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Spring & Summer 2013 Catalogue of Classes
Our Mission . . .
he mission of the Driftless Folk School is to support healthy, sustainable communities and personal development by providing creative and meaningful educational opportunities and inspiring lifelong learning for individuals and families. We strive to accomplish our mission by offering experiences in agriculture, natural history, arts and crafts, and traditions of rural Wisconsin and other cultures. This includes offering: • • • • • Practical guidance for farmsteading practices and land stewardship Family activities, children’s workshops and childcare Traditional and contemporary skills that have proven to be sustainable A context for dialogue and exploration of issues meaningful to human life A non-competitive and supportive learning environment
The Heart of a Folk School
As the sun fills the hills and valleys, the first of a handful of strangers comes to the door. One after the other, people fill the room, greeting each other with exchanges of names and the towns they’re from. Eager to gain a new skill or hone a familiar one, students from all corners of Wisconsin and the Midwest circle around the materials and tools, talking until the instructor opens the class with “Welcome.“ This scene could describe almost any class at Driftless Folk School. What follows is a wide array of different scenarios, from a class on beekeeping or cheese making to classes on blacksmithing, wild edibles, carpentry skills or weaving. Other than their beginning, something they have in common is that people get to know one another throughout the class, sharing tools, techniques, stories and then food as they sit down to share a meal. The line between instructor and student fades and a small community is made through working together. When N.F.S. Grundtvig created the idea of a folk school in the mid 1800s, his belief was that they should be non competitive. He thought students and instructors should learn from one another, and one should not hold more importance than the other. This, on a broad scale, is a familiar story. As humans, how we learned for so much of our shared history has been from one another. We’ve learned from our neighbors and relatives, from people in our community. For so long we have learned from each other how to make tools, build homes, secure and preserve food, read the sky, what plant is good medicine, and how to make and mend the very clothes we wear. Folk schools help re-establish this connection to how we learn and to our rich human past. Making connections is what I believe is a folk school’s greatest strength. A folk school not only connects us to our past but it also helps us to connect to the materials we use and therefore to our environment, to our food, our shelter, and our own survival. In the process we establish or strengthen connections to one another, and to our own potential. This is why I think it is so gratifying to complete a folk school class. It seems so familiar. It makes us feel human. And in the fastpaced world we live in where disconnections are common, to feel human and connected to our environment, our selves and one another - is welcome. 2 Mark Sandberg, DFS Program Director
Table of Contents
Arts & Crafts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5 Clay In a Day, Hand spinning with a Spindle, Willow Stake & Strand Basketry, Beginning to Sew,Wet-Felted Boots, Black Ash Hexagonal Basketry, Weave a Plaited Cedar Bark Pouch, Outdoor Photographic Odyssey All Things Food. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-8 Food Drying With Attitude, Chicken Butchering, Baking Sourdough Bread, Intro to Home Cheese making, Cheese Making: Cheddar, Gouda, & Feta, Lacto Fermented Foods, Whole Hog Butchering, Into to Home Brewing Blacksmithing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Candle-Holder with Saw-tooth Trammel, Blacksmithing for Kids, Early American Knives, Forging Fire Tools Farm & Garden. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Scything, Fruit Tree Grafting The Natural World. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11-13 Wild Edibles of Spring, Herbs for Health & Nourishment, Herbal Medicine for Frisrt Aid, Wilderness Skills Outing, Fall Beekeeping Essentials, Art of Canoe Poling, Spring Beekeeping Essentials, Navigating the Natural World, Tree Top Log Furniture Building, Into to White Water Canoe Skills & Trades. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14-16 Do it Yourself Photovoltaics (Solar Electric), The Zero Energy House, Practical Rifle, Tiny Home Construction, WI Basic Hunter Education, Make Your Own Wood Cutting Board, Beginning Natural Horsemanship 1 & 2, Braintan Buckskin 100 Mile Meal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Instructors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18-21 Info. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 A Word of Thanks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Our Sponsors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24-25 Calendar of Classes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Course Registration Forms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Arts & Crafts
Clay in a Day
Maureen Karlstad hese Sunday workshops will introduce you to clay techniques and help you to discover whether working with clay is for you. Hand-building projects as well as wheel throwing will be available. Pieces completed during the workshop will be available for pick-up or delivery 2-3 weeks after the class. You can choose an area to focus on or try out a variety of clay techniques, including wheel-throwing, slab construction and coil formation. Date: April 7, 2013 Time: Full Day 9:00-4:00 Course Fee: $50 Supply Fee: $50 Location: Viroqua, WI Date: May 5, 2013 Time: Full Day 9:00-4:00 Course Fee: $50 Supply Fee: $50 Location: Viroqua, WI Date: June 2, 2013 Time: Full Day 9:00-4:00 Course Fee: $50 Supply Fee: $50 Location: Viroqua, WI
Scogin Zimmerman ou 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. Date: July 20, 2013 Time: Full Day 9:00-5:00 Course Fee: $60 Supply Fee: $15 Location: Viroqua, WI
Willow Stake and Strand Basketry
Martha Buche ave you always wanted to learn to sew? Do you have an urge to learn to do-it-yourself?Come learn Hand Spinning with a Spindle simple sewing skills and make a fun project or two. Catherine Latané earn to spin wool (or other fiber) into yarn with simple Choose from a variety of interesting, natural fabrics to tools. Kitty will show a variety of spindles, wool cards create a bag, a toy, a simple skirt, a pillow or a placemat. and different kinds of wool. Bring fiber and tools that Learn how to read a pattern and different finishing you already have or use materials provided by the teacher techniques. Bring your own machine and learn how to to make yarn. If students have spindles and fiber they can thread it and how all the stitches work. If you don’t have bring their own. Kitty will have some spindles available your own machine, the folk school will provide one for to use at no charge, and some spindles for sale starting use. Supply fee includes Fabrics, notions and threads, at $12. She will also provide fiber at no charge for the and a pattern. day of the class, and hope to have some extra for sale. Date: April 13, 2013 Time: Full Day 9:00-5:00 Date: April 27, 2013 Course Fee: $60 Time: Half Day 1:00-5:00 Supply fee: $50 Course Fee: $40 Location: Viroqua, WI Location: Hillsboro, WI
Beginning to Sew
Arts & Crafts
Amy Arnold pend the day experiencing first hand the wonder and magic of wet-felting wool. Wet felted shoes have been a part of Asian, Scandinavian and other cultures throughout history. Make this tradition a part of your modern life with a pair of felted boots to keep your feet warm in the winter months and cool in the summer. Use them as slippers, boot liners, or attach soles for outdoor wear. At the end of the day you will take home a pair of your own personal expression in footwear! Bring your rubber gloves to avoid prune fingers and get ready to rub, rub, rub.
