Mohawk valley freedom school

Mohawk Valley Freedom School is an organization striving to empower people of the greater Utica, New York area with knowledge, skills, and community.

Working out of The Other Side, a non-profit 501(c)(3) space/organization with no paid staff, we offer classes in many topics to community members free of charge (but with requests for donations to help The Other Side).

Past classes have included: A People’s History of Utica, Community Entrepreneurship: A Workshop on Developing Alternative Business Models, An Introduction to Permaculture, What is Social Justice?, an Edible Food Forest Tour, Mushroom Cultivation for Food Sovereignty, and a screening of the documentary “Final Straw”.

We also have an associated book club, the Antifascist Book Club, that meets bi-weekly to discuss different books over a potluck dinner. Past books have included the “Antifascist Handbook” by Mark Brey, “Have Black Lives Ever Mattered?” by Mumia Abu-Jamal, “Anarcho-Syndicalism” by Rudoplh Rocker, “Island” by Aldous Huxley, “The Dispossessed” by Ursula K. LeGuin, “Homage to Catalonia” by George Orwell, “Chomsky On Anarchism” by Noam Chomsky, “The Monkey Wrench Gang” by Edward Abbey, “People’s History of the United States” by Howard Zinn, and “Post Scarcity Anarchism” by Murray Bookchin.

In November 2019, we also kicked off our MVFS Ecology Study Group. The group will be studying articles, books, and other materials related to farming, gardening, nature, human caused climate disruption, and related topics.

We are looking for people to teach classes with any of the follow skills, but this list is not exhaustive:
Chemistry, biology, ecology, taking good photographs, making short documentaries, creating audio interviews, writing compelling press releases, graphic design, conflict mediation, first aid, grant writing, business planning, or “know your rights” training.

We plan to continue offering one-off classes and workshops, while looking forward to offering on-going/multi-part classes and workshops, with the goal of reaching further into the community to make new connections and help spread helpful knowledge, skills, and friendship.

Feel free to contact us via The Other Side’s Contact Page.

We can also be found on facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/mohawkvalleyfreedomschool/

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Our Food System: How We Got Here and Where We’re Headed

February 26 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 pm

What is the current state of our food system? Finding an answer to this complex question was the goal set out at the beginning of the MVFS Ecology Study Group. Through their efforts the members have gained insight into everything from the current state of industrial farming, the history of pesticide use, methods for preventing topsoil erosion and increasing biodiversity, anti-globalization and eco-feminist movements, the myriad benefits of local food, and the policies that shape the actions of consumers, producers,…

Mohawk Valley Freedom School: Geodesic Domes with Natalie Williams

April 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

DomesForThePeople provides geodesic education to communities & Connector Hubs for Do-It-Yourself spherical frameworks. The Geodesic Dome was given to the world by R. Buckminster Fuller over 60 years ago. Science teacher Natalie Williams intends to revitalize the concept of Geodesics through education workshops and construction camps. Geodesic Structure Frameworks – domes (hemispheres) and spheres (soccer balls) are made up of hexagons and pentagons; these open span structures are remarkably light and strong. We will make paper models of domes &…

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