Upper Midwest CRAFT Releases 2018 Schedule of Field Days
Upper Midwest CRAFT (coordinated by Angelic Organics Learning Center (AOLC) is a farmer-led training alliance organized by sustainable agriculture farmers in northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin, and the Chicagoland area. Seasoned farmers offer their time, talents, and expertise to help prepare the next generation of farmers. Farmers of all levels of experience have joined as well […]
Farm Law Resources Available Online
A popular Farm Law Workshop was held at Michael Fields in Jaunuary, the folks at Farm Commons have developed a set of 8 different FAQ sheets on common farm law questions. They are all available online. A recent one is frequently asked questions about Land Leasing for Your Sustainable Farm Enterprise The best lease between a farmer […]
It’s About the Dead Zone – And More
All of that rain went somewhere, about which Margaret Krome learned when she visited the Mississippi Gulf Coast March 7-8 and was shown around the local seafood industry by fisherman Ryan Bradley, Director of the Mississippi Commercial Fisheries United, Inc. In addition to eating spectacular seafood, Krome had a chance to visit an oyster plant […]
United States Farming Practices Survey – make your voice heard!
Throughout the United States, farmers are using innovative approaches to sustainably produce crops and improve soil health. However, farmers are also faced with numerous challenges, and they are often not included in decision-making that affects the way they farm. Cornell University, University of California—Berkeley, and The Nature Conservancy are conducting a nationwide survey for all […]
Organic Apple Management Workshop
A sold-out crowd of 70 people arrived at Michael Fields bright and early on Friday, March 16 for a day-long workshop on Organic Apple Production, with attention to school gardeners and small growers. Deirdre Birmingham, co-owner of The Cider Farm near Blanchardville, Wisconsin, was the day’s presenter. A co-founder of the Midwest Organic Fruit Growing […]
Beekeeping for Beginners Workshop
Saturday, March 10, 2018, 9:00 am – Noon, $40 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 […]
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 led by well-known organic apple grower Deirdre Birmingham; she helped establish the Midwest Organic Fruit Growing Network and has years of experience as an orchardist. (http://www.theciderfarm.com/cider-farm-public-television-2/) […]
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 – that webinar will be 12pm-1:30pm). Connection information for the webinar will be provided upon registration available at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wisconsin-cover-crop-and-soil-health-research-webinar-series-registration-41224772404 Participants will […]
See You at MOSES
Michael Fields Agricultural Institute is a sponsor of the 29th Annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference Feb. 22-24, 2018 in La Crosse, Wis. More than 3,000 people are expected to gather for this popular conference, which features 66 workshops spanning all farming topics for beginning to experienced farmers. Eleven in-depth courses take place the Thursday prior […]
National Conference Not to Miss, April 3-5, St. Louis, MO
Every decade, the national Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program hosts a national anniversary conference, and 2018 is the 30th Anniversary year. SARE and the National Center for Appropriate Technology (whose project, ATTRA, is a resources many farmers depend on) are collaborating on the anniversary event, Our Farms, Our Future Conference, April 3-5 in […]
Farmers, Fishermen, Michael Fields & Wisconsin Foodie
The big snowfall held off long enough on the evening of February 8 for a large gathering to enjoy a delicious reception of Gulf shrimp and Strauss Brands grassfed beef sliders and delicious mead from The Hive Taproom, East Troy’s soon-to-open meadery. We gathered to watch the Wisconsin Foodie episode on Wisconsin Public Television, featuring […]
Network, Sell and Connect at Friday’s Good Food Trade Show
FamilyFarmed’s Good Food EXPO kicks off on Friday, March 23 with the Good Food Trade Show: Production, Policy & Industry Exchange. Industry stakeholders come together for a day of exhibiting, educational programming and networking opportunities. This 14th annual event is centered on the Good Food Marketplace, where more than 100 farmers and producers engage with […]
Humus-Structured Compost Workshop Series
Humus-Structured Compost: Attaining Soil Regeneration to Address Escalating Land, Water, and Social Challenges in the 21st Century MATC- Madison Area Technical College is pleased to invite you to attend its Professional Development Workshop Series focused on the Controlled Heat Method of Composting. This 21-hour workshop series, staged over the course of 5-months, April – August […]
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 Region Leader of the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Soil Health Division will deliver the keynote address “Soil Health Principles: Using cover crops and reduced tillage to […]
We invite you to a Reception Premiering the WI Foodie Show “The Louisiana Connection”
Special Event Thursday, February 8th, 6:30 pm – Join us for an edifying and gratifying evening for the soul and taste buds! “The Louisiana Connection” – In this episode of Wisconsin Foodie they travel the Mississippi to examine the effects of farming runoff on fisheries in the Bayou. Margaret Krome of the Michael Fields Institute has been rallying […]
Open Books Project | Enroll soon, orientations begin January 2018!
