Sterling College’s School of the New American Farmstead is offering a five-day immersion course for people curious about working with draft animal power for their farm or woodlot. The “Introduction to Teamster Skills: Working Horses and Cattle” course will be held June 10-15, 2018 at the Sterling College campus.

Led by Sterling College Faculty in Sustainable Agriculture, Rick Thomas, and featuring visiting faculty Tim Huppe and John Smolinsky, participants in this course collectively experience the daily rhythm of working on a draft animal powered farm. Upon completing the course, students will have a strong understanding of the opportunities and constraints working cattle and horses bring to a modern farming or logging enterprise.  

Sterling was the first college to offer an undergraduate minor in Draft Horse Management and is an excellent place to explore these systems. This course is designed to introduce basic teamster skills and is appropriate for people with no previous experience working with draft animals. To register, please visit:

This class is being offered through The School of the New American Farmstead (SNAF), Sterling College’s continuing education program. Classes represent the ideals of the College’s undergraduate principles of environmental stewardship and experiential learning while offering multifaceted ways for agrarians, culinarians, entrepreneurs and traditional craftspeople to hone valuable skills. Learning experiences are offered in the form of workshops, short-courses, symposia, and professional development opportunities.

The School of the New American Farmstead at Sterling College is generously underwritten by the following Vermont businesses: Chelsea Green Publishing, the preeminent publisher of books on the politics and practice of sustainable living; Vermont Creamery, an award winning creamery offering fresh and aged goat cheeses, cultured butter, and créme fraîche that combine the European tradition of cheesemaking with Vermont’s terroir: the Cellars at Jasper Hill, Vermont’s award winning cheesemakers and affineurs. Partner businesses share a deep commitment to the environmental stewardship mission of Sterling College.

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