Welcome to Fletcher Farm School

Please join us for a learning vacation in our rustic Vermont setting!

Our historic farm is nestled in the beautiful Okemo Valley, just south of Ludlow. During the summer, our campus comes alive with nine classrooms, including six in our Barn. Learn woodworking, creative metalworking, silversmithing, painting, and pottery in classes that vary from one to seven days and are taught year-round by working artists. In addition to our Adult classes, we host a number of Young Artist classes in topics from Rachel’s Art Adventure to Silver Fabrication for Young Artists.

The Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts celebrated its 70th anniversary in July, 2017, and is the oldest residential arts and craft school in Vermont. Robert Frost was an original board member. The School is owned and operated by the Society of Vermont Artists and Craftsmen on property leased from the Fletcher Farm Foundation. As part of the original agreement between the Foundation and the Society, in addition to establishing the school, a Gift and Craft Shop was opened where Society members could sell their creations. That gift shop is still in operation today.

Membership in the Society is not limited to Vermont residents. Some of the benefits of membership include a $10 discount on all classes, eligibility to submit your arts or crafts to the Gift and Craft shop to sell.

The School’s Summer term runs from June through the end of August, and our Fall/Winter/Spring term runs from September through May. During the Fall/Winter/Spring term, most classes are held on weekends, but any group of 4 or more can request a custom class for their group. If an instructor is available, we will work with you to schedule your class.

During the Summer term, rustic accommodations are available on campus, with breakfast and lunch included in the fee. Or, if “rustic” isn’t your style, there are plenty of wonderful bed and breakfasts in the area.

Browse our classes to see if there’s something to pique your interest!

News & Events

Robert Frost Award Presented
On August 17, at our late summer Craft Festival, our annual Robert Frost award was presented to Layne Herschel of Essex Junction, Vermont.
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Fletcher Farm Gift and Craft Shop Closing September 1
Our Gift and Craft Shop will be closing for the year on Sunday, September 1. We have gifts for any occasion...
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Evening classes in Creative Writing Added
This fall, we have added evening classes in Creative Writing to our schedule. Six 2-hour classes will be held from September 5 through October 10.
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Fletcher Farm School to Attend Vermont Golden Honey Festival
Voted one of the “Top 10 Fall Events” every year since 2014 by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the Vermont Golden Honey Festival is part Farmers Market with local produce and hot food, part craft fair with artists and crafters selling their unique items for you and for gifts, and part beekeepers event with wooden ware and networking for bee enthusiasts.
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New Classes Offered in Fall/Winter/Spring Term
We have added some new classes for our Fall/Winter/Spring along with some old favorites. New this season: Process Painting, Creative Writing Workshop, Birch Bark Jewelry,
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Fabric, Yarn, and Craft Supply Sale on September 20-21
Back by popular demand, we will hold our next Fabric and Craft Supply sale in conjunction with the Black River Good Neighbors Rummage Sale, on Friday, September 20 and Saturday, September 21.
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