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“Circle of Poison” Film Screening

FREE viewing, Thursday, April 6th, 2017, 6:30 pm Do you know once a pesticide is banned in the United States for its dangerous health and environmental effects, companies are still permitted to man... 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

Upcoming Whole Farm Workshops

We have a lot of great workshops this winter and spring. These seasons are such a lovely time to ponder things, catch up on reading, and take Whole Farm Workshops ... Read more

2016 Garden Intern Updates

“Hi, my name is Hoa and I’m from Vietnam. I am doing my 2nd year apprenticeship at MFAI which I feel so fortunate to have. This year is a big change for me since I have learnt and worked at the sa... 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

Institute Releases Study on Cover Crop Economics

  A recently completed study entitled “Economic analysis... Read more

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March 19 - March 25
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    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

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    Good Bugs Bad Bugs, Basic Entomology for Farm, Garden & Fun! Workshop

    9:00 am-12:00 pm
    03-25-2017

    March 25, 2017, 9 am – noon

    Join PJ Leisch, Director of the UW-Madison Insect Diagnostic Lab to answer the question “Is this insect good to have in my vegetable garden/farm?” The workshop will include some basic entomology, identification techniques and a hands-on component. We will focus on insects that commonly are found in the garden & on the farm and those affecting the natural world around us.

    Instructor Patrick (PJ) Liesch is the director of the UW-Madison Insect Diagnostic Lab. He holds degrees in biological sciences (B.S., UW-Parkside) and entomology (M.S., UW-Madison). PJ is also involved with the Wisconsin Master Gardener Program and the First Detector Network. In addition, he is an instructor in the Wisconsin Pesticide Applicator Training and UW Farm and Industry Short Course programs. PJ is also a regular guest on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Larry Meiller Show.

    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