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Why is it urgently important to pass a Farm Bill?

by Margaret Krome We're starting to hear mewings from Congress that, once again, they can't seem to pass a Farm Bill by the deadline they set four-plus years ago. I know how hard deadlines are to m... Read more

Grant Programs And Financial Options For Farmers & Food Entrepreneurs

Do you have a new production idea you want to test out on your farm? Are you looking for ways to develop your innovative agricultural business? Many Wisconsin farmers and food entrepreneurs have used ... Read more

Fresh from the (corn) field

According to the calendar, another summer is nearly behind us and fall is upon us, but as I write this I see more 80-degree days in the forecast. Every year and every season have different challenges ... Read more

GULFS Summer Programming

This Summer, our GULFS Program partnered with the Mellowhood Foundation through a joint grant through the city of Madison to pilot three new lessons with their youth to help them start their own hot p... Read more

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

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

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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Upcoming events

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July
  • 05

    Yoga

    4:00 pm-6:00 pm
    07-05-2017

    Yoga with Shelly

    Wednesdays 6-8 pm

    Pricing
    $10 Drop in
    $40 for 5 classes

    HappenStance Yoga
    Shelly is a 200 hour certified yoga instructor from the Alignment Yoga program. A farmer and educatory by day, she admires nature and is excited to share her love of yoga with the community.

    Discover that ANY body can practice yoga! Increase strength with flexibility while quieting the mind.

    Classes are intended for beginning and intermediate students.

    Questions: happenstanceyoga@gmail.com

  • 08

    Composting with Purpose Field Day

    9:00 am-3:00 pm
    07-08-2017
    W2493 County Rd ES, East Troy, WI 53120, USA

    July 8th, 9 am – 3 pm, Full-day Field Day, Curtes Farm, 4200 Lily Road, West Bend, WI

    The advantage of hot controlled compost for improving soil fertility and the environment.

    This Field Day is an extension of the March Compost Workshop which explores the role of high quality compost on soil fertility and environmental systems challenged by today’s agricultural practices. This workshop  specifically discussed how to use a fast, hot fermentation compost method using animal manures and integrated with biodynamic farming principles. Whether its for your kitchen, home or farm resources, learn how to improve your existing compost system or design, implement and manage a new compost system.

    Instructor Angela Curtes is owner of Grounded LLC (www.groundedllc.net) 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.

    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 fee is $10 more.

        

  • 09

    18th Annual AWME Summer Music Conference

    9:00 am-12:00 pm
    07-09-2017-07-14-2017
    W2493 County Rd ES, East Troy, WI 53120, USA

    July 9 – 14, 2017

    For music teachers, early childhood and class teachers, parents and administrators, this is a wonderful event to attend.

    The Association for Waldorf Music Education is very please to have the opportunity this Summer to host the Summer music conference at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, East Troy WI.  Master teacher, Christiaan Boele, from Finland has been bringing his unique vocal skills to both the east and west coasts of the USA for several years now but this is the first time that he will be offering a week of vocal training in our region. Check out site for more conference information:  http://waldorfmusic.org/conferences-courses .

  • 10

    18th Annual AWME Summer Music Conference

    9:00 am-12:00 pm
    07-10-2017-07-15-2017
    W2493 County Rd ES, East Troy, WI 53120, USA

    July 9 – 14, 2017

    For music teachers, early childhood and class teachers, parents and administrators, this is a wonderful event to attend.

    The Association for Waldorf Music Education is very please to have the opportunity this Summer to host the Summer music conference at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, East Troy WI.  Master teacher, Christiaan Boele, from Finland has been bringing his unique vocal skills to both the east and west coasts of the USA for several years now but this is the first time that he will be offering a week of vocal training in our region. Check out site for more conference information:  http://waldorfmusic.org/conferences-courses .

  • 11

    18th Annual AWME Summer Music Conference

    9:00 am-12:00 pm
    07-11-2017-07-16-2017
    W2493 County Rd ES, East Troy, WI 53120, USA

    July 9 – 14, 2017

    For music teachers, early childhood and class teachers, parents and administrators, this is a wonderful event to attend.

    The Association for Waldorf Music Education is very please to have the opportunity this Summer to host the Summer music conference at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, East Troy WI.  Master teacher, Christiaan Boele, from Finland has been bringing his unique vocal skills to both the east and west coasts of the USA for several years now but this is the first time that he will be offering a week of vocal training in our region. Check out site for more conference information:  http://waldorfmusic.org/conferences-courses .