Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Scholarships for National Conference for Women in Sustainable Agriculture.- September 20th deadline

Just announced:.  SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education) of Nebraska has committed to help up to 20 female  environmental or sustainable agriculture educators from Nebraska attend the 4th National Conference for Women in Sustainable Agriculture to be held Nov 6-8th in Des Moines. 

The applicant need not be a formal teacher - field personnel, community sustainability facilitators, grad student TAs. -  we'll consider a range of vocations and avocations from committed women.
Please see the scholarships link on the website.  These 20 scholarships will be for $250 ( $125 will be deducted from registration costs up front and the remainder will be rebated after attendance and evaluation forms are received.)
This conference has not previously been held west of Pennsylvania; do NOT miss this local chance to enjoy, 42 breakouts, the company of like-minded, dedicated women, arts events, fantastic field trips, locally grown food, and inspiring national keynote speakers.!

Contact Gary at to see how you qualify

About the conference

Gather with women farmers, advocates and landowners from across the US engaged in healthy food and farming for a unique mix of sharing, learning, field tours, and seasonal food from Midwest women farmers! See our complete Conference Program Booklethere.
  • Keynotes by Danielle Nierenberg of FoodTank, Pakou Hang of the Hmong American Farmers Association, and Kari Hamerschlag of Environmental Working Group.
  • Workshops and panels on dozens of topics ranging from CSA management to soil health to farm bill advocacy.
  • Field tours will be offered to showcase women-owned farms and teach skills such as chain-saw use and prescribed fire.
  • Opportunities to sponsor and exhibit! (The call for proposals is now closed; if you submitted a proposal, you will be notified of its status by one of our staff members.)
Keynote Speakers Danielle Nierenberg, Kari Hamerschlag, and Pakou Hang.
From left to right, this year’s keynote speakers are Danielle Nierenberg, Kari Hamerschlag, and Pakou Hang.
“This is the first time this conference will be held in the Midwest, and we are excited to invite colleagues from all across the country to join us as presenters and attendees,” said Leigh Adcock, WFAN executive director.
The agenda begins Wednesday, November 6 with registration, field tours, and half-day intensives on leadership and soil health. All activities before 5pm are optional and include an extra fee with your registration. There will be a short play featured Wednesday evening about immigrant farmers by Iowa poet laureate Mary Swander, called “Vang.”
Thursday, November 7 is a full day of panel discussions, workshops and key-notes. That evening a tasting tour of Des Moines farm- to-table restaurants will be offered.
Friday wraps up the conference with a last round of workshops and optional fun field tours including a visit to area breweries and wineries.
Contact Carol Schutte, to learn more about attending, presenting and sponsoring. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to network, learn, and enjoy delicious seasonal food!
About Our Keynote Speakers
Danielle Nierenberg is an expert on sustainable agriculture and food issues.  Read more.
Pakou Hang is a seasoned community organizer and strategic consultant with particular expertise in New American communities.  Read more.
Kari Hamerschlag is senior food and agriculture analyst at Environmental Working Group. 

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