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WOMEN LEARNING CIRCLES:

FUN, INFORMATIVE, FOR YOU!

Three Soil Health Meetings for South Dakota Women Landowners, July 16, 17, and 18.

Organized by the Women, Food and Agriculture Network (WFAN), supported by conservation districts in eastern South Dakota through a grant from NRCS. No obligation, just an opportunity to learn from your peers and local professional women conservationists.

FOR WOMEN BY WOMEN

WFAN was organized 21 years ago by women who realized that often times women were not involved in conversations about the farmland they owned.  Women are often more comfortable in a discussion setting, where they can see each of their peers.  These Women Caring for the LandSM “learning circles” are designed specifically for that type of sharing.

 

Over the past 10 years, WFAN has held more than 240 successful meetings focused on conservation topics that have given women knowledge and confidence in managing and caring for their land.  We’ve found women who have been less involved in agriculture, maybe new inheritors of land, are especially appreciative of our format.  For many it's their first meeting about farming and they want to have a voice at the table. We want to emphasize that every woman landowner - no matter what type of management or acreage is involved - is welcome at the table in our discussions. 

You’ll also see eye-opening, dramatic demonstrations on soil quality by local professional women conservationists. These dramatic looks at how healthy soils perform have been the “aha” moments that have convinced many landowners to work with their tenants to employ soil health practices that will not only protect their soils, they regenerate their soils! And in the afternoon, you’ll get your hands dirty (if you want to) when we make a quick visit to a farm to see healthy soils close up.

WHAT WOMEN SAY ABOUT OUR CONSERVATION MEETINGS

“I came to learn what I can, so I can contribute to conversations about the farm.  If you don’t know, you don’t have a voice.”

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Learn more about WFAN at:

PLEASE JOIN US AT ONE OF THE THREE MEETINGS!

We know you are interested in building your soil, improving water quality, and making a home for wildlife on your farm. Nearly half the farmland in the Midwest is currently owned or co-owned by women; you can make a difference!   And you can accomplish your goals all the while making your farm more profitable. That’s what this meeting is about! The peer-to-peer, informal discussion format, facilitated by women conservationists, is designed to help you learn from other women landowners and resource professionals—and you can share your thoughts with them.

THE AGENDA
  • Coffee, sign-in, resource sharing at 8:30--meeting begins promptly at 9 a.m.

  • Free lunch and afternoon field tour. The field tour will involve a short walk into a field, so please bring appropriate footwear and clothing. 

  • Return to meeting site for evaluation, dessert and wrap–up by 3 p.m.

SPACE IS LIMITED.

We’ve learned that a group of about 20 women is an ideal number for each meeting. There is no cost, but we do need women to register no later than Monday, July 15 so we can have enough food, without any waste. Please register below for the meeting of your choice.

Aberdeen

Tuesday, July 16

K.O. Lee Aberdeen Public Library

215 Southeast 4th Avenue
Aberdeen, SD 

Mitchell

Wednesday, July 17

Blarney’s Sports Bar

2100 Highland Way

Mitchell, SD 

Sioux Falls

Thursday, July 18

Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum 

1900 S. Perry Place

Sioux Falls, SD

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