While the number of farms has been on the decline for many years, the number owned and operated by women is on the rise – up nearly 30 percent according to the last USDA Census of Agriculture. The Rural Women’s Project, a venture of the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES), supports these new women farmers through its In Her Boots: Sustainable Farming For Women, By Women, workshops.
These day-long, on-farm workshops provide women farmers and food-focused business owners with an inspiring blend of practical information, skill-building, farm tours, resource connections and networking opportunities to encourage and support this growing segment of organic farmers, entrepreneurs and agricultural leaders.
The In Her Boots workshops for 2012 are:
Aug. 11 – Hilltop Community Farm (LaValle, WI)
Aug. 17 – The Bridge Between Retreat Center (Denmark, WI)
Sept. 9 – Grasslands Farm LLC (Monroe, WI)
Workshops run from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and include lunch and a farm tour. The cost is $25 and scholarships are available. Each workshop is on a different woman-owned farm and covers different topics, so women are welcome to attend more than one.
“These In Her Boots workshops are based on the idea that women learn best from each other in a format where we can ask questions and mentor and inspire one another,” explains Lisa Kivirist, director of the MOSES Rural Women’s Project. She and her family run Inn Serendipity Farm and B&B outside Monroe, WI. “Each workshop offers an inspiring lineup of women farmers who share their knowledge and experiences, enabling participants to dive into the practicalities of successfully running farm and food-based enterprises, including value-added enterprises, land stewardship, risk management through income diversification, and integrating children and family.”
To register for any of the In Her Boots workshops go to: http://mosesorganic.org/womensprojectinherboots.html or call the MOSES office at 715-778-5775. If you have questions about the workshops, contact Lisa Kivirist, MOSES Rural Women’s Project Director, firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-329-7056 (home office).
Reprinted with permission from MOSES.