The Shrewsbury Institute for Agricultural Education, or SAGE for short, is a small non-profit corporation formed in 2013 to encourage traditional and innovative ways of farming organically in Vermont. We believe in sharing information with others committed to sustainability, for the good of our local community, this region, and beyond. SAGE leases 93+ acres in Shrewsbury, Vermont from Red Wing Farm, LLC. On this property we provide housing and infrastructure for Alchemy Gardens, owned and operated by Scott and Lindsay Courcelle, who grow organic vegetables, herbs and medicinal plants. We also operate the Russellville Schoolhouse and Red Wing Farmhouse, where our varied educational workshops and programs take place. We offer a variety of workshops and classes including such topics as: permaculture, pruning and grafting fruit trees, beekeeping, sustainable logging, medicinal plants, raw milk dairying, cheese-making, and animal husbandry. We also collaborate with local organizations including Vermont Farmers Food Center, Four Winds Nature Institute, and the Shrewsbury Mountain School.
SAGE intends to follow Mahatma Gandi’s directive. “Live as if you will die tomorrow. Learn as if you will live forever,” by teaching and inspiring people of all ages about sustainable living. Through teaching new and older generations to be thoughtful stewards of our working landscape, SAGE wants to serve as an active force in the vibrant agriculturally based and environmentally sensitive culture of Shrewsbury, Rutland County, the state of Vermont, New England and Beyond.
The Mission of the Shrewsbury Institute for Agricultural Education (SAGE) is to
support and promote traditional and innovative small-scale organic farming on a
vibrant diversified farm, and through workshops and demonstrations. SAGE will
teach people of all ages about environmentally sensitive agriculture: growing
healthy food, raising farm animals, managing the forest, enriching the soil, and
living sustainably. SAGE will work with other farms and organizations, especially
schools, to reach the larger community, and will operate the re-purposed
Russellville Schoolhouse as a meeting space for workshops, classes, and
performances that further the mission and enhance community life.