Hands-on Learning

In everything it does, VFF aims to cultivate what Aldo Leopold described as “an intense consciousness of land.” We teach workshops and courses that cultivate hands-on, hearts-on connection with the forests of home.


Hogback Community College

Hogback Community College (HCC) is a loose but energetic confederation of teachers and learners in the Five-Town Forest of northeastern Addison County, Vermont. Our goal in forming HCC is to create a true community college—one that celebrates and sustains this community by offering a diverse, changing array of useful and attractive courses. These 1- and 2-credit (16-32 hours of instruction) courses offer in-depth explorations on the subjects they cover.

Since our first HCC course in 2011—the writing course, “Frost in the Forest,” taught by John Elder, we’ve offered dozens of courses on topics ranging from timber framing to beer brewing to forest tai chi.


Game of Logging Chainsaw Training

We have offered Game of Logging chainsaw training workshops every year since the early 2000s. That’s because we’re committed to empowering landowners to work safely and efficiently in their woods, to clear their forest paths and fell trees with confidence. The Game of Logging courses, taught by excellent instructors from Northeast Woodland Training, provide such empowering skill.

Referred to as a “game,” for their lightly competitive nature (you can win a great Game of Logging t-shirt if you fell your tree with more accuracy than anyone else!), these training workshops start with the basics of open-face felling and work their way through chainsaw maintenance, through felling difficult trees and maximizing a harvest plan.


Other VFF Workshops

Over the years, we’ve offered workshops in a wide array of subjects–from log forwarding to fly fishing–always with the intention to develop skills and nurture curiosity and deeper connection to the forest.

For a listing of all our upcoming courses and workshops, visit our Events page.