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  • Patchwork Newsletter – WFAN
    Newsletter Women Food and Agriculture Network WFAN publishes Patchwork the newsletter of Women Caring for the Land This newsletter is produced twice a year It contains profiles of female farmland owners and their experiences with conservation as well as resource provider profiles and other helpful tips to help promote conservation on your farmland View the new edition of Patchwork You can subscribe to Patchwork by emailing us or calling 515

    Original URL path: http://www.wfan.org/our-programs/women-caring-for-the-landsm/patchwork-newsletter/ (2016-04-30)
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  • Curriculum Manual – WFAN
    those 65 and older who now control a significant percentage of US farmland It also provides a number of conservation demonstration activities which range from very simple to more complex both in concept and execution The National Association for Interpretation selected the manual as the first place winner for 2013 in the curriculum category of their annual media awards competition The following are resources that complement the guide Notes about the activities Activity 2 Crop residue photos ZIP file Activity 3 Raindrop photo JPG Activity 4 Set of labeled photos PDF Activity 12 Set of photos PDF Women Caring for the Land pilot project summary 2009 PDF Order the Curriculum Manual Online Would you like to order a print copy of our curriculum manual Cost is 35 which includes shipping Please visit our Publications Order Form Or you can view or download a free PDF version by clicking the image above 104 pp Interested in hosting a Women Caring for the Land learning circle in your community We wish we could get to every community where women own farmland If you want us to come to your community and facilitate a learning circle here are our services and what they

    Original URL path: http://www.wfan.org/our-programs/women-caring-for-the-landsm/curriculum-manual/ (2016-04-30)
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  • Using the Name – WFAN
    learning circle there are a few stipulations for using the name How to hold a Women Caring for the Land SM learning circle Use the learning circle model as described in Women Caring for the Land SM Improving Conservation Outreach to Female Non Operator Farmland Owners This award winning curriculum manual is available for free download and hardcopies are available at cost In your announcement and other promotional materials include that the program originated with the Women Food and Agriculture Network Here is an example of what you could include The learning circles method of conservation outreach to women farmland owners and the activities used were developed by Women Food and Agriculture Network for its Women Caring for the Land SM program Notify the Women Food and Agriculture Network about the date time and location of your learning circle so we can spread the word Our website serves as the clearinghouse where women landowners can see all the learning circles happening across the country If you can after the learning circle share with us the number of women landowners that attended and the number of acres they own We are also happy to share with you the evaluation forms we

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  • Women Caring for the Land Calendar – WFAN
    pm Location Ventura Library 7 Ventura St Ventura IA 50482 United States Description Women Caring for the Land incorporates a women only peer to peer informal discussion alongside an afternoon visit to see and discuss conservation practices in action The meeting starts at 8 30 a m with registration beginning at 8 30 continental breakfast and lunch provided We will finish up with closing discussion and dessert by 3 p m As estimates indicate that women now own or co own nearly half the farmland in the Midwest many wonder whether they are doing all they can to improve soil and water quality while maintaining high agricultural productivity Maintaining healthy soil is the key to productivity and environmental health for our farmland Women landowners who attend this meeting will learn to assess and improve the health of their soils In order for us to have the right amount of food available please RSVP by 4 p m Tuesday April 12 to the County Extension office bartus iastate edu or 641 423 0844 For more information about this program and other resources for women landowners visit www womencaringfortheland org If you have a female friend or family member who you think would benefit from this gathering please have her call and register too 15 16 17 18 19 20 Women Land and Legacy webinar Women Land and Legacy webinar April 20 2016 Starts April 20 2016 1 00 pm Ends April 20 2016 2 30 pm Description The regular monthly Iowa Learning Farms webinar for April will be on Wednesday April 20th at 1 p m This month s guest speakers are Wren Almitra Women Land Legacy Coordinator and Tanya Meyer Dideriksen NRCS Area Easement Specialist Women Land Legacy WLL is a USDA outreach project that gives agricultural women in Iowa the opportunity to network with other local women landowners to inform agencies of their needs and to become a well informed decision maker for their land and farming operation The program is led through local teams in 24 Iowa counties and has successfully reached over 3 000 individuals to date These local teams create a network of agricultural women who decide what programs projects and information they specifically need to assist them in farming and conservation decision making The presentation will cover the program s statewide presence and how new counties can become involved in Iowa as well as in other states The ILF webinars are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 1 p m They are free and all that is needed to participate is a computer with Internet access To log in go to https connect extension iastate edu ilf at 1 p m on the afternoon of the webinar and log in through the guest option Webinar participants will be able to converse with Almitra and Meyer Dideriksen by typing their questions through the chat function The webinar will be recorded and archived on the ILF website for viewing at any time at http

