Calendar of Classes

Corn Husk Dolls
Aug 27 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

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Cornhusk dolls have been played with by generations of children and still decorate wreaths and tables, anywhere that maize or corn is grown. Learn to make cornhusk people in skirts and pants, add hats and baskets, and learn several hair treatment options.


Beyond Cabbage: Fermentation for the Season
Aug 28 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

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Instructors: Heidi Krattiger and Bjorn Bergman 
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 fermenters! Basic techniques will be taught and applied to cabbage and non-cabbage recipes. Participants will have a hands-on opportunity to work with produce that is seasonally available and take home a ferment. A variety of fermented goods will be available for participants to sample. This class will be offered on 3 different dates.


DFS-Catalog Coupon-webViroqua Food Co-op Owners receive a $10 discount on this course! Please enter your VFC owner number in “other information” when registering to get discount.


Driftless Spoon Gathering
Sep 9 – Sep 11 all-day


In this skill-sharing event, spoon carving instructors and carving hobbyists will gather together to carve, learn and share techniques. All levels of experience are welcome, and beginners will be well cared for.

Listen to the sound of hatchets hewing and help fill the floor with wood shavings. Enjoy the tradition of a Spoon Pass and the opportunity to purchase spoons, bowls, and tools from artisans. Basic carving knives and sharpening supplies will be available on loan to beginners and also available for purchase. Bring spoon blanks and green wood if you have them, and don’t forget a lunch and snacks to keep you going.

Coffee and tea will be available. Bring something for a potluck gathering Saturday evening.

Camp in the park Friday and Saturday night, if you like. Meet at the campfire for fellowship and stories on Friday night. Workshops and carving begin on Saturday morning.

Date: September 9-11

Time: Registration and coffee at 9:00am, demos at 10:00am and throughout the day.

Fee: $15 individual or $25 for family

Location: La Farge Village Park, La Farge WI (additional $10 or $20 fee for camping payable to La Farge Village)


Copper Chimes
Sep 10 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

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Instructor: Martha Buche
In just a few hours learn to turn humble plumbing pipe into a musical instrument. Your chime will be able to play 5 pentatonic notes. We will use wood, beads, microfiber line and copper to create the bells. Please bring safety glasses and snug work gloves to protect hands from sharp copper edges. 















Copper Chimes

Copper Chimes

Forge and Tie Your Own Hearth Broom
Sep 10 @ 9:00 am – Sep 11 @ 4:30 pm

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Instructor: Marybeth Garmoe
Every wood stove and fireplace needs a hearth broom! In this beginning blacksmithing and broom-making class, we will cover forge safety and management. Each student will craft a decorative and functional iron hearth broom handle, as well as a hook from which to hang the finished hearth broom. We will also learn traditional Appalachian methods for tying brooms and students will tie a sweeper on the end of the handle that they have forged. 

This is a two day course. The first day is held in Hillsboro, WI and the second day in La Farge, WI.

Home Building Forum
Sep 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Instructor: Various home owners/builders from the area
Building your own home starts with a dream, multiple drafts and an education in state building mandates. The moment that your hammer finally hits the first nail can be months or years later. During all stages of planning and building questions arise that need answering from peers who are attempting similar projects.  This forum will consist of a core group of home builders (both owner-builders and professionals) from the Driftless region and will create the time and space for questions, brainstorming, and future planning. Come once, or come to them all.

This forum will be offered March 12, May 14, July 9, September 10, 2016

The Beauty of Growing Dry Beans
Sep 17 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

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Instructor: Bjorn Bergman
Are you interested in growing dried black, pinto, or heirloom beans in your garden? Join us for this class to learn the ins and outs of dry bean production on a small scale. Students will learn how to grow, harvest, clean, and store dry beans. Variety selection and seed saving will be discussed. During the class, participants will harvest, thresh, and winnow a small planting of dry beans. Each student will walk away from the day with dry bean seed to sow in their garden.

DFS-Catalog Coupon-webViroqua Food Co-op Owners receive a $10 discount on this course! Please enter your VFC owner number in “other information” when registering to get discount.

Canoe/Kayak Paddle Carving
Sep 24 @ 9:00 am – Sep 25 @ 4:30 pm

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Instructor: Kerry Lambertson
In this two day 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.

DIY Photovoltaics
Sep 24 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

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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 about conserving energy, and the costs of alternatives? This course will give you practical, real-­world, and background information on solar panels, solar electricity, and various PV systems. Each class participant models their own solar project, and collects all the information they need to finance, construct, or manage their own solar project. The class comes with a take­-home DIY manual that can be used with any solar set­up, and also includes lists of resources. There will be a tour of existing working systems, installation basics for roofs and racks, and a means for estimating costs of parts and installations on all systems. Class includes a fifty-page DIY PV booklet.



Apple Harvest and Cider Pressing
Sep 24 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

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Instructor: Judson Steinbeck, Coulee Region Ecoscapes, LLC
Students will help the Evers’ family harvest the fruiting trees, predominantly apples, in their orchard. When the harvest is in, students will learn how to use a variety of cider presses to make their own apple cider. Each student will go home with a bag of apples, a jug of cider, and the remaining harvest will be given to the Evers’ family. All harvesting equipment will be provided. Bring seasonally appropriate clothing and boots.

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Viroqua Food Co-op Owners receive a $10 discount on this course! Please enter your VFC owner number in “other information” when registering to get discount.

Homestead Dairy Goats
Oct 1 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

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Instructor: Bonnie Wideman
This class will introduce beginners to dairy goat husbandry. Beginning with hands-on morning milking, then proceeding with milk handling and making yoghurt and chèvre, we’ll then have a classroom session on feeding, breeding, kidding, and parasite management. If time permits, we’ll finish up with a hands-on session in hoof trimming.

DFS-Catalog Coupon-webViroqua Food Co-op Owners receive a $10 discount on this course! Please enter your VFC owner number in “other information” when registering to get discount.

Basketry Techniques: Hexagonal Plaiting
Oct 2 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

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Instructor: Zac Fittipaldi
This basketry technique is an open weave that takes shape from the interlocking of flat strips of black ash. The whole basket is made with a under, over design that creates five and six pointed stars! This weave is wide spread around the world and is used for walls in Thailand, snowshoes in North America, and gathering baskets in the amazon! We will be making a “Quaker cheese basket.” Useful as a cheese mold – and also looks beautiful in your kitchen filled with fruit!

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