Weave a Plaited Cedar Bark Pouch
Scogin Zimmerman n this class, students will learn the technique of diagonal plaiting. This technique can be applied to many mediums, including (but not limited to) wooden splints such as ash, and barks of cedar, willow and hickory, elm, etc. We will use the inner bark of Northern White Cedar (Thuja Occidentalis) which produces durable semi-flexible containers.
Date: July 21, 2013 Time: Full Day 9:00-5:00 Course Fee: $60 Supply Fee: $15 This is class for beginners and advanced folks. Children Location: Viroqua, WI over ten may be accompanied by a parent. Date: April 27, 2013 Time: Full Day 9:00-5:00 Course Fee: $60 Supply Fee: $25 Location: Viroqua, WI
Bryn Hawklove oin Bryn Hawklove, local photographer and teacher, on a weekend photographic odyssey at the Kickapoo Valley Reserve* (KVR). We will meet on Friday evening Black Ash Hexagonal Basketry and conclude Sunday afternoon. We will meet at the Zac Fittapaldi Visitor’s Center, discuss our plan for the day and head n this day long class, students will make a hexagonally off to some beautiful areas – the Kickapoo River, Caves plaited, open weave basket--great for beginners! This in KVR, and beautiful rocky outcroppings. We will is a good primer for learning about hexagonal pack discuss composition tips, and how to use aperture, shutter basketry, also known as a Shaker Cheese basket because speed, and ISO to create dramatic results. Critiquing they were once used as traditional cheese molds. participant’s photos will also be covered, so that we can Students will leave with their own basket and much all improve together. Please bring your compact camera knowledge and experience. or digital SLR, and a tripod if you have one. We will be hiking extensively throughout the reserve, please bring Date: June 1, 2013 appropriate footwear and clothing for the weather Time: Full Day 9:00-5:00 conditions. Course Fee: $60 Supply Fee: $10 *Vehicles parked in the KVR will need to have a Reserve Location: Viroqua parking permit.
Outdoor Photographic Odyssey
Date: May 31, June 1 & 2, 2013 Time: May 31, 6:00 P.M.-9:00; June 1, 7:00-3:00; June 2, 7:00-12:00 Course Fee: $120 Location: May 31, Viroqua; June 1 & 2, La Farge, WI 5
All Things Food
Food Drying with Attitude
Mary T. Bell his class will provide you with information so that you can become more self-sufficient by simply drying your food. To best understand the drying process you will have the opportunity to taste, touch, feel and see a wide variety of dried foods. As a result of engaging your senses the drying food process is demystified. By drying food you will save money, practically eliminate food waste and further embrace the concept of sustainability. Drying food is the most energy efficient method of preserving food. It is more efficient than canning, which boils food to destroy bacteria and unlike freezing, which requires cooking, volumes of freezer space and months of high energy to keep a freezer running. Drying is a low-energy process that creates a compact, nutritious, stable, storable and easily transportable food. Food drying is more than preserving food. It’s about eating locally grown food throughout the year. It’s about keeping food dollars within your own community. It’s about lessening our global impact. It’s about having access to good food. Plus food drying minimizes the miles food travels and will reduce food waste.
Jacob Hundt aising a few meat chickens can be the easiest way to grow your own meat. Chickens are easy to start and relatively cheap to raise. They have a short lifecycle and can be kept on a small plot of land. To bring this process to a happy conclusion, however, the would-be poultry grower must be ready to butcher as well. This half-day class will teach the basics of chicken anatomy and meat sanitation and provide hands-on experience with killing, scalding, plucking, and gutting. Date: August 17, 2013 Time: Half Day 1:00-4:30 Course Fee: $40 Location: Viroqua, WI
• Dry fresh, frozen, or canned fruits and vegetables— from apples to watermelon and from asparagus to zucchini. • Dry locally grown, in-season, under-utilized and preservative-free food. • Dry fruit and vegetable purees--from applesauce to thick liquids such as spaghetti sauce and soup. • Make great jerky, a wildly popular low-fat, high-protein, fast food. • Prepare lightweight, portable dried foods to enjoy when adventuring in the great out-of-doors. • Cook and bake with dried food. • Make terrific dried food powders. • Dry herbs and flowers. • Make great pet treats. • Use a dehydrator to make gifts and decorations. Date: May 18, 2013 Time: Half Day 1:00-3:00 Course Fee: $40 Supply Fee: $5 Location: Viroqua, WI
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Jacob Hundt earn the art, craft, and science of baking bread with a wild sourdough culture. The air around us and the skins and leaves of many plants are full of wild yeast cells. Under proper cultivation, this natural bounty can be used to leaven breads and pastries in the same way humans have done for thousands of years. In this class you will learn how to capture, care for, and use your own wild sourdough culture. Participants will learn how to knead dough and shape it into several types of loaves and how to bring to moist and flavorful perfection in the oven. Each participant will receive a sourdough starter culture to take home. Date: September 21, 2013 Time: Half Day 1:00-4:30 Course Fee: $40 Supply Fee: $15 Location: Viroqua, WI
Baking Sourdough Bread
All Things Food
Introduction to Home Cheese Making
Linda Conroy oin cheese maker and whole food cook Linda Conroy and find out how simple it is to make cheese in your own kitchen. This introduction will offer an opportunity to explore this lost art. We will create and sample several simple cheeses that can be cultivated at home. We will make cultured butter, feta cheese, mozzarella and several varieties of soft cheese. After learning to make kefir, we will transform this fermented milk beverage into soft spreadable cheese and a soft condiment that can be used in place of sour cream. You’ll also learn some cooking ideas for whey, a byproduct of cheese making. Students can build on this introduction to create many varieties of cheese at home. Includes: samples, cheese to take home, recipes and a cheese culture to get you started. Date: August 17, 2013 Time: Full Day 9:00-5:00 Course Fee: $60 Supply Fee: $15 Location: LaFarge, WI
Cheese Making: Cheddar, Gouda, and Feta
Linda Conroy oin Home Cheese Maker Linda Conroy as we focus on 2 styles of cheese that you can easily make at home. Participants will be guided through the process of making each cheese, with a focus on details. From curd to press, you will be inspired to go home and try these yourself. Making a “home” cheese cave will be discussed and participants will leave with recipes, cultures and bottle of rennet to get them started. Samples will be provided during lunch and during the presentation. Date: August 18, 2013 Time: Full Day 9:00-5:00 Course Fee: $60 Supply Fee: $15 Location: Lafarge, WI
Lacto Fermented Foods
Mike Bieser oin Mike as he leads a participatory discussion and demonstration of how to make your own lacto-fermented vegetable blends. Viewpoints will be presented from the fields of bio-physics, homeopathy and good sense farming, while always keeping an eye on what makes this food so delicious. We will sample a variety of different krauts during the session. Each participant will go home with a kit to make their own creation and enough information to safely make this food at home. Date: April 20, 2013 Time: Half Day 10:00-2:00 Course Fee: $40 Supply Fee: $20 Location: Viroqua, WI
