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 […]
Saturday, March 3, 2018, 9 am – Noon 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 […]
Hamilton Elected to Key National Role
Michael Fields Agricultural Institute is happy to announce that our Assistant Policy Director, Devon Hamilton, was recently elected to serve as a member of the Organizational Council, the governance body, of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. The Institute has worked closely with NSAC for three decades; we place a high priority on this relationship, because […]
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 […]
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 […]
A Helping Hand
It’s that time of year when you may come home to a basket of summer squash or tomatoes thoughtfully left by a neighbor with a home garden. Or maybe you’re the gardening ninja leaving excess produce around the neighborhood. It happens every year. We all have the best of intentions to can or preserve for […]
Markets will be starting soon!
It’s hard to believe May, and the start of Farmers’ Market Season, is just around the corner! We’ve been seeding and getting things ready for a month already and have even started transplanting our cold hardy crops outside. Thanks to our wonderful greenhouses and hoop house we’ll be able to have greens, salad mix, radishes, […]
Spring has Sprung in The Gardens
Despite the cooler temps the last few weeks, work has begun here at The Gardens @ Michael Fields. Our first few students have started, the greenhouses have been turned on and seeding has begun! Our germination chambers are working over time getting our seedlings off to a good start. First plantings of brassicas are getting […]
Looking Forward to 2015
The 2014 season was such a success! We couldn’t have done it without all the amazing customer support and encouragement we received throughout the season. As the interns last year found out, farming is hard work but your kind words and smiles make it all worthwhile. 2015 is shaping up to be another exciting year […]
Gardens Customer Appreciaton Night at MFAI
Please join us! Michael Fields Agricultural Institute wants to say “Thank You” to our customers and staff with a night of homemade pizzas made with fresh ingredients from our The Gardens.
Changes are in the air – Online Farm Store Ready!
There are a lot of exciting changes this year including a new selling avenue: www.FarmMatch.com/GardensatMichaelFields. Farm Match is an online Farmers’ Market. You can log on, see what’s currently available and then make your order. Pick-ups are at the Farm Store or at one of our drop-off sites. Payment can be by cash, check or credit card to make it even more convenient. Check us out!
Stella Gardens – Beginning Farmer Outdoor Classroom
This is a video showing the Stella Gardens Program at the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute. It highlights the learning experiences of the 2013 interns and practical applications of the skills they gained during their time at Michael Fields.
Melons, Watermelons, Pears, Peaches, Fennel, Celeriac… Plenty of Stella Gardens Produce!
Gallery of photos