All of us at Marine Mills Folk School want to be learning together again. Responses from the short survey we sent out last month told us that so many of you want to be able to be together in person as well.

Since we suspended in-person classes we’ve been using this space to provide online resources. This week we’re featuring blogs from instructors who have taught at MMFS. We’re looking forward to the time when we re-open and can invite them back, but for now, take a look!

  • Forks in the Dirt – Michelle Bruhn lives in White Bear Lake, growing a family and lots of food in her backyard gardens. A lifelong gardener she started sharing her journey on her blog, Forks in the Dirt. With a passion for eating local she not only grows much of family’s food, she also knows lots of local farmers, which lead to her launch the White Bear Lake Winter Farmers Markets. She also writes for other publications, teaches classes and volunteers with the White Bear Lake elementary school gardens. Mostly, she just wants you to experience the delicious pride that comes with knowing where your food comes from.
  • That Food Girl – Betsy Nelson, AKA That Food Girl, Culinary Herbalist, works as a freelance food stylist and recipe developer and in her spare time channels her creativeness into wool felting, gardening, cooking and wood spoon carving.  She has always had a crafty side and has been working with fibers for the last 15 years for fun and relaxation. Wool felting is a magical and rewarding craft and she enjoys making approachable projects with wool. She has a degree in Studio Arts and Psychology from the University of Minnesota and has worked as a professional chef, including at the Aveda Spa and Retreat Center in Osceola, WI.
  • Minnesotafromscratch – Stephanie Thurow is a Certified Master Food Preservationist, with special interest in water bath canning and vegetable fermentation. She is a Minnesota native and the cookbook author of Can It & Ferment It (2017), WECK Small-Batch Preserving (2018) and WECK Home Preserving (fall 2020). Stephanie enjoys being in nature, organic gardening, spending time with family, kayaking, fishing and crafts of all sorts. She also owns a hand-stamped metal jewelry business.
  • The Friendly Forger – Tanna Worrell has lived in Polk County for almost 40 years, more than half those years on 40 acres near Centuria, Wisconsin. As a Foraging Guide, she has helped people identify, harvest, prepare and store wild foods in this area since 2013.  She is a lifelong lover of nature, wild foods and folk medicine.
  • Beth Dooley’s Kitchen – Beth Dooley has covered the local food scene in the Northern Heartland for thirty years. Her writings regularly appear in the Minneapolis Star Tribune and she has appeared on local television and radio. She has written or co-written numerous cookbooks, including ‘Savory Sweet’, ‘The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen’ and most recently  ‘Sweet Nature‘.   Beth teaches classes for all ages, including at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and also guides food trips for Wilderness Inquiry.