The School of the New American Farmstead offers leading-edge courses & Professional Certificates in regenerative farming and artisanal food production to support professionals and lifelong learners of all ages.
About the School of the New American Farmstead
We provide a variety of classes, study tours, and professional certificates that will inspire you, equip you with marketable skills, and provide you with new perspectives on regenerative farming and artisanal food production.
Our hands-on courses will require you to roll up your sleeves and dig in. The School of the New American Farmstead’s experiential approach will engage all of your senses and offer insights into techniques perfected by some of the world’s most skilled ecological farmers and craft-food producers.
Give your passion for food and farming the time and space it deserves. Explore professional opportunities and lifestyle choices that will feed your body, mind, and soul. Learn to replenish the land, relish its bounty, and revive time-tested culinary and agricultural arts–in Vermont’s majestic Northeast Kingdom, Brunnenburg Castle & Agricultural Museum in the Italian Alps, the dairy region of the Upper Loire Valley of France, and Point Reyes, California.
The School of the New American Farmstead at Sterling College is waiting for you to join our international network of students, alumni, and instructors. See our upcoming course offerings and new professional certificate programs below.
Check out the 2020 Class Schedule!
Students successfully completing these courses are awarded continuing education units (CEUs), included in the course tuition as listed. Students desiring undergraduate academic credit pay per credit tuition fees and must fulfill additional academic requirements. If you have any questions about when a course is being offered, how to register, or the process for receiving undergraduate credit, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Courses will continue to be listed as they become available. Sign up for email notifications below if you would like to be updated.
|Title||Course ID||Credits||Start Term||Faculty|
|Surviving the Future: Conversations for Our Time||April 6-May 31, 2020||Shaun Chamberlin & Philip Ackerman-Leist|
|Italian Sustainability Tour for Dietitians||CE362||3 CEU (45 CPE)||June 8-17, 2020||Philip Ackerman-Leist & Sharon Palmer|
|Artisan Breadmaking & Heritage Grains: From the Iceman Forward||TBD||2 CEU||June 19-26, 2020||Richard Miscovich & Philip Ackerman-Leist|
|The Art of Fermentation||INT270/CE233||2 CEU/2 credits||July 20-24, 2020||Sandor Katz|
|Wildcrafting for Everyone||TBD||1 CEU||June 26, 2020||Nova Kim & Les Hook|
|Affinage: The Art and Science of Maturing Cheese||CE307||2 CEU||August 5-8, 2020||Eric Meredith|
|Organic Wine & Spirits Production Residency||12 CEU||August 14 - September 6, 2020||Nik de Rachewiltz|
|Affinage: The Art and Science of Maturing Cheese||CE307||2 CEU||October 7-10, 2020||Eric Meredith|
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The School of the New American Farmstead at Sterling College is generously underwritten by Chelsea Green Publishing, the preeminent publisher of books on the politics and practice of sustainable living. Chelsea Green and the School of the New American Farmstead at Sterling College share a deep commitment to Sterling’s mission of empowering lifelong students to boldly advance ecological thinking and action in their communities.