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  • Leading at the County Level: Interview with Crystal McIntyre – WFAN
    basically promote myself which was a hurdle I had not considered before took on the hours of a full time job But once I was committed to running I did not even glance back Crystal on the site of a bridge replacement project in Warren County IA 4 What were your biggest challenges in running for election Where to start What to do first when there were 10 different things you could focus on that day and do all of it on a very limited budget I think running a household a farm or your own business you face the same challenges only now you have primaries and general elections as deadlines Do you feel any of them are specific to women Women in any field have to prove themselves like everyone else I experienced this in the Army in working and even at home on the farm I may be tiny but I m strong I d say when someone doubted I could drive the equipment or lift something heavy The district in my county that I ran for was ¾ of our county area and mostly rural consequently door knocking was a real test of endurance Instead of walking to each door I had to drive and these were gravel roads mostly which had not been maintained very well at that point Being a woman driving these back roads some that I was not familiar with knocking on a door in the middle of nowhere not knowing who or what would answer being invited in and taken on tours of their barns and other prized possessions was a treat at the time but looking back I can see the risks I had a wonderful girlfriend who became my driver so I did not have to go it alone most of the time I would highly recommend always having a buddy 5 How did you overcome these challenges and what did that teach you My biggest challenge came from those who were already in office Our county has a three member board of supervisors and the person I would eventually replace was not running again That previous board however had made some serious mistakes which made the news and resulted in a lawsuit against them During the primary I found out that my opponent had been handed picked by the other board members So I made my campaign about how he would definitely keep things status quo which would be a problem What was I to do after I beat him Well I actually liked my opponent in the general election so I made the campaign from that point about the current remaining members It worked beautifully until I won the election and realized now I have to work with these guys They really made it tough on me at first as my preference is to be inclusive and kind What was a girl to do Well patience paid off because about four months in I caught them up

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  • Harvesting Our Potential Mentees: Where Are They Now? – WFAN
    hoping to bridge my agricultural passions with my educational interests perhaps as an academic advisor for the agriculture school here who knows Thank you again for the opportunity with WFAN I still remain in contact with Carmen and Laura and miss Iowa dearly Skylar Falter 2014 Mentor Ruth Chantry Common Good Farm Raymond NE I currently work at an organic certification agency called OneCert Inc that certifies farms and food businesses as USDA organic This year I also launched an urban farming business in Lincoln NE With my farming partner I am leasing urban land from a hospital in Lincoln to grow vegetables for the hospital cafeteria and the community Samantha Christiansen 2012 Mentor Charuth Loth ShadowBrook Farm Dutch Girl Creamery Lincoln NE Hi I appreciated the chance to intern on a dairy farm it was a valuable experience My daughter enjoyed the experience as well I am now working as a Engine Room Operator at a refrigeration facility Again I cannot thank you and WFAN for the valuable experiences I gained during my internship Laura Kington 2015 Mentor Susan Jutz Local Harvest CSA Solon IA Since my mentorship program I have been working as a program assistant for the Ohio farm to school program through Ohio State Extension I also work as a field organizer with Real Food Challenge Caithlin Palmer 2015 Mentor Shanen Ebersole Ebersole Cattle Company Kellerton IA I m still farming with my husband We re expanding our beef and sheep herds this year Maja Black 2014 Mentor Susan Jutz Local Harvest CSA Solon IA I am still going to school at Carleton College where I will graduate this June with a B A in American Studies Following graduation I plan on joining my sister Carmen on her farm and eventually pursuing a career in an environmental or educational related field Milli Zonarich 2015 Mentor Alice McGary Mustard Seed Community Farm Ames IA Since ending my internship with Alice at Mustard Seed I haven t really done anything related to agriculture aside from helping my family buy seeds for a backyard garden The goal is to get them set up with some perennial crops and I wouldn t have really considered trying that with them if it weren t for my experiences with MSCF so that s something I wish I were doing something more with plants right now because since coming off the farm I ve really missed it Kathleen Thompson 2015 Mentor Julie Slocum Lacewing Acres Ames IA I am still studying at a graduate student at Iowa State University in the Department of Ecology Evolution and Organismal Biology studying lichenizing fungi After spending a season working on a farm I plan to make sustainable and local agriculture much more of a priority in my life whether that be through my time work words or dollar Bonnie Barnett 2014 Mentor Julie Donaghy Broadhorn Farm Truro IA As of right now I am still a student in school majoring in web development I have added

