Classes for Everyone

Eating Year-Round from the Garden
Mar 28 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

DFS Dryer Photo.doc - Writer 11022015 100403 AMTake eating locally to a whole new level. Two seasoned organic gardeners will share their strategies for homegrown and home-cooked meals throughout the year. Learn how to extend the just-picked, fresh harvest, then move beyond that with energy-wise food storage and preservation. “Live food” storage includes root cellaring, windowsill gardens, sprouting, and fermentations. And lastly, preserve some of the harvest utilizing time-proven methods in updated ways that save energy. Learn about building and using the Walk solar food dryer (designed in 1985 and in use world-wide) as well as steam canning/juicing.

Instructors: Larisa Walk and Bob Dahse

Saturday, March 28, 2015      8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Viroqua, WI

$45 course registration fee

Craft a Hinged Bench to Table-Basic Carpentry
Mar 28 @ 9:00 am – Mar 29 @ 4:30 pm

convertible bench picnic table plans 2-001Learn basic carpentry and woodworking skills from a master craftsman who loves to teach. After the class you will be able to replicate a multi­-use bench to table. If you want to build one to take home in the class, it will be an additional $60. This class is discounted, as the benches will be for the Driftless Folk School campus. If you want to donate a bench to the school with your name on it – please add $60 to the course fee.

Instructor:  Myles Saigh

Two day course:  Saturday, March 28, 2015    9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m and Sunday, March 29, 2015 9:00 a.m. – 4:30  (includes lunch voucher)

Viroqua, WI


Farm Animal Fecal Sampling for Family Farmers
Mar 28 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Farm Animal Fecal Sampling for Family Farmers @ Viroqua | Wisconsin | United States

How wormy are they, Doc? This one ­day course will teach family farmers how to check the worm loads inside their livestock. Pesky parasites are in competition with everything farm animals eat, leading to decreased production, diarrhea, poor coats and suppressed immunity; some parasites are able to infect other animals including people. This is a “hands­ on” course, perfect for family farmers. Microscopes and lab material will be available to demonstrate how to setup fecal samples, how to identify basic worms and how to estimate an animal’s parasite load. Farmers are encouraged to bring their own microscopes if they have them, and certainly to bring a few refrigerated fecal samples for testing. You’ll leave the course with an understanding of diagnosis, treatment and prevention of internal parasites.

Instructor: Naakala Jean Garde

Saturday, March 28, 2015      9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

$75.00 course fee



Make Your Own Garden Hoe
Mar 28 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

blacksmith2_Elise Kelist“In this class we will create a very effective garden hoe made of sickle blade sections, reused pipe and steel rod, and 5-6′ wooden handles. Techniques employed will include hot forging, bending, and brazing with the torch, as well as working with draw-knives and chisels to fit the handle. Walkaway with one of the most effective hand-cultivating tools around, right in time to start off the season!”

Instructor:  Robert Schulz

Saturday, March 28, 2015      

Hillsboro, WI


Beyond the Veggie Garden
Mar 28 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Beyond the Veggie Garden @ Viroqua | Wisconsin | United States

Midwestern staple crops (proteins, healthy fats, and whole-food carbs) for the adventurous gardener/cook. Explore growing, harvesting, processing, and cooking beans, peas, nuts, seeds, corn, amaranth and sorghum

Instructors: Larisa Walk & Bob Dahse

Saturday, March 28, 2015     1:00-5:00 p.m.

Viroqua, WI

$45.00 course registration fee

Fruit Tree Grafting
Mar 28 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

_SAM7799Come learn the magic of fruit tree grafting! With this versatile skill you will be able to make your own apple trees at a fraction of the cost of purchasing them and have the tools to clone any apple tree you happen to fancy. In the class we will discuss and demonstrate whip-and-tongue and cleft grafting in detail. The basics of bridge grafting, bud grafting, and top working older trees will be covered. The care and protection of young trees, selection of rootstocks, sources of grafting scionwood and general apple orcharding will also be discussed. Each participant will have the opportunity to graft three apple trees to take home. (Additional rootstock and scionwood will be available for purchase.)

Instructor: Rikardo Jahnke

Saturday, March 28, 2015     1:00-5:00 p.m.

Gays Mills, WI

$45.00 course registration fee

Contra Dance-Live Music & Callers
Mar 28 @ 7:00 pm – 10:15 pm

IMG_9801Contra Dance Series
Denise Benoit: Organizer & Fiddle Player

Lace up those dancing shoes and come on out to La Farge! You’re invited to the Driftless Folk School Contra Dance Series in La Farge, Wisconsin, every 4th Saturday. What is contra dancing, you ask? Contra dancing is simply social interaction, meeting people, and making new friends, set to Live Music and great Callers. The rest is just details. Instruction provided, no experience required, singles welcome, and homemade treats! Please check our website we will be holding some earlier dances for the whole family throughout the year.

