Michael Fields Agricultural Institute’s Whole Farm Workshops 2010 (Wisconsin)

This year learn about the heart of your farm and what makes everything grow – your soil. We offer several classes on soil, soil sampling, organic matter and enhancing fertility. And these are just a few of our workshops. We have classes on tractors and innovative ways to promote your products at farmer’s markets. Take a grant writing class or look into getting organically certified. Perhaps this is the year to add a meat CSA to your farm operation - find out how. Want to venture into some value-added products? We offer soapmaking, goats milk processing, and beekeeping. At Michael Fields, you will engage with our Farmer Faculty in interactive workshops and on-site field training. Michael Fields Agricultural Institute is training the next generation of sustainable farmers. Join us in East Troy, Wisconsin where beginning farmers and advanced growers develop the skills they need to take their agricultural careers to the next level. REGISTER for Whole Farm Workshops 2010.

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Soil 101

Feb. 5 from 9:00am – Noon    $40

at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, W2493 County Rd. ES, East Troy, WI 53120

How soil is impacted by the addition of organic matter and tillage. Jim Stute – Crops & Soils, UW Extension Rock Co.

For more information including course descriptions or to register, go to Michael Fields Agricultural Institute’s Whole Farm Workshops 2010

Soil Sample Analysis

Feb. 5 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm    $40

at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, W2493 County Rd. ES, East Troy, WI 53120

Interpret a soil sample report and design a soil fertility program. Follow up to Soil 101. Jim Stute – UW Extension Rock Co.

For more information including course descriptions or to register, go to Michael Fields Agricultural Institute’s Whole Farm Workshops 2010

Biological Gardening through Soil Enrichment

Feb. 6 from 9:00am – Noon    $40

at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, W2493 County Rd. ES, East Troy, WI 53120

Analyze and accelerate the soil using the Biological Gardening system. Tim Williams–Midwestern Bio-Ag

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MFAI Hosts: Food Safety for Market Farms

Feb. 10 from 9:00am – 4:00pm

at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, W2493 County Rd. ES, East Troy, WI 53120

Navigate government food safety regulations and ensure the quality and safety of your market produce. University specialists, USDA food safety inspectors, growers who are food safety certified

Register http://www.datcp.state.wi.us/registration/workshops.jsp

MFAI Hosts: Working Lands Initiative for Wisconsin Farmers

Feb. 11 from 9:00am – Noon FREE

at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, W2493 County Rd. ES, East Troy, WI 53120

Wisconsin programs are explained including tax credits, purchase of agricultural conservation easement grant (PACE) and agricultural enterprise area (AEA).

Lisa Schultz and Vicki Elkin, Dept. of Agriculture, Trade, & Consumer Protection

Greenhouse Management for the Market Gardener

Feb. 12 from 9:00am – Noon    $40

at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, W2493 County Rd. ES, East Troy, WI 53120

Light, temperature, ventilation, timing, soil, containers, fertilizing and space requirements as well as techniques for saving energy are discussed. Janet Gamble, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (MFAI) Farm & Food Education Director

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Managing Organic Matter

Feb. 12 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm    $40

at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, W2493 County Rd. ES, East Troy, WI 53120

Explore organic matter and understand how it influences soil health and fertility. Dr. Walter Goldstein – MFAI Research Director

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Pest & Disease Management/Solanaceous

Feb. 19 from 9:00am – Noon    $40

at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, W2493 County Rd. ES, East Troy, WI 53120

Learn strategies for dealing with disease and pest problems in potatoes, eggplant, peppers, and tomatoes. Drs. Erin Silva, Amanda Gevens, Russ Groves – all from UW-Madison

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Starting a Pig CSA

Feb. 20 from 9:00am – Noon    $40

at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, W2493 County Rd. ES, East Troy, WI 53120

Share our experiences in starting a pork CSA including structure, how we market, pig raising, and challenges. Jeff & Jen Miller – Dea Dia Organics

For more information including course descriptions or to register, go to Michael Fields Agricultural Institute’s Whole Farm Workshops 2010

Innovative Farmers’ Market Models

Mar. 5 from 9:00am – Noon    $40

at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, W2493 County Rd. ES, East Troy, WI 53120

Optimize and promote your products at farmer’s markets. Increase your sales and discover other potential markets. John Hall, MFAI, Amy Bruner Zimmerman – Green Link Consulting

For more information including course descriptions or to register, go to Michael Fields Agricultural Institute’s Whole Farm Workshops 2010

Managing Weeds for Vegetable Production

Mar. 5 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm    $40

at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, W2493 County Rd. ES, East Troy, WI 53120

Vegetable producers gain new strategies for weed management in a diversified operation from a weed ecologist. Mike Noltnerwyss – Primrose Community Farm

