MT. MORRIS, N.Y. — More than one million women now operate American farms, as a growing number of women inherit, start or take charge of working farms every day. Research shows that many women farmers and landowners have a strong conservation and stewardship ethic, but face gender-related barriers to managing their land for long-term sustainability. While women increasingly are the primary decision makers on farms, data shows they are underrepresented in conservation programs.
To reach the growing number of women landowners interested in farming practices that benefit the health of their land, American Farmland Trust (AFT) is partnering with Cornell Cooperative Extension’s (CCE) Northwest New York team to offer three learning circles for women to learn from other women landowners and conservation professionals. The first learning circle, ‘Soil Health and Your Land,’ will be held onNovember 9, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Livingston County Center for Emergency Operations and Training (3360 Gypsy Lane, Mt. Morris, NY 14510).
“Women who own farmland that they do not farm themselves often rent their land to local farmers,” says Joan Sinclair Petzen, CCE Northwest New York team. “Research has shown that women are particularly interested in conservation, and want to ensure that practices that improve soil health and enhance the environment are implemented on their land. These learning circles will help landowners to better understand how these practices impact farmers, and how they can work together for the benefit of the farmer and the land.”
Subsequent learning circles will be offered on January 25, 2018, ‘Conservation Values – ‘Your Land is Your Legacy,’ and February 15, ‘Conservation and Farmland Leasing: Talking with Your Farmer,’ at the same time and location. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the meeting will begin at 9. Lunch is provided at no additional cost, and the program will end at 3 p.m. Cost to attend is $10, or $25 to attend all three sessions.
Interested women landowners can register online at www.farmland.org/women-for-the-land-calendar or by calling 1-866-792-6248. If you need accommodations, please notify us when you RSVP. New York Women’s Learning Circles are supported by the Great Lakes Protection Fund.
—American Farmland Trust
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