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Ely Folk School

Winter Festival

Milk Jug Pollinator Planter & Seed Balls


with Deb Funk

Calendar Mar 31, 2019 at 1:30 pm

Sunday, March 31, 2019
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Tuition: $10 Materials: $10

Help provide food for pollinators by making a planter filled with seeds that you can plant in the ground in the spring. The planter will be stored outside in a snowbank until the seeds sprout and the frost danger has passed. All materials will be supplied. This class is great for adults and children. Help save the bees!

About the Instructor: Deb Funk began raising honey bees as a hobby after retiring. Through that experience, she came to learn how important they are to our food supply. She was even trained on sensory analysis when learning how to taste the different varieties of honey!

Deb helped establish the Ely Area Bee Club for local beekeepers and enthusiasts. Working with the University of Minnesota Extension, she obtained seed packets for distribution and learned what plants work well to attract bees in a pollinator garden. 

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Sewing with Beaver Hides


with Bert Hyde & Mark Olson

Calendar Mar 30, 2019 at 9 am

Choice of Project: Hat or mittens
Saturday, March. 30, 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Tuition: $80 Materials: $100

This class is limited to a maximum of 10 people.

Ely folks know there is no bad weather, only bad clothing. Beaver hats and mittens are just the answer for those deep wind chills, which Bert and Mark can attest to. You choose whether to make a hat or mittens and will learn how to measure, cut and sew pattern pieces from beaver hide. You will receive instructions for adding the liner, where needed, at home using glue and hand stitching. Students should bring the material of their choice for the liner.

About the instructors: Bert Hyde and Mark Olson are experienced woodsmen, do-it-yourselfers and folk school instructors who get a kick out of showing other people how to do cool things.

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