All Things Food
Whole Hog Butchering
Jerry Traczyk his course will teach participants the basics of processing a whole hog. Students will learn butcher skills, the basics of sausage making, and preservation of meat. Class participants will assist in the breakdown of a whole hog and help in the process of seasoning, grinding, and stuffing fresh sausages. In addition to hands-on butchering and sausage-making, students will learn the basics of curing meat and making charcuterie. Each student will go home with sausage and some cuts of meat, and for lunch there will be grilled sausages… of course. Date: June 15, 2013 Time: Full Day 9:00-5:00 Course Fee: $120 Supply Fee: $35 Location: LaFarge, WI
Brandon Norsted rewing your own beer can be confusing and intimidating to start on your own. Get the basics under your belt with this introductory class focusing on the fundamentals of brewing at home. Both all-grain and extract techniques will be covered in the one day intensive. You will get the basics of each step of the process, from boring necessities such as sterilizing your equipment to the very exciting specialty grain varieties, different hop character and the many strains of yeasts that can all dramatically affect your final result. We will brew 10 gallons of beer and participants will take home one gallon each. Date: June 8, 2013 Time: Full Day 9:00-5:00 Course Fee: 60 Supply Fee: $15 Location: Viroqua, WI
Intro to Homebrewing
Forging a Candle-Holder with Saw-tooth Early American Knives Robert Schulz Trammel
Tom Latané tudents will create an adjustable hanging candleholder, forming the teeth of the trammel over the edge of the anvil. Candle cups will be forged and secured with tenons through drip pans with raised edges into the cross arms. The junction of the center trammel and the cross arms (mortise and tenon) will be decorated with delicate scrollwork. This can be simple or more complex depending on the desires and skill of each student. Date: April 27 & 28, 2013 Time: Full Day 9:00-5:00 Course Fee: $200 Supply Fee: $40 Location: Hillsboro, WI
tudents will begin with forging a blade of high carbon steel, which will then be heat treated (hardened and tempered) to create a very useful, edge-holding knife. Choose antler, bone, or hardwood for your handle material, and we will pour pewter or use forged steel for bolster and pommel fittings. All finishing will be done using files, stones, and sand paper. Inquire about on-site camping options. Date: August 2 & 3, 2013 Time: Full Day 9:00-4:00 Course Fee: $120 Supply Fee: $30 Location: Hillsboro, WI
Photo courtesy of Tom Latane
Blacksmithing for Kids
Robert Schulz his class gives children the chance to work with the open fire and create with the hammer in hand. Students will be introduced (or re-introduced for those Photo courtesy of Robert Schulz who are returning) to the forge, anvil, tongs, vises, and other hand tools used in the blacksmithing trade. Along Forging Fire Tools with the physical lessons of forging, patience, awareness, Robert Schulz reate a complete set of essential fire tools for the concentration, and safety will be important focus of this home hearth or blacksmith’s forge, including pokers, class. shovels, rakes, and flux spoons. This class is designed to employ a variety of core blacksmithing techniques Date: March 30, 2013 including tapers, upsetting, riveting, and forge welding, Time: Full Day 9:00-5:00 as well as ornamental chiselwork and twists, and the Course Fee: $60 forging of sheet metal. All levels of experience welcome, Supply Fee: $20 as class projects will accomodate skill level. Location: Hillsboro, WI
Date: September 20 & 21, 2013 Time: Full Day 9:00-4:00 Course Fee: $120 Supply Fee: $30 Location: Hillsboro, WI 9
Farm & Garden
Fruit Tree Grafting
Rice Spann he scythe is a wonderfully efficient tool for the farmer and homeowner alike. It can be used for mowing hay, maintaining hard to cut areas around trees and fences, or even mowing the lawn. Come learn about getting the right scythe blade for your situation, proper fit, sharpening and mowing technique. Bring your scythe if you have one. We will have some loaners available for the class. Date: May 18, 2013 Time: Half Day 9:00-12:00 Course Fee: $40 Location:Viroqua, WI
Rikardo Jahnke ome learn the magic of fruit tree grafting! With this versatile skill you will be able to make your own apple trees at a fraction of the cost of purchasing them and have the tools to clone any apple tree you happen to fancy. In the class we will discuss and demonstrate whip-and-tongue and cleft grafting in detail. The basics of bridge grafting, bud grafting, and topworking older trees will be covered. The care and protection of young trees, selection of rootstocks, sources of grafting scionwood and general apple orcharding will also be discussed. Each participant will have the opportunity to graft three apple trees to take home. (additional rootstock and scionwood will be available for purchase). Date: March 23, 2013 Time: Half Day 1:00-4:30 Course Fee: $40 Supply Fee: $15 Location: Gays Mills, WI
Wild Edibles of Spring
Nicholas Gale ome and explore the bounty of Spring edibles in the Kickapoo Valley! This introductory foraging course will teach many safe plants and plant families, some common, some more obscure, all delightful and nutritious. We will search through environments affected by man and wild, wet and dry, wooded and open for the diversity of plants comming forth at this time of year. Many greens are still tender for fresh and cooked eating, shoots are coming up, and many flowers should be in season depending on the progress of the Spring. This will be a full day class full of walks afield, discussion throughout, cooking and eating, and opportunities for gathering and sampling. Herbs and shrubs yet to offer their gifts will be observed, and techniques, search images, certainty in identification, and cautions will all be covered. Participants should come dressed for whatever the weather, and for all environments as we will be covering some ground. Feel free to bring favorite resources, your knowledge and enthusiasm, and a couple of sacks for gathering Spring’s bounty! (Trail pass must be purchased in addition to tuition) Date: May 11, 2013 Time: Full Day 9:00-5:00 Course Fee: $60 Location: Kickapoo Valley Reserve
Linda Conroy orking with herbs in your own backyard is fun and empowering. Join herbalist and wild crafter Linda Conroy for this inspiring day of plant alchemy. This day will be spent identifying and harvesting food as well as healing plants that are all around us. Participants will have the opportunity to harvest as well as learn methods for preparing herbs for food and medicine. We will learn to make wild salads, dressings, infused oils, salves, herbal tinctures, infusions and much more! A whole and wild food lunch, some of which we prepare together, will be included. Date: August 3, 2013 Time: Full Day 9:00-5:00 Course Fee: $60 Supply Fee: $15 Location: Coon Valley, WI
Herbs for Health and Nourishment
Herbal Medicine for First Aid
Linda Conroy oin herbalist Linda Conroy for this practical and inspiring class. We will begin the day with learning the basic tenants of first aid. We will then move into learning about herbs that are effective for healing common cuts, scrapes and injuries. This will include a wild plant walk and instruction on using herbs right from the field, as well as collecting herbs for later use. Following lunch, participants will assemble their own first aid kit to take home. Date: August 4, 2013 Time: Full Day 9:00-5:00 Course Fee: $60 Supply Fee: $20 Location: Coon Valley, WI
