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Recent posts by Sandra Renner

Women in agriculture are in harmony with the land

In early November, I gathered with nearly 170 women from several states at the 2016 Women, Food & Agriculture Network’s (WFAN) annual conference. One thing that made it particularly sweet was that for the first time, WFAN took its conference out of the state of Iowa, moving it west to Nebraska City, Neb.

Conference is coming up for Women in Food & Ag

Have you heard? The Women Food & Ag Network’s annual conference is coming to Nebraska for the first time this year in November. You won’t want to miss out on this important opportunity to gather women in one place to learn more about permaculture, this year’s conference theme. From the press release:

The Midwest Apple Crunch is near

It’s nearly time for the 2016 Midwest Great Apple Crunch on Oct. 13, during National Farm to School Month. At noon, students in schools across the region will crunch into apples all at the same time, getting everyone together in an event that encourages healthy eating, supports farm to school, and promotes local food procurement. Don’t worry, if noon on the 13th doesn’t fit into your school’s lunch plans or day, we encourage you to do it any time during the month of October. If your school is crunching, be sure to SIGN UP to be counted and receive a free Crunch Guide with steps for a successful crunch event!

Who’s Using the Rural Food Business Growth Helpline?

Last November, with the help of a USDA Rural Business Development Grant, the Center launched the Rural Food Business Growth project providing technical assistance and resources, along with a helpline for rural food growers and food businesses to contact for assistance. This project focuses on five counties in northeast Nebraska: Burt, Cuming, Stanton, Thurston and Wayne.

So, who is using this helpline?

Women circle around sustainable farming

Since April, the Center, along with a small group of women farmer leaders, has co-led the first two in a series of Women Farmer Learning Circles on sustainable farming in a changing climate. 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, confidence, and community around topics the group is most interested in exploring.

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