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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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    Composting with Purpose Workshop

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