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  • Harvesting Our Potential – WFAN
    Like most of us she had good intentions but life almost got in the way I was on my way home from Continue Reading Phyllis McCain Restoring Her Farm from Soil Up Phyllis McCain is the fourth generation to live on her mother s family homestead near Norfolk NE She never expected to live there but when her mother died in 1990 she felt pulled to purchase 40 acres of the property from the estate and preserve it for her descendants Now she and Wyman her husband of Continue Reading Retracing the Steps by Ash Bruxvoort Stephanie Bertagnoli once said she would never move back to Nebraska After growing up on a conventional farm in Utica she left for Colorado Christian University near Denver where she met her husband Tim a city boy She thought that s where they would stay until one day when she was driving home to Continue Reading Training new women farmers at Mustard Seed Community Farm By Ash Bruxvoort Mustard Seed Community Farm a few miles north of Ames IA has a lot going on The diverse 11 acre farm runs a CSA community supported agriculture program provides food to the hungry and is restoring prairie habitat We joke that we try to grow anything you can in Iowa said farmer Alice Continue Reading A Broken Hand a Future Woman Farmer and a Dream By Ash Bruxvoort I ve traveled across the country and attended farm workshops in five states but I ve never been able to sit with a group of women who shared my big crazy dream of starting a farm Luckily within a week of moving back home to Iowa WFAN held their Harvesting Our Potential Learning Circle Continue Reading Event for Women Who Want to Farm June 25 in Story City

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  • Printable Donate Form – WFAN
    a Local Network Mother s Egg Scholarship Fund Calendar Conferences 2016 Annual Conference WFAN Annual Conferences WISA National Conferences News Printable Donate Form Please print this page fill out and mail with check or money order to WFAN PO Box 611 Ames IA 50010 Name Email Address City State ZIP Phone Notes Enclosed is my gift of please make out check to WFAN I would like to receive WFAN s

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  • The Program – WFAN
    a supportive network Women in our program benefit from all three On farm experience We pair women who want to farm with women who are already successful farmers for on farm mentorships Participants are matched with mentors who are involved in the type of farming that they are interested in embarking upon and get hands on experience Our successful women farmers who act as mentors first receive training on being effective mentors and this training also helps them take on other employees and expand their farm businesses Mentors often stay in touch with their mentees continuing to offer advice and support as their mentees become farmers Business Planning To help our participants create farm businesses that are financially sustainable we offer them intensive business training The goal of our business training is for participants to create a draft plan for their farm addressing cash flow marketing legal requirements employees and future expansion Supportive network To show women aspiring to farm that they can become farmers and that there are many women just like them we hold Beginning Farmer Learning Circles Learning Circles offer women an opportunity to learn and ask questions in a supportive environment share their dreams about farming

    Original URL path: http://www.wfan.org/our-programs/harvesting-our-potentialsm/hopprogram/?full-site=true (2016-04-30)
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  • Get Involved – WFAN
    Get Involved Get Involved Interested in learning more about Harvesting Our Potential or participating in our mentorship program or our Beginning Farmer Learning Circles Check out Harvesting Our Potential news for upcoming events or sign up for our email list so you ll receive all Harvesting Our Potential announcements in the future While we get requests from women all over the country to bring Harvesting Our Potential to their areas

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  • 2014 Mentor Handbook – WFAN
    Media Contact Us Programs 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 2014 Mentor Handbook Click below to download gview file http wfan mattnosco com wp content uploads 2015 02 2014WFANMentorHandbook pdf Copyright 2016

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  • Resources – WFAN
    Resource page We heard from past participants that they would like a place to share resources that have been valuable to them as something to offer women exploring a career in farming Please remember that it is and probably always will be a work in progress If you have resources you d like us to add please send them to us for review If you need resources and you don

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