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All Things Chaga

$50

with Allie Austin

Calendar Aug 15, 2018 at 4 pm

Wednesday August 15, 2018
4:00 PM- 6:00 PM

Tuition: $20 Materials $30

Did you know, growing on our birch trees is one of the most powerfully medicinal mushrooms in the world? Chaga has been highly studied and has been known to kill cancer cells, shrink tumors, and increase the body's ability to respond and adapt to stress, among it's multitude of other benefits. In this class, we will learn how to identify, harvest, and utilize this medicinal powerhouse for both internal and external use. We will make some chaga preparations in class, and students will each go home with their own informational chaga handbook, including a recipe booklet with numerous chaga remedies and creative ways to use Minnesota's most treasured fungi.  

About the Instructor: Allison Austin has been practicing herbalism for over 13 years. Her passion for plants and herbal medicine began in middle school, and has continued to play a central role in her life ever since. She has studied under herbalists in Minnesota, California, Texas, and with Mayan elders in Guatemala. Allison is passionate about bringing the traditional practices of herbalism to people in a practical and accessible way, and encouraging people to utilize herbs in their local area to become more self-sustainable and take charge of their own health. 

Lacto- Fermentation Basics

$85

with Becky Gawboy

Calendar Sep 1, 2018 at 9 am

Saturday September 1, 2018
9:00 AM- 5:00 PM

Tuition: $80 Materials: $5

Learn the basics of lacto-fermentaton and create wonderful food full of probiotics. Students will learn about the history of this ancient food preservation method and how, with only fresh vegetables and simple equipment, one can preserve the harvest, enhance the nutritional quality of vegetables, and explore a new variety of fermenting vessels. Additionally, students will learn how to adapt what is already in their kitchen.

Becky will provide the fresh vegetables, salt, and the seasonings. She will also provide a large variety of fermented food to sample.

Class participants need only bring a half gallon or gallon glass jar and a quart zip lock bag so they can bring home a jar of food ready to ferment.

Northwoods Gardening

$20

with Andy Hill

Calendar Jul 30, 2018 at 4 pm

Northwoods Gardening
Monday, July 30   
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Tuition: $20 per class

August 20 and September 24 are additional gardening classes -Sign up individually.

Learn how to make the most out of our short Northern gardening season while implementing sustainable living practices. The classes will be held at Andy Hill's property where he will demonstrate organic procedures, drip irrigation, weed suppression, protection from critters, and methods of fertilizing without using pesticides or herbicides.

You will see a grow house constructed from salvage material and using no green treated lumber. Come prepared to get your hands dirty as you learn how to prepare, develop and harvest your garden. Bring a notebook and/or camera as well as your own ideas and enthusiasm to share with others. Students signing up for all five classes will also receive a 50' row to plant with seeds of their choice and will be able to harvest their bounty. This will require a commitment of giving some intermediate care.

About the instructor: Andy Hill has been implementing creative sustainable living practices in his off-the-grid homestead and loves to share ideas and knowledge with others. He promises there will be no secrets! Andy has taught Sustainable Living classes and Northwoods Gardening at the folk school since its inception, and students appreciate his deep knowledge as a gardener and his positive and helpful teaching style.

 

Northwoods Gardening

$20

with Andy Hill

Calendar Aug 20, 2018 at 4 pm

Northwoods Gardening
Monday, August 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Tuition: $20 per class

September 24 is an additional gardening class - sign up for it separately.

Learn how to make the most out of our short Northern gardening season while implementing sustainable living practices. The classes will be held at Andy Hill's property where he will demonstrate organic procedures, drip irrigation, weed suppression, protection from critters, and methods of fertilizing without using pesticides or herbicides.

You will see a grow house constructed from salvage material and using no green treated lumber. Come prepared to get your hands dirty as you learn how to prepare, develop and harvest your garden. Bring a notebook and/or camera as well as your own ideas and enthusiasm to share with others. Students signing up for all five classes will also receive a 50' row to plant with seeds of their choice and will be able to harvest their bounty. This will require a commitment of giving some intermediate care.

About the instructor: Andy Hill has been implementing creative sustainable living practices in his off-the-grid homestead and loves to share ideas and knowledge with others. He promises there will be no secrets! Andy has taught Sustainable Living classes and Northwoods Gardening at the folk school since its inception, and students appreciate his deep knowledge as a gardener and his positive and helpful teaching style.

Northwoods Gardening

$20

with Andy Hill

Calendar Sep 24, 2018 at 4 pm

Northwoods Gardening
Monday, September 24
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Tuition: $20

Learn how to make the most out of our short Northern gardening season while implementing sustainable living practices. The classes will be held at Andy Hill's property where he will demonstrate organic procedures, drip irrigation, weed suppression, protection from critters, and methods of fertilizing without using pesticides or herbicides.

You will see a grow house constructed from salvage material and using no green treated lumber. Come prepared to get your hands dirty as you learn how to prepare, develop and harvest your garden. Bring a notebook and/or camera as well as your own ideas and enthusiasm to share with others. Students signing up for all five classes will also receive a 50' row to plant with seeds of their choice and will be able to harvest their bounty. This will require a commitment of giving some intermediate care.

About the instructor: Andy Hill has been implementing creative sustainable living practices in his off-the-grid homestead and loves to share ideas and knowledge with others. He promises there will be no secrets! Andy has taught Sustainable Living classes and Northwoods Gardening at the folk school since its inception, and students appreciate his deep knowledge as a gardener and his positive and helpful teaching style.

 

Soil Clinic II

$35

with Terry Cooper

Calendar Jul 31, 2018 at 6 pm

Soil Clinic II - Back Yard Composting and NPK Management
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Tuition: $30  Materials: $5

What is composting and how do you do it? This class will teach the basics of composting and how to prepare compost to use in your garden. The class will explain the requirements for creating compost that will provide nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium (N,P,K) for your garden’s soil. Also, a brief introduction to N,P,K plant nutrients will allow the gardener to better manage nutrient status of the soil.

About the instructor: Dr. Cooper received his Ph.D. in Soil Science from Michigan State University, after growing up in Clare Michigan, a small town in North-central Michigan. He taught soils at Cal Poly in SLO California for five years before accepting a position on the St. Paul Campus of the University of Minnesota where teaching beginning soils,  soil judging, soil morphology, environmental science and environmental review. He taught a Soil Clinic class at the Ely Folk School in April, 2018, and students begged for more.

 

Sustainable Living: Open Forum

Free

with Andy Hill

Calendar Aug 9, 2018 at 7 pm

Sustainable Living: Open Forum
Thursday, August 9, 2018
7:00 PM-9:00 PM

Tuition: Free

The Sustainable Living Forum will include presentations and discussion to extend your awareness and thinking about how to live more sustainable without costing you a fortune. There are many choices you can put in motion at little cost and little or no effort. Bring your ideas to share with others and watch them expand. Learn from Andy and from each other.

This is also an opportunity to ask questions about the appliances you are interested in installing; furnaces, hot water heaters, stoves, washer, dryers, heat pumps, water-fed air conditioners, refrigerators and freezers.

About the instructor: Andy Hill has been implementing creative sustainable living practices in his off-the-grid homestead and loves to share ideas and knowledge with others. He promises there will be no secrets! Andy has taught Sustainable Living classes and Northwoods Gardening at the folk school since its inception, and students appreciate his deep knowledge as a gardener and his positive and helpful teaching style.





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