Tillers International is a multi-faceted 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people in rural areas around the world. In addition to teaching traditional skills at our Cooks Mill Learning Center (CMLC) in Scotts, Michigan, we work with farmers and artisans to create the best and most innovative solutions to their problems. Our specialty is animal traction/draft animal power – the use of animals to carry out tasks – but we also offer numerous blacksmithing/metalworking, woodworking, farming, food, and fiber classes.
The classes taught at our Cooks Mill Learning Center directly support our overseas work with farmers throughout Africa both technically and financially. When you take a class at Tillers, you’re supporting innovations for millions of farmers.
Tillers also offers internships, both internationally and domestically, and hosts international guests for intensive periods of hands-on training.
The Tillers Museum at the CMLC hosts the Carrol Abbey collection, a 4,000+ piece assemblage of historical farm tools. Far from being outdated and irrelevant, these implements are an invaluable reference from which we pull inspiration for our innovative re-designs and adaptations that find a new home in the varied African soils, climates, and conditions.
Whether you’re looking for a new hobby, a new land or skill-based livelihood, or an opportunity to contribute your knowledge and skills to an international project, Tillers welcomes you and offers many unique educational opportunities.
Consider becoming a supporting member and help Tillers bring sustainability to rural communities world-wide.