College is waiting for you.

CGP-final-logo_LARGE-COLOR-300x198The School of the New American Farmstead programming is generously supported by Chelsea Green Publishing, the preeminent publisher of books on the politics and practice of sustainable living. Chelsea Green, an independent publishing company, works with authors who bring in-depth, practical knowledge to life. Their titles provide readers with accessible and implementable knowledge about subjects at the heart of the Sterling College curriculum: organic farming and gardening, permaculture, ecology, the environment, simple living, food, green building, sustainable business and economics, among others.    Many of the School of the New American Farmstead’s esteemed instructors are authors of widely read Chelsea Green titles.

Academic credit is not awarded for School of the New American Farmstead courses. Students completing these course earn continuing education units (CEUs).

TitleCourse IDCreditsStart TermFaculty
Integrated Farming Practicum I & IIINT24512I: May 16 – June 24 II: July 25 – August 19Gwyneth Harris, Rick Thomas, Louise Calderwood, Jennifer Colby
Mushrooms, Molds, and Mycorrhizae: The Cultivation & Permaculture of FunghiCE2011/3 ceuMay 14-15, 2016Tradd Cotter
Fields, Forests & Bird HabitatsCE2021/3 ceuCancelledSteve Hagenbuch
Foraging & WildcraftingCE3023 ceuMay 23 – June 3, 2016Pascal Baudar
Food Writing from the FarmCE3013 ceuMay 23 – June 3, 2016Clark Wolf
Literally Hemp BoundCE2081/3 ceuCancelledDoug Fine
Organic Beekeeping: Getting StartedCE2091/3 ceuJune 4-5, 2016Ross Conrad
Introduction to Dairy CraftCE3033 ceuJune 6-16, 2016David Asher
Artisan Bread MakingCE3043 ceuJune 20 - July 1, 2016Richard Miscovich
Beyond Invasive SpeciesCE2031/3 ceuJune 25-26, 2016Tao Orion
Pollinator ConservationINT 2401/3 ceuJune 27, 2016Jarrod Fowler
Farming with Beneficial Insects: Conservation Biological ControlINT 2401/3 ceu June 28, 2016Jarrod Fowler
Holistic OrchardingCE2041/3 ceuJune 29-30, 2016Michael Phillips
Butchery & CharcuterieCE3053 ceuJuly 5 – 15, 2016Pete Colman
Regenerative AgricultureINT473, CE4733July 5 – 14, 2016Darren J. Doherty
Small Batch BrewingCE3063 ceuJuly 18 – 29, 2016Shaun Hill, Anders Kissmeyer
Herbs for Family HealthCE2071/3 ceuJuly 21-22, 2016Nancy Phillips
Growing Hops: Sustainable, Small-Scale Production for Home and MarketCE2061/3 ceuJuly 23-24, 2016Laura Ten Eyck, Dietrich Gehring
The Art of FermentationCE3073 ceuAug 1 -12, 2016Sandor Katz
Harvest Preservation: Canning, Drying, Pickling & Salt CuringCE3083 ceuAugust 15-26, 2016Andrea Chesman
Fundamentals of Artisan CheeseCE3403 ceuAugust 29-Sept 8, 2016Ivan Larcher
Working Horses, Working LandscapesINT2703August 15 – 26, 2016Rick Thomas
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