REGISTER HERE!

January 26, 2016: Navigating Farm Taxes **REPEAT CLASS- Different Location
Instructor: Andy McCarty, Tax Development Manager, Badgerland Financial
Location: Badgerland Financial Office, Sun Prairie, WI
9am-12pm Cost: $30
In this workshop, we will overview the preparation of a farm tax return. We will discuss the importance of proper bookkeeping and planning as it will be a critical guide to tax preparation. You will be walked through the Schedule F which details the profit or loss from farming. The presenter will direct you on items of income that must be included and where the income appears on Schedule F. Furthermore, we will take a look into the classification and rules related to farm expenses. Common tax planning strategies and good-to-know rules of thumb for minimizing your tax burden will also be discussed. REGISTER TODAY!

January 30, 2016: Whole Farm Management
Instructor: Laura Paine, Program Director at Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program
Location: Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, East Troy
10am-2pm Cost: $60
No matter where you are in your farming career, a long-term plan can help you organize your operation, steward your resources, and achieve your goals. This workshop will get you started on a Whole Farm Plan unique to your operation.
Laura Paine, the workshop presenter, has been involved in grazing and sustainable agriculture research, education and market development in Wisconsin for more than 20 years. She and her husband use Holistic Management to manage their grass fed beef farm near Columbus, Wisconsin. REGISTER TODAY!

February 5, 2016: Hoophouse Management
Instructor: Peter Seely, Springdale Farm
Location: Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, East Troy
9am- 12pm Cost: $40
This workshop will give you an overview of all aspects of hoophouse growing — from choosing which model of hoophouse to purchase, to erecting and maintaining the structure, to choosing which crops to grow, to managing soil fertility, weeds, diseases and moisture in the hoophouse, and finally, to considering possible embellishments to the basic hoophouse which would enable you, the grower, to better control the environmental conditions that might be called for by your chosen crops. As the presenter’s experience is primarily with vegetable crops, there will be limited discussion of hoophouse-grown flowers and other ornamentals. REGISTER TODAY!

February 19, 2016: Backyard Berries
Instructor: Chrissy Wen, UW Extension Walworth County
Location: Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, East Troy
9am- 11pm Cost: $20
There are many delicious berries that grow in Wisconsin’s backyards. Not only are they really healthy, they are really easy to grow. Learn about what berries you could grow in your yard, what to look for when purchasing plants, and how to care for them. REGISTER TODAY!

February 26, 2016: Buy it or Bale it
Instructor: Peg Reedy, UW Extension Walworth County
Location: Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, East Troy
9am- 11pm Cost: $20
Is it cheaper to purchase hay or to grow and harvest your own hay? When making the decision, it is necessary to consider all of the costs involved, inlcuding variable costs and fixed costs. Learn what is best for you and your farm operation. REGISTER TODAY!

March 18-19, 2016: Principles of a Biodynamic Farm
Instructors: Fred Kirschenmann,Farmer, Demeter USA board member and Jim Fullmer,Co-Director, Demeter USA
Location: Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, East Troy
9am – 4pm Cost: $99
There is a growing interest in the marketplace for Biodynamic products and a related need for more Biodynamic farmers in the USA. This 2 day workshop will explore in detail the foundational principles of a Biodynamic farm — the farm as a living and self-sustaining organism — by taking a practical look at applying the following seven principles that make up the foundation of the US Demeter Farm Standard:1) Biodiversity; 2) Generating fertility out of the living dynamics of the farm; 3) Generating pest control out of the living dynamics of the farm; 4) Biodynamic preparations and wider influences; 5) On-farm water and waterway conservation; 6) Integration of livestock; 7) Gentle post-harvest handling. Come learn how to implement these sustainable practices and tap into the emerging Biodynamic market. This workshop is designed for farmers, retailers and added-value operations interested in implementing Biodynamic production on a commercial scale. (Demeter USA is the only certifier of Biodynamic farm and products). REGISTER TODAY!

For a complete listing of our upcoming Whole Farm Workshops and for online registration, please visit our website: www.michaelfields.org

If you have any questions, need more information regarding the scheduled workshops, or would like to request other workshop topics, please contact our Workshop Coordinator, Andrea Clemens by phone at 262-642-3303 x100 or email at workshops@michaelfields.org.

We hope to see you soon!

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Winter Whole Farm Workshops

We are excited to offer some great educational opportunities at Michael Fields. Below is a listing of our Winter Whole Farm Workshops.
 

