• 11Sep
    Apply Today for the Beginning Women Farmers Training Program in CT!

    If you are a beginning (less than ten years experience) women farmer in Connecticut and you are interested in joining the program, we are now accepting applications for the 2014/2015 session. The training begins in early November and consists of 10 all-day Saturday sessions. The first six are throughout the winter and will be held at Goodwin College in East Hartford, CT. The four remaining sessions are on on-farm at different locations throughout the state. Click HERE for an online application.

    From a recent graduate:
    All the individuals (peers and instructors/mentors) I have meet during this class have taught me something, and have helped me unearth my own self confidence in myself along with the weaknesses I struggle with. And it feels wonderful to have a small group of people who have a similar mindset or love for farming, the land, and good food. All of this has nurtured the flame and love I have for this life style I live.“-Jessica Kroeber

    The 2014/2015 dates:

    November 1, November 22, December 13, January 17, January 24, February 7, February 28, March 21, April 11, May 2, May 16 (snow date)

    While there is a small fee to join the program in the Northeast, scholarships are available for those in need of financial assistance. If you have any questions or would like to discuss the program, please contact Deb Legge, Connecticut Co-coordinator or call 203-308-2584. To learn more about the current program, past sessions and Holistic Management International, click HERE.

  • 10Aug

    Webinar: “Go for the Goal” Business and Personal Finance for Farm Women.

    The presenter is Dr. Barbara O’Neill of Rutgers Cooperative Extension in New Jersey. The date is Friday, August 15, 2014 at noon EST.

    This 60-minute webinar will discuss the “nuts and bolts” of setting and achieving business and personal finance objectives. Topics to be covered include: Bucket lists”; Values; Type of goals; Adjusting goals to match cash flow; Developing an action plan to achieve goals; Goal-setting resources; Accountability tools such as worksheets, calendar entries and http://www.futureme.org/.

    Electronic pre-registration is required. Register at: http://tinyurl.com/p7cuwvySee the Flier with a full description of the event here: AP14 Financial Flyer

  • 20Nov

    Story: Women Taking Over Farms

    In “Women Taking Over Farms, Learning the Lay of the Land” Corrie MacLaggan writes about farmers who are simultaneously “beginning” and “veteran,” new to farming, but not new to the farm.

    In this story from the Texas Tribune (though also published on newyorktimes.com), we’re privy to some interesting statistics about the changing face of agriculture (more women are principal farm owners, up 30% between 2002 and 2007, though still only 14% of all owners); we learn about Annie’s Project, a farm management program for women; and we hear from women who have found themselves farming, or who have chosen to farm, in Texas – the challenges they face, the choices they make, and what farming means to them.

    Read an excerpt from the article below, and access the entire article here.

    Excerpt: DeDe Cummins’s family has farmed in the Texas Panhandle for a century, but no one expected her to have any interest in the work.

    “I was a girl,” said Ms. Cummins, 53, a high school special education teacher in Canyon, south of Amarillo. “It’s always been a man’s business, always.”

    But six years ago, ownership of the land on which her grandfather grew wheat and ran cattle transferred to Ms. Cummins and her two sisters. Now Ms. Cummins, the only sister who did not sell her share, is scrambling to learn about the business of farming.

    This fall she took a six-session management workshop for farm women at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Amarillo to broaden her knowledge, going beyond what little she had learned growing up on the farm. The series of classes, called Annie’s Project, teaches women across the country about farm management, including legal issues like leasing contracts, and financial topics like cash flow, balance sheets and measuring profitability. The number of women running farms in Texas and across the country is growing, though women are still a minority.

  • 29Jul

    In Her Boots:  Sustainable Agriculture Workshops For Women, By Women
    Facilitated by the Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service Rural Women’s Project

    More info and registration links at: www.mosesorganic.org/womensprojectinherboots.html

    Spend the day with an inspiring group of women farmers and educators dedicated to transforming our food system.  This day-long, on-farm workshop includes a farm tour, lunch (sponsored by Organic Valley) and a variety of breakout sessions.  With a focus on sharing experiences, stories and ideas, the In Her Boots format, facilitated by the MOSES Rural Women’s Project, builds on the idea that women farmers learn best from each other.  Bring your questions!  Women just starting on their organic farm or food business dream are especially encouraged to attend.

    Three all-day, on-farm Boots workshops will be held in 2013.  Each workshop has different speakers and topics and women are welcomed to attend more than one:

    Sun. Aug. 4, 2013:  Canoe Creek Produce (Decorah, IA)
    Thurs. Aug. 8, 2013:  Dancing Winds Farm (Kenyon, MN)
    Sun. Aug. 18, 2013:  Scotch Hill Farm (Brodhead, WI), in partnership with the FairShare Coalition

    Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

  • 08Jul

    Training Program for Women Beginning Farmers: 2013/2014 program

    Holistic Management International (HMI) is accepting applications for the 2013/2014 season of its program: “Beginning Farmers & Ranchers: Women in the Northeast & Texas.” This is an opportunity for women with less than 10 years of agricultural experience to learn “Holistic Management Whole Farm/Ranch planning” through a nine-month-long program. Courses will be offered in Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, and Texas. Application deadlines vary by state.

    You can learn more about this program and find application details by clicking here.

