Program Provides Women With Opportunities In Farming

Organization will set up training sessions and mentoring programs to help aspiring women ranchers and farmers.

Published on: Feb 25, 2013

The Center for Rural Affairs, based in Lyon, is partnering with the Women, Food, and Agriculture Network (WFAN) to help aspiring and beginning women farmers and ranchers turn their farming or ranching dreams into reality through training and mentoring with established women farmers.

The project has three opportunities for beginning and aspiring women in agriculture: Your Future in Farming business planning workshops, a Farm Dreams entry strategies seminar, and select apprenticeship placements.

Here's a brief description of each:

Your Future in Farming is an intensive business planning course designed to help women farmers and ranchers design a business plan for their agricultural operations.  A well organized and thoughtful business plan is a key step for beginning farmers and ranchers who want to finance their operations.  Participants will learn from experts at a series of five workshops, and will complete a business plan for their budding operations. Workshops will be held in Hastings on Saturdays in March (2, 9, 16, 23 and 30), from 6:00-8:30 pm).

Center For Rural Affairs Program Provides Women With Opportunities In Farming
Center For Rural Affairs Program Provides Women With Opportunities In Farming

The Farm Dreams Workshop is an entry level, four-hour, exploratory workshop designed to help people who are seeking practical, common sense information on whether farming or ranching is the next step for them. Participants will be able to examine their resources, skills and motivations for farming/ranching and develop an educational plan for moving toward their farming goals. The workshop will be held March 30, from 10 .am. to 2 p.m.. The location had not be set at this writing.

A mentoring program for women interested in apprenticing on a farm, including hands-on skills training with an experienced and successful female farmer. The farmer runs a family owned diversified farm, including organic vegetables, herbs, pork, laying hens, grassfed beef and dairy goats. Additional information on this program will be available at all the trainings mentioned above.

For more information or to register for any of the above opportunities, contact Virginia Meyer at the Center for Rural Affairs (402) 687-2103 ext. 1014 or virginiam@cfra.org.