For more information including course descriptions or to register, go to Michael Fields Agricultural Institute’s Whole Farm Workshops 2010

Managing & Marketing a Meat CSA

Mar. 6 from 9:00am-Noon    $40

at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, W2493 County Rd. ES, East Troy, WI 53120

Gain an understanding of the organization, marketing and management of their 200 share beef, poultry, and pork CSA. Beth Osmund – Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm

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Tractor Safety I

Mar. 13 from 9:00am – Noon    $40

at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, W2493 County Rd. ES, East Troy, WI 53120

For new or potential tractor owners, learn basic safety rules and operational procedures. Les Niles, Agronomic Consultant

For more information including course descriptions or to register, go to Michael Fields Agricultural Institute’s Whole Farm Workshops 2010

Getting Organized for Organic Certification

Mar. 19 from 10:00am – 4:00pm    $80

at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, W2493 County Rd. ES, East Troy, WI 53120

Ease your transition to a certified organic operation by learning requirements, systems, and skills needed. Harriet Behar, Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service

For more information including course descriptions or to register, go to Michael Fields Agricultural Institute’s Whole Farm Workshops 2010

Introduction to Beekeeping

Mar. 20 from 9:00am – Noon    $40

at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, W2493 County Rd. ES, East Troy, WI 53120

Learn how to get started as a beekeeper. Petra Ahnert – WI Honey Cooperative

For more information including course descriptions or to register, go to Michael Fields Agricultural Institute’s Whole Farm Workshops 2010

Berry’licious

Mar. 26 from 9:00am – 2:00pm    $60

at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, W2493 County Rd. ES, East Troy, WI 53120

Strawberry, raspberry and currant care including pruning, thinning, fertilizing and propagating. Janet Gamble, MFAI

For more information including course descriptions or to register, go to Michael Fields Agricultural Institute’s Whole Farm Workshops 2010

Tractor Safety II

Apr. 10 from 9:00am – Noon (rain date is Apr. 24)    $40

at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, W2493 County Rd. ES, East Troy, WI 53120

Get onto the tractors and practice procedures for driving, hooking–up and taking off implements. Les Niles, Agronomic Consultant

For more information including course descriptions or to register, go to Michael Fields Agricultural Institute’s Whole Farm Workshops 2010

Grant Writing

Apr. 16 from 9:00am-Noon    $40

at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, W2493 County Rd. ES, East Troy, WI 53120

Need money to help buy land, lease farming equipment, conduct research or start a community garden? This workshop is designed to help you find grant money and write grant proposals. Margaret Krome – MFAI Policy Program Director

For more information including course descriptions or to register, go to Michael Fields Agricultural Institute’s Whole Farm Workshops 2010

Soap Making

Apr. 23 from 9:00am – 2:00pm    $60

at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, W2493 County Rd. ES, East Troy, WI 53120

Explore goats milk soap making techniques, benefits of hand made soaps and marketing strategies. Tracey Hall – Grace Note Farm & Roseberry Soaps

For more information including course descriptions or to register, go to Michael Fields Agricultural Institute’s Whole Farm Workshops 2010

OFFSITE: Introduction to Biodynamic Agriculture

May 22 from 9:00am – 5:00pm    $80

at Angelic Organics, 1547 Rockton Road Caledonia, IL 61011

Inspired by Rudolf Steiner, hands-on activities include preparation-making, applications to compost and fields, plant observations, and learning how to use planetary calendars. Workshop held at Angelic Organics in Caledonia, IL. Angelic Organics Learning Center & MFAI

Register http://www.learngrowconnect.org/node/2055

Dairy Processing

June 11 from 9:00am – 2:00pm    $60

at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, W2493 County Rd. ES, East Troy, WI 53120

Fresh goat’s milk is used to make a variety of goat milk products such as Chevre, Yogurt, and Ricotta. Tracey Hall – Grace Note Farm

For more information including course descriptions or to register, go to Michael Fields Agricultural Institute’s Whole Farm Workshops 2010

Managing Cover Crops Profitably

Aug. 20 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm    $40

at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, W2493 County Rd. ES, East Troy, WI 53120

Join us to cover the basic principles of cover cropping including uses, species selection and management. Jim Stute – UW Extension Rock Co.

For more information including course descriptions or to register, go to Michael Fields Agricultural Institute’s Whole Farm Workshops 2010

Soil Sampling Basics

Oct. 23 from 9:00am – Noon    $40

at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, W2493 County Rd. ES, East Troy, WI 53120

This hands–on workshop explores the theory and practical aspects of getting representative soil samples. Jim Stute – UW Extension Rock Co.

For more information including course descriptions or to register, go to Michael Fields Agricultural Institute’s Whole Farm Workshops 2010

1 Comment on Michael Fields Agricultural Institute’s Whole Farm Workshops 2010 (Wisconsin)

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