“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”
— Margaret Atwood

The Fields Report

April 2019

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Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve.  Erich Fromm

In this issue:

Conservation Stewardship Program sign-up by May 10, 2019

As after every Farm Bill, USDA is in the process of developing the rules and processes for implementing programs authorized in the Farm Bill. Thus, we’re happy that USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced that farmers have until May 10, 2019, to sign up for an important voluntary “working lands” conservation program we’ve […]

MFAI Invites You to Brunch – Featuring US grown Hemp

Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 11:00 am Chef Tyler Sailsbery, of the Black Sheep, is creating a delectable hemp-inspired bruncheon, including Hemp Mead from The Hive Taproom and Rushing Waters Hemp Smoked Trout! Come experience the hemp craze for yourself! Brunch is in The Beautiful Big Brown Barn at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, and will […]

New Farmers’ Market Grants Available

Compeer Financial is offering two new farmer’s market grants. The timeline is short; applications are due by April 30 and funds will be awarded in June. Farmers’ Market Organization grant – Grants are for organizations that desire to enhance services to consumers and vendors, benefiting all those who utilize the market. Grants should be geared […]

Anthroposophy in the World with the Council for Anthroposophical Organizations (CAO)

Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Dessert and Coffee/Tea at 6:45. Discussion at 7:00. In the Big Brown Barn at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute. Meet with the leaders of associations from across the country to share ideas, challenges, and hopes for anthroposophical work in the world. AWSNA, The Alliance for Public Waldorf Education, RSF Social Finance, Steiner […]

“The Cooking Gene” Culinary Tour of Benin/Togo

Early last month, MFAI’s Associate Policy Director Devon Hamilton traveled on a life changing trip to Benin/Togo on a Black chef culinary tour hosted by chef, historian, and author Michael Twitty. This trip, the second of its kind, was organized by Roots to Glory Tours, a travel agency with a mission to connect Black people […]

MFAI at the Hunger & Health Summit

Late last month, Associate Policy Director Devon Hamilton spoke on a panel about “Youth Empowerment through Social Justice and Food” at the 2019 Hunger & Health Summit in the Wisconsin Dells. He was joined by Nathan Larson of  Community Groundworks and the Wisconsin School Garden Network. The two spoke about how we come to define […]

Significant hardware upgrades made in the Research Program

This April we invested in equipment which will enhance our research capabilities: an automated weather station and a no-till drill. The weather station, installed on our new research farm will log temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and direction, precipitation and photosynthetically active radiation. This will allow us to more accurately measure these parameters, essential for […]

New Spring Art Exhibit at MFAI

You are warmly invited to the exhibition “sacred spring: celebrating mother nature” An Exhibition of paintings by Wisconsin Artist carole milos MID-POINT RECEPTION  Saturday, MAY 4, 2019 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm Music: “SPRING” by Vivaldi Refreshments (reception only) Served In the Big Brown Barn EXHIBITION RUNS APRIL 7 TO MID-JUNE, 2019 WEEKDAY HOURS […]

Just to Put a Bug in Your Ear – or Mouth

The UW-based research project Mission to Improve Global Health Through Insects (MIGHTi) and its partners are hosting an array of lectures, tastings, and a full dinner celebrating “the nutritional, environmental, artistic, cultural, and culinary aspects of eating insects” later this month. From Wednesday, April 24 through Saturday, April 27, Madison will be simply crawling with […]

Join the Hemp Information Exchange Network

We created the Hemp Information Exchange to be a valuable resource for you and your industrial hemp endeavors. The exchange is where you can ask your production/harvest/storage/processing questions, get them answered, and learn from other people’s questions and answers – all in your inbox. If you would like to become a part of this network […]


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