Coaching Women Farmers and Ranchers

Woman to woman networks are powerful strategies for beginning farm and ranch women to learn how to build businesses that fit their needs and lifestyles. One of the reasons that networks are so powerful is that they employ more coaching techniques than education techniques. This recording from the 2019 Women in Ag Programs for 21st Century Farms and Ranches Virtual Conference explore several models that employ coaching strategies in different ways to attain business goals, learn skills, and take some calculated risks. Our panelists will share their experience in developing programs and curricula designed to meet women farmers and ranchers where they are and create dynamic learning networks to carry them forward. 

Presenters:  Maud Powell, Oregon State University Small Farms Program; Jean Eells, PhD, E Resources Group, LLC and Lisa Kivirist, Senior Fellow, Endowed Chair in Agricultural Systems, University of Minnesota, author of Soil Sisters:  A Toolkit for Women Farmers, co-owner of Inn Serendipity Bed & Breakfast in Monroe, WI

21st Century Education: Thinking Outside of the Box

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Technology can be overwhelming at times but it also offers us new ways to expand our outreach to beginning farm and ranch women. New tools also allow us to reach a broader audience, build better collaborations and work more efficiently. This presentation from the 2019 Women in Ag Programs for 21st Century Farms and Ranches Virtual Conference, provides information about several models of education, technical assistance and coaching that are being employed successfully with women farmers and ranchers.  

Presenters: Margaret Viebrock, Washington State University Extension will provide an overview of an annual conference that covers 5 states, 36 counties, one day. What works, what has evolved over time, and what to consider if you’d like to try a similar model. Shannon Dill and Jennifer Rhodes, University of Maryland Extension will share their experience in developing a webinar series and a social media campaign to strengthen a network of women farmers in the mid-Atlantic region.

An Annotated Bibliography on Structural Racism Present in the US Food System

Compiled by the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems, this bibliography offers a foundation for learning and communicating about structural racism in the U.S. food system. The 7th edition, released in early 2020, includes
includes 250 publications and 29 videos that explore structural racism both across the national system and in specific food system sectors. Many of the resources also explore gender issues and sexism intersect with racism in the the US food system.