Women's Learning Circle
Elkhart, Marshall, and St. Joseph Counties are partnering to hold a Women’s Learning Circle
When: September 19, 2019
Registration Deadline: September 13, 2019
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 Elkhart, Marshall, and St. Joseph Counties, NRCS, and Women4theLand are hosting a free conservation discussion and field tour for these groups on September 19th in Mishawaka, 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 have an interest in land stewardship in an informal learning format for a women-only morning discussion followed by lunch and a tour to view on-farm practices. The key topics of discussion will be forestry management, invasive species and tree identification. 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 September 19th, the meeting will begin at 9 am at The Mishawaka Res, 13950 Scout Ln, Mishawaka, IN 46544. Lunch is provided, and the program will end by 3 pm.
If you need accommodations, please notify us when you RSVP. Feel free to bring a friend or family member — just let us know when you RSVP!
The meeting is presented in partnership with the Soil & Water Conservation Districts of Elkhart, Marshall, and St. Joseph 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 September!