Classes for Everyone

DIY Photovoltaics
Oct 10 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

DIY Solar O MeterAre you curious about alternative energy or photovolatics 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 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.

Instructor: Jon Passi

Saturday, October 10, 2015     9:00 AM-4:30 PM

$ 75.00 course registration fee, $20 materials fee

lunch is included

limited to 9 participants

Autumn Fermentation for Better Health
Oct 18 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

IMG_1924The garden will be bringing you lots of delicious food, but finding healthful and creative ways to preserve this bounty can be a challenge. Fermentation is a wonderful way to not only preserve food, but also add nutritional value and delicious variety to the table. In this course, you will learn how to make your own fermented foods at home such as sauerkraut and brined vegetables, as well as refreshing fermented beverages–just like our ancestors once did. This course will be educational and fun for those brand new to fermentation, or even those who have had lots of practice!

Instructor:  Laura Poe

Sunday, June 7, 2015     1:00 PM-4:30 PM

$ 45.00 course registration fee, $15 materials fee

What Students have been saying about Laura:

I thought Laura did a great job of preparing for the class: the ingredients were measured out, she had everything timed correctly so we finished on time and she is a wealth of information that was really valuable.”

“The instructor was very dynamic and personable. She didn’t make me feel out of place … I learned a lot and am very excited to try the recipes.”

“The way Laura interacted with everyone and answered questions while she cooked. Of course the best part was eating the deliciously made food.”

Share the Pie – Annual Fall Festival
Oct 18 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

AVPageView 9302015 94404 AMJoin the Driftless Folk School for our final campus event on the land this year. (Classes continue all year)

Press Cider

Carve a Pumpkin

Make a dream catcher

Try your balance at Slack rope walking

Learn to build a fire with no matches

Play bacci ball, horseshoes, sack races

Sit on our new dry stone wall

Take a tour of the campus and 

Please register so we know how many to serve!

Grain Straw Weaving
Oct 24 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

IMG_6089Learn to weave grain straw to create a “corn dolly”. These straw figures and decorative shapes were used traditionally to honor, thank and protect the spirit of the grain from harvest time until the grain was again planted in springtime. A tradition of elaborate weaving patterns and constructions grew up from these ancient beginnings. Learn some of these techniques and make your own straw form to honor the spirit of the harvest in your home.

Pine Needle Coiling and Basketry
Oct 24 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Driftless Folk School Project Sample 1Participants will be provided with all the materials needed to make a small pine needle basket with a wooden base. The skills of coiling will be learned, and examples of more advanced techniques will be on  isplay. Students will come away with all the skills to complete a basket from start to finish, treat raw pine needles, drill basket bases, stitch and hide and secure loose ends of sinew, and finish the basket without a noticeable seam. Participants will become familiar with different methods to seal and finish a basket. Students will be supplied with the resources and supplies if they wish to continue the exploration of basketry and pine needle coiling on their own. Students should bring: sharp scissors, and a small long nose pliers works best
Instructor: Roberta Condon
Website: Other work by Roberta Driftless Folk School Submission 8 Driftless Folk School Submission 6  

Contra Dance-Live Music & Callers
Oct 24 @ 6:30 pm – 9:45 pm

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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!

Dates:  4th Saturday every month (no December) Sep 26, Oct 24, Nov 28, Jan 23, Feb 27
Potluck: 6:00 pm
Instruction: 6:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
Dance: 7:30 p.m. 10:00 p.m.
Cost: Donation ($5 or more suggested) It is all the band and caller receive. Under 10 free
Location: La Farge Community Center, 202 N State Street, La Farge, WI

Wine and Clay
Nov 6 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

wheel potteryWe will begin our Friday evening with a delicious meal featuring venison and a selection of fine wines. A vegetarian option will be available if requested. After the meal we will gather in the studio to work with clay. The finished pieces will be glazed and fired several weeks after the class and then ready for pick up. Pieces can be mailed to out of town participants for the cost of postage.

You don’t need to be “artistic” to enjoy creating and decorating a piece of pottery for everyday use.

Instructor: Maureen Karlstadvenison

$45 for Class
$30 includes material and meal


Bread and Clay
Nov 7 @ 9:00 am – 12:45 pm

unnamed (1) unnamedIn this class students will learn the basics of making bread in an unglazed bread baker as well as make a bread baker of their own. Finished bread bakers will be fired and ready for pick up approximately 2 weeks after the class .

Instructor: Maureen Karlstad

Spoon Carving Circle 2nd Thursday every Month
Nov 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

spoon helpingThe 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.  Spoon Gathering in September!


AUGUST Circle-at Driftless Folk School Campus!-E13722 County Rd D, La Farge, WI

Dates: Second Thursday every Month:  Jun 11, Jul 9, Aug 13, Sept 10, Oct 8
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


Once Upon a Place; Storytelling & the Land
Nov 14 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

_SAM1055Once Upon a Place; Storytelling & the Land explores the connection between the ancient craft of storytelling and the land we homestead, steward & wander. This workshop will be in part a Storytelling 101 experience, through the lens of the land; Driftless and beyond. We will explore story and the places/lands that inspire & nourish. There will be myth telling, listen and walking the land involved, Students input is encouraged and even required to craft our time together. Bring your voice, your willingness and come join. This class will be held at the beautiful Kickapoo Valley Reserve.i

Instructor: Tracy Chipman

Co-Sponsored by Kickapoo Valley Reserve 

Grain-Free Holiday Baking
Nov 14 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

imagesFor those living without gluten or even without grains, it can be hard to find delicious and wholesome treats for you and your family. In this class, we will be making several different desserts to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth with a particular holiday focus. Using grain-free flours and alternative sweeteners, cooks of all skill levels will come away with recipes for sweets and treats for the whole family to enjoy for the holidays-even those on restricted diets.

Instructor:  Laura Poe

1:00 PM-4:30 PM Viroqua, WI $ 45.00  course registration fee, $15 materials fee

What students are saying about Laura

Laura was a fantastic teacher! She made me excited about the topic and had great knowledge. The class was very fun, well planned, and the perfect amount of material to cover for the time period. I wouldn’t hesitate to take another cooking/nutrition class from Laura.”

I thought Laura did a great job of preparing for the class: the ingredients were measured out, she had everything timed correctly so we finished on time and she is a wealth of information that was really valuable.”

“The instructor was very dynamic and personable. She didn’t make me feel out of place … I learned a lot and am very excited to try the recipes.”

“The way Laura interacted with everyone and answered questions while she cooked. Of course the best part was eating the deliciously made food.”  

Beyond Cabbage: Fermentation for the Late Harvest Season
Nov 15 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm

fermented foodsHot sauce, garlic paste, coriander, and lemons can be preserved with fermentation, as well as many other herbs, vegetables, and fruit. This class is designed to inspire experienced fermenters to try new recipes or for the first-time fermenter.

Participants will learn the basic techniques of fermentation and how those techniques apply to other ferments that don’t use cabbage as a base. This will include beets, squash and other late harvest vegetables. Participants will have a hands-on opportunity to work with produce that is available at the time of the class and take home a jar to ferment. A variety of fermented goods will be available for participants to sample. Instructor:  Heidi Krattiger Sunday, November 15th   9:00 AM-12:30 PM $ 45.00 course and $10 material fee

AVPageView 11022015 10155 PM-001Viroqua Food Cooperative owners eligible for $10 discount if  VFC Owner ID is provided when registering.

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