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American Farmland Trust is excited to announce a series of 2020 Women for the Land Learning Circles across the nation!

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In 2020, AFT will host Learning Circles in select regions within California, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington.

At Learning Circles, women in agriculture gather to hear from each other and agricultural resource providers in their local communities. To gain insight into the learning circle model, click here to listen to a few testimonials from women learning circle participants. Information is shared on practices and programs that support soil health, water quality, climate resilience, farm viability, and/or legacy planning. AFT will primarily host these gatherings online in the coming months to keep producers and landowners safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some gatherings or portions of gatherings may be hosted in-person, as conditions allow.

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Upcoming Events

These learning circles are free. Due to the economic challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and the limitations on our farmers and landowners time during the growing season, we are offering stipends and incentives for participants in many regions. Please indicate your interest in this when you register.

If you need assistance or have further questions, please contact Caitlin Joseph, Women for the Land Outreach Coordinator, (916) 282-3994 – or – cjoseph@farmland.org

– WASHINGTON –

September 15th and 22nd, 3-5 pm Pacific
Virtual Learning Circle – Walla Walla Region

WHAT: Regenerative Agriculture in the Walla Walla Valley: Your Land, Your Leadership

AUDIENCE: This Learning Circles is intended for people who identify as women and are stewards of agricultural land (either as a landowner, producer, or aspiring farmer) in the Walla Walla valley and surrounding areas.

WHERE: Zoom, link to be sent upon registration

DESCRIPTION:

Build relationships with fellow women in agriculture in your community while exploring how to implement regenerative agriculture practices on your farm. Participants will share stories, learn from peers, and discuss how to overcome barriers together. Speakers will share information on regenerative agriculture practices best suited for the Walla Walla valley, lived experiences on-the-ground, along with the programs and support systems available to women farmers and landowners. You will have the chance to interact with resource providers during the Learning Circle sessions and will receive a packet of information on how to access technical assistance and resources in your area following the event.

Speakers include:

Jen Moore-Kucera, Climate Initiative Director, American Farmland Trust

Annie Byerley, Farmer

REGISTER HERE

– MIDWEST REGION –

August 6th, 2- 4 PM Eastern
August 20th, 2- 4 PM Eastern
Virtual Learning Circle
Session 1 – Soil Health: An Overview

Connect with other women landowners and resource professionals as we discuss incorporating soil health on your land. All participants will receive a copy of “Managing Cover Crops Profitably” to augment their learning. In this first session,

you’ll learn about soil health management as a system and identify what is missing on your land.

REGISTER HERE

Virtual Learning Circle
Session 2 – Cover Crops: Down & Dirty

Connect with other women landowners and resource professionals as we discuss incorporating soil health on your land. All participants will receive a copy of “Managing Cover Crops Profitably” to augment their learning. In this second session,

you’ll learn more details on cover crops, varieties, options, expenses or investments.

REGISTER HERE

– CONNECTICUT –

August 3rd and 10th, 4 – 6 pm Eastern
Virtual Learning Circle – Farmland Protection

WHAT: The Future of Your Land, Woman to Woman: Farmland Protection in Connecticut

WHEN: August 3rd and August 10th 4 – 6 pm Eastern

WHERE: Zoom, link to be sent upon registration

WHO: People who identify as women and own and/or operate agricultural land in Connecticut

DESCRIPTION: Protecting your farmland to remain in agriculture is one of the best things you can do to ensure a sound economic and environmental future for your community. At this Learning Circle, you’ll connect with other women landowners and producers navigating the complexities of protecting their land from development. You’ll hear from landowners who’ve been through the process, as well as from agricultural service providers on the options you have when considering protecting your land, including:

Elizabeth Moore, Connecticut Land Trust

Joan Nichols, Farm Bureau

Joyce Purcell, NRCS Assistant State Conservationist

Denise O’Meara, Property Agent with CT Department of Agriculture

REGISTER HERE

– CONNECTICUT & RHODE ISLAND –

August 19th and 26th, 5 – 7 pm Eastern
Virtual Learning Circle – Creating your Climate Action Plan

WHAT: Woman to woman: Creating an action plan for climate change resilience on your land, in your community, and in state policy.

