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Want to learn about grant writing and federal funding programs?

Join MFAI's Margaret Krome for a grantwriting workshop being sponsored by Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) in Chicago. Particularly aimed at helping livestock farmers learn about funding options, the... Read more

NOW AVAILABLE – Revised Federal Program Guidebook on Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches, and Communities

Every 4-5 years, congress makes revisions to the Farm Bill which impacts the funding available for USDA grant and loan programs.  The bill also influences additional services provided by USDA agencie... Read more

Register Now! Organic Apple Tree Workshop

Time is running short -- REGISTER NOW at http://bit.ly/3sTR3ev (copy and paste link into your browser) to get apple rootstock and scion wood in the mail, included with your registrati... Read more

Wisconsin Women in Conservation

New Initiative Champions Connections & Collaborative Learning With a long-standing commitment to conservation and land stewardship, Wisconsin women landowners and farmers share a love fo... Read more

MFAI to Start KernzaⓇ Research

MFAI is the recipient of a $250,000 grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture's Sustainable Agricultural Systems (SAS) program for perennial crop development efforts (see USDA's a... Read more

COVID-19 Resources for Farmers and Consumers

Hello Michael Fields Community, We’re hoping that you and your family are doing well during this increasingly tough time. The COVID-19 pandemic is touching nearly every part of our live... Read more

MFAI main office closed to the public at this time.

During the current COVID-19 public health crisis the Michael Fields Agriculture Institutes main office will be closed to the public. We will respond to your phone calls, e-mails, texts and electron... Read more

Growing Urban Leaders in Food Systems (GULFS)

OVERVIEW GULFS is a dynamic, interactive, and engaging youth-centered curriculum developing youth leaders in food systems change. Focused in Milwaukee and Madison, we aim for youth t... Read more

Upcoming events

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  • 9:00 am-12:00 pm

    Virtual workshop, Saturday March 6, 2021, 9 am – Noon, $30, supplies included.

    REGISTER HERE (http://bit.ly/3sTR3ev) on Eventbrite, provide a valid mailing address to receive workshop supplies in the mail before the workshop.
    **Register by February 20 to ensure enough time for shipping and receiving rootstock prior to the workshop.

    ***Registrants after February 20 may not receive rootstock and scion wood till after March 6.
    ****Zoom link will be emailed to participants on Friday, March 5.

    This workshop will focus on organic apple tree management in the Upper Midwest. Applications will mostly be geared towards backyard growers, but some commercial management considerations will be touched on.

    Topics will include tree planting and spacing, fertilizing, pest and disease management, pruning, and grafting. Participants will receive rootstock and other needed materials in the mail prior to the event.

  • 2:00 pm-3:30 pm

    Virtual workshop, Saturday, March 20, 2021, 2 pm – 3:30 pm, $25/person. With registration, participants will be mailed seed packets to get started.

    REGISTER HERE (http://bit.ly/2Y3Ja80). Pre-registration is required.

    There are many benefits to starting your own seeds at home, including increased plant variety, lower cost per plant, and lower risk of bringing disease into your garden. It just take a small setup and dedicated space in your home in late winter/early spring. After an initial small investment in lights, heating pads, and planter trays, you can use this equipment year after year and reduce costs from $2/plant to $0.25/ plant for tomato and peppers, for example. Additionally, you will be able to cultivate a full array of heirloom tomatoes, quirky pepper types (chocolate habaneros, anyone?), lemony cucumbers, and other fun vegetable varietals from your favorite seed company. In this workshop, participants will learn about seed starting techniques, different planting media, what lights and other equipment helps produce the strongest starts, and how to successfully transition plants from inside to the garden.

    Nicole Tautges, PhD, has 10 years of experience in field crop production and has been starting seeds at home since early college days at UW Madison, when she built a seed starting setup next to a small window in the loft of her college apartment building. She has since expanded her seed starting infrastructure and is experienced in starting a variety of plants at home, with a variety of equipment resources, from small-seeded herbs like thyme to needy starts like peppers. Nicole is eager to help other people expand their gardening variety through this seed starting workshop.

    For questions, please contact Nicole Tautges, ntautges@michaelfields.org, or 262-642-3303, ext. 127.