Accommodations at the School for 2021
Our hope at the New Agrarian School is to make accommodations and workshops as affordable as possible. As many of you know, room and board are very substantial expenses at most craft schools that offer intensive workshops in the summer. Here we offer tent camping, camping in three walled camping structures, and a Sioux style tipi. Campers and RV’s are also welcome although hookups are limited. All camping is without additional charge (except folks who use electricity and water hookups), and includes a central shower facility, composting toilets, and a nice wood fired outdoor shower. There is also a cabin available for some workshops on a first come first served basis. Of course, students are welcome to take advantage of local motels, bed and breakfasts, etc. as well as camping at commercial campgrounds in the area. There are numerous cafes and restaurants within a few miles for those who prefer prepared meals. And the school has a small fleet of old bicycles to explore the area.
All students are invited to use the centrally located outdoor kitchen which includes running water, a gas grille with burners, an induction range burner, and a pizza oven along with refrigeration and dry food storage. Because of the abundant wildlife in the area, all food must be stored in hard sided cabinets or refrigerator. Campfires are permitted in established locations when the fire danger in the area is low.
The cabin is set up with a single bedroom for double or single occupancy and has a nice sitting room. All toilets for the school are of the composting type. There are four separate toilets on the property serving the shop, cabin, library, kitchen, and camping areas. The school welcomes people of all genders and sexual preferences. Please let us know what kind of room, cabin, camp structure, and toilet sharing arrangements you are comfortable with.
Bigfork Chamber of Commerce provides names of and links to establishments that provide accommodations. www.bigfork.org
Shared Room in Cabin
$45 Per Night
Private Room in Cabin
$75 Per Night
$10 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.