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Farm & Sea Conservation Dinner

Friday, August 25, 2017, 6:00 pm Join us for 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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    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.