Renewing the Countryside is partnering with the Woman, Food and Agriculture Network, and numerous local partners, on expanding outreach and assistance to women farmland owners in the Mississippi River Watershed. This work includes providing information on best practices in conservation, as well as resources and assistance available to implement these practices on the land. It involves building local networks of women landowners who can support each other in their efforts.
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Women Caring for the Land:
The Sustainable Farming Association of MN and Renewing the Countryside are hosting two workshops, “Women Caring for the Land,” which focus on improving conservation outreach to female farmland owners and farmers in Minnesota, either directly or through training agriculture and conservation professionals.
The first is Wed., May 29, from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Shakopee Library, 235 Lewis St, Shakopee. REGISTER.
- Ann Marie Journey, NRCS Soil Health Coordinator ACES
- Diann Korbel, Scott County SWCD Ag Program Specialist
- Danielle Isaacson, MN Ag Water Quality Certification Program.
The second is Thurs., May 30, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Dept. of Natural Resources, 21371 MN Hwy 15, New Ulm.REGISTER.
- Jennifer Hahn, Minnesota Soil Health Coalition Coordinator
- Melanie Krueger, Brown County SWCD District Manager
- Danielle Isaacson, MN Ag Water Quality Certification Program
- Sttorney Kate Graham of Fafinski, Mark & Johnson.
This event is co-sponsored by New Ulm League of Women Voters.
These events are free and open to all and include refreshments. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2016, we hosted three Women Caring for the Land Soil Health Workshops throughout the month of May. In 2015, we hosted a number of workshops focused on soil health and farm transitions for female landowners. See more of our Past Events.
Soil Sisters: Cultivating Women Leaders
This program supports the establishment of a vibrant, enduring network of rural women in southeast Minnesota committed to agriculture and conservation that will foster increased women’s leadership and representation.
While women play an increasing role in launching and running farm operations and various conservation initiatives, women still lack representation and participation in leadership and decision-making roles, particularly in rural communities. Research has shown that women learn and work best engaged with other women in a supportive, female-led environment. This project champions this networking mindset by providing the framework and structure to connect such area rural women sharing these values and supporting the training and facilitation for an on-going, independent and self-led local network of women leaders advocating for conservation principles.
You can learn more about Soil Sisters here: http://soilsisters.wixsite.com/soilsisters