Take a Minute and Help One of the Most Unique Construction Schools in the US – with Videos

A few years ago, I had the pleasure to tour a school in Vermont, unlike anything I’ve ever been to before. People from all over the country were at the school learning trades from the most primitive types of construction, such as straw bale to tiny houses and post and beam.

This is not a school to send your staff to sit and watch how things are done. This is a real hands-on school where you learn everything from design to actually building a structure.

The crowd when I visited the Yestermorrow school was mostly young people eager to learn a trade that isn’t taught in many places today. And if you think it’s just a school for someone that wants to build their own home off-grid, you have to remember that Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Company was built after they took a $5 course in ice cream making from Penn State!

The group I was with back then included builders, Architects, a truss and panel factory owner, and even a city planner. We toured the school and several modular and panel plants in New England.

They have hosted classes in post and beam as well as a recent one in modular construction. I just learned they are planning a course in converting a shipping container into a home.

Yestermorrow School is one of the few schools in the US that allows young people to express themselves through a series of courses ranging from a couple of days to a couple of months.

Now they are asking for a donation from all of us to keep this school running and provide more students with the skills needed to build their own homes, and maybe, just like Ben and Jerry, one of them will be the next big Innovator that changes how housing is built.

So take a couple of minutes and join me in contributing to this great school!

Yestermorrow’s opportunity to host hands-on design/build programs during the winter months in a large, climate-controlled building here in the Mad River Valley.  

At that time, we asked for your help raising $20,000 by the end of August to seize this opportunity. To date, we have raised $15,000 thanks to the generous contributions of friends and supporters like you.

When you make your donation today, you move us closer to securing this indoor winter space, giving Yestermorrow the opportunity to: 

  • Serve up to 110 more students per  year – (An 18% increase!)
  • Build at least one more affordable dwelling each year

We know you care about Yestermorrow’s mission to inspire people to create a better, more sustainable world. Please take the time to contribute today. Or you can mail a check to: Yestermorrow Design/Build School, 7865 Main Street, Waitsfield VT  05673.

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Gary Fleisher

Gary Fleisher, “The Mod Coach”, has been entrenched in the offsite construction industry for most of his life. Having started his career in the lumber industry, Gary spent decades working with manufactured and modular home producers and homebuilders. For the past 15 years his blog and LinkedIn postings have introduced thousands to the benefits of factory-built construction and have served as a forum for industry professionals to share insights and perspectives. Gary lives in Hagerstown, MD with his wife, Peg.