Women Farmer and Landowner Learning Circle at Robinette Farms - women farmers and aspiring farmers welcome

Release Date: 

04/15/2016

Contact(s): 

Kirstin Bailey, kirstinb@cfra.org, Phone: (402) 367-8989
or Elisha Smith, elishas@cfra.org, Phone: (402) 687-2103 ext. 1007

Lyons, NE - The Center for Rural Affairs is hosting a series of learning circles of women farmers and landowners in eastern Nebraska to provide sustainable farming and conservation education and outreach. The first in the series will be held at Robinette Farms, Martell, NE on April 30, 2016.

The circles will be co-led by agricultural professionals at the Center for Rural Affairs and farmer-leaders. They will provide education on successful and sustainable production in a changing climate.
 
“Whether beginning or established farmers, experienced landowners or new to management, we have seen that women on farms largely share a commitment to environmental, economic, and social sustainability,” commented Kirstin Bailey, Project Organizer, Center for Rural Affairs. “Most raise a combination of specialty crops and small livestock, often with organic practices.”
 
Bailey added, “In an increasingly unpredictable climate, it is critical that women farmers and landowners gain the production and conservation knowledge and resources to keep their farms thriving and protect the environment.”
 
According to the Center for Rural Affairs, learning circles are an important, innovative method for giving participants the knowledge, confidence, and support they need to enact change. In addition to learning from experts, our group will engage in peer-to-peer learning.
 
Participating women are considered the “experts” on their own production, farmland, and conservation needs, and are encouraged to speak about their own experiences and goals rather than passively listen to a professional in a traditional lecture format. This format builds knowledge and confidence.
 
Event Details:
What
: Women Farmer and Landowner Learning Circles: Addressing Sustainability in a Changing Climate
 
When: Saturday, April 30, 2016
9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
 
Where: Robinette Farms
17675 SW 14th, Martell, NE 68404
 
Topic: Tools and Equipment
 
Light refreshments and snacks will be provided after the learning circle.
 
Since seating is limited, interested participants are asked to register in advance by April 26 to reserve a space. Contact Kirstin Bailey at kirstinb@cfra.org at or 402.367.8989 to register or for more information about the event. Individuals interested can also RSVP to this event on Facebook.