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.
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 […]
Cover Crop Field Day
Over 100 people showed up for a cover crops farm tour Monday, October 9, held on farms in Iowa County’s Uplands Watershed group, which MFAI sponsors. “I learned more today than at any event I can remember,” one workshop attendee told us. Whether it was the stunning morning sun backlighting John Middleton as he described […]
Growing the Future Virtual Conference
SAVE-the-DATE December 4-7, 2017 National Farmers Union Presents: Growing for the Future Online Virtual Conference A FREE four-day online conference focused on developing agricultural leaders from all backgrounds. Our annual nationally focused online conference provides an opportunity for beginning farmers to acquire the skills they need to run a successful operation; with topics including, but […]
Farm Tour & Seafood, October 9, 2017
SAVE THE DATE – Monday, October 9, 2017, Wisconsin Conservation Farming with Gulf Seafood! Join Iowa County’s Uplands Farmer-Led Watershed Group for a farm tour followed by brats and seafood. Starts at 9 am […]
Upcoming Grant Writing Workshops
DO YOU HAVE A FOOD OR FARM BUSINESS? ARE YOU INTERESTED IN WAYS TO DEVELOP YOUR BUSINESS? Join us for a workshop designed to help you identify which grants or other financial options might be right for you. This workshop will address ways to plan your project and strengthen your application. Photo: […]
Stateline Farm Beginnings Classes Begin October 7, 2017
Launch or expand your sustainable farm business! Now in its 12th year, this program has graduated nearly 300 sustainable farmers and is part of the national Farm Beginnings Collaborative. Learn from some of the most innovative farmers and experts in the Midwest, and create lifelong friendships within a new sustainable farming […]
MFAI Joins O-GRAIN for Small Grains Field Day July 21
2017 Organic Field Day: Diversified Organic Grain Rotations Friday July 21st, 2017 –9AM-2:30PM Bickford Organics 6346 Reed Road Ridgeway, Wis. 53582 This FREE OGRAIN field day includes tours of 2 farms and a free lunch. Learn about: • Large scale small grain production, processing, and marketing • On-farm grain storage 101 • Farming for water […]
Fishing for Dinner Summer Classes
Wisconsin waters are teeming with hungry fish. Learn how to land one on your dining table for a tasty, healthy meal, harvested from waters close to home. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is offering classes this summer. Classes are planned to teach adults what they’ve been missing – knot tying, casting, fish identification and preparing […]
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 approached us for advice on how to manage lands they have inherited or recently purchased, wanting the best advice on ways to optimize their conservation assets of soil, […]
A Really Valuable Day
On May 25, the Institute coordinated a farm tour for the Iowa County Farmer-Led Watershed group on two Spring Green area farms featuring managed grazing. The weather having been cool and rainy for days, a large number of farmers were among the 130 attendees. Beginning at the Butler Family Farm, Ann and David Zimrin demonstrated […]
Composting with Purpose Workshop
Designing & implementing a windrow compost system for small to large farms July 8th, 9 am – 3 pm, Full-day Field Day, Curtes Farm, 4200 Lily Road, West Bend, WI $70 (lunch included) The advantage of hot controlled compost for improving soil fertility and the environment. This Field Day is an extension of the March […]
Farm Tour and Seafood – May 25th in Spring Green
Thursday, May 25, 2017 Wisconsin Conservation Farming With Gulf Seafood! Join Iowa County’s Farmer-Led Watershed Group for a Tour of 2 grazing farms followed by brats and seafood. The first tour, 9:30 a.m., at Butler Family Farm (Ann and David Zimrin), 5044 Wiest Rd, Spring Green WI. The second tour, 11:30 a.m., at Hillside Pastures […]
Winter Rye Popular Cover Crop, Forage
Dr. Jim Stute, Research Director at Michael Fields Agriculture Institute, talks about rye as a cover crop with Wisconsin Agriculturalist. Read the article
A Trip to the Bayou – Fishermen and Farmers Bond Over Seafood and Nutrients
The Institute’s Policy Director, Margaret Krome, says she never ate so much delicious seafood in her life. With eleven others – farmers, cameramen, and reporters – Krome traveled to the bayous of Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana in late March to reciprocate a visit to Southwest Wisconsin last September from three fishermen families. They had come up […]
“Sustainable” the documentary
Available on Amazon, Netflix, or VHX A vital investigation of the economic and environmental instability of America’s food system, from the agricultural issues we face — soil loss, water depletion, climate change, pesticide use — to the community of leaders who are determined to fix it. Sustainable is a film about the land, the people who […]
Thursday, May 25, 2017 in spring Green, WI Farm Tour and Seafood Join Iowa County’s Farmer-Led Watershed Group for a Tour of 2 grazing farms followed by brats and seafood 9:30 a.m. Butler Family Farm (Ann and David Zimrin),5044 Wiest Rd, Spring Green 11:30 a.m. Hillside Pastures Farm (Daniel and Linda Marquardt), 6511 Hillside School […]