100 Mile Meal Does it Again! August 12, 2014

100 Mile Meal Does it Again! August 12, 2014

Photography by Molly Walbrun Saturday August 9th, Luke Zahm of Driftless Cafe, Dani Lind of Rooted Spoon Drinkery, Waleed Mahmoud of Viroqua Food Cooperative, and Bjorn Bergman of Viroqua Food Cooperative pulled off a jam-packed day. The day began with 12 students, 3 chefs, and a dinner for 80 people to prepare. Take a peek at what the day entailed! 9:00am – Introductions 10:15am – Menu introduction/game plan 10:30am – group break-out & lunch 11:00am – Farmer Profile – Noah Engel of Driftless Organics 12noon-4:30pm – Breakout into groups to prepare meal Appetizers – Waleed Mahmoud Salad Course – Dani Lind Main Course – Luke Zahm 4:30-5:30pm – Cocktail and Dessert Short Course Craft Cocktail creation – Dani and Jes Dry ice sorbet – Waleed and Luke 6:30-7:30pm – Doors Open – Appetizers and Cash Bar 7:30-7:45pm – Salad Course Served 7:45- 8:00pm – Farmer Profile – Toril Fisher of Second Cloud on the Left Farm 8:00pm – Main Course Served...

Final Phase of our Guest Cabin!

Last Phase of the cabin- SIDING – All the siding was cut, peeled, and milled on the campus-2 walls completed in a day – three and half left to complete-still opportunities to be part of finishing this hand-crafted home.  The entire cabin has been volunteer built and all from recycled timber or timber we milled. Thanks to Ken & Michelle Workowski for this amazing gift , Lowell Rheinheimer for the milling and all the volunteers who are now official “tree-skinners”, and Jared Torkelson and Wayne Ott for leading this last phase. If you want to be a part of it, contact us by phone and email and we will add you to the call out...

Calling All Teachers!

Submissions for classes from Sept 15th – April 30th – Due July 31!!  FORM to Register Classes Propose a Class You Want to Teach Welcome to Driftless Folk School! Crafting Connections-Building Community Resiliency. Thank you for your interest in teaching with the Driftless Folk School. Classes in culinary arts, craft, homesteading, farming, wilderness skills, alternative energy, natural building and sustainable living for all ages. Our home campus is in La Farge Wisconsin, and we hold classes, in homes, schools, and halls in the Vernon County area and beyond. In the winter months, more of our classes are held in Viroqua, WI. Please submit ASAP to confirm your priority dates! Hands-on classes limited to 12 students (inquire about exceptions) Classes may be half day, full day or multi-day Full-day classes~9:00 AM-5:00 PM, 1 hour lunch Half-day classes ~ 9:00AM-12:30PM or 1PM-4:30PM For full-day courses, instructors receive $30/student + $8/meal if you provide for each day of the class For half day courses – teachers receive $20/student The Driftless Folk School (DFS) Program Committee will make all final decisions regarding classes for the term. We will be in touch in regards to your course offering. Please fill out the online form as clearly and completely as possible, it is what we use to create all promotional material. We will sometimes edit descriptions due to space limitations. Please consider using the campus for your courses when appropriate. The cabin is available until end of November. Instructors set supply fees, students will pay to DFS, and DFS will pay instructor in full Form due July 31, 2015, the sooner it is completed, the more ability...

What’s the Buzz?

Interested in keeping bees? Already keeping bees? Do you like honey?! Driftless Folk School has a class coming up that is the bee’s knees. Summer Bee Keeping ​ with Charlie Koenen July 18th 10am–5pm Located in La Farge at the folk school’s bee-autiful campus. Details of course here:...

Win a Full Day Folk School Class!

Everyone that completes our 5 minute survey and includes their name and email (it will remain confidential. It is optional, but unable to enter you in drawing without it.) will be entered into a drawing for a Full Day (your choice) hands-on Driftless Folk School class. Opportunity closes July 31st. Take the survey now.  Thank you for your critical feedback. It will inform and direct the Driftless Folk School to fulfill our mission of cultivating personal and cultural resilience through hands-on educational experiences.    ...

