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Traditional & Green Skills Event 2020

posted Jan 3, 2020, 12:48 PM by George Adams   [ updated Feb 13, 2020, 7:50 AM by Jessica Fischer ]

Saturday, March 14, 2020

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Prairie Farm High School, 630 River Ave. S. Prairie Farm

We’re so excited to celebrate this 10th anniversary event with you!

A full day of learning new and old skills from local teachers. Includes lunch, a local vendor fair, and children’s activities.

No need to pre-register, just pay at the door.

$12 Adults
$30 Families (up to 5)
  $7 Children (under 12)

Supporting Contribution  Vendor Space

A complete list of workshops can be found below.

Workshops- Session 1

Extending the Growing Season

Classroom: English 
Instructor: Maggie Sheehan & Ben Olson
Seed starting, hardy perennials and frost protection in the field and greenhouse

Search and Rescue

Classroom: History 
Instructor: Jan Thompson
What does it take to work a dog in Search and Rescue/Recovery? It begins with the human. Points to consider when responding as a civilian to mass callouts by Law Enforcement.

Livestock Identification and Record Keeping

Classroom: Math 
Instructor: Allysse Sorensen
When you walk into your barn you know your animals by sight. But in 2020 there are not only interesting technological advancements but possibly required identification of your herd. We'll look at over 10 forms of identification, including demonstration of an RFID reader. We'll review the best record keeping apps and why having these systems improves our relationships with our animals, our veterinarian, and our buyers.

Qigong, Movement for Health

Classroom: Art 
Instructor: Mark Stuber
Slow,coordinated movement exercises for better energy, circulation, balance and relaxation.

Tortilla Making

Classroom: FCE 
Instructor: Andy Gaertner
Using home grown dry corn to make tortillas and other foods.

Tool Sharpening

Classroom: Shop 
Instructor: Jon Anderson
Learn to sharpen tools such as knives, axes, and auger bits using traditional methods. These same techniques can be applied to scissors and lawn mower blades.

Hard Cider and Vinegars

Classroom: Tech Ed
Instructor: Anton Ptak
We’ll learn the equipment and processes necessary to take fresh apple cider through fermentation and into the bottle to enjoy as hard cider. Additionally we’ll discuss fruit wines and making cider/wine vinegars either on purpose or by accident.

Workshops- Session 2

Using Life's Manure for Spiritual Growth

Classroom: English
Instructor: John Samuelson
Just as a flower transforms manure into a blossom, you can learn through love and nurturing, to grow, be happier and more content using difficult and even painful experiences.

Thank you, Grandma: Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage

Classroom: History
Instructor: Annemarie McClellan & Jane Pedersen
The League of Women Voters – Greater Chippewa Valley pays tribute to the brave and determined suffragists of Wisconsin who were leaders during the long struggle to give women the right to vote. Key moments of the suffrage movement will be discussed, along with the women who contributed to making those events happen. The presentation will be followed with a brief review of sources of information valuable to voters.

Quitting our plastic addiction

Classroom: Math
Instructor: Brianna Capra
We are all aware of the dangers of plastic pollution, right? It may seem overwhelming, but there is so much we can do, and working together we can have a profound impact.
In this class we will look at several key issues:
- What is plastic and how did it become ubiquitous.
- What do the numbers and codes mean that are printed in the little recycling symbol.
- Which plastics are recyclable, which are not, how to tell the difference and how to find out what your local recycling facility will and will not take.
- The good, bad and ugly plastics, which ones have benefited humanity and which ones are toxic and unnecessary.
- How to live your life more conscious of your own plastic consumption. What you can or can’t live without, and what steps to take.

Edible Yard and Garden Weeds

Classroom: Art
Instructor: Sam Thayer
Many of the weeds you've been pulling and mowing for years are actually excellent, nutritious vegetables. Find out which ones, and how to identify and use them.

Raising & Keeping a Family Cow

Classroom: FCE
Instructor: Isaiah Grinder
Raising from a heifer to milk cow- the how's and why's, as well as the ins and outs of small equipment.

Chainsaw Basics For Beginners 

Classroom: Shop
Instructor: Chris Koszalka
Geared toward people who have never used a chainsaw. Focus on safety, basic felling cuts, and the basics of cutting up a tree that is down. Weather permitting, part of the class will be outdoors with a gas saw. An electric saw will be used indoors to demonstrate.

