Posts in Women Caring for the Land
Exploring Facilitation Techniques with Jean Eells

Our ground-breaking Women Caring for the Land℠ (WCL) program has received many honors, including an Iowa Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence in May 2013. We recently talked to WCL curriculum developer and program evaluator Jean Eells, PhD about her experiences with different facilitation styles and her research.

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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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Carolyn Van Meter Navigates Land Transition, Financial and Familial Relationships

Carolyn grew up on a farm in west central Iowa, deeply aware from the beginning how a farmer’s livelihood is dependent on weather, the market, your health, and relationships with your neighbors and family. Now, at age 61, she has owned Iowa farmland for five years and is starting to see her classmates and friends begin to inherit and buy into family farms, too.

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WFAN Staff Build Network, Skills at Summer Conferences

WFAN program staff are always working to expand our network and our knowledge and skills in sustainable agriculture and food justice. In the past six months, staff have presented at and attended conferences on a variety of topics. Learn more about their individual experiences in the summaries below.

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Women Landowners Attend 200th Conservation Meeting

The Women, Food and Agriculture Network’s Women Caring for the Land program recently held its’ 200th meeting. More than 3,200 women have attended a Women Caring for the Land meeting. The peer-to-peer meetings intend to bridge the gap in conservation knowledge and implementation for women landowners. Women now own or co-own close to 50% of the farmland in the US.

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All in the Family: Kentucky Mother Shares Passion for Land with Daughters

Donna Solly’s grandparents were not big farmers. They worked very hard to purchase the land Donna grew up on in Princeton, Kentucky. From a young age, Donna learned the importance of hard work and showing pride in your land through maintenance and conservation. The land provided the majority of the food her grandparents ate.

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Choosing Your CRP Journey Helps Women Landowners Navigate Programs

“Many women landowners have strong conservation values, but they aren’t participating in conservation programs in the numbers that they should,” said Carol Schutte, WFAN’s Women Caring for the Land coordinator. “By creating a brochure specific to women landowners the Women Caring for the Land program hopes to increase the knowledge and awareness of CRP among women landowners.”

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How I Lead: Landra Reece Explores Conservation, Policy as High School Student

Landra Reece is a go-getter in every sense of the word. As a 17-year-old woman living in Boone, Iowa, she is intensely involved in activities like soccer, rugby, 4-H, and FFA. Her passions are conservation and agriculture, with a focus on wetland restoration and protection, and she’s not waiting for college to dive deep into the field. In this interview she shares her tips for learning and inspires us with her passion.

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