WHEN: August 19th and 26th, 5 – 7 pm Eastern

WHERE: Zoom, link to be sent upon registration

WHO: People who identify as women and own and/or manage agricultural land in Connecticut or Rhode Island

DESCRIPTION:

Women farmers and landowners in Connecticut and Rhode Island are navigating unprecedented complexity right now. But support exists to mitigate and adapt to these changing conditions. Meet fellow women landowners and farmers in your area and get support with creating an action plan to address the implications of climate change on your farm and in your community. You’ll hear from agricultural resource providers and women farmers, including:

Dina Brewster, Executive Director of Connecticut Northeast Organic Farming Association

Dr. Emily Cole, AFT New England Climate and Agriculture Program Manager

Chelsea Gazillo, AFT Working Lands Alliance Director

Local and state partners from NRCS

REGISTER HERE

– MASSACHUSETTS –

September 14th and 21st, 3-5 pm Eastern
Virtual Learning Circle – Climate-Smart Agriculture

WHAT: Woman to woman: Creating an action plan for climate change resilience on your land, in your community, and in state policy.

WHEN: September 14th & 21st, 3-5 pm Eastern

WHERE: Zoom, link to be sent upon registration

WHO: People who identify as women and own and/or manage agricultural land in Massachusetts

DESCRIPTION:

Women farmers and landowners in Massachusetts are navigating unprecedented complexity right now. But support exists to mitigate and adapt to these changing conditions. Meet fellow women landowners and farmers in your area and get support with creating an action plan to address the implications of climate change on your farm and in your community. You’ll hear from agricultural resource providers and women farmers, including:

Shemariah Blum-Evitts, Program Director at Land For Good

Dr. Emily Cole, AFT New England Climate and Agriculture Program Manager

Chelsea Gazillo, AFT Working Lands Alliance Director

Local and state partners from NRCS

REGISTER HERE

– CALIFORNIA –

August 5th and 12th 
September 17th and 24th, 3-5 pm
Virtual Learning Circle – Climate Stressors and Solutions: Your Land, Your Leadership

AUDIENCE: People who identify as women and are agricultural landowners or producers in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and/or Ventura Counties. Interpretación en Español disponible.

WHERE: Zoom

WHEN: Wednesdays, August 5th and 12th, 2-4 PM

DESCRIPTION: Build relationships with fellow women in agriculture in your community while sharing about the climate change-related stressors you are experiencing on your land. Learn what you can do about these challenges, both as a land steward and through advocacy. Speakers will share information on what the research shows about climate change impacts on agriculture in the Central Coast region, as well as the programs and support systems available to women farmers and landowners. Participants will have the chance to interact with resource providers during the Learning Circle sessions and will receive a packet of information on how to access technical assistance and resources in your county following the event.

You’ll hear from agricultural service providers including:

Emma Chow, NRCS Santa Barbara County

Anna Olsen, Cachuma Resource Conservation District

Amy Smart, Upper Salinas-Las Tablas Resource Conservation District

Hallie Richard, Coastal-San Luis Resource Conservation District

Lauren Parker, USDA Climate Hubs

AFT Policy and Programs team

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Virtual Learning Circle – Planning for Resilience in the San Joaquin Valley

AUDIENCE: People who identify as women and are agricultural landowners or producers in Merced, Madera, and/or Stanislaus Counties

WHERE: Zoom

WHEN: Thursdays, September 17th & 24th, 3-5 pm

DESCRIPTION: Build relationships with fellow women in agriculture in your community while learning how to plan for ecological and economic resilience on your land. Local resource providers will be present to share about the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) and the technical assistance available to help women navigate the impacts of that regulation.

You’ll hear from agricultural service providers including:

Jean Okuye, East Merced County RCD

Laurel Angell, Madera Chowchilla RCD

Priscilla Baker, NRCS – Madera County

Diana Waller, NRCS – Stanislaus County

Kara Heckert, AFT California Regional Director

REGISTER HERE

– NEW YORK –

Fall 2020
Learning Circle

AUDIENCE: Non-operating landlords

WHERE: Genessee Watershed, NY

TOPIC: Soil & water conservation on working lands

WHEN: Dates & times being finalized

EXPRESS INTEREST HERE

– VIRGINIA & PENNSYLVANIA –

Fall 2020
Learning Circles (multiple)

AUDIENCE: Women farmland owners, managers, and seekers.

WHERE: Select counties in VA & PA

WHAT: Each Learning Circle has a 1 to 2 day curriculum and will include discussions about conservation options and resources with other local landowners and farmers, as well real-time services from agencies.

WHEN: Multiple dates and times, Sept – Nov. Visit this page for more detail.

REGISTER HERE