Campus, Catalog, and Community

Campus, Catalog, and Community

Join us at the Driftless Folk School campus near La Farge, WI for a day devoted to community and cooperation.

The day begins with campus clean-up and preparation for the coming season of classes. As in years past, we will share work, stories, and laughter. We hope that you will volunteer your muscles, skills, and time to get the Driftless Folk School Campus ready for another season of learning. To lend a hand, RSVP HERE

 The Day concludes with the reveal of our 2017 Catalog and the official opening of the campus for the season. Join us in welcoming our instructors with a get-to-know-us-grill-out. We ask that you RSVP so that we may have an accurate count for food and refreshments. RSVP HERE

The gift of learning

The gift of learning

     The Driftless Folk School knows how good it feels to share knowledge, that is why we are offering a special deal on all of our December classes. After all - it is the season of giving. So, all classes in the month of December are being offered at a 20% discount to anyone that wants to share the experience of learning. To claim the offer, register yourself and at least one other person for any December class, enter the promo code "HOLIDEAL," and you will receive 20% off the cost of the class! Now you can share the gift of knowledge with friends and family.

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     There is also the option to give the gift of knowledge in the form of a Driftless Folk School gift certificate that you can find HERE. Either way you choose to share the opportunity to learn, you can be certain that you are giving a gift that will last a lifetime.

2016 Annual Fall Festival

2016 Annual Fall Festival


         The leaves have turned from the green of summer to brilliant reds, yellows, and oranges of autumn’s paint brush on the Driftless region’s hillsides. The fruits of your summer labors have ripened on the vines and branches to become the center of delicious home-made pies. Fall is the time of year that we stand back to admire what our hard work has grown. The Driftless Folk School shares this sentiment with our farming neighbors. Every year at this time, we gather together those that have helped the Driftless Folk School succeed and grow to share what the last year has brought to us. Our Annual Fall Festival is our way of thanking our donors, instructors, volunteers, and former students for the year’s success and growth. We invite you to join us on Sunday, October 16th to see how we’ve grown over the year, and where we are headed in the years to come.

Please join us for:

  • Pie
  • Pumpkin Carving
  • Cider pressing
  • Fall crafts
  • Games
  • Music
  • Contra dance

100 Mile Meal

100mile_logo1-1Date:Saturday, August 6, 2016

Time:Appetizers and cash bar from 6:30-7:30pm;

Dinner at 7:30pm Dinner

Cost: $65/person – Tickets available here

Location: Rooted Spoon Kitchen Table, 219 S. Main St., Viroqua, WI

Come enjoy an excellent one-of-a-kind local and seasonal dinner experience led by chefs Luke Zahm, Dani Lind, and ten Driftless Folk School students. All featured ingredients are produced within 100 miles of Viroqua, WI. This feast is a collaboration of the Driftless Folk School, Viroqua Food Co-op, Driftless Cafe, Rooted Spoon Kitchen Table, and local farmers. Students work alongside talented, generous chefs and learn about local food, arte de cuisine, and restaurant service practice. This meal is a fundraiser for the Driftless Folk School. Only 65 guest capacity, and tickets are going fast, so purchase your tickets today HERE!

In the words of Molly Reese, the photographer of the 100 Mile meal: “The terroir of this region, you can taste it in this food. Our sunlight, our rain, the way the weather patterns trace across the land. It’s about connection: to the area in which we live, to the food we grow, and to those who grow it. The 100-mile-meal uplifts and celebrates this food.” If you wish to take part in the preparation for the meal, it is a full day Folk School Course – only 4 spots left. Work alongside these fun and talented chefs to prepare the meal. Register for the class here.

Apply to Teach with Driftless Folk School!

Now accepting applications!  

Classes may be held April 1st, 2018 thru November 30th, 2018

Application due January 31st, 2018


Read the details below and...

Click here to propose a class and complete the form




  • DFS offers hands-on, experiential classes in homesteading, culinary arts, farming, gardening, wilderness skills, alternative energy, natural building, and self-reliance. 
  • Classes may be half-day, full-day or multi-day.
    • Full-day classes: 9am-4:30pm
    • Half-day classes: 9am-12:30pm or 1pm-4:30pm
  • For full-day classes, instructors receive $30/student + $8/meal if you choose to provide lunch for students.
  • For half-day classes, instructors receive $20/student.  Half-day classes do not include lunch.
  • Instructors set supply fees.  Students will pay DFS and DFS will pay instructor in full.
  • The DFS Programming Committee will make final decisions regarding classes for the term.  We will be in touch with you with regard to your class.
  • The form must be completed by January 31st, 2018.  Preference for class dates will be given to those received first.

The offering of your unique skills to the Driftless Folk School is the foundation on which the school began and continues to evolve.  Thank you!

Once again, the application can be found here

Please contact the DFS Registrar with any questions by email or phone. or (608)-620-3234