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 Basic Course will be held in Orleans, Nebraska on Friday May 11,  2018.  The fee for this program is $150.00.  Registration for this class is closed.  If you are interested in trying to get in, please contact Wini Labrecque at 724-272-4285.


SGC has scheduled another BASIC class to be held July 27, 2018 in Augusta, WV  (near Romney).    Registration is set to open on Monday April 9 through SUNY.  The Basic Class will be immediately followed by the 3 day Advanced Class at this same location.


Good Time Ridge Alpaca Farm

3354 N River Road

Augusta, WV 26704

HOST: Cheri Seiler  304-496-9946 Farm (call for location questions only)


South Branch Inn

64 Heritage Circle

Romney, WV 26757



Kookwink Motel

24350 Northwestern Pike

Romney, WV 26757


We are working on getting a group discount rate.  Please ask the hotel when you book your room.

While a small community there are a few restaurants in the area including American, Mexican and Chinese cuisine.

Additional hotels can be found in Winchester, about a 45 minute drive from the venue.


Dulles International Airport (IAD) (1.45 hours away)

Baltimore-Washington Int’l Airport (BWI) (3 hours away)

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) (2.5 hours away)

To register please contact The Office of Professional & Continuing Education – SUNY/PACE Cobleskill,   518-255-5528.  Ask for Linda Serdy or go to the Registration link through this website.  If there are not enough registered within 30 days of the class, class is subject to cancellation.

This Basic Course in WV will be immediately followed by the Advanced 3 day Course.  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.

Additional Basic Course locations are being investigated for the remainder of 2018.  If you are interested in hosting one in your area, please contact Wini Labrecque at or by phone at 724-272-4285