Upcoming Workshop — Gathering Prairie Seeds, Oct. 8, 1–3(ish) p.m., Free (Space is Limited)

Just down the road from the institute is the Danky-Schelshorn Prairie. Until 2003, this land was under agricultural cultivation, but Jim and Christine decided to turn it back into a prairie habitat. The Danky-Schelshorn Prairie was established after Christine took a workshop at the UW Arboretum. Through their friendship with Steve Glass, they accelerated the … More Upcoming Workshop — Gathering Prairie Seeds, Oct. 8, 1–3(ish) p.m., Free (Space is Limited)

Flax to Linen — Upcoming Workshop, August 20, 27, 28 – $85/class or $225/all three

In this three-part workshop, participants will learn to harvest, process, and spin flax plants into linen thread suitable for weaving. We have a small flax plot that we’ll be harvesting by mid-summer. Join us and learn to process this easy-to-grow plant and then walk through the steps to turn it from a dried stalk into loose … More Flax to Linen — Upcoming Workshop, August 20, 27, 28 – $85/class or $225/all three

Upcoming Workshop — Hand-Harvesting Wheat and Rye, Jul. 16, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., $35 ($30 for members)

We’ve been growing and processing wheat and rye by hand for a few years. In mid-July, we will harvest it using scythes and sickles.  Then it has to get tied into sheaves and stood up in shocks to dry. Once dry, it has to be threshed to remove the grains from the heads, and then … More Upcoming Workshop — Hand-Harvesting Wheat and Rye, Jul. 16, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., $35 ($30 for members)

Learn to Cook on a Woodstove — With Friend of LTI, Holin Kennen

Have you ever dreamed of cooking a meal on a wood-fired stove? Did you grow up reading Little House on the Prairie? Are you interested in cooking using locally-sourced, non-fossil fuels? Then sign up right away for the woodstove cooking workshop put on by Holin Kennen. The class runs June 19, from 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. … More Learn to Cook on a Woodstove — With Friend of LTI, Holin Kennen

Learn to Spin: Fleece to Yarn — Upcoming Workshop, Apr. 16 | $100/class

In this workshop, participants will learn to card and spin wool from a cleaned fleece, suitable for crochet, knitting, or weaving. We will use fleeces sourced from the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival Fleece Show for this class, which will be processed from washed wool into roving by carding in the morning. After a brown-bag … More Learn to Spin: Fleece to Yarn — Upcoming Workshop, Apr. 16 | $100/class

Upcoming Workshop: Planting, Grafting, and Pruning Apple Trees, April 17 | Pay What You Can

Apples are one of the world’s most popular fruit trees, but they are especially important in American history. At previous times, the government required homesteaders to plant an apple orchard to prove their investment in their land. The prohibitionist’s axe was for cutting down apple trees, as cider was as popular as beer up until … More Upcoming Workshop: Planting, Grafting, and Pruning Apple Trees, April 17 | Pay What You Can

Bringing Old Tools Back to Work, April 9, $20 — at Schumacher Farm

Friend of the institute and frequent instructor, Todd Fleming, will be leading a class at Schumacher Farm. Please consider attending if you’re interested in bringing antique tools back into use. We hope to offer this class next year at the institute. Workshop Details See listing at the Schumacher Farm website. This class will be an … More Bringing Old Tools Back to Work, April 9, $20 — at Schumacher Farm

Learn to Spin: Fleece to Yarn — Upcoming Workshop, Oct. 17, 24 | $75/class or $130/both

In this two-part workshop, participants will learn to clean, card, and spin wool from a raw fleece, suitable for crochet, knitting, or weaving. We will use fleeces sourced from the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival Fleece Show for this class, which will be processed from raw wool into roving by washing and carding in Class … More Learn to Spin: Fleece to Yarn — Upcoming Workshop, Oct. 17, 24 | $75/class or $130/both

Upcoming Workshop — Gathering Prairie Seeds, Oct. 16, 1–3 p.m., Free (Space is Limited)

Just down the road from the institute is the Danky-Schelshorn Prairie. Until 2003, this land was under agricultural cultivation, but Jim and Christine decided to turn it back into a prairie habitat. The Danky-Schelshorn Prairie was established when Christine took a workshop at the UW Arboretum. Through their friendship with Steve Glass, they accelerated the … More Upcoming Workshop — Gathering Prairie Seeds, Oct. 16, 1–3 p.m., Free (Space is Limited)