Dates: Feb 28, Mar 28, Apr 25, May 23, Jun 27, Jul 25, Aug 22, Sep 26, Oct 24
Instruction: 7:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m.
Dance: 7:30 p.m. 10:00 p.m.
Cost: $5, Under 10 free
Location: La Farge Community Center, 202 N State Street, La Farge, WI

Restorative Pruning of Old Apple Trees
Mar 29 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

old apple treesOld apple trees are often severely overgrown and structurally compromised. Light penetration to the interior of the tree is especially important and the natural tendency of apple trees to continually grow up and out seeking light accelerates their decline by shading out and killing interior limbs. Pruning actually stimulates a rejuvenation process in apple trees and shifts them back from over maturity and stagnation to youthful regrowth. Pruning also strengthens trees by reducing the stress of gravity on long limbs.The science of pruning involves creating a scaffold limb system. The art of pruning consists of finding the just-right balance point of removal. The practice of pruning requires the knowledge of how much room to leave between different sized limbs, some basic “rules” like taking out limbs that grow down or back toward the center, and other guidelines that I will share with you during the workshop.The workshop will consist of a demonstration pruning of one or more trees with instructions. Participants will have an opportunity to actually practice pruning under guidance.

Instructor: Lowell Rheinheimer

Sunday, March 29, 2015   9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Viroqua, WI

$75.00 course registration fee, $40.00 materials fee for proper pruning saw


Introduction to Building Design for Liveable Homes
Apr 4 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

house blueprintCourse goal – To gain a Basic applied understating of building components and the way we live with them.Course content:Building Assemblies walls, roofs and floors how they’re made and why they work, reviewing standard and alternate building techniques.Program how we use a building and how the building works for us.Healthy building from air-quality to livability. Energy use,thermodynamics and their role in building performance. Design, planning and basic drawing techniques. This is a half-day course of design and planning. Spending part of the time reviewing concepts and part of the time applying these ideas to an actual project. All classmates are encouraged to bring their concepts, projects and wish list goals for what they are building or remodeling.

Instructor:  Mark Telshaw

Saturday, April 4, 2015       9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

La Farge, WI

$45.00 course registration fee,   $3.00 materials fee

limited to 6 participants

Spoon Carving Circle-Monthly
Apr 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

_SAM0800Spoon Carving Circle – Monthly

Terry Beck, Tom Wheeler: Organizers – Spoon Carvers

The night before Valentine’s Day, 2014, six people gathered in Driftless Folk School’s intimate little office space in The Ark in Viroqua for the first monthly Driftless Folk School Carving Circle. We ran the gamut of ages and experience, from veteran spoon carvers and a promising young new carver, to a curious onlooker – turned – carving convert.

The latter purchased a “sloyd” and a “hook” knife from another participant and was … hooked. Mostly, people worked on spoons they had already started, shared techniques, tips and stories, and had a grand old time. All carving projects are welcome; bowyers, chip carvers, whittlers… spoons just happen to be the most common. Bring some wood, a carving tool or two, and a Band Aid, and a good joke wouldn’t hurt either. If you don’t have any wood or tools, come anyway. There’s a good chance someone might be able to share wood, or even sell a couple tools.

Dates: Second Thursday every Month: February 12, Mar 12, Apr 9, May 14, Jun 11, Jul 9,  Aug 13, Sept 10, Oct 8, Nov 12
Time: 6:30 p.m. ­ 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $2 per person to cover space use fees
Location: The Ark, 401 East Jefferson Viroqua, WI- Summer months we will meet at our Campus-check Facebook

Canoe Paddle Carving
Apr 11 @ 9:00 am – Apr 12 @ 4:30 pm

Adirondack 2011 Auction Paddles3In this course we will shape strong, elegant, and lightweight canoe paddles from an assortment of native woods. Students will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of classic blade and grip shapes for their paddles, and to custom fit the paddles to their body and paddling style. The course will focus on skillful use of hand tools, including drawknives, planes, spokeshaves, gouges, and carving knives, and their application in traditional woodworking techniques. Design principles, wood selection, layout, and other considerations will be discussed as well. Expect to make one paddle, though advanced students may be able to complete a pair of paddles during the two day course, and extra blanks will be available. Join us to have fun, learn woodworking techniques, and prepare for canoeing season with your very own custom-made paddle!”

Instructor: Kerry Lambertson

Saturday, April 11 – Sunday, April 12, 2015   9:00 AM-4:30 PM

Viroqua, WI


$ 150.00  course registration fee,    $25.00 materials fee

limited to 7 participants

Reading the Driftless Landscape Landowner Workshop Series Part I
Apr 11 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

stream eddyLargely an indoor class utilizing Reading the Driftless Landscape. Highlights will include: Identify stewardship goals, objectives, tasks. Short and long-term planning and prioritization that works for you. Keeping track of observations through journaling and photos. Sources of funding for assistance with invasive species work. Each person will leave with more information, vision, and understanding about their land.

Instructors: Tom Lukens Cindy Ramsayer

Saturday, April 11, 2015     9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Viroqua, WI

$ 45.00 course registration fee

limited to 30 participants

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