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Farm & Sea Conservation Dinner

Friday, August 25, 2017, 6:00 pm A unique dining experience in the Big Brown Barn! ... Read more

MFAI Joins O-GRAIN for Small Grains Field Day July 21

2017 Organic Field Day: Diversified Organic Grain Rotations Friday July 21st, 2017 –9AM-2:30PM Bickford Organics 6346 Reed Road Ridgeway, Wis. 53582 This FREE  OGRAIN field day includes to... Read more

“Science & Civics: GMOs in Wisconsin” Panel Discussion

Monday, July 24, 2017, from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM Discovery Building 330 North Orchard Street Madison, WI 53715 There is an impassioned public controversy surrounding GMOs—and much conf... 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

9 Steps to Conservation Planning

Farmers of many sizes and kinds tell MFAI about the merit of conservation planning. As farmers in Iowa County's Trout Creek-Mill Creek Farmer-Led Watershed project have found, sometimes the process sh... Read more

The Alchemists Documentary

To all who want to heal and consecrate the Earth.  WATCH the film on Vimeo now! Following those on their mission who have been called upon to for... Read more

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February
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    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

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    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