Longbow Making

Classroom: Tech Ed
Instructor: Perry Anderson
Learn about bow design, types of wood you can use, properties of wood, the several phases of bow making, and more. View completed bows and bows in progress. Instructor will share resources to choose from: recommended books, on line resources, classes available locally, and around the nation.

Workshops- Session 3

Creating a home while minimizing expenses

Classroom: English
Instructor: Brenda Falk & LouAnn Binsfeld
Downsizing to a camper to save while building home ourselves, using repurposed materials

More Sustainable Lifestyle

Classroom: History 
Instructor: Douglas Owens-Pike
A variety of suggestions for a more sustainable lifestyle, presentation can be tailored to the attendees.

Using Goats and Other Green Methods to Manage Invasive Buckthorn

Classroom: Math 
Instructor: Allysse Sorensen
European buckthorn may be hurting your crops, native plants, and song birds. In this session you will learn how to identify buckthorn and other invasive plant species as well as learn techniques for managing them. We will discuss using livestock and other green methods to get it under control whether you have a backyard or 40 acres under attack.

Barn Quilts of Wisconsin, Resources and How to

Classroom: Art
Instructor: Mary Kolstad & Michael Kolstad
Barn Quilts are a part of our history. Even the colors and patterns have meaning. This presentation brings the history and current development of trails in Wisconsin and the Midwest to life. Included, is a short “demo” on what goes into making your own Barn Quilt.

Cooking With Foraged Foods in Winter

Classroom: FCE
Instructor: Alan Bergo
Alan Bergo of Forager | Chef will demonstrate some of his favorite uses for foraged ingredients in the winter, including recipes from his forthcoming book FLORA, scheduled for release in Spring 2021.

Chainsaw Basics and Beyond

Classroom: Shop
Instructor: Chris Koszalka
Geared toward those who took the Basics class and wish to learn more, or those who already have experience, but wish to go further. Please share your experience! Weather permitting we can be outside with a gas saw to demonstrate. An electric saw will be used indoors to demonstrate.

Growing Industrial Hemp, Opportunities & Challenges

Classroom: Tech Ed 
Instructor: Jerry Clark
Interest in growing industrial hemp continues to increase. Opportunities as well as challenges exist in growing industrial hemp just like any other crop. Learn about growth and development of industrial hemp, soil and nutrient requirements, pest management issues, and harvest and marketing challenges. Discussion will focus on production of industrial hemp for seed, fiber, and oil.


Workshops- Session 4

Show and Tell

Classroom: English
Instructor: Burnell Martin, Mary Eckmeier, George Adams & more
Show and Tell for adults including Chicken Tractor construction, sheets to napkins, recipes, cordwood marker, broadfork, compost thermometer and more made by local residents.

Identification of Wild Mushrooms

Classroom: History
Instructor: Tavis Lynch
Learn the basics of mushroom identification. Enjoy a free meal and keep yourself alive!

Go Solar! Solar Basics for Residential & Commercial Sites

Classroom: Math
Instructor: Jared Schroeder
A solar professional discusses options for different photovoltaic solar panels and system types.

Amish Traditions/Living

Classroom: Art 
Instructor: John Miller & Willis Mast
Amish presenter discusses the Amish lifestyle, skills and traditions

Food Preservation Round Table

Classroom: FCE
Instructor: Patty Wright
Come share your favorite methods of food preservation and discover innovative methods from others! Bring samples of your favorite creations and descriptions of your best techniques. Round table convener Patty Wright will facilitate the discussion (and bring some herb salts and ideas for freezing herb combinations) but the content will depend on the people in the room. This workshop will be a great chance to learn from each other and get lots of new ideas!

Bee Box Construction

Classroom: Shop
Instructor: Jeff Junkans
Samples of homemade beehive boxes, hive tops and bottoms. Jigs for making finger joints, box handles, assembling frames and others.

Winter Clothing Expose'

Classroom: Tech Ed
Instructor: Kurt Buetow
What if you could make your own: Hat, mittens, footwear, coat, leggings, sleeves, gaiters. Willing to look ridiculous because with Arctic Vogue. if you’re warm, you’re cool. Give up your cultural bias and cut your cloth on the bias. Maybe bring scissors and paper to bring home a patterns.

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