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
This 4-page, 2019 brief summarizes a study of how Northern New England farmers are impacted by climate change, specific tools and resources they need to adapt, and the barriers they encounter. It provides insights into ways advisors can better assist farmers with climate change adaptation, and the different perspectives researchers/advisors and farmers bring to the topic. The research, a collaborative effort of the University of Vermont and University of Maine, is ongoing.
Throughout a woman’s lifetime there are events that have a direct impact on business scale and profitability. How educators, technical assistance providers and coaches, address those issues can help female farm business owners anticipate some of these upcoming shifts and evaluate their impact on the business scale and profitability. In this recording an online workshop, Women’s Agricultural Network Director Mary Peabody discusses strategies for making some of these events part of the business planning process and shares some tools you can use with clients.
Supplementary resources include:
- UVM Extension New Farmer Project Self Assessment Worksheet
- UVM Extension Women’s Agricultural Network Time-Value Matrix Worksheet
- UVM Extension Women’s Agricultural Network Timeline worksheet
- The “Ages, Stages & Profitability” presentation slide set.