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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

Fresh from the (corn) field

According to the calendar, another summer is nearly behind us and fall is upon us, but as I write this I see more 80-degree days in the forecast. Every year and every season have different challenges ... 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

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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    What is Anthroposophy? Workshop

    7:00 pm-9:00 pm
    03-03-2017

    March 3, 2017, 7-9 pm, Potluck Social prior at 5:30 pm

    A hands on discourse. What can the human being (anthropos) of today do to recognize our inherent wisdom (sophia)
    to access the source of spiritual knowledge, for our own inner development, and for the evolution of the earth and all of humanity?

    What would it be like to support each other in community, as we strive to penetrate the mystery of our relationship with the spiritual world?

    How does this ‘Spiritual Science’ built on the research of Rudolf Steiner, speak to the riddles of existence: our artistic needs, the truth of karma, the mystery of evil, life after death and so much more?

    Come Explore this Modern Path of Initiation with: Hazel Archer-Ginsberg – Festivals Coordinator & Council Member of the Chicago Rudolf Steiner Branch, and the Central Regional Council of the Anthroposophical Society. Founder of Reverse Ritual – Understanding Anthroposophy Through the Rhythms of the Year–Presenter, Poet, & Trans-denominational Minister.

    Location: Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, East Troy, WI
    Workshop Fee: $25  (prior to February 20th, after that the cost will be $30)
    Potluck Dinner: free, bring a dish to share

    If you are interested in the three part workshop on Saturday also, you can sign up for all 4 for $80 prior to February 20th, $100 after February 20th!  A minimum number of registrants are required to hold this program, so sign up today!

    Register online here

    Nearby lodging is Quality Inn & Suites, East Troy, WI and Pickwick Inn Bed & Breakfast

    Dormitory lodging available at the Institute Friday night, one room with twin bed $25/evening. Limited number of rooms.

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

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    The Spiritual Guidance of the Individual and Humanity

    10:00 am-6:00 pm
    03-04-2017

    March 4, 2017, 3 sessions, 10am-6pm

    A Experiential Three Part Workshop* with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg
    ‘The Spiritual Guidance of the Individual and Humanity’
    ‘The Spiritual Guidance of the Individual and Humanity: Some Results of Spiritual-Scientific Research into Human History and Development’ is a translation of Die geistige Führung des Menschen und der Menschheit: Geistes wissenschaftliche Ergebnisse ueber die Menschheits-Entwickelung published by Rudolf Steiner Verlag, Dornach, Switzerland, 1974. This short book consists of three sections. Each section was originally a lecture (6, 7, and 8 June 1911) but was subsequently reworked by Steiner and cast into the form of an essay. Some of the topics treated in this book are: the nature of the brain, the development of speech, angelic beings, ancient language, Zarathustra, Buddha, and Christ. It is available without a fee at Rudolf Steiner Archives 
    Session #1 – 10 am – 12 noon:
    • Introductions
    • The divine wisdom working in the human being in the 1st three years of life.
    • Through inner striving we can contact again and consciously build on this wisdom which is connected to the Christ impulse.
    • Activity- Biography work: Our 1st conscious memory – a preview of the “I”.
    Lunch – Noon – 1:30 pm  
    Session #2 – 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm:
    • The childlike condition of humanity in ancient times, directed by higher spiritual beings.
    • A look into the evolution of these guiding spirits –progressive as well as regressive –
    • Revealing the necessity of the ‘two kinds of evil’.
    • The importance of Spiritual Science to avoid error.
    • Activity – Labyrinth Walk
    3:30 pm – 4 pm – Break
    Session #3 – 4 pm – 6 pm:
    • A survey of the Post-Atlantean age, our present epoch.
    • The Christ connection with the progressive spiritual beings
    • Modern science as the work of the regressive spiritual beings
    • A peek into the future
    • Activity – The Golden Legend & The Rose Cross Mediation: An artistic rendering

    Instructor Hazel Archer-Ginsberg is Festivals Coordinator & Council Member of the Chicago Rudolf Steiner Branch, and the Central Regional Council of the Anthroposophical Society. Founder of Reverse Ritual – Understanding Anthroposophy Through the Rhythms of the Year–Presenter, Poet, & Trans-denominational Minister.

    *Workshops can be taken as a whole or individually, register for one or all 4 including Friday evening.

    Location: Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, East Troy, WI
    Per Session Fee: $25 (prior to February 20th, after that the cost will be $30), Catered Lunch $15 or bring your own

    If you are interested in the Friday evening discourse also, you can sign up for all 4 for $80 prior to February 20th, $100 after February 20th. A minimum number of registrants are required to hold this program, so sign up today!

    Register online here

    Nearby lodging is Quality Inn & Suites, East Troy, WI and Pickwick Inn Bed & Breakfast

    Dormitory lodging available at the Institute Friday night, one room with twin bed $25/evening. Limited number of rooms.

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