Venison Sausage & Curing – Driftless Folk School

Registration Deadline: 12/7/2019

Students will learn how to take scrap venison meat, add pork, seasoning, cure, culture and turn it into delicious, shelf-stable dry-cured sausages. The art of dry-curing meat has been around for millennia and has had a recent resurgence. This class will teach each participant that with careful planning and execution, they too can make dry-cured meats in their own home. We will cover equipment needed, ingredients, and clear steps for carrying out the process. Due to the length of time to make a dry-cured product, the class will not complete the process that day. Instead, participants will make the sausages and the instructor will ferment and dry the sausages for them for either pick-up or mail delivery once they are complete. Each student will leave with basic directions for dry-curing sausage and a list of resources for continuing their studies at home.

Instructor: Ryan Wagner

Class fee: $45, material fee: $40. $10 off for VFC members.

Beeswax Candle Making – Driftless Folk School

Registration Deadline: 12/7/2019

Make simple, hand-dipped beeswax tapers, then try your hand at some more complicated variations. Spend a few meditative hours making several candles, and learn the traditions and meanings of candles as used in many seasonal celebrations.

Instructor: Martha Buche

Class fee: $45, material fee: $15 

Spoon Carving Circle – Driftless Folk School

The night before Valentine’s Day, 2014, six people gathered in the Driftless Folk School’s intimate office space for the first monthly DFS Carving Circle. The event attracted all ages and experience levels—from veteran carver to curious onlooker turned carving convert.

All carving projects are welcome: bow-making, chip carving, and whittling, though spoon carving remains the most common. Bring some wood and a carving tool or two. If you don’t have any wood or tools, come anyway. Someone will share wood, loan you tools, and if you’re hooked, sell you a carving starter kit.

If interested in the joining the email list, please contact Terry Beck at beck.terr@eagle.uwlax.edu.

$2 per person to cover space use fees 

Sweet Grass Basketry – Driftless Folk School

Registration Deadline: 11/24/2019

Learn to make a coiled basket using one of the sweetest smelling plants – sweetgrass. Spend a fun day exploring the creative possibilities of this ancient art form as you design and complete your basket. Linda will guide and instruct you on how to start and sew a basket. You will learn various stitching techniques, as well as approaches to incorporating other materials into the design of coiled baskets. This class is for students of all levels and great for those who like working with natural materials. Bring a small pair of sharp scissors, thimble, and reading glasses, if needed for close work; other supplies provided.

Instructor: Linda Conroy

Class fee: $75, material fee: $25 

Herbal Infused Oils, Salves, and Lotions – Driftless Folk School

Registration Deadline: 11/23/2019

Join herbalist Linda Conroy as she leads participants through the process of making oils, salves and lotions. The focus will be on creating remedies from herbs in the garden. Participants will leave with a list of healing herbs, recipes and the three preparations (oils, salves and lotions) made in this class. Suitable for ages 12+.

Instructor: Linda Conroy

Class fee: $75, material fee: $20

Herbal Goat Milk Soap Making – Driftless Folk School

Registration Deadline: 11/22/2019 

Join Herbalist Linda Conroy for this fun day of soap making. We will start out learning the basics and then dive into a hands-on experience, making soap that you will take home. We will make soap with herbs from the garden, as well as fresh goat’s milk. We will make both hot and cold process soap, as well as try our hand at hand milling and felting soap. Participants will go home with soap made in class, along with instructions and recipes for making soap at home. All supplies provided. For adults and youth (ages 8 years and up with an adult). Includes instruction on hot and cold process soap making, as well as hand milling and felting.

Instructor: Linda Conroy

Class fee: $75, material fee: $25. $10 off for VFC owners.

 

Bitters for Your Health – Driftless Folk School

Registration Deadline: 11/16/2019

The way a plant tastes can tell us some of the ways it will interact with and have effect upon our bodies. We will discuss the the tastes of herbs and what it means. Then focus on the taste of bitters and the their effect upon our liver, digestion, nervous system and much more. Students will have the opportunity to craft their own bitter remedy.

Instructor: Tracy Mangold 

Class fee: $45, material fee: $15 

Spoon Carving Circle – Driftless Folk School

The night before Valentine’s Day, 2014, six people gathered in the Driftless Folk School’s intimate office space for the first monthly DFS Carving Circle. The event attracted all ages and experience levels—from veteran carver to curious onlooker turned carving convert.

All carving projects are welcome: bow-making, chip carving, and whittling, though spoon carving remains the most common. Bring some wood and a carving tool or two. If you don’t have any wood or tools, come anyway. Someone will share wood, loan you tools, and if you’re hooked, sell you a carving starter kit.

If interested in the joining the email list, please contact Terry Beck at beck.terr@eagle.uwlax.edu.

$2 per person to cover space use fees 

Dishes with Organ Meats, Bone Broth – Driftless Folk School

Registration Deadline: 11/09/2019

Liver, heart, bones and other organ meats can be easy to prepare and delicious for the whole family to enjoy! This class is perfect for those who are interested in eating organ meats for their superior nutritional value, but are unsure about preparation, and even taste. Additionally, bone broth is not only warming and comforting, but also offers an incredible amount of nutrition. Minerals, vitamins, amino acids, and collagen are available in these broths, helping support the immune system, digestion, bone and tissue health.

Instructor: Laura Poe

Class fee: $45, material fee: $15 

Hog Butchering

Registration Deadline: 11/2/2019

Students will receive a hands-on experience of butchering a hog. Saturday will consist of discharging a live organic pig, eviscerating the animal, and preparing the hog for hanging & cooling. The following day will be a full day of breaking the hog into primal parts, cutting individual pork chops, steaks, pork belly and hocks. The pig from the previous day will be used as and halved organic hogs. Participants will partner in groups of 2 per half hog for the breakdown. Students will leave with the meat they cut and break down (~35lbs), bones for broth and recipes for further processing. Time permitting, there will be options for making loose Italian and breakfast sausage from scrap meat.

Instructor: Ryan Wagner

Class fee: $120, material fee: $140. $10 off for VFC owners.