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  • 2015 Annual Conference – WFAN
    about healthy food and farming at the Radisson Quad City Plaza in Davenport IA Friday and Saturday Nov 6 and 7 2015 Click the Conference Resources link above to see handouts and presentations from the conference sessions Our conference theme was Women Protecting Pollinators Protecting Food Our keynote speaker was Dr Robin Kimmerer a distinguished teaching professor of environmental and forest biology at the State University of New York She is also founding director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment and author of the popular books Braiding Sweetgrass and Gathering Moss She talked about living in reciprocity with the land Click here to see her PowerPoint presentation Other sessions focused on creating and protecting habitat for native pollinators as well as building robust local food systems in our communities and supporting women farmers and landowners Field tours visited the nearby Quad Cities Food Hub Quad City Food Forest and Edible Landscape projects and women owned farms in Illinois and Iowa Workshops featured in depth information on pollinator habitat creation farmland access pesticide drift beginning farmer resources eco feminist activism and more Other highlights included the popular Friday evening farm to table tasting event and a performance of

    Original URL path: http://www.wfan.org/conference/ (2016-04-30)
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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/ (2016-04-30)
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  • WFAN Annual Conferences – WFAN
    the WFAN annual conference page Click the links below to see information about each conference 2016 Women and Permaculture Making a Living in Harmony with the Land Nov 4 5 2016 Lied Lodge and Conference Center Nebraska City NE Click here for more information 2015 Women Protecting Pollinators Protecting Food Nov 6 7 2015 Davenport IA Click here for more information 2014 Women Doing Democracy Building Grassroots Coalitions to Grow

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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

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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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  • WISA National Conferences – WFAN
    a national conference for women in sustainable agriculture WISA The first national conference was held in fall 2005 in Vermont coordinated by the Vermont Women s Agricultural Network with support from WFAN and others Here is a description of the event from the March April 2006 ATTRA newsletter The first national Women in Sustainable Agriculture Conference A Celebration of Hope and Opportunity took place last fall hosted by the Vermont Women s Agricultural Network More than 400 people from across the U S attended including a few dozen men The speakers were women the food was organic and the atmosphere was energized as participants spent two days learning and sharing information about their communities farms and projects The second national conference was held in 2010 in Vermont and the third in 2011 in State College PA hosted by the Pennsylvania Women s Agricultural Network WFAN was the host organization for the fourth national conference held in November 2013 in Des Moines IA Information and resources from that conference are posted at the links below Plan now to join us for the fifth national conference set for Nov 29 Dec 2 2016 in Portland OR 2016 5th National Conference for Women

    Original URL path: http://www.wfan.org/wisa-national-conferences/?full-site=true (2016-04-30)
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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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