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Director’s Final Salute to Founder and Friend

Posted by on Jun 27, 2014 in Announcements, Fields Report | 1 comment

Johanna Martina Mann, one of the three original founders of Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, passed away on April 1st, 2014 while at the Mann’s winter home in Überlingen, Germany. The Michael Fields Agricultural Institute grew out of a dream Martina had to own land in America and to use that land to bring forth education on the importance of wholesome food based on good soil and sustainable agriculture. She and her husband Christopher co-founded Michael Fields Agricultural Institute and opened Nokomis Bakery.

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Michael Fields July Workshops — Fun For All Ages!

Posted by on Jun 27, 2014 in Announcements, Fields Report | Comments Off

Expanding Your Processing and Marketing Options – Whole Farm Workshop July 8th 9:00am-3:00pm Fee: $60 (lunch included) Looking for creative ways to make extra money?  Can’t sell all your produce or have too...

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CSP Contract Renewal Process Has Begun — Renew Today!

Posted by on Jun 27, 2014 in Announcements, Fields Report | Comments Off

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) will begin accepting applications to re-enroll in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) on July 11, 2014. This renewal option is specifically for farmers and ranchers who enrolled in CSP initially in 2010. CSP is a comprehensive working lands conservation program that provides technical and financial assistance to farmers and ranchers to actively manage and maintain existing conservation systems and to implement additional conservation activities on land in production. Through CSP, participants take steps to improve soil, water, air, and habitat quality, and can also address water quantity and energy conservation issues.

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Hemp! Here — All About It!

Posted by on Jun 27, 2014 in Announcements, Fields Report | Comments Off

Let me tell you about hemp. Industrial hemp (marijuana’s non-psychotropic sibling), is used as raw material in buildings, houses, insulation, roofing, car door panels, fiber for clothing and rope, paper and as a food crop for the nutritious seeds in the form of hemp oil, hemp butter, hemp milk, energy bars, protein mixes and countless other culinary uses. This dual-use crop has economic benefits for farmers and is projected to be an $80 billion a year industry, greater than corn and soy combined. Canadian farmers are growing it, making $250 an acre and selling it to the U.S.

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