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Biodynamic Farmscaping Talk

October 21, 2018, 7 pm Heal habitats, feed bees, regulate pests, harmonize landscapes, save soils, sustain yields, and beautify farms, while welcoming wildlife with farmscape features, including: ... Read more

“Does Conservation Pay?” Field Day, Wednesday, October 24

MFAI and Iowa County's Uplands Watershed Group invite you to a field day on Wednesday morning, October 24, 2018 on the Southwest Wisconsin dairy farm of Ryan Dolan and family. The topic:... Read more

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

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

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  • 8:45 am-1:00 pm
    09-04-2018
    W2493 County Rd ES, East Troy, WI 53120, USA

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

    The tour starts at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute looking at the high CBD oil organic hemp plot, then we will visit Turtle Creek Gardens in Delavan and their high CBD oil hemp and grain hemp plots, and then onto MFAI’s other industrial hemp research plots. Transportation is provided.

    Tour talks by Jim Stute, Research Director MFAI,  Janet Gamble and Steve Tomlins, Turtle Creek Gardens, and Brian Parr, Agronomist Legacy Hemp.

    Lunch will be provided in The Big Brown at the Institute after the tour, with an Industrial Hemp fertility discussion with representatives from Purple Cow Organics.

    Please arrive at 8:45am to check-in. The day will wrap up about 1:00 pm.

    Advance registration: $15. Thank you for registering prior to the event, this helps us with planning for the day.

    Day of /walk-in: $20

    Register online now

     

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  • 6:30 pm-8:00 pm
    09-22-2018
    W2493 County Rd ES, East Troy, WI 53120, USA

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

    Saturday, September 22, 2018 ~ 6:30 to 8pm

    The OPENING RECEPTION is FREE – Refreshments served & music: “Autumn” by Vivaldi will be offered at the reception only in the Big Brown Barn (W2493 CR ES, East Troy WI 53120).

    A fascinating exhibition of ceramic works featuring Wisconsin Artist MICHAEL IMES is on display at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute.  This fabulous art exhibition is hosted by The Good Earth Church of the Divine in collaboration with
    Michael Fields Agricultural Institute.  Imes ceramic works will be on display September 22nd to mid-December, 2018
    Visit WEEKDAY HOURS 10:00am—4:00pm and WEEKENDS BY APPOINTMENT.
    Admission is FREE ~ For more information or to schedule a weekend viewing, call 262-684-5193.

    Click here for the opening reception information.

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