Oct 092013

Around the Farm Table 

October 30
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Film Screening with PBS Host Inga Witscher

Around the Farm Table takes viewers through our farming landscape to shine a spotlight on Midwestern farmers and artisan food producers. The show is designed to uplift our understanding of sustainable farming practices through stories, recipes and information all delivered with a dose of fun, entertainment and original music. Our host, Inga Witscher, is a fourth-generation organic dairy farmer whose  knowledge and disarming charm gets even the most quiet farmers to join in the conversation. Driven to seek out the best ingredients our region has to offer, each episode follows Inga as she gathers what she needs to produce a meal that celebrates our landscape and our appetites, Around the Farm Table.  

A passionate dairy farmer, Inga Witscher and her husband Joe Maurer own and operate a small organic dairy farm near Osseo, Wisconsin. When she’s not setting up pastures for their cows to graze, milking the 15 Jerseys, making cheese with her father,  or indulging her passions for gardening and cooking, Inga turns her attention to collaborating on  narratives for Around the Farm Table. After growing up on her family’s dairy farm on the West Coast, making cheese on the East Coast, she is thrilled to now be in the middle of the country, home to truly happy cows, and a vibrant agri-culture all of which she loves to celebrate Around the Farm Table.

Oct 042013

Fab Lab

A great opportunity for the public to utilize the tools available at the FABLAB.  Registration starts Monday, October 7

The Discovery Center FABLAB is a global network of labs for creative and innovative people to design, prototype and build things.  The FABLAB provides access to a variety of tools, including computer-aided design (CAD) and desktop manufacturing technologies (laser engraver, 3D printer, mini-mill, vinyl cutter, CNC router), to help bring your ideas to life.  TheIntroduction to Design for Digital Fabrication is first in a series of classes introducing community members to digital design and fabrication.  The second and third class in the series, Introduction to FABLAB Equipment and How to Make Almost Anything, will be held in the coming year – watch for them!   

Introduction to Design for Digital Fabrication –– October 28, November 4, November 11 and November 18 from 6pm to 8pm at the Menomonie Public Library Meeting Room, Menomonie, WI 
You will learn the design tools necessary for using 3D printers and the Fab Lab equipment.  The course is intended to familiarize the student to 2D and 3D modeling and digital design.  Participants will receive “hands on” training in a lab type setting and gain an understanding of orthographic projections, pictorial drawings, and revolutions.  Using Google SketchUp Make (free download at Google), participants will develop a basic understanding of a CAD system and the techniques that are essential for real world prototyping and fabrication.   Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop and to gain access to Google SketchUp Make software prior to the first class.  This class is a prerequisite for Introduction to FABLAB Equipment and How to Make Almost Anything which will be held in 2014.  Class is limited to 12 participants, so sign up soon.

Instructor:  Kevin Dietsche

B.S. Technology Education, M.S. Career and Technical Education (current).  Fab Lab Instructor
Related courses taught include Intro to Drafting and Design, Architectural Drafting, Mechanical Drafting/Design and Engineering Design.  Kevin was a Tech Ed teacher in Antigo, Wi, for a number of years and is currently completing a masters at UW-Stout and is teaching in the Fab Lab.  He enjoys hunting, fishing and farming.  

This class is sponsored and supported by the Menomonie Public Library. 
Cost $5 – Register early at www.uwstout.edu/profed – under “Upcoming Events”

FabLab on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/UwStoutFablab