JOB DESCRIPTION: Registrar, Driftless Folk School

About the Driftless Folk School

The Driftless Folk School is a regional center for the preservation, promotion and training of  traditional crafts, homesteading, natural building, energy self-sufficiency, sustainable farming, animal husbandry, and wilderness skills.

We offer 50+ classes per year. They take place on farms, in backyards, around kitchen tables, and in community kitchens from Soldiers Grove to Viola, Viroqua to La Farge. And an increasing number of our classes are offered at our 5-acre campus (embedded in a 100+ acre working farm) a few miles east of La Farge. There we have a classroom tent, outdoor kitchen, cabin, bathhouse, walking trails, Dan Pepper’s old Gypsy Wagon, and WiFi. We produce a beautiful full-color, 30-page, annual catalog of our courses as well as other community offerings and we distribute 5,000 copies per year across the Midwest. All of our classes can be booked online and we run very successful social media promotions to recruit students from around the Midwest. We have a website that could use a little TLC and a PO box in Viroqua. And last but definitely not least, we love our community! We have a pool of 120 seasoned instructors, contacts for more than 800 past and present donors, information on more than 1,200 former students, and an active Facebook following of nearly 4,000 people.

We have a very active volunteer board and we are helping our current Registrar – the amazing Allison Mendoza – transition out gracefully so she can focus full time on her new job and her busy farm. Hers are big shoes to fill, but our next registar is out there, and we can’t wait to meet you!

About the registrar role:

The registrar role is the face of the Driftless Folk School. He/she is essential in crafting connections and creating community with students and teachers. The role is flexible, remote (but with easy access to Viroqua and La Farge required) and 15-20 hours per week.  It’s also very seasonal, so here’s our best guess as to what it looks like over the course of the year:

November-February: With the support of a hands-on, volunteer board and many supporters across the community, the registrar project-manages the curation of our season of 50+ classes and – with the support of a professional designer and print shop – the production and distribution of 5,000 copies of our annual catalog.

March: All of our classes are added to our website as well as to the back-end booking system (“BookWhen”) and as stand-alone Facebook events. Over the course of the year, the registrar can expect to spend a few hours a week sending out our quarterly newsletter and managing our social media accounts: re-sharing upcoming Facebook events, boosting low-performing posts as needed, and activating volunteers when printed flyers, custom artwork, or other special promotions are needed. But March is a great month to prep for all this.

April-October: During the class season, roughly from April-October, the registrar processes class or event registrations and communicates with both students and instructors prior to and after classes. He or she is also responsible for keeping records, following up on evaluations, and assisting with other events. During this period Saturdays are our busiest days, with classes happening roughly every other weekend. Being present or cultivating a strong group of ‘class hosts’ will be required if you want your weekends free.

Throughout the year the registrar is expected to prepare for and meet monthly with our board of directors and participate in the programming committee. He or she checks mail, responds to inquiries coming in by phone or online, and helps stay in touch with instructors, volunteers, and our wider community.  There will surely be opportunities to represent the Driftless Folk School around the region and in the media, and other things that we are probably forgetting to mention.

This position is part time: average of 15-20 hours per week with seasonal variability. Hours are flexible, but the registrar must attend to communications at least 4 days a week including some weekends. This position will really only work for someone with strong intrinsic motivation, initiative, people-skills, and attention to detail.

For the right person, this is not just a job, but an “in” in a vibrant community, an outlet for creative work (“what if we offered a class on this?”), and an opportunity to champion personal and cultural resilience across our unique Geo-cultural Driftless region.


  • Excellent communication skills via email, phone, and face to face interactions
  • Highly motivated self-starter who takes initiative with minimal supervision
  • Exemplary planning and organization skills (… all this really is possible with 15-20 well-planned hours per week, we promise!)
  • Eager to meet challenges and independently come to solutions
  • Proficiency in Google Apps (Drive, Docs, Sheets, etc.)
  • Familiarity with social media (Facebook Ads)
  • Familiarity with cloud-based storage (Dropbox, Google Docs, FTP, etc.)
  • Website management (WordPress, etc.)
  • Confidence in promoting our school, values, and offerings


Pay is based on experience, and between $12 – $15 per hour  
Tuition-free Driftless Folk School classes


Interested applicants are requested to send a cover letter and resume to simon@driftlessfolkschool.org as soon as possible. Please think about how this role would fit into your life over the next 3 years and share those reflections in the cover letter, along with particular interests and experiences you would bring to the roll.

Position posted until filled.



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.

dfs gifts certs

     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.
registrar@driftlessfolkschool.org or (608)-620-3234