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Farm Law 101 Workshop

January 5th and 6th, 2018  at the Institute Friday 10-4 & Saturday 9– NOON From hiring workers, leasing or buying land, implementing food safety measures... Read more

Who Speaks for the Soil?

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“SACRED AUTUMN: A PASSION FOR PAPER” Art Exhibit

Artist Pam Ring Fall Art Reception Sunday, November 19, 2017 ~ 3:00-5:00 PM ... Read more

2017 Wisconsin Cover Crop Conference a Success

The 2017 conference, our fourth, was held on October 4th in Washington and Ozaukee Counties, near Wisconsin’s Eastern shore. The theme of this year’s conference was “The Role of Cover Crops in S... Read more

Cover Crop Field Day

Over 100 people showed up for a cover crops farm tour Monday, October 9, held on farms in Iowa County’s Uplands Watershed group, which MFAI sponsors. “I learned more today than at any even... Read more

Conservation Planning and Sustainability Consulting Services Available

The Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (MFAI) has long been concerned about soil and water conservation and environmental sustainability. In recent years, an increasing number of landowners have ap... Read more

A Trip to the Bayou – Fishermen and Farmers Bond Over Seafood and Nutrients

The Institute’s Policy Director, Margaret Krome, says she never ate so much delicious seafood in her life. With eleven others – farmers, cameramen, and reporters – Krome traveled to the bayous o... Read more

Growing Urban Leaders in Food Systems (GULFS)

OVERVIEW GULFS is a dynamic, interactive, and engaging youth-centered curriculum developing youth leaders in food systems change. Focused in Milwaukee and Madison, we aim for youth t... Read more

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  • 5:00 pm-7:00 pm
    07-05-2016

    Instructor Paul Dietmann from Badgerland Financial
    No one is excited about financial planning but it could be one of the most important aspects of a sustainable farm. This session covers financial information including how to read and understand financial reports and what the difference is between Profit & Loss, Balance Sheets and Cash Flow. We’ll also cover realistic budgets, startup costs and funding options available.
    Register for this class here

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  • 10:00 am-1:00 pm
    07-07-2016

    Michael Fields Agricultural Institute has partnered with M.A.T.C. Dietetic Program to provide a delicious experience on a working organic farm.

    What to Expect:
    A tour of the working farm
    A harvesting and hands on field work experience
    A prepared lunch with recipes
    A drawing for a basket of organic veggies to take home

    Tickets: $30 each
    *# of participants is limited
    *Large groups please call 262-642-3303
    *Children over 10 are welcome when accompanied by an adult

    What to Bring:
    This is a real experience, be prepared for any weather; farm life is rain or shine. May we suggest a hat, sunscreen, repellent, rain coat, boots and a good appetite

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  • 10:00 am-1:00 pm
    07-14-2016

    Michael Fields Agricultural Institute has partnered with M.A.T.C. Dietetic Program to provide a delicious experience on a working organic farm.

    What to Expect:
    A tour of the working farm
    A harvesting and hands on field work experience
    A prepared lunch with recipes
    A drawing for a basket of organic veggies to take home

    Tickets: $30 each
    *# of participants is limited
    *Large groups please call 262-642-3303
    *Children over 10 are welcome when accompanied by an adult

    What to Bring:
    This is a real experience, be prepared for any weather; farm life is rain or shine. May we suggest a hat, sunscreen, repellent, rain coat, boots and a good appetite

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  • 5:00 pm-7:00 pm
    07-19-2016

    Instructors Margaret Krome, Michael Fields’ Policy Director & Rachel Armstrong from Farm Commons
    This session will be structured a bit differently. We will give participates links to several on-line webinars covering a range of legal issues and so that basic questions are answered prior to the actual workshop. During the workshop we’ll have time to ask personal and customized follow up questions. Then Margaret Krome will discuss some new programs to help multi-crop farmers manage risks through crop insurance programs.
    Register for this class here

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