• 07Jan

    Women in Ag Learning Network to Host Webinar - Marketing your Products: Turning Samples into Sales

    Providing product samples is a great way to help increase sales at your farmers market booth or farm stand.  However, it is also important to do it in a way that does not give away all your product (and therefore profits!) and that also will provide a safe product that meets regulatory requirements.

    In this webinar, you’ll learn how to choose which products to sample, how to control costs in sampling, and generally how to make the most of sampling. Lorin Fahrmeier, whose family sells a large amount of produce and other products through their farm stand and at farmers markets will provide insight from her extensive personal experience on how to turn sampling into sales. Londa Nwadike will also present some practical ideas on how to do sampling safely and also meet regulatory requirements.

    When: January 20, 12:00 pm EST

    To join: Go to https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/womeninag about 10 minutes prior to the start time. Click on “Enter as a Guest” and type your name in the space provided, then click on “Enter Room.” For best results, we suggest you use Firefox or Internet Explorer as your web browser. Prior to participating in this Adobe Connect event, please go to the following URL to confirm ability to log on to the Connect server:  www.extension.iastate.edu/testconnect

  • 29Dec

    National Farmers Union and Annie’s Project invite you to our Women’s Conference in Clearwater Beach, Florida January 17-21. We hope that you can join us or share this information with others who would be interested.

    The conference offers trainings on leadership development, business management, risk management training, marketing and more. This is appropriate for all types of farmers, operators and ag. related businesses. We are offering both beginning and advanced breakout sessions on many topics such as finances and record keeping.

    We will also be showing the documentary film Terra Firma and have a variety of inspirational speakers and panels. Conference registration is $175 and this includes a tour day of local farms, documentary movie night as well as meals throughout the conference.

    Please visit http://nfu.org/education/117 for more information, discount codes, to register and to view the agenda. Please email scampbell@nfudc.org with questions regarding the conference

  • 16Dec

    Women Farmer Programming: MOSES Organic Farming Conference

    Women Farmers OrganicCalling all women farmers, landowners and food entrepreneurs, educators and activists — look forward to seeing you at the MOSES Organic Farming Conference, Feb. 26-28 in beautiful LaCrosse, WI.   Full conference info here.
    For those who haven’t yet attended, the MOSES Conference is the largest event in the U.S. about organic and sustainable farming with 3,000+ kindred spirits passionate about changing our food system and all with a healthy dose of spring fever.  Inspiring to say the least!
    Below (click “Read More”) is a summary of our  MOSES Rural Women’s Project programming at the conference, providing resources, networking and collaborative opportunities for women farmers, educators, activists and entrepreneurs.  A special warm welcome to beginning women farmers.
    Note a couple of deadlines:
    •  Early registration deadline (with some cost savings):  Jan. 18.
    •  Scholarship deadline Dec. 21; more info here.
    •  Volunteer opportunities info here; (limited and scheduled in the order they are received; apply soon!) Read more »
  • 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

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