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Calendar of Classes

Apr 28 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Gays Mills, WI
Click Here to Register  //  Instructor: Rikardo Jahnke  Join long-time orchardist Rikardo Jahnke in this interactive class to learn how to start your own orchard. Elements of the class will be the planning stage (including site selection,[...]
Apr 28 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Driftless Folk School Campus, La Farge, WI
Click Here to Register //  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[...]
Apr 29 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm La Farge, 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 making techniques. Explore[...]
May 5 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
REGISTER HERE  //  Instructor: Nicholas WazeeGale  //  Foraging is a great way to move beyond mere observation into participation in the Natural World. This course is designed to give the student first hand experience and[...]
May 5 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
REGISTER HERE  //  Instructors: Josie & Jacob Hundt  //  If you don’t know what you are doing in the kitchen, it is never too early to learn. In this class for kids between the ages[...]
May 12 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm Driftless Folk School Campus
REGISTER HERE  //  Instructor: Martha Buche  //  Shape a flat copper disk into a shallow vessel using fire and stones, just as the indigenous peoples of the Great Lakes crafted them for centuries. Work the[...]
May 18 @ 6:30 pm – May 20 @ 2:00 pm
REGISTER HERE  //  Instructor: Theresa Stabo & John Motoviloff  //  Fishing for DinnerWisconsin waters are teeming with hungry fish. Learn how to prepare one you’ve just landed for a tasty, healthy meal, harvested from waters[...]
May 19 @ 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[...]
May 19 @ 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[...]
May 19 @ 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[...]
May 19 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Driftless Folk School Campus
REGISTER HERE// Instructor: Ian Miller //    In this day long class, you will learn how to use and care for an Austrian scythe. From assembly and use to sharpening (honing & peening) and care/maintenance,  to[...]
May 19 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 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,[...]
May 26 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm Viola, WI
Click here to register. Instructor: Jon PassiAre you interested in going off-grid, with batteries and solar panels for power? Then, this class is for you. We will discuss types of batteries, how to connect and maintain[...]
Jun 7 @ 9:00 am – Jun 9 @ 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[...]
Jun 9 – Jun 10 all-day Driftless Folk School Campus
CLICK HERE  TO REGISTER //  Instructor: Connie Alderden //This class will teach you how to weave an Adirondack pack basket in the same style of the classic basket using rattan reed instead of the traditional[...]
Jun 9 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
REGISTER HERE  //  Instructor: Kristen Martinek  //  Now-a-days conventional body care products are produced with exhausting lists of harmful chemicals; many being ingredients we do not recognize, let alone are able to pronounce! Thankfully there[...]
Jun 10 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
REGISTER HERE //  Instructor: Laura Poe  //  In this class you will learn how to ferment various vegetables, making sauerkraut, pickles, and lacto-fermented condiments. We will also go over the health benefits of ferments and how[...]
Jun 29 – Jul 1 all-day
REGISTER HERE  //  Instructor: Nicholas WazeeGale  //  This immersive experience is designed to take participants beyond standard camping into more knowledgeable and interactive realms of the outdoors. We will be out for the duration of[...]
Jun 30 @ 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[...]
Jun 30 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
REGISTER HERE  //  Instructor: Henry Hundt  //  Learn the art, craft, and science of baking bread with a wild sourdough culture. The air around us and the skins and leaves of many plants are full[...]
Jul 14 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Driftless Folk School Campus
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER// Instructor: Martha Buche  //Wooden toys make wonderful gifts! They can be made with simple tools and their warmth and beauty can last for generations. If a wooden toy breaks, a bit of[...]
Jul 14 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm Ewetopia
REGISTER HERE// Instructor: Kathryn Ashley-Wright //Learn about dyeing wool without the science and math (…most of the time)! I consider myself an artisan dyer, and play with color like a painter. We use heavy metal[...]
Jul 15 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm Driftless Folk School Campus
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER// Instructor: Martha Buche  //Wooden toys make wonderful gifts! They can be made with simple tools and their warmth and beauty can last for generations. If a wooden toy breaks, a bit of[...]
Aug 11 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm Driftless Folk School Campus
REGISTER HERE// Instructor: John Delaney //Native tall-grass prairie was once very common in SW Wisconsin, but today very little of the prairie remains. Restoring tall-grass prairie has great potential to benefit wildlife, especially our hundreds[...]
Aug 11 @ 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[...]
Aug 12 @ 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[...]
Aug 18 @ 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 the harvest using a boiling-water[...]
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