  • 09Apr

    You are invited to submit a proposal to present at the 4th National Women (2013) in Sustainable Agriculture Conference: Cultivating Our Food, Farms and Future. The conference will be held November 6-8, 2013 in Des Moines, IA, hosted by the Women, Food & Agriculture Network.  Presentations are invited in the following tracks:

    • Cultivating our Food/Fiber (production-related topics);
    • Cultivating our Farms (management, human relations and farm transfer topics); and
    • Cultivating our Future (leadership, network development and policy topics).
    • Got an idea that doesn’t fit above? Submit in the “Other” category.

    We are looking for for proposals from farmers, educators, activists and agricultural professionals involved in sustainable agriculture. Women engaged developing healthy, locally based food systems are our target audience.

    We anticipate offering a variety of learning opportunities including workshops, discussion panels, and round-table sessions. Participatory formats are always encouraged.

    Deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. April 30, 2013. To submit a proposals go to: http://www.wfan.org/2013_national_conf_proposal_form.html. For more information on the conference and submissions visit http://www.wfan.org/2013_National_Conference.html

  • 11Nov

    The Women and Land Workshop Series  in Virginia is designed for women who own forest or agricultural land with their families, but who may or may not be the primary manager of the land. The goal is to provide you with the information and contacts needed to make wise decisions for your family land.

    December 5, 2012 at Ivy Creek Natural Area’s Educational Building in Charlottesville, VA

    Stay posted with all updates at:  Virginia Beginning Farmer News

    Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Facebook page

  • 26Sep

    Claims Filing Period for Hispanic and Women Farmers and Ranchers Who Claim Past Discrimination at USDA to Open on September 24, 2012

    Those Eligible Must File Claims No Later Than March 25, 2013

    En Espanol

    USDA Press Release – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who allege discrimination by the USDA in past decades can file claims between September 24, 2012 and March 25, 2013.

    “Hispanic and women farmers who believe they have faced discriminatory practices from the USDA must file a claim by March 25, 2013 in order to have a chance to receive a cash payment or loan forgiveness,” said Secretary Vilsack. “The opening of this claims process is part of USDA’s ongoing efforts to correct the wrongs of the past and ensure fair treatment to all current and future customers.”

    The process offers a voluntary alternative to litigation for each Hispanic or female farmer and rancher who can prove that USDA denied their applications for loan or loan servicing assistance for discriminatory reasons for certain time periods between 1981 and 2000. Read more »

  • 10Sep

    Whole Farm Planning for Beginning Women Farmers, 2012-2013 Session in Western Massachusetts

    CISA (Community Involved In Sustaining Agriculture) is now soliciting applications for the 2012-2013 Beginning Women Farmer Program.  CISA is continuing its partnership with Holistic Management International (HMI) to offer a workshop series specifically aimed at women farmers in the state of Massachusetts.

    If you’re a women who has been farming for less than ten years, the Whole Farm Planning series is an opportunity to learn from other women farmers and experienced mentors. The program consists of one-on-one mentorships, on-farm field days, business planning workshops, and round-table discussions with a network of women farmers to share concerns and successes. In order to cultivate a holistic understanding of farming, each aspect of farm planning will be laid out, from creating a business plan to financial management in order to cultivate a holistic understanding of farming.

    This is a 10-workshop series that has 7 sessions held in the winter months and 3 farm tour sessions in spring. The first class will be held in late October or early November. Dates, times and locations for the workshops are to be decided. Participants must attend all 10 sessions and the class size is limited to seventeen attendees that are Massachusetts residents. There is a fee for this series and scholarships may be available. To learn more about the program and to receive an application, please contact Devon Whitney-Deal at 413-665-7100 x22 or email devon@buylocalfood.org.

  • 16Jul

    USDA and White House Office of Public Engagement to Host Google+ Hangout to Highlight Local Food Initiatives

    On Tuesday, July 17, 2012 Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan and Jon Carson, White House Director of Public Engagement, will host a Local Foods in Our Community As Told By Women Google + Hangout to highlight efforts to strengthen local and regional food systems.

    Tuesday’s event will be an opportunity to talk about local food with inspiring women from around the country, including: Cory Carman of Carman Ranch in Oregon, a fourth-generation farmer who works closely with local processors and distributors to sell her beef directly to customers and to local universities, colleges, and restaurants; Susan Noble, Executive Director of the Vernon Economic Development Association (VEDA) in Wisconsin, who spearheaded revitalizing an abandoned factory into a successful food businesses incubator; Chris Kirby, who coordinates a Farm to School program on behalf of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture and connects local producers with hundreds of local schools across the state; Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake of Baltimore, MD, who created the Baltimore Food Policy Initiative, an inter-governmental collaboration aiming to increase access to healthy affordable food across the city; Pamela Roy, Executive Director of Farm to Table in Albuquerque, NM and Director of the New Mexico Food and Agriculture Policy Council, which advocates the connection between local food systems, health, nutrition, hunger and stewardship; Valerie Segrest of the Muckelshoot Indian Tribe near Seattle, WA, who works as the Community Nutritionist and Native Foods Educator for the Northwest Indian College’s Cooperative Extension Department and sees local and traditional foods as a way to preserve her heritage.

    This Google+ Hangout isn’t just a chance to hear these women’s powerful stories. It’s also a chance to see more stories like theirs when we unveil the 2.0 version of the USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass. An innovative digital guide and map, the KYF Compass highlights USDA-supported local food projects around the country. The 2.0 version features thousands of local food projects in all 50 states and includes keyword and zip code search features.

    Learn how to participate by clicking the Read More tab… Read more »

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