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  • 2014 WFAN Annual Conference – WFAN
    Conferences WISA National Conferences News 2014 WFAN Annual Conference Women Doing Democracy Building Grassroots Coalitions to Grow Healthy Food and Farming in Your Community November 14 15 2014 Fairfield Arts and Convention Center 200 N Main St Fairfield IA WFAN2014 Click here to take a look at some photos from the conference Click here for handouts and PowerPoint presentations Agenda Sponsors Women Food and Agriculture Network held our 2014 annual conference Women Doing Democracy Building Grassroots Coalitions to Grow Healthy Food and Farming in Your Community Friday November 14 and Saturday November 15 in Fairfield IA More than 200 people attended making it our largest annual conference yet Friday attendees enjoyed field tours on site intensives local food meals and a screening of Terra Firma followed by a panel discussion On Saturday keynote speaker and New York City native Karen Washington of Black Urban Growers opened the day with a presentation about Bridging the Urban Rural Divide Then participants chose from concurrent session options on topics including air and water monitoring coalition building livestock confinement activism tenant landlady relations resources for female beginning farmers including veterans the new farm bill food safety regulations and more Diane Rosenberg of Jefferson County

    Original URL path: http://www.wfan.org/2014-wfan-annual-conference/?full-site=false (2016-04-30)
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  • 2013 Cultivating Our Food, Farms & Future Agenda – WFAN
    is open Afternoon intensives 1 30 5 p m Science Sustainability and Success Land stewardship with each speaker having 30 45min 15 minutes questions and a panel discussion to follow 50 Ambassador Room 2 5 p m Plate to Politics Ramp Up Your Leadership in Healthy Food and Farming 50 West View South Central Rooms 5 7 p m Exhibitors and vendors open Silent Auction bidding begins at 5 p m until Fri at 11 a m 5 p m Full Conference Start Meet Greet time Courtyard 5 30 7 p m Small plate social with appetizers featuring local foods live music provided by Iowa singer songwriter Trish Bruxvoort Colligan casual networking time Courtyard 7 p m Vang Iowa State University will present a two person play highlighting the challenges and successes of present day immigrant farmers in the Midwest directed by Iowa Poet Laureate Mary Swander This event is open to the public Ballroom North and Center 8 p m State networking session Come build local and regional connections at this informal gathering for women who want to network with others from their state Ballroom South Thursday November 7 7 a m 2 p m Registration table open Ballroom Foyer 7 50 a m Conference welcome Leigh Adcock of WFAN Ballrooms 8 a m General Session I Keynote by Danielle Nierenberg of Food Tank Cultivating a Better Food System 9 9 30 a m Break breakfast items Courtyard 9 30 10 30 a m Concurrent Session I 60 minutes 10 45 11 45 a m Concurrent Session II 60 minutes Noon Lunch featuring local foods Table talks Lunch presentation Denise O Brien of WFAN and Mary Peabody of Vermont WAgN will share their stories as founders of the US two longest standing networks for women in sustainable agriculture 12

