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Events Calendar

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    Seed Swap

    9:00 am-12:00 pm
    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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    Beekeeping for Beginners Workshop

    9:00 am-12:00 pm
    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.


    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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    Organic Apple Growing Class

    9:00 am-3:30 pm

    “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


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    "Searching for Sustainability" Movie Showing

    6:00 pm-8:00 pm
    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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    Spring Art Exhibit Opening Reception

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

    State line Artist Opens Lunar Exhibit: The Orb Series, A Meditation on Rising by Sandra Fink May
    Admission is FREE. The exhibition will run from March 31st to June 15th, 2018, and is open to the public weekdays from 9:00 AM to 4:00 pm and weekends by appointment.
    Abstract landscapes and photo luminescent paintings by state line artist Sandra Fink May are cause for reflection (literally) and meditation. She laughs when she advises, “Don’t hang one of these in your bedroom; its light might keep you awake.” That’s because Sandra uses a unique process to literally “charge” her paint with reflective light, so that in certain shadowed space, they truly glow in the dark. For paintings of the moon, surely that is appropriate.

    The works of this State line artist are part of a series of quarterly art exhibitions featured at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute and hosted by the Good Earth Church of the Divine, an Interfaith community. Part of the Good Earth mission is to recognize the healing effects of the arts upon the human spirit, even as it draws attention to earth care as a moral obligation and sacred calling.

    All sales of artwork are direct to the artist. Please join us to share the work of this planet-powered artist.
    Call 262-684-5193 for more information.