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!  Fall & Winter 2016-2017

Apply to Teach! Fall & Winter 2016-2017

Apply to Teach!

Fall & Winter 2016-2017 

September 30, 2016 to March 1, 2017


Application due July 15, 2016


We are seeking your knowledge, skills, and passion for teaching for the Fall and Winter of 2016-2017. We welcome your skills to teach courses you have previously offered or not yet offered to the folk school.  To propose a class, complete this form:Click here!

Details – Please read before applying:

  • Hands-on, experiential classes limited to 12 students (inquire about exceptions)
  • Classes may be half-day, full-day or multi-day.
    • Full-day classes: 9:00 am-4:30 pm with  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 half-day courses teachers receive $20/student.
  • The Driftless Folk School 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 may edit your information for consistency.
  • Please consider using our campus located outside of La Farge for your courses when appropriate. The cabin, heated with a wood stove, is available from the beginning of April until end of November. The campus tent (open air, screen sides, and roof) and timber frame (open air with roof) are available until mid-October. Facilities are rustic with a pit toilet.
  • Instructors set supply fees. Students will pay DFS and DFS will pay instructor in full.
  • Form due July 15, 2015. Preference for class dates will be given to those received first.

The offering of your unique skills for 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 feel free to contact the Driftless Folk School Registrar with any questions by email or phone.

registrar@driftlessfolkschool.org or (608) 632-3348



Spring & Summer 2016 Catalog Now Available!

Hot off the presses! We’re excited to share with you the Spring & Summer Driftless Folk School Catalog! Download a copy of the Catalog HERE! Watch for the paper version of the catalog in early April at locations around the Driftless region or if you are on our mailing list you should receive it in your mail! You can register for any of the courses now on our Course Calendar HERE.

Volunteer at RampFest!

If you’d like to volunteer at Rampfest, please sign up here. You can attend the festival for free in exchange for 4 hours of volunteering. A great opportunity to be involved in this event! 

Photo by Bjorn Bergman

The Driftless Experience

The Driftless region has a lot to offer. It truly is a gem. A mecca. When you come to the Driftless for a folk school class, why not take advantage of the whole Driftless experience. 


Celebrating 10 Years

On a cold day in January 2006, a group of 18 people met beside a masonry stove in the handsome self-built timber frame home of Dan Pepper and Ruth Kittleson in the small town of Liberty Pole, south of Viroqua. The topic of the meeting was to develop a way to teach and share skills and knowledge within the local community. Many of the people there had never heard the word or concept of “folk school” before, but there was a common recognition that there was a rich concentration of people in the local area with unique and essential knowledge to share with each other and the wider world. (more…)