    Original URL path: http://www.wfan.org/2013-cultivating-our-farms-food-future-agenda/?full-site=false (2016-04-30)
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  • 2013 Conference Field Tours – WFAN
    will meet families that grow heirloom vegetables in community gardens and hear about the settlement s organic farm Iowa State University Ames IA Student organic farm and university farm to school program 9 a m to 1 p m Cost 35 Manager Shari Sweeny will host this tour group at the Iowa State University student organic farm The SOF is an ISU campus club whose members include undergraduate and graduate students faculty and Ames community members Since the organization s conception in the fall of 1996 students have managed all aspects of the 6 acre farm planning writing grants managing money stocking supplies building structures growing crops and selling the products In the past the SOF has sold at the Ames Farmer s Market donated to shelters and food banks in Ames and sold produce to ISU Dining through the Farm to ISU program The farm currently operates a 40 member CSA Their goals are to help promote a sustainable food community system for students and faculty of Iowa State University and the surrounding community In 2006 Iowa State University hired Nancy Levandowski Keller as director of its dining services Nancy created ISU s Farm to School program which purchased over 1 million from local farmers in 2012 Food waste from the kitchens is being mixed with animal manure at ISU s dairy farm to return to the university for compost fertilizer Nancy will discuss her goals at Iowa State and how she is able to meet them A tour of the facilities and a locally sourced lunch will end the morning Neil Smith Prairie Learning Center a U S National Wildlife Refuge 8 45 a m to 1 p m Cost 35 This morning tour articulates nicely with the afternoon s Science Sustainability and Success intensive which begins at 1 30 p m Participants will travel to Prairie City to the Neil Smith Prairie Learning Center Get a tour of the visitor center and see feel and hear the story of how prairies form healthy soil The Prairie Learning and Visitor Center which houses exhibits bookstore classrooms and a movie theater is a real showcase of the tallgrass prairie ecosystem The refuge is also home to herds of elk and bison Visit and learn about the STRIPs project an interdisciplinary team of researchers educators and extension specialists studying the impacts of integrating small strips of prairie within row cropped agricultural landscapes Returning to the hotel by 12 30 p m for lunch on your own in time for the afternoon intensive on soil health and sustainability Tractor Repair and Maintenance 9 a m to 1 p m Cost 35 Learn how to keep your tractor working and in good repair at this morning workshop at the Des Moines Area Community College Farm in Adel IA You ll hear from a female farmer about the basics of tractor repair and maintenance and have a chance to try out what you ve learned on the demo tractor This is one of

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  • 2013 Conference Sponsors – WFAN
    Harvesting Our Potential Women Landowner Outreach Women Caring for the Land Women Land Legacy Plate to Politics Resources WFAN Publications WFAN Video Library Start a Local Network Mother s Egg Scholarship Fund Calendar Conferences 2016 Annual Conference WFAN Annual Conferences WISA National Conferences News 2013 Conference Sponsors Benefactors 5 000 and above Supporters 2 500 to 4 999 Sponsors 1 000 to 2 499 Promoters 500 to 999 Friends 250

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  • WFAN Offers Legacy Planning Meetings in Iowa and Minnesota – WFAN
    Iowa and Minnesota focused on legacy planning We will spend time discussing ideas and situations to help clarify your goals and shape the conversations you want to have with your family renter and other partners about transitioning your land in a way that includes your conservation values The discussions are informal and designed to help you navigate your personal circumstances Resource professionals will outline various strategies for land transition and bring up points you should consider Passing land to future generations while you have time to make plans can help assure that your conservation values are passed on too WCL Legacy Planning meetings are scheduled right now for the following dates and locations Be sure to check the WFAN events calendar for more meetings we ll post them as they are scheduled For more resources and information for women landowners visit this page or email Carol Schutte at this link All meetings are free with continental breakfast and lunch provided An RSVP is requested so organizers can arrange for the right amount of food If you have a female friend or family member who might enjoy this meeting please invite her to RSVP and come along These WCL meetings are

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  • How I Lead: Julia McGuire on Making Room for Backyard Bees in the City – WFAN
    garden had a waiting list within one week of a very soft opening that March Oct 2014 After beginning the beekeeping season in his urban backyard a neighbor asked city staff multiple times about changing code to allow bees in the city over the summer I originally didn t want him approach the city for fear that his questions would lead to a stricter prohibition of bees In October I asked my councilman for his opinion on getting urban bees as a permitted use in residential areas I learned that beeks bee geeks talk amongst themselves annually about municipal code but had never approached the council Nov 2014 I met with Linda a neighbor at the community garden to talk about legalizing bees in the city She introduced me via email to our new city manager We both attend the WFAN conference in Fairfield IA Dec 2014 City staff educated me on the code amendment process 30 45 days is normal and I introduced the city s attorney and development staff to the idea of bees in the city Jan 2015 I was invited to attend a Development and Planning Subcommittee meeting My neighbor was on the agenda I gave him details from the advocacy planning I did at the VRL workshop The state apiarist and I attended to support him and while we are waiting our turn I end up assigning topics and setting the order for us to speak The use of effective storytelling was made clear to me during 2012 and is emphasized in VRL webinars After the meeting I started reaching out to the West Des Moines bee keeping community to let them know that changes affecting them might be coming in the days ahead At this time zoning code allowed beekeeping only in West Des Moines very few lots in the Open Space Agriculture and Residential Estate lots over 1A in size zoning districts Feb 2015 I found city staff very open to backyard bees I wrote to my fellow beeks staff need to do three things weed out negligent keepers allay any fears that neighbors might bring up to the city and protect beekeepers and the City I asked the beekeeping community for support via letters to the Development and Planning Subcommittee a combo of council and staff I supplied a template and or to attend D and P or council meetings where a public forum is always available at the start of the meeting March 2015 Staff researched and wrote new urban beekeeping code and presented it to the D and P Subcommittee They used a model ordinance from Louisiana After the meeting I proposed we substitute with a model from Minnesota that matches our Iowa climate better This time period was our local funnel week the deadline for approval of a new code to allow bees before the season started We met again for Q and A The subcommittee wanted a public comment and education phase to gauge citizen readiness One councilman

