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Partner Highlight: Neighborhood Food Solutions and SUPPORT Helping Black Ex-Felons for Ag Business Development

MFAI’s new Southern Wisconsin Food Systems (SWFS) Program seeks to bridge the urban-rural divide by strengthening connections between farmers, business owners, and educators. This program engages fo... Read more

Coming Soon! Annual Seed Swap is ON this Year! April 24th @ the Brown Barn

Back by popular demand, our FREE seed swap event will be held in 2021 on April 24th, 9:00am-noon. Stop by the Brown Barn at any time to choose seeds for your garden! Dreaming about your garden? Jo... Read more

April 17 Workshop: Whole Garden & Farm Planning

REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/whole-garden-farm-planning-making-the-most-of-your-space-tickets-131349025471 Saturday, April 17, 2021 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Have a sma... 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

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

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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  • 2:00 pm-3:30 pm
    05-01-2021

    May 1, 2020, 2-3:30 pm, $35

    We know you have the basics down–you are a well practiced planter, trelliser, pruner, and harvester. You’re ready for the next level of gardening–that is, planting your garden with your diet and dinner table in mind. This workshop will help you know:
    • What veggies to plant so you grow to maintain a balanced nutrient profile in your harvest throughout the year
    • How to process and cook those veggies to maximize their nutritional punch, and knowing what is best raw or cooked
    • How to maximize seasonal eating and support a local food system

    Presenters:

    Nicole Tautges, PhD, has 10 years of experience in field crop production and gardening, and is an expert in crop rotation and ecological plant and soil management. Nicole is eager to help other people expand and optimize their growing spaces to grow food and enhance beauty and biodiversity.

    Esther Shekinah, PhD, has more than 20 years of research experience in field production of a number of crops, from vegetables to sugarcane, to grain crops and hemp. She is also the proud manager of a large home garden that she cultivates with her gardening-wunderkid son. She is an expert in crop resource and residue recycling and crop-livestock interaction in farming systems.

    Participants will take home a stack of cheat sheet recipe cards detailing veggie preparation and nutritional benefits.

    Workshop cost $35, Register online here. Pre-registration is required.

    **We are cognizant of the protective and preventative measures that need to be taken in the era of Covid-19. We will be holding this workshop outside if the weather is fine, or in the case of rain or cold, in the loft of the White Barn with outdoor air ventilation. In either location there will be plenty of room for social distancing. Masks will be required for all participants.**

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

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  • 2:00 pm-4:00 pm
    05-15-2021

    Workshop details and online registration coming soon! Check back in January 2021, or sign-up for The Fields Report, our monthly e-newsletter to receive workshop details in your inbox.

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  • 2:00 pm-3:30 pm
    05-29-2021

    May 29, 2020, 2 – 3:30 pm, $30/person

    Interested in growing Hemp? Are you confused about which one to go for? Grain or CBD? Worried about not having the experience? Come to this workshop to gain the knowledge you need to get started growing hemp. What are the varieties that are suitable? What is the right time to plant? How do the transplants compare with the clones? Do auto varieties reduce your field duration and produce more? We will also share the results of Michael Fields’ and others’ most recent field research on hemp, conducted in the Midwest, give you the most current knowledge of what to expect for hemp cultivation around southern WI. Workshop attendees will get to see Hemp transplants at different stages to help decide the right stage of transplanting and also leave with one page quick guides to aid with management decision making.

    Cost $30, Register online here. Pre-registration is required.

    Presenter: Esther Shekinah, PhD, has more than 20 years of research experience in field production of grain and cash crops and is an expert in crop resource and residue recycling and crop-livestock interaction in farming systems. At MFAI, Esther has been spearheading the research in CBD and Grain hemp and has worked with UW Madison, Michigan State and Illinois University screening varieties suitable for high CBD and grain yield for the Midwest. She will also be presenting the research results of 2020.

    **We are cognizant of the protective and preventative measures that need to be taken in the era of Covid-19. We will be holding this workshop inside or in the loft of the White Barn with outdoor air ventilation. In either location there will be plenty of room for social distancing. Masks will be required for all participants.**

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

     

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