Drawing courtesy of Christine Zinky
The Natural World
Wilderness Skills Outing
Nicholas Gale his is experience is designed to help those motivated to become more comfortable spending longer periods in wild settings with less gear attain the skills, confidences and awarenesses to do so in a compact, safe, and guided course. During our two days and one night, a small group will head off to explore and learn fire making, shelter building, safe water sourcing, foraging, wilderness navigation, safety, and basic primitive skills. Participants will be challenged to push their comfort levels in the natural world (gently) and expand their awareness of and relationship to the natural world that surrounds us. Minimal gear will accompany us as we learn to gather much of what we need from the woodlands, meadows, and waters. Basic wholesome foodstuffs will be provided but participants will gather wild foods, make vegetation beds and pitch rain flys, cook food on open fires, and have time for reflection during and educational and exciting couple of days. Participants need to be in good physical condition and come with an mind open to new experiences and understandings. A quite basic gear list will be provided to prospective students by phone a month prior. (Trail pass must be purchased in addition to tuition.) Dates: June 29 & 30, 2013 Time: Full Days Course Fee: $180 Supply Fee: $40 Location: Kickapoo Valley Reserve
Art of Canoe Poling
Mark Sandberg n spite of the advice- “Never stand up in a canoe,” people around the world have been doing it for many years to maneuver their canoes with poles. Discover the usefulness of this ancient practice to move your canoe in shallow waters upstream, downstream, or on flat water. Not only is it practical, it’s also a lot of fun. You will receive a pre-made wooden pole and will learn about how to make your own. On the water, you’ll learn balance tips, footing, and a variety of poling techniques. Students are responsible for providing their own canoe (1 per student–ideally without keel) and life vest. Previous canoe experience is helpful. Dates: August 31, 2013 Time: Half Day 1:00-4:00 Course Fee: $35 Supply Fee: $20 Location: Viroqua
Fall Beekeeping Essentials
Jordan Bendel oin Jordan to discuss all the essentials of fall beekeeping. Topics to be discussed and observed include honey removal and processing, dealing with health problems in the hive, re-queening and how to prep your hive for winter. Bring your protective gear and a hive tool and get ready to dig in. Date: August 10, 2013 Time: Half Day 8:00-12:00 Course Fee: $40 Location: Viroqua, WI
Spring Beekeeping Essentials
Jordan Bendel oin Jordan to discuss the essential workings of your hive in spring. Bring your protective gear and a hive tool in order to inspect various hives, assess general hive health, practice the techniques involved in introducing a new queen and learn how to split a hive. Jordan will also talk about preparing your hive for the summer honey flow. Date: May 25, 2013 Time: Half Day 8:00-12:00 Course Fee: $40 Location: Viroqua, WI 12
Nicholas Gale any areas of Wisconsin can be challenging to navigate, and the contorted contours of the Driftless region can certainly get confusing. This day long workshop will be filled with direction and experience in travelling the natural landscape without artificial assistance such as compasses or GPS. We will spend the day in motion (be prepared) traversing a course of our choosing in the hills and valleys of the Kickapoo Valley Reserve. Participants will learn sun and landscape based direction finding, understanding the irregular lands and drainages of the Kickapoo valley, maintaining a chosen direction afield, and general maneuvering through swampy, brushy, steep, and disorienting terrain. Intro to Whitewater Canoe Come prepared for an adventure and expect to put on a David Hibbard-Rode good few off-trail miles. Participants must be in decent ome of the most scenic and majestic parts of our physical condition for this course. world lie along river corridors carved by millenia of (Trail pass must be purchased in addition to tuition.) erosion. And often these places feel unreachable due to moving water and fast currents. In this one day course, Date: April 6, 2013 we will go over all the parts of a canoe, discuss and feel Time: Full Day 9:00-5:00 how to maneuver a canoe, cover basic paddling strokes Course Fee: $60 and techniques, whitewater paddling strokes and Location: Kickapoo Valley Reserve techniques, and spend a lot of time practicing these until they become second nature. We will practice all of these Tree Top Log Furniture Building on flat water first and then go over how to read a river, Instructor: Scott Bargender how to scout a set of rapids safely, and how to maneuver Have you ever looked at a tree in your yard and wona canoe through rapids, using the paddling techniques dered what could be made from it? Learn the art of learned earlier. We will also discuss how to remain safe building furniture and carving using whole logs and in the event of a flip. We will then spend the rest of the limbs from trees - from harvesting to a finished piece class practicing on beginner-sized rapids to hone our of art. You will learn how to use hand and power tools. skills. Canoe, paddle and life vest included in supply fee. No previous woodworking experience is necessary. You will gain the knowledge needed to complete your Date: May 4, 2013 own project by the end of the class. Time: Full Day 9:00-5:00 Course Fee: $60 Date: August 24, 2013 Supply Fee: $25 Time: Full Day 9:00-5:00 Location: Yellow River, Iowa Course Fee: $60 Location: Viroqua, WI
Navigating the Natural World
Skills & Trades
Jon Passi re you curious about alternative energy, and want to know more? This course will give you both hands-on, and background information, plus the ability to assess possible sites, and calculate approximate costs for domestic solar electric systems. Photovoltaics offer an alternative to utility-produced power, which is presently, mainly generated from coal combustion or nuclear power. If you want to know more about this readily available technology, and aren’t afraid to get your hands a little dirty, this class if for you. We will be learning basic wiring, along with system design. This class will be taught on-site at a functioning solar electric-powered house, by Jon Passi, an educator and advocate for photovoltaics and sustainable technologies, who has 30 years experience in the building trades, and has been studying alternative energy and green building for the last 35 years. Practical Rifle Date: April 20, 2013 Kyle Johnson Time: Full Day 9:00-5:00 his full day course will cover the safe use of the modern Course Fee: $60 rifle as a practical tool. The goal envisioned is to Supply Fee: $20 provide students with knowledge and mechanical skill Location: Readstown, WI to use their rifle to a higher capacity. The focus of this course will be traditional American “rifleman” skills, beginning students on a path towards making “hits” out to 500 yards with standard rifles, open sights, and only a sling for support. People of all types and experience levels are encouraged to participate. Loaner equipment available for those who do not have any. Students are encouraged to bring a semi-auto rifle, with at least 2-10 round magazines, 250 rounds of ammunition. .22 caliber is fine, other calibers up to 7mm are accepable. Expect a fast pace, and a fun challange.
