School of the New American Farmstead Offers Scholarships

for Summer 2019 Courses

Funding to support veterans, low-income students and those of Abenaki heritage

Two foundations with Northeast Kingdom connections are helping to support continuing education opportunities in Craftsbury this summer by funding scholarships for students who want to take a course through the School of the New American Farmstead at Sterling College. The scholarships are specifically for people who identify as low-income and/or of Abenaki heritage. A third granting entity, the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), is generously providing scholarships specific to military veterans.

Now in its fourth year, the School of the New American Farmstead offers over 20 courses and workshops from May to September, in such subjects as cheesemaking, fermentation, mushroom farming, artisan baking, “nose-to-tail butchery” and regenerative design. Renowned instructors include fermentation expert Sandor Katz, wildcrafters Nova Kim and Les Hook, and artisan cheesemaker David Asher.

Caroline Kimball, Associate Dean of the School of the New American Farmstead, praised the foundations ––  which wish to remain anonymous –– that are offering support. “They share our passion in providing continuing education opportunities for learners of all ages,” said Kimball. “Entrepreneurs, professionals and hobbyists will gain hands-on experience during a transformative week of instruction from innovative teachers who are on the leading edge of regenerative agriculture and craft food.”

NCAT, the organization that is providing funding for veteran scholarships, helps people by championing small-scale, local and sustainable solutions that reduce poverty, promote healthy communities and protect natural resources.

The School of the New American Farmstead works in partnership with Chelsea Green Publishing, the School’s leading underwriter, featuring the company’s award-winning authors as instructors. As a result, students have unusual access to authors of some of the most relevant and compelling books on creating a sustainable future.

All courses are open to public enrollment, and students receive continuing education credits upon completion. People who meet any of the criteria are encourage to apply for a scholarship at “I cannot express how grateful I am for this amazing gift,” said a scholarship recipient. “Thank you so much for granting me such a generous scholarship. I can’t wait to experience the Empowered Breads, Pies, and Pastries course!”



Founded in 1958 in Craftsbury Common, Vermont, Sterling College is the leading voice in higher education for environmental stewardship and rural place-based education. The College was among the first in the United States to focus on the human relationship in the natural world through majors in Ecology, Environmental Humanities, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, and Outdoor Education. Enrolling 125 undergraduate and 200 continuing education students, Sterling is home to the School of the New American Farmstead, the Wendell Berry Farming Program, is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education, and is one of only nine federally recognized Work Colleges in the nation.

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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