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Fostering Sustainable Agriculture through Research, Education and Policy since 1984

In Memory of Christopher Mann

November 13, 1930 - February 7, 2018 "The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people.  But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and ... Read more

Seed Swap & Seed Saving Workshop

Saturday, March 3, 2018, 9 am - Noon Workshop 11 am - Noon FREE Event Bring your extra seeds. Bring your friends. No seeds to share? No problem! We ... Read more

Beekeeping for Beginners Workshop

Saturday, March 10, 2018, 9:00 am - Noon, $40 ... Read more

Organic Apple Growing Class

Michael Fields Agricultural Institute is hosting a workshop on organic apple tree management, grafting, and pruning on Friday, March 16, 2018, from 9:00 to 3:30, $40/participant. This workshop will be... Read more

“Searching for Sustainability” Movie Showing

Thursday, March 29, 2018, 6:00 pm  FREE FILM SCREENING Join society’s growing search for sustainability. From our clim... Read more

Wisconsin Cover Crop and Soil Health Research Webinar Series

This FREE webinar series will highlight the latest Wisconsin research on cover crops and soil health. The series will be 6 weeks long, every Wednesday from 12pm-1pm (except for the week of February 7 ... Read more

2nd Annual Farm & Sea Conservation Dinner

Friday, August 24, 2018, 6:00 pm Join us for a unique dining experience in the Beautiful Brown Barn! Enjoy fresh Gulf seafood, farm fresh produce, organic wine and... Read more

Agenda Announced- 2018 Wisconsin Cover Crop Conference

The fifth annual Wisconsin Cover Crop Conference “Investing in Your Farm’s Future” will be held February 27th at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center, Stevens Point. Barry Fisher, Central Re... Read more

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  • 04

    Pastured Pork & Grassfed Beef Workshop

    9:00 am-12:00 pm
    02-04-2017

    Feb. 4, 2017, 9 a.m. – noon

    Pastured pig management and grassfed beef can reliably produce outstanding pork & beef, differentiated by taste and nutritional value.

    Instructor Steve Deibele and his wife Marie, have operated a small certified organic farm, Golden Bear Farm, since 2002 that produces grass-fed beef and pastured Berkshire hogs. He was formally trained as an electrical engineer, and brings an analytical perspective to the operation continually experimenting to improve systems.

    Location: Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, East Troy
    Workshop Fee: $40

    Sign up today! Day of, walk in registration fee will be $50.

    Register online here

  • 09

    Opportunities with the Farm Service Agency (FSA) Workshop

    6:00 pm-7:30 pm
    02-09-2017

    Feb 9, 2017, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

    Spend the evening with Tom Oasen, Walworth County Executive Director of the FSA and learn about some of the Conservation programs, Disaster Assistance, Farm Loan Programs and more that FSA has available.

    Location: Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, East Troy
    Workshop Fee: suggested donation $10

    Sign up today!

    Register online here

    For more info or questions contact the Workshops Coordinator at 262-642-3303 ext 100 or email

  • 11

    Small Farm Business Planning Workshop

    9:00 am-12:00 pm
    02-11-2017

    9 a.m. – noon
    The Small Farm Business Planning workshop will focus more on beginning farmers. We’ll touch on many of the topics as the Farm Finances workshop but at a more basic level. We’ll also discuss setting up a recordkeeping system, preparing enterprise budgets, cash flow planning, calculating family living costs, and other topics that are more critical for a beginner.

    Instructor Paul Dietmann is Emerging Markets Specialist with Badgerland Financial, a member-owned rural lending cooperative and Farm Credit System institution serving southern Wisconsin. Paul leads the coop’s beginning farmer program and its Emerging Markets Loan Program, which provides loans to farmers who are marketing their products direct to consumers. Prior to joining the staff at Badgerland, Paul spent 16 years with the State of Wisconsin; eleven years as a county agriculture agent with the University of Wisconsin-Extension and five years as director of the Wisconsin Farm Center, which is the farmers’ assistance program in the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). He served as Wisconsin’s Deputy Secretary of Agriculture in 2010. He is co-author of the book Fearless Farm Finances: Farm Financial Management Demystified.

    Location: Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
    Workshop Fee: $40

    Sign up today! Day of, walk-in registration fee will be $50.

    Register online here

  • 18

    Seed Swap

    9:00 am-12:00 pm
    02-18-2017

    Join us Saturday, February 18th, 2017, 9 a.m. – noon
    Bring your extra seeds. Bring your friends. Go home with your friend’s seeds.

    Free event! Family Friendly!

    No seeds to share? No problem! We have a plenty of native flowers seeds, spinach, lettuce, sunflower, calendula, chive, basil, pea, dill, and tomato seeds and more!

    In the Big Brown Barn at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
    No registration required.
    For more information contact Allison: by email or call 262-642-3303 ext. 107