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'Women Caring for the Land' event kicks off meetings

Long-time conservation farmer and stewardship leader Audrey Arner of Moonstone Farm will be the guest speaker at the upcoming Women Caring for the Land meeting on July 19 at 9:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Parish in Glenwood. (Contributed photo)

"I realized many people had the same questions and concerns that I had" was a common response from the 11 women who attended the first Women Caring for the Land meeting held May 17 at Sacred Heart Parish in Glenwood.

The meeting was co-sponsored by the Land Stewardship Project (LSP), Pope County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Morris Wetland Management District and the Chippewa River Watershed Project.

The for-women-only meetings grew from a desire for a high level of conservation and stewardship by women who own farmland.

The May 17 meeting was the first in a series of meetings for women landowners to be held through the fall of 2012.

"Creating a safe environment for sharing, an environment where there are no dumb questions, is a feature of this meeting format," said LSP's Julia Ahlers Ness, lead organizer of the meeting.

Concerns of conservation and stewardship will be the major theme at the next Women Caring for the Land on Thursday, July 19 at Sacred Heart Parish in Glenwood.

Long-time conservation farmer and stewardship leader Audrey Arner will be the guest speaker for the morning portion of the meeting.

The meeting will cover the connections between farm economics and stewardship. After a lunch featuring local foods, SWCD staff will lead a field tour of a local Pope County farm whose owners have incorporated a significant number of conservation practices into their operation.

The July 19 meeting will run from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. It is free and open to all women who own farmland near Glenwood and surrounding areas.

To register or for more information, contact Julia Ness at (320) 269-2105, extension 16, or at janess@landstewardshipproject.org.

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