Women's Learning Circle
St. Joseph and Marshall Counties are partnering to hold a Women’s Learning Circle!
When: November 2, 2022
Women-only learning circles bring women landowners together with conservation professionals – also women – to have an informal discussion about their hopes and dreams for their land and to share ideas with each other.
To reach the growing number of women farmers and landowners interested in farming practices that benefit the health of their land, the Soil & Water Conservation Districts of St. Joseph and Marshall Counties, NRCS, and Women4theLand are hosting a free conservation discussion and field tour for these groups on November 2nd in South Bend, IN.
More than one million women operate American farms, and in the Midwest, women now own or co-own an estimated one-fourth to one-half of all the farmland. Many have inherited family land, some are just starting out, some are returning to the farm, and many are “non-operating” landowners who lease their land to neighboring farmers.
This Women’s Conservation Learning Circle will bring together women who work on or own an urban or small ag farm in an informal learning format for a women-only morning discussion followed by lunch and a tour to view on-farm practices. The key topic of discussion will be urban soil health. Female conservation professionals will be on hand to answer questions and share resources. Participants are encouraged to speak about their own experiences and goals rather than simply listening to a presentation.
On November 2nd, the meeting will begin at 9 am at LaSalle Square Unity Gardens, 3701 Prast Blvd., South Bend, IN 46628. Lunch is provided, and the program will end by 3 pm.
If you need accommodations, please notify us when you RSVP.
The meeting is presented in partnership with the Soil & Water Conservation Districts of St. Joseph and Marshall Counties, NRCS, and Women4theLand. 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 LandSM program.
We look forward to seeing you in November!