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Composting with Purpose Workshop

Designing & implementing a windrow compost system for small to large farms July 8th, 9 am – 3 pm, Full-day Field Day, Curtes Farm, 4200 Lily Road, West Bend, WI $70 (lunch included) The ad... 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

Climate Change – What You Need to Know

Sunday, June 4, 2017, 2-3 pm Climate Change Talk with Bob Lindmeier, Chief Meteorologist at WKOW-TV for 37 years. Bob uses his many years of experience as an atmospheric scientist who has been follow... Read more

Farm Tour and Seafood – May 25th in Spring Green

Thursday, May 25, 2017 Wisconsin Conservation Farming With Gulf Seafood! Join Iowa County’s Farmer-Led Watershed Group for a Tour of 2 grazing farms followed by brats and seafood. The first to... 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

Fishermen and farmers discuss common interests over fantastic seafood

Michael Fields' Policy Director, Margaret Krome, describes below a creative - and delicious - cultural exchange and educational opportunity that MFAI organized last month. We brought fishermen from Lo... Read more

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March
  • 03

    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

  • 04

    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

  • 11

    Beginning Bee Keeping Workshop

    9:00 am-12:00 pm
    03-11-2017

    March 11, 2017, 9 am – noon
    In this class, you will learn the basic steps on how to start beekeeping. Local beekeeper, Dan O’Leary, of Honey Valley Beekeeping, will tell you how to choose a site for your hives, where you can obtain your bees and equipment, how to properly care for your bees, how to collect the honey and also how to overwinter your hive. This is the perfect beginner class for the hobby beekeeper.

    Instructor Dan O’Leary Dan has cared for bees for over 20 years. He has also shared his experiences and knowledge with the garden students at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute for over 10 years. Dan has followed his family’s love for bees. Dan’s grandfather had bees, his father, siblings, son and now his grandsons are helping him carry on the family tradition.

    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

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

  • 18

    Composting with Purpose Workshop

    9:00 am-12:00 pm
    03-18-2017
    W2493 County Rd ES, East Troy, WI 53120, USA

    March 18th, 9 am – noon, Half-day Workshop, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
    July 8th, 9 am – 3 pm, Full-day Field Day, Curtes Farm near West Bend, WI

    The half day, indoor workshop will explore the role of high quality compost on soil fertility and environmental systems challenged by today’s agricultural practices. This workshop will specifically discuss how to use a fast, hot fermentation compost method using animal manures and integrated with biodynamic farming principles.
    Learn how to improve your existing compost system or how to design, implement, and manage a new compost system for small to large-scale farms.
    Instructor Angela Curtes is owner of Grounded LLC, a small business located in southeast Wisconsin, which produces, sells, and educates about a hot controlled fermentation compost integrating 12th century methods with biodynamic principles. A native of Wisconsin, Angela has worked for over 23 years in the fields of environmental and wilderness education, natural and farm lands preservation, and soil fertility, chromatography, compost production, and education. She has worked for local and national land trusts and private individuals aiding to preserve over 2,900 acres of natural and farm lands in southeast WI since 2001. Her latest venture in safeguarding our living soils, began in Germany in 2012 where she intensively studied the hot controlled compost method in large scale farming operations.
    Participants have the opportunity to attend an additional full day, hands-on field day, Saturday, July 8, 2017 from 9am-3pm (lunch included) at the Curtes Farm near West Bend, WI.

    Workshop Fee: $40
    Field Day Fee: $70 (includes lunch)
    Option to purchase book – ‘Humus on the Farm’ by Roland Ulrich for $18
    REGISTER HERE   Register today! Day of, walk-in fees are $10 more.

        

  • 23

    Opportunities with Farm Services Agency (FSA) Workshop

    6:00 pm-7:30 pm
    03-23-2017

    March 23, 2017, 6-7:30 pm

    Spend the evening with Tom Olsen, 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

    Register online here

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