Grassroots Director Job Opportunity
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is seeking an experienced, strategic and collaborative grassroots leader to support and empower our 130+ member grassroots coalition. The successful candidate will be deeply committed to serving the sustainable agriculture movement and its federal policy work, skilled in grassroots campaign strategies and collaborative long-term power building approaches, an exemplary […]
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Shop at smile.amazon.com and AmazonSmile donates to Michael Fields Agricultural Institute Inc at no cost to you! Thank you for choosing Michael Fields Agricultural Institute when you shop on AmazonSmile, every dollar donated helps us work for enduring sustainability of our most important resources – healthy soil, quality groundwater, food sovereignty and security, health and […]
GrassWorks Grazing Conference
January 23-25, 2020 at Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells Regenerating our GRASS roots, with sessions on soils, plants, and animals. Michael Fields is a proud sponsor of this informative conference. 2020 GrassWorks Conference Brochure 2020 For full details and online registration click here
True Botanica Job Posting
Operations Administrative Assistant Position Company Overview: True Botanica is a small natural products company located in Hartland, WI (half an hour outside of Milwaukee WI). They sell nationwide to the professional as well as the direct to consumer channels. Physician founders are authorities in the holistic anthroposophic health arena. For more information visit: www.truebotanica.com Job […]
Industrial Hemp Webinar Series #2
Please join UW Extension, DATCP, and Michael Fields Agricultural Institute for the second in a series of webinars on industrial hemp production on August 7th, 2019 from 4 – 7:30 pm. This webinar builds from prior presentations and will address current research being conducted around the state, DATCP sampling protocol and timelines, grower questions from […]
Small Grains Field Day
We all got wet. 150 farmers, consumers, creditors, agency leaders, bakers, researchers, and people interested in a healthy food system came to the Uplands and Pecatonica Pride Watershed Groups’ Small Grains Field Day on Sunday, June 30 on Meadowlark Farm in Ridgeway, WI to talk about small grains like wheat, oats, rye, and triticale. That […]
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Farmer – Fisherman Dinner & Field Day
Nestled between the setting sun over harvested grain fields, a fire crackled in Folklore Village as smoke billowed over a cabin full of friendly, hungry faces. Fishermen from the Gulf of Mexico and farmers alike spent their afternoon laughing and cooking a meal for over one hundred guests interested in their story and work.[…]
“SACRED AUTUMN: A PASSION FOR PAPER” Art Exhibit
Join Wisconsin Artist Pam Ring for her Fall Art Reception of “SACRED AUTUMN: A PASSION FOR PAPER” Art Exhibit on Sunday, November 19th, 3:00-5:00 p.m. at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute. Admission is FREE. The exhibition runs through December 13th and is open to the public on weekdays from 10:00 AM to 4:00 pm and weekends by appointment. Please join us to share the master work of an optimistic artist who brings peace-full delight to viewers
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Research & Demonstration Farm Update
The transition to organic has begun on MFAI’s new Research & Demonstration Farm. Following corn harvest by the previous tenant, the organic fertilizer called for by the soil tests was applied and after a quick, one-day minimum tillage pass the winter wheat was planted. It is now early November and the wheat has emerged (see […]
Executive Director of Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
Position Announcement: Executive Director of Michael Fields Agricultural Institute Title: Executive Director Date Available: January 2017 Reports to: Board of Directors of Michael Fields Agricultural Institute Position Description: For over 30 years, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (MFAI) has been a leading innovator in the movement for profitable, environmentally sound, and socially responsible agriculture. Michael Fields […]
USDA Local Food and Farmers Market Promotion Program Grants – Due May 12
USDA Offers Webinars for Local Food Systems Grant Applicants, $26 Million Now Available in Grant Funding The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is making over $26 million in grant funding available to strengthen local and regional food systems through the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program, and hosting a series […]
2016 Featured Events
We have a few special featured events coming up. Find out more here.
Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) – due Jan. 21, 2016
Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) NIFA is requesting applications for the The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, which provides grants to organizations for education, mentoring, and technical assistance initiatives for beginning farmers or ranchers. The anticipated amount of funding available is approximately $18 million. The recipient must be a collaborative, State, tribal, […]
Garden Apprentice Openings at MFAI
Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (MFAI), is offering several internship opportunities to learn and work in our gardens. For the 2016 Season MFAI is looking for 4 full-time apprentices to experience the basics of organic farming management while learning correct greenhouse management, soil health, planting, harvesting and post-harvest handling skills. The apprentices will be responsible for various areas of the farm and will use management skills developed during the season to run small crews of first year interns to accomplish daily work goals. Apprentices will also be on a rotating schedule to manage our farmers’ markets and wholesale accounts.
Cover Crops Field Day of the SW Wisconsin Farmer Innovation Network
Cover crops can increase soil health, fertility and yields, help crops withstand
drought, reduce flooding, reduce weeds and other pests, decrease erosion,
capitalize on nutrients already in the soil, and help farmers save money.
We will tour two fields, where Mr. Stelpflug will share his experiences, invite
other farmers to share theirs, and MFAI’s Research Director, Dr. Jim Stute,
will answer questions about cover crops, based on research conducted around
2015 Wisconsin Cover Crops Conference a Success!
East Troy, WI – On Friday, August 14, 2015, the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, in collaboration with the Natural Resources Conservation Service of WI, UW-Extension, and Organic Valley hosted the 2015 WI Cover Crops Conference.
Grants available for Small Socially Disadvantaged Groups – Paper applications due July 20
Grants available from the USDA for Small Socially Disadvantaged Groups are due July 20, 2015.
USDA VAPG announced! – Due July 7 for hard copy applications
USDA Value-Added Producer Grant provides Planning Grants and Working Capital Grants to farmers and farmer groups. Applications can be mailed up to July 7th
Sunn Hemp: A potential cover crop for Wisconsin?
This summer, the Institute initiated an evaluation of Sunn hemp (Crotalaria juncea L.) as a potential cover crop for Wisconsin. A tropical, rapid-growing legume, it has demonstrated its ability to produce large biomass and nitrogen yields in the Southern U.S. and as far North as Illinois. It also has potential to suppress weeds because of […]
Organic Processing Institute has answers for value-added producers
Extra produce. Seconds. Harvest season is picking up, and processing provides an increasingly popular means of adding value to these as well as helping your farm’s bottom line. Yet it may also introduce a host of questions: How to find the organic ingredients needed to fill a recipe? Where to conduct the processing? Is certification […]
Don’t miss this upcoming workshop: Farm Preservation in Estate Planning
September 27th at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in East Troy, three experts will offer education and resources to preserve your farm for future generations. Farmer Faculty, Angie Curtes, Joy Kirkpatrick, and Jim Welsh will guide participants through the many issues to consider as you begin to develop, communicate and implement a succession plan for your […]