    Original URL path: http://www.wfan.org/how-i-lead-julia-mcguire-on-making-room-for-backyard-bees-in-the-city/?full-site=false (2016-04-30)
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  • Book Review: Soil Sisters – a Toolkit for Women Farmers, by Lisa Kivirist – WFAN
    credentials to create a useful toolkit for women farmers she s Senior Fellow Endowed Chair in Agricultural Systems at the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture and a national advocate for women in sustainable agriculture She founded and directs the Rural Women s Project of the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service an award winning initiative championing female farmers and food based entrepreneurs She and her husband John Ivanko are authors of four prior books about farm based businesses And most relevant she and her husband and son operate a successful farmstay B B Inn Serendipity in southwest Wisconsin after leaving behind the cubicle life in Chicago more than 20 years ago After working with women engaged in healthy food and farming for many years I find that we are all starving for two things information and community Luckily for us as Lisa so elegantly illustrates in Soil Sisters these two things are natural partners Women learn best from one another and through this networking we build our tribes Author Lisa Kivirist A publication of the fabulous New Society Publishers check out their other fare including Lisa s earlier books at this link the book is composed of four sections Understanding Our Roots origins and polyculture dreams Gleaning Knowledge farm smarts Plowing Ahead supplying the bank account and sustaining the soul and Cultivating Quality of Life nurturing your body mind and spirit Each section is written in Lisa s trademark positive conversational style and draws on the wisdom of dozens of successful women farmers and advocates through sidebar features and quotes At 227 pages it s a manageable but satisfying meal that you can consume in one long or several short sittings Reflecting our dual need for information and inspiration Lisa provides nuts and bolts details about finding land building a

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  • WCL Helps Resource Pros Reach Women Landowners – WFAN
    to get up to date conservation information into the hands of landowners in this case non operator female landowners Since its inception in 2009 more than 2 000 women have attended at least one WCL meeting in eight upper Midwestern states Sarah Szachnieski is a resource conservationist for four eastern Missouri counties and federal women s program manager for NRCS in Missouri She partnered with WFAN to host a women landowner learning circle last fall in Montgomery City The Women Caring for the Land meeting model gives women the chance to have a conversation with each other about conservation without being in a presentation she says Several women attended our meeting who weren t familiar with NRCS or our programs before The WCL model relies on peer to peer sharing adhering to the philosophy that all women have something to teach and something to learn Many women who attend meetings have inherited family farmland and have not been involved in farm management decisions in the past They have strong conservation values but need support and information from one another and the resource professionals in the room in order to turn those values into reality Sarah said One lady who came had been born and raised on farm but moved away and when her parents died she chose to retire early and move back to the farm She was brought by her operator to the meeting who is also a woman Sarah said the operator was interested in trying cover crops to control soil erosion but the landowner didn t have the information she needed to make the decision By the time she left the landowner was not only interested in cover crops but was interested in getting a couple of sheep and trying some grazing as well said Sarah Another

    Original URL path: http://www.wfan.org/wcl-helps-resource-pros-reach-women-landowners/?full-site=false (2016-04-30)
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