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Fostering Sustainable Agriculture through Research, Education and Policy since 1984

In Memory of Christopher Mann

November 13, 1930 - February 7, 2018 "The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people.  But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and ... Read more

Seed Swap & Seed Saving Workshop

Saturday, March 3, 2018, 9 am - Noon Workshop 11 am - Noon FREE Event Bring your extra seeds. Bring your friends. No seeds to share? No problem! We ... Read more

Beekeeping for Beginners Workshop

Saturday, March 10, 2018, 9:00 am - Noon, $40 ... Read more

Organic Apple Growing Class

Michael Fields Agricultural Institute is hosting a workshop on organic apple tree management, grafting, and pruning on Friday, March 16, 2018, from 9:00 to 3:30, $40/participant. This workshop will be... Read more

“Searching for Sustainability” Movie Showing

Thursday, March 29, 2018, 6:00 pm  FREE FILM SCREENING Join society’s growing search for sustainability. From our clim... Read more

Wisconsin Cover Crop and Soil Health Research Webinar Series

This FREE webinar series will highlight the latest Wisconsin research on cover crops and soil health. The series will be 6 weeks long, every Wednesday from 12pm-1pm (except for the week of February 7 ... Read more

2nd Annual Farm & Sea Conservation Dinner

Friday, August 24, 2018, 6:00 pm Join us for a unique dining experience in the Beautiful Brown Barn! Enjoy fresh Gulf seafood, farm fresh produce, organic wine and... Read more

Agenda Announced- 2018 Wisconsin Cover Crop Conference

The fifth annual Wisconsin Cover Crop Conference “Investing in Your Farm’s Future” will be held February 27th at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center, Stevens Point. Barry Fisher, Central Re... Read more

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  • 9:00 am-12:00 pm
    03-03-2018
    W2493 County Rd ES, East Troy, WI 53120, USA

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

    Bring your extra seeds. Bring your friends.

    No seeds to share? No problem!
    We have a plenty of native flowers seeds, spinach, lettuce, sunflower, calendula, chive, basil, pea, dill, and tomato seeds and more!

    Free Family Friendly Event!

    No sign up required. See you March 3rd!

    In the Big Brown Barn
    Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
    W2493 County Rd ES
    East Troy, WI 53120

    Questions please contact Allison, 262-642-3303 ext 107 or email.

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  • 9:00 am-12:00 pm
    03-10-2018
    W2493 County Rd ES, East Troy, WI 53120, USA

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

    In this class, you will learn the basic steps on how to start beekeeping. Local beekeeper, Dan O’Leary, of Honey Valley Beekeeping, will tell you how to choose a site for your hives, where you can obtain your bees and equipment, how to properly care for your bees, how to collect the honey and also how to overwinter your hive. This is the perfect beginner class for the hobby beekeeper.

    Instructor Dan O’Leary Dan has cared for bees for over 20 years. He has also shared his experiences and knowledge with the garden students at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute for over 10 years. Dan has followed his family’s love for bees. Dan’s grandfather had bees, his father, siblings, son and now his grandsons are helping him carry on the family tradition.

    REGISTER ONLINE HERE

    Sign up today! Day-of registration will be $50.

    For questions email mroamer@michaelfields.org or call Molly 262-642-3303 x 124

    In the Big Brown Barn
    Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
    W2493 County Rd ES
    East Troy, WI 53120

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  • 9:00 am-3:30 pm
    03-16-2018

    “This terrific workshop gave me confidence in my fruit tree pruning and showed me I could graft apple trees – and now I can’t stop!” – Former workshop participant

    “So many of us school gardeners need this workshop to learn how to provide nutrients and manage pests organically in our school fruit trees.” – Wisconsin School Gardener

    The morning will focus on organic pest management. After lunch, we will go outside for a hands-on pruning lesson, followed by an indoor apple grafting workshop. Every participant will go home with at least one and probably two apple trees that they have just grafted, for planting this spring.

    This workshop is designed for individuals and school gardeners and community gardeners who manage trees non-commercially.

    Instructor Deirdre Birmingham of The Cider Farm in Mineral Point, WI helped establish the Midwest Organic Fruit Growing Network and has years of experience as an orchardist.

    Fee: $40 (includes materials and lunch)
    In the Big Brown Barn & Orchards at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
    W2493 County Rd ES
    East Troy, WI 53120
    262-642-3303 ext 124

    REGISTER ONLINE HERE

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  • 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
    03-29-2018
    W2493 County Rd ES, East Troy, WI 53120, USA

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

    Thursday, March 29, 2018, 6:00 pm FREE FILM SCREENING

    Join society’s growing search for sustainability.
    From our climate, to our waters, to our air, in our soils, throughout our food chains, and even within our bodies, sustainability affects every filament of life here on Planet Earth. That’s why everyone needs to know about and consciously consider “sustainability” when making decisions about navigating through life. It will determine our environmental legacy.

    Introduction by and Q&A with Director & Producer Dan Bertalan and MFAI’s Policy Director Margaret Krome!
    Movie Runtime: 68 mins
    In the Big Brown Barn at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
    W2493 County Rd. ES
    East Troy, WI

    RESERVE YOUR SEAT(S) HERE Please reserve your seat(s) to help us with planning.

    Questions contact Molly 262-642-3303 ext. 124 or mroamer@michaelfields.org

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