Plate to Politics To Host Letters to the Editor 101 Webinar

Join WFAN's Plate to Politics program for an educational webinar on writing effective letters to the editor with an ecofeminist lens on March 7 from 12-1 PM CST. Presenters include Angie Carter, Environmental Sociologist at Augustana College; Patti Edwardson, Farmer in Greene County, Iowa; and Ahna Kruzic, Publications & Communications Coordinator at Food First. Together they will discuss writing effective letters, including finding your voice, framing your argument, how to submit a letter, writing as a coalition and handling reactions.

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Plate to Politics Programming

"We have an amazing network of women from agriculture and conservation backgrounds and we want to give them the tools they need to tell their stories and change their communities.  This webinar is for farmers, landowners, women protecting our lands and waters, women working to create a fair and equitable food system for all people, and allies to food system reform," said Ash Bruxvoort, WFAN's Plate to Politics Coordinator.

"Our hope is that the women attending this webinar and all of our Plate to Politics workshops will take these resources to their local communities, especially rural communities, and become a leader there. Leadership can happen in so many ways, and for some women a letter to the editor is where they want to start. It's a tangible way they can begin to tell their story."

The webinar is the kick-off to WFAN's Plate to Politics spring workshop series, which includes one day political leadership training workshops in Des Moines, Iowa; East Troy, Wisconsin; and Twin Cities, Minnesota. More information about the three workshops here.


The webinar will feature three WFAN members who have experience with opinion and editorial writing individually and as part of a team. Farmer Patti Edwardson, Churdan, Iowa, will share her experiences writing to her local newspaper. Patti’s activism is focused on transforming the agribusiness model of farming to a more regenerative, agroecological model that includes the leadership and participation of women and minorities to bring healthy, locally-produced food to our citizens.

Angie Carter, Environmental Sociologist at Augustana College, and Ahna Kruzic, Publications & Communications Coordinator at Food First, will share their experiences writing collectively as part of the Bakken Pipeline Resistance coalition, including their co-authored essay "A Feminist’s Guide to Fighting Pipelines," which appeared in Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America.

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