Calendar of Classes

Apr 29 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Viola, WI
Click here to register  //  Instructor: Steve Carrow  //  Solar dehydrating is one of the most energy efficient ways to preserve food. We will begin with an introduction on solar dehydrating principles and techniques. Participants will then construct[...]
Apr 29 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Viroqua, WI
REGISTER HERE  //  Instructor: Jon Passi  //  Are you curious about alternative energy or photovoltaics and want to know more? Would you like to put solar panels on your house or property? Are you curious[...]
Apr 30 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm Viroqua, WI
REGISTER HERE  //  Instructor: Laura Poe  //  Fermented beverages are a part of every traditional diet, both for health benefits and as a way to preserve food. In this class, we will learn how to[...]
May 6 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
REGISTER HERE  //  Instructor: Julie Tomaro  //  The basics of raising chicks will be the focus in this part 1 of a 2-part class. In this class, learn how to choose your chicks from brooder[...]
May 6 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
REGISTER HERE  //  Instructor: Bonnie Wideman  //  In this full-day class, local livestock farmer Bonnie Wideman will guide participants through every step of sheep rearing; from grazing strategies, to breed selection, to lambing, and parasite[...]
May 6 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
REGISTER HERE  //  Instructor: Nicholas WazeeGale  //  Knowing the plants around us that offer food and flavor has long been a human birthright. However, taking the first steps to safely venture into providing ourselves food[...]
May 7 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
REGISTER HERE  //  Instructor: Kristen Martinek  //  Conventional body care products today are produced with exhausting lists of harmful chemicals; many being ingredients we do not recognize, let alone are able to pronounce! Thankfully, there[...]
May 7 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
REGISTER HERE  //  Instructor: Lowell Rheinheimer  //  Old 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[...]
May 7 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
REGISTER HERE  //  Instructor: Julie Tomaro  //  This class will discuss what it takes to raise, feed, and milk cows and goats (somewhat applicable to sheep). This class will cover the pros and cons of[...]
May 13 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
REGISTER HERE  //  Instructor: mIEKAL aND  //  The culture and history of figs is rich and interesting. This class will reveal this richness in history, teach you the techniques for growing figs in northern climates,[...]
May 20 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
REGISTER HERE  //  Instructor: Rice Spann  //  The scythe is a wonderfully efficient tool for the farmer and homeowner alike. It can be used for mowing hay, harvesting grains, maintaining hard to cut areas around[...]
Jun 10 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Driftless Folk School Campus
REGISTER HERE  //  Instructor: Martha Buche  //  Learn how to work with copper to make one-of-a-kind jewelry. In this class, make a copper ring, a pendant, and a pair of hammered copper earrings with simple[...]
Jun 10 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm Viroqua, WI
REGISTER HERE  //  Instructor: Heidi Krattiger  //  Hot sauce, garlic paste, coriander, and lemons can be preserved with fermentation, as well as many other herbs, vegetables, and fruit. This class will inspire new and experienced[...]
Jun 11 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Viroqua, WI
REGISTER HERE  //  Instructor: Martha Buche  //  If you have taken Beginning Hammered Copper Jewelry and want to keep learning, then this is the class for you! Expand your understanding of jewelry creation by exploring[...]
Jun 11 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm Driftless Folk School Campus
REGISTER HERE  //  Instructor: Cody Mastel  //  Explore the biology, history, and techniques of working with fungi as food, medicine, and for building soil health. We will cover many types of cultivation methods: bags, logs,[...]
Jun 24 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
REGISTER HERE  //  Instructor: Ann Ralles  //  Planting a vineyard in the Upper Midwest can seem like holding out the sweet feed for the four horses of the apocalypse! Come and share instructor Ann’s journey[...]
Jul 1 – Jul 2 all-day
REGISTER HERE  //  Instructor: Nicholas WazeeGale  //  Come away from the busy world to enjoy a couple days immersed in the rhythms of the Earth and our woodland relations. Hike to a remote corner of[...]
Jul 15 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
REGISTER HERE  //  Instructor: Bonnie Wideman  //  Goats are a wonderful addition to any homestead or farm, producing high-quality milk, meat, and fiber. They have also grown in popularity for weed and brush management control.[...]
Jul 15 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Driftless Folk School Campus
REGISTER HERE  //  Instructor: Linda Conroy  //  Join veteran herbalist Linda Conroy for this fun and inspiring day. We will learn to identify plants around us that can help promote health and build resiliency. We[...]
Jul 16 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Driftless Folk School Campus
REGISTER HERE  //  Instructor: Linda Conroy  //  Join veteran herbalist Linda Conroy for this fun, hands-on day of plant medicine. Learn to work with the plants that grow around us, first learning about their healing[...]
Jul 22 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
REGISTER HERE  //  Instructor: Kristen Martinek  //  Learn the basics of crafting your own vegetable-based soap in this hands-on course that will yield a batch of soap for each student to take home (each batch[...]
Jul 23 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
REGISTER HERE  //  Instructor: Kristen Martinek  //  Build upon your basic soap crafting skills and discover how to create more complex soaps. In this intermediate course, Kristen will teach you how to add in colors,[...]
Aug 3 @ 9:00 am – Aug 5 @ 4:00 pm
REGISTER HERE  //  Instructor: Robert Schultz  //  This three-day class is in honor of instructor Robert’s blacksmithing mentors Jim Batson and Chuck Patrick, who taught him everything he knows about knife-making. Students will begin by[...]
Aug 5 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
REGISTER HERE  //  Instructor: Heidi Krattiger  //  Hot sauce, garlic paste, coriander, and lemons can be preserved with fermentation, as well as many other herbs, vegetables, and fruit. This class will inspire new and experienced[...]
Aug 19 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
REGISTER HERE  //  Instructor: Bjorn Bergman  //  What should you do with the bounty of strawberries and tomatoes from your garden? Can them! Learn the art and science of preserving your harvest by water-bath canning.[...]
Aug 19 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Driftless Folk School Campus
REGISTER HERE  //  Instructor: Connie Alderden  //  In this class, students will learn basic spoke-and-weave basketry while weaving their own market basket. Learn the basics from material preparation to finishing. Discussion will also focus on[...]
Sep 2 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
REGISTER HERE  //  Instructor: Julie Tomaro  //  In this second half of a 2-part series, you will learn the skills for butchering a meat chicken. We will discuss the variety of chicken processing methods, with[...]
Sep 3 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
REGISTER HERE  //  Instructor: Laura Poe  //  Fermenting vegetables and other foods is a great way to add nutrition, flavor and variety to your meals, as well as self-sufficiency to help put up your harvest.[...]
Sep 23 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm Driftless Folk School Campus
REGISTER HERE  //  Instructor: Martha Buche  //  Turn the work of the bees – their wax – into candles to light your way! Come join in the meditative practice of candle dipping and pouring. This[...]
Sep 23 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
REGISTER HERE  //  Instructor: Jordan Bendel  //  In this class, instructor Jordan will discuss how to check the general health of your hives and how to prepare them for winter. The class will participate in[...]
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