Earth Day Fun Volunteer Opportunity
We just love volunteers around here! Join us on Saturday, April 22nd for an Earth Day Fun Volunteer Opportunity. We’re going to play outside in the soil, meet new friends, get some exercise, do good things for the Earth and clean up our garden to make way for the 2017 growing season! This will be […]
Good Bugs Bad Bugs Basic Entomology for Farm, Garden & Fun!
Is this insect good to have in my vegetable garden/farm? Come find out! March 25, 2017, 9 am – noon, $40 The workshop will include some basic entomology, identification techniques and a hands-on component. We will focus on insects that commonly are found in the garden & on the farm and those affecting the […]
Composting with Purpose Workshop
The advantage of hot controlled compost for improving soil fertility and the environment March 18, 2017 Workshop 9am-noon, $40 This half day, indoor workshop will explore the role of high quality compost on soil fertility and environmental systems challenged by today’s agricultural practices. This workshop will specifically discuss how to use a fast, hot […]
Where are they now?
Michael Fields has had a rich tradition of hosting garden students, intern and apprentices; these individuals join us from Wisconsin, the U.S., and from all over the world. It is always such a pleasure to reconnect and find out what we’ve all been up to. Jérôme LALOUX is originally from France and was working with […]
Pasta Sauce Fundraiser
A fundraiser that was locally developed, farmed and produced through collaboration. The school and community businesses are working together, supporting each other and providing a tasty product to consumers. The East Troy High School FFA students provided their labor to pick the main ingredient of tomatoes that Bower’s Produce provided. Hometown Sausage Kitchen provided the […]
2016 Garden Intern Updates
“Hi, my name is Hoa and I’m from Vietnam. I am doing my 2nd year apprenticeship at MFAI which I feel so fortunate to have. This year is a big change for me since I have learnt and worked at the same time with coaching the 1st year interns. I’ve felt so mature in compare […]
Making Wisconsin Fruits and Veggies Taste Better
by Tim Morrissey, Public News Service (WI) MADISON, Wis. — Most consumers have had the experience of buying vegetables because they look great, and then being disappointed by how they taste. That’s one of the main considerations in a new initiative at the University of Wisconsin College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, called the “Seed […]
2nd Annual Farm to Table Dinner & Fundraiser
I’m happy to report we had a fabulous turn out for both of our dinners this year. The 2 nights couldn’t have been more different, however. Friday was hot and humid, with the threat of rain at any moment, but the people were still happy to be here and share in the amazing meal prepared […]
Organic Growth at Michael Fields
Read full article Organic Growth – front page August, 19th, 2016, Southern Lakes News Institute works to promote sustainable farming
Our Students Are Everywhere!
One of the main goals of our summer student program is to expose our crew to not only our style of farming but LOTS of styles of farming. To do this we attend workshops, fields days and even volunteer at other farms to help with larger projects such as putting up a small hoop house. […]
Time to Clean Up
The season has officially come to an end here at The Gardens. My last student left on the 13th, now it’s time to look to the future once again. I’m happy to report I was able to get most of my seeds, my potting mix and even some supplies for the students ordered. Julie and […]
YUM! Warm apple butter
What a fantastically fruitful fall we have been having! This time of year, I tend to have access to just about all of the apples I can handle, a truly fantastic problem but one can only eat so many apples and apple pies. I get all of my apples from Ela Orchard in Rochester, WI […]