Cook’s Mill Learning Center

Tillers’ main facility and administrative offices are located at the Cook’s Mill Learning Center in Scotts, Michigan. Just west of Kalamazoo and south of I-94, Cook’s Mill is conveniently equidistant from Detroit and Chicago. With 430 acres of pasture, forest, pond, stream, fields, and facilities, Cook’s Mill is a uniquely equipped home for Tillers’ staff and students. Purchased by Tillers in 2003, the Cook’s Mill Learning Center facilities include the Herb Nehring Blacksmith Shop, the Don and Hilda Myers Woodshop, the Tillers Museum, the guest house (which also houses the registration office and General Store), the Abbey Farmstead, the Springhill Farmstead, and the Clapp Farm. The site of the historic Cook’s Mill, the old mill house, is now intern housing. The original farmhouse was relocated from near the mill farther up the hill and expanded in the 1990s. The house functions as Tillers’ offices, staff housing, guest lodging, and holds a kitchen for class meetings and lunches.

Classes

Tillers offers classes in farming and logging with draft animals, as well as traditional farm homesteading and artisanal skills, such as blacksmithing, woodworking, coopering, beekeeping, cheesemaking, timber framing, canning and preserving food, and much more. View our complete class schedule or download the 2015 Tillers Class Catalog.

The Tillers Museum

The Tillers Museum houses over 4,000 historical farming implements that give fascinating insights into our rural history and valuable inspiration for our present and future. It is also home to our Innovation Lab, where our re-inventions come to life. Visit the Tillers Museum page for more information about our collection as well as information for school groups and tours.

Farmer Incubator Program

The Farmer Incubator Program offers new farmers a lower-risk entry into farming. Visit the Farmer Incubator Program page for more information and application instructions.