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  • Women Caring for the Land – WFAN
    on the topic of soil health between 2013 and 2015 in seven Midwest states NE MN IA WI MO IL and IN A USDA NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant funded 40 of these meetings the Iowa Department of Land Stewardship Division of Soil Continue Reading Walking the Path Together When It Matters Most by Leigh Adcock Women farmers often say that they owe their success to meeting just the right person at just the right time Mairi Doerr and Hannah Bernhardt are Minnesota farmers who are helping each other meet two very different goals Hannah is a beginning farmer She grew up on a conventional grain farm in Continue Reading Life in the Margins Hedgerows Help Biodiversity Want to encourage greater biodiversity on your farmland Consider planting hedgerows These centuries old agricultural tools are garnering new interest as landowners learn their habitat benefits Even urban and suburban lawns and parks can benefit David Coulter is a horticulturist based in Oak Park IL He has worked throughout the Midwest for over 35 years and Continue Reading Remember to Consider Pesticides When Trying Cover Crops More women landowners are working with their tenants to try out cover crops on their fields to control erosion during the months when soil is otherwise bare But pesticides used to control weeds in a corn soybean rotation can have an effect on your cover crops too Here are some points to consider as you make Continue Reading Using the Name Women Caring for the LandSM is service marked by the Women Food and Agriculture Network Service marks are the equivalent of trademarks when dealing with services not goods We re always pleased when other groups want to use the name and logo for Women Caring for the LandSM we want this successful program to reach Continue Reading

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  • Women Caring for the Land – WFAN
    such as NRCS and state departments of natural resources Here you will find many of the resources and learning activities used in Women Caring for the Land meetings a calendar of upcoming meetings and information on how you can host a meeting Enjoy This online home for Women Caring for the Land and the WCL Curriculum Manual is our effort to share the methodology rationale and some of the activities and resources we use with the broader conservation outreach community The Reason Women own half the farmland By our best estimates women now own or co own close to 50 of the farmland in the US A large portion of those women are over the age of 65 and an increasing number are single owners who may not have had much say in farm management decisions in the past We know through our work with women landowners over the past 15 years that you have strong conservation values and want your land farmed sustainably into the future by a young farm family We can help you achieve those goals The Method Women value women only meetings with their peers Learning circles are peer to peer meetings in which every women s knowledge and expertise is of value You are the expert on your own farmland even if you don t have all the answers yet At our meetings we spend time asking each woman to tell the story of her farmland and her goals and dreams for managing and passing it on This portion of the day is women only We find that many women are more likely to feel most comfortable sharing in a group of peers The Resources We bring conservation and transition specialists to you A wide range of experts can help you make informed decisions about

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  • Women, Land and Legacy – WFAN
    Tuesday September 29 at 5 p m Download the position announcement here Questions about the position can be directed to Bridget at 515 460 2477 or bridget wfan org Continue Reading WFAN Offers 15 Annual Conference Scholarships Funded by REAP WFAN is pleased to offer 15 annual conference scholarships to aspiring or beginning women farmers or current farmland owners in Iowa The 2015 annual conference is Friday and Saturday Nov 6 and 7 in Davenport IA This year s theme is Women Protecting Pollinators Protecting Food Our funder is the Resource Enhancement and Protection REAP Conservation Continue Reading Getting to Know Carol Richardson Smith Carol Richardson Smith has worked alongside women within the expanding agriculture community since its very beginnings Present for the emergence of WFAN Carol has helped to build sustainable agriculture organizations and create the Women Land and Legacy program Now that she is preparing to transition into retirement we at WFAN wanted to sit down and Continue Reading Mel Bro Joins WFAN as Women Land and Legacy Coordinator By Bridget Holcomb We are thrilled to have Mel Bro join our team as the coordinator for the Women Land and Legacy program Mel will work on expanding WFAN

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  • Women, Land & Legacy – WFAN
    dialogue and focused conversation processes used by Women Land and Legacy SM Iowa agricultural women are given the opportunity to inform agencies and organizations of their strengths and needs and what specific outreach strategies would serve them best Women Land and Legacy is a USDA program coordinated through WFAN that helps agricultural women come together to converse listen and become empowered to act on their landscape and in their community

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