The Women, Food and Agriculture Network’s Harvesting Our Potential program is providing a learning circle and farm tour event for aspiring and beginning women farmers. This free event will be May 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in eastern Iowa.
At this all-day program, attendees can to meet other women aspiring to farm, connect with experts with tips and tools for getting started, and visit working farms owned and operated by women.
The morning program will focus on networking and resource sharing, and include representatives from Practical Farmers of Iowa, ISU Extension and Outreach, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and Farm Service Agency, and the Women, Food and Agriculture Network, who will speak on topics women farmers should consider when starting farming businesses.
Successful farms led by women
The afternoon includes farm tours of unique small-scale Johnson County farms, providing a firsthand look at successful farms led by women, with an opportunity to ask these farmers about their business journey and operations.
Tours include Sundog Farm and Local Harvest CSA, led by Carmen Black; Wild Woods Farm, led by Kate Edwards; and Calico Farm, led by Bonnie Riggan.
Past attendees of learning circles have benefitted from the day. “This workshop helped me hear a variety of stories of journeys of beginning farmers, and what resources are available and what expenditures might be made out of pocket. I have a better expectation of what it will take to get into farming now,” said an anonymous attendee.
The day will start and end at the Solon Public Library, 320 W. Main St., Solon. A light breakfast and a lunch will be provided.
This program is made possible by generous support from the Iowa Women’s Foundation. The Women, Food and Agriculture Network is a nonprofit, educational organization formed in 1997 to provide networking, information and leadership development opportunities to women involved in all aspects of sustainable agriculture. Learn more at wfan.org or call 515-460-2477.
Source: Women, Food and Agriculture Network