The 5th National Conference for Women in Sustainable Agriculture is calling for workshop proposal ideas that will build a rich program for our audience. This conference brings together farmers, educators, technical assistance providers, and activists engaged in healthy food and farming to share educational and organization strategies, build technical and business skills, and address policy issues aimed at expanding the success of women farmers and ranchers. It will take place Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2016, in Portland, OR. The conference theme is Making Connections Toward Resiliency, see this website.
All proposals must be submitted electronically at the website. by March 31, 2016.
Sessions will be 60 or 90 minutes in length. We are seeking a variety of formats, including one-speaker sessions, joint presentations, panels combining farmers, service providers, and activists, and group discussion round tables. Participatory formats encouraged. You may be asked to modify your submission or combine your workshop with another. Expect approximately 25-40 attendees per session. We are seeking presentations and workshops in the following tracks:
TRACK 1: GROW (production topics): workshops that share results of on-farm research, relay proven strategies, and/or provide “how-to” information.
TRACK 2: SOW (business planning, diversification, financial topics): workshops designed to help begin and maintain successful farms and rural businesses. We are particularly interested in interactive, hands-on workshops that will engage participants. Indicate the experience level most appropriate for this workshop (e.g., beginners, intermediate or experienced).
TRACK 3: REAP (food systems development, policy, advocacy): workshops developing leadership capacity and skills for women farmers and healthy food systems advocates from the farm house to the White House. Provide opportunities for participants to acquire information, leadership and organizing skills they need to be effective participants in policy development at the local, state and federal levels.
TRACK 4: REPEAT (sustainability and transition, maintaining a healthy balance, farm transfer/transition, mentoring).
Don’t see a category for your idea? Please submit it anyway. A variety of topics that are relevant to women in sustainable agriculture will be considered. A planning committee will review all proposals. Submission of a proposal is not a guarantee of acceptance. Notification of your proposal status will be provided by June 1.