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Farm & Sea Conservation Dinner

Friday, August 25, 2017, 6:00 pm Join us for a unique dining experience in the Big Brown Barn! ... Read more

MFAI Joins O-GRAIN for Small Grains Field Day July 21

2017 Organic Field Day: Diversified Organic Grain Rotations Friday July 21st, 2017 –9AM-2:30PM Bickford Organics 6346 Reed Road Ridgeway, Wis. 53582 This FREE  OGRAIN field day includes to... Read more

“Science & Civics: GMOs in Wisconsin” Panel Discussion

Monday, July 24, 2017, from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM Discovery Building 330 North Orchard Street Madison, WI 53715 There is an impassioned public controversy surrounding GMOs—and much conf... 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

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

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  • 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

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

    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.

        

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

    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 .

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

    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 .

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

    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 .

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  • 9:00 am-12:00 pm
    07-12-2017-07-17-2017
    W2493 County Rd ES, East Troy, WI 53120, USA

    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 .

  • 4:00 pm-6:00 pm
    07-12-2017

    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

  • 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
    07-12-2017
    W2493 County Rd ES, East Troy, WI 53120, USA

    W2493 County Rd ES, East Troy, WI 53120, USA

    Wednesday July 12, 2017

    Doors open at 7: 00 p.m. Program begins at 7:30 p.m.
    LOCATION: Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in East Troy, W2493 County Rd ES East Troy, WI on the corner of Main Street and Town line Road.

    The Association of Waldorf Music Educators (AWME) and the Lyre Association of North America (LANA) are pleased to provide you with a rare opportunity to experience music taught by masters in their art. These expert musicians are coming to share their unique expertise with you here in Southeastern Wisconsin and are open to all who wish to participate.

    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/

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  • 9:00 am-12:00 pm
    07-13-2017-07-18-2017
    W2493 County Rd ES, East Troy, WI 53120, USA

    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 .

  • 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
    07-13-2017
    W2493 County Rd ES, East Troy, WI 53120, USA

    W2493 County Rd ES, East Troy, WI 53120, USA

    Thursday – July 13, 2017

    The Association of Waldorf Music Educators (AWME) and the Lyre Association of North America (LANA) are pleased to provide you with a rare opportunity to experience music taught by masters in their art. These expert musicians are coming to share their unique expertise with you here in Southeastern Wisconsin and are open to all who wish to participate.

    OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – Doors open at 7: 00 p.m. and the program begins at 7:30 p.m.
    LOCATION: Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in East Troy, W2493 County Rd ES East Troy, WI on the corner of Main Street and Town line Road http://michaelfields.org/location/

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  • 9:00 am-12:00 pm
    07-14-2017-07-19-2017
    W2493 County Rd ES, East Troy, WI 53120, USA

    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 .

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  • 9:00 am-12:00 pm
    07-16-2017-07-20-2017
    W2493 County Rd ES, East Troy, WI 53120, USA

    W2493 County Rd ES, East Troy, WI 53120, USA

    July 16-20, 2017

    LYRE INTENSIVE 2017 – with Martin Toiassen

    The Lyre Association of North America is very pleased to have the opportunity this Summer to host the Lyre Conference in beautiful Southeastern Wisconsin at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute.

    Martin Tobiassen will be traveling from Germany to focus on teaching the Lyre. He has extensive experience and according to those who know, is reputed to be an outstanding teacher for all levels of players. If you already play or are just at the beginning of your journey this will be a great opportunity for you. Check out site for more conference information: http://lyreassociation.org/

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  • 9:00 am-12:00 pm
    07-17-2017-07-21-2017
    W2493 County Rd ES, East Troy, WI 53120, USA

    W2493 County Rd ES, East Troy, WI 53120, USA

    July 16-20, 2017

    LYRE INTENSIVE 2017 – with Martin Toiassen

    The Lyre Association of North America is very pleased to have the opportunity this Summer to host the Lyre Conference in beautiful Southeastern Wisconsin at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute.

    Martin Tobiassen will be traveling from Germany to focus on teaching the Lyre. He has extensive experience and according to those who know, is reputed to be an outstanding teacher for all levels of players. If you already play or are just at the beginning of your journey this will be a great opportunity for you. Check out site for more conference information: http://lyreassociation.org/

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  • 9:00 am-12:00 pm
    07-18-2017-07-22-2017
    W2493 County Rd ES, East Troy, WI 53120, USA

    W2493 County Rd ES, East Troy, WI 53120, USA

    July 16-20, 2017

    LYRE INTENSIVE 2017 – with Martin Toiassen

    The Lyre Association of North America is very pleased to have the opportunity this Summer to host the Lyre Conference in beautiful Southeastern Wisconsin at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute.

    Martin Tobiassen will be traveling from Germany to focus on teaching the Lyre. He has extensive experience and according to those who know, is reputed to be an outstanding teacher for all levels of players. If you already play or are just at the beginning of your journey this will be a great opportunity for you. Check out site for more conference information: http://lyreassociation.org/

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  • 9:00 am-12:00 pm
    07-19-2017-07-23-2017
    W2493 County Rd ES, East Troy, WI 53120, USA

    W2493 County Rd ES, East Troy, WI 53120, USA

    July 16-20, 2017

    LYRE INTENSIVE 2017 – with Martin Toiassen

    The Lyre Association of North America is very pleased to have the opportunity this Summer to host the Lyre Conference in beautiful Southeastern Wisconsin at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute.

