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Farm & Sea Conservation Dinner

Friday, August 25, 2017, 6:00 pm, $80 per guest Join us for a unique dining experience in the Big Brown Barn! ... 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

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

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

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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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