“In Her Boots: Sustainable Agriculture For Women, By Women” workshops are facilitated by the MOSES Rural Women’s Project, providing educational outreach, resources and networking opportunities to support women farmers and food-based ecopreneurs. This special session, co-sponsored by the FairShare, celebrates women farmers running CSA operations, sharing advice and resources for beginning farmers. Hosted by Dela Ends, Scotch Hill Farm, along with Katy Dickson of Christensen Farm, Anna Hill of Oak Ridge Farm, Lisa Kivirist of Inn Serendipity and MOSES Rural Women’s Project, and other inspiring women CSA farmers who are part of FairShare.
This day-long, on-farm workshop includes a farm tour, lunch and a variety of break-out sessions on various aspects of starting and running a CSA. With a focus on sharing experiences, stories and ideas, the “In Her Boots” format builds on the idea that women farmers learn best from each other. Bring your questions!
FairShare farms RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org August 1 (no cost), all other registrations are $35 (scholarships available) and can go through the MOSES Women’s Rural Project website: http://www.mosesorganic.org/womensproject.html.
Farm Host & Speaker:
Dela Ends, Scotch Hill Farm
Committed to the family farm and local agriculture, for 19 years Dela Ends and her husband, Tony, and family have run a certified-organic CSA and tend small flocks of sheep, dairy goats and poultry. They grow and sell more than 100 varieties of fresh vegetables to more than 200 subscribers and have developed goat milk soap into a strong secondary business. Scotch Hill Farm has hosted farm apprentices, interns, trainings and workshops and Dela serves on the board of directors for FairShare CSA Coalition serves on the Partner Shares Committee which works to bring affordable CSA shares to low income families.
Farm Tour Description: Dela and her family will take you through a diversified farm operation, including high tunnel greenhouses, sheep, goats and chickens, along with sharing her experiences starting a small-scale CSA.
Katy Dickson of Christensen Farm
Katy Dickson runs Christensen Farm in Browntown, WI, a diversified CSA. She farms in partnership with three generations of her family: her husband, children, parents and sisters. With a passion for growing truly local agriculture, Katy targeted her local Monroe area where no CSAs were currently delivering and has built a successful CSA base. Her favorite things to grow are a variety of berries, tomatoes and potatoes as well as egg-laying chickens.
Anna Hill of Oak Ridge Farm
Anna runs a 40 member CSA (including 5 worker trade shares) in Oregon, WI since 2008, showcasing a variety of fruits, such as melons and raspberries and a large variety of vegetables, including your favorite common veggies with the addition of some rare and very delicious varieties. She also sells extra produce wholesale to the local grocer. “We are small and simple, trying our best to truly care for not only the land, but all the big and the little creatures that share this with us. Kindness and love is given to all, including the plants.”
Lisa Kivirist, MOSES Rural Women’s Project and Inn Serendipity Farm and B&B
Lisa and her family run Inn Serendipity Farm and Bed & Breakfast outside Monroe, completely powered by renewable energy and considered among the “Top Ten Eco-Destinations” in North America. She is the co-author of Farmstead Chef, ECOpreneuring and Rural Renaissance and directs the Rural Women’s Project for MOSES.
Additional women farmers sharing advice at the break-out sessions:
Juli McGuire, Two Onion Farm
Terry Parisi, Parisi Farm Produce
Anne Drehfal, Regenerative Roots
Afternoon break-out session topics will be decided on by attendees, based on interest. Potential topics include:
• Blending farming with raising a family
• Advice on CSA start-up
• The joys, challenges and adventures of farming as a single woman
• Adding a farmstay to your diversification mix
• Land access
• Income diversification by selling under the Pickle Bill