Do It Yourself Photovoltaics (Solar Electric)
Jon Passi re you interested in building or turning your existing house into a home that gets most or all of its heat, water, and electricity from the sun and the acreage that it sits on? Then this class is for you. Jon will be demonstrating and talking about solar electric, solar hot water, wood and wood stoves, windmills, insulation and passive solar design, using his own house as a demonstration model. We will also explore how to retro-fit existing homes so that they are more energy efficient and self-sufficient, plus general costs for projects. Date: May 4, 2013 Times: Full Day 9:00-5:00 Course Fee: $60 Supply Fee: $20 Location: Readstown, WI
The Zero Energy House
Date: May 4, 2013 Time: Full Day 9:00-5:00 Course Fee: $60 Location: La Cressent, MN
Skills & Trades
David Hibbard-Rode ave you been dreaming of building yourself a tiny home, cabin, or retreat space? This is your chance to learn how! Building yourself a tiny home is not as hard as you might think. From idea to reality, we will discuss the steps necessary and develop the skills to make what you’ve been envisioning come true. This class is designed to give you a basic understanding of tiny home design and construction, load-bearing framing techniques, roof types, how to cut and install rafters, window framing and installation, and siding. In this two-day class we will construct a tiny home (less than 200 sq ft.) for a local homesteader from the ground up. Elegant design principles to maximize space, light, and the quality of the interior space will be discussed and there will be time to ask any and all questions pertaining to tiny homes. This class will be very hands on and a large focus will be on becoming comfortable with tools, their appropriate use, and techniques for working efficiently and safely on the job. This class is meant for those with some or no carpentry experience who are excited about diving in to this kind of thrilling project. *Inquire with the registrar about camping options at the class site. Date:April 20 & 21, 2013 Time: Full Days 9:00-5:00 Course Fee: $120 Location: Viroqua, WI
Tiny Home Construction
Royce Curtis & Corky Roethel nyone born after Jan 1st 1973 must have a hunter education certificate to purchase any Wisconsin hunting license, so here’s your opportunity to get the certificate and a distinctive embroidered emblem. These classes will cover topics such as hunting equipment and methods, rules and regulations, ethics, responsibility, first aid and survival, principles of wildlife management, and basic firearms knowledge and safety. Some of the goals of this class are to promote responsible, ethical hunter conduct, to promote safe gun handling procedures and to familiarize students with hunting equipment, methods and skills to increase their enjoyment of the outdoors. Final testing will consist of a written section and a “hands-on” section. Students who become certified will be invited to the Coon Valley Conservation Club on Saturday September 22 for live firing practice and a fun competition. Students are required to have a Wisconsin DNR customer number. Students with special needs must contact instructor at least two weeks in advance to request special accommodations. (Class offered in memory of Lowell Smith.) Dates: September 3-18, Tues. & Wed., 2013 Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm Course Fee: $10 Location: Viroqua, WI
Wisconsin Basic Hunter Education Course
Skills & Trades
Michelle Rasmussen his course is for you and your horse! After some Kelsey Sauber-Olds time to practice with your own or a friend’s horse, hether chopping veggies or slicing bread a cutting board is indispensable in the kitchen. And when continue your progress with your own horse in this it comes to cutting boards you cannot beat the look and course! Bring your horse and we’ll teach you through feel of wood. From simple rectangles to pig-shaped, the on-line games, give you feed-back on your body cutting boards come in all shapes and sizes. In this language and how it is affecting your horse. This will course students will design and create a cutting board deepen your relationship with your horse, build your to fit their style and ability. Expect to learn woodworking horsemanship abilities and reveal your own savvy as and power tool basics while taking your board through the you learn to trust yourself, be safe and confident with entire process – from rough sawn lumber to sanded, your horse and in life. If you don’t have a horse to bring, we will have some for you to play with –reservations oiled and ready for the kitchen. must be made as there are a limited number of horses. It’s best if you have taken the #1 course or have had Date: May 25, 2013 some lessons before you take this course. I will decide Time: Full Day 9:00-5:00 individual cases if you want to take this course but Course Fee: $60 haven’t had the first course. Bring a notebook and pens/ Supply Fee: $15 pencils, chair, water bottle, jacket, hat, And enjoy being Location: Viroqua, WI a natural horsemanship student!
Make Your Own Wood Cutting Board
Beginning Natural Horsemanship 2
Michelle Rasmussen earn to be safe, confident and progressive with horses. Horses think opposite of humans so we need to learn to use our body language and read a horse’s body language. This class will help you understand how horses think, what their body language is telling you, what your body language is telling them and progress to playing, as opposed to working, with the haltered horses on a 12’ rope. You will learn games that engage the horses’ minds, emotions and bodies as well as your minds, emotions and bodies! The horses are trained already to make it easier for you to get better responses and be safe, learning how your intent and energy affect the horse’s attitudes and responses. Wear hard-soled shoes or boots, long pants and shirt you can tuck in plus a hat. Date: May 25, 2013 Time: Full Day 9:00-5:00 Course Fee: $60 Location: Tomah, WI
Beginning Natural Horsemanship 1
Date: June 8, 2013 Time: Full Day 9:00-5:00 Course Fee: $60 Location: Tomah, WI Max of 10 participants, ages 10 and up.
