Accommodations at the School for 2019
2019 is the first operating year for the two week intensive workshops at the New Agrarian School. It is our hope that we’ll be able to offer simple rustic accommodations for all students, however, they may not all be completed for this season. All students will have access to the central outdoor kitchen facility and some of the housing will be ready in June. Camping will be available on site for recreational vehicles and tents as well as at local campgrounds. There are numerous local cafes and restaurants available within a few minutes drive for those who wish to have prepared meals.
Please note: Even those staying in the rustic cabins will be using the central bathing facility. In order to conserve water and create the least impact on this sensitive land, all of the toilets are composting. Please see the page on Nutrient Cycling and Toilets below.
Our cabins offer shared rooms. The school welcomes people of all genders and sexual preferences so it is important that we know what type of room sharing you would be comfortable with in order to make good choices for roommates.
Bigfork Chamber of Commerce provides names of and links to establishments that provide accommodations. www.bigfork.org
$45 Per Night
$20 Per Night
Nutrient and Water Cycles
Here at the New Agrarian School we are committed to the cycling of nutrients for agricultural purposes, conserving water, and minimizing the impact of our activities on the aquifer from which we draw our water. The same aquifer we drink from feeds the nearby lakes. As well, that aquifer is depended upon to dilute the effluent from the area’s septic systems.
For these reasons we are committed to composting all organic material generated at the school, which includes not only food wastes, but all urine and fecal matter. The toilets here collect all of the byproducts of digestion. This material is then composted in special bins for at least two years, after which it is used to fertilize the orchard. The combination of high temperature aerobic decomposition and subsequent aging produces a rich, pathogen free soil amendment. This system saves an enormous amount of water that would otherwise be used for flush toilets and avoids burdening our sensitive aquifer with nitrates and other problematic nutrients that would compromise our wells and lakes. As well, it completes the nutrient cycle that we depend on for producing food… a cycle typically broken by conventional septic and sewage strategies. While unconventional, we believe this system to be much superior to what has become accepted as normal.
For many people using a composting toilet system is unusual and perhaps a new experience entirely. Here it is an integral part of crafting a meaningful relationship between ourselves and the land which sustains us. If you are interested in learning more about the system used for composting our organic materials here, please read the excellent book by Joseph Jenkins: The Humanure Handbook.