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Thousands of years of food wisdom in 12 months...

The Institute of Sustainable Nutrition integrates traditional food wisdom with the science of nutrition creating an innovative model of holistic health education.Classes infuse the hands-on components of sustainable regenerative gardening, culinary skills, kitchen medicine and sustainable foraging to skillfully weave together the relationship between soil health, human health and environmental sustainability. This amazing relationship reveals an unavoidable connection with the outdoor world and the joyful knowledge that we are working with nature rather than fighting it. This all comes together when what we grow and gather is brought into the kitchen to create delicious, nourishing food and powerful plant medicine. This is when we truly begin to understand that food is our medicine.  And the time spent in these garden and kitchen tasks- tasks that are steeped in traditional knowledge and wisdom- create and sustain our community.


…It’s about nourishment from the ground up


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Earn a Certification in Sustainable Health and Nutrition

Classes meet one weekend a month throughout the four seasons. Each weekend we explore new topics that weave together the hands-on components of the garden, foraging, culinary skills, and kitchen medicine with the science of nutrition. The instructors from each subject area along with guest speakers bring a fresh, sometimes surprising, always interesting exploration into the weekend subjects. Most classes have multiple instructors present for a myriad of perspectives of this knowledge and these skills. This provides a unique integration of all of the subjects and lends itself to discussions beyond the expected. For more details:


Who is this Program Designed for?

This certification program is perfect for anyone who wants a holistic understanding of nutrition, the human body, how to learn to grow food using sustainable regenerative gardening practices and how to use these practices in the kitchen to make delicious food and simple powerful kitchen medicine. This equips students to spread this information and these skills, whether it’s at home, at work, in their professional practices, or in the community.

A good match would be:

  • People interested in health, food, gardening, cooking, sustainable foraging, and kitchen medicine

  • People who want a deeper understanding of herbs and the role they play in our health

  • Teachers who want to bring hands-on learning into their classrooms

  • Traditional and alternative healers who want more to give to their patients~

    • Nurses and doctors

    • Mental health care-givers

    • Bodywork therapists

    • Personal trainers

    • Chiropractors

    • Massage therapists

  • Parents who want to implement this knowledge with their children

  • Nutritionists from traditional clinical institutions

  • Students in traditional nutrition programs who want a more integrated education

If you’d like to learn how to grow and cook real food, and understand how food and herbs can sustain your health, you’re a perfect candidate for the Sustainable Health and Nutrition program.

Find out more by contacting us at 860-764-9070 or email us.


The Farm

Classes are held at the beautiful Holcomb Farm in West Granby, Connecticut. Surrounded by the protected lands of Mclean Game Refuge, Granby Land Trust and Enders State Forest, Holcomb Farm’s 312 acres offer lovely wooded hiking trails, streams, fields, and meadows. Holcomb Farm is a mixed-vegetable production farm that produces GMO free produce grown without chemical fertilizers or pesticides. They have a summer and winter CSA, wholesale customers, a farm store, and their food donation program, called Fresh Access. .We are truly fortunate to be part of this lovely little corner of the state…

“Truly a wonderful program. Hands-on learning you will use for the rest of your life! So thankful I have met these wonderful people!”   Nancy