Scogin Zimmerman n this 3 day class you will learn how to preserve and tan your own buckskin. Students will learn the traditional brain tanning method using natural materials such as alkali, brain, and smoke. Students will walk away with their own full size, supple deer skin ready for their next project! Option for a student to attend 1 day, to observe, but will not leave with a tanned hide. 2-12 max Dates: July 26, 27 & 28, 2013 Time: Full Days 9:00-5:00 Course Fee: $180 Supply Fee: $20 Location: Viroqua, WI
Luke Zahm, Dani Lind & Macon Luhning ave you ever wondered what it would be like to open a farm-to-table restaurant? Have you ever dreamed of transforming a space for one night into a dining destination? Our 100 Mile Meal Workshop and Dinner will take you behind the scenes to meet the farmers who grow the menu, work with chefs to transform the seasonal ingredients and allow 60 paying guests to have a dining experience that will not be forgot! Class participation is required- in fact, this is as hands on in a professional kitchen as it gets! All featured ingredients will be sourced from within a 100 100 Mile Meal – The Dinner mile radius of the dinner location and will feature some of the finest farms in the Driftless Region. Come enjoy an excellent one-of-a-kind local food dining experience in a “pop-up” restaurant led by master Dates: August 10, 2013 chef Luke Zahm and stage a one-time only dinner for Time: Full Day 10:00-7:00 60 people. Course Fee: $125 Location: Rooted Spoon, Viroqua, WI This local and seasonal dinner is a collaboration between Driftless Folk School, The Viroqua Food Co-op, Rooted Spoon Kitchen Table and local farmers. Sixteen Driftless Folk School students will work with Chef Luke Zahm and local farmers to present the dinner as part of an all day class. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit Driftless Folk School. Date: August 10, 2013 Time: 6:30-7:00 Appetizers & cash bar 7:00 Dinner Cost: $25
100 Mile Meal – A “Pop-Up” Restaurant Class
Rikardo has been orcharding since 1996, and grafting longer than that. He has been selling apples, cider, jams and other value added products at Viroqua Farmer’s Market for 10 years. He grows 53 varieties of apples. Rikardo lives in Crawford County, WI. Jacob Hundt Jacob grew up on a Driftless Region dairy farm near Coon Mary T. Bell Valley. He was one of the founding students of the Youth For over three decades Mary Bell has promoted food Initiative High School in Viroqua, where he currently drying throughout North and Central America. Her teaches humanities, sciences, and more. He attended books include; Dehydration Made Simple, Mary Bell’s Deep Springs College in California, where he worked Complete Dehydrator Cookbook, Just Jerky, Jerky People as a cowboy before receiving a BA in History from the and the latest, Food Drying with an Attitude. Several American University in Bulgaria and an MA in Social of her books have sold over 100,000 copies. Mary and Science from the University of Chicago. Jacob and his her husband live at Eagle Bluff Environmental Center wife Sofya Blyum-Hundt have a small farm and vineyard in rural Lanesboro, Minnesota. “Our constant goal is to near Viroqua, where they live with their three children. do our best to minimize the demands we make on this Jacob is one of the founders of the Driftless Folk School. planet and to live thoughtful, respectful and sustainable lives.” Royce is a life-long hunter and a Certified Wisconsin DNR Hunter Safety Education Instructor and also a Certified 4-H Shooting Sports Leader. He is a retired teacher and resides on a farm in Timber Coulee with his wife, French Brittany, and herd of Highland cattle. He has hunted both small game and big game in several states Robert Schulz Robert and his family are homesteading in rural Hillsboro, with rifle, shotgun, bow and traditional muzzleloader. WI. Features of their ‘New Traditions Homestead’ He especially enjoys target shooting competitions with include natural building, alternative energy and water his traditional muzzleloaders and his self bow. He feels systems, organic market produce and gardening, draft a special responsibility and joy in helping others learn horse power, animal husbandry, and a working and practice safe hunting and firearm skills. blacksmith shop. Robert has been blacksmithing for over 15 years, doing custom commissions and teaching Jordan Bendel courses. He is a co-founder of the Driftless Folk School, Jordan was born in Viroqua, WI and learned the sacred hosts interns, and holds many workshops annually, art of beekeeping at age 12 from his grandfather and father. intent on sharing skills and life experiences with others. Jordan has been keeping honey bees ever since and even found a way to combine his interest in bees with his undergraduate research at UW La Crosse. Jordan graduated Corky Roethel Corky (Coreen) has been a Hunter Education Instructor with a B.S. in Microbiology and Chemistry and currently since 2004 with the Coon Valley Conservation Club and works for a medical instrument company in Wisconsin. an assistant with the Viroqua Hunter Education class. He operates Wild Comb Apiary which is focused on She was an instructor for Women In The Outdoors natural beekeeping techniques, queen rearing and comb pheasant hunting class in 2003. She also is a mentor honey production with his wife Jody and their four children. for hunters new to the sport of pheasant hunting. She is owner/operator of Badgerland Pheasant Farm, LLC hunting preserve near Westby, WI. 18
Brandon is an explorer of many things. You may find him mushroom hunting in the warmer months, repairing old Subarus, making furniture, brewing beer and building all sorts of other things the rest of the time. He lives in Madison with his wife and son and is currently employed as a product developer for a start-up called Rowheels. He also runs an alternative contemporary art space in his backyard called PIER 12_18.
Amy is an artist and mother of three boys. She has made her home and studio along with her artist husband Kelsey Sauber Olds at the end of a road in the beautiful Driftless area of Wisconsin. Finding deep satisfaction from making things with her hands, Amy works in the garden, and enjoys domestic life and homeschooling her children, as well as the time she spends in her studio. Whether collaborating on sculpture with her husband or working with other artists and community members for the t co-op she has found that creating together with others is fun and inspiring!
Linda Conroy Jon Passi
Jon is an educator and advocate for alternative energy and sustainable technologies, with over 30 years construction experience, who moved to the area 6 years ago, in order to build a nearly zero-energy, well insulated, off-grid house, utilizing photovoltaics and batteries for power, a solar hot water system for water heating and radiant floor heat, and windmill to pump water. He is a residential solar hot water and photovoltaic assessor for the state of Wisconsin. Now that the house is done, he’s been working locally, playing music, enjoying the driftless region, and trying to live light on the earth.
Kelsey Sauber Olds
Kelsey has been working with wood for the past 15 years. He earned a degree in sculpture before teaching himself the art and craft of furniture making. Kelsey owns and operates a small woodworking studio where he specializes in custom furniture and cutting boards. His shop is attached to the home he shares with his wife and their three young boys outside Viroqua, Wisconsin. Kelsey has recently put furniture making on the back burner to work with his wife on a series of collaborative sculptures.
Linda is an herbalist, cheese maker and whole food enthusiast, who has dedicated her life to connecting with the natural world. After apprenticing on several goat farms, Linda continues to make cheese in her own kitchen. She has been doing so for over a decade and has been teaching this lost art for over 10 years. Linda has a certificate in permaculture design, a degree in social work, has studied with Isla Burgess of the International College of Herbal Medicine, and has completed residential herbal apprenticeships with Susun Weed at the Wise Woman Center as well as at Ravencroft Gardens. She is the founder of Moonwise Herbs and Wild Eats: A Movement to Prtomote Whole, Local and Wild Foods in Community. Linda is a vibrant woman who continually seeks to deepen her connection to the natural world! You can learn more at http://moonwiseherbs.com.
