Upcoming discussions, field days and webinars in support of sustainable agriculture

The Fields Report

May 2019

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There is nothing more fragile than civilization.  Havelock Ellis

In this issue:

Spring 2019 ??????????? – Director’s Blog

I read an article last week that stated the spring of 2019 was one of the coldest and wettest springs in 30+ years. As I look out my office window at another day of cloudy skies and 50-degree temperatures it is not hard to believe. Usually by Mother’s Day the asparagus and rhubarb are growing […]

From Grain to Plate Field Day

You are invited to Southwest Wisconsin for a rich exploration of why small grains like wheat, barley, oats and rye matter.  Join us on Meadowlark Farm, Ridgeway, WI on Sunday, June 30, from 10:30 to 3:00.  Take Exit 52 off of US Hwy 18/151, then follow the signs to the nearby farm. We will tour […]

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 […]

Welcome Donale Richards, MFAI’s new Assistant Policy Director

Donale joined MFAI’s Policy Program last month. He was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin. His American mother, Jamaican father and Gambian step-father were all seasoned cooks, preparing traditional meals for the family and for large gatherings. With a rich cultural upbringing, Donale was always inspired by his parents and understanding the power of connecting […]

Hemp Webinar Now Available

This past month on the 18th of April, MFAI, in collaboration with DATCP, University of Wisconsin Extension and UW Madison Agronomy, hosted our first webinar in a series about hemp production. The webinar consisted of sessions on governmental regulations as well as separate sections for agronomics of grain/fiber hemp and CBD hemp. The focus was […]

GULFS Lesson at Badger Rock Middle School

After volunteering with Badger Rock’s garden class in South Madison for some time, coordinators of the GULFS Program (Growing Urban Leaders in Food Systems) at MFAI worked with an incredible team at Badger Rock to co-develop a new lesson featuring Associate Policy Director Devon Hamilton’s culinary trip to Benin, West Africa. The lesson, entitled Food […]

Join us for a Hemp Brunch

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, Rushing Waters Hemp-smoked Trout and Strauss Meats! Featuring US grown Hemp.  Come experience the hemp craze for yourself! Brunch is in The Beautiful Big Brown Barn at Michael […]

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 […]

Upper Midwest CRAFT 2019 Field Days

The 2019 Upper Midwest Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) field day season will begin in June with field days on Biodynamics and livestock. Upper Midwest CRAFT, coordinated by Angelic Organics Learning Center (AOLC), is a farmer-led training alliance organized by sustainable agriculture farmers in northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin, and the Chicagoland area. Seasoned […]


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