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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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  • 9:00 am-4:30 pm
    10-04-2017
    2500 Division Rd, Jackson, WI 53037, USA

    2500 Division Rd, Jackson, WI 53037, USA

    The Wisconsin Cover Crops Conference will take place October 4, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    in 
    Jackson, Wisconsin.

    This year’s conference will be featuring Dr. Jamie Patton, Shawano County UW-Extension on “Cover Crops and Soil Health”.  On-farm demonstrations will include:  Cover Crops After Wheat, Inter-seeding Cover Crops in Corn, and Low Disturbance Manure Injection into Cover Crops. This conference is sponsored by Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, Sheboygan County UW–Extension , Washington and Ozaukee County Land Conservation Departments, Clean Farm Families, and Cedar Creek Farmers.

    Click here to register online.

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  • 9:00 am-1:00 pm
    10-09-2017
    Spring Green, WI 53588, USA

    Spring Green, WI 53588, USA

    Wisconsin Conservation Farming with Gulf Seafood!

    Join Iowa County’s Uplands Farmer-Led Watershed Group for a farm tour followed by brats and seafood

    9:00 am Fazenda Boa Terra produce farm (Lidida Dunge and John Middleton), 6580 State Rd 23, Spring Green
    10:00 am Michael Dolan’s cover crops, State Rd 23
    10:45 am Uplands Cheese dairy farm (Scott & Liana Mericka and Andy & Caitlin Hatch), 5023 State Rd 23 N, Dodgeville

    Farm tour followed by lunch at Uplands Cheese Farm

    Come discuss cover crop practices for fresh market produce, grain and dairy systems. See no-till drilling, irrigation, manure management, and other strategies to conserve soil and nutrients.

    Then enjoy brats, plus seafood caught by fishermen in the Gulf – whose challenges with nutrient build-up and biological die-off in the Gulf Dead Zone we seek to help through our conservation practices.

    REGISTER ONLINE HERE   There is no fee, but please RSVP by Thursday, Oct. 5th

    For more information, contact: Margaret Krome, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, 608-238-1440
    or Gene Schriefer, Iowa County Extension, 608-930-9850

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  • 9:00 am-4:00 pm
    10-21-2017
    W2493 County Rd ES, East Troy, WI 53120, USA

    W2493 County Rd ES, East Troy, WI 53120, USA

    This workshop has been CANCELLED

    Saturday, October 21, 2017
    9:00 AM – 4:00 PM CDT

    Food is rooted in a sense of place. What better place to explore this at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, East Troy WI? Nationally published food writer Kristine Hansen, who has written for Cooking Light, Wine Enthusiast, TIME, Vogue.com and Fodors.com, leads this day-long food-writing intensive. The Mindful Palate owner Annie Wegner LeFort’s delicious locally sourced cuisine will keep our writing minds fueled. Whether you want to launch a food-writing career, take it to the next level, or indulge in a creative-writing retreat, why don’t you join us?

    Included in the day:
    -four hour-long workshops
    -contact info for paying markets and other opportunities
    -one-on-one meetings with Kristine (first 10 who sign up)
    -multi-course, farm-to-table lunch (Winter Squash and Kale Salad with Pesto Vinaigrette, Curried Green Tomato Soup, Adventure Bread, and Chinese 5-Spice Apple Galette.)
    -morning and afternoon snacks (Sage and Cranberry Scones (AM), Protein Punched Granola Bars (PM))
    -coffee and tea all day long
    -opportunity to explore the farm during harvest

    For more information contact:
    Annie: awl@mindfulpalatemke.com
    Kristine: kristinehansenwriter@gmail.com

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