Mike, the founder of Fizzeology, has been researching qualities in food since 2008 while overcoming the effects of lyme disease. His research has opened up sources of information at the crossroads of consciousness, bio-physics as they relate to health. Mike is currently enrolled in an international graduate program in Field Control Therapy applying this research to a practice dedicated to helping people overcome the effects of toxic accumulation in the field of the body.
Maureen Karlstad has been involved with teaching and pottery for over 30 years. After graduating her second class from Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School in Viroqua, she now spends more time working and teaching in her pottery studio.
Rice lives on a small homestead with his wife and two children in rural Viroqua. His interests include gardening, beekeeping, making wood longbows and fly fishing. 19
Kitty Latané Kitty Latané has a life-long interest in traditional hand crafts and has been spinning for over 30 years. She and her husband, Tom Latane, have a workshop and gallery in Pepin, Wisconsin, in which they produce metal, wood and fiber, and show the work of other traditional craftspeople.
Bryn was introduced to photography and art at an early age. He studied education and art in college earning a Master’s degree in education. Teaching and a love of outdoor education lead him to Boulder, Colorado, where he taught pre-K through high school while being a wilderness educator and guide. His love of nature and his three children has led him to want to photograph the special moments he sees. Bryn, now a resident of Tom Latané Viroqua, is fascinated by the beauty of the Driftless Thomas Latane has been fascinated by old methods Region. Photography has become a combining of his of hand working iron and wood since the early 1970s. lifelong interests in teaching, the arts, and nature, into He and his wife, Catherine, have had a shop in Pepin, a curriculum to teach children and adults to use their WI since 1983. There they repair antiques and produce cameras to save the life-images they cherish. their own work using appropriate historic technologies and design vocabularies from various ethnic traditions. This fall The Metal Museum in Memphis will exhibit a collection of Tom’s work in their annual “Master Metalsmith” show, Sept. 13 –Dec.1 2013.
Martha has been sewing since she was 8. She has designed and made her own clothes from swimming suits to coats and shoes, in addition to making many household items. She worked as a professional costume designer and in two different tailor shops over the years. Her “New Home” sewing machine had been her staunch Scott Bargender companion for 30 years on three continents. Martha is Scott has been working with wood since he was a small an artist who enjoys working in a wide variety of media boy. He grew up on a Wisconsin dairy farm and later from fiber to metal. She is also an Early Childhood moved to Madison to learn the art of recording music. teacher at the Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School. She lives When in Madison, Scott learned about such things as with her family in Westby, WI. cooperatives, various cultures and sustainable living, which changed his life. Scott has continued to work in the music industry as well as in the realm of renewable Jerry Traczyk energy and has spent over 10 years building and carving Jerry is the head salumist at Underground Meats. He has been a member of the Underground Food Collective log furniture and signs. since 2010, and he’s been cooking for as long as he can remember. 20
Michelle has been blest to live her passion of training horses and people since 2002 when she began studying and using Parelli Natural Horsemanship. As a mother of four young children at the time, her goal was to teach the children to be safe, confident and understand how horses think. Her goals have expanded to teaching others who want to learn to be natural with their animals. She has trained many horses and has five of four different breeds of her own. Each horse teaches her daily the importance of growing as a natural horseman while having fun and using her God-given gifts to inspire, encourage and help her students and horses. Her husband of 28 years, Brian, is supportive and appreciative of her business and the horses.
Mark loves being outside, teaching, making things and being with people. He has been an educator for much of his life and has worked as a wilderness guide. Mark has a strong interest in traditional learning, cultures and craft and is the program director of Driftless Folk School.
Zac entered the crafting and primitive skills world 8 years ago in Montana, when he shot a deer and tried to turn it into clothing. Since then he’s actually figured out how to do it. Along the way he’s met many wonderful students an teachers. One of those being a year long apprenticeship in the coast range of Oregon- he learned many different styles of basketry and how to harvest the materials from my surroundings.
For the past 10 years, Scogin has been dedicated to the preservation and passing on of hand crafts and primitive skills, including: European willow basketry, blacksmithing, harvest and preparation of wild foods, rope making, friction fire, and buckskinning.
Kyle is a persuer of skills, and is excited about learning from and sharing with other people in order to create a stronger culture of self reliance. He has been a rifle instructor for the Appleseed Project since 2007, and continues to teach and learn from other sources. Other interests and skills include food security, community building, wilderness medecine, and primitive skills.
Luke is a Driftless Native who received much of his culinary training working in various restaurants with some of Wisconsin’s finest chefs. Notably, he has spent time leading the Epic Systems Culinary Department, The Viroqua Food Cooperative, The Old Fashioned Tavern, Lombardino’s Italian Restaurant and The Waterfront Restaurant and Tavern. His culinary experience, passion for local food, and his commitment to family farms have created a nearly perfect recipe for a unique dining experience in the heart of the Driftless Region!
still a young man, Nicolas has been an enthusiast of the natural world and outdoor living since he was a child. Raised in the Kickapoo, the Mississippi Valley and the foothills of Appalachia, he has taken his childhood joys and hobbies and developed a life based on living in the outdoors, meeting his basic needs from the Earth’s offerings, and sharing the basic awareness and skills necessary to this lifestyle. Nicolas credits his skills and world outlook to an upbringing by outdoorsy, artistic, and resourceful parents; a year and a half spent immersed in a Native skills encampment in Northern Wisconsin; and time spent traveling by foot in the United States and abroad. Family life has tempered his dreaming and grounded him in the quest to live a true life and support himself by sharing his passions and lifeway.
