Carla Emery's School of Country Living Lives

Carla Emery's School of Country living was beset with legal problems, but the rural school wins its battle and continues to educate.
September/October 1975
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Carla Emery has won her battle to keep her School of Country Living open and operating.

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For those of you who haven't yet heard the good news, Carla Emery's School of Country Living — progress on which was beset with legal problems earlier this year, and feared delayed until at least the spring of 1976 — opened this June after all, with the blessings of Kendrick, Idaho residents. (In case you're not familiar with the incredible Carla, her remarkable Old-Fashioned Recipe Book, and the story of Ms. Emery's now-come-true dream of establishing a School of Country Living, see MOTHER EARTH NEWS NO. 32 and the Plowboy Interview in MOTHER EARTH NEWS NO. 33.)

Of course, nothing of a size and scope akin to what Carla has in mind happens overnight. As things stand, guest cabin and dormitory space is minimal, and many students stay in hotels or other places outside the school, or in their own sleeping bags or tents on the "campus" of the School of Country Living. There's a crying need for more instructors, too: If you're a top-notch, grade-A cheesemaker, tanner, leatherworker, or mechanic and would like to pass your knowledge and skills on to others — let Carla know who you are and where you can be reached.

On the other hand, if you're interested in actually attending the school-either this fall or, next year-now's the time to send a note off (Carla Emery, School of Country Living, Kendrick, Idaho)  to get the lowdown on accommodations, available classes, and whatever else you'd' like to know. And if you can't find the time or means to get to Kendrick for firsthand rural living experience, do the next-best thing: Order up a copy of The Old-Fashioned Recipe Book (available direct from Carla for $12.45 — which goes toward funding the future of the School of Country Living — and 50 cents postage) and treat yourself to a "cookbook" that's . . . well, an education all by itself.

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