Seed Swap, Beekeeping Workshop, Research Briefs, Winter Conferences and Gatherings to continue learning, sharing and growing this winter

The Fields Report

January 2019

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For most of history, man has had to fight nature to survive; in this century he is beginning to realize that, in order to survive, he must protect it.
-Jacques Cousteau

In this issue:

Seed Swap

Saturday, February 2, 2019, 9 am – Noon Join us for an excuse to dream about your garden at our 3rd Annual Seed Swap! How does it work? Bring your extra seeds. Bring your friends. Go home with your friend’s seeds. No seeds to share? No problem! Join us for this free, family friendly event! […]

Beekeeping for Beginners Workshop

Saturday, March 16, 2019  9 am – Noon,  $40 In this class, you will learn the basic steps on how to start beekeeping. Local beekeeper, Dan O’Leary, of Honey Valley Beekeeping, will tell you how to choose a site for your hives, where you can obtain your bees and equipment, how to properly care for […]

Introducing the New Uplands Watershed Group Website!

Interested in learning more about the incredible work being done by the members of the Iowa County Uplands Watershed Group? Visit our new website at to find out! The website features the history of the group, as well as our connection with fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico, and includes resources and information about […]

GULFS helps with Mellowhood Hots Initiative

This Fall, Michael Fields continued a partnership with the Mellowhood Foundation, a youth-led community based organization on the SW side of Madison. After a successful summer of programming, thanks to a collaborative SEED grant from the City of Madison, the Mellowhood Foundation expressed interest in continuing their development of the youth-led hot pickle business GULFS […]

Two new research briefs available

Two newly published research briefs: “Sunn hemp response to planting date and mixes” and “Does cover crop radish supply nitrogen to corn?” are now available. These concise publications summarize original Wisconsin Research and are intended to provide research results and related recommendations in a user-friendly manner. These and future briefs can be found under the […]

2019 OGRAIN Organic Grain Conference

Farmers interested in transitioning to organic grain or improving their existing organic grain systems are invited to attend the 2019 OGRAIN Organic Grain Conference, set for January, 25-26, 2019 on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus. The two-day conference is designed to provide farmers with the knowledge and networks necessary to succeed in growing and marketing […]

Midwest Biodynamic Winter Gathering

February 1st & 2nd, 2019 Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School, Viroqua Wisconsin In the Agriculture lecture which led to the development of Biodynamics, R Steiner speaks at length about the cosmic and earthly substances and forces involved in plant, animal, and human health.  Many people find this part challenging to understand.  The Midwest Biodynamic Group asked […]

The 2019 Wisconsin Cover Crop Conference

February 20, 2018 Holiday Inn, Steven’s Point, WI Information and Registration Farmers and ag professionals from around the state are coming together again to share and learn about all things cover crops. Whether you’re a seasoned cover crop expert or an absolute beginner, there will be something for everyone! Topics will include managing manure with […]

MOSES Organic Farming Conference

Michael Fields Agricultural Institute is sponsoring the 30th Annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference Feb. 21-23, 2019 in La Crosse, Wis. More than 3,000 people are expected to gather for this popular conference, which features 60 workshops spanning all farming topics for beginning to experienced farmers. Nine in-depth courses take place the Thursday prior to the […]

Upcoming Farmer Workshops Online and in Illinois

Whole Farm Planning Workshop When: Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 4 p.m. Where: St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 2200 S. Philo Rd., Urbana, IL 61802 Registration: $30 early-bird (through January 15); $40 regular Registration closes on January 27 @ 11:59 p.m. Is your farm working for you or do you work for it? Crafting […]

New Guidebooks and Webinars Help Manage On-Farm Risk

Responding to the needs of farmers and ranchers across the country, Organic Farming Research Foundation, OFRF, in cooperation with USDA-Risk Management Agency, has developed two informative new guidebooks and webinars on how organic and transitioning growers can manage on-farm risk through crop insurance programs and sound soil health management. Introduction to Crop Insurance for Organic […]

Spring Hive Management at The Hive Taproom

Spring Hive Management & Installing Packages Sunday, February 3rd, 2019,  1-2 pm, at The Hive Taproom Rob Kessel and Eden May of Cozycomb Honey here in East Troy present how to manage your hives in the spring and how they recommend introducing new packages of bees into hives. Great for beginning and intermediate beekeepers alike. […]


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