Dave is a carpenter and handyman and has built three tiny homes including a writing cabin in Duluth, a small guest cabin in Vermont, and a retreat and meditation space in Viroqua. He also makes basic furniture, kitchenware, and canoe paddles. He is an avid home designer and lover of elegantly simple designs and construction. His love for construction began in southern Arizona where he worked on adobe and strawbale plastering. The incredible simplicity, warmth, and feel of these homes has stuck with him ever since and in all his designs and work, he tries to maximize light, open-ness, and develop an overall feel of warmth and calmness. Dave is also a high school teacher of English, geology, and carpentry, and has led over 25 wilderness expeditions as far north as the Arctic Circle. Many of these trips have been on rivers with extensive and challenging whitewater and he has taught whitewater and flatwater paddling for nine years. Dave holds a current Wilderness First Responder certification as well as Wilderness Water Safety (a form of lifeguard certification geared toward wilderness settings) and serves on the Driftless Folk School Board of Directors. 21
Typical Saturday Schedule:
Full Day Classes: 9:00-5:00 (Free lunch included) Morning Classes: 9:00-12:30 Afternoon Classes: 1:00-4:30
You can sign up for any class online or by mail. Visit www.driftlessfolkschool.org to fill out a registration form and pay through PayPal. Alternatively, you can fill out the form in the back of this catalog and mail it to the Folk School along with a check for the full class fee Class Locations Driftless Folk School classes take place in a variety of (including the supply fee). Driftless Folk School will send locations in Viroqua, WI, Vernon County, and the you a confirmation packet or e-mail, which will include Driftless Region. Most classes are held at the homes directions to class and other necessary information. and farms of the instructors, or the Ark in Viroqua. Directions to class locations will be included in a Course Sizes and Registration Deadline confirmation packet or e-mail sent upon registration. Classes at Driftless Folk School are kept small. It is advisable to register early to ensure your participation. If courses have insufficient enrollment, they may be canceled. Meals & Lodging A free lunch is provided for all participants in full day Late registration may be possible due to cancellations. classes. There are also several fine restaurants and Please call regarding last minute openings. grocery stores offering organic food in the Viroqua area. If requested, Driftless Folk School will include a listing of options for camping, RV parking, and hotels as part of the confirmation e-mail/packet.
Registering for a Class?
Driftless Folk School will maintain a wait list for those wishing to sign up for classes that are already full. We will contact you if space becomes available.
Families & Children
Driftless Folk School values intergenerational learning that is part of a long American folk tradition. We encourage family participation! Many of the classes we offer are appropriate for both children and adults. If you have any questions about the appropriateness of a class for a particular child, please contact the Registrar. If a child under the age of 10 is interested in participating with an adult, the course fee for the child is half price. Limited to one child per enrolled participant.
Full payment is required at the time of registration. Please note that material costs vary significantly. Payment may be in US funds by cash, check, money order, or credit card. Please contact the Registrar to pay with a credit card via PayPal.
Driftless Folk School strives to offer a wide variety of courses reflecting the talents and interests present within our community. The views, beliefs, or philosophies of life presented by course instructors are not necessarily those of Driftless Folk School, its members, or volunteers.
Driftless Folk School is committed to holding all classes with enrolled students. If Driftless Folk School must cancel a class, students will receive a full refund for all payments made for that class. Students who cancel their enrollment more than fourteen days prior to the class will receive a credit for another class of equal value. Students who cancel their enrollment forteen days or fewer before the class will receive no refund or credit.
In the operation of the Driftless Folk School programs, no individual or group will be discriminated against because of race, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, or disability. 22
A Word of Thanks . . .
Paxam Foundation William A. Fisher II Family Foundation John D. & Leslie Henner Burns Family Foundation
Dan & Sue Steele Joli Dace Lisa Henner John and Laurel Shea Kelvin Rodolfo and Kathleen Crittenden
Emily Halapatz Constance Hundt Golden Michael Klimesh Julee & Ben Agar Carol Jacobs Jane Siemon Diane Montgomery Cassie Rauk Andy Cameron & Marla Hurley
Robert Schulz Dave Hibbard-Rode Lisa Henner Katie Peterman Nicole Spinelli Dene Muller Jacob Hundt Jamie Cermak Jon Howe
Driftless Studio Bill Brooke Realty
Patty Rasmussen Michael Scott Dan Conklin Kenneth Fisher & Priscilla Tait Anne Breckenridge Swanson James Pattison & Martha Buche Larry Olds David Theis Lauren Hunt Lynne Haynor & Justin Schaude Natalie & Jerry McIntire Jean & Terry Beck Teresa & Gary M. Smith Mark Youngren & Donna Yaeger Mary Helen Shortridge Dave & Denise Strudthoff Greta Kuphal & Larry Dooley Peter & Sandy Cochrane Vicky Eiben Jenny & Rice Spann Susan Petersen Luann Griffin Paul & Christine Swanson Rick & Mary Brittnacher Bob Smolen New Hope Catholic Worker Farm Andrew Gorrill & Jonel Kiesau Dina Bertolini James Shuh
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Calendar of Classes
23-Fruit Tree Grafting 30-Black Smithing for Kids
2-Hand spinning with a Spindle 6-Navigating the Natural World 7-Clay In a Day 13-Beginning to Sew 20-Lacto Fermented Foods 20-Do it Yourself Photovoltaics (Solar Electric) 20 & 21-Tiny Home Construction 27 Wet-Felted Boots 27 & 28-Candle-Holder with Saw-tooth Trammel
1 & 2-Outdoor Photographic Odyssey 1-Black Ash Hexagonal Basketry 2-Clay In a Day 8-Into to Home Brewing 8-Beginning Natural Horsemanship 2 15-Whole Hog Butchering 29 & 30-Wilderness Skills Outing
20-Willow Stake & Strand Basketry 21-Weave a Plaited Cedar Bark Pouch 26, 27 & 28-Braintan Buckskin
4-Into to White Water Canoe 4-The Zero Energy House 4-Practical Rifle 5-Clay In a Day 11-Wild Edibles of Spring 18-Food Drying With Attitude 18-Scything 25-Spring Beekeeping Essentials 25-Make Your Own Wood Cutting Board 25-Beginning Natural Horsemanship 1 31-Outdoor Photographic Odyssey
2 & 3-Early American Knives 3-Herbs for Health & Nourishment 4-Herbal Medicine for Frisrt Aid 10-Fall Beekeeping Essentials 10-100 Mile Meal 17-Chicken Butchering 17-Intro to Home Cheese making 18-Cheese Making: Cheddar, Gouda, & Feta 24-Tree Top Log Furniture Building 31-Art of Canoe Poling
3-18-WI Basic Hunter Education 20 & 21-Forging Fire Tools 21-Baking Sourdough Bread
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Welcome to the Driftless Folk School!
hen the glaciers bypassed southwestern Wisconsin and the adjacent areas of Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois during the ice ages, they left intact a unique landscape of ridges and coulees, a geological island in the midst of the vast Midwestern plains, known as the Driftless Region. Today, the unique character of this area’s geology and landscape is matched by the character of its culture. Narrow ridges and valleys have slowed the growth of industrial agriculture in this region, opening the way for the development of a thriving community of sustainable family farms and robust small town businesses. Thank you to our Catalogue Sponsors and all instructors, donors, and volunteers for their support of the Driftless Folk School!