Open Books is an Angelic Organics Learning Center project designed to help non-commodity farmers master farm financial record keeping and analysis through real-world application. Farm financials are vital to the success of a farm business, but can be difficult to tackle without the proper training. With support from a group of farmer peers and professionals, […]
Farm Law 101 Workshop
Friday 10-4 & Saturday 9–NOON, January 5th & 6th, 2018, at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute. Learn that developing a strong, legally resilient farm business is easier than you think! From hiring workers, leasing or buying land, implementing food safety measures, negotiating sales, forming an LLC, filing taxes, getting insurance and so on—legal issues work their way into every aspect of the sustainable farm.
Fishermen Reflect on November Farmer-Fisherman Dinner, Plus a New Video, Radio Interview, AgriView article
-Ryan Bradley, Fisherman, and Director, Mississippi Commercial Fisheries United, Inc., Long Beach, Mississippi, from a letter to the Sea Grant director who recommended him for our Farmer-Fisherman gathering in November in Wisconsin. “Thank you for considering me to take part in the trip to Wisconsin to meet with farmers and discuss the Gulf Dead Zone […]
Michael Fields Agricultural Institute Following Hemp Legalization
Governor Walker signed a bill last week legalizing hemp production in Wisconsin. Gazette writer, Jim Dayton, talked with Michael Fields Ag Institute’s Researcher Allison Pratt-Szeliga about what legalization means in Wisconsin. Read the article here: The Gazette – Hemp advocates look to next steps by Jim Dayton .
The future of CSA?
Having just returned from the Midwest CSA Conference, the future of CSA’s are on my mind. CSA stands for “community supported agriculture” and it is a system of buying a share upfront from the farm, often of vegetables, but increasing meats, flowers, grains, and then receiving a portion of that share on a weekly or […]
Who Speaks for the Soil? The Water?
The threat of global warming, climate change, and food insecurity is real and threatens resources for future generations. Michael Fields Agricultural Institute has undertaken these challenges, and we ask you to join us in supporting farmers adapting to changing environments and transitioning to sustainable farming systems. Sustainability is the peace policy of the future. — […]
Gulf Fishermen Toast Wisconsin’s Uplands Farmers For Protecting Their Fisheries
Eighty five farmers, fishermen, agency, business, University, and non-profit group supporters – all enthusiastic eaters – gathered near Dodgeville in Southwest Wisconsin last Thursday evening, November 16, to celebrate farming conservation practices of Iowa County’s Uplands Watershed Group in Southwest Wisconsin. The evening highlighted stories of nine people affected by the Dead Zone in the […]
First Year Complete- Institute Investigating Economics of Cover Crop Use
MFAI works on this project, funded by a USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) partnership program grant, evaluating the returns to cover crop use to help sell the practice to non-cover crop users without using cost-share programs.
Green Lands, Blue Waters Conference
Are you concerned about farming systems, water quality and soil health in the Upper Mississippi watershed and beyond? Join the Green Lands Blue Waters Conference on November 28 and 29 at the UW Pyle Center in Madison.
Wisconsin Poised to Legalize Industrial Hemp
Wisconsin seems ready to join 30 other states that have already legalized industrial hemp. The Senate unanimously approved the industrial hemp Senate Bill (SB) 119 and sent it over to the Assembly. On Thursday, November 10th, the Assembly approved the bill and the next step would be for Governor Walker to sign it into law. […]