Home Brewing 101 – Driftless Folk School

Instructor: Steve Carrow

If you’ve always thought home brewing sounded interesting, but a bit intimidating, this is the class for you. There are many variations to brewing, and this class will give you experience with a reliable method. We won’t do a deep dive in to theory and esoteric zymurgy, but we’ll cover the basics to get that first batch bottled.

The course will take place on two separate mornings, first to learn the basics and brew the wort, then two weeks later to bottle. You will go home with some beer that you can enjoy after the two weeks’ carbonation period.
Registration is open HERE.

Dates: Saturday, June 11, 2022, and Saturday, June 25, 2022
Registration deadline: 6/1/22
Time: 9AM – 12:30PM, both days
Ages: Adults only
Location: Instructor’s home
Materials Fee: $20

Starting a New Fruit Orchard – Driftless Folk School

Join long-time orchardist Rikardo Jahnke to learn about starting your own orchard. Topics covered in the class will include:

-Getting ready and planning,
-Siting and layout considerations
-Buying trees vs. grafting your own
-Apple varietal selection
-Pears, plums
-Small fruits (raspberries, grapes, currants, blueberries, etc.)
-First, second, and third years in the orchard
-Equipment and tools
-Deer, insect, and disease control
-Harvest, Putting By, and Marketing

This will be a fully interactive workshop – the direction of the discussion will depend on the preferences of those attending. Half the class will be presentation with Q+A, half will be a tour and Q+A in the orchard.

Registration is open HERE.
Date: Saturday, June 4, 2022
Registration deadline: 5/25/22
Time: 9AM – 4:30PM
Age: Adults only
Location: Rural Gays Mills, WI
Materials Fee: $2

Viroqua Food Co-op Owners

Enter discount code VFC22 at checkout for $10 off!

Sliding Scale Course Fees:
Supporter: $110
Sustainer: $85
Supported: $60

Mushrooms A-Z Driftless Folk School

Instructor: Linda Conroy

Whether you grow, forage or purchase mushrooms, it is easy to bring them into your kitchen and medicine chest. Learn how to best prepare mushrooms for optimal benefit and get inspired to incorporate them into your daily life through this informative workshop. The second part of the day will be spent learning to grow mushrooms and everyone will take home their own inoculated log.

A mushroom-based lunch will be provided.

Date: Saturday, June 4, 2022
Registration deadline: 5/25/22
Time: 9:00Am – 4:30PM
Ages: Adults only
Location: Moonwise Herbs Homestead
Materials Fee: $50

Viroqua Food Co-op Owners
Enter discount code VFC22 at checkout for $10 off!

Sliding Scale Course Fees:
Supporter: $110
Sustainer: $85
Supported: $60

 

Registration Open

Spring Foraging – Driftless Folk School

Instructor: Nicholas WazeeGale

Spring is an exciting time of diverse edible offerings in the plant world. In this course we will learn many plants that offer greens for cooking and salads, some that will be offering shoots and blossoms, and a few that may even still have good roots available. We will hike forested lands, explore some wet places, and seek edibles growing on the edges of human disturbance.

A good time for all, but be prepared for some hiking and an all day outdoor experience.

Registration is open HERE.


Date: Saturday, May 7, 2022

Registration deadline: 4/27/22
Time: 9:00AM – 4:30PM
Ages: 12+
Location: Viola, WI

Viroqua Food Co-op Owners
Enter discount code VFC22 at checkout for $10 off!

Sliding Scale Course Fees:
Supporter: $110
Sustainer: $85
Supported: $60

 

Cultured Dairy – Driftless Folk School (Virtual)

Instructor: Laura Poe Mathes

In this virtual demo class, participants will learn to make several different types of cultured dairy products, including yogurt, kefir, farmer’s cheese, and cultured butter. We will also cover tools and troubleshooting for fermentation beginners, along with the health benefits of consuming these foods.

Date: Saturday, April 9, 2021
Registration deadline: 3/31/21
Time: 1-4:30PM
Ages: 12+
Location: ONLINE

Sliding Scale Course Fees:
Supporter: $65
Sustainer: $50
Supported: $35

Viroqua Food Co-op Member?
Use discount code VFC22 and enter your member number. (We’re sorry, we cannot honor membership in other co-ops for this discount.)

Fruit Tree Grafting – Driftless Folk School

Instructor: Rikardo Jahnke

Come 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 top working older trees will be covered. The care and protection of young trees, selection of root stocks, and sources of grafting scionwood 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.)

There will be an optional tour of the instructor’s orchard after the end of the class.

Date: Saturday, April 9, 2022
Registration Deadline: 3/31/22
Time: 1:00 – 4:30PM
Ages: 12+
Location: Rural Gays Mills, WI
Materials Fee: $24

Sliding Scale Course Fees:
Supporter: $65
Sustainer: $50
Supported: $35

Viroqua Food Co-op Member?
Use discount code VFC22 and enter your member number. (We’re sorry, we cannot honor membership in other co-ops for this discount.)

Advanced Birch Bark Box – Driftless Folk School

In this class we will work with a different interlocking method (claimed to be Russian) that allows for larger birch boxes. This will require more layout and care in cutting out the bark pattern and also more work in the carving of the dry wood bases and tops, and time permitting, knobs. For this reason the Basic Bark Box class is prerequisite for this day, either the day prior or if it has been taken in past years (also adequate is experience as a serious carver of spoons or figures). It will be take a more serious mood to complete this in our day, but be not deceived, fun will be had regardless.

Date: Sunday, April 3, 2022
Registration deadline: 3/23/22
Time: 9AM – 4:30PM
Age: 16+
Location: Instructor’s home

Sliding Scale Course Fees:
Supporter: $110
Sustainer: $85
Supported: $60
Materials Fee: $30

Basic Birch Bark Box – Driftless Folk School

Come learn to make this ingenious and simple ancient, round box of birch bark and local softwood. Using quality bark we will form an interlocked round body and with sharp knives carve fitted bases and lids. These little boxes can be challenging to make but are very usable and solid, and come from a very old tradition and connection to birch in northern Europe. Some hand strength and knowledge of carving will be helpful.

Date: Saturday, April, 2, 2022
Registration Deadline: 3/23/22
Time: 9AM – 4:30PM
Age: 16+
Location: Viola, WI

Sliding Scale Course Fees:
Supporter: $110
Sustainer: $85
Supported: $60
Materials Fee: $20

Introduction to Sergers – Driftless Folk School

Instructor: Julie Tomaro

Ready to take your home sewing to the next level? Sergers add a lovely finish to all types of items.

We will be taking a look at three basic home sewing sergers, learning about the benefits and challenges of using a serger, as well as do some practice sewing and threading.

Registration Open 
Date: Saturday, March 19, 2022
Registration Deadline: 3/10/22
Time: 1:00 – 4:30PM
Ages: 12+
Location: Blue Bobbin Studio (new location)
Materials fee: 0

Sliding Scale Course Fees:
Supporter: $65
Sustainer: $50
Supported: $35

Basic Spoon Carving – Driftless Folk School

Instructor: Nicholas WazeeGale

Come enjoy a day learning the basics of the art of spoon carving! This class will cover knife use and safety, basic carving strokes, and carving flat ware and simple spoons. This class will be a solid introduction to knife-work as it pertains to spoons, but with limited coverage of axe work, sharpening, understanding wood, and other skills peripheral but ultimately necessary to spoon carving.

Date: Saturday, March 19, 2021
Time: 9AM – 4:30PM

Sliding Scale Course Fee:
Supporter: $105
Sustainer: $85
Supported: $65
Materials Fee: $25
Location: Viola, WI