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Upcoming Whole Farm Workshops

Beginner Beekeeping
March 14th – 9am-noon

Back by popular demand. Dan O’Leary has been teaching this workshop at the Institute for years. He is an experienced beekeeper and has spent over 30 years in harmonious partnership with The Bees.

Cost: $25


Pollinator Habitats
March 14th – 1pm-3pm

Instructor Steve Bertjens, State NRCS biologist, will answer all your questions about how to attract honeybees and native pollinators. Additionally, he will cover all the cost share programs offered by NRCS.

Cost: Free of charge!!!!!


Grant Writing
March 20th – 9am-noon

This workshop teaches groups and individuals the basics of grant writing in applying for a variety of federal programs. Our workshop covers three topics:

1) Developing sound projects
2) Identifying federal programs and choosing among them
3) Maximizing success in getting funded.

The workshop builds on a 100+ page guide to federal programs, which is given to all workshop participants, as are a number of other handouts, and time is set aside to provide individual grants advising.

Instructor: Deirdre Birmingham
Cost: $40 for the first person on the farm. Additional family members/business partners attend free of charge.


Pruning and Grafting Apple Trees
March 21st – 9am-noon

Another workshop back this year by popular demand. Unsure how to prune your trees? How about grafting? Learn how to do it the right way and become confident at taking care of your trees. The knowledge and skills you will learn in this workshop will apply to taking care of other types of trees. Go home with rootstock and scion.

Instructor: Deirdre Birmingham
Cost: $40 – Includes at least 2 grafted trees to take home


The Profitable Homestead
March 28th – 9:30a-12:30p

How to Creatively Generate Income Without Leaving the Farm. This workshop covers idea development, business planning, managing expenses, creative frugality and eliminating debt, family/relationship balance and seasonal income diversification. Lisa Kivirist is the author of several books on homesteading, cooking and rural entrepreneurship. She operates with her family an award winning Bed and Breakfast near Monroe WI.

Instructor: Lisa Kivirist
Cost: $40

To sign up for these workshops: visit our online registration at Eventbrite. To register via email write Sandy Andrews: sandrews@michaelfields.org or call 262 642 3303 x 100.

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