    Martin Tobiassen will be traveling from Germany to focus on teaching the Lyre. He has extensive experience and according to those who know, is reputed to be an outstanding teacher for all levels of players. If you already play or are just at the beginning of your journey this will be a great opportunity for you. Check out site for more conference information: http://lyreassociation.org/

  • 4:00 pm-6:00 pm
    07-19-2017

    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

  • 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
    07-19-2017
    W2493 County Rd ES, East Troy, WI 53120, USA

    W2493 County Rd ES, East Troy, WI 53120, USA

    Wednesday – July 19, 2017

    The Association of Waldorf Music Educators (AWME) and the Lyre Association of North America (LANA) are pleased to provide you with a rare opportunity to experience music taught by masters in their art. These expert musicians are coming to share their unique expertise with you here in Southeastern Wisconsin and are open to all who wish to participate.

    Martin Tobiassen will be traveling from Germany to focus on teaching the Lyre. He has extensive experience and according to those who know, is reputed to be an outstanding teacher for all levels of players. If you already play or are just at the beginning of your journey this will be a great opportunity for you. Check out site for more conference information:  http://lyreassociation.org/ .

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  • 9:00 am-12:00 pm
    07-20-2017-07-24-2017
    W2493 County Rd ES, East Troy, WI 53120, USA

    W2493 County Rd ES, East Troy, WI 53120, USA

    July 16-20, 2017

    LYRE INTENSIVE 2017 – with Martin Toiassen

    The Lyre Association of North America is very pleased to have the opportunity this Summer to host the Lyre Conference in beautiful Southeastern Wisconsin at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute.

    Martin Tobiassen will be traveling from Germany to focus on teaching the Lyre. He has extensive experience and according to those who know, is reputed to be an outstanding teacher for all levels of players. If you already play or are just at the beginning of your journey this will be a great opportunity for you. Check out site for more conference information: http://lyreassociation.org/

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  • 9:30 am-2:30 pm
    07-21-2017

    Friday July 21st, 2017 –9AM-2:30PM

    Bickford Organics
    6346 Reed Road
    Ridgeway, Wis. 53582

    This FREE OGRAIN field day includes tours of 2 farms and a free lunch

    Learn about:
    • Large scale small grain production, processing, and marketing
    • On-farm grain storage 101
    • Farming for water quality
    • Planning a diverse crop rotation
    • Growing organic seed corn
    • Small grain variety recommendations

    Speakers include:
    Paul Bickford and John Wepking, Bickford Organics and Meadowlark Organics
    Lynn Clarkson, president, Clarkson Grain
    Jeffrey Block, GroAlliance
    Julie Dawson and Lucia Gutierrez, Plant breeders at UW-Madison

    And join us for a free lunch provided by the Iowa Country farmer-led watershed initiative! We’ll be eating shrimp caught by fishermen and
    women in the Gulf of Mexico – new friends whose livelihoods’ depend on Midwestern farmers keeping our waterways clean.
    Shrimp not your thing? We’ll have brats too

    See FLYER (printable PDF)

    Register online at mosesorganic.org or call 715-778-5775

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  • 12:00 pm-2:00 pm
    07-24-2017

    Monday, July 24, 2017, from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

    Discovery Building
    330 North Orchard Street
    Madison, WI 53715

    There is an impassioned public controversy surrounding GMOs—and much confusion. The topic is especially relevant in Wisconsin, with UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences scientists working at the forefront of GMO-related research, agriculture and the life science industries having invested heavily in the technology, and new developments affecting numerous stakeholders in agriculture, business, and the public sector. However, discussions about GE crops need to move past broad pro/con statements and address the complexities of this fast-evolving field.

    During this event, we will hear from expert panelists covering a range of perspectives related to this issue. We aim to increase understanding and collaboration around both the science and civic dimensions of the issue within the context of Wisconsin.

    Panelists include:
    Jim Holte, President, Wisconsin Farm Bureau
    Monique Liston, Graduate Student, Urban Education, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
    Margaret Krome, Policy Director, Michael Fields Agriculture Institute
    John Mesko, Executive Director, Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service
    Richard Amasino, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS), University of Wisconsin – Madison
    Dietram Scheufele, John E. Ross Chair in Science Communication in the Department of Life Sciences Communication, CALS, University of Wisconsin–Madison
    Kim Bremmer, Motivational Agriculture Speaker, Ag Inspirations

    This event is part of the Science & Civics initiative, based on the premise that there is a dangerous gap in both civic literacy and scientific literacy in the United States. We see these two trends as connected, and believe addressing them together is vital to cultivating a citizenry capable of informed self-government. We recently launched a new report in partnership with some of the country’s leading practitioners and communicators of both civics and science: “Science & Civics: A Guide for Collaborative Action.” Now, we are hosting local public events in communities around the United States in order to share these ideas and bring them into local practice.

    This event is free, however please REGISTER ONLINE HERE

     

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  • 4:00 pm-6:00 pm
    07-26-2017

    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

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