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Fostering Sustainable Agriculture through Research, Education and Policy since 1984

Buds & Bees in honor of Earth Day

Saturday, April 21, 2018 -  4 pm pour, 4:15 pm tour Join Andrea Clemens of Lovelight Flowers on a guided tour of Michael Fields with mead and honey kombucha samples from The Hive Taproom for the... Read more

The Institute’s Big Brown Barn

The impulse behind the institute began in Europe -- Germany, in fact -- with Anthroposophy, the ideas of Rudolf Stiener (1861 - 1925) and the practice of biodynamic agriculture.  Christopher and Mart... Read more

Earth Day on PBS “Searching for Sustainability”

Join society’s growing search for sustainability. From our climate, to our waters, to our air, in our soils, throughout ou... Read more

Join us for a unique dining experience in the Beautiful Brown Barn!

Friday, August 24, 2018, 6:00 pm Enjoy fresh Gulf seafood, farm fresh produce, organic wine and local beer! ... Read more

Organic Apple Management Workshop

A sold-out crowd of 70 people arrived at Michael Fields bright and early on Friday, March 16 for a day-long workshop on Organic Apple Production, with attention to school gardeners and small growers. ... Read more

Watch Wisconsin Foodie’s New Episode “The Louisiana Connection” Here

"The Louisiana Connection"  online viewing at PBS.com ... Read more

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

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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Upcoming events

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February
  • 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