Top Ten Essentials to Pack for Farming Conferences and Educational Events


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What do all farm conferences or Mother Earth News Fairs have in common? Inspiring days that by default are long and intense. The schedules are chock full of multiple things to attend. Plus, you’re investing time and money into getting there, which add up to the importance of organizing and packing essentials before you go to maximize your experience. 

Continuing the theme on optimizing your investment in these events, and in the collaborative spirit of my book Soil Sisters, some women farmers share their key essentials to pack for these events. Pre-planning can go a long way in amplifying the impact of your experience.

Here are 10 key things to make sure you pack for your next farming conference or fair:

1. Small notebook and business cards

“To maximize my networking at conferences, I carry both business cards and a little notebook and pen to write down contact information and key notes about the people I meet and want to follow-up on,” shares Dela Ends of Scotch Hill Farm and Innisfree Farmstay. A small notebook dedicated to each conference where you write everything going through your mind, from contacts to session notes to sketches for that new outbuilding you start envisioning, keeps everything in one place.

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