Illinois Women Caring for the Land Meetings

The Women Food and Agriculture Network is partnering with American Farmland Trust to host conservation learning circles for women farmland owners in Illinois. Each meeting begins at 9 a.m. (with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.) and ends at 3 p.m. The event is free of charge and lunch is provided. After lunch, participants are invited to join us for a field tour of local farms to see and discuss conservation practices used to improve soil health, water quality, pollinator and other wildlife habitat, and other aspects of farmland health. Transportation is provided for the field tour.

We’ll focus in on soil health in particular! Maintaining healthy soil is the key to productivity and environmental health for our farmland. Women landowners will learn how to assess and improve the health of their soils through practices such as cover crops, no-till and strip-till, among other conservation practices.

Estimates indicate that women now own or co-own nearly half the farmland in the Midwestern Corn Belt and are increasingly managing farmland on their own as they inherit it from spouses or parents. Women Caring for the LandSM offers a peer-to-peer, informal discussion format to allow women landowners to talk about their farm management goals with each other and women conservationists.

2015 Women Caring for the Land Meeting Schedule:

Thursday, July 16, 2015
Time: 8:30am-3:00pm
Location: First Baptist Church of Fairbury, 701 N. 7th St., Fairbury, IL 61739RSVP by 5:00 p.m. Monday, July 13 to Terry Bachtold at Livingston County Soil & Water Conservation District by emailing him at or calling 815 844-6127, extension 3.

Friday, July 17, 2015
Time: 8:30am-3:00pm
Location: Macoupin County Extension Office located at #60 Carlinville Plaza, Carlinville, IL 62626
RSVP by 5:00 p.m. Monday, July 13 to the Macoupin County Soil & Water Conservation District by emailing or calling (217) 854-2626, extension 3

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Time: 8:30am-3:00pm
Location: Monroe County Extension Office, 901 Illinois Ave., Waterloo, IL 62298
RSVP by 5:00 p.m. Thursday July 30 to the Monroe County Extension Office by calling Sarah Ruth at (618) 939-3434 or emailing her at If you need accommodation please notify us when you RSVP.


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