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Farm Law 101 Workshop

January 5th and 6th, 2018  at the Institute Friday 10-4 & Saturday 9– NOON From hiring workers, leasing or buying land, implementing food safety measures... Read more

Who Speaks for the Soil?

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“SACRED AUTUMN: A PASSION FOR PAPER” Art Exhibit

Artist Pam Ring Fall Art Reception Sunday, November 19, 2017 ~ 3:00-5:00 PM ... Read more

2017 Wisconsin Cover Crop Conference a Success

The 2017 conference, our fourth, was held on October 4th in Washington and Ozaukee Counties, near Wisconsin’s Eastern shore. The theme of this year’s conference was “The Role of Cover Crops in S... Read more

Cover Crop Field Day

Over 100 people showed up for a cover crops farm tour Monday, October 9, held on farms in Iowa County’s Uplands Watershed group, which MFAI sponsors. “I learned more today than at any even... 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

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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.