Growing Communities: Community Building and Organizational Development through Community Gardening
Friday, July 7th, 8:30am–6:30pm and Saturday, July 8th, 8:30am–4:30pm. Join the American Community Gardening Association (ACGA) for an in-depth, hands-on workshop. This two-day workshop will cover Community Organizing, Leadership Development, Grassroots Fundraising Basics, Communications Planning, Coalition Building and is appropriate for community gardeners, non-profit organizers and city greening agency staff. The Curriculum also addresses Diversity, Meeting Facilitation and Group Decision-Making, Developing a Board of Directors, and Grassroots Fundraising—Specific Strategies. Registration is $35, on a sliding scale. Registration and payment information on line at: www.communitygarden.org/training.php. Workshop conducted at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, W2493 County Rd. ES, East Troy, WI.
Celebrate Energy Independence at Inn Serendipity’s Farm Tour
Saturday, July 8th, 10:00am –6:00pm. Inn Serendipity Farm and B&B invites you to their annual, free open house and guided tours of the organic garden, renewable energy systems, solar-heated strawbale greenhouse, and other “green” renovations. Biodiesel demos, rural renaissance and sustainable living discussions, kids’ crafts. Equal Exchange coffee, garden goodies and potluck meals. Located about an hour south of Madison. Visit www.innserendipity.com for schedule and directions or call 608-329-7056.
Soil Husbandry & Fertility II
Friday, July 14th, 2:00–5:00pm and Saturday, July 15th, 9:00am–2:00pm. Take soil management to the next level and join the discussion on manures, nutrient additives and soil testing analysis. On-site crop walks will open your eyes to the health of the soil by looking at the vitality of the plants. Hands-on manure application is time dependent. Workshop: General Public: $30, Students & Interns: $15. On Saturday receive a detailed tour and lecture at the UW-Madison, West Ag. Site Research Station; from 10:00am-1:00pm. Topics to be covered: composting and horticultural demonstration gardens. Tour: General Public: $25, Students & Interns: $10. Conducted at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, W2493 County Rd. ES, East Troy, WI. For details and registration information: www.michaelfieldsaginst.org or 262-642-3303.
Organic Flower Production
Friday, July 21st, 10:00am–5:00pm. An introduction to cut flower production and florists’ field day on value-added local products. General Public: $50, Students & Interns: $25. For details and registration information: www.michaelfieldsaginst.org or 262-642-3303.
La Fete de Marquette in Central Park
Saturday and Sunday, July 15th–16th. This benefit for Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center will bring French culture, food and music together in celebration of the new park and the French national holiday to commemorate the storming of the Bastille. Enjoy a large covered stage and celebration area with an outstanding line-up of local and international performers from French speaking nations and cultures. Located at 201 S. Ingersoll St. at the site of the Eastside Farmers’ Market.
Friday, July 28th, 10:00am–12:30pm. Learn about marketing from the farmer’s perspective to the buyer’s expectations. Find out what consumers are looking for and what farmers are doing to assure the organic produce’s quality from field to table. General Public: $30, Students & Interns: $15. This workshop will be hosted at the Milwaukee Public Market, 400 N. Water St., Milwaukee, in the Demonstration Kitchen upstairs. For details and registration information: www.michaelfieldsaginst.org or 262-642-3303.
Third Annual Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival
Friday and Saturday, July 28th–29th. Lake Farm County Park, Madison. For details, see www.sugarmaplefest.org or call 608-227-8685. Tickets available at Willy Street Co-op.
Garden Tour Fundraiser
Saturday, July 29th, 10:00am–12:30pm. Garden students will offer a guided educational tour of the gardens at Michael Fields and present their agro-ecology projects out in the field. All proceeds benefit the Garden Student Program Scholarship Fund. Tour: $25 per person. Catered lunch of locally produced foods to follow tour at 12:30; $8/person. For details and registration information: www.michaelfieldsaginst.org or 262-642-3303.
NEW DATE! Saturday, July 29th, 12:00pm–7:00pm. This annual community festival held on the 2000 and 2100 blocks of Atwood Avenue is celebrating its 24th year as a showcase for great local acts and artisans. Call 241-1547 x30 for more information. All proceeds support the Atwood Community Center.
Nembutsu Samadhi—Madison Chanting Group
Sunday, July 30th 10:30 am–12:30 pm and Weekly Tuesdays, 9:00–9:30am. (If you haven’t attended Nembutsu before, please begin with coming on a Sunday.) Nembutsu Samadhi is for people who would like to more deeply experience Ki unification and pray for the benefit of all beings. Nonsectarian, non-denominational practice includes chanting (also known as “internal qigong”), Dharma talks and Ki work. Everyone welcome! Tao Sangha Center 2330 Willard Ave, Madison WI (near Café Zoma). Fee: donation.
A Midwest Homecoming: Sharing a New Tradition of Sustainability
Tuesday, August 15th–Thursday, August 17th. The conference is the 4th SARE national/regional gathering that draws university research and extension staff, farmers, ranchers, youth/students, agribusiness representatives, policymakers at all levels of government, and nongovernmental organizations to explore current issues in sustainable agriculture. The conference in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin will feature oral presentations, poster sessions, workshops, roundtable discussions and tours designed to recognize and advance sustainable agriculture throughout the nation. For more or registration information log onto: http://www.sare2006.org/.