Posts tagged 2018
Plate to Politics: Women Running for Office on Food and Farm Issues

I’ve spent several hours online perusing the profiles of inspiring women candidates running on platforms for an ecologically and socially just food system. You might have seen the recent article on Modern Farmer: Five Female Farmer Candidates to Watch in 2018. The following list is a compilation of candidates we have been notified about through our Plate to Politics workshops, and is not meant to be an endorsement of any specific candidate, rather an opportunity for you to see how other women are approaching their candidacy.

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Action Alert: Today is the day to make the Farm Bill more just!

The 2018 Farm Bill is on the move! The Senate version of the farm bill largely does right by sustainable agriculture, local food, beginning farmers and farmers of color, organics, and more. It is overall a step in the right direction on many issues. But our work’s not done yet! The bill also includes major corporate giveaways that make it harder for family-scale independent farmers and ranchers to succeed.

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USDA Diversity Day Highlights Women Ag. Outreach Groups, Recognizes Emmet/Palo Alto Women, Land & Legacy

In March I presented at the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) annual Diversity Day meeting, which this year highlighted women’s agricultural outreach groups (March was also Women’s History Month). Speaking to nearly 800 NRCS employees, my goal was to emphasize the immense positive impact Women, Land & Legacy and WFAN programs are having on Iowa’s women and, in effect, Iowa farmland.

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2018 WFAN Annual Conference Registration Open

The 2018 WFAN Annual Conference will be held Nov. 2 - 3 in Des Moines, IA, at the Holiday Inn Downtown. This year's conference theme is Stepping Into Action: Changing Foodscapes through Individual and Community Power. Our keynote speaker is returning generation farmer Aleya Fraser. She has been farming for the last 5 years on the ancestral lands of Harriet Tubman on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

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WFAN Board Members Participate in Panel at UN Commission on the Status of Women

In March of 2018, thousands of women from around the world arrived in New York City for the 62nd session of the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women. Women gathered to discuss the challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls. As WFAN board members, we believe in building an ecological and just food and agriculture system; thus, we were honored to be a part of the conversation.

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Guest Post: Sepia-toned Storytelling by The Anxious Shepherdess

A good friend, at the beginning of my blog sharing, told me to write about every bad thing, write it down and talk about it and acknowledge it. I think that is an easier thing to say than do; and much easier to do if the bad thing is like, “I was so cold harvesting vegetables today that my fingers went numb,” or “A deer ate 80 cabbages last night.” Those things suck, and the cabbages is definitely a significant loss, but at the same time, you can pick yourself back up from that.

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Women Caring for the Land Workshops Begin March 1

WFAN has a history of organizing fun and informative meetings about conservation practices for women landowners. We work in partnership with others to provide women the information, connections, and encouragement they need to take good care of their land. We’ve met primarily in rural areas for over 10 years. Now we want to meet the needs of absentee landowners like you.

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Tina Bakehouse Builds Community Through Storytelling, Farming

For some, it might seem like moving to a rural community would mean the end of a career in arts and teaching, but that has not been the case for Tina. In fact, the farm has opened up many opportunities to create and expand her skills. After teaching high school and college for almost twenty years, she started a new career in the fall of 2017 at Golden Hills Resource Conservation and Development as an Outreach and Communication Coordinator.

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