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The Fields Report

February 2019

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As I walk with Beauty
As I walk, as I walk,
The universe is walking with me,
In beauty it walks before me,
In beauty it walks behind me,
In beauty it walks below me,
In beauty it walks above me,
Beauty is on every side.

—Traditional Navajo Prayer

In this issue:

I love winter, but!!!!!!!

It’s the middle of February as I write this blog and I can truthfully say that I normally love this time of year. I have never minded shoveling snow, firing up the snowblower or in my younger years hitting the ski slopes and sledding with the kids and grandkids. This is also the time of […]

MFAI welcomes Dr. Leah Sandler

Michael Fields Agricultural Institute welcomes Dr. Leah Sandler as our new Education Director/Research Agronomist. Dr. Sandler officially joined the MFAI staff on February 18th and will be part of our exhibit team at the upcoming MOSES Organic Farming Conference. Leah grew-up in St. Louis, Missouri to several generations of vegetable gardeners and completed an under-graduate […]

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Michael Fields conducts industrial hemp production research, on-site trial plots, on-farm field days, talks and publishes research results for educational resources. 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 […]

Strong Farms-Risk Reduction Workshop at Organic University

MFAI’s Policy Director Margaret Krome will be joined by Scott Marlow, Senior Policy Specialist at Rural Advancement Foundation International (North Carolina), presenting at the MOSES Organic University on February 21.  The workshop entitled, “Strengthen you Farm Business:  Learn to Reduce Risk” will walk farmers through their farm goals, evaluating weather, production, market price and other […]

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 […]

Cover Crops – Crop Insurance Survey

MFAI is working with others in Wisconsin and elsewhere to explore the possibilities of creating a program in Wisconsin similar to one created in Iowa in 2017 that offers a crop insurance premium subsidy for farmers who plant cover crops.  We are circulating a very brief farmer survey to assess the value to farmers and […]

MFAI’s Role in Supporting National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

Starting October 1, the Institute has been pleased to have our Policy Director, Margaret Krome, recruited to serve as Interim Coalition Director for the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, headquartered in Washington, D.C. “NSAC’s work is deeply important to our nation and our world,” says Krome. “Supporting its superb staff, working with NSAC’s Organizational Council and […]

Mini-grants for Sustainable Ag Educators

Do you have a sustainable agriculture project in mind that just needs a little funding to get off the ground? The Wisconsin SARE Program mini-grant program may be your answer. The deadline to apply for this cycle of mini-grants is Wednesday, February 20th, 2019. You can find the application form and information about the mini-grants […]

Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Grant Application Period Now Open

MADISON – Farmers and businesses involved in Wisconsin’s food industry who are seeking to grow their local markets are encouraged to apply for 2019 Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin producer and processor grants. Managed by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), the grants can help farms and business more efficiently produce, process, […]

Advocating for Sustainable Ag Podcast

with Margaret Krome, MFAI, and Paul Wolfe, NSAC The Our Farms, Our Future podcast series brings together the sustainable agriculture community for thought-provoking conversations about the state of agriculture, how we got here, and where we’re headed. This podcast and the others in the series are available here

Planting for Pollinators

Bee there Sunday March 3rd as Jerry Ziegler of The Nature Conservancy talks about how we all can promote pollinator habitat in our communities and backyard. For both native bees and honey bees, diversity of food sources that bloom at different times during the year is critical for health and survival. Join us to learn […]

Food Safety & Marketing Workshops

Farm Table Foundation, in collaboration with MOSES and Land Stewardship Project, is offering two daylong workshops. Offered at no cost. Produce Farmers Are Food Handlers! Let’s do it profitably—Food Safety Workshop March 14, 8:30 to 5:00; Trainer: Atina Diffley REGISTRATION LINK How we handle our product affects the postharvest quality and safety of our food, and […]

Job Announcement – National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

As part of the work Margaret Krome leads at NSAC (above), we are pleased to circulate the job announcement for NSAC’s permanent Coalition Director position.
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