Traditional and Green Skills 2023

Classes for 2023

Introduction to Pine Needle Baskets

Classroom: History    Session:1

Instructor: Jill Smith

An introduction to pine needle basket making will use several varieties of pine needles to create various basket types. Demonstration of techniques to start and work baskets will be covered. Several finished baskets will be on display.

Barn Quilts of Wisconsin, History

Classroom: Art    Session:1

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.

Hard Cider and Vinegars

Classroom: FCE    Session:1

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.

Building With Cordwood

Classroom: Tech Ed Classroom    Session:1

Instructor: Jerry Dorriot

Jerry has built a cabin using the cordwood building method. He will be presenting on his method and experience.

Using Life’s Manure for (Spiritual) Growth

Classroom: English    Session:2

Instructor: John Samuelson

Mindfulness, appreciation and gratefulness will be covered,as well as discussing how life's problems can be worked with in a way that increases spiritual growth.

Amish Traditions/Living

Classroom: Math    Session:2

Instructor: John Miller

Local Amish community member will talk about Amish philosophy, skills and traditions. Questions from participants will direct the discussion.

Barn Quilts of Wisconsin, How to

Classroom: Art    Session:2

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.

Raising & Keeping a Family Cow

Classroom: FCE    Session:2

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.

Growing Hemp, Opportunities & Challenges

Classroom: Tech Ed Classroom    Session:2

Instructor: Maranda Peltier Maureen Hoffman

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

Windbreaks for Energy Efficiency and other suggestions for more sustainable living

Classroom: History    Session:3

Instructor: Douglas Owens-Pike

If your home is exposed to winds out of the northwest, come learn what species of trees to plant, where to plant them, and how to maintain them for the best energy saving results. We will also cover harvesting the warmth of the winter sun and other suggestions for more sustainable living.


Classroom: Math    Session:3

Instructor: Lee Shambeau

Buckthorn and other woodland invasives will be discussed with methods of eradication. Some financial assistance programs may be introduced.


Classroom: Art    Session:3

Instructor: Alan Bergo

This session will be on foraging in general and will be casual. I'll have a 6 ft table with a few things for people to taste, and a quick demonstration of how I work with black walnuts and butternuts using a special cracker.

Maple Syruping

Classroom: FCE    Session:3

Instructor: Marylin & Andy Humphrey

Business name: A&M Pure Maple Syrup, Dallas, WI

Livestock General Animal Tech / Goat collars/ microchips, etc.

Classroom: English    Session:4

Instructor: "

When you walk into your barn you know your animals by sight. But in 2023 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. Virtual fencing will also be discussed from 2022 field day.

Identification of Wild Mushrooms

Classroom: History    Session:4

Instructor: Tavis Lynch

Learn the basics of mushroom identification. Find yourself a free meal and keep yourself alive!

Just Say NOPE to Plastic, how to manage your plastic footprint and quit all single use plastics

Classroom: Math    Session:4

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.

Qigong, Movement for Health

Classroom: Art    Session:4

Instructor: Mark Stuber

Slow,coordinated movement exercises for better energy, circulation, balance and relaxation

Chainsaw Basics For Beginners

Classroom: Tech Ed Classroom    Session:4

Instructor: Chris Koszalka

This class is designed for people who have never used a chainsaw before, or are just beginning. The class will cover: the basic operation of both gas and electric saws, the dangers of a dull or loose chain, kick back and how to avoid it. Basic principles will be covered like the concepts and physics of why a tree does what it does when you cut it, what to assess before you cut a tree that is standing or already down, the basic felling cut and wedge use. After this class, students will be better equipped to make good and safe decisions as their tree cutting skills grow.