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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

MFAI opposes House Farm Bill

Michael Fields joined over 500 organizations nationwide in opposing the version of the 2018 Farm Bill that failed to pass the House on Friday, May 18. (Lists of others who have signaled their oppositi... Read more

Join us for a unique dining experience in the Beautiful Brown Barn!

Friday, August 24, 2018, 6:00 pm  2nd Annual Farm & Sea Conservation Dinner Enjoy fresh Gulf seafood, farm fresh produce, organic wine and local beer! ... Read more

The Institute’s Big Brown Barn

The impulse behind the institute began in Europe -- Germany, in fact -- with Anthroposophy, the ideas of Rudolf Stiener (1861 - 1925) and the practice of biodynamic agriculture.  Christopher and Mart... 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

Watch Wisconsin Foodie’s New Episode “The Louisiana Connection” Here

"The Louisiana Connection"  online viewing at PBS.com ... 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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    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.