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.

Upcoming online course

Surviving the Future: Conversations for our Time

April 6- May 31, 2020

An eight-week online gathering for curated conversations.

On your own time, in your own home, with a new international community.

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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 our new certificate programs!

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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 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 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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If you are a Veteran, have Abenaki heritage, or identify as a low-income Vermonter you qualify to apply!

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