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 24-hour workshop series, staged over the course of 5-months beginning March through […]
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. […]
Beginning Farmer Training Program for Veterans
Are you a military veteran interested in learning the trade of farming? Look no further! Take Root is a program that connects veterans to paid employment and training on established farms in southern Wisconsin, northern Illinois, and the Chicagoland area. Apply by 12/1, program launches December 2017!
GULFS November Outreach
With the growing season coming to a close, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute’s Assistant Policy Director, Devon Hamilton has kept busy with continuing outreach and youth education at Badger Rock Middle School around food system issues included in the scope of the GULFS program curriculum.
Join us for a fall walk through the fields and kettles on the Institute’s new organic transition farm
Saturday, November 4, 2017, 10:30 am – Noon A SPECIAL FALL FIELD DAY PROMOTING SUSTAINABILITY AND GOOD STEWARDSHIP OF LAND Jim Stute, Research Director at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, will guide the tour of the new research fields, conservation buffers, waterways, and pollinator habitat. This farm has been designed to decrease nutrient and soil run-off to as […]
Where are they now?
Judith M’Hone, a Garden Apprentice in the 2016 growing season at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, originally from Botswana, is now the Lead Farm Educator at City Growers, a nonprofit in New York, NY. A large part of Judith’s job is educating New York City youth about food systems and environmental awareness. She teaches youth about where […]
2017 Wisconsin Cover Crop Conference a Success
The 2017 conference, our fourth, was held on October 4th in Washington and Ozaukee Counties, near Wisconsin’s Eastern shore. The theme of this year’s conference was “The Role of Cover Crops in Soil and Water Quality”, chosen because the location falls in the Milwaukee River Watershed which is classified as impaired by the Environmental Protection […]