My apologies for the delay in announcing the winner here – my girl has started the first grade last week, and the school routine has been a killer.
And the winner is… #26 Brittany D. Steffey: “It’s a tie between Cheesemaking, Fruit Tree Grafting, and Beekeeping for me!”
Congratulations, Brittany! I’ll send you an email soon asking for your mailing address!
If you live in or around Viroqua, WI, or in the neighboring cities such as Madison, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Milwaukee, or Chicago, this giveaway is for you!
The Driftless Folk School is a terrific local organization offering courses in sustainability-related subjects including gardening, blacksmithing, cheesemaking, woodworking, building, butchering, herbalism, wilderness skills, food preservation, sustainable living, and more.
The classes are normally either a day (9 am to 5 pm) or half a day (a morning or an afternoon) long, and take place in a variety of locations in and around Viroqua. Occasional classes are weekend-long. Whether you are a die-hard survivalist or a city dweller with an interest in DIY, there’s something there for you.
Just to give you a taste, these are some of the classes that have been offered recently or are currently being offered:
Deer Butchering - I’ll be there!
Lots of cool, no-nonsense, practical workshops – just what I like.
There are also a few music and dance classes, like Introduction to Fiddle and Shape-Note Singing. Ever heard of shape-note? It’s a really democratic choral singing tradition that you might remember from “The Cold Mountain” movie. I sang it and it’s a lot of fun.
There’s also a whole series of courses on foraging, hunting, and wildlife watching, as well as a wilderness skills immersion class and an expedited Wisconsin hunter’s safety class (required to buy a hunting license in Wisconsin for people born after 1973). I personally took the latter one.
I have also attended a number of other Folk School classes over the years and learned some incredibly useful things. I especially loved the cheesemaking classes I took a few years ago. Read what I wrote about them here:
By the way: if you are interested in dabbling in a rural lifestyle full of gardening and animal care before taking a plunge of your own, know that the Driftless Folk School has a popular work-study program. If accepted, you’d get to spend a couple of months living and working with one of the homesteading families in the area, including this one and this one.
Needless to say, I was thrilled when a representative of the Folk School (a.k.a. my husband) approached me (in my kitchen late one night as I was doing dishes) with the offer to sponsor this giveaway.
Here are the details:
One random commenter will win a $75 gift certificate to the Driftless Folk School. Upon winning, you will receive your gift certificate and the current course catalog in the mail. Just mention your certificate when you call to register.
Your $75 is good towards classes and supply fees. Classes are usually priced at $45 – $75 including supplies, so your gift certificate will cover at least one class. If you have leftover balance, you can apply it to the cost of another class. The certificate has no expiry date.
Please do not enter/comment on this post unless you are sure you can travel here in case you win.
Browse the current class listings and leave a comment here telling me what class you’d be interested in taking. It’s gonna be fun, I promise!
For a second chance to win:
Follow Driftless Folk School on Facebook AND leave a separate comment here telling me you did.
For a third chance to win:
Share the link to this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter AND leave another comment here so I know about it.
The contest ends at midnight CST on Sunday, September 9, 2012. The winner will be announced here the following day.
Disclaimer: This giveaway is sponsored by the Driftless Folk School. I have not received any compensation whatsoever for hosting. Except maybe a kiss from my husband. But all opinions are still my own.