Indiana 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 Indiana. 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:

Monday, April 17, 2015
Time: 8:30am-3:00pm
Location: Zionsville Town Hall, 1100 West Oak Street, Zionsville, IN 46077
RSVP by 5:00 p.m. Monday April 13, to Scheryl Vaughn at Boone County SWCD by emailing svaughn@co.boone.in.us or calling (765) 482-6355 x 134

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Time: 8:30am-3:00pm
Location: Hendricks Co 4-H Fairgrounds & Conference Complex, 1900 East Main Street, Danville, IN 46122
RSVP by 5:00 p.m. Friday, April 24, to the Hendricks County Soil and Water Conservation District at 317-745-2555

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Time: 8:30am-3:00pm
Location: Burlington Community Center, 425 East 5th Street, Burlington, IN 46915
RSVP by 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 29, to Leah Harden, Clinton County Soil and Water Conservation District, at (765)659-1223, extension 3 or email.

Thursday, June 4, 2015
Time: 8:30am-3:00pm
Location: Nine Star Connect, 2243 East Main Street, Greenfield, IN 46140.
RSVP by 5:00 p.m. Monday, June 1 to Cindy Newkirk, Hancock County Soil & Water Conservation District by emailing or calling (317) 462-2283, extension 3.

Wednesday June 17, 2015
Time: 8:30am-3:00pm
Location: Center Lake Pavilion, 119 E Canal St, Warsaw, IN 46580.
RSVP is to Darci Zolman, Kosciusko County Soil & Water Conservation District at (574) 267-7445, extension 3 or email by 5pm Friday June 12

Monday, August 3, 2015
Time: 8:30am-3:00pm
Location: Community Room at Ivy Tech Community College, 8000 S. Education Dr., Terre Haute, IN 47802
RSVP to Becky Steele with Vigo County Soil and Water Conservation District, 812/232-0193, ext 3 or becky.steele@in.nacdnet.net . By July 28 5pm

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Time: 8:30am-3:00pm
Location: Curtis Creek Country Club, 5385 S 1080 W, Rensselaer, IN 47978
RSVP by 5:00 p.m. Thursday, October 22 to Leslie Davisson, Jasper County Soil & Water Conservation District at (219) 866-8008, extension 3 or leslie.davisson@in.nacdnet.net

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Time: 8:30am-3:00pm
Location: Stidham United Methodist Church, 5300 S 175 W Lafayette, IN 47909
RSVP by 5:00 p.m. Friday, October 23 to Angie Garcia-Miller, Tippecanoe County Soil & Water Conservation District at (765) 474-9992, extension 3 or angela.garcia-miller@in.nacdnet.net

Thursday, October 29, 2015
Time: 8:30am-3:00pm
Location: Washington County Community Foundation, 1707 N. Shelby, Salem, IN 47167
RSVP by 5:00 p.m. Friday, October 23 to the Washington County Soil & Water Conservation District at (812) 883-3006, extension 3 or jill.roll@in.nacdnet.net

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