Upcoming Events

9/25/2014– FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: PAM SCHWARTZ, 515.964.1883 ext. 3

 IOWA WOMEN LANDOWNERS IN POLK AND SURROUNDING COUNTIES INVITED TO FREE SOIL HEALTH CONSERVATION MEETING IN POLK CITY ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16TH.

 POLK CITY, IA – Women who own or manage farmland in Polk and surrounding counties are invited to participate in a free conservation discussion focused on soil health on Thursday, October 16th at the Polk City Miller Park Shelter House, 804 West Taylor, 401 Booth Street, Polk City, IA. The program, sponsored by Women, Food and Agriculture Network and the Big Creek Lake Watershed Project, is called Women Caring for the LandSM.

The meeting will begin with registration and resource sharing at 8:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided, and during an afternoon field tour participants will travel to a nearby farm to watch a demonstration of soil testing. The tests will measure for soil structure and stability and infiltration. Participants will walk a short distance into a field, so please wear or bring appropriate clothing and footwear. The meeting will end with dessert and wrap-up at the meeting room by 3 p.m.

Maintaining healthy soil is the key to productivity and environmental health for our farmland. Women landowners who attend this meeting will learn to assess and improve the health of their soils through practices such as cover crops, no-till and strip-till, among other conservation practices.

Nearly half the farmland in Iowa is currently owned or co-owned by women. Women Caring for the LandSM offers a peer-to-peer, informal discussion format to allow women landowners to talk about their individual farm management goals, facilitated by women conservationists. This response from one recent attendee is typical of our landowners’ experiences: “This has given me some understanding of what my husband talks about. I came to this meeting with no understanding – I am excited about the projects possible to protect the Iowa soil and feel this meeting has helped me in beginning to learn about farming.”

RSVP by 4 p.m. Friday, October 10, to Pam at 515-964-1883 ext. 3 or Pamela.Schwartz@ia.nacdnet.net. For more information about this program, visit www.womencaringfortheland.org or call Carol at 641-430-2540.

This meeting is made possible with funding from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Local partners are the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and Iowa State University Extension.

Women, Food and Agriculture Network is a non-profit, educational organization formed in 1997 to provide networking, information and leadership development opportunities to women involved in all aspects of sustainable agriculture. Learn more at www.wfan.org, or by calling 515-460-2477.