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 at SUNY Cobleskill on Saturday October 27,  2018.  (Note date change. This class was scheduled for Oct. 20).  The fee for this program is $150.00.  Registration for this class is  open.   See below for class information.  Registration is thru the link on our home page or by call SUNY/Cobleskill, Deb Pernat at (518) 255-5537.

CLASS DATE AND LOCATION OFFERED:

SGC has scheduled a BASIC class to be held October 20, 2018 at SUNY/Cobleskill.    Registration is open through SUNY.  

NOTE:  This is a very busy weekend on campus.  Hotel space may be limited.  Book your reservations quickly!!

Location:

SUNY Cobleskill Campus

Main Campus (Knapp Hall)
106 Suffolk Circle
Cobleskill, NY

Center for Agriculture & Natural Resources (CANR)
114 Rockland Avenue
Cobleskill, NY

To register please contact The Office of Professional & Continuing Education – SUNY/PACE Cobleskill,   518-255-5537.  Ask for Deb Pernat or go to the Registration link through this website.  If there are not enough registered by October 1, 2018, class is subject to cancellation.

Nearest Airport:  Albany NY   Best Hotel: Super 8 (Book Soon – this will fill quickly)

An additional Basic Course has been scheduled for February 22, 2019 in Penn Valley, CA.  See below for details.    If you are interested in hosting one in your area, please contact Wini Labrecque at strwvr@gmail.com or by phone at 724-272-4285

2019 BASIC CLASS SCHEDULE

Friday February 23, 2019  8:30 – 5:00 PM  Meet & Greet following class

Hosted By: Russell Ratti and Karen Ball – Heart & SoulAlpacas and Spinnery

14514 Oak Meadow Rd, Penn Valley, CA  95946

www.heartandsoulspinnery.com       530-432-3015

Closest Airport – Sacramento Int’l Airport (approx. 60 miles to ranch)

Hotels:  The Courtyard Suites http://www.gvcourtyardsuites.com/

The Gold Miner Inn  http://www.goldminersinn.com/

This BASIC Class will be immediately followed by the 3 day ADVANCED Class