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.

SGC has rescheduled the BASIC and ADVANCED classes that had been scheduled in October.  Registration will be open at SUNY soon  for these classes.

The next Basic Course will be held in Owensville,  MO on Friday November 15, 2019.  The fee for this program is $150.00.  Registration for this class will be open shortly.   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.


A Basic Course has been scheduled for November 15, 2019 in OWENSVILLE, MO.  See below for details.    If you are interested in hosting one in your area, please contact Wini Labrecque at or by phone at 724-272-4285


November 15, 2019

Class will be held at the NFP Dehairing Facility.
Ash @ Springfield / Look for Select Powder Coating sign
St Louis Lambert Intl
3 Air B n B’s in Owensville
Owensville Motor Inn
Cool Cow Cheese B&B (M&T Farms)