Ladies, it's time to register for the 11th Annual Women in Denim Conference! Women in Denim, is a conference dedicated to women in agriculture, and this year's version is set for January 16-17. The 2015 conference will take place at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. Registration is only $35 for both days.
If your registration is postmarked by January 8, 2015, you will be eligible for a $100 drawing. You can also register online.
Women who attend workshops will take home useful information
The goal of Women in Denim is to support women in agriculture and those who enjoy the rural way of life. Women involved in agriculture will find workshops to sharpen their skills in decision making, leadership, finances, and knowledge of agriculture. There are workshops that also support and acknowledge the importance of family, community, leisure time, quality of life and overall wellness.
The Women in Denim conference is largely supported by contributions from businesses that understand and acknowledge the important role women play in agriculture. It is through these generous sponsors that we are able to keep the cost of the conference low. A special thank you goes to the "Diamond Coverall" sponsor, Ag Partners cooperative.
Winter webinar series is offered for Master Gardeners
In other news, a winter webinar series is being offered by the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program. It will explore how Master Gardeners support local food systems.
The 2015 series will offer Master Gardeners educational hours while taking a look at ways to support school gardens, food banks, community gardens and more. Sessions are scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 15, Feb. 12, and March 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at ISU Extension county offices across Iowa.
Winter webinar topics include:
Thursday, Jan. 15 - Local Food Volunteers
Explore the local food system and ways that Master Gardeners can help. Master Gardener Coordinator Margaret Murphy, Rock Rapids, will share stories from Northwest Iowa.
Thursday, Feb. 12 - In the Community
Hear how Master Gardeners are teaching in community gardens and growing produce for food banks. Master Gardener Coordinator Jennifer Daugherty, Ottumwa, will highlight projects in Southeast Iowa.
Thursday, March 12 - Back to School
Learn how Master Gardeners are engaging in school gardens and supporting systems change for health. Hear examples from Master Gardener Coordinator Laurie Taylor, Sioux City, in western Iowa.
The webinar series will be presented at more than 30 locations including Albia, Altoona, Atlantic, Bettendorf, Boone, Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Cresco, Denison, Dubuque, Fairfield, Fayette, Grinnell, Grundy Center, Independence, Indianola, Logan, Newton, Osceola, Oskaloosa, Ottumwa, Pocahontas, Red Oak, Rock Rapids, Rockwell City, Sioux City, Story City, Thompson, Tripoli, Vinton, Wapello, Washington, Waterloo, West Burlington and Williamsburg. To register, contact your ISU Extension county office.