5 minutes-to give us a “piece of your mind” ! 5 mins for 5 years

We would love your feedback!! Please fill out this short survey!  http://bit.ly/1KJlwlu   As the Driftless Folk School approaches its 10th year we are seeking your input for our 5 Year Plan.  This is a blossoming time for the Driftless Folk School, with the development of a permanent campus, volunteer opportunities, new courses and continued expansion of community offerings and events. Thank you for your critical feedback. It will inform and direct the  Driftless Folk School as it strives to serve your educational and community ambitions! (5 minutes or less to complete) http://bit.ly/1KJlwlu With Sincere Gratefulness for...

Celebrate the Solstice – Campus Live Day

Our beautiful campus is in full bloom on June 20th. Come experience the delight of a folk school community by participating in one of the five classes taking place on the land this day. **SHARE THIS EVENT ON YOUR FACEBOOK PAGE AND RECEIVE 20% OFF ONE OF THESE COURSES!** Celebrate the Solstice with Fire, Copper, Clay, Baskets and Pollinators! A Taste of Earth and Fire: Join us in this exciting half day class that introduces the fundamentals of working with clay on the pottery wheel and hand building. Students will be able to create projects that can be fired and glazed at a later date in either an electric kiln or during a Raku firing class. http://driftlessfolkschool.org/event/a-taste-of-earth-and-fire/?instance_id=2585 Stake and Strand Willow Basket: You can craft your own traditional, European style willow basket that’s great for a harvest or pack basket! These sturdy work baskets are tightly woven of full willow shoots. No experience necessary. Students will leave with their own personally crafted willow basket. http://driftlessfolkschool.org/event/stake-and-strand-willow-basket/?instance_id=2666 Hand-made Copper Bowls: Just as the indigenous peoples of the Great Lakes crafted them for centuries, shape copper into a shallow vessel using fire and stones. Work the metal in the most low-tech way of all! Experience the magic of plucking the glowing red metal straight from the fire and shaping it with the strength of your own hands. http://driftlessfolkschool.org/event/handmade-copper-bowls-with-stone-tools-around-the-fire/?instance_id=2642 Improving Habitat for Pollinators: Pollinators have been declining in recent decades and are an essential component of both natural and agricultural systems. In this course we will cover the issues associated with pollinator declines and discuss practices for improving resources (flowers) and habitat in...

Want to Volunteer in Exchange for a Folk School Class this Summer?

The campus is open for the summer and we welcome your help to create a beautiful campus that you will want to keep returning to-come for a couple of hours, a day or camp on the land for a couple of days. There will be over 25 classes on the land this summer. You can cut your class fees in half or to zero-Join the work/learn program this summer. For every two hours earn one hour of Driftless Folk School class.  You can take your first half day class for free-after 8 hours of work. Or work half  and pay half after 8 hours of work. Material fees are not covered by Work/Learn program. There are a couple of us living on the land and we welcome your participation and company! This FRIDAY-JUNE 12th-11:00 am til 5:00pm – E13722 County Rd D, La Farge, Wisconsin. Google maps has us pinpointed perfectly. *For Future Volunteer Work Days-Register Now*  Projects That Need Your Creativity! Something for Everyone Pine Bark peeling Tree Cutting Table and chair painting Spackling Landscaping Grounds Clean up Shelf Building-rough carpentry Pine floor Install for our large outside class tent Pine Siding Scything Inside and Outside bench building Amphitheater Seats Kids Events Tree planting Water monitoring Trail Building There will be more! All abilities are welcome. Please Click Here to Sign Up – Volunteer and Earn School Credit for Class  Thanks for being part of the Driftless Folk...

Rampfest Was Abundant in Every Way!

The Ramps, the spring ephemerals, food, craft, and warm and friendly company was truly abundant at RampFest 2015!! We were honored to be part of Bjorn Bergman’s abundant and creative RampFest-5th year. Volunteers went beyond the call of duty! Teachers of carving, spring ephemerals, maple sugaring, tree id, kids camp- Rocked! The kitchen under the geat organization of Nicole Spinelli kept us fed with delicious meals. Special thanks to B & E’s Trees: Forest Foraged Foods & Farm for hosting us and Organic Valley for all the generous donations of equipment and the beautiful tent! THANK YOU EVERYONE that participated in this event. If you didn’t make it this year-don’t miss out next year. It is a beautiful way to start the foraging and camping...