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Spring Semester at Stone Soup (April 5 - June 30)

As Winter begins to wind down the days are growing increasingly longer, the buds on the trees begin to swell and the sap begins to flow. We find ourselves well rested after a Winter of long nights and as our energy begins to surge we are once again reminded that we are not separate from the world around us.

Our thoughts turn to Spring as the seed orders are being drawn up and we are readying to plant spring wheat with Gus and Marcus (our draft horses). Plowing a new garden plot, starting seedlings, buying piglets and chicks, wild harvesting, and wine making will be filling our farming days. We are sawing lumber for cold frames, chicken tractors, and a small greenhouse(from our stack of salvaged windows). Raised beds and barn rafters, a hog house and pen, and windows to trim our shop round out our build list.

The Curriculum

  • Gardening and Crops
    • planting spring wheat
    • planting and tending seedlings 
    • direct seeding crops
  • Animal Husbandry
    • selection and care of piglets
    • selection and care of broilers and laying chicks
    • use and care of draft horses
  • Building 
    • cold frame
    • greenhouse
    • hog pen
    • chicken tractor
    • raised beds
    • installation of windows and doors
  • Craft
    • wild harvesting
    • wine making

Living Arrangements

Participants in this semester will live in a 2000 square foot house built by Jim Cornish, the co-founder of Stone Soup Institute. The house is heated only with wood from a cast iron Jotul in the south and in the north end, a brick Finnish fireplace, with a bake oven and hot water heater.

There are three bedrooms available to students, one in the north end over the Finnish fireplace which sleeps two; one in the south end and a loft in the west end which will accommodate one each.

Students will prepare meals using the wood stoves and electric stove and serve on a common table in front of the fireplace.

There is one television with cable, VCR and computer access.

Social Opportunities

Stone Soup Institute is located on Harpswell Neck, a peninsula that is nine miles long and ½ mile wide at its widest point. There are miles of shoreline to explore within walking distance of the house, miles of public trails for snow shoeing and cross country skiing.

A small general store and post office are ¼ mile from the house.

Brunswick, the closest town to Harpswell, is nine miles north. It is a typical New England college town with movie theatres, libraries, restaurants, small shops, etc. A health food store and Farmers Market provide opportunities to buy provisions and visit with other farmers in the area.

Tuition, Fees and Dates

Spring Semester: April 5, 2013 – June 30, 2013
Fees: $3400 which includes full instructional program, seminars, and room and board.
Click here to download an application form.

The Spring Semester at Stone Soup promises to be physically demanding, emotionally challenging, spiritually expansive, and intellectually stimulating. We hope that you are ready to stand in a place where our past meets our future and explore the possibilities.


Stone Soup Institute
298 Allen Point Road, Harpswell, ME 04079, USA
Phone: 207-833-2884
E-mail: mail@stone-soup-institute.org



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