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Biodynamic Farmscaping Talk

October 21, 2018, 7 pm Heal habitats, feed bees, regulate pests, harmonize landscapes, save soils, sustain yields, and beautify farms, while welcoming wildlife with farmscape features, including: ... Read more

“Does Conservation Pay?” Field Day, Wednesday, October 24

MFAI and Iowa County's Uplands Watershed Group invite you to a field day on Wednesday morning, October 24, 2018 on the Southwest Wisconsin dairy farm of Ryan Dolan and family. The topic:... Read more

Why is it urgently important to pass a Farm Bill?

by Margaret Krome We're starting to hear mewings from Congress that, once again, they can't seem to pass a Farm Bill by the deadline they set four-plus years ago. I know how hard deadlines are to m... Read more

Grant Programs And Financial Options For Farmers & Food Entrepreneurs

Do you have a new production idea you want to test out on your farm? Are you looking for ways to develop your innovative agricultural business? Many Wisconsin farmers and food entrepreneurs have used ... Read more

GULFS Summer Programming

This Summer, our GULFS Program partnered with the Mellowhood Foundation through a joint grant through the city of Madison to pilot three new lessons with their youth to help them start their own hot p... Read more

Prescription for First Warm Spring Saturday: Wade in Stream, MFAI and Farmer Group Host WAV (water monitoring) Training

May 5 found 18 farmers and others at the Cates Family Farm in Spring Green for a Water Action Volunteers (WAV) training on how to conduct basic water quality stream monitoring. Several Uplands Watersh... Read more

Cover crops, CO2 and carbon credits?

Cover crops are grown for several of their benefits, ranging from protecting and enhancing soil to pest suppression. What about using them to sequester atmospheric carbon to counter climate change, wh... 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

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  • 04

    2017 Wisconsin Cover Crops Conference

    9:00 am-4:30 pm
    10-04-2017
    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.

  • 09

    Cover Crops Farm Tour & Seafood

    9:00 am-1:00 pm
    10-09-2017
    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

  • 21

    Food Writing on the Farm - CANCELLED

    9:00 am-4:00 pm
    10-21-2017
    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