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
Promotional video about Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
A lot of harvesting at Stella Gardens
We have a lot of harvesting, however with the cool evening lows there have been few tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, raspberries, and other heat-loving veggies to harvest. Below is our week’s bounty and you’ll find it at both the farmer’s market (East Troy, Fridays 3-7pm,) and in our farm stand at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute. Thanks […]
Trials on vegetables at Stella Gardens
STRAWBERRY RHUBARB JAM RECIPE
Our gardens are producing a lot of products right now: kale, lettuce, sugar snap peas, chard…. and strawberries and rhubarb as well. We propose a recipe with these two products. A delicious strawberry rhubarb jam. Enjoy it! Strawberry Rhubarb Jam Recipe Prep: 30 min. + chilling Yield: 44 Servings Ingredients 2-1/2 cups fresh or frozen […]
Didactic video 2: The importance of the remay and how to shape beds in the gardens
How to prune fruit trees and raspberries
How to sow seeds at the greenhouse
This is a didactic video that explains how to sow seeds at the greenhouse. The spring is here and the farmers will start planting at the gardens in few weeks. Shawn Murray, our garden manager, explains the different steps and secrets to sow seeds in a successful way. Enjoy the video!
Antoine Bourdon, the first intern at Stella Gardens 2013
Antoine Bourdon is a young French engineer with plenty of vitality and positivism. He arrived at Michael Fields some days ago with the idea of getting far away from computers and offices, sinking his hands into the soil and getting broad experience at the gardens. He is the first intern of this 2013 season at […]
Canning Tomatoes Author: Wendy Solum Prep time: 4 hours Total time: 4 hours Serves: 30-32oz jars 3 half-bushels of tomatoes, 2 people, about 4 hours | Yield: about 30 32oz jars. You will need 1/2 tsp of canning salt for each 32oz jar. Ingredients Tomatoes Canning salt Instructions <h2>What you may need</h2> Lids (Use new […]