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School is in for adults looking to build their River Roots Skills

By Morgan McManimon-Myers

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Progress Edition

Root River Skills has been attracting a crowd of students.. Photo submitted by River Roots Skills School

The Board of Directors of Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center, a private non-profit center seven miles north of Lanesboro, began planning for a series of adult education classes a few years ago, modeling the structure after those of the North House Folk School. The project grew into what is now known as the River Roots Skills School, whose mission is “Empowering individuals to live and lead a balanced life in a sustainable world”. There are a wide variety of classes, which focus on skills Cheryl Krage, Program Coordinator, describes as things “Grandma and Grandpa used to do, that may have skipped a generation or been lost”. Like other educational programs offered at the center, the River Roots classes seek to utilize experiential, hands-on, skill-based learning.

Classes began in 2014, and started slowly with a couple of classes per month, but have since grown with increasing participant interest and numbers, and have expanded to include a broad variety of class subjects. Krage says the Fall of 2014 is when the board really worked on building the Spring and Summer class catalogue, which include topics in Food, Self & Wellness, Farm & Garden, Handcraft, Sustainable Home, Outdoor Skills, and Eco Tours. February’s classes include: Up-Cycle Blue Jean Rug and Needle Felting for Beginners. Classes from March through August include: Amish Bread Baking, Spinner Fishing, Composting, Square Foot Gardening, Rain Gardens, Deep Nutrition, Paint and Libation, Growing Shiitake Mushrooms, Hot Processed Soap, Beekeeping 101, Wild Edibles, Sustainable Home Eco Tour, Outdoor Writing Workshop, Saving the Monarch Butterfly through Citizen Science, Wool to Dye For – using dyes found in nature, Preserving Tomatoes, Seed Saving, and Birding Eco Tour.

The full catalogue will be available beginning March 1 on the Eagle Bluff website, as well as in print. Eagle Bluff’s updated website should also be available on that date. Classes range in size, typically capping off around twelve people. A minimum of four students is required per class. Prices vary with the class type and length, averaging at approximately $40 for a half-day class, and $75 for a full-day class.

Classes are held on weekends on-site at Eagle Bluff, except the Amish Bread-Baking class, which takes place at the Amish Homestead near Harmony. Classes may take place indoors, outdoors, or a mixture of the two, depending on class content. For exam .....
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Arts Campus Initiative takes root in Lanesboro

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Progress Edition

Lanesboro’s trails, access to the Root River, and small town charm has made it a popular tourist destination throughout the years. Named one of the “100 Best Small Art Towns in America” and one of the “Top Twelve Small-Town Art Places in the ..... 
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