Basic Course

This Basic 1 day course is designed for anyone interested in learning more about natural fiber production.  Both current producers and non producers will benefit from the knowledge gained in this informative course.

The goal for this course is to have natural fiber producers gain the knowledge to return to their farm and organize their fiber for production. Management, harvesting and sorting are the building blocks for the workshop with hands-on time to gain experience.  Included also is information on yarn production to familiarize the students with processing at artisan mills. Students will leave this one-day event with the tools they need to get their fiber out of storage and separated so that they can maximize yield and minimize cost at their mill.

This Basic Course is a Prerequisite to taking the Advanced Course and subsequent Apprenticeship Training which will lead to the designation Master Sorter/Grader.  Those who have completed the Basic Course successfully will have 18 months to take the Advanced Course if they desire to continue in the program.  After the time, you will be required to repeat the Basic Course before taking further portions of the program.

The next scheduled Basic Course will be held in Thompson, PA on Friday August 11,  2017.  The fee for this program is $150.00.


Rascal Fair Farm

68 Water Street

Thompson, PA  18465

Host Sharon Milewski (cell: 570-677-3774) (only call for area information.  For class information please call SUNY/Cobleskill.

Closest Airports:

Wilkes-Barre -Scranton (PA)  45 minute drive

Binghamton Airport (NY) 40 minute drive


Kings Barn

295 Main Street

Thompson, PA  18465



The Carbondale Grand Hotel & Conference Center

25 South Main Street

Carbondale, PA  18407


To register please contact The Office of Professional & Continuing Education – SUNY/PACE Cobleskill,   518-255-5528.  Ask for Linda Serdy.

This Basic Course in PA will be immediately followed by the Advanced 3 day Course as well as in conjunction with a regional sorting event that attendees are welcome to attend to gain experience or to watch.  Registration for the Basic and/or Advanced course is on a first come first serve basis and must be paid in full to guarantee a spot.

This will likely be the only remaining Basic Course in 2017.