January 23, 2016: Flower Farming
Instructors: Andrea Clemens, Lovelight Flowers and Emily Watson, Stems Cut Flowers
Location: Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, East Troy
9am- 12pm Cost: $40
This workshop is designed to help new and beginning growers learn the ins and outs of producing and marketing cut flowers. Learn from experienced growers, Andrea Clemens and Emily Watson, about cut flower variety selection, seed starting, planting schedules, harvest and post-harvest handling and marketing. Andrea is the owner of Lovelight Flowers, a petite floral design studio and flower farm in East Troy. Emily is the owner of Stems Cut Flowers and Wood Violet MKE, a small flower farm in East Troy and design studio in Milwaukee. Together, Andrea and Emily will give you a good overview of their industry and how you too may become a successful flower farmer. REGISTER HERE!

January 26, 2016: Navigating Farm Taxes **REPEAT CLASS- Different Location
Instructor: Andy McCarty, Tax Development Manager, Badgerland Financial
Location: Badgerland Financial Office, Sun Prairie, WI
9am-12pm Cost: $30
In this workshop, we will overview the preparation of a farm tax return. We will discuss the importance of proper bookkeeping and planning as it will be a critical guide to tax preparation. You will be walked through the Schedule F which details the profit or loss from farming. The presenter will direct you on items of income that must be included and where the income appears on Schedule F. Furthermore, we will take a look into the classification and rules related to farm expenses. Common tax planning strategies and good-to-know rules of thumb for minimizing your tax burden will also be discussed. REGISTER TODAY!

January 30, 2016: Whole Farm Management
Instructor: Laura Paine, Program Director at Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship Program
Location: Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, East Troy
10am-2pm Cost: $60
No matter where you are in your farming career, a long-term plan can help you organize your operation, steward your resources, and achieve your goals. This workshop will get you started on a Whole Farm Plan unique to your operation.
Laura Paine, the workshop presenter, has been involved in grazing and sustainable agriculture research, education and market development in Wisconsin for more than 20 years. She and her husband use Holistic Management to manage their grass fed beef farm near Columbus, Wisconsin. REGISTER TODAY!

February 5, 2016: Hoophouse Management
Instructor: Peter Seely, Springdale Farm
Location: Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, East Troy
9am- 12pm Cost: $40
This workshop will give you an overview of all aspects of hoophouse growing — from choosing which model of hoophouse to purchase, to erecting and maintaining the structure, to choosing which crops to grow, to managing soil fertility, weeds, diseases and moisture in the hoophouse, and finally, to considering possible embellishments to the basic hoophouse which would enable you, the grower, to better control the environmental conditions that might be called for by your chosen crops. As the presenter’s experience is primarily with vegetable crops, there will be limited discussion of hoophouse-grown flowers and other ornamentals. REGISTER TODAY!

February 19, 2016: Backyard Berries
Instructor: Chrissy Wen, UW Extension Walworth County
Location: Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, East Troy
9am- 11pm Cost: $20
There are many delicious berries that grow in Wisconsin’s backyards. Not only are they really healthy, they are really easy to grow. Learn about what berries you could grow in your yard, what to look for when purchasing plants, and how to care for them. REGISTER TODAY!

February 26, 2016: Buy it or Bale it
Instructor: Peg Reedy, UW Extension Walworth County
Location: Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, East Troy
9am- 11pm Cost: $20
Is it cheaper to purchase hay or to grow and harvest your own hay? When making the decision, it is necessary to consider all of the costs involved, inlcuding variable costs and fixed costs. Learn what is best for you and your farm operation. REGISTER TODAY!

March 18-19, 2016: Principles of a Biodynamic Farm
Instructors: Fred Kirschenmann,Farmer, Demeter USA board member and Jim Fullmer,Co-Director, Demeter USA
Location: Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, East Troy
9am – 4pm Cost: $99
There is a growing interest in the marketplace for Biodynamic products and a related need for more Biodynamic farmers in the USA. This 2 day workshop will explore in detail the foundational principles of a Biodynamic farm — the farm as a living and self-sustaining organism — by taking a practical look at applying the following seven principles that make up the foundation of the US Demeter Farm Standard:1) Biodiversity; 2) Generating fertility out of the living dynamics of the farm; 3) Generating pest control out of the living dynamics of the farm; 4) Biodynamic preparations and wider influences; 5) On-farm water and waterway conservation; 6) Integration of livestock; 7) Gentle post-harvest handling. Come learn how to implement these sustainable practices and tap into the emerging Biodynamic market. This workshop is designed for farmers, retailers and added-value operations interested in implementing Biodynamic production on a commercial scale. (Demeter USA is the only certifier of Biodynamic farm and products). REGISTER TODAY!

For a complete listing of our upcoming Whole Farm Workshops and for online registration, please visit our website: www.michaelfields.org

If you have any questions, need more information regarding the scheduled workshops, or would like to request other workshop topics, please contact our Workshop Coordinator, Andrea Clemens by phone at 262-642-3303 x100 or email at workshops@michaelfields.org.

We hope to see you soon!