Bees and Environmentalists Win Big as Court Voids Insecticide
A United States appeals court ruled that federal regulators erred in allowing an insecticide developed by Dow AgroSciences onto the market, canceling its approval and giving environmentalists a major victory. Read the full story in The New York Times
Seeds are Essential to Human Survival
Farmers may only be approximately 1% of the population, but eaters are nearly 100% of the population. If you go into a grocery store, you will find that most of the food items either started from a seed or ate something that started from a seed, I suppose at the most basic level we all […]
Rootstock Radio: Margaret Krome, MFAI Policy Program Director
Theresa Marquez of Rootstock radio interviews Margaret about her policy work, conservation and sustainable agriculture techniques. Click here to hear to the interview.
Farm-to-Table Movement Taking Hold in Wisconsin
August 12, 2015 – Tim Morrissey, Public News Service (WI)
We’re in this together!
We’re in this together! This is a phrase I find myself saying more and more these days. In the spring things are busy with planting and transplanting and now it’s harvesting and weeding. There doesn’t seem to really be a down time but that’s not always a bad thing. As we all get to know […]
Stand Up for GMO Labeling
Tell the Senate: Stop the DARK Act! Rep. Mike Pompeo’s (R-Kans) Deny Americans the Right to Know – or DARK – Act was just passed in the U.S. House of Representatives. If Big Food gets its way and the DARK Act passes the Senate next, the fight for GMO labeling is OVER. There will be […]
Midwest CSA Conference
Building the CSA Movement, Moving Forward Together December 3-4, 2015, The Plaza, Eau Claire, WI Registration is now open! Wisconsin Farmers Union, working in partnership with a range of Midwest organizations, will convene the Midwest CSA Conference December 3-4, 2015 in Eau Claire at the Plaza Hotel. The conference is designed to be hands-on, with […]
Michael Fields Institute to host 2015 Cover Crops Conference
Dan DeSutter from west central Indiana, is the conference keynote speaker and will be discussing his use of no-till, cover crops and manure to improve soil quality on his 4,500-acre farm. He was a former financial analyst and commodity broker, and in 2013 DeSutter was honored as the National No-Till Innovator of the Year. The […]
Everything Old is New Again
One of my students, Hoà, recently discovered our mulberries. Apparently she also has them in her native Vietnam and was happy to have a familiar taste here in the US. She harvested the berries and made a delicious juice concentrate that she shared the next day. That pretty much started the craze. After lunch all […]
2015 Women Food & Ag Network Annual Conference
Women Protecting Pollinators, Protecting Food is the theme of the 2015 WFAN annual conference, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6-7, at the Radisson Quad City Plaza in Davenport, IA. Join 200 colleagues from all across the US to network, learn and enjoy the best locally grown foods Midwest women farmers have to offer! Our keynote speaker […]
Wisconsin Cover Crops Conference
The 2015 conference will be held on Friday, August 14th 2015 at the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, East Troy. The theme of this year’s conference is “Cover Crops and Agricultural Resiliency” features a mix of general sessions and bus tours highlighting successful cover crop practitioners in southeast Wisconsin in a variety of cropping systems. Click […]
Meet our 2015 Garden Apprentices & Interns
Tyler Delsart – 2015 Garden Apprentice/2014 Garden Intern Hi! My name is Tyler. I am 26 years old and this is my second year at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute. To explain a bit about my background, I am a student at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. My focus is Environmental Science. At UW-GB, I helped […]
Farm to Table Dinner in the Gardens
Please join us Friday, August 21, 2015, 6 pm for a beautiful dining experience.
Farmers, home and business owners interested in solar energy are encouraged to attend the Power Hour event on July 2nd at 6.30pm at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in East Troy, WI. This free event is being organized by Midwest Renewable Energy Association and (MREA) Wisconsin Farmers Union (WFU), sponsored by Badgerland Financial and hosted by […]
Cover Crop Conference to Feature Daniel DeSutter
Dan DeSutter of Attica, Indiana will deliver the keynote address at this year’s Wisconsin Cover Crops Conference, August 14th at the Michael Fields Institute, East Troy. He operates DeSutter Farms Inc., a 4,400 acre farm in west-central Indiana, producing corn, soybeans, wheat, alfalfa and cover crops. His farm has become a national leader in soil […]
What is Organic?
Organic – What does it mean? Consumers are faced with lots of labels on their food, which can be confusing. • As a consumer, Organic means that there are not any GE (genetically engineered) or GMO (genetically modified organisms) ingredients in your food – meaning the seeds used to grow your food were harvested from […]
Fruit Science Course
Mondays, June 1 – August 17, 4-9 pm, Gateway Technical College – Kenosha Campus
Networking Benefits Everyone
SE Wisconsin Women in Sustainability Group
Join us for a FREE solar energy class, July 2nd, 2015, 6.30-7.30pm
March Workshops at MFAI – Sign-up Now!
We have some great March workshops being offered at the Institute — everything from Pruning and Grafting Apple Trees to Grant Writing to Maintaining a Profitable Homestead.
Upcoming Whole Farm Workshops
Read here for February and March 2015 Workshops information and registration.
GMO OMG Movie Screening
Join us for this educational, free movie March 13, 2015, 6 pm at the Institute. In search of answers about genetically modified foods (GMOs)?
“Changing the Way We Eat” TEDxManhattan Live Broadcast
SATURDAY, MARCH 7TH, 2015 FROM 10:30am – 6:30pm EST to provide access to viewers across the globe.
Practical Farmers of Iowa’s 2015 winter farminar
Tuesday evenings, January 13th through March 31st, 7-8:30 p.m. CST
Upcoming Whole Farm Workshops
Check out